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Hamas Trying to Bypass Iron Dome with Short Range Rockets

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Last week Hamas once again launched a test rocket into the Mediterranean Sea.

A senior IDF officer said that over the past few months, Hamas has hardly launched a single test rocket that had a range longer than 30 kilometers, according to a Makor Rishon report.

The IDF believes that Hamas learned from Operation Protective Edge, that their long range rockets are easily shot down and ineffective against Iron Dome.

In additional the longer range rockets require more fuel and explosives, and Hamas is having a hard time acquiring both since the operation ended.

As a result, the IDF believes that Hamas are producing a lot of short range rockets instead of long range rockets.

During Operation Protective Edge, Iron Dome was activated 600 times, with a 90% intercept rate.

Hamas launched 3500 rockets and mortars, of which 250 had a range of 40 kilometers, and only only 60 had a longer range that was able to reach Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Clinton in Tough Spot Over Attending Bibi’s Speech

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Emergency Committee for Israel released a letter to Hillary Clinton, urging her to attend the Israeli Prime Minister’s speech to Congress, scheduled for March 3.  She may have to, given a new poll and pro-Israel competition from an unlikely source.

ECI, chaired by the Weekly Standard’s William Kristol, is a staunchly pro-Israel educational organization, which sees its goal as educating the public about “the serious challenges to Israel’s security and about what elected officials in this country are doing and should do in order to meet those challenges.”

Clinton is scheduled to be in Washington on March 3, the same date as Bibi’s speech, as ECI noted.

CLINTON COULD HAVE BEEN EXPECTED TO BEG OFF THE HIGHLY-POLITICIZED SPEECH

The former Secretary of State, New York Senator, and putative Democratic candidate for U.S. President, is being honored on March 3 by Emily’s List, a Washington-based advocacy group for pro-reproductive rights female Democratic candidates. It is the 30th anniversary event for the organization. Clinton will deliver the keynote address at the gala and will receive the “We are EMILY Award.”

Clinton’s Emily List event will be held at the Washington Hilton, just four miles from Capitol Hill. The gala program begins at 7:00 p.m. Netanyahu’s address to the joint session of Congress is likely to begin at 9:00 p.m., in order to reach the west coast after normal business hours.

Clinton is in a pickle.

Ordinarily she could have waved off the invitation by explaining the geographic confluence actually made it impossible for her to attend Netanyahu’s speech to the joint session of Congress – much as of course she would love to see her good friend Bibi. She could have said that the timing does not make it convenient, it makes it impossible, as both events are in the evening and after all, she can’t duck out of an event at which she is both being honored and is giving the keynote address.

She would be expected to beg off at least in part because the Netanyahu speech has become a hot potato. It became highly politicized by the White House rouse that it was “blindsided” and “slapped in the face” because Bibi had not “informed” them about his plans to visit – something we all learned later was exactly the opposite of the truth.

And now the Congressional Black Caucus has chosen to turn the speech into a racial issue, claiming Netanyahu coming to speak despite President Obama’s opposition is a form of racial “disrespect.”

But there is an additional factor. It’s called Elizabeth Warren.

Warren, the former Harvard Law Professor and current Democratic U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, has been promoted by the far left as the “only” real progressive Democrat. She’s pro-Occupy Wall Street and anti-banks. Warren is considered the darling of the populist movement, and she’s also the “other woman” Democratic candidate, which makes her a bit of a nightmare for Hillary Clinton.

Warren has denied she is running for president, but so did President Obama two years before his first run, and a brand-new poll shows Warren pulling ahead of Clinton.

ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA) STRONGLY SUPPORTS ISRAEL’S SELF-DEFENSE

And, in what may come as a shock to many, Warren is very pro-Israel, and says so even in home state events when confronted by anti-Israel constituents.

One such event took place on Cape Cod several days before the  Aug. 26 ceasefire ending Israel’s 2014 Operation Protective Edge.

Everyone expected that local issues would dominate Warren’s “office hours” meeting at the colorful Barnstable Town Hall. But several times constituents sharply criticized Warren’s support for Israel.

Warren was asked to defend her vote in favor of  additional U.S. funding for the Israeli missile defense system known as Iron Dome, she was asked to condemn Israel for civilian casualties resulting from its operations in Gaza and she was asked to support cutting off funds to Israel if there is any more building in the “settlements.”

Guns and Prayer

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

The IDF is beefing up their presence on the Golan Heights in case Hezbollah tries anything.

Soldiers praying on the Golan, with their Artillery tank behind them.

Soldiers praying on the Golan, with their Artillery tank behind them.

