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Posts Tagged ‘IDF’

Indian PM: Our Army as Brave as the IDF

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday praised his country’s Special Forces paratroopers, which crossed the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir in late September, carrying out “surgical strikes” against terrorist camps in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Modi said proudly that the Indian troops were as good as the IDF.

“Our army’s valour is being discussed across the country these days,” Modi told a rally at Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, according to The Telegraph. “We used to hear earlier that Israel has done this, now the nation has seen that the Indian army is no less than any other.”

Retired Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal, of the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA), told The Financial Express of India he believes the Indian Army is better than the IDF, because it has had to deal with a better organized enemy and tougher terrain. “In my opinion, what the Indian Army did was far better than an Israel Army operation. Across the LoC, what the Indian Army has to face the a regular, well-organized army of Pakistan. The situation is completely different from that of an Israel Army operation. Our Army had to find gaps in Pakistan’s Army’s forward positions to conduct those surgical strikes,” Kanwal told FE Online.

“Also, in India’s case the terrain involved was jungle-mountain. Israel mainly has conflicts with Palestine and with terrorists in Lebanese territory. So, to that extent it is a fight on plains,” he noted. “So yes, the Prime Minister was right in conceptually comparing the strikes of the two armies, in fact it is a good comparison. But, as I pointed out, given the extremely tough terrain and the Pakistan Army that had to be faced, I think it is remarkable that the Indian Army came back without any casualties. In that sense, our operation was actually better,” Kanwal concluded.

India and Israel have increased military and intelligence cooperation since the rise of Islamic terrorism in both countries. In December 2009, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi visited India and pledged to help India in fighting terrorism. In March 2011, PM Modi’s government announced plans to purchase $1 billion worth of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike anti-tank missiles, launchers, training simulators and peripheral equipment. In September 2015, the Indian government announced the purchase of 10 Heron TP drones from Israel Aerospace Industries. In October 2015, The Pioneer reported that India and Israel were planning to hold their first joint military exercise.


IDF Soldier Injured in Refugee Camp Gunfire

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

An IDF soldier was lightly injured Wednesday from terrorist fire during security forces action in the Balata refugee camp near Shechem. The soldier received medical care at the site.

Overnight IDF forces in cooperation with GSS forces shut down an illegal weapons workshop in Balata.

Also overnight, IDF and police forces captured a gun and hundreds of 9mm bullets.

David Israel

3 Wanted Terror Fugitives Captured Overnight

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Israeli security forces captured three wanted Arab fugitives late Monday night in operations carried out in Judea and Samaria.

Two of the arrested suspects were taken into custody in connection with terrorist activities and violence against civilians and security personnel.

One suspect was detained in Jenin, and two more were arrested in Hebron, including one member of the Gaza-based Hamas terrorist organization.

All of the suspects were transferred to security personnel for interrogation.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Contacts Russian Counterpart to Update Military Coordination in Syria

Monday, October 17th, 2016

The Israel Defense Force has reportedly asked its Russian counterpart to update the security coordination between the two nations in Syria.

“In the context of the hotline between [Israel and Russia], the Israelis sent us a request to develop new procedures and open-fire rules to be added to the existing coordination mechanism,” Russia’s Izvestia newspaper reported Sunday, citing an unnamed source. “We are currently developing our response and will send it to the Israelis in the context of the agreed upon procedures between the [two] sides.”

The S-300 system, installed at the Russian naval base in the Syrian city of Tartus, has already made headlines after its sale to Iran in 2007. The actual installation of the system for Tehran did not take place, however, until this year.

Although the S-300 is considered one of the most advanced aerial defense systems in the world, Russia has already moved ahead and developed the S-400. Moreover, although the S-300 is installed in Tartus, it has not been handed over to the Syrians, nor are they trained in its use, according to Moscow.

Hana Levi Julian

Kim Kardashian Hires IDF Special Force Vet

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Reality star Kim Kardashian, who was robbed at gunpoint in her Paris hotel room, has reportedly hired Aaron Cohen, a veteran of the IDF elite Duvdevan Unit. Cohen, who was born in Canada and grew up in LOs Angeles, made Aliyah when he was 17, lived on a kibbutz (two of them, actually) and was drafted into the IDF as a lone soldier. He served in the Mistar’avim undercover unit that merges with the Arab population, as part of the elite Duvdevan Unit.

