Bill Gates to visit Israel (& Moshe Dayan’s eye patch for sale on eBay)

August 08, 2005

Also in this dispatch:

* Israeli company to export caviar
* Israeli company develops “miracle pill”
* Dr. David Berman, the surgeon in America’s famous 1993 John Wayne Bobbitt affair, moves to Israel
* How to stop commercials while watching TV

In order to try provide some “light relief” from the often intense and highly politicized nature of my Middle East dispatches, I occasionally try and send emails with more humorous or “human interest” aspects. Today I am sending three such dispatches. This one contains stories on Israeli innovation, ideas and immigration.

 

CONTENTS

1. “Bill Gates to visit Israel in October” (Globes, June 23, 2005)
2. “Israeli patent blocks ads” (Ynetnews, June 14, 2005)
3. “Israeli company to export caviar” (Globes, July 4, 2005)
4. “Israeli firm develops ‘miracle pill’” (Ynetnews, July 17, 2005)
5. “Bobbitt’s surgeon is getting attached to Israel plastic” (Jerusalem Post, July 17, 2005)
6. “Moshe Dayan’s eye patch ends up for sale on eBay for $75,000” (Ha’aretz, July 25, 2005)

 



[Note by Tom Gross]

BILL GATES TO VISIT ISRAEL

Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, will visit Israel in October. He is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

On his visit, Gates may look into some of Israel’s many hi-tech and pharmaceutical innovations. Two examples of these are contained in articles below.

The first is a device to block adverts when recording television, so that commercial-free shows can be viewed. (Three Israeli third-year computer science students managed to develop a software that allows television viewers to automatically mute the sound during ad time.)

The second is a “miracle pill” that could contain medicine to combat everything from Parkinson’s disease to influenza.

I also include articles on an Israeli company that will export caviar, which is commercially marketed throughout the world as a delicacy. And the news that the surgeon of John Wayne Bobbitt who famously stitched up the missing part Bobbitt lost in a fight with his wife in 1993 has moved to Israel where he hopes to set up a practice in the seaside town of Netanya.

MOSHE DAYAN’S TRADEMARK EYE PATCH

The final article concerns the sale of Moshe Dayan’s eye patch on auction internet websites. Dayan was Minister of Defense during the Six Day War in 1967 and the Yom Kippur war in 1973.

He lost his left eye whilst serving in the British army in the forces that liberated Lebanon and Syria from Vichy France during World War II. The black eye patch became his trademark.

I attach six articles, with summaries first for those of you who don’t have time to read them in full.

-- Tom Gross

 

SUMMARIES

BILL GATES TO VISIT ISRAEL IN OCTOBER

“Bill Gates to visit Israel in October” (Globes, By Ofer Levi, June 23, 2005)

Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, the founder and driving spirit behind Microsoft, is slated to visit Israel in early October.

The visit is part of Gates’s annual tour of Europe, when he meets with market and government leaders...

 

ISRAELI PATENT BLOCKS ADS

“Israeli patent blocks ads” (By Meir Turgeman, Ynetnews, June 14, 2005)

Three local third-year computer science students managed to develop a software that allows television viewers to record commercial-free shows and mutes the sound during ad time, newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported Tuesday.

“We were looking for a project for a school assignment that would also be practical and help the public,” said Tal Sharasta, one of the developers. “Then we realized that just as we start flipping channels the moment there is a commercial break, the entire nation does the same.”

This realization led to the innovative idea, namely creating a software that can spot commercials and circumvent them...

 

ISRAELI COMPANY TO EXPORT CAVIAR

“Israeli company to export caviar” (Globes, By Michal Raveh, July 4, 2005)

Galilee Caviar, a subsidiary of Dan Fish Farms, has begun to make caviar from sturgeon roe. The product, intended for export, has been developed with the support of the chief scientist at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, following prolonged research costing NIS 6 million...

Since sturgeon do not exist in Israel, Galilee Caviar will initially import sturgeons from Russia, which will be raised in fish farms at Kibbutz Dan. The first 20 kg of caviar produced was sent to experts. 100 kg will be produced for Christmas...

 

ISRAELI FIRM DEVELOPS ‘MIRACLE PILL’

“Israeli firm develops ‘miracle pill’” (By Etay Gal, Ynetnews, July 17, 2005)

Take a pill, stop the sniffles, ease an upset stomach, cure AIDS, and call me in the morning...

A single pill could contain medicine to combat AIDS, digestive diseases, Parkinson’s Disease, influenza and more. Intec Pharma plans to market the capsule within five years.

 

BOBBIT’S SURGEON MOVES TO ISRAEL

“Bobbitt’s surgeon is getting attached to Israel plastic” (By Sam Ser, The Jerusalem Post, July 17, 2005)

It isn’t easy being known best for reattaching another man’s severed penis. But as Dr. David Berman, who was the surgeon in America’s famous 1993 John Wayne Bobbitt affair, says, “It’s good to be known for something.”