An Iron Dome systems on the Golan Heights

An Iron Dome systems on the Golan Heights

No Entry Sign - Leading to Lebanon

No Entry Sign – Leading to Lebanon

Iron Dome Deployed in North, Border Farms on War Footing

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The IDF reportedly moved Iron Dome anti-missile systems to defend northern communities Monday night in the wake of Hezbollah threats to punish Israel for Sunday’s spectacular counter-terror bombing raid that killed approximately a dozen Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guards fighters.

The IDF told The Jewish Press, “We do not confirm or deny movements” of the Iron Dome systems, although the military previously has announced their redeployment against rockets from Gaza.

A picture of the Iron Dome being transported was posted on social media, but its location could not be verified.

Farmers in Metulla, which is smack on the northern border, were ordered off their fields by the IDF in SMS messages sent out Monday morning. Farmer Chaim Hod was quoted by Yediot Acharonot as saying that he and is workers began pruning apples tress at 6 a.m. and were ordered away from the orchards by mid-morning.

Several Metulla farms are located at the border, beyond a barbed wire fence, and are off-limits to anyone except the farmers and the IDF.

Reserve units stationed along the Lebanese border are on high alert, and several leaves of absence for regular soldiers have been cancelled.

Increased patrols were observed on both sides of the border, with UNIFIL, Lebanese and Israeli troops keeping an eye out for any suspicious activity.

UNIFIL troops are using night goggle and binoculars, according to sources quoted by the Beirut Daily Star.

Israel soldiers were seen patrolling the streets of Metulla, but civilians on both sides of the border do not seem concerned,

Hod said he actually feels safer when he sees both UNIFIL and Israeli soldiers beefing up patrols, and a Lebanese construction worker told the Star, “We are not afraid. As you see we are continuing construction work just a few kilometers from the Israelis.”

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said, “The IDF is prepared, tracking all developments, and ready to act as needed.” The air strike highlights the excellent level of Israeli intelligence operations, which are the key to carrying out counter-terror strikes and make Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah think twice and three times every time he moves.

As in the past, Israel warned Lebanon that it will be held responsible for any attacks by Hezbollah, which controls southern Lebanon and is an influential part of the fragile government.

The threat of a fierce Israeli retaliation to any Hezbollah aggression is a strong deterrent. Hezbollah has fallen into growing disfavor in strife-torn Lebanon because it has brought the war in Syria into Lebanon by fighting rebels to the Assad regime. Lebanese hate Israel but a devastating retaliation by the IDF to Hezbollah rockets would make the terrorist army and party even more unwanted.

Below is a video of the aftermath of the attack on Hezbollah and Iranian commanders, as seen in a telecast from southern Lebanon.

 

US Ambassador to Israel Condemns ‘Barbaric’ Har Nof Attack

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Dan Shapiro, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, condemned this morning’s massacre at the synagogue in Har Nof in unequivocal terms.

Speaking at an event at the Hadassah Academic College in downtown Jerusalem, Shapiro gave a brief introduction to the several dozens of students who had gathered to hear from two experts on the meaning of the recent U.S. elections, one from the perspective of the Democrats, Mr. Hillel Schenker, the other from the Republicans, Ruth Jaffe Lieberman.

Speakers Ruth Jaffe Lieberman (R) and Hillel Schenker (C) discussed U.S. politics at a conference held at Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem. Prof. Yoram Hazan (L) was the moderator. Nov. 18, 2014.

Speakers Ruth Jaffe Lieberman (R) and Hillel Schenker (C) discussed U.S. politics at a conference held at Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem. Prof. Yoram Hazan (L) was the moderator. Nov. 18, 2014.

Lieberman is an experienced political consultant. She represented the non-profit organization Republicans Abroad, Israel at the debate.

Schenker is co-editor of the Palestine-Israel Journal, a Jerusalem-based quarterly founded and run by a group of Palestinian and Israeli academics and journalists. He also is a co-founder of the Peace Now movement.

The American diplomat, speaking just a few hours after the gory attack in Har Nof, addressed the issue, while acknowledging that was not the topic he had intended to discuss.

Shapiro said, “the terror attack this morning in Har Nof was barbaric.”

“To kill people when they are praying is just raw terror; it cannot be justified.

“On behalf of America, I condemn the attack,” Shapiro said.

The Ambassador then told the audience that Secretary of State John Kerry had called Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu this morning, not long after the attack took place.

“At a time like this the world cannot be silent.”

Shapiro told the full auditorium: “it is rumored that Abbas orchestrated the attack.” He continued, “I want to state clearly that we stand in solidarity with Israel, you are not alone.”

On a more personal note, the U.S. Ambassador said that he is in “constant contact with Bibi.”

Returning to a more diplomatic and political stance, Shapiro pointed out that “during the summer we, America, said loudly that Israel has the right to defend itself in Gaza against rockets, and we defended you.” Given that the event he was introducing was directly focused on U.S. politics, Shapiro informed the young audience that the U.S. “gives the Israel Defense Force $3 million every year.i

The American diplomat gave a brief nod to the very recent dramatic upheaval in the political composition of the two houses in congress, both of which now have Republican majorities. He said, “There have been many changes in the American government but I’m confident that the American-Israeli relationship will not change.”