Cohen owns a security company for celebrities in the US, with clients such as Brad Pitt and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Kardashian has now been added to his client list. Kardashian’s husband, singer Kanye West, apparently hired Cohen, to tighten his wife’s security. Cohen also trains mercenaries, and teaches Hollywood actors hand-to-hand combat the use of various weapons,

Cohen told the press his client is “a star who has more followers on social media than presidential candidates. People know where she is at almost every moment, what jewelry she has on and also that her security is lacking. You could say she’s ‘asking’ to be robbed. With everything that happened, she’s lucky to be alive.”

David Israel

Report: Israel to Purchase New German Submarines Targeting Iran, Syria

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Israel and Germany have begun top echelon political and security negotiations of the purchase of new Dolphin class submarines, Israel Defense reported Friday. The IDF’s five-submarine fleet, its most expensive weapons system, is its longest arm in a potential war with a nuclear Iran. The purchase of the sixth submarine was an option that was part of the 2012 deal signed between the two countries, with Germany paying for about a third of the cost of each sub — $180 million out of half a billion dollars.

In the past the IDF’s strategic thinking regarding the submarine fleet was in dispute between former Defense Minister Ehud Barak and former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Olmert accused Barak of planning to buy a sixth submarine not because this was what the IDF needed (then Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi was vehemently against such a purchase) but because the Germans bribed him. Eventually, it was Olmert who ended up being sentenced to prison over  taking a bribe. Takes one to know one?

The reason Lieut. Gen. Ashkenazi was against the deal was that it was being paid for out of the shekel part of the IDF budget, rather than the US aid dollars.

As the new Dolphin class submarine arrives, in 2018, one of its older sisters will be decommissioned. Despite past IDF reluctance, the Israeli Navy has now developed a five-submarine strategy, and will buy two more new Dolphins to replace older ones, all with German subsidies.

The diesel-electric Dolphin 2-class submarines, developed and constructed by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG for the Israeli Navy, are the largest submarines to have been built in Germany since World War II. Each Dolphin-class submarine is capable of carrying a combined total of up to 16 torpedoes, as well as cruise missiles with a range of 930 miles. This means the Israeli subs can hit anywhere in Iran should the need arise, including with nuclear warheads.

According to Jane’s Defence Weekly, the Dolphin class submarines are nuclear armed, offering Israel a sea based second strike capability, in case its own territory had been struck by nuclear weapons and its land bases had been destroyed. It could still wipe out Iran, for instance.

Most of Israel’s Dolphins are normally based in the Mediterranean, but at least one was sent through the Suez Canal to the Red Sea for exercises in June 2009, and docked in the naval base in Eilat, probably as a warning to Iran. According to Haaretz, the Eilat naval base is strategically unsuited for Dolphin class boats, and getting them out of the Red Sea at a time of war would necessarily involve the consent of Egypt and Saudi Arabia who both control the Straits of Tiran.

According to The London Sunday Times, the Israeli Navy keeps at least one submarine equipped with nuclear missiles permanently of the Lebanese and Syrian coast.

David Israel

Shooting, Arrests in IDF Overnight Operations

Friday, October 14th, 2016

IDF forces arrested six wanted terrorists overnight Thursday in Judea and Samaria. Five of the detainees are suspected of involvement in terror and violence, both against Israeli civilians and security forces.

One of the detainee was a Hamas operative residing in Tulkarem.

All six were taken to an interrogation facility.

Also overnight Thursday, shots were fired from a light firearm at a Border Guard vehicle in the village of Qabatiya near Jenin in Samaria. One officer was injured and was evacuated to hospital. The terrorists also shot an IED at the officers causing a second officer light injuries.

On Wednesday night IDF forces detained at least 26 Arabs from Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem, out of whom 14 were released shortly afterwards and banned from entering the Temple Mount. According to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), 17 Arabs were detained in eastern Jerusalem, including Muhammad Shuyukhi, the twin brother of Ali Shuyukhi, who was killed on Tuesday night by IDF and police during clashes in the eastern Jerusalem mixed neighborhood of Silwan (see picture above).

David Israel

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