web analytics
December 8, 2016 / 8 Kislev, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘IDF’

World’s Most Advanced Stealth Fighter Jet Prepares to Land in Israel [video]

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

The first F-35 Adir stealth fighter jet is soon to arrive in Israel at the Nevatim Air Force base in the Negev, bringing with it a new era for the Israel Defense Forces.

The Israeli cabinet last month unanimously approved the purchase of 17 more of the stealth fighter jets, bringing the total number of Adir aircraft in the IAF fleet to 50 by the end of the next decade. Each of the jets costs approximately $85 million.

Lockheed Martin produced the stealth fighter jet together with Israeli defense firm Elbit Systems Ltd., the latter to be operating the new F-35 training center at Nevatim. Construction for the center is to be completed by the end of 2017.

Lockheed Martin recently said in a statement that over the past three decades, Elbit “has acquired a great deal of experience in trainers and simulators, and is a world leader in high-tech display. Its advanced systems are in operational use by leading armies around the world.”

Watch the video as the Adir (Hebrew for “mighty”) Israeli aircraft carries out aerial refueling operations. The aircraft’s refueling capabilities allow for flexibility in missions and the ability to operate in any military theater.

The Adir is the most advanced stealth fighter jet in the world, allowing the Israel Air Force to protect the nation of Israel and carry out operations wherever they are required.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF’s New F-35 On-Route to Israel

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Video of the Day

Major Hamas Cell Nabbed, Plotted Shooting and Abduction

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Intelligence agents from the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), IDF soldiers and Israeli Police officers recently joined forces in an massive operation to capture a seven-man Hamas terrorist cell, officials announced Thursday.

The terrorists were planning a complex attack that involved shooting and then abduction of a victim to be used as a bargaining chip in negotiations for the release of jailed terrorists.

According to the information cleared for release, the members of the cell, residents of Tzurif and Hebron, had set up observation posts to gather intelligence on IDF troop movements in the area around Tzurif.

The lead terrorist, a prisoner named Ibrahim Abdullah Ranimat, (born in 1958), has a long rap sheet for which he is already incarcerated and serving a sentence of life in prison.

Ranimat was responsible for the 1996 abduction and murder of IDF soldier Sharon Edri, and the 1997 bombing attack on a Tel Aviv cafe that killed three Israeli women. He also participated in two shooting and suicide bombing attacks that took the lives of three Israelis.

Nevertheless, Ranimat’s six co-conspirators managed to reach him and plot another deadly attack together with him — one that would have taken more Israeli lives, had it been carried out.

Two of those arrested were Ranimat’s sons, Fadi and Shadi Ranimat. A third conspirator who was arrested was Muhammad Ranimat, Ibrahim Abdullah’s son-in-law., who directed the operatives of the cell.

Conspirator number four was Haitham Hamidan, who hid the weapons for Ranimat’s family. The fifth member of the cell was J’ad Sultan, who was tasked with delivering the arms to the cell, and the sixth member was Rami Rajoub from the village of Dura. All were arrested.

Shin Bet agents, IDF soldiers and Israel Police officers uncovered during their investigation large quantities of weapons during the arrests. Included were two Kalashnikov rifles, three handguns, a hunting rifle, an M-16 military assault rifle, magazines and ammunition. All were confiscated by the security forces.

In the course of the investigation six additional Hamas terrorists were also arrested and indictments are expected to be issued shortly by the military prosecutor.

Hana Levi Julian

Happy 100th Birthday, Mr. Issur Danielovitch, We Loved You in ‘Cast a Giant Shadow’

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Kirk Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch in Amsterdam, Montgomery County, NY, on December 9, 1916, will be 100 on Friday. He grew up in poverty with his immigrant (Belarus) parents Bryna “Bertha” and Herschel “Harry” Danielovitch, and six sisters. The family spoke Yiddish at home. The family adopted the name Demsky, so Kirk grew up as Izzy Demsky, and changed his name to Kirk Douglas before enlisting in the Navy in World War II.

In his 1988 autobiography, The Ragman’s Son, Douglas wrote: “My father, who had been a horse trader in Russia, got himself a horse and a small wagon, and became a ragman, buying old rags, pieces of metal, and junk for pennies, nickels, and dimes. […] Even on Eagle Street, in the poorest section of town, where all the families were struggling, the ragman was on the lowest rung on the ladder. And I was the ragman’s son.”

Besides his stellar career, making close to 100 films and being number 17 on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest male screen legends of classic Hollywood cinema – he’s the highest ranked living male screen legend – Douglas is also credited with  being on the side of the angels in the effort to end the Hollywood Blacklist.