These days, Berman is hoping to be known for a successful aliya. He arrived in Israel with his wife and four boys on Wednesday, part of the Nefesh B’Nefesh double-landing at Ben-Gurion Airport which brought more than 500 new immigrants from North America. The Bermans brought their two dogs, two parrots, gerbil and chinchilla for what David’s eldest son calls the family’s latest adventure...

Although Berman has not yet taken on Israeli citizenship, he said he hoped to do so within a year. In the meantime, the 48-year-old is shuttling back and forth from Netanya to Potomac, hoping to keep his successful plastic surgery practice going. It has grown significantly since word got out that Berman had stitched up the member Bobbitt lost in a fight with his wife although, he said, there wasn’t necessarily a connection...

 

MOSHE DAYAN’S EYE PATCH FOR SALE

“Moshe Dayan’s eye patch ends up for sale on eBay for $75,000” (By Galit Yemini, Ha’aretz, July 25, 2005)

Several items of great Israeli historical interest have been trading on the online auction site eBay. The original eye patch worn by former defense minister and chief of staff Moshe Dayan has been offered for the sum of $75,000, while a hanukkiyah (multibranched candelabra) belonging to prime minister David Ben-Gurion and made from bullet cartridges is on sale for $12,500.

These particular items are being offered by Pasarel Israeli Art and Treasures of Natanya. Moti Sander, a partner at Pasarel, said that his company specializes in Judaica and jewelry, and that he had received Dayan’s eye patch from the minister’s personal bodyguard, who said that he had gotten it, together with a Smith & Wesson 38 revolver, minutes after the famed warrior died in 1981...

 



FULL ARTICLES

BILL GATES TO VISIT ISRAEL IN OCTOBER

Bill Gates to visit Israel in October
Microsoft’s founder will meet with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
By Ofer Levi
Globes
June 23, 2005

www.globes.co.il

Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, the founder and driving spirit behind Microsoft, is slated to visit Israel in early October.

The visit is part of Gates’s annual tour of Europe, when he meets with market and government leaders.

Gates will apparently meet with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Minister of Finance Benjamin Netanyahu. [* Tom Gross adds: Ehud Olmert is now acting Finance Minister.]

In the early Nineties, Gates actively participated in the decision to make Hebrew one of the central languages at Microsoft’s development center at Redmond. Since then, all Microsoft programs have been translated into Hebrew at a cost of $100 million.

Microsoft’s Israeli branch was founded in 1989 and today employs a workforce of 200 in Ra’anana and Haifa. Microsoft makes $120 million in annual sales in Israel.

 

ISRAELI PATENT BLOCKS ADS

Israeli patent blocks ads
Three local students develop software that mutes television during commercials
By Meir Turgeman
Ynetnews
June 14, 2005

www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3098644,00.html

Sick and tired of commercials? Israeli students come to the rescue.

Three local third-year computer science students managed to develop a software that allows television viewers to record commercial-free shows and mutes the sound during ad time, newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported Tuesday.

“We were looking for a project for a school assignment that would also be practical and help the public,” said Tal Sharasta, one of the developers. “Then we realized that just as we start flipping channels the moment there is a commercial break, the entire nation does the same.”

This realization led to the innovative idea, namely creating a software that can spot commercials and circumvent them.

The software developed by the students works by spotting the TV station’s logo, which disappears once a commercial break starts. This allows the device to mute the sound once a show goes into a commercial break, and turn it on again once the show resumes.

The software can also be used through the Internet, so viewers can control the way they record their favorite shows even while at the office.

The developers, however, are still grappling with one problem - teaching the software to recognize promos for other shows and block them out, too.

Meanwhile, the software passed all the tests successfully and was presented to school officials a week ago. Now, the students hope to find an investor that would help them turn the patent to a commercial product to be offered in stores.

 

ISRAELI COMPANY TO EXPORT CAVIAR

Israeli company to export caviar
Researchers have developed a method of making sturgeon produce caviar earlier.
By Michal Raveh
Globes
July 4, 2005

www.globes.co.il

Galilee Caviar, a subsidiary of Dan Fish Farms, has begun to make caviar from sturgeon roe. The product, intended for export, has been developed with the support of the chief scientist at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, following prolonged research costing NIS 6 million.

Sturgeon, which mainly live in the Black and Caspian Seas, produce roe when reaching maturity at age 14. The research led to a method to bring maturity forward to seven to eight years.

Since sturgeon do not exist in Israel, Galilee Caviar will initially import sturgeons from Russia, which will be raised in fish farms at Kibbutz Dan. The first 20 kg of caviar produced was sent to experts. 100 kg will be produced for Christmas.

Galilee Caviar CEO Yigal Ben-Zvi said, “We will produce 4,000 kg of caviar a year, which will be sold for $500 per kg. We therefore expect $2 million a year in revenue.”

