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Press Release From 2017

At a Crossroad

29 December, 2017

Mexico, with more than 120 million residents and a positive growth rate, is one of the riddles that keep investors busy for the next fiscal year. Over the past five years, far-reaching structural reforms have been implemented, which previously seemed impossible to implement. But aside from the expected elections that could change the picture, fears of Trump and his hostility also shattered the local currency. The report states: generating electricity from renewable energies is cheaper than production from perishable sources such as coal and nuclear energy.

Prof. Ayalon emphasizes the need for efficiency in the electricity grid, prior to renewable energy

Some dogs barking in arabic

29 December, 2017

Young people bring home dogs and parents, once they resisted, fall in love and adopt. While there are places where it is rare to see a dog walk, and designated parks are a distant dream, the number of dogs registered in Arab communities is leaping.

Why is there no Israel Prize for Quality?

29 December, 2017

On Independence Day, Israel's Prizes will be awarded in the 70s to the State. The Israel Quality Association marks its 45th anniversary. To date, the Israel Prize for Quality has not been awarded. Is there a chance that this will happen, and what is the connection to the lack of recognition of the quality profession

Laying off any TEVA worker puts another 5 different employees at risk

28 December, 2017

A study conducted by Dr. Gilead Fortuna and Yuval Neev of the Samuel Neaman Institute shows that the rate of added value produced by TEVA is significantly higher than the industrial standard in Israel. Therefore the impact of reducing the production of Teva in Israel on the work force and the supporting industries and services industries, will be very large
In addition, a significant reduction of Teva size in Israel could discourage young companies from becoming larger independent industrial companies, and they might prefer to make an exit rather than growth.

 

Clean energy, now cheap

27 December, 2017

A new report states that the prices of renewable energy production fell this year for the first time in the United States below energy prices from perishable sources such as coal. Is the new plan of the Electricity Authority to install solar panels on rooftops marks the turning point in Israel as well?

Prof. Ayalon emphasizes the need for efficiency in the electricity grid, prior to renewable energy

An interview with Ofira Ayalon in the program only a question

20 December, 2017

An interview with Prof. Ofira Ayalon on environmental issues with a focus on waste management, packaging law and carrier bags law

The State of Israel must move to natural gas for transportation

27 August, 2017

The Samuel Neaman Institute's Energy Forum recommends to the Israeli government Not to miss the train: if natural gas for transportationis not promoted at present we will find ourselves lagging behind the world again

The Israeli Way

25 August, 2017

WayCare company, which is capable of observing traffic system malfunctions and predicting even accidents, has signed its first deal with the Las Vegas municipality. In Israel, however, are still waiting. Is the Israeli high-tech industry losing momentum? The Samuel Neaman Institute recently referred to concern data published, which indicate a decline in Israel's status as a leading country.

Government official: The use of electric buses is preferable to natural gas-fed buses

06 August, 2017

High cost, limited advantages and technological difficulties will prevent extensive use of natural gas for transportation. Natural gas reduces carbon dioxide emissions, but does not reduce nitrogen oxide emissions. The Samuel Neaman Institute calls on the government to promote the implementation of natural gas in transportation.

Despite the declarations: Only three vehicles in Israel are driven by natural gas

02 August, 2017

A new report by the Samuel Neaman Institute indicates a lack of infrastructure and problematic regulation that prevent natural gas from assimilating into Transportation in Israel. The report recommends not to raise the tax on natural gas, and to remove barriers to the construction of its filling stations.

The state failed to develop the gas industry

02 August, 2017

The government has not yet succeeded in implementing plans to expand the natural gas market. Despite the discoveries of gas and the large supply, Israel lagged behind the Western world in the exploitation of natural gas. According to a special review of Samuel Neaman Institute. Institute Researchers claim that the reason for the lack of exploitation of natural gas is a lack of infrastructure and problematic regulation.

To be an engineer in the 21st century

16 July, 2017

According to the Article, An engineer in the 21st century does not only sit all day in front of the computer screen and develops mathematical formulas or models, and In order to cope with a technological world that is changing at a high rate, it must have a variety of abilities that will enable it to succeed in its job. Here are some of them. The Article points out 10 of them.

Old residential towers are not prepared for fires: "We may reach a catastrophe"

15 June, 2017

Old residential towers built before 1980 are not prepared for fires: "We may reach a catastrophe." Some buildings do not have fire extinguishing systems, the cranes can not reach the higher floors: experts warn that older towers may become death traps, similarly to the fire in London..  Professor Alterman of the Neaman Institute stresses that in Israel, unlike other advanced economies, a residential towers are typically the home to 3 times as many children as in other countries and their evacuation would be especially problematic.

hole in the ivory tower

03 June, 2017

 Academics understand that if they want to live (and budgets) they have to overcome the aversion to popular media, get off the ivory tower and make their studies available to the public

20 million Israelis in 2065: " construction of 40-story towers has begun"

30 May, 2017

The CBS forecass 20 million residents in Israel in 2065. The real estate sector  warns about lack of preparedness for rapid growth. Planning 40-story towers as the usual residential buildings, creating three new cities and completely halting permission to build single-family homes - what should our future homes look like?  Professor Rachelle Alterman of the Neaman Institute at the Technion warns against exaggeration in tower housing.

The President of Israel received the report " Grand Strategy For Israel " from Prof. Uzi Arad and Prof. Zehev Tadmor

28 May, 2017

The President of the State, Reuven Rivlin, received the report of the Samuel Neaman Institute Grand Strategy Forum for Israel from Prof. Uzi Arad and Prof. Zehev Tadmor at the President's Residence. The President stressed: "The Forum for Grand Strategy is a hostel for intelligent thinking of analysis, discussion and planning. Each of you has his rich experience and accomplishments. Your various points of view to examine the conditions of the situation and the processes that develop in the broad and long-term perspective are important and essential in the in-depth analysis of the report and its importance, Congratulations to all of you"

Depending on the Chinese

28 April, 2017

Thousands of construction workers from China are expected to land soon in Israel following an agreement signed this week between the Minister of Housing and senior officials from a Chinese delegation that arrived in Israel. Hope that the additional housing headquarters Chinese workers contribute to shortening the duration of the construction of apartments in new-a necessary step toward solving the housing crisis. The Chinese, for their part, complement another step of deepening economic involvement in the Middle East and in Israel, in accordance with the current strategy of the Chinese government.

The research at Neaman Institute suggests that this mode of action may provide temporary relief to the pressure for housing, but it will not serve the long term objective of mobilizing the current challenge as an opportunity to overhaul the construction sector in Israel, to turn it into an industry of high level productivity, to benefit the whole Israeli economy and provide attractive jobs to Israeli citizens.

DEFYING GRAVITY

28 April, 2017

The apple that fell from a tree and bonked young Isaac Newton on the head led him to contemplate the laws of gravity. Some 350 years later, and despite the recent detection of Albert Einstein’s gravitational waves, gravity is still not well understood. Yet, everything obeys Newton’s law, which says things fall to the earth – except perhaps the economy of Israel ‒, which continues to thrive despite all the odds and obstacles, when many other Western economies remain stagnant and shackled.

Prepare for sea level rise,And save billions

28 April, 2017

Sea level rise is expected to affect hotels, power plants, desalination facilities and localities. If so, why is there no comprehensive deployment in Israel for the effects of sea level rise on coastal areas, despite assessments in Europe that such preparations could save billions?

Salt of the Earth

21 April, 2017

"Arab women have had enough of being a victim, there is a change in the attitude toward violence"

02 April, 2017

Siham Azbarka, who was shot dead last week by a masked man in her home in Lod, joined a long list of 55 women murdered in Arab society since 2012. These murders have long awakened socially active women in Arab society who point an accusing finger at welfare, police and patriarchal Arab society, while risking their lives.

