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IDF Warns of Syria’s Chemical Weapons Falling in Wrong Hands

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

“Syria has the world’s largest arsenal of chemical weapons, along with rockets and missiles that can reach all of Israel,” Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh said last night at an event marking 30 years since the Battle of Sultan Yacoub during the first Lebanon war.

“They also cooperate with the terrorist organization Hezbollah and Iran,” said General Naveh.

But Palestinian officials criticized the amplified Israeli criticism on Sunday as a tactic to deflect attention from Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and the moribund peace process.

“So now, suddenly, they are verbally attacking the regime in Syria, as if this uprising started yesterday and as if Israel has suddenly become a protector of human rights in the region and over Syria,” Fatah official Nabil Shaath told Al Bawaba.

He compared Israel criticism of Syria to Israeli leaders’ recent warnings about Iran’s nuclear weapons program, saying both were a ruse to divert world attention away from Israel’s clogged negotiations for peace with the Palestinians.

Speaking about the strategic situation in the Middle East, General Naveh said, “Thirty years after that battle and the Middle East still has the same players. Unfortunately, we are slowly returning to the reality of an existential war, a ritual that has spanned generations.”

Given the current state of affairs in Syria, Naveh stated that “those Syrians who do that to their own people will do the same thing to us if they get the chance. Therefore, it is clear to us how they will treat out sons and how they will act against us.”

“The IDF must prepare for a third cycle of existential threats to Israel’s existence, with an unclear reality on the western border with Egypt, and with the Sinai’s evolution into a terror zone in a demilitarized area between two nations who have a peace treaty between them,” Naveh added.

According to Naveh, there is a serious parallel between the regional situation thirty years ago and the one Israel is facing today. “The reality is that the neighborhood has not changed. We had hoped for 40 years of quiet, but we were obviously wrong,” Naveh said.

But despite Maj. Gen. Naveh’s call to vigilance, on Tuesday Arab news sources concluded that the IDF is not in a hurry to invade Syrian territory, at least not in the short run, despite its obvious concern that those staggering stockpile of chemical and other weapons stay out of Hezbollah’s hands.

Palestinian analyst Daoud Kuttab told Al Bawaba that Israel’s leaders’ recent statements on Syria suggested Israel had been “reassured” by the US and, possibly, opposition elements inside Syria.

“It seems to me that they’ve been reassured that what replaces Assad will be less anti-Israeli than the current regime, which explains the change,” he said.

Revolutionary Israeli Co Signs $8 Million Packaging Deal with Pepsi

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Oplon Pure Science, a Rehovot-based developer of anti-bacterial polymer sheets for packaging, has signed an $8 million contract with the Pepsi Corporation to supply packaging solutions for their products, according to No Camels.

The revolutionary Oplon packaging aims to protect foods from the colonization of microbes without the use of chemical preservatives or anti-biotics.  The Oplon website states that an open container of milk with Oplon coating on the packaging can stay at room temperature for a month rather than a day, and could soon be used to sterilize medical tools, treat dermatological conditions, and assist in healing of wounds.

“Oplon’s antimicrobial coatings are an advanced composition of polyelectrolytes contained within a polymer matrix. On contact with liquids, a surface electric field is created, which disrupts cell membranes safely, effectively and inexpensively,” the company said on its website. “Based on this physical phenomenon, Oplon’s coatings act as an electric shield that kills yeast, mold, bacteria and certain viruses – disrupting and destroying them upon contact.”

The company noted that its materials “are non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and do not leach or release chemicals.”

Israeli ‘Rotorless’ Vertical Take Off & Landing ‘AirMule’ Drone Out to Revolutionize Civil and Military Aviation

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Meet the AirMule, a compact, unmanned, single-engine, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Internal lift rotors enable the AirMule to fly inside mountainous, wooded, or urban terrain where helicopters can’t go. The AirMule is able to evacuate two casualties, or haul a fairly significant payload.

Founded by Dr. Rafi Yoeli, Urban Aeronautics Ltd. (UrbanAero) has established an early lead in developing a compact vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle with no exposed rotors that is tailored to meet FAA requirements for powered lift vehicles and also capable of flying and operating inside complex urban and natural environments.

With more than 25 years experience in aerospace research and development, Dr. Yoeli has assembled a world-class team, including Chief Engineer Mike Turgeman, Flight Control System Specialist Ely Erenthal, and Aerospace engineer Shahar Avneri, working to realize Yoeli’s vision for developing one of the last areas of aviation remaining to be pioneered: “Rotorless” Vertical Take Off & Landing aircraft.

