In a Facebook post, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said his decision to move the country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem was taken after he had spoken with Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
Last week, Guatemala was one of only seven nations to vote against a UN resolution urging America to reverse its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The US is an important aid donor to Guatemala, an impoverished Central American country.
Meanwhile, Nabil Shaat, the Foreign Affairs Adviser of Palestinian president said on Thursday that Trump’s decision does not represent the collective will of the international community.
“He does not own Jerusalem. He does not own Palestine. And he is not mandated by the United Nations. It’s very obvious that all the United Nations are against him. And in the security council, 14 out of 15 were against him, so they were 14 to 1. And now the general assembly is today 128 were against him. So he does not represent the international community,” said Shaat.
Shaath stressed the importance of the status of Jerusalem for both Palestinians and Israelis, and for Christians and to Muslims all around the world, and said the two-state solution is the better alternative now.
“The world has agreed not to touch it until you reach an agreement, a peace agreement, between the Palestinians and Israelis. Then you decide the status of Jerusalem. And if you agree on a two-state solution, then you’ll have two capitals in Jerusalem, one east, and one west. If you agree on the one-state solution, which seems difficult now, then you have one capital. But since the Israelis don’t want a one-state solution, then the only alternative is a two-state solution,” said the foreign affairs adviser. — Reuters
Israeli inventors have developed a coronavirus mask that allows diners to eat food without taking it off, a device that could make a visit to a restaurant less risky.
A squeeze of a lever, much like a cyclist operates a handbrake, opens a slot in the front of the mask so that food can pass through.
The process could get messy with ice cream or sauces, but more solid morsels can be gobbled up in a flash in the style of Pac-Man in the iconic video game.
“The mask will be opened mechanically by hand remote or automatically when the fork is coming to the mask,” said Asaf Gitelis, vice president of Avtipus Patents and Inventions, who demonstrated the device at its offices near Tel Aviv.
“Then you can eat, enjoy, drink and you take out the fork and it will be closed, and you’re protected against the virus and other people sitting with you.”
The company said it plans to start manufacturing the mask within months and had already submitted a patent. It said it would likely sell at a 3 to 10 shekel ($0.85 to $2.85) premium above the price of the simple pale blue medical masks many Israelis wear.
Outside a juice bar in Tel Aviv, Reuters showed a cellphone video of the mask in action. Opinion was divided.
“I think this mask that enables me to eat while I’m still wearing it, it’s a must have,” said Ofir Hameiri, a 32-year-old graduate student.
But maskless and eating an ice cream cone, Ron Silberstein, a 29-year-old musician, said: “I don’t think this mask could hold this kind of ice cream – it’s dripping all over. I wouldn’t want to wear it afterward”.
Israel has largely reopened its economy after a dramatic drop in cases of the novel coronavirus. But restaurants are open only for takeout for the time being. (Reuters)
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment on corruption charges does not disqualify him from forming a government, Israel’s top court said late on Wednesday (May 6), paving the way for the veteran leader to remain in power.
In its ruling against opposition petitioners, the Supreme Court also found that Netanyahu’s unity government deal with his election rival Benny Gantz does not violate the law, dismissing arguments that it unlawfully shields him in a corruption trial.
The ruling removes a critical legal hurdle to the coalition government the right-wing Netanyahu and centrist Gantz plan to swear in next week, following three inconclusive elections in the past year.
It also moves the country closer to ending its political deadlock as it grapples with the coronavirus crisis and its economic fallout.
Netanyahu was indicted in January on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. He denies any wrongdoing in all three cases. (Reuters)
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An Israeli regenerative medicine company that is developing a platform of novel biological therapeutic products has announced that they were able to treat their first coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient in New Jersey, USA under the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Single Patient Expanded Access Program, also known as a compassionate use program.
In a statement, Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. said the treatment is “part of the U.S. Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program (CTAP), an emergency program for possible therapies that uses every available method to move new treatments to patients as quickly as possible.”
Pluristem said the patient was administered a treatment called Placental expanded (PLX) cell therapy.
The company added that the patient was critically ill with respiratory failure due to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) prior to the PLX treatment.
The patient was also under mechanical ventilation in an intensive care unit (ICU) for three weeks.
Pluristem CEO and President Yaky Yanay said they are now focusing on the initiation of a multinational clinical study.
“In parallel with our planned clinical trial, we expect to continue treating patients under compassionate use through the appropriate regulatory clearances in the United States and Israel, as well as expanding treatment under compassionate use in other countries,” he said. AAC
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