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PAGE 28 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL photos courtesty of Breaking the Ice The first man on the Antarctic mountain in January 2004 is Breaking the Ice expedition leader, DORON EREL. By Rachel Pomerance Israel during the intifada, he said, he "felt paralyzed not be- NEWYORK (JTA)--Justbe- ing able to do anything" and fore news networks flashed sawtheAntarcticatripasaway footage of furious Palestinians to make a contribution. vowing to avenge Israel's kill- Nathaniel teamed up with ing of the leader of Hamas, anIsraeliclimberfriend, Doron there was a more heartwarm- Erel, to assemble the mission. ing story on the Middle East. Through their connections, in- A few Israelis and Palestin- cluding Israeli journalists ians were honored this month working in the West Bank and by Search for Common GazaStrip, they found four Is- Ground, a non-profit organi- raelis and four Palestinians zation dedicated to conflict willing to sail from the south- resolution, for diplomacy ern tip of Chile through the through sport, ominous Drake Passage toAnt- Their sport was an extreme arctica. one: On New Year's Day, the Theyalsoorganizedaneight- group embarked on a 35-day person support crew, consist- expedition to Antarctica that ing primarily of Israelis and culminated in the scaling and Europeans. They included a naming of an unexploredphysician, mountain guides, mountain, cameramen to produce a docu- Back from the pole, the ex- mentary and an aide to keep peditionary group, known as them in contact with a coordi- "Breaking the Ice," realized nating office in Germany via they would return to the all- satellite phone. too-familiar tragedy of the Is- The hikers included an raeli-Palestinian conflict. Ethiopian Israeli who had lost The endless strife makes most of her family trekking membersofthegroupwanttoacross Sudan en route to Is- "stand up and screamvery loud rael, a Palestinian from Jerusa- that we would very much like lem who had been jailed for to see a different world," said attacking Israeli troops with Heskel Nathaniel, who Molotov cocktails and a lawyer launched the project, who served in an elite corn- An Israeli living in Germany, mando unit in the Israeli army. Nathanielsaidhefeltwellposi- Despite their differences, tioned and motivated to orga- membersoftheteamknewhow nize the project from a "neu- to "treat each other as human tralcountry."Beingawayfrom beings," said Olfat Haider, an By Joe Berkofsky Hunt, a vice president at Forrester Research, an NEW YORK (JTA)--When Internet analysis firm. Hunt Ron Moritz talks, Israel's tracks the Israeli data-secu- high-tech troops listen, rity sector. That's because Moritz, se- Israeli innovation is hardly nior vice president and chief news to the high-tech world: security strategist for Corn- IndustrygiantssuchasApple, purer Associates, the Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, multibillion-dollar informa- Oracle and Sun long have tion-technoiogycompany, de- maintained research and de- ploys terms like "warfare" and velopment beachheads on Is- "conflict"to maptheongoing raeli shores. battle against global Israel's software industry cybercrime, has outpaced all other Israeli "We have an increased in- industries in exports over the formational warfare capabil- past two decades, according ity," Moritz told a gathering to the Israel Export & Inter- of Israeli data-security firms national Cooperation Insti- last week. "That is our corn- tute. petitive edge. In a state of Last week, more than two perpetual conflict and no dozen data security special- peace, informational superi- ists in the financial, health- ority means dominance." No care and governmental mar- one knows the strategy better ketsassembled ina forum un- than Israeli high-tech entre- derwritten by Computer As- preneurs, who have been on sociates and IBM, and sport- the front lines of the cyberwar sored by the New York- based for years. Many of those America-Israel Chamber of troops--companies like Commerce & Industry and Radware, RiverheadNetworks Israel's economic mission in and Vsecure Technologies-- the United States. met in New York this week to Some say they could not be show potential American in- mobilizing at a more oppor- vestors the latest in tune time. cybercrime weaponry. In the wake of the terrorist "Israel is consistently the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, se- most innovative and creative curity concerns in the physi- in terms ofsecurity" over the cai and virtual worlds are past 20 years, said Steve growing. Israel, meanwhile, Israeli Arab from Haifa, during an interview with JTA in New York. "Maybe the solution is vodka," Nathaniel joked of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, de- scribing an alcohol- fueled highlight of the expedition. Some 10 days into the trip, the group anchored alongside a Ukrainian research station in Antarctica when the local wel- come wagon--two research- ers, the station chief and cook-- dropped by with vodka. When the only one of the four not named Vladimir be- gan imitating John Travolta's dance moves in "Pulp Fiction," a raucous party ensued, com- plete with dancing, stripping and kissing. "It was like a cooling down of all the emotions" for the group, who were raw from the trip's physical and psychologi- cal strain, Nathaniel said. Indeed, the expedition had plenty of rough spots. Crossing the Drake Passage, which Nathaniel calls the"larg- est ships' graveyard in the world," meant enduring waves nearly 50 feet high and winds up to 80 miles per hour. Almost everyone was seasick during those days, and two of the participants suffered bruises as the boat seesawed. There also were political battles--like when Nasser Quass, the Palestinianwho had been in an Israeli jail, said Jews have