AirMule can quickly deliver water, food and medical supplies directly to affected populations—no matter how isolated—and save lives. You name the emergency, and AirMule will get there, unmanned and reliable, in nuclear, biological or chemical emergencies, or in routine electric grids or bridge inspections, agricultural spraying, offshore oil platform support. It is safer and cheaper to operate, because its pilot stays on base, operating it by remote control.

And in war AirMule offers precise point to point logistic support in battle conditions, where choppers would get chewed up alive. Its maneuverability, small visual footprint, low noise and reduced radar and IR signatures offer a stealth advantage that greatly enhances its effectiveness and survivability in these environments.

Israeli Tech Turns Used Toilet Paper, Food Leftovers into Paper

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

A new Israeli invention is taking recycling to the extreme, turning bits found in sewage water into paper.

In a report by Ynet News, Dr. Refael Aharon of Applied CleanTech explained that 10% of drainage coming out of homes through pipes is comprised of “solid substances” such as food leftovers, toilet paper, and fiber from laundry machine cycles.  Up until now, the filtration of those substances out of the system in order to recycle the water has been expensive.

With Applied CleanTech’s new system, half of Israel’s solid substances will be filtered out , dried, purified and sanitized and turned into cellulose, which will then be turned into paper.  The process will also reduce electricity and chemical costs for purifying water.

One such program is already in place in southern Israel, according to the report, where paper is being reduced at rates far below that of traditional recycled paper.

Two Holocaust Survivers Reunited 70 Years Later

Monday, March 12th, 2012

“They had all but given up the search for relatives who had survived the Nazi extermination effort, to find each other was almost overwhelming,” reports the Florida Sun Sentinel. And I have nothing funny or ironic or cynical to say about this one, I’m simply touched.

Lemel Leo Adler, left, and Leon Schagrin are cousins, the sons of two sisters. After the invasion of Poland, they were transported to the Tarnow ghetto, and then to several labor camps, and finally to Buna, “a chemical plant taht also known as Auschwitz III.” In there they met only briefly, between shifts.

In January 1945 they were separated and didn’t see each other again. “A far as they know, everyone else in their families were killed.”

They both immigrated to the US, where Adler was restaurant manager and Schagrin was in the plastics trade. They continued the search for relatives, but found no one.

Last week Adler received a copy of “The Horse Adjutant,” Schagrin’s 2001 book about being forced to care for horses owned by Nazi officers. A friend told him there were names in the book of places Adler had been to during the war.

“I don’t usually read such books, because I lived through the Holocaust,” Adler told the Sentinel’s James D. Davis. “But then I started scanning it and found family names – like my mother’s maiden name.”

He researched the records of the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center in South Florida and learned about Schagrin – who represents the center about the Holocaust to South Florida students.

He called Schagrin on the phone to say, “I know you!” Then he cited family members the two had known.

Schagrin’s reaction was: “You know how it is when nerves are tickling all over your body? I couldn’t believe it after 70 years.”

According to Miriam Fridman, president of the survivors’ club (Schagrin is vice president), these reunions are becoming more and more rare,. For one thing, many survivors have passed away. The club had 1,400 members in the 1990s, but only around 300 today.

UPDATE: EU Approves Oil Embargo on Iran

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

The European Union’s 27 foreign ministers have approved an embargo on Iranian oil exports.

Under the plan, EU states will impose an immediate ban on new contracts with Iran for oil and petro-chemical products, and existing contracts must terminate by July 1.

Iran exports 20% of its oil to EU states.

IDF, Hospitals Prepare for Unconventional Attacks

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

In an environment of regional instability and geopolitical threats to Israel, the IDF will hold a series of drills to prepare the country in the event of a biological, chemical or radioactive attack.

 

For the first time, the IDF will simulate a “dirty bomb” radioactive terror attack in Israel.  The exercise, titled “Dark Cloud”, will take place in January in Haifa.  It will include the IDF Home Front Command, hospitals, police, and emergency services.

 

On Wednesday, the Defense Ministry will hold its sixth annual “Orange Flame” exercise to practice a response to biological attacks.  Hospitals in Afula, Nazareth, and Tiberias in the north will practice dealing with 5,000 patients a day exhibiting  symptoms related to contact with biological weapons.  An inter-ministerial committee will concurrently practice containing a national crisis, utilizing polices such as regional quarantines and mass vaccine distributions.

 

Syria is known to have a large cache of VX, sarin, and mustar gases, and Libya was discovered to have a large chemical weapons arsenal following the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

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