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Posts Tagged ‘Iron Dome’

IAF Bombs Gaza Terror Sites in Retaliation for Rocket Attacks

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Israeli fighter pilots bombed three terror targets in Gaza early Saturday in retaliation for rocket attacks fired at southern Israel just after the start of the Sabbath on Friday.

Among the targets struck by the IAF in northern Gaza was a Hamas telecommunications site.

The Da’esh (ISIS)-linked Sheikh Omar Hadid Brigades terror organization announced it was responsible for Friday night’s rocket attacks.

The group is named after Sheikh Omar Hadid, who aided Abu Musab al-Zarqawi found and operate the Iraqi branch of the international Al Qaeda terror organization ten years ago.

Nevertheless, Israel holds Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization responsible for any violence or terror attacks that emanate from its territory.

A rocket exploded in the city of Sderot, less than a mile from the Gaza border at approximately 8:30 pm Friday evening.

People were sent fleeing to bomb shelters by the wail of the Color Red incoming rocket alert siren at around the same time they reported hearing the rocket explode in a residential area of the city.

The family whose home was hit by the rocket was home – and inside their home – at the time of the attack, according to local sources, but reportedly were not physically hurt. A number of people at the scene suffered from severe trauma, however.

Both the home and a bus that was parked nearby were damaged in the attack.

A similar Code Red incoming rocket alert was triggered across the coastal city of Ashkelon three hours later, sending nearly 120,000 residents racing for cover, their Sabbath dessert abandoned on the tables.

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system launched an interceptor missile that successfully neutralized the missile that was fired from Gaza directly at the busy city.

No one was reported injured and no damage was caused in the second attack.

Hana Levi Julian

Iron Dome Redeployed Near Ashdod Ahead of ‘Day of Rage’

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

An Iron Dome anti-missile defense system has been redeployed outside the southern port city of Ashdod, according to Israel’s Channel 10 TV.

Various batteries of the mobile all-weather air defense system are moved around the country to different areas as needed.

This past summer, the system received an unspecified upgrade to “widen the capacity and improve the performance” of the equipment, according to the Defense Ministry.

The move comes in advance of Friday’s upcoming “Day of Rage” declared this week by Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization.

Other terror groups also support the scheduled day of violence against Israel, intended to echo daily Arab violence aimed at Jews from Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount.

Arab Muslims trashed their own house of worship in order to use broken cement blocks as weapons against Israeli police and Jewish visitors to the compound.

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas seized the opportunity to regain the Arab spotlight, vowing Wednesday to “protect” Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.

“Al-Aqsa is ours and the Holy Sepulcher is also ours,” he declared at his office in the PA capital city of Ramallah. “They have no right to dirty the mosque with their filthy feet, we won’t let them do it.

“We will do whatever we can to defend Jerusalem,” he told activists from the eastern part of Israel’s capital.

Hana Levi Julian

US Warns Americans Away From Golan Heights, Upper Galilee

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

The United States Embassy in Tel Aviv is warning Americans against traveling to the Golan Heights and the Upper Galilee.

The travel advisory issued Saturday followed rocket fire from Syria on Thursday that struck northern Israel.

“Due to the launching of rockets from Syria toward Israel and other cross-border activity in northeastern Israel and northern Golan Heights on August 20 and 21, we urge US citizens to carefully consider and possibly defer travel in the Upper Galilee area of northern Israel… until the situation stabilizes.”

Iron Dome anti-missile defense batteries have been deployed in Ashdod, Ashkelon and Be’er Sheva in southern Israel as well, due to the possibility of rocket fire emanating from Gaza as well.

Two of the rockets fired at Israel on Thursday exploded in the Galilee Panhandle, and two others landed in the Golan Heights. Fires were ignited in open fields in both regions as a result.

The IDF attacked 14 Syrian positions in retaliation for the rocket fire. The IDF struck the central Golan Heights region on the Syrian side late Thursday night using tanks, artillery and the Air Force.

The rocket fire was launched by an Islamic Jihad terror group, funded by Iran, according to the IDF Spokesperson, who added the attack was an infringement on Israeli sovereignty.

Hana Levi Julian

Canada Buys Iron Dome Radar Technology from Israel

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Canada is buying Israeli Iron Dome radar that is able to detect rockets, artillery and mortars at long ranges, and can simultaneously engage a large number of targets.

