Beresheet, an unmanned Israeli spacecraft and the world’s first privately funded mission to the moon, survived seven weeks in space and was successfully encapsulated into lunar orbit making to within 9 miles of the moon’s surface, but then lost connection with mission controls and crashed into the dirt at 300mph due to engine failure.

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The Knesset, a shortened form of the Great Knesset, is a Hebrew word for “assembly,” and is roughly equivalent to the concept of the House of Representatives in the United States.

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Besides Israel’s undeniable accomplishment of launching its first ever space mission with goals of landing an unmanned robotic lander (the “Beresheet”) on the moon, the tiny nation also claims another accomplishment: the first selfie taken in outer space.

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The Israeli Defense Force’s accelerated fast-track cross-denominational Nativ program has been implemented with hopes of increasing immigrant soldiers’ connections to the State of Israel and a Jewish heritage for those either never halachically Jewish, those feeling disengaged from their Jewish roots wishing to reconnect, or those simply wishing to learn more about Jewish culture, according to the Jewish Agency of Israel.

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The Israeli cabinet has recently planned to approve millions of dollars in funding for the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project, sometimes referred to as the Two Seas Canal, revealed the Jerusalem Post. Furthermore, the governments of Israel and Jordan have each pledged the equivalent of $40 million USD per annum over the next 25 years, with total pledged funding exceeding $2 billion.

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