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U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey in Israel for Bilateral Military Talks [video]

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey arrived in Israel on Monday as the official guest of his counterpart, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot.

The two military leaders will meet, along with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and other Israeli security officials, to discuss bilateral military cooperation and other common security challenges.

The trip will be Dempsey’s fifth visit to Israel since becoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Dempsey is scheduled to step down from that position on Oct. 1 and President Barack Obama has nominated Marine Corps commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford to replace him.

While U.S.-Israel ties have been strained politically under Obama, the nations’ strategic defense relationship under Dempsey has remained strong, with the U.S. providing funding for the highly successful Iron Dome missile defense system and discussions of an increase in American military aid to Israel underway.

Eizenkot, below, presented the IDF badge of appreciation to Dempsey.

UN Equates Israel With Hamas, Both Off UN Blacklist

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

The United Nations equated Israel on Monday with the Iranian-backed Hamas terror organization that rules Gaza.

The UN left both Israel – the sole democracy in the Middle East – and the terrorist group off its blacklist of those who violate children’s rights during conflicts.

UN special envoy for children and armed conflict Leila Zerrougui of Algeria had listed both Hamas and Israel in the report she sent for final approval to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, according to UN sources.

Israel was subjected to sharp criticism by Zerrougui for the impact on children created by its 2014 counter terror war against the terrorists – who for years rained down rocket fire on Israeli children and their families.

On Monday, UN Security Council members received the draft as well. But it was Ban with whom the final decision rested. Sources told journalists the secretary-general elected to strike both Israel and Hamas from the list.

The decision, said the sources, was highly unusual.

Meanwhile, Gaza terrorists are again testing Israel’s resolve. On Saturday night, civilians were sent racing to their bomb shelters once again when a Grad Katyusha rocket was fired at southern Israel from northern Gaza.

The rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, indicating that it had been heading directly for a major population center. Shrapnel from the destroyed rocket was later identified on the outskirts of the coastal city of Ashkelon.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned Monday that Israel will not “allow anyone to disrupt the lives” of her citizens.

Speaking at an awards ceremony attended by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot that was held at the home of President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem to honor IDF reservists, Ya’alon said, “In recent days we received another reminder about the complexity of the situation in Gaza.”

Ya’alon spoke of “a hostile entity controlled by a murderous terrorist organization, Hamas, which is also challenged by terror gangs affiliated with global jihad.”

Israel, he said, is maintaining a “determined and decisive policy, one that is measured and responsible… If we are required to, and we continue to be challenged, we will not hesitate to act,” he warned.

UPDATE: Iron Dome Intercepts Rocket in South

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

9:54 PM: Confirmed: One Iron Dome interception.
Report of rocket strike appears to be parts from the intercepted rocket that landed outside the city of Ashkelon.
No rocket hit in Ashkelon.

9:49 Unconfirmed: 1 Iron Dome interception near Ashkelon. Second rocket hit.

9:43 PM Local reporting hearing 2 explosions. 1 possible landing site (also unconfirmed).

9:38 PM Shavuah Tov. Multiple Rocket Alerts in south. Must be summer.
Updates to follow.

UPDATE: Gaza Rocket Hits Israel

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

9:43 PM Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon is currently moving patients to the bomb shelters, just to be safe.

9:37 PM The army has officially confirmed one rocket hit in Gan Yavne.

Islamic Jihad has taken credit for the launch, and it was the result of internal fighting within that terror group in northern Gaza.

9:17 PM 5 rockets were launched in the direction of Ashkelon and Ashdod from Gaza.
4 hits, the location of the 5th rocket is still unknown. It might have fallen short and landed in Gaza.
No injuries have been reported.

9:13 PM At this point it appears that 4 rockets were launched at Israel. No official confirmation yet.

9:10 PM Sirens heard around Gaza border, Ashkelon and Ashdod.
Citizens reporting hearing explosions.

9:07 PM Channel 2 is reporting a system error. Some citizens in the area are reporting hearing Iron Dome interceptions overhead.

9:03 PM The rocket alert sirens are going off like crazy in the Lachish area.
No information yet if this is a test, error, false alarm or real.

Update: 2 Rockets Launched at Israel from Gaza

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

10:22 PM Walla reports that according to an IDF source, 3 rockets were launched. At this point they do not think it was Hamas who launched them.

10:16 pm No specific terrorist group in Gaza has yet claimed responsibility for the rockets.

9:55 PM Reminder from the IDF: If you hear the Red Alert siren or a rocket explosion, enter your bomb shelter and stay there for 10 minutes.

9:34 PM Rockets were launched from Beit Hanoun in Gaza.

9:30 PM (updated) First rocket landed near a town near Netivot and Sderot. The second rocket is believed to have fallen short and landed in Gaza, but that is not confirmed.

9:20 PM There is still confusion as to where the second rocket fell.

9:09 PM Channel 2 TV reports, 2 explosions near Merchavim region in the south. IDF on the way.


9:04pm As of this time, there are no reports of rocket landings in Southern Israel…or damage.. or Iron Dome…still waiting for confirmation.
Some unconfirmed reports of a muffled explosion. IDf is checking.

9:02 PM Not clear yet if the rockets are real, false alarms, or Hamas test rockets that came too close to Israel.

8:58pm Rocket alerts just went off along the Gaza border and central Negev.
A lot of alerts.

‘David’s Sling’ Anti-Missile System Hits Target in Fourth Test [video]

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The joint Israel-United States David’s Sling anti-missile system successfully has passed its fourth test and may be deployed late this year or early next year, according to the Ministry of Defense,

A target missile was launched, detected and destroyed in the test on Wednesday.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems developed the system against medium-range missiles in cooperation with Raytheon, based in the United States.

After deployment, Israel will be the only country with a multi-layer anti-missile system.

The Iron Dome system proved its effectiveness in last year’s Hamas war on Gaza by intercepting almost all of short-range missiles. The Arrow system works against long-range missiles, and David’s Sling would fill the gap and intercept missiles and rockets with a range of between 63 miles and 125 miles.

David’s Sling will provide Israel with an important weapon to help defend the country against Hezbollah missiles, but the drawback to the system is money. David’s Sling rockets cost about $1 million each.

Rami Levy to Light Torch on Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Likud supporter and supermarket chain mogul Rami Levi has been named one of the torch-lighters in the traditional ceremony on the evening of Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Independence Day) this year.

His chain is the only major supermarket with several outlets in Judea and Samaria and is known for low prices and sales campaigns such as “shekel a kilogram” chickens.

The honorees for this year’s torch lighting were named for their pioneering efforts and include Dr. Danny Gold, who developed the Iron Dome anti-missile system and WAZE developer Ehud Shabtai.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/rami-levy-to-light-torch-on-yom-haatzmaut/2015/03/08/

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