A green day in the life of Prof. Ofira Ayalon

20 March, 2017

A green day in Prof. Ofira Ayalon's life

The absurdity of the electric vehicle

05 March, 2017

A new US study shows a strange scenario where the electric vehicle often causes more pollution due to lower air pollution in cities but increase pollution near power stations.
Prof. Ayalon presented the results of her study- the cleaner the electricity is, the higher are the environmental and economic benefits obtained.

The Electric car will actually cause more Air-pollution

02 February, 2017

A new US study shows a strange scenario where the electric vehicle often causes more pollution due to lower air pollution in cities but increase pollution near power stations.
Prof. Ayalon presented the results of her study- the cleaner the electricity is, the higher are the environmental and economic benefits obtained.

Israeli developers reach for the skies

12 January, 2017

Construction of a 100-floor Tel Aviv skyscraper begins soon but the taller the building, the more costly the maintenance per unit.

plastic bags taxation is working

10 January, 2017

Israel Carrier Bags Act came into force in January 2017. Prof. Ofira Ayalon was interviewed following the implementation of this law and pointed negative issues of law on the one hand, and effective solutions to reduce this nuisance, on the other hand. Her views are based on previous studies conducted at SNI

All indications determine: Israeli research is facing a crisis

09 January, 2017

The study shows that four universities in Israel indeed occupies a distinguished international place in the academic elite - but over the last decade a decline in many research fields was recorded. Shanghai ranking in 2016 first added a series of engineering fields that Israeli universities and are not very good at.

Prof. Uri Kirsch from Samuel Neaman Institute at the Technion warns: "Higher education budget reductions could harm the industry outstanding manpower"

Fear of heights

09 January, 2017

For 15 years, no building passed the tallest tower in Israel. Recently Sarona Azrieli Tower surpassed Moshe Aviv Tower (by 3.5 meters). Four towers of 50-plus floors are in progress, and many others are in planning stages. This is often an ego factor rather than the correct economic or urban policy.

Prof. Rachelle Alterman warns about the phenomenon of residential towers located beyond the expensive central areas of major cities. Such towers are designed for middle-income households, who lack the resources to fully finance the Maintenance costs for the long-range, accelerated deterioration is inevitable

Carrying test drive

08 January, 2017

Israel Carrier Bags Act came into force in January 2017. Prof. Ofira Ayalon was interviewed following the implementation of this law and pointed negative issues of law on the one hand, and effective solutions to reduce this nuisance, on the other hand. Her views are based on previous studies conducted at SNI

Law of the bags: "Consumers are starting to get used to the law"

04 January, 2017

Israel Carrier Bags Act came into force in January 2017. Prof. Ofira Ayalon was interviewed following the implementation of this law and pointed negative issues of law on the one hand, and effective solutions to reduce this nuisance, on the other hand. Her views are based on previous studies conducted at SNI.

The bags paradox: So what is so good about this new law?

04 January, 2017

The law effectively imposes an additional tax on the public and creates a complex mechanism and all this for a negligible part of most of the waste in Israel. Hopefully at least the public discussion about the matter will raises awareness and reduce the use of bags.

Israel Carrier Bags Act came into force in January 2017. Prof. Ofira Ayalon was interviewed following the implementation of this law and pointed negative issues of law on the one hand, and effective solutions to reduce this nuisance, on the other hand. Her views are based on previous studies conducted at SNI

The Bags Law - populist and unnecessary

02 January, 2017

Israel Carrier Bags Act came into force in January 2017. Prof. Ofira Ayalon was interviewed following the implementation of this law and pointed negative issues of law on the one hand, and effective solutions to reduce this nuisance, on the other hand. Her views are based on previous studies conducted at SNI.

The first day of the Law bags "unnecessary and doesnt benefits the environment"

01 January, 2017

Israel Carrier Bags Act came into force in January 2017. Prof. Ofira Ayalon was interviewed following the implementation of this law and pointed negative issues of law on the one hand, and effective solutions to reduce this nuisance, on the other hand. Her views are based on previous studies conducted at SNI