Israel made history last week when its Beresheet spacecraft came just short of a soft landing on the moon. An engine failure kept the braking system from working, and the spacecraft crashed to the surface. As the world’s first privately funded mission to reach lunar orbit, Beresheet was historic despite the less than perfect landing.

“We are the seventh country to orbit the moon and the fourth to reach the moon’s surface,” said Opher Doron, general manager of the Israel Aerospace Industries space program. “It’s a tremendous achievement up to now.”

Beresheet achieved its goal of keeping Israeli children interested in science, math and engineering. It was part of a motivational strategy that has made Israel a global technology leader.

Medical Advances

In March, Newsweek named Israel's Sheba Medical Center one of the top 10 medical centers in the world. The entry says the center’s “collaborations with international parties have advanced innovative medical practices, hospital systems and biotechnology.”

Israel uses its medical advances to bless communities worldwide. To name just a few achievements:

  • Argo Medical Technologies’ ReWalk robotic exoskeleton allows paraplegics to walk and even run in marathons
  • The PillCam developed by Given Imaging allows patients to swallow a small camera for a less invasive way to detect disorders of the GI tract
  • Nano Retina’s Bio-Retina is in prototype stage now, but it shows promise as a way to restore sight
  • Audiodent developed a hearing aid that clips inside the mouth to use the teeth and jawbone to restore hearing

Cybersecurity

Despite Iran hacking a couple of cellphones during Israel’s elections last week, Cybersecurity is an Israeli hallmark.

Beersheva, a dusty town in Israel’s Negev Desert, is home to a unique partnership between military, government, education and private sectors that has transformed Israel into a worldwide cybersecurity innovation hub. According to a Washington Post report in 2016, no other country has successfully integrated these sectors to develop such advanced cyber-expertise.

One Israeli CEO described Israel’s cybersecurity as “an ecosystem that feeds itself.” Israel developed this ecosystem because, as a commander in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) cyber-defense unit warned, the “next war will be in cyberspace.”

Israeli children are taught from a young age how to work with computers. By the time they finish their mandatory military service, many create or join innovative start-up companies that make Israel a global cybersecurity leader.

Tunnel-Detecting Equipment

The U.S. co-sponsored an Israeli project that resulted in the world’s first detection system for tunnels. The project brought together experts from military units, security agencies, civilian engineering, infrastructure-building and tunnel construction.

Hebrew media first described the system as the “underground equivalent of Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.” It hit world headlines when the IDF uncovered a terror tunnel along the Gaza border that was more than a mile long. Later, Israel used the technology to find and destroy a half-dozen Hezbollah terror tunnels that crossed into Israel from Lebanon.

President Trump has said he is using this system as a model for how he would like to quell drug smuggling and human trafficking on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Agricultural Advances

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu often describes the Middle East as a tough neighborhood. When he does, he is referring to the enemies that want to destroy his country. But the environment is also part of Israel’s struggle for security.

Half of Israel is a desert. Only 20 percent of Israel’s soil is fit for growing crops. Its natural water supply falls below the U.N. definition of water poverty. Still, Israel produces 95 percent of its food needs. The country is a major exporter of fresh produce and a world leader in agriculture technology.

Israel’s success arises from close cooperation between farmers, Israel’s agro-industry and technological research. Agricultural innovations include computer-controlled drip irrigation, computerized early-warning systems for leaks, thermal imaging for crop water stress detection, biological pest control and new varieties of fruit and vegetables. Israel alleviated its water problem by water re-use and through desalination plants.

Israel uses technology to secure peace and prosperity for its people, but also to bless the world. Please pray with us for Israel as she does. Please also pray for:

  • Continued advancements in Israel’s technological innovations
  • Safety for Israel and Jewish people worldwide as anti-Semitism reaches the highest level since WWII despite Israel blessing the world by sharing its technology and intelligence
  • Israelis to seek God during these times and that He would draw them to Messiah Yeshua (Jesus)

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