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Israeli, US Leaders Celebrate New ‘Adir’ F-35 Stealth Fighter Jet

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and IAF Chief of Staff Brig.-Gen. Tal Kelman joined top U.S. government and Lockheed Martin officials on Wednesday in celebrating the rollout of the “Adir” — Israel’s first F-35A Lightning II Stealth fighter jet.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro and Israeli Minister without portfolio Tzachi Hanegbi also joined the celebration, as did 400 other guests from government, military and the industrial sectors. Texas Governor Greg Abbott and U.S. Congressman Craig Goldman were present as well.

“Israel is proud to be the first country in the area to receive and operate [the Stealth fighter],” Liberman said. “The F-35 is the best aircraft in the world and the choice of all our military leadership at its highest level. It is clear and obvious to us and to the entire region that the new F-35, the Adir, will create real deterrence and enhance our capabilities for a long time.”

The aircraft has an advanced capability to defeat emerging threats, including advanced missiles and heavily-defended air space, combining advanced low observable stealth technology with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment support.

“The F-35 technology represents the crown jewel of air-power superiority and will therefore be a great contribution to the IDF’s air force,” Liberman said, stressing that diplomatic tensions between Israel and the U.S. have not affected security cooperation between the two nations.

“It’s not a secret that we have from time to time some disagreements, some disputes, with the U.S. on the political level regarding some solutions with our neighbors,” he noted. “But when it comes to Israel’s security, we really enjoy full understanding, fruitful cooperation and strong commitment to our security concerns and needs.”

Lockheed Martin chair, president and CEO Marillyn Hewson agreed. “We’re honored to partner with Israel and help strengthen the deep and lasting partnership between our two nations,” she said. “The F-35 will help Israel remain a beacon of strength and stability in the region and support a safe and secure homeland for generations to come.”

Israel’s first delegation of pilots will arrive next month in the United States to begin simulator and ground-based training on the new stealth fighter. A total of 12 pilots are set for training at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona and by the middle of next year will have completed a 100-day U.S. Air Force training program that prepares them for actual flight training on the aircraft in Israel.

By 2018, another 10 to 15 pilots are to be selected for another round of training, according to a report last week by Defense News. Meanwhile, Israel has sent dozens of people to Eglin Air Force Base to attend maintenance training courses that can last between two to four months.

The IAF is working with Lockheed Martin and F-35 program officials to complete the construction of the Israeli logistics center at Nevatim Air Base in in the Negev. The center will use Lockheed Martin’s Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS), a worldwide sustainment network that provides maintenance support for the aircraft for the duration of its projected 55-year lifespan.

The point of the independent logistics center in southern Israel has to do with the unique conditions under which Israelis are forced to live: The constant threat of rocket fire and other terror attacks makes it necessary for Israel to be able to maintain and repair its F-35 fleet immediately, on site, if and when the aircraft is being used during a conflict.

Hana Levi Julian

IAF Targets Hamas in Air Strikes on Gaza After Mortar Attacks [video]

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

The Israel Air Force carried out an air strike in Gaza Wednesday evening in retaliation for six mortar attacks aimed at IDF soldiers over the past 24 hours by Gaza terrorists.

Arab media reported the Israeli fighter pilots targeted the Gaza airport, which has already been bombed and destroyed in previous action by the IDF. Four more Hamas targets were struck in southern Gaza as well, according to the IDF Spokesperson.

“The IDF holds Hamas responsible and accountable for all attacks originating from the Gaza Strip,” said IDF Spokesperson Peter Lerner in a statement released Wednesday night.

“The IDF will continue to operate in order to protect the civilians of southern Israel from all terrorist threats above and beneath ground that pose a severe violation of Israel’s sovereignty.

“Both Israeli and Palestinian civilians benefit from and deserve to live without the constant concern of escalation. We will work in order to maintain and restore the quiet that the people deserve.”

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Bombs One Hamas Outpost in Response to Near-Murder of Soldiers

Monday, December 7th, 2015

The IDF overnight bombed one Hamas military post in a belated and tepid response to at least three shooting attacks on soldiers patrolling at the security fence.

The latest shooting occurred on Sunday when several bullet holes smashed through the windshield of an Engineer Corps vehicle in southern Gaza. The soldiers were inside the car but miraculously were not wounded. On Friday, terrorists fired at an army vehicle securing the border.

The military finally decided to retaliate in the middle of the night early Monday morning and, according to the IDF, “launched an airstrike against a terrorist infrastructure belonging to Hamas in northern Gaza.”

The “retaliation” appears to be a message to Hamas that, in the words of the military, “The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm the security of IDF soldiers and the security of the citizens of Israel.”

As noted here on Sunday, it is easier to stage a tit-for-tat response against rocket attacks. The Air Force’s intelligence surveillance usually identifies the source of the launch and can quickly hit the area.

Shootings are a different matter, unless soldiers and return fire immediately. Since yesterday’s attack was in southern Gaza and the bombing of a solitary Hamas outpost was in northern Gaza, it is clear that the “retaliation” was a message and not a “proportional response.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Air Force ‘Retaliates’ for Rocket Attack

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

 

The Israeli Air Force attacked “two terror sites of the Hamas organization” in southern Gaza Monday night following a rocket strike on Gaza Belt communities.

It exploded in an open area, causing no injuries, no damage, more tension, stress and another sleepless night for Jews living near the area from where Jews were expelled and from where the IDF withdrew 10 years ago to make Israel safer.

The IDF Spokesman’s office noted that last night’s attack was the 18th of the year.

They have become so routine that one major website in Israel reported that the rocket was “lobbed,” like a softball.

IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said what everyone living near Gaza knows, calling the situation “intolerable.”

In fact, it has become tolerable, just like years of official Palestinian Authority incitement was tolerated until the results of terror have become intolerable and uncontrollable. Gaza Belt Jews tolerate the constant stress and trauma and occasional injuries, property damage, and sometimes death.

The government tolerates it.

The IDF tolerates it.

Until the next war.

For the record, the IDF stated:

The intolerable reality of civilians continually living under the threat of Gaza rockets is unacceptable, unbearable and must stop. Hamas must enforce their responsibilities or face the consequences. We will act against those that attack us and hold those that enable attacks against Israel accountable.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Israel Bombs Hamas Weapons Factories in Gaza

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

The Israel Air Force bombed two Hamas weapons factories in northern Gaza early Sunday morning in retaliation for a missile attack on the coastal city of Ashkelon Saturday night.

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system intercepted the missile, which was headed straight for the heavily-populated city.

The Color Red incoming rocket alert siren activated in a number of other southern Israeli communities in the Ashkelon regional council district as well.

No one was physically injured and no property damage from falling shrapnel was reported.

This was the second rocket attack on southern Israel in as many days, along with numerous attempts to infiltrate into Israeli territory.

“The IDF holds Hamas responsible for any act of aggression from the Gaza Strip,” said IDF Spokesperson Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner. “This weekend we have seen clear incitement encouraging the breach of Israel’s sovereignty, violent confrontation against Israelis and threatening the residence of southern Israel.

“The IDF will continue to act, preempt and defeat those that plot to harm the civilians of Israel.”

An Iron Dome anti-missile defense battery was also deployed Friday in Be’er Sheva.

The rocket attack aimed at Ashkelon came after a day in which Gaza Arabs were shot by IDF soldiers after a mob stormed the security fence along Israel’s southern border.

At least six of the terrorists attempting to infiltrate Israel in the attack on the border fence were killed; more than two dozen others were wounded.

Nearly a dozen managed to infiltrate Israel after breaking through the border fence, but all were caught and returned to Gaza. Five of those captured were taken into custody by IDF soldiers; they were transferred to security officers for interrogation.

Hana Levi Julian

Russia and Israel Quietly Collaborating on Attacks in Syria

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Defense officials from both countries met Wednesday in Tel Aviv to prevent “incidents” but are keeping quiet about the meeting.

While the Obama administration flounders in public distrust of Moscow, the Russian Armed Forces have met with Israel officials for the first round of talks towards establishing “a joint mechanism for preventing misunderstandings” around fighting in Syria.

Wednesday’s meeting involved the Russian Alarmed Forces deputy chief and IDF Major-General Yair Golan, but further talks will involve lower echelon officials in order to take the spotlight off the meetings, Defense News reported.

Unlike Russian talks with Turkey, which officials in Moscow reported this week were continuing in order “to elaborate the mechanism for prevention of incidents on the Syrian-Turkish border,” no statement was made after the task with the Israelis

An IDF officer spoke with Defense News about future sessions and said:

It could be done by lower-echelon officers. We don’t want to make too much of it. We want to prevent conflict, but we don’t yet know how to do it.

In the end, we’ll agree on a mechanism and how it will be done. But it requires defining areas where one operates and making sure the other side won’t interfere or harm you, and vice versa.

We have two problems in Syria, both of which have nothing to do with Russia: One is the terror that is directed against us at our border, and for that we’re operating all the time. The other is the smuggling of high-value arms to Hezbollah, and needless to say we’re following this very closely.

Russia and Israel may not be the best of friends publicly, but they have developed a healthy respect for each other, without all of the emotions and hype by the Obama’s “unbreakable bond” with Israel. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Vladimir Putin are much closer in their understanding of the Middle East than either of them is with President Barack Obama.

Russia is in Syria to save the Assad regime and is not interested in attacking Israel. Its presence might actually make Israel safer in light of the rocket fire and mortar shells that have exploded on the Israel side of the Golan Heights border.

Many of the explosions were “stray fire, but some have been intentional, and Russia is in a good position to keep the firing inside Syria.

The most problematic situation is one whereby Syrian or Iranian forces try to ship weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Israel has pre-empted several smuggling attempts by bombing weapons convoys in Syria, a maneuver that would be extremely dangerous with Russia patrolling Syrian air space.

An Israeli official told Defense News:

It’s essential to avoid confliction, but until that happens, our Air Force will know how to take care of itself in problematic situations.

Everyone is shouting ‘Russians, Russians, Russians,’ but what about the Americans and dozens of others who have already been there for a year? At any given moment, there are hundreds of coalition planes in the air … The sky is vast.

Dima Adamsky, an associate professor at Israel’s Inter-Disciplinary Center’s Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, wrote in a recent Foreign Affairs article published by the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations:

Israel has routinely been conducting strikes exactly where the Russians are now expanding their foothold… Israel has signaled its neutrality toward the conflict, but it is unclear how the Israel Air Force will tolerate potential jamming, cyber strikes and limits of its space for maneuvering or if Moscow decides to establish an electromagnetic cordon sanitaire and anti access-area denial sphere around the pro-Assad coalition’s operational theater.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

IDF Flies Reconnaissance Mission in Southern Lebanon

Monday, July 20th, 2015

The Israel Air Force flew reconnaissance aircraft over southern Lebanon while soldiers patrolled along the border, the Lebanese Naharnet website reported Monday.

Four armored vehicles reported with approximately 15 soldiers were deployed near the village of al-Ghajar, which straddles the border and is claimed by both Lebanon and Syria.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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