Israel’s MaxTech Networks’ marketing tagline is “Connecting you when no one else can.”
But the Israeli company took that to a whole new level last week when it supplied the vital technology necessary to save 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave with dwindling oxygen and little food.
“On every rescue mission you need to coordinate the rescue team and to know at all times where they are, and what their status is,” explained Uzi Hanuni, MaxTech’s CEO. “These caves are very long, and you can’t send messengers back and forth through them. The divers need to be in constant contact with their base so that everyone knows where they are.
“No other system could work here, except ours,” said Hanuni, adding that it was essential to keeping the first responders alive.
Thanks to the hard work of MaxTech and many others around the world, the entire team and their coach were rescued. But few in the watching world realize just how much they relied on Israel’s innovation.
Israeli Technology Helps the World, Even Her ‘Enemies’
“Israel has a long record of developing innovative technologies for emergency situations,” says Israel21c, a nonprofit organization that publishes an online news magazine and maintains a website about 21st century Israel.
“Those have led to devices such as Water-Gen, a portable machine that can generate drinking water from the atmosphere and purify existing water sources; Pocket BVM, a collapsible resuscitation and respiratory support device; SkySaver, a personal rescue device that can evacuate a person from a building of up to 120 stories tall; and the Agilite Instant Harness, a rappelling harness that was used to save the lives of South African miners trapped underground in 2013.”
And Israel extends its technology assistance even to her enemies, through such programs as Operation Good Neighbor, which Israel launched in 2016. Through that initiative, soldiers frequently open gates on the Syrian border to welcome injured and sick men, women and children in need of Israel’s advanced medical technology.
“The Syrian war came to a point where people started showing up on our border looking for help,” explained Major Dr. Sergei Kotikov, a senior IDF officer. They had no trust and could not rely on their government, instead turning to (Israel), which for 50 years they were told was the enemy.”
“Everyone who comes here only has good things to say about the treatment they receive,” a Syrian mother told The Jerusalem Post. Her son was among those who had received treatment in Israel.
Israeli Technology: Its Role in Israel’s Survival
This same innovation keeps Israel at least one step ahead of attempts by Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas to decimate her.
“In a recent speech, the deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) boasted that the ‘Islamic army in Syria’ in the Golan Heights was awaiting orders to eradicate the ‘evil regime’ of Israel,” The Times of Israel reported on July 9. Hossein Salami estimated that Iran had 100,000 missiles aimed at Israel. But Israel’s advanced, technologically acquired information allows her to prepare and defend herself.
Israel has for years used its advanced technology and intelligence techniques to wage a quiet campaign to keep Iran from entrenching itself in Syria, on Israel's border. The effort became less quiet in 2018.
In February, Israel shot down an Iranian drone carrying explosives and responded with a counterattack on an air base in Syria. In May, Iran sent 32 rockets toward Israel’s border with the Golan Heights border. Israel shot down four, and the rest destroyed infrastructure in the Golan Heights. Israel responded with a two-hour bombing of Iranian targets in Syria, destroying several Syrian air defense systems.
Lately, Hamas launched incendiary kites and balloons from Gaza into Israel, resulting in large fires that destroyed crops.
The situation escalated and Israel deployed its Iron Dome missile defense batteries across central Israel on July 15.
“The IDF is determined to continue to defend citizens of Israel and is prepared for a variety of scenarios that may intensify,” said a spokesperson for Israel’s army this week.
“The Israeli military said it would take harsh action in response to any attack from the coastal enclave, including in the form of incendiary kites and balloons,” reported The Times of Israel, adding, that IDF is “bracing for possible retaliation by Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip.”
There is Hope
Several U.S. news outlets reported that Presidents Trump and Putin discussed working together to ensure Israel's safety during their summit in Finland on Monday.
“Both countries will work jointly,” President Trump said. “Creating safety for Israel is something that both President Putin and I would like to see very much.”
“This will bring peace to the Golan Heights and bring a more peaceful relationship between Syria and Israel and also to provide security for the state of Israel,” President Putin said.
Please pray with us:
• As we thank God for how He has blessed Israel and that Israel, in turn, is blessing the world with its technology
• That Israel’s good works will help in the fight against anti-Semitism
• That Jewish people’s eyes will be opened to see Yeshua (Jesus) as their long-awaited Messiah
• That those who hate Israel will also hear the truth of the Good News