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Hamas: Continuing Negotiation – As Rockets Fire at Israel

Friday, August 8th, 2014

A Hamas spokesperson (who hasn’t yet been executed by his bosses) said that Hamas is continuing to negotiate in Cairo with Israel,according to a report on Nana10.

The spokesperson said that Hamas has not agreed to extend the cease fire for another 72 hours as Egypt requested, but they will continue to talk.

Other members of the Gaza contingent have expressed pessimism on whether the talks will continue or not.

Hamas has not yet claimed responsibility for this morning’s barrage of rockets.

There is no news yet of any Israeli military response, at all, to the rockets launched at Israel this morning.

Update: 9:57am Israel attacks northern Gaza (finally) – Walla from Arab sources.

Stress On Diversifying IDF Capabilities

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Has Israel of late neglected the IDF’s ground forces? Is it well prepared to wage its real battles ahead against well-entrenched Hamas and Hezbollah armies?  Currently embroiled in an intensive ground battle with Hamas in Gaza, have IDF’s infantry and armor units complained of insufficient preparation?

Perhaps, things are not all fine. An ineluctable impression one gets from a recent study conducted by the Tel Aviv based Begin Sadat Center for Strategic Studies is that the IDF has decided to invest primarily in air force capabilities, intelligence, special operations forces, stand-off precision fire and cyber capabilities. It is at the expense of its more traditional units, mainly the large ground forces. The study stresses the need to diversify IDF precision-fire capabilities and not to concentrate it all in the hands of the air force. It says today’s technology allows for precision fire to be launched from the sea as well .

An expert of the BESA Center says that the backbone of the IDF traditionally has been a large land army, comprised of heavy armored brigades supported by artillery and infantry.  Most of the ground forces were reserve units mobilized from their homes in the event of war. A strong air force ensured air superiority allowing the time for the reserves to deploy. It proved highly effective when Israel’s main strategic threat was large conventional Arab armies threatening to invade its territory.

The expert says the scene has changed a lot  in the last two to three decades. The last time the IDF engaged in combat with a conventional army was on Lebanese soil against the Syrian army in 1982.  Since then, the threat from conventional armies has diminished. Egypt and Jordan signed peace treaties with Israel (in 1979 and 1994). Iraq’s army was essentially eliminated by US invasion in 2003. The Syrian army too has been devastated by the civil war in that country. 

Today, instead of conventional armies, the IDF finds itself occupied with operations against terror and guerilla organizations such as Hamas in Gaza, Islamic Jihad in Sinai, and Hezbollah in Lebanon. The threat to Israel’s home front has also changed, from bombardment by hostile air forces to rocket and missile fire by terror organizations. The country that most supports and supplies these organizations is a non-Arab state actor that does not share a border with Israel – Iran. Iran also has a nuclear program that poses a threat to the entire Middle East. Under these circumstances Israel must be able to project power thousands of kilometers from home.
He says there are new technological developments in the military. Drones and unmanned vehicles in the air, sea and land; networks of digital command and control; precision fire that can be launched from almost any platform; and cyber-warfare – all hold the potential to alter, and in some cases have already changed, the way armies fight.
Besides, the expert says, the IDF cannot overlook the domestic strategic environment. The large civil protest demonstrations in Israel of 2011 reflect a change in priorities of the Israeli public: “More butter, fewer guns.” The IDF has to be more effective and less costly.
“Ideally, like every military, the IDF would like to have it all: The new F-35 jet fighter and state-of-the-art Dolphin class submarines, the new Namer APC and a new model of the Merkava tank, and additional batteries of Iron Dome, Arrow and the new David’s Sling missile defense systems. However, due to budget pressures, the IDF must compromise and make hard choices, “ he says..

‘Last Minute’ Iron Dome Infusion from US

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

The Congress voted Friday morning to transfer an additional $225 million to Israel for the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.

