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Netanyahu: Civilized world must fight terrorism together

Published on Aug 18, 2017 | Permalink

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the deadly attack in Barcelona Thursday (17th), saying:

“Israel condemns the terror attack in Barcelona.  In the name of the people of Israel I send condolences to the families of those killed and recovery wishes to the wounded..  This evening we saw that terror hits everywhere and the civilian world must fight it together in order to defeat it.”


Former IAF commander: Israel hit over 100 Hizbullah targets

Published on Aug 18, 2017 | Permalink

The IDF carried out nearly 100 strikes in the past five years on convoys carrying weapons to Hizbullah and other terrorist groups in Syria and elsewhere, an IAF leader said Thursday (17th).

Former Air Force Commander Amir Eshel told Israeli news media that “since 2012, I’m talking about many dozens of strikes...the number is close to being three digits.”

“An action could be an isolated thing, small and pinpointed, or it could be an intense week involving a great many elements,” he said of the strikes.

Since Syria’s civil war erupted in 2011, Israel has maintained a policy of attacking arms convoys intended for Hizbullah, which is a key supporter of the Syrian regime and fought a devastating war against Israel in 2006.


Bullseye: IAF successfully intercepted target UAV with Patriot missile

Published on Aug 18, 2017 | Permalink

A Patriot surface-to-air missile was successfully test-fired Wednesday (16th) from a base in central Israel as part of an air force exercise designed to test Israel’s air defense capabilities against threats.

As part of the exercise, the American-made system scored a direct hit on an airborne UAV.


Suicide bomber kills Hamas guard at Gaza-Egypt border - Jack Khoury

Published on Aug 18, 2017 | Permalink

A Hamas border guard was killed Thursday (17th) at the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt when two men approached the crossing and one blew himself up.  Several other Hamas security forces were wounded.  The two terrorists were members of the Salafist faction in Gaza, affiliated with ISIS.


Iran and Hamas are united in their desire to wreak havoc in the region - Daniel L. Glaser interviewed by Joseph Braude

Published on Aug 18, 2017 | Permalink

Iran supports terrorist organizations throughout the Middle East and beyond.  Iran has long had a foreign policy based on trying to destabilize governments and project power throughout the region.  Support for terrorist organizations such as Hizbullah or Hamas gives Iran the opportunity to do just that.

Hamas has traditionally been able to look to the Gulf for financial support.  But in recent years, Saudi Arabia has taken a hard line against Hamas financing and has done that in cooperation with the U.S.  There are so many areas that Israel and the Gulf countries can and should be cooperating in, and in many ways they already are.

[Daniel L. Glaser served as U.S. Assistant Treasury Secretary for Terrorist Financing from 2011-2017]


Tiny Israel has made tremendous progress - Jonathan Adelman

Published on Aug 18, 2017 | Permalink

In May 1948, Israel was a tiny state of 800,000 Jews and Arabs that suffered 6,400 deaths fighting five Arab states with almost 50,000,000 people.  Israel’s population today is 8.6 million.

Some 3.6 million Jews have moved to Israel since 1948, and immigration continues at over 25,000 a year, mainly from Russia, Ukraine, France, and the U.S.

Nearly 60% of Israel is the Negev desert, leaving the 92% of Israelis who don’t live there only 3,400 square miles, less than one-thousandth the area of the U.S.

Israel, recognized by over 160 countries, is developing new relationships with key future powers.  Israel has nearly $10 billion in trade with China and $4 billion with India.

[The writer is a professor at the School of International Studies at the University of Denver]


Queens Museum reinstates Israel event after backlash - Yoav Gonen

Published on Aug 18, 2017 | Permalink

The Queens Museum said Wednesday (16th) it will proceed with an event commemorating the 1947 UN vote establishing the State of Israel, after it had sought to cancel the event organized by Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon.  On Monday (14th), museum director Laura Raicovich notified the Israelis that she was yanking the deal after “Palestinian friends of the museum” expressed concern, because the museum board didn’t want to host a “political event,” Danon said.  He noted that Raicovich is the co-editor of a book that includes essays supporting the boycott of Israel.

“Celebrating the momentous decision of the UN recognizing the right to a Jewish state in our homeland is not a political event, but rather an expression of the historical and legal rights of our people,” Danon said.  After Danon and elected officials publicly criticized the museum, officials there reconsidered the decision, given that its building was the UN headquarters when Israel was founded in 1947.


The changing face of the Israel Navy - Anna Ahronheim

Published on Aug 18, 2017 | Permalink

The expansion of Israel’s Mediterranean exclusive economic zone (EEZ) from 40 miles to 150 miles four years ago “has changed the face of the navy,” a senior Israeli naval officer said Tuesday (15th).  The navy is tasked with securing the natural gas drilling rigs that are in Israel’s EEZ, and believes that Hizbullah in Lebanon has long-range missiles that can hit the rigs, which fuel much of the electricity used in Israel.

Due to the threat posed by Hizbullah’s arsenal, the Sa’ar-6 corvettes being manufactured for Israel in Germany have been redesigned to have two Iron Dome short-range defensive missile launchers instead of one.

Moreover, in response to the threat of terrorist attacks from enemy naval commandos operating under the water, the navy has deployed dozens of sensors on the seafloor near Gaza and Lebanon to detect suspicious underwater movement.


Iran’s military chief in rare visit to Turkey for Syria talks

Published on Aug 18, 2017 | Permalink

Turkish and Iranian military leaders held talks on Wednesday (16th) over cooperation in the Syrian conflict and counterterrorism, officials said.  Turkish media said it was the first visit by an Iranian chief of staff to Turkey since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Nato-member Turkey’s ties with Washington have been strained by U.S. support for Kurdish fighters in Syria.  The visit by Iran’s Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri is the latest sign that Ankara is increasing cooperation with other powers such as Iran and Russia.


Border Police successfully field test innovation Israeli bandage

Published on Aug 18, 2017 | Permalink

Israel’s Border Police are making preparations to equip their medics, commanders and team leaders operating in the Jerusalem area with Israeli-made Woundclot hemostatic bandages, which help save lives by making the blood flowing from wounds clot faster.  The bandages dissolve within seven days.

The Border Police say the new bandages tip the scales in every aspect of treating gunshot or stab wounds.  They can stop bleeding in 40 seconds or less, even in a wound to an artery or to the stomach.  Another advantage is that they do not need to be removed as they begin to dissolve once the blood flow is controlled.

Border Police medics tested the bandages during the recent wave of terrorist attacks in Jerusalem and they proved efficient in stopping bleeding quickly and keeping victims alive while they were being transferred to hospitals for further treatment.