Ottawa’s Dept. of National Defense awarded the contract to ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI), and Rheinmetall-Canada.

The radar system offers exceptional detection and accuracy performance and is a highly mobile, enabling it for fast deployment with a minimal crew.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Obama: ‘Don’t Judge Me on Whether Deal Ends Iran’s Aggression’

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

President Barack Obama told Thomas Freidman in an interview that he is confident Bibi will not be able to convince Congress to torpedo the agreement with Iran but also admitted that the deal has nothing to do with Iran’s aggression towards Israel.

Friedman, The New York Times columnist who is President Obama’s favorite spokesman, talked with the President for 45 minutes after the agreement was announced Tuesday.

The interview reveals inherent contradictions between President Obama’s understanding of foreign relations and his solutions for them. It shows that the President, like his predecessors, sees Israel’s security through its own eyes even though he believes he can put himself momentarily in the shoes of Iran.

He also likes to think he can pull strings that will determine how other countries will act, just like he encouraged the Arab Spring rebellion in Egypt to bring about democracy and respect for human rights, which still is waiting in the wings along with 72 virgins.

President Obama told Friedman that by helping Iran strengthen economically, perhaps – in his wishful thinking – the Iranian people will be able to influence the regime that “it’s not necessary for them to be great to denigrate Israel or threaten Israel or engage in Holocaust denial or anti-Semitic activity.”

Obama also thinks that once one of Iran’s neighboring countries is strong economically and militarily, it makes it more unlikely that Iran will attack it.

He was referring t Muslim countries. The Jewish State of Israel is a different matter.

President Obama said:

[Iran] has an authoritarian theocracy in charge that is anti-American, anti-Israeli, anti-Semitic [and] sponsors terrorism.

Hezbollah has tens of thousands of missiles that are pointed toward Israel. They are becoming more sophisticated. The interdiction of those weapon flows has not been as successful as it needs to be…

Iran is acting in an unconstructive way, in a dangerous way in these circumstances. What I’ve simply said is that we have to keep our eye on the ball here, which is that Iran with a nuclear weapon will do more damage, and we will be in a much worse position to prevent it.

That is going to be one of Obama’s loudest arguments when defending the agreement in Congress, but if he lived in Israel, he would not be so blasé about the ability of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah army to bring Israel to its knees with a massive missile attack.

The agreement may or may not stop Iran from getting its hands on a nuclear weapon, but by all accounts, it will pump $150 billion into Iran’s coffers. Not much of that money is going to be used to implement equality for women or for opening up an embassy in Israel.

By fueling terrorism, Obama is allowing himself, or his successor, to force Israel to beg for American help to prevent a threat it created, so Prime Minister Netanyahu better think twice when he tried to fight against the bill in Congress.

Obama stated:

Perhaps he thinks he can further influence the congressional debate, and I’m confident we’re going to be able to uphold this deal and implement it without Congress preventing that.

But after that’s done…we then ask some very practical questions: How do we prevent Hezbollah from acquiring more sophisticated weapons? How do we build on the success of Iron Dome, which the United States worked with Israel to develop and has saved Israeli lives?

First, he creates a greater threat to Israel be fueling Iranian-backed terror and then he wants to ask Israel how “we” can solve it.

Do you want money for an Iron Dome? Be nice. Maybe freeze settlements.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Iron Domes Added to South to Shoot Down Gaza Missiles

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

The IDF has deployed four Iron Dome anti-rocket systems in the wake of renewed missiles attacks from Gaza, which is supposed to be controlled by Hamas.

Salafists, affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS) ideology, have claimed they shot the missile on southern Israel last Thursday night. It fell short of its target and hit a residence in Gaza.

“We have the Salafist groups here in Gaza pledging their support to Islamic State,”  Gaza’s al-Azhar University  Prof. Mukhaimer Abu Saada told the BBC Friday.

He added:

They very much identify with Islamic State in terms of their ideology and their radical interpretations of Islam and the Koran. They are unhappy with Hamas because they believe it has not implemented Islamic law and because Hamas has reached an understanding with Israel, which put an end to the war in the summer of 2014.

Hamas Deputy Foreign Minister Ghazi Hamad insists that the ISIS does not have a formal organization  in Gaza.

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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.

JNS News Service

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