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November 26, 2015 / 14 Kislev, 5776
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U.S. Air Force and IAF in Join Exercise

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

The Air Forces of the United States and Israel began the bi-annual Blue Flag joint exercise Sunday at the Ovdat Air Force Base in northwest of Eilat.

The joint drill reflects the ongoing American-Israeli cooperation, regardless of the exaggerated “bitter relationship” between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama.

The exercise, which includes other allies, creates a multi-national learning environment, including fictional countries, in which participants can practice planning and execution of large air force operations.

Air Force Surveillance Flights Soar during Wave of terror

Friday, October 16th, 2015

The Israeli Air Force has carried out approximately eight times more intelligence and surveillance flights than it usually does since the recent wave of Palestinian Authority and Israeli Arab terror.

“We usually fly 2 or three times a week, but last week, there were four or five every day,” said deputy IAF commander told the Air Force’s website.

The intelligence flights, including those of unmanned aircraft (UAVs), relay information to command centers and also to ground troops.

“We are ready at any moment and on every front, more than usual,” the commander added.

New Jerusalem Street Honors Savior of 40,000 Jews During Holocaust

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Mayor Nir Barkat inaugurated a new street in Jerusalem in an official ceremony this week to honor Moshe (Miklós) Krausz, a little-known Hungarian Jew who saved about 40,000 Jews during the Holocaust

The street-naming publicly recognizes and honors Krausz’s work in a rare instance of recognition.

“This commemoration only begins to correct a historic injustice,” said Nachi Eyal, CEO of The Legal Forum for Israel and one of the people behind this initiative.

Eyal told Tazpit:

Krausz was a man of the World Zionist movement and the Mizrachi movement who saved tens of thousands of Jews and yet his name has been left out of the public knowledge. Krausz died alone and almost forgotten in Jerusalem after having immigrated here with the end of World War II.

Krausz served as the director of the Palestine Office for the World Zionist Movement in Budapest and was responsible for obtaining emigration permits for Jews to the British Mandate of Palestine.

Following the Nazi invasion of Hungary in 1944, Krausz, aided by his connections with Swiss Vice-Consul Carl Lutz, began producing diplomatic patronage certificates to thousands of Hungarian Jews and their entire families, effectively granting them diplomatic immunity from the Nazis.

Through his Swiss connection, Krausz also obtained extraterritorial status under the auspices of the Swiss government to many private buildings where Jews would hide from Nazi extermination.

Most prominent among these “safe houses” was a disused glass factory in Budapest. Dubbed “The Glass House” by survivors, over 3,000 Jews used the building as a hiding place and survived the Holocaust.

“Jews from all walks of life and different backgrounds huddled together in the crowded cellars,” Mordechai Newmann, a Glass House survivor who attended the ceremony told TPS. “Orthodox rabbis, socialist youth activists, Zionist Organization workers, and their families all had their place in the Glass House.”

“At night, members of Zionist Youth organizations would dress up in Nazi uniform and sneak out of the cellars to find more Jews and smuggle them into the glass house,” recounts Newmann, who was 14 at the time.

This elaborate scheme that saved such a staggering number of lives from the Nazi extermination machine went unnoticed and did not receive much public attention in Israel until now.

According to Dr. Ayala Nadivi, a historian of Hungarian Jewry, the reasons for Krausz’s hitherto anonymity might have been political. She told Tazpit:

There was quite a lot of infighting and political ego struggles between the various Jewish and Zionist bodies of the time. Krausz was a member of the Mizrachi movement, while the Jewish leadership in British Mandate Palestine was predominantly of the Mapai movement (Worker’s Party of The Land of Israel). Independently of Krausz and Lutz’s rescue efforts, Mapai established the Budapest Rescue Committee and appointed Israel Kasztner to head it.

Later, with the end of the British Mandate and the founding of the State of Israel, the same Mapai became the governing party in Israel. When Kasztner was accused of collaboration with the Nazis during his rescue activities, Krausz gave unfavorable testimony against him on trial. From that point on and despite the evident existence of records of Krausz’s rescue efforts, not a single national organization or newspaper acknowledges him.

According Eyal, it was Dr. Nadivi’s book “Between Krausz and Kasztner: The Battle to Save Hungarian Jewry” published in 2014, that was the catalyst to the reemergence of Krausz’ name on public record.

“After being told about the book by my assistant and reading it, I felt compelled to petition Mayor Barkat,” Eyal told Tazpit. “After filing a request and all the necessary paperwork, including the historic records assembled by Dr. Nedivi, the Mayor acquiesced and named a Jerusalem street after this man who saved more Jews than Schindler and Kasztner combined and was a Jew himself.”

IDF Attacks Syrian Positions

Friday, August 21st, 2015

The IDF Spokesperson announced that the IDF attacked 14 Syrian positions in the central Golan Heights region late Thursday night using tanks, artillery and the Air Force. The IDF strikes were in response to the Syrian attacks that hit Israel earlier Thursday afternoon.

The initiating attack was done by an Islamic Jihad group, which is funded by Iran. The spokesperson said the attack was an infringement on Israeli sovereignty.

The IDF views the Syrian (Assad) government responsible for what goes on in its territory, and won’t countenance any attempt to harm Israel’s sovereignty or the security of its inhabitants.

IDF to Place Four Elite Combat Units under New Command

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The IDF is placing its four elite combat units under a single commando brigade in the 98th Paratrooper’s Division.

The combat units Egoz, part of the Golani Brigade; Rimon, part of the Givati Brigade; Duvdevan of the Central Command; and Maglan of the combat engineering force will be under the new command to be headed by Col. David Zainy.

The new commando brigade will “improve joint operations of special forces in emergency [conditions]” and serve as “decisive front lines of the IDF against future challenges of the enemy,” said Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot.

The famed Sayeret Matkal, which is under the direct command of the IDF General Staff’s Reconnaissance Unit, the Air Force’s Shaldag commando unit and the Navy’s Flotilla 13 will continue to operate autonomously.

Hamas UAV Crashes in Attempt to Invade Israeli Airspace

Thursday, June 25th, 2015


An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) tried to invade Israelis airspace from Gaza but crashed at the security fence shortly after 3 pm. (5 a.m. EDT) Thursday.

The IDF has not stated if the drone was carrying surveillance equipment or an explosive device.

Hamas has tried several times to send UAVs into Gaza, and Hezbollah successfully did so two years ago before the IDF shot it down over the southern Heron Hills, northeast of Be’er Sheva.

Iran, which backs Hezbollah, lately has resumed financing Hamas.

Soldiers from the IDF Engineering Corps forces retrieved the UAV for inspection.

The Air Force said it had been monitoring the drone since it launch, and it scrambled warplanes, which did not have anything to shoot at since it the UAV couldn’t even fly past the security fence.



Shootout at US Air Force Base in Little Rock, AR

Monday, June 15th, 2015

At least two people, including one civilian, were taken to a hospital after a shootout at a U.S. Air Force base in Little Rock, Arkansas on Monday. One of the two — a civilian — was wounded, TVH11 reported, quoting a sergeant with the base.

The violence began at the main gate to the base, when a gunman approached the base firing a weapon.

Security forces subdued the attacker, according to local TV station KTHV, which reported that all gates to the base were closed to traffic.

Details of the incident are still sketchy at this time.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/shootout-at-us-air-force-base-in-little-rock-ar/2015/06/15/

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