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Elbit Reveals Virtual Reality Trainer for Emergency Scenarios

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Elbit Systems has showcased its Emergency Scenarios Virtual Reality Trainer (ESVRT) at the Tel Aviv HLS & Cyber 2016 this week. The new VR-based simulation trainer provides a realistic 3D virtual environment for training Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) to deal with a range of emergency scenarios, including ballistic missiles falling on an urban area, earthquake and disaster response, and search and rescue operations.

The ESVRT features virtual reality goggles, allowing visitors to experience virtually emergency scenarios as if they were part of an emergency response team and respond to challenging situations involving search and rescue of injured persons. Visitors will also be able to take part in the wearer’s experience, which will be projected on screens at the booth.

An important addition to the Company’s simulation training portfolio for home front forces, the new VR trainer further enhances simulation training capabilities and meets the evolving preparedness needs of military and civilian forces in emergency situations. The new system joins the Incident Command Team Training System (ICTTS) used for combined training of Israel’s home front command and ground force commanders in preparation for current and future security-related incidents, emergencies and threats. Elbit Systems has recently expanded ICTTS’ simulation capacities to allow addition of civil administration and municipality forces, who play a major role in emergency preparedness and decision-making.

The ICTTS simulator prepares designated emergency response teams and their headquarters for carrying out emergency operation plans in accordance with the municipality’s particular infrastructure and assets. The total training session is eight hours long, during which the participating trainees, including the mayor, carry out two major emergency scenarios as well as a range of related minor situations.

At the end of each training program, trainees are presented with a video-based reconstruction of events that includes the virtually generated threats that were operated in the different target areas, as well as the major challenges faced by the emergency forces and their responses. The reconstruction part of training consists of a presentation of sound recordings and video data collected from communications systems, and computer-generated animation of trainees’ responses to threats, including a comparison between perceived and actual operational conditions in the municipality.

Elbit Systems’ trainers provide advanced After Action Report (AAR) capabilities that allow trainees to evaluate, learn from and significantly improve their readiness for actual events.

JNi.Media

Emergency Likud Meeting on Amona Arrangements Act

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

The Likud Knesset faction announced an emergency meeting at 4 PM Israel time (10 AM NY Time) Thursday to debate the proposed Arrangements Act compelling Arab claimants to accept market value for their land where a Jewish community has already been established. The new law, if passed, would undoubtedly be struck down by the Supreme Court, which is insisting that claimed land, such as in the case of the Amona community in Samaria, must be returned to its Arab claimant in its original state, with all the hints of Jewish life erased.

The meeting will also discuss the status of the Attorney General, who is both the government’s legal counsel and the head of Israel’s law enforcement agencies. The meeting will discuss what to do in cases when the AG announces his refusal to represent the state before the Supreme Court on legislation which he believes doesn’t stand a chance to be approved by the justices. In other words, as the organizers have phrased it: “Who is the sovereign — the legal counselor or the legislator?”

According to News 0404, 18 heads of municipalities will also attend the meeting. Leaders of the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria have expressed fears that a victory for anti-Zionist groups like Peace Now would only embolden them to go after thousands more homes in Judea and Samaria, using the open door policy of the Supreme Court where—unlike every other appeals court in the Western world—a plaintiff need not show personal cause for petitioning the justices.

David Israel

MK Hazan Underwent Emergency Surgery Saturday

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

MK Oren Hazan (Likud) was hospitalized Friday in Beilinson Medical Center, Petach Tikva, following complaints that he was feeling ill. His condition is stable. Hazan’s father told reporters that the MK arrived at the emergency room with severe pain in his stomach. He underwent tests through the night and on Saturday morning he was taken to surgery under full anesthesia.

The surgery revealed that a disconnected vein in Hazan’s body created a major blood leakage. The surgery ended around noon Saturday and Hazan was moved to the recovery room.

Hazan had been scheduled to fly Saturday night as part of a delegation of MKs to Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. The mission includes Coalition Chairman MK David Bitan (Likud), and MK Hilik Bar (Zionist Camp).

Refuah Shleimah.

David Israel

Erdogan Declares Three-Month State of Emergency Across Turkey

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday announced a nationwide three-month state of emergency after Friday’s failed coup. Speaking at the presidential complex in Ankara after back-to-back National Security Council and Cabinet meetings, Erdogan said the three-month state of emergency was being declared under Article 120 of the Turkish Constitution, which states that in the event of serious, widespread acts of violence aimed at the destruction of the free democratic order, a state of emergency may be declared in one or more regions or throughout the country for a period not exceeding six months, the Anadolu state news agency reported.

“The purpose of the state of emergency is to most effectively and swiftly take steps necessary to eliminate the threat to democracy in our country, the rule of law, and the rights and freedom of our citizens,” Erdogan said.

The president said the move was aimed at “eliminating coup-plotter terrorist group,” which he insists is led by followers of US-based Muslim cleric Fetullah Gulen. Gulen has denounced the coup, saying he believed only in change through democratic means, but Turkey has demanded his extradition from the US nonetheless, citing incriminating documents associating him with the plot to unseat Erdogan.

At least 246 people, including members of the security forces and civilians, were killed during the failed coup, and more than 1,500 were wounded.

“Never be worried,” Erdogan told Turks Wednesday night. “There is nothing to worry about.” He said that “it is out of the question” for the armed forces to seize power. “Quite the reverse, the authority and will of the [civilian] leaders will grow more in this process,” he said, adding, “We never compromise on democracy, and we will not compromise.”

Erdogan blasted Standard & Poor’s downgrading of Turkey’s rating in the wake of the failed coup. “Why are you even interested in Turkey? We’re not part of you… Don’t ever try to mess with us,” he said.

