How France helped Israel with nuclear technology (in French)

L’IDYLLE FRANCO-ISRAELIENNE

Par Jacques BENILLOUCHE
copyright © Temps et Contretemps

Israël et la France ont constitué un véritable couple au vrai sens du terme, avec ses dérives et ses turbulences. Ils sont passés par toutes les phases : le flirt, l’idylle, l’amour fou, la passion, la querelle, la haine, l’indifférence, la séparation, la réconciliation et le divorce. Miguel de Cervantès avait d’ailleurs estimé que : «L’amour n’a pas de meilleur ministre que l’occasion.» L’histoire de ce couple a progressivement pris l’allure d’un véritable thriller.

Le judaïsme au début du 20° siècle était extrêmement discret en France et les 90.000 juifs qui y vivaient étaient peu pratiquants et très assimilés. La France était alors une terre d’asile pour les Juifs de l’Est mais le paradoxe a voulu qu’au moment où ils croyaient trouver en France une nouvelle terre promise, ils ont dû faire face à une vague d’antisémitisme sans précédent qui atteindra son paroxysme avec l’affaire Dreyfus.

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Israel to the Moon – the very beginning (2013, Ha’aretz)

Israeli Space Engineers Hope to Take Another Giant Leap for Mankind
Responding to a Google challenge to grab HD footage from the moon’s surface, a team of Israeli volunteers aims for a 2015 launch.

Aliyana Traison
Mar 15, 2013 12:29 PM

Israel may not have Apollo, but its space industry is hoping to take a giant leap for mankind in 2015 to become the third country in history to land on the moon, this time in a tiny unmanned spacecraft equipped with high definition technology capable of broadcasting images back to Earth.

The initiative is the brainchild of SpaceIL, a non-profit organization founded by three young Israeli engineers who embarked on Google’s international Lunar X project about two years ago. Google has promised $20 million to the first team that successfully lands on the moon, travels at least 500 meters on the lunar surface, and brings back HD video, images and data. As a further incentive for the competing teams, the prize will drop to $15 million if a government funded project beats them to it – a goal which China hopes to achieve this year.

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TOI – Engineers detail glitches that caused Beresheet to slam into moon (04/14/2019)

Engineers detail glitches that caused Beresheet to slam into moon
Technical problems began miles above landing spot when spacecraft lost main engine; engineers restarted it, but too late to prevent the craft smashing into lunar surface at 310 mph
By MELANIE LIDMAN
12 April 2019, 5:56 pm

Engineers on Friday released preliminary data about what they believe went wrong in the last moments of Beresheet’s flight, a day after the Israeli spacecraft crash-landed on the moon.

Engineers believe a technical glitch — likely in the component that measures the spacecraft’s altitude in relation to the surface — triggered a chain reaction of events that caused the main engine of the spacecraft to stop.

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TOI – Beresheet may have crashed, but for a moment we raised our eyes to the heavens (04/14/19)

Beresheet may have crashed, but for a moment we raised our eyes to the heavens.
While the Israeli spacecraft didn’t land on the moon, it did remind us to look beyond the borders of our own small worlds and let our imaginations soar.

By MELANIE LIDMAN
12 April 2019, 4:49 pm

Recently, someone in my neighborhood in Tel Aviv has been spray-painting the question, “Have you looked at the sky today?” on walls of buildings and at the dog park and local train station. Have you looked at the sky today? It’s a reminder to take our eyes off the phone in our hands, and look up, for a moment, to see what’s going on around us.

Over the past two months, I found myself lifting my eyes to the sky more and more, as I followed the trajectory of Beresheet’s elliptical path to the moon.

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Beresheet – The spotify playlist

The I center, dedicated to sharing educative ressources about Israel, created a playlist for the Beresheet mission, filled with Israeli songs relevant to the adventure. It’s pretty awesome, and it’s right here:

The original page is here (and did I mention it’s pretty awesome?).