Welcome to Gilis Good Newsletter #95!

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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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Iran officially blames Israel for drone attack on defense site, vows to retaliate

In letter to UN, Iran accuses Jerusalem of ‘terrorism and sabotage,’ says it reserves the right to ‘respond resolutely to any threats by the Israeli regime’

Israel Space Week kicks off in Tel Aviv with focus on return to moon, missile defense

Space Agency continues to promote Israeli interest in space and push its international position

Israeli startups raised $340m in January

This was the lowest monthly amount raised by Israeli privately-held tech companies for several years.

Government said set to freeze its efforts to close Kan public broadcaster

Report says coalition putting aside plans in bid limit distractions as it tries to push through its contentious judicial overhaul legislation

After a Dry Start to the Winter in Israel, Rain Lashes the Country, With Snow in the Golan Heights

Prior to the arrival of the storm system on Monday, the current winter had been ‘one of the driest in the last 80 years’ in the country’s north, the Israel Meteorological Service had reported

Recipe Of The Week: Beetroot Kubbeh Soup

Feast your eyes (and tastebuds) on this! It’s raining, and you know what that means – it’s time to warm up with a bowl of Red Kubeh Soup! This hearty dish is a must-try for anyone who loves bold flavors. The sweet and sour broth is a perfect complement to the savory dumplings, filled with a mouthwatering blend of chopped meats. Don’t just take our word for it; give it a shot and let us know what you think. We guarantee it’ll be a comforting, satisfying experience that’ll warm you from the inside out on these chilly winter days.

Scenes Of The Week

Happy Birthdays

Azi And Emilie Malka

Bonnie Shabattian

Yerachmiel Neuman

Michal Reich

Shelly Matsas

Sophie Sorkin

Joshua Filer

Sam Waldbaum

Dovi Katz

Or Noyman

Avi Zimmer

Love You

Talya Dallal

Madeline Abramson – Amhsi Spring

Kayla Brand

Hannah Volchok

Emily Nachmani

Thank You

Shoshana (Shany) Ilouz

Elijah Light

Chedva Glovinski

Tu Bishvat Sameach

Yitzchak Lindenbaum

Cutler Family

Elinoa, Leeam, And Shiloh Kruger

Rachel Baran

Rachel Baran

Sarah And Jeremy Baran

Emma Kleinhaus

Rivka & Dov Shore

Sharon & Kevin Ross

The Nathan Family

Happy Anniversary

Bea & Jerry Rosenfield

Lena Shalem


Kotzer Family

Harnik Family

Szlam Family

The Family Of Marcia Lewison