20 Years Israel – European Cooperation Celebrated in Jerusalem

Much attention was focused on Paris, France,

which featured a Peace Conference without the main players present.

However,  a conference involving the EU in Jerusalem, Israel,

 received much less attention and took place

Science conference at Jerusalem Theater

at the Jerusalem Theater.

For 20 years, Israel and Europe have been working

Celebration 20 years science and tech development in Israel ISERD

together on science, research, and development

under a program named ISERD,

Israel-Europe Research and Development.

In celebration of 20 years of cooperation

a conference was convened.

The first of three panels was on excellence in science,

Panel all women excellence in science ISERD

and all the participants were women.

videos showing some technologies from ISERD grants

The video programs screened between panel presentations

highlighted some of the outstanding and

advanced technologies developed in multiple fields.

ISERD grants used for research

If you need a special pump for an experiment,

just make it and use it.

IBM Cyber Security head at 20th year of ISERD

The head of IBM Cyber Security

was on a panel with the Head of Technology of Israel Police.

Many of the discussions sounded like science fiction,

from imagining technology to fuels from waste water and more.

Ambassador of EU to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen

Lars Faaborg-Andersen EU Ambassador to Israel was all smiles.

 He often speaks about EU-Israel cooperation.

 In Paris it was hard to see,

but whatever they said and did in Paris,

Europeans have been funding projects in Israel for at least 20 years.

Crowd at ISERD 20th anniversary celebration at Jerusalem Theater Israel

Hundreds of researchers and funders gathered,

networked, and talked during the ISERD conference.

Research equipment can be complex and costly.

The EU has a program called Horizon 2020,

which offers billions of Euros to bolster the EU’s

position as a world leader in science.

Europeans want Israeli entrepreneurs to invent

what the EU needs and lacks in areas of development.

The World Economic Forum has named Israel as

second most innovative country in the world after Switzerland.

Israel is opening a new Innovation program next week.

Israeli Small and Medium Enterprises, SMEs,

will have more grant opportunities available

for research projects.

The sky is no longer the limit.

Israeli ingenuity is in demand.

 Did you see any media coverage anywhere

of the ISERD 20th celebration?

It happened last week in Jerusalem, Israel.

 Diplomats make their declarations,

while Israelis are turning amazing ideas into reality.

Jerusalem after Another Terror Attack

Jerusalem after Another Terror Attack

 There is a spot in Jerusalem, Israel,

with so majestic a view

that tourists from around the world

are brought by the busload to appreciate the sight.

Sherover Promenade Tayelet sign

The Sherover Promenade which leads to the Haas Promenade

has a view of the Old City of ancient Jerusalem surrounded by its walls

Old City Jerusalem Israel from Tayelet

and all the neighborhoods adjacent to it.

Parties, reunions, weddings and more,

are held along these promenades, called the Tayelet.

Tayelet Haas Promenade empty on Friday after terror attack

On Friday, January 13, 2017,

they were almost deserted.

Metal fencing after terror attack on tayelet

The lawns by the road were now lined with metal barriers.

Ironically, as I approached,

a large white truck was pulling away.

Truck with learner symbol Jerusalem tayelet

It was on Sunday,  just a few days before,

that a terrorist had rammed his large white truck into a crowd

of young Israeli soldiers on an outing to appreciate the view.

Four were killed and more injured.

On Friday afternoon,

Community event at Tayelet security Jerusalem

local residents gathered at the spot,

Candles and lights on tayelet for 4 murdered Israeli soldiers

to mourn, to remember.

Boy lighting memorial candle site 4 young Israelis killed

and to light a candle

Memorial candles lit for 4 victims of terror Jerusalem

at the make-shift memorials.

They also sang songs of peace and hope,

and melodies to welcome the Shabbat.

Artists4Israel on Friday at Tayelet

While community members joined together

to take back their valued space,

Artists4Israel worked on a mural.

One of the organizers shared her thoughts,
“Our neighborhood has been hit
by several terrorist attacks over this past year,
but we continue to rise again and again,
because this is what we do.”

Mural by Artists4Israel posted on Tayelet

“There should be peace within your borders,

serenity in your palaces.”

What else is there to say?

AMEN.