Writing at The Times of Israel, Robert Sarner shares his list of 70 of Israel's 2017 achievements that have inspired him throughout the year. Here are just a few:
1. Israeli chefs win prestigious awards in US for culinary work
The James Beard Foundation honored Michael Solomonov for his work putting Israeli-inspired dishes and Israeli-produced ingredients on American plates. At a ceremony in Chicago, Solomonov, chef at Philadelphia’s Zehav restaurant, received the Outstanding Chef award, while another Israeli, Zachary Engel, received the Rising Star Chef award for his work at Shaya restaurant in New Orleans, established by Israeli-American chef Alon Shaya.
2. Doctors use robots to perform revolutionary spinal surgery
Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem performed the world’s first-of-its-kind dual robotic surgery on a man who had broken his leg in two places and broke six spinal vertebrae in a work accident. The new procedure was successful and the patient was expected to be able to walk soon.