The Golan Heights Winery is founded, starting the “quality revolution” in Israeli wine. Golan helped transform the way Israeli wines are perceived worldwide, and firmly placed Israel on the world wine map.

• Mario Moshe Levi and Yaakov Nakash launch Bio-Bee Biological Systems at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, which cultivates bees, wasps, and mites for pest control and natural pollination on farms across the world.

• Israel creates a national search-and-rescue unit to respond to domestic and foreign disasters.