50 Israeli Achievements

1991 - Gulf War: The Israel Defense Forces and the Ministry of Health select Shaare Zedek to be the only hospital on 24-hour alert for the intake of victims in case of chemical warfare.

Ethiopian Immigration 1994 - Operation Solomon airlift. The Israeli Air Force airlifts 15,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel within 36 hours.

Applied research by agricultural scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been implemented around the world. Two examples are the use of solar energy to purify and disinfect soil and the development of a new strain of tasty, long-lasting tomatoes that have captured a significant portion of the market in several countries.

April 1995 - World attention focused on Shaare Zedek's Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, which were selected to transmit procedures live via satellite to an audience of thousands of the world's leading cardiologists at the Seventh Annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics Symposium in Washington DC.

1997 - Weizmann Institute physicist Professor Mordehai Heiblum led the team which set new semiconductor purity records by creating the purest ever crystals of the semiconductor gallium arsenide, through which electrons travel at a record speed of 14.4 million centimeters per second (equivalent to 518,400 kilometers or 324,000 miles an hour) - beating the previous world record of 11.7 million centimeters per second set by Bell Laboratories of the United States in 1989.

August 1995 - Shaare Zedek doctor plays significant role in identifying new gene that causes Alzheimer's Disease: Dr. Ephrat Levy-Lahad, while on fellowship at the University of Washington, was on the team that made the major discovery.

25 October 1995 - In his speech on Capitol Hill, as part of the Jerusalem 3000 celebrations, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin declares: "My Jerusalem is Dr. Moshe Wallach ... who built Shaare Zedek hospital. I was born in his hospital."

August 1992 - Following the civil war in Yugoslavia, Israel sent a plane with 13 tons of medicine and foodstuffs to residents of the war-torn area.

July 1994 - At the height of the civil war in Rwanda in 1994, The IDF embarked on a rescue mission in Goma, Zaire, where 750,000 refugees fled, near starvation and dying of disease. Eight Israel Air Force C-130s brought an 80-man-strong rescue team headed by IDF doctors with hundreds of thousands of dollars in medicine, water and supplies. The IDF team set up a field hospital treating some 3,600 patients over two months.

1995 - Giant towers that take advantage of the conditions in the desert to produce energy and desalinated water : a team at the Technion developed the concept of giant Energy Towers of 1,000 meters height ,located in the desert, which can produce clean and safe power by employing a water spray with hot air sucked in and cooled, which causes a strong wind to develop. Turbines placed at the bottom of the towers produce electricity.

1996 - Weizmann Institute immunologists Professors Michael Sela and Ruth Arnon and Dr Dvora Teitelbaum developed copolymer-1, marketed as Copaxone, one of the first drugs approved by the FDA in 1996 to combat multiple sclerosis.

1996 - Weizmann Institute mathematician Amir Pnueli won the coveted Turing Prize, computer science's Nobel, for his work on verifying the correctness and reliability of computer systems.

Particle Collision
Particles in the Particle Collision Accelerator
Weizmann Institute physicist Professor Igal Talmi and the late Amos de-Shalit contributed greatly to the understanding of the structure of atomic nuclei with their innovative shell model for the calculation of energies of nuclei in various states.

Weizmann Institute mathematician Adi Shamir was one of the three developers of the RSA public key encryption system, a worldwide standard, and his cryptographic methods have been used for enhancing data security in different ways. His work was the basis of the development of the smartcard used by Sky TV in their satellite television systems.

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The "50 Israeli Achievements" have been kindly provided by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Israel Defense Forces Information Division, Shaare Zedek Medical Center , the Technion - Israel Institute Of Technology, and the Weizmann Institute of Science. For more information on any of these organizations please see their sites.