 

ISRAELI FIRM DEVELOPS ‘MIRACLE PILL’

Israeli firm develops ‘miracle pill’

Hypochondriacs can save time; Israeli company to manufacture pill that cures multiple illnesses
By Etay Gal
Ynetnews
July 17, 2005

www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3113922,00.html

Take a pill, stop the sniffles, ease an upset stomach, cure AIDS, and call me in the morning.

Israeli start-up firm Intec Pharma has developed a capsule that can combine several types of medication at once and has completed its first round of tests, its director-general said on Sunday.

The pill contains material folding inside like an accordion that contain different substances. When swallowed, the pill releases the materials in order after it reaches the stomach or the intestines. This allows for less concentrated active substances inside, which can prevent side effects and lessen the number of required doses.

A single pill could contain medicine to combat AIDS, digestive diseases, Parkinson’s Disease, influenza and more.

Intec Pharma plans to market the capsule within five years.

 

BOBBIT’S SURGEON MOVES TO ISRAEL

Bobbitt’s surgeon is getting attached to Israel plastic
By Sam Ser
The Jerusalem Post
July 17, 2005

www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1121568338644

It isn’t easy being known best for reattaching another man’s severed penis. But as Dr. David Berman, who was the surgeon in America’s famous 1993 John Wayne Bobbitt affair, says, “It’s good to be known for something.”

These days, Berman is hoping to be known for a successful aliya. He arrived in Israel with his wife and four boys on Wednesday, part of the Nefesh B’Nefesh double-landing at Ben-Gurion Airport which brought more than 500 new immigrants from North America. The Bermans brought their two dogs, two parrots, gerbil and chinchilla for what David’s eldest son calls the family’s latest adventure.

There have been other adventures as well, including Berman’s “instant transformation” from marginal Jew to Orthodoxy, and the conversions of his wife and children. He grew up “very Reform” in Toronto, he said, and “from the ages of 18 to 32 [I did] nothing; no High Holy Day services, no fasting on Yom Kippur. Nothing.”

It was while his wife Tina was pregnant with their first child that Berman’s parents sponsored an Aish HaTorah seminar in the hopes that David and his four siblings would show up and take a greater interest in Judaism. It worked, with all of them gradually becoming religiously observant.

“Something clicked,” Berman told The Jerusalem Post. “It was the first time that I had ever been exposed to the thought that you could actually be rational and believe in God. I [always] thought they were mutually exclusive. I didn’t see that it’s only more rational to believe in God.”

The Bermans would eventually move from a “very WASP-y town” in Virginia to a Jewish area of Potomac, Maryland. Tina converted with the boys they are now ages eight to 14 and took the Hebrew name Temimah, which she is using in Israel.

Although Berman has not yet taken on Israeli citizenship, he said he hoped to do so within a year. In the meantime, the 48-year-old is shuttling back and forth from Netanya to Potomac, hoping to keep his successful plastic surgery practice going. It has grown significantly since word got out that Berman had stitched up the member Bobbitt lost in a fight with his wife although, he said, there wasn’t necessarily a connection.

“It isn’t as if people say, ‘Well, he did that, so I think I’ll have my mom go over and have her eyelids done,’” he said.

If his family adjusts well to the move to Israel, Berman said, he would like to set up shop in Netanya.

He could continue performing breast augmentations, tummy tucks, liposuctions and skin peels or, considering the kind of reconstructive surgery that terrorism victims need, he just may go back to his roots in trauma medicine.

“I’m reinventing myself,” he said. “It’s not good to stay the same for your entire life.”

 

MOSHE DAYAN’S EYE PATCH FOR SALE

Moshe Dayan’s eye patch ends up for sale on eBay for $75,000
By Galit Yemini
Ha’aretz
July 25, 2005

www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/604300.html

Several items of great Israeli historical interest have been trading on the online auction site eBay. The original eye patch worn by former defense minister and chief of staff Moshe Dayan has been offered for the sum of $75,000, while a hanukkiyah (multibranched candelabra) belonging to prime minister David Ben-Gurion and made from bullet cartridges is on sale for $12,500.

These particular items are being offered by Pasarel Israeli Art and Treasures of Natanya. Moti Sander, a partner at Pasarel, said that his company specializes in Judaica and jewelry, and that he had received Dayan’s eye patch from the minister’s personal bodyguard, who said that he had gotten it, together with a Smith & Wesson 38 revolver, minutes after the famed warrior died in 1981.

Though Dayan’s pistol appears on the eBay site, this is not for sale as the Web site forbids the trading of any arms. It is, however, for sale through Pasarel.

Ben-Gurion’s hannukiyah was made for the prime minister in 1948 by workers of the Ayalon Institute, which manufactured bullets, and there is a personal inscription to the statesman on it. Sander said that he found the item in the Jaffa flea market, and that he had it authenticated by the very man who made it now a resident in a retirement home in Tel Aviv.


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