Turkey’s lira fell to an all-time low after the S&P downgraded its debt, slumping to 3.0973 against the dollar, then falling another 1.5 percent to 3.0898 on Wednesday.

International rating agencies Fitch and Moody’s have so far kept Turkey’s investment-grade rating where it had been before the coup attempt, but both agencies are also considering a downgrade. Turkey’s current rating with Fitch is already a troubling BBB.

But Erdogan insisted that S&P’s assessment does not adequately reflect the Turkish economy, which grew 4.8 percent in the first quarter of 2016 compared with the same period last year. He vowed that Turkey will maintain fiscal discipline. “Turkey will continue its economic reforms without any interruption… There is no liquidity problem,” he said.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim tweeted: “This [state of emergency] decision is not for the daily life of our people, but rather is for the proper and swift functioning of state mechanisms.”

What those state mechanisms may be was left up to the Twitter followers’ imagination.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told reporters in Ankara: “The conditions of the state of emergency will only be used for fighting the parallel structure.” The term is part of Erdogan’s accusations of his arch-rival Gulen, whom he says is running a “parallel state” inside Turkey’s state institutions and media that poses a threat to his rule.

A National Security Council and Cabinet statement said, “Our body has once again confirmed its commitment to democracy, fundamental rights and freedoms, and the rule of law. The steps to be taken afterward were also discussed.” The statement added that the state of emergency was declared in order to implement measures to protect “citizens’ rights and freedoms, our democracy, and the rule of law.”

JNi.Media

Heated Debate at Education Committee Emergency Session on Pro-BDS Israeli Academics

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

A stormy emergency session was held Wednesday at the Knesset Education, Culture, and Sports Committee, following a report released by the rightwing Im Tirtzu movement that revealed the involvement of 20 Israeli academics in the proposed resolution of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) to join the boycott against Israel. The debate revolved around academic politicization and the support given by university faculty members to boycotts against Israel.

The emergency session was called by MK Oded Forer (Yisrael Beitenu), who said that “Israel cannot support and budget lecturers who call for a boycott against Israel. The boycott movement is an anti-Semitic movement, and they (the lecturers) cannot hide behind freedom of expression.”

Forer announced his plan to introduce legislation that would allow the State to prevent an institution of higher learning from receiving funds that amount to the salary of a lecturer who calls for a boycott against Israel.

Professor Zvi Ziegler, who heads an inter-university forum to combat the academic boycott, said that “the number of lecturers who support an academic boycott against Israel is so small and marginal – damaging but marginal – that it would not be worth it to deal with them. The damage they cause is a lot less severe than the damage that would be caused to Israel’s reputation as an enlightened and advanced country if we fight them.”

Matan Peleg, director of Im Tirtzu, told the committee that “this phenomenon must be stopped for the sake of the future of Israeli academia.”

MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli (Habayit Hayehudi) said: “Could it be that the Arab Members of Knesset are doing the same thing as professors in the State of Israel – receive money and call to boycott the country? I ask myself, who learned from whom?”

MK Yoel Hasson (Zionist Camp) said that while he supports a two-state solution, “the academic boycott hurts the chances of a shared existence.”

MK Mordhay Yogev (Habayit Hayehudi) urged the Council for Higher Education of Israel “to discuss this unacceptable phenomenon, so that there will be respectful rather than inciting academic freedom.”

MK Yoseph Yonah (Zionist Camp), himself a university professor, stressed that while he is against boycotts and the BDS movement, “a democracy’s strength lies in its ability to accept criticism.” He further argued that any initiative aimed at restricting academic freedom would cause much more damage.

MK Nachman Shai (Zionist Camp) said, “This debate is not between Jews and Arabs, or for or against BDS, because most of us are against BDS. We must check to see who is breaking the law and who isn’t.”

MK Manuel Trajtenberg (Zionist Camp) said Israel should fight the BDS movement “while preserving the values of democracy.” He noted that among the thousands of university faculty members in Israel, there are between three and ten lecturers who support the boycott, “and I am revolted by their actions and denounce them.”

MK Yousef Jabareen (Joint Arab List) said, “This is an example of academic freedom under attack. Those who create politicization in the academia are the members of Im Tirtzu, with their amateurish report. We are sick and tired of this system of muzzling and restricting every democratic value in the country. Leave us alone. As for BDS, it is a non-violent protest that succeeded in South Africa, and it is legitimate to operate in this manner here as well.”

MK Merav Ben Ari (Kulanu), who serves as deputy chairperson of the Education Committee, chaired the meeting in place of Committee Chairman Yakov Margi (Shas), who did not attend in protest of the comments allegedly made by Channel 10 News Chairman Rami Sadan against his party and its leader, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri.

JNi.Media

Anxious Callers Can Now Track Israeli MDA Ambulances Via GPS

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Ever wonder how long it will take till the ambulance arrives?

Magen David Adom Israel has entered the 21st century (CE) with a new GPS service that allows anxiously waiting families and others to track the route of their ambulances up to arrival.

The new service began June 1, allowing a caller to see where the ambulance is via a link that is sent to the caller’s mobile phone from the dispatch center.

A text message containing the hyperlink is sent by the dispatch computer system to the caller’s phone, connecting the caller with a map that helps track the location of the assigned vehicle.

Hana Levi Julian

Fireman Dies in Emek Hefer Ammonia Leak

Friday, November 7th, 2014

A fireman died and around 15-20 more firemen were injured in a HAZMAT incident at the Hod Hefer meat factory in Emek Hefer.

A damaged ammonia holding tank released 8 tons of ammonia. The firemen eventually sealed the leak.

The ammonia is used by the slaughter house for cooling.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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