no claim to the Temple Mount. "We were completely in- sulted," Nathaniel said. Avihu Shoshani, the Israeli lawyer who often butted heads with Quass, was furious. Haider began to cry. The parties separated, avoid- ing each other until the next evening, when they had to con- tinue navigating, Nathaniel said. Another incident was nam- ing the mountain, which they ultimately called the "Moun- tain of Israeli- Palestinian is at the forefront of the battle not only against Palestinian terrorism but against cyber- attacks as well. Israel is the subject of heavy onslaughts of e-mail spare, Web site hack- ing and identity theft. Moritz recalled how he marveled to an Israeli bank officer that one U.S. retailer faced 1.3 million "events" across its 2,300 Web servers in a recent period. The Israeli called that "nothing," saying he faced 20 million. The key, Moritz said, is how data-security teams respond to these foes. While Israeli engineers have revolutionized some technologies, the country's businesses are play- ing catch-up because they have been slower to integrate such products into practical business environments. Yet with Israel's economy slowly emerging from a re- cession, the summit offered some positive signs. For example, Moritz, who meets with two or three com- panies per week, was in Israel two weeks ago shopping for Israeli firms. Computer Asso- ciates, which already has pur- chased the Israeli firms AbirNet for $30 million, Memco for $550 million and Security-7 Software for $20 million, is again "on the cusp" The Breaking the Ice team heads to one of the, in January 2004. Friendship." A few of the Pal- death threat from the Al-Aksa estinians wanted to call it Brigade, the terrorist wing of Jerusalem, but the Israelis Arafat's Fatah movement. wanted to eschew political The mission did gain the statements, blessings of U.N. Secretary Gen- Other names like Mount eral Kofi Annan, the Dalai Hope and Mount Peace already Lama, Israeli Labor Party leader had been used, the group Shimon Peres, Jordan's King learned. Abdullah and other dignitar- The team banded together--- ies. sometimes literally, with The $200,000 trip was fi- ropes--to complete the mis- nanced by several businesses sion. and non-profit groups, includ- Erel, the expedition's leader ing outdoor outfitters The and the first and only Israeli to North Face and New-Zealand- climb Mount Everest, re- based MacPac, as well as the marked on the bizarre nature Germany money-management of climbing a mountain at"the firm Arsago and the Peres Cen- end of the world," tied to a ter for Peace. Palestinianwhose brother was With the trek now behind killed in Lebanon and another them, Nathaniel and Erel are who was jailed in Israel. working to make "Breaking The But Erelhad faith in his part- Ice" into an annual program-- ners. though not to Antarctica. The "I didn't think for one too- nexttrip, slatedforMarch2005, ment they were going to cut will be a camel trek across the the rope," he said. Sahara Desert for Jews and Ar- Nathanielviewedsomeofthe abs from several countries. political tensions as a reflec- Launchingtheprogramwith tion of the pressures placed on such a bold expedition was no the Palestinians. accident: The group wanted a The program had the en-headlinegrabbertobrandtheir dorsement of Palestinian Au- concept, Nathaniel explains. thorityPresidentYasserArafat, Indeed, the story captured the but Quass said he received a attentionofdozensofinterna- ofacquiringsomethinginIs- to sign onto secure servers rael, he said. with biometric software Some deals already have rather than passwords, which happened. In January, can fall prey to thieves. Eastman Kodak purchased Applied Neural the Israeli firm Aliroo, based Computing's product allows in Or Yehuda, for millions of a user to choose a picture as a dollars, according to Kodak "skin" on a computer desk- spokesman Patrick Faure. top, then connect selected Aliroo, which produces e- icons to spots on the skin. mail encryption software and The software's biometrics, other devices, believes the which reads fingerprints and Kodak partnership "opens other biological features, doors for us" in the burgeon- tracks a user's specific move- ingdata-securitymarket, said ments and gives only them Meir gorea, Aliroo's CEO. access. By teaming up with a "Iteiipe pleweneeds me- trusted U.S. brand, Israeli thing better than what we firms can gain a foothold in have now," Shahmoon said. the United States at a time Otherswelcomedthesum- when"uncertaintyaround the mit. environment in Israel cer- Dan Dinnar, director of tainly is a factor," Faure said. sales of Cyber Ark, based in Other forces also haveLod, Israel, produces"vault- helped Israeli firms cross bor- ing" technology that secures ders. targeted spots on and between Recent U.S. legislation networks. He said the secu- mandating new digital safety rity space already is crowded nets in the medical field have with vendors. pushed Israeli firms like Dinnar should know: Four Aiiroo and Applied Neural years ago, Cyber Ark, a rela- Computing, of Herzliya and tively small shop with 50 New Jersey, to maneuver for people, opened offices in key positions in that indus- Dedham, Mass and already try. has signed more than 100 of EliShahmoon, chiefexecu- the top 1,000 companies tive officer of Applied Neural worldwide as clients. Computing, said the company "This is a great opportu- has produced a new password nity to get your information technology that allows users out" and create a buzz gener- tional news networks, il ing Arab TV stations. f~0Now, the inspire children with ample ofbok will symbolize hero," Nathaniel said. plained that the ultimately to create dren from countries flict. In the meantime, ticipants say they're connected, in the they feel the tined to do. 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