Tag Archive for Ofir Akunis

Joint Israel-France environmental research satellite ready for launch


The Venµs, a vegetation & environment monitoring micro-satellite is scheduled to be launched into space from French Guinea in August.
• It’s a collaboration between Israel’s Aerospace Industries, Elbit Systems, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and France’s space agency.

By Ilan Gattegno and Dan Lavie


The construction of Venus, Israel’s first environmental research satellite, has been completed, and it is set to be launched into space this summer.

Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis introduces the Venus – Facebook/Yakov Saar

Venus, a vegetation and environment monitoring micro-satellite, was assembled by the Israel Aerospace Industries in collaboration with CNES, France’s space agency. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Subcommittee on Space says Jewish State needs 4 communication satellites


Israel’s Knesset Subcommittee on Space says restarting satellite program must be made a national priority
after the loss of Amos-5 & Amos-6 satellites, leaving Israel with only 2 working communication satellites.

Ilan Gattegno


Israel will have only two communications satellites in space in 2017, but it needs to maintain four satellites in orbit, a new report by the Knesset Subcommittee on Space said.

The panel, reporting to the Knesset Science and Technology Committee, was set up following the loss of the Amos-5 and Amos-6 communications satellites.

AMOS 6 explodes Sept. 1, 2016 – YouTube Screenshot

Communications with Amos-5 was lost in November 2015, while Amos-6 was destroyed in Sept. Continue Reading »

#BDSfail: Israel and Britain agree to expand scientific cooperation


British Ambassador to Israel, David Quarrey said, “The UK is proud that more Israeli students & scientists will now be working together with their British peers,” collaborating in bilateral programs.



Hundreds of British and Israeli researchers will benefit from new bilateral programs announced by the British government during UK-Israel Science Day last week.

A woman holds a Union flag umbrella in front of the Big Ben clock tower (R) and the Houses of Parliament in London. – Photo: REUTERS

The Science, Technology and Space Ministry in Jerusalem announced on Monday that the NIS 1.5 million funding will enhance research in water, medicine, agriculture, nanotechnology and other sciences and increase the number of scientists from the two countries who work together; at present, hundreds of researchers are already collaborating in existing bilateral programs. Continue Reading »

Likud MK: Returning to 1967 Borders will Bring Down Gov’t

Deputy Minister in PM’s Office Ofir Akunis, says the current terror spike is the result & fault of the Palestinian Authority’s continued public support of terrorists and their calls of incitement.

By Gil Ronen


Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), MK Ofir Akunis (Likud), said at week’s end that “an Israeli government that presents a diplomatic accord that is based on a return to [pre-]1967 borders and uprooting of communities will not survive politically and will lose in a plebiscite as well.”

MK Ofir Akunis (Likud)

MK Ofir Akunis, Likud – Photo: Marc Israel Sellem

Akunis also made clear that Israel is placing the blame on the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its head, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), for the recent spike in terror acts by Arabs against Jews.

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