Welcome to Gilis Good Newsletter #90!
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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As I’m writing this, the new government is being sworn in. A lot has been written about it, and I won’t elaborate. However, I hope the new government does a lot of good for Israel and the world. I dropped a link below if you’d like to read about it.
It’s a beautiful day. The sun is shining, and it feels like 70 degrees. We were fortunate to get our first significant weather system over the weekend, and we hope the wet weather will visit again soon.
Even without a particularly wet winter, Israel finally achieved its ambitious goal of pumping desalinated seawater across the country to the Kinneret. On Tuesday, the project was inaugurated in a large ceremony. It’s the first time in the world that desalination is being used to replenish a lake. The Kinneret is one of the lowest bodies of water and the only freshwater lake in Israel. The project cost about 1B Shekel, around $285M to build, but it adds a level of water security we’ve never seen before. #shehechiyanu
Israelis flocked to the shores of Ashkelon on Tuesday night through Wednesday because nine containers fell off a docked boat earlier in the week because of the stormy weather. The contents of those containers started showing up on the beaches, and people flocked there to collect the goods. Much of it was plastic cups and other goods, and some people jumped into the cold water to find more or better stuff. #cantmakethisup
The security establishment announced that they arrested the terrorist responsible for the bombings that took the lives of 16-year-old Aryeh Shechopek and 50-year-old Tadasa Tashume. The terrorist was without a prior criminal record and acted alone. It’s comforting because it wasn’t a well-coordinated attack that slipped through security. We can now sleep a little easier, and it should provide a degree of comfort to the families of the deceased and injured.
Finally, the Pool of Siloam, the 3000-year-old reservoir that likely enabled Jerusalem’s growth in Biblical times, will be excavated in the coming months. The Israel Antiquities Authority, Israel Nature and Parks Authority, and the City of David Foundation, made the joint announcement on Tuesday. The news was criticized by left-wing groups claiming that Israel is trying to expand control over politically sensitive parts of Jerusalem.
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