The move came less than 24 hours after Hamas terrorists kidnapped an Israeli soldier during a cease fire demanded by the United States and the United Nations.

President Barack Obama immediately signed the measure into law, and the funds were transferred overnight, according to a report posted by ABC News.

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee two weeks ago approved the transfer of $351 million, bringing the total appropriations for Israel to $621 million.

The funds transferred last night followed a unanimous vote of approval by the Senate just before the start of a long Congressional recess.

“This is a good example of us being able to put aside partisan considerations and work together to help our good friend, Israel,” Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told Politico.

“I will stand by Israel for a lot of personal reasons but certainly for political reasons,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). “And I have no hesitation in declaring to the world that’s how I feel.”

Senatora Tom Coburn (R-OK) tried but failed to convince his colleagues to pass an amendment to offset the costs of helping Israel by “reducing unnecessary contributions to the UN.”

United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay, meanwhile, earlier had slammed the United States for funding the entirely defensive Iron Dome anti-missile system.

“Americans not only equipped the Israelis with weapons used in the Gaza Strip but also helped Israel in the amount of almost a billion dollars to develop the Iron Dome system that protects the residents from rocket fire,” Pillay said. “Gaza residents were not given similar protection from Israeli bombing.”

Pillay has called for an international investigation of Israel’s counter terror operation in Gaza, claiming the IDF is guilty of war crimes. She has not, however, used the same criteria in addressing the actions of Hamas, who started this war, and freely uses civilians as human shields in combat and in placement of weaponry for use against Israel.

Israel Has Been Rocket Free For…

Friday, August 1st, 2014

If your curious as to how long Israel has been rocket free, go visit: Israel Has Been Rocket Free For…. It will also display properly there.

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Overnight/Morning Slew of Rockets as Cease Fire Approaches

Friday, August 1st, 2014

As the 8:00am deadline for the cease fire approaches, Hamas has shot a lot rockets into Israel to get their last licks:

7:32am 08-01-2014 Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne

7:32am 08-01-2014 Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne

7:32am 08-01-2014 Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne, Givati

7:31am 08-01-2014 Ashdod, Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne, Givati

7:31am 08-01-2014 Ashdod, Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne, Nitzanim, Givati

7:31am 08-01-2014 Ashdod, Nitzanim

7:31am 08-01-2014 Ashdod, Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne, Nitzanim

7:31am 08-01-2014 Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne, Nitzanim

7:31am 08-01-2014 Ashdod, Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne, Givati, Nitzanim

7:30am 08-01-2014 Ashdod, Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne, Givati

6:52am 08-01-2014 Hatzerim

646am Eshkol, Shaar HaNegev

5:02am Eshkol

3:31am Eshkol

8 Injured in Gaza Mortar Attack

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

8:00pm In the mortar attack on the Eshkol region, 10 people were wounded by a Gazan mortar, 6 in serious condition.

The wounded were medivaced by helicopter to the ICU in Saroka hospital. The condition of the wounded is not currently known.

Chinese Hacker Group Steals Iron Dome Software

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

A Chinese hacker group known as Comment Crew allegedly stole the software design for the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system in 2011.

According to Cyber Engineering Services (CyberESI) CEO Joseph Drissel, the group stole plans online from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries and Elisra Group, Reuters reported Wednesday.

Drissel said he decided to go public after warning officials in both the United States and Israel of the breach and finding that neither seemed to take the issue seriously.

CyberESI is a threat intelligence consulting firm based in Columbia, Maryland. He served as acting section chief in a section of the U.S. Defense Cyber Crime Center, part of the U.S. Air Force.

It is not clear what, if any, impact the theft has had on the deployment and implementation of the anti-missile batteries in Israel by the IDF. Some Chinese hacker groups are backed by the Chinese military but it is unclear whether Comment Crew is one of them.

Israel and China have tightened diplomatic ties over the past several years; it is not known whether Drissel’s revelations will have any impact on those relations.

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