28 September 2016 - 25 Elul 5776 - כ"ה אלול ה' אלפים תשע"ו

China has officially opened the world’s longest and highest glass bridge, which was designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan.

The structure was officially unveiled to the public in a grand opening ceremony on 20 August. The bridge crosses two peaks in the mountains of Zhangjiajie, the same ranges that inspired the US blockbuster film Avatar. The area is located in Zhangjiajie Park in Hunan province, southern China.

The breathtaking suspended bridge, made up of around 99 panels of clear glass, is not for the faint-hearted – it is 6 metres wide and 430 metres long, and hangs 300 metres high above a ravine. The spectacular views include a sheer drop underfoot.

Authorities plan to hold fashion shows on the stunning crossing, and have built a platform for bungee jumpers. The Grand Canyon of Zhangjiajie skywalk now offers the world’s highest bungee jump, stealing the title from Macau Tower’s 233-metre-high attraction.

Around 8,000 people are allowed to visit each day. They must book their tickets a day in advance, at a cost of 138 yuan.

Following an alarming incident in which a glass bridge at Yuntai mountain in northern Henan province cracked in 2015, the authorities in Zhangjiajie were eager to demonstrate the safety of the structure. Several media events were held, including one where people were encouraged to try and smash the bridge’s glass panels with a sledge hammer, and another where they drove a car across it to prove that it was safe.

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Oskar Schindler letter for sale E-mail

A letter written by Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who saved some 1,200 Jews from the Nazis, to his bookkeeper Itzhak Stern is for sale online.

The letter is on sale for US$32,500 on the website MomentsinTime.com, which deals in rare original autographs and historical documents. It was put up for sale by a descendant of Stern, who compiled the list of Jews whom Schindler saved by calling them essential to the running of his factory.

The two-page letter, dating from 1963, is type-written in German and deals with the industrialist’s finances.

“If I think in retrospect, that a year ago I was with you and full of optimism towards the future, and now/today I have to carry the effects of the last year, I sometimes ask myself if it’s even worth living,” Schindler writes in the letter, which discusses the “desperate situation” of his finances.

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Knesset members visit Taiwan Print E-mail

A delegation of Israeli Likud political party members visited Taiwan in July.

Anat Berko, representing Likud called Taiwan “a place in which the people have no anti-Semitism, no incitement against Jews and no boycotts of Israel, at all. They have a great appreciation for the State of Israel, true love for the Jewish people, and identification with the suffering we experienced throughout history,” Berko wrote on Facebook.

Berko travelled to Taiwan with fellow Likud members Sharren Haskel, Nurit Koren and Avraham Naguise. The group met with Taiwanese Foreign Minister David Lee and Science and Technology Minister Yang Hung-Duen.

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Indian women startups to attend Start Tel Aviv E-mail

Two female entrepreneurs from India, Komal Talwar (XLPAT Lab) and Mausumi Acharyya (Advenio), have won an all-expenses-paid trip to Israel’s business capital for this year’s Start Tel Aviv, a global competition celebrating women’s entrepreneurship. They were picked from among five Indian finalists, and will join founders from 22 other nations at the event.

XLPAT Lab, which calls itself the world’s largest technology database, is associated with patent and technology coverage in more than 120 countries, allowing users exhaustive patent searches. The company says its advanced automated features have led to a significant reduction in the time people on patent searches and technology analysis, thereby reducing the perhour cost for clients.

Advenio Tecno Systems was founded with a vision to provide artificial intelligence, deep learning and machine-learningbased computer-assisted detection (CADx) for diagnostic clinical imaging. The aim is to develop universal and equitable healthcare.

Start Tel Aviv, a five-day brainstorming meeting from 25 to 29 September, aims to enable participants to establish ties with high-profile industry leaders and potential customers and partners. The event will feature lectures and workshops with Israeli investors and professionals.

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Israeli and Pakistani military air force pilots join combat training E-mail

In August, the Israel Air Force (IAF) took part in an advanced combat training exercise at the Nellis Air Force base in Nevada in the US, along with aerial forces from other countries, including Pakistan and the Emirates.

During the exercise, known as the “Red Flag” war simulation, fighter jets simulated combat involving coalition forces. This is the second year in a row that the IAF has participated in Red Flag. The Israeli plane used in the exercise was the F-16I (the “Sufa”, or Storm).

The IAF had for several months been planning its participation in the event, which necessitated a long flight from Israel to the base, with a number of intermediate stops and aerial refuelling.

Last year the air forces of the US, Israel, Singapore and Jordan participated in Red Flag. At the time it was reported by foreign sources that Israeli planes even refuelled the Jordanian fighter jets in the air, on the way to the US.

“The Red Flag is the biggest and best simulation of war in the world,” said one IAF officer at the end of the 2015 exercise.

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