Israeli diamond exploration company Shefa Yamim has released a statement detailing the discovery of a large Moissanite precious mineral of 4.1mm, one of the largest pieces of the precious stone ever found. The presence of Moissanite in the area indicates that diamonds may also be located nearby. Shefa Yamim operates in the Carmel hills of northern Israel close to the city of Haifa where over a decade ago a Rabbi prophesised precious stones would be unearthed. Potential new diamond finds are exceedingly rare with no large discovery having been made in the past 15 years. Religious belief and biblical verse have inspired others to search for natural resources in the Holy Land. Texas-based Zion Oil and Gas is exploring for hydrocarbons in the same area as Shefa Yamim and was inspired by a map of the 12 biblical tribes of Israel. Shefa Yamim listed on the Tel Aviv stock exchange in April and has a market value of roughly $62 million, a figure which is sure to rise if recent finds are confirmed and developed. Shefa Yamim’s consultant geochemist believes the company’s chances of unearthing a significant haul of diamonds are as high as 20-30 percent representing the world’s most promising new diamond exploration project.
New in Israel, a boutique toilet chain store. You walk by this store on this busy Tel Aviv Street right by the Carmel market and from the outside is seems just like any other storefront, only that it features toilets- not for purchase, but for use. Let’s take a look. This European trend has infiltrated the Israeli market, which does have toilets for pay at bus stations, among other locations. However, the service, hygiene and costs are not the same. It costs 3 shekels to use one of these boutique toilets, about half a Euro, but the feel is not of a regular public bathroom, but almost like you’ve entered a hotel washroom. With music playing in the background, nice decor, and pleasant service, this boutique answers a basic need that everybody has. The store hosts about 400 people a day, who are interested in the experience. The store opens Sunday through Friday and closed on the Sabbath, in compliance with the usual Israeli stores operating hours. Sivan Raviv, JN1, Tel Aviv.
Despite the 2010 Carmel fire that took its toll on the region, this oasis for artists is open and ready for visitors. The 150 families who live at Ein Hod artists colony in the Carmel Mountains are marking a year since the devastating Carmel Forest fire struck the whole region. But according to longtime Ein Hod resident and tour guide Dan Ben-Arye, the vibrant community of painters, sculptors, musicians, writers and stage performers is stronger than ever. “Besides having 18 galleries and two museums, we have lots of workshops,” says Ben-Arye. “You can come and work with the artists themselves, without any kind of background.” Since its establishment in 1953, Ein Hod has counted 10 Israel Prize winners among its ranks. Please credit the MFA for any use of this video Find us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/IsraelMFA Follow us on Twitter - www.twitter.com/Israel
One of Israel’s oldest and biggest outdoor marketplaces offers always negotiable prices on a wide variety of foods and merchandise. Fresh fruit, exotic spices, flatbread, fish, colorful souvenirs, fresh flowers, clothing and footwear — you’ll find these and more at the Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel) in the heart of Tel Aviv. And all prices are negotiable. The market opened in 1920 and is now the biggest, busiest bazaar in Tel Aviv. Chefs from area restaurants like to buy their raw ingredients here along with hordes of shoppers from a panoply of ethnic backgrounds. Downloads: Hi Res - www.megaupload.com/?d=LEJBMSON Streaming - www.megaupload.com/?d=6LUG0VKG Docs Intro - www.megaupload.com/?d=AJG7TRZX Script - www.megaupload.com/?d=WGFMMJ6U Please credit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel for any use of these videos
Israeli chefs and winemakers are bringing tradition and sustainability to restaurants and vineyards in the Carmel region. Nathan Jeffay goes for a bite and a sip.
The fire in the Carmel is horrible, and the deaths are painful and deeply felt. But the tragedy that played out wasn’t a twist of fate or an act of God. It was an act of persistent, long-term, almost willful government negligence. Israel has almost no firefighting capacity—pitifully few firefighters working with a tiny stock of aging and dilapidated equipment. I’ve got some comparative statistics below on Israel’s fire-fighting preparedness compared to other countries.
In 1882, the first commercial winery in Israel in about two thousand years was established in the town of Zichron Yaakov, by a group of some 200 Jewish family from Romania. Today, the Carmel vineyards produce award-winning wines which rival the world’s best labels. Newly discovered historical records from the winery’s early days tell the tale of how a European-style enterprise survived in pre-state Palestine despite the Ottoman empire’s rampant corruption and difficult living conditions. Download links (copy/paste to browser): Streaming video: www.megaupload.com Download: www.megaupload.com Script: www.megaupload.com