Douglas had a complicated relationship with his Jewish identity. In 1999, at age 83, he celebrated his second bar mitzvah, telling the congregation at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, “Today I am a man.” He then did it again in 2012, when he was 96, maybe to make sure it sticks. But between his first and second bar mitzvahs Douglas was living well outside his Jewish faith.

In an interview he gave Aish.com in 2000, Douglas explained: “Judaism and I parted ways a long time ago, when I was a poor kid growing up in Amsterdam, NY. Back then, I was pretty good in cheder, so the Jews of our community thought they would do a wonderful thing and collect enough money to send me to a yeshiva to become a rabbi. Holy Moses! That scared the hell out of me. I didn’t want to be a rabbi. I wanted to be an actor. Believe me, the members of the Sons of Israel were persistent. I had nightmares – wearing long payos and a black hat. I had to work very hard to get out of it. But it took me a long time to learn that you don’t have to be a rabbi to be a Jew.”

All his children were born to non-Jewish mothers, but Douglas insists they were “aware culturally” of his “deep convictions,” and he never tried to influence their own religious decisions. In 2004, Douglas’s wife Anne converted to Judaism.

Douglas told Author Deborah Moore in 1994 that the underlying theme of some of his films – The Juggler (1953), Cast a Giant Shadow (1966), and Remembrance of Love (1982) – were about “a Jew who doesn’t think of himself as one, and eventually finds his Jewishness.” The Juggler was the first Hollywood feature filmed in the state of Israel.

Cast a Giant Shadow was a big-budget action film based on the life of Colonel David “Mickey” Marcus, a Jewish-American military officer who commanded IDF units during the 1948 Israeli War of Independence. Kirk Douglas starred as Marcus, alongside Senta Berger (as Haganah fighter Magda Simon), Yul Brynner (Haganah commander Asher), John Wayne (Marcus’s commanding officer in the Second World War), Frank Sinatra (Vince Talmadge, an expatriate American pilot) and Angie Dickinson  (Marcus’s wife). Melville Shavelson adapted, produced and directed.

JNi.Media

IDF Releases Map of Hezbollah Positions in Southern Lebanon

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

The IDF released a previously classified map on Tuesday showing where Hezbollah has embedded itself in civilian population locations throughout southern Lebanon.

The map shows the location of Iranian backed Hezbollah weapon warehouses, rocket launchers, infantry, underground tunnels and infrastructure, anti-tank positions and command posts, all of them embedded in or around civilian homes and population centers.

Hezbollah has turned the civilian population into human shields.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701, which then Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni negotiated at the end of the 2006 Lebanon War, was supposed to disarm and end all weapons shipments to Hezbollah, but as expected, it failed spectacularly, and now there are more missiles pointed as Israel than ever.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Peace Now Urging Destruction of War Heroes’ Monuments

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Peace Now, representing Arab claimants have told Israel’s Supreme Court they insist on the demolition of monuments to IDF war hero, special force Sayeret Matkal Lieutenant Colonel Emanuel Moreno, who was killed on a secret mission during the 2006 second Lebanon war; and First Lieutenant Asher Ezra who was killed in a chase after terrorists in Lebanon in 1993. Both monuments are slated for demolition by the end of December. They are part of the Netiv Ha’avot neighborhood in Gush Etzion outside Jerusalem, which was slated for demolition no later than March 2018 by the Supreme Court.

The families of both war heroes appealed to Supreme Court President Justice Miriam Na’or asking that the monuments be demolished when the rest of the neighborhood is slated to be razed, to give them time to find a new location.

“Our appeal to you is personal, painful and heartfelt,” the families wrote Na’or. “The site was established in good faith, displacing no one and nothing, and disturbing no one.”

“We were not aware of any problem associated with the location,” the families continued, stressing that the monuments are obviously not housing units. They also wrote they had not been aware of the litigation associated with the location.

Peace Now refused the families’ plea, suggesting “another delay will be used by respondents to torpedo the return of the land to its rightful owners.”

“While acknowledging the sadness involved, the claimants do not bear responsibility for past failures nor the fact that the [memorial’ was built illegally and without their consent. […] The pain caused the Moreno and Asher families was not the fault of the land owners,” Peace Now told Justice Na’or.

David Israel

That Was Just a Drill

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

In case you heard a rocket alert from up north (Israel), that was just part of a drill.

No rockets were launched at Israel.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/that-was-just-a-drill/2016/12/06/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: