Welcome to Gilis Good Newsletter #95!
This newsletter puts together a little bit about what’s been happening in Israel over the last week. We try to keep it positive. That’s why it’s the Good Newsletter.
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Inflation, rising antisemitism, tumbling markets, and other bad news stories are easy to find. So, sit back and enjoy some good news.
Welcome to the latest and greatest newsletter about what’s happening in Israel.
Amidst the chaos of a recent drone attack on an Iranian defense installation, Israel finds itself at the center of attention. The facility in Isfahan produces the Shahed-136 attack drones that are sold to Russia to support their war efforts in Ukraine. Despite initial suspicions pointing toward the US, Iran is now putting the blame squarely on Israel. It’s even led Iran to file a formal complaint against Israel in the UN. All I can say is God bless the security establishment. #clandestineactions
NASA and the ISA (Israel Space Agency) signed a joint letter of intent to collaborate on the ambitious Beresheet2 lunar mission. This marks a follow-up to the nearly successful Beresheet 1 mission, which almost made Israel the fourth country in the world to land on the moon successfully. The signing of this letter has kicked off the festivities of Israel Space Week, which will feature exciting space-related activities throughout the country.
Despite the challenges of 2023, Israeli startups are thriving and continue to raise funds. NT-Tao, a promising energy startup, is on a mission to harness nuclear fusion compactly and has recently raised $22 million in Series A funding. Sentra, a cybersecurity startup co-founded by a former commander of the army’s elite cyber unit, 8200, raised $30 million in Series A funding. In 2022, Israeli high-tech companies raised a staggering $14.95 billion in 663 deals, and in January 2023, raised $340 million.
Kan, Israel’s public broadcasting company, provides a wealth of content for the Israeli public through TV, radio, and podcasts. Despite the government’s initial plans to shut it down, they have shelved those plans, for now, to focus on more pressing issues. Good news for those who enjoy Kan’s content!
Finally, at long last, winter has arrived with a vengeance! After a surprisingly warm January, the chill set in this past Tuesday with plummeting temperatures and a generous helping of rain. The entire country was drenched, and Mount Hermon was blanketed in a layer of snow. Brace yourself because there’s more on the way! Next week, another system is forecasted to roll in, with the potential to bring even more snow. It’s time to embrace the cold and wet weather and celebrate the arrival of winter in all its glory! Baruch Hashem! #letitpour
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