False Rocket Alarms in Israel’s South Signal Hamas Testing Rockets

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

This morning, at 7:15 local time, Code Red sirens sounded along the Gaza and Sinai borders in Israel’s south. The IDF immediately declared the sirens were false alarms, saying that they were due to malfunctions in the warning system.

It is worth noting that Code Red alarms are linked to rockets being launched – if the system picks up a launch, the sirens will sound, even if the rockets launched do not land in Israeli territory. Since the end of Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has continued to test-fire its homemade rockets, firing them into the Mediterranean and into the Sinai desert in Egypt, where it has spotters. It is possible that the sirens this morning were tripped by such test launches. This would not be the first time since the end of Operation Protective Edge that Hamas has test-fired missiles; two weeks ago, Hamas was reported to have test-fired some of its homemade missiles into the Mediterranean. At the same time as that test-fire, sirens went off in towns located inside the Gaza Envelope inside of Israel. As early as October 2nd, the World Tribune reported that Israeli military sources have said they are aware of these tests, saying they are homemade variants of the M-302 missile used during the last war to reach Haifa. These sources also identified the former Israeli settlement of Netzarim, located in the Gaza Strip, as the missile launch site for some of the test-firing.

In September, post-Operation Protective Edge, there were five Color Red rocket sirens, which according to the army were triggered by light weapons’ fire inside the Gaza Strip. So far in October, there have been three Color Red rocket sirens in areas bordering the Gaza Strip.

Exposé: US Blocked All Defense Shipments to Israel in Middle of War

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

The Obama administration stopped shipping to Israel all defense items – and not just Hellfire missiles as previously reported – for a short time in the middle of the war against Hamas, reported Israel Defense’s Amir Rappaport, the well-informed and highly credibly editor of the website.

Makor Rishon added to that report that the US actually cut off all communications with Israel’s Ministry of Defense purchasing offices in the US for days.

The Defense Ministry, now realizing it cannot always depend on the Obama administration in a time of crisis, already has decided under a “veil of secrecy,” according to Israel Defense, to manufacture a highly sensitive weapon in Israel instead of buying it from the United States.

The change in policy is a major step that would wean Israel away from dependence on the United States and which also would be a significant change in the policy of buying American-made weapons with most financial assistance from the United States.

American aid to countries, including Israel, usually is conditioned on a majority of the money being poured back into the American military-industrial complex.

“The Israeli defense establishment will reduce the production of weapon systems in the USA in the context of joint Israeli-American projects, and will rely more heavily on Israeli-made products” as a result of the punitive action taken by President Barack Obama, Rappaport wrote.

President Obama said during the war he was concerned about the high number of alleged civilian casualties from the Protect Edge counter-terrorist war in Gaza, and he was quoted as having warned that he his level of tolerance was approximately 1,000 deaths.

A final analysis of the death toll showed that most of the 2,000 who were killed in Gaza were terrorists, and a large number of the civilians who were killed acted as human shields, either by their own will or by force.

However, it was not only the death toll that concerned senior officials in the Obama, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who was labeled as “messianic” earlier this year by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.

The ministry also is examining the possibility of using Israel-made precision guided air-to-surface munition to replace Hellfire missiles, a project that is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions.

The crisis with the Obama administration in the middle of the war was revealed first by The Wall Street Journal, which reported at the time that the Pentagon held up the transfer of Hellfire missiles that the IDF needed to replace weapons that had been deployed in the war.

The United States not only stopped shipping the missiles but also held up other requests for defense materials. Rappaport wrote that the “order to stop the processing of all Israeli requests came from a senior echelon – probably the White House, among other reasons, because Israel had ignored the initiatives of Secretary of State John Kerry and preferred to end the operation through a direct channel with the Egyptian.” He added that the State Dept. also had not forgotten and apparently has not forgiven Ya’alon for his “messianic” comment.

The Defense Minister, who is flying to the United States Saturday night for a five-day visit, went to extremes to paint a luvvy-duvvy picture of American-Israeli relations.

“The United States assists Israel in a variety of areas, most prominently of course in the field of security, and we must remember that and acknowledge its leaders and thank them for this,” Ya’alon said in a press release. “The respective defense establishments in both countries have a relationship whose intimacy is unprecedented in scope and importance for Israel’s security.

“There is also a close, tight relationship with my friend, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.”

He also said, “We mustn’t allow any disagreements to cast a pall over those interests and values.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/expose-us-blocked-all-defense-shipments-to-israel-in-middle-of-war/2014/10/18/

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