Israel Update

Eli Gonen says, Israel has not maximized its tourism potential, in large part because of only fitful attention from the government (Haaretz).

The European Union has decided unanimously to upgrade relations with Israel in commerce, the economy, academic ties and diplomatic areas (Haaretz).

Zvi Bar’el reports that officials in Hamas and the PA believe that circumstances for negotiation between them are better than ever, and this is part of a broader regional trend toward reconciliation (Haaretz).

A new documentary film focuses on the emotional journeys of American Jewish visitors to Israel. (Jewish Chronicle).

Teva says that its Parkinson’s Disease drug Azilect can not only treat symptoms of the disease (which other drugs do too), but can actually slow the progression of the disease itself (Jerusalem Post).

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