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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 14, 2012 tu By Linda Gradstein years to complete. It takes An advanced system monitors activityovertimeandagreater outside Abu Dhabi enter each percent of the world's natural The Media Line motorists from the entrance changes in temperature inthe focus on knowledge-based day. There is no public trans- gas.In2010oilproductionwas to the city to the cornice or tunnel, industries in the future," as portationsystem, andgasoline 2.3 million barrels per day. Anyone who has ever driven the port in about 10 minutes. If a fire increases the tem- described in the government's is subsidized. All of that adds The average GDP per capita is through Abu Dhabi at rush "Before this tunnel theperature suddenly, an alarm website, up to heavy traffic, almost $50,000, which makes hour has wished that, like trip could take up to an wiilsound. Ifthetemperature Abu Dhabi is the capital Officials hope the new tun- it ninth in the world. Batman, his car could sprout hour during rush hour," Dr. continuestorise, anautomatic of the United Arab Emirates nel will give the new tunnel The country is also trying wings and fly over the traffic Theodore Karasik, director system will spray mist until (UAE) and the second largest will give the UAE an economic to develop its tourism sector, jam. That still hasn't hap- for research and development firefighters arrive. There are city after Dubai. There are an boost as well. with plans for an expanded pened, but motorists now at The Institute for Near East also nine generators in case estimated 3.8 million foreign "The story is more than the airportandaproposedraillink have the next best thing--a GulfMilitaryAnalysisinDubai of a power failure, and 99 fire workers in the UAE, most of tunnel itself," Karasik said. betweenAbuDhabiandDubai. two-mile long tunnel, one of told The Media Line. "This is hoses placed every 60 yards, them in the oil industry. As "It's aboutAbu Dhabi growing But for motorists, the most thelongestintheMiddleEast, going to make a tremendous The tunnel is part of an the population of residents as a major economic hub on important thing is to avoid "This is very good for Abu difference." extensiveeconomicplancalled and workers has increased, the Arabian peninsula. The the crushing traffic. Majid A1 Dhabi," Safar al-Mazrouei, a The tunnel has four lanes Abu Dhabi 2030. "The govern- the existing transportation government is taking a series Kthairy, the head of traffic spokesman for the Abu Dhabi in each direction, and motor- ment ofAbu Dhabi published infrastructure had grown of security measures to make services at the municipality, municipality told The Media ists can travel at 50 miles per a long-term plan for the increasingly strained, it a safe investment environ- estimates that some 7,000 Line. "We are very happy that hour. There is a video incident transformation of the Emir- Since Abu Dhabi is the ment." vehicles travel through the the project is finally finished." detection system that noti- ate's economy, including a capital of the Emirates, and Abu Dhabi holds nine per- center ofthecityeachday.Now The project cost $844 mil- ties a control room within 20 reduced reliance on the oil the seat of government and cent of the world's proven many of themwill go through lion and took more than five seconds if a car has stopped, sector asasource of economic business, many residents from oil reserves and almost five the tunnel. Israeli 'spy vulture' report- edly caught in Sudan (JTA)--Sudan officials said they captured avulture that Is- rael fittedwith spy equipment, according to Middle Eastern media reports. According to the online edition of the Egyptian daily El Balad, the vulture was cap- tured in the town of Kereinek in the Darfur region, in Su- dan's west, prompting Suda- nese authorities to announce that Israel was using vultures to spy on their country. The report in E1Balad does not say who made the claims. The equipment fitted on the vulture was solar powered and allows broadcasting the infor- mation gathered, including images, viasatellite uplink, the paper said. It also had a GPS installed. The report further states that the Sudanese security services were able to determine that the equipment found on the vulture came from Jeru- salem's Hebrew University and featured a university logo. The Iranian television sta- tion Press TV quoted un- specified Sudanese media as reporting that the raptor had a leg band with labels that read, in Hebrew, "Israel Nature Service" as well as "Hebrew University, Jerusalem." "This means the equipment installed on the vulture was mounted on it in its home country," El Balad wrote. "This is a young vulture that was tagged, along with Bar Refaeli 100 others, in October. He has two wing bands and a German-made GPS chip," said Ohad Hatzofe, an ecolo- gist for Israel's Nature and Parks Authority. The device, he added, had no photography capabilities. Olmert says center-left rifts kept him from reentering politics JERUSALEM (JTA)--For- mer Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told an Israeli television news magazine that he decided not to run in the upcoming elections due to rifts in the center-left politi- cal camp. The former head of the Kadima Party also threw his support behind current Kad- ima party leader Shaul Mofaz during an interview Saturday night on Israel Channel Two's "Meet the Press." Olmert said he faced the most pressure of his political life to run in the Jan. 22 elec- tions, but added, "I was never close to coming back, and I never told any writers I was running." Olmert said the only poli- tician he spoke to about a political comebackwas former Kadima head Tzipi Livni. Ac- cording to Olmert, Livni said she would be willing to be his No. 2 on a political list. He called Livni, who ultimately formed her own new party called Hatnua, or the Move- ment, "deserving of the job" of prime minister, but called Mofaz "very deserving of the job." Israeli Cabinet approves temporary draft exemption for yeshiva students JERUSALEM (JTA)--Is- rael's Cabinet approved a tem- porary exemption for haredi Orthodox yeshiva students from the military draft. The exemption, passed Sunday in the wake of the expiration of the Tal Law that had allowed haredi men to defer army service, provides a framework for the yeshiva students to join the National Service program in place of being drafted into the military. It was proposed by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Sci- ence and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz. The exemption expires in August, allowing the new gov- ernment thatwill be elected in January an opportunity to pass a substitute for the Tal Law, Barack Obama according to reports. It is expected that at least 1,300 yeshiva students will opt to join the ranks of national service participants during that time. Refaeli ripped for donning Santa suit (JTA) --Bar Refaeliis getting heat again--this time for a picture showing the Israeli model in a Santa suit. Refaeli posted the photo last week on her Instagram ac- count with the caption "Good Morning Santa," according to Shalom Life. The hat is drawn over her eyes; Shalom Life said, "it's safe to assume that she has a hangover, is drunk or is exhausted from a photo shoot." Twitter followers berated Refaeli forwearing a Santa suit since she is Jewish, even tell- ing her that she is "betraying Israel," according to Shalom Life. F-16 engines appear stolen from Israeli Air Force base (JTA)--Several engines of F-16 fighter jets appear to have been stolen from an Israel Air Force base, the Israel Defense Forces said. The IDF spokesperson unit told Army Radio last Friday that the Military Police's serious crimes unit launched an investigation into the pos- sibility that the engines had been stolen. The Hebrew-language news site Walla reported on Dec. 6 that the engines--which weigh over 1.5 tons and are more than 15 feet long--were stolen in recent days from an unspecified military base. Arutz Sheva, a radio station, reported that "senior sources" in the Israel Air Force said the theft appeared to be an inside job, as the base's perimeter fence had not been breeched. This led investigators to believe that the thieves went in and out through the gates using large vehicles. The parts were slated to be repaired. Arutz Sheva reported that the engines most likely were stolen by metal thieves. In July, Bedouin metal thieves infiltrated the IDF base at Tze'elim in the Negev and stole crates of ammuni- tion, which the IDF said were empty. The Bedouins entered the base in SUVs. Friends of IDF event spurned by Stevie Wonder raises more than $14 mil- lion (JTA)--The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces fund- raiser that singer Stevie Won- der pulled out of raised more than $14 million. More than 1,400 people at- tended the event in LosAngeles to aid Israeli soldiers. Enter- tainment mogul Haim Saban and his wife, Cheryl chaired the gala. Saban is a national board member of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. Actor Jason Alexander em- ceed the event, which featured a performance by David Foster and Friends. Surprise musical performances were presented by "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard and 10-time Grammywinner Chaka Khan. Wonder had come under intense social media pressure to pull out of the event. An online petition calling on him to cancel his performance had garnered more than 3,600 signatures. On Israeli tip, Naples police seize arms bound for Egypt ROME (JTA)--Police and customs officials in the port of Naples seized five containers believed to contain arms about to be shipped to Egypt. An Egyptian man was ar- rested in connection with the case. Italian media said Israeli authorities may have tipped off the Italians to the case. News reports said that during the operation on the night of Dec. 7 and early Dec. 8, police opened one of the five containers and found rocket- launching pistols. Obama family offers Chanu- kah greetings (JTA)--President Obama and his family offered Chanu- kah greetings to Jews around the world. Obama recalled the story of the Maccabees in his statement issued last Friday. He also addressed the deeper meaning of the holiday, say- ing, "Chanukah is a time to celebrate the faith and customs of the Jewish people, but it is also an opportunity for people of all faiths to recognize the common aspirations we share. This holiday season, letus give thanks for the blessings we enjoy and remain mindful of those who are suffering. And let us reaffirm our commit- Ron Prosor ment to building abetter, more complete world for all." U.N. General Assembly passes Israeli-proposed resolution JERUSALEM (JTA)--The United Nations General As- sembly passed a resolution proposed by Israel that estab- lishes entrepreneurship as a critical development tool for countries around the world. Some 129 countries voted last Friday in favor of the "Entrepreneurship for De- velopment" resolution, 31 countries voted against, and nine countries abstained in a vote that is considered an important diplomatic victory for Israel in an international body that frequently criticizes the state. The resolution calls on governments to foster entre- preneurship and include all interested parties, according to Globes. The resolution also says that forming partnerships between the private and public sectors also creates jobs and promotes investment, and advances economic growth in a country. The General Assembly's Arab bloc voted against the resolution. Ron Prosor, Israel's ambas- sador to the United Nations, in remarks after the vote noted that the Arab Group said it would vote against the resolu- tion even before negotiations ended. "What a shame," Prosor said. "Few places could benefit from entrepreneurship more than the Arab world. Every Arab delegate who voted no is sending the message that he cares far more about petty poli- tics than human prosperity. "Israel's story shows that if you want stability, empower your people. If you want pros- perity, invest in your citizens. If you want sustainability, engage every member of so- ciety-especially women and youth. This, above all, is the core of this resolution."