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A Tap In the Desert
In the 25 years of Israel's existence, the country
has met and overcome a number of significant chal-
lenges. The biggest challenge, basically unchanged
from ancient times to today, is the one offered by the
land of Israel itself. Israel possesses few natural re-
sources. For a people to succeed on this land they
must possess within themselves the ingredients neces-
sary to create value from what is common. They must
be a people who are intellectually curious and innova-
tive or the land, instead of nurturing their develop-
ment, will kill them.
Moses was perhaps the first and most impressive
of the Israeli scientists. During the exodus from Egypt
he struck the rock and water came forth abundantly
for the people to drink. And when the Israelites came
to Marah—a word which today still means "bitter" in
Hebrew—and found the water too brackish to their
taste, Moses sweetened it by throwing a tree—which
the Lord pointed out to him—into the well.
Contemporary Israeli geologists, hydrologists, botan-
ists, physicists, chemists—scientists and researchers in
all categories have also realized in facing their own
particular problems that they would have to repeat
Moses' miracles by using the rod of science. Without
water, the entire dream of redemption was doomed;
water, as the pace setter, however, could not function
There are numerous major organizations function-
ing in the realm of science and research in Israel to-
day. However, the national scientific policy is formed
and developed by the National Council for Research
The Council shapes programs of study for the early
solution of industrial problems, such as air and water
pollution and other environmental disturbances.
Other significant scientific forces in Israel include:
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The Israel Academy of Science and Humanities,
which promotes scientific and scholarly activities, and
represents Israel abroad in those spheres. It also pub
lishes scientific and other works.
The Weizmann institute of Science whose various
departments are engaged in fundamental and applied
The National and University Institute of Agriculture
at Rehovot and Beit Dagon consists of the Volcani
Institute of Agricultural Research.
The Development Department of the Israel Minis-
try of Defense does fundamental research in physics,
electronics and chemistry.
The Israel Atomic Energy Commission is concerned
with the research and study of problems relating to
nuclear reactors and the production of heavy water.
The Institute of Fibers and Forest Products en-
gages in applied research on cellulose, wood products,
vegetable products and other sources of fibers.
The universities and other institutions of higher
learning in Israel are both seats of education and re-
search. Scientific research is conducted, among other
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem where the
student body exceeds 15,000 and where more than 1,600
research projects are in progress.
The Technion—Israel Institute of Technology which
is a teaching and research institute in the sciences and
technologies, and provides technical services to indus-
try and agriculture. Its student body exceeds 8,000.
The Tel Aviv University is an amalgam of a num-
ber of scientific and other institutes and schools. Stu-
dents number over 16,000.
Bar-Ilan University is a religious institute with a
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, with De-
partments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics,
Botany and Zoology.
Haifa University is developing major programs.
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