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January 23, 2017 / 25 Tevet, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Israel Defense Forces’

First Arrow 3 Long-Range Missile Interceptor Battery Arrives in Israel

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Israel is now officially capable of shooting down ballistic missiles in space, and protecting its citizens from long-range missile threats with the use of an enhanced Aerial Defense Array.

The Israeli Air Force this week received its first battery of interceptors for operational use with the Arrow 3 long-range missile defense system. The new interceptors will initially operate in conjunction with lower-range Arrow-2 interceptors.

“Arrow-3 is the result of many years of development efforts, based on a solution designed by IAI which have today come to fruition,” said Boaz Levi, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) vice president and general manager of the Systems, Missiles & Space Group. “This is a milestone for the Israel’s Defense Establishment, and for Israel’s defense industries.”

IAI manufactures the surface-to-air Arrow Weapon System, a joint program with the United States.

The system is capable of shooting down intercontinental ballistic missiles fired from thousands of miles away, neutralizing the threat outside of Earth’s atmosphere where it will harm no one.

With the Arrow 3, Iran’s vow to “wipe Israel off the map” has to a certain extent been de-fanged – at least, for the time being.

Medium-range missiles such as those fired by Hezbollah, north of Israel, and by Islamic State terrorists from the Sinai Peninsula, still pose a threat. ‘David’s Sling’ is the third prong of the system that is yet to be completed in the triple-deck missile defense system under development.

The Iron Dome missile defense system, which intercepts short-range rockets and missiles such as the Qassams and Grad Katyushas, has been in place and functioning since Israel’s 2014 mini-war with Gaza, Operation Protective Edge.

Hana Levi Julian

Hezbollah Accuses Israel of Espionage in Southern Lebanon

Friday, January 20th, 2017

The Hezbollah terrorist organization has accused Israel of sending spies across the border under the watchful eyes of UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) to plant tracking devices in southern Lebanon.

Earlier this week an Israeli military Skylark drone crashed on the Lebanese side of the northern border, and was picked up by Hezbollah operatives, according to the Lebanese Al Manar news outlet, which is linked to the terror group.

Israel’s Channel 2 television news reported that the terrorist group also claims Israeli spies planted the devices around Lebanese military bases.

In addition, Channel 2 quoted residents in northern Israel saying large groups of Israeli army forces were gathering near the border, but the report was not confirmed by the IDF.

According to the annual report released this month by Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies, Hezbollah now poses the greatest military threat to Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Soldiers Arrest 25 Wanted Terror Suspects in Judea, Samaria

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

IDF soldiers arrested at least 25 Arab suspects over the past 24 hours in a major crackdown aimed at reducing the terror attacks on Israeli drivers in Judea and Samaria.

The forces captured 11 wanted terror suspects overnight in the Arab village of Tuqu’a, near the Jewish community of the same name, Tekoa, in eastern Gush Etzion. The suspects are accused of stoning Israeli drivers on the roads of Judea. They are also suspected of attacking drivers with firebombs and pipe bombs as well.

At least 14 other terror suspects were arrested in late-night operations throughout Judea and Samaria, according to a statement by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

One of the suspects was from the Arab village of Qatane. A search of his home revealed a huge cache of stolen items that included jewelry, guns, electronics and military uniforms.

IDF soldiers from the Etzion Brigade also arrested a group of Arab teens caught stoning cars traveling near the Arab village of El Khader, a bit south of Bethlehem. The teens were caught after being spotted on security cameras, hurling rocks at the passing cars.

Hana Levi Julian

Defense Ministry to Secure Immunity from Prosecution for IDF Fighting Forces

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

Even as the political and social storm continues over the verdict in the trial of Sgt. Elor Azaria who shot a neutralized terrorist in Hebron last March, Israel’s Defense Ministry is preparing a bill to protect future warriors who might become similarly entangled in legal troubles for their interpretation of the rules of engagement, Ma’ariv reported Saturday night.

According to the bill’s sponsor, Deputy Defense Minister MK Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan (Habayit Hayehudi) offers blanket immunity to members of the security forces for their actions before, during and after an operation or a terror event – as opposed to action during routine operation.

The proposed law would provide immunity to “every IDF soldier, commander and officer whether doing compulsory service, career NCOs and officers, GSS operatives, Police, Border Guard, Knesset Gurad, and any other member of Israel’s security forces as decided by the Minister of Defense.”

The bill says that “a member of the security forces will not bear criminal responsibility, nor be interrogated with a warning, and will be immune to every judicial action in connection with an operation he carried out or did not carry out, or an act he committed or did not commit, before, during and after an operation, depending on whether the operation was or was not carried out as part of his assignment, or in preparation to carry out his assignment, as member of the security forces.”

Ben-Dahan told Ma’ariv that the new law would “deliver a clear message to IDF soldiers: just as they are protecting us, we protect them. This is a balanced law which on the one hand enables IDF soldiers to carry out their mission protecting the State of Israel and the Nation of Israel without fear of later retribution, and on the other hand determines a mechanism to remove such immunity when the rules had been violated.”

The law will not protect soldiers accused of looting, destruction of property, taking bribes, bullying, and sexual offenses against people who were involved or uninvolved in a military operation.


10 Jewish-American Players Slated to Represent Israel in Baseball Tournament

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Ten Jewish Major League Baseball players and their families are visiting Israel this week, ahead of the upcoming World Baseball Classic, where they will play for the Israeli team. Israel will be making its first appearance in the international Baseball tournament. This will mark the first time Jewish-American athletes play for Israel in a world championship. WBC rules state that players who are eligible for citizenship of a given country may play on that country’s team.

On Thursday, the Jewish-American-Israeli team and its coaches and managers visited the Tel Nof Israeli Air Force Base, near Rehovot and took a group shot with some pilots and crew.

The Jewish players’ visit at the IA base was organized by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) and led by Jeff Aeder, founder of the Jewish Baseball Museum. The players met and spoke with the fighter pilots who protect Israel’s skies.

The visiting players included former NY Met Ike Davis; NY Mets current players Ty Kelly and Josh Zeid; Oakland Athletics players Ryan Lavarnway and Sam Fuld; Boston Red Sox player Cody Decker; Cincinnati Reds player Jon Moscot; St. Louis Cardinals player Corey Baker; Philadelphia Phillies player Jeremy Bleich; and Los Angeles Dodgers Director of Player Development Gabe Kapler.

The first-round hosts of the WBC will be Tokyo, Seoul, Miami, and Guadalajara. The second round hosts will be Tokyo and San Diego, and the championship round will be played in Los Angeles.

“These ten Jewish baseball players are visiting Israel for the first time to celebrate the fact that they’ve qualified for the World Baseball Classic,” Aeder said. “I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to expose them to the country and for them to meet some of the brave men and women who defend Israel and Jews everywhere, and derive pride from the Jewish State’s ability to defend itself.”

During their tour of Israel, the ten players and staff practiced on baseball fields and met with Israel Association of Baseball players. They also visited some of Israel’s landmarks and holy sites.

It should be noted that the WBC games feature mercy rules, whereby games are called if one team is ahead by 10 or more runs when the opposing team has batted in at least seven innings, or 15 or more runs when the opposing team has batted in at least five innings.

Mercy rules do not apply during the championship round.


Police Sappers Called to Haganah Museum in Tel Aviv