The spirit of Israel

When it comes to Israel, coverage by the mainstream media is typically conspicuously silent … unless, of course, some angle or hook can be found (or fabricated) in order to portray Israel in a bad light.

Came across two items today that you’ll probably never hear about from the MSM. The first is one that I stumbled across on one of the Forbes blogs:

Israel, The Third Nation on the Moon?

If all goes according to plan, by December 2012 a team of three young Israeli scientists will have landed a tiny spacecraft on the moon, explored the lunar surface, and transmitted live video back to earth, thereby scooping up a $20 million prize (the Google Lunar X Prize), revolutionizing space exploration, and making the Jewish State the third nation (after the U.S. and Russia) to land a probe on the moon. And they’re doing it in their spare time.
The X Prize’s organizers say their competition is intended to attract “mavericks” who “take new approaches and think creatively about difficult problems, resulting in truly innovative breakthroughs.” They see the moon as a largely untapped resource, and believe that “inexpensive, regular access to the Moon is a critical stepping stone for further exploration.”
The X Prize was inspired by the Orteig Prize [won by Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis” flight from N.Y.C. to Paris], and if the “Spirit of Israel” is successful they can certainly count on changing how young Israelis see science and how others see Israel. They may also change how we all see the universe.

And the second is the perfect antidote to the hyper-hysteria generated by the AGW doomers and gloomers (not to mention the Director of Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research – and his “‘master plan’ for transforming society”, recently highlighted by Pierre Gosselin) whenever a natural disaster occurs.

The following video is somewhat on the long side, but it is in keeping with the Spirit of Israel (in which, of course, the MSM has no interest). And, it’s well worth watching to the end. Enjoy.

2 thoughts on “The spirit of Israel

  1. You’re absolutely right that the good Israel does never makes into the mainstream media. How many have ever heard of Save a Child’s Heart, for example? Every year Israeli cardiologists save the lives of scores of children from Africa, the Arab world, and other poorly developed regions (including the disputed territories). I’m thinking about honoring their work in my will.

    A few months ago, Israel’s Channel 2 did a quite long program in which they followed the treatment of a young Haitian woman who lost both legs below the knee. She was taken to Israel for surgery, therapy and to be fit with prostheses. At the end, she was dancing around balancing a big basket on her head! Truly amazing.

    But that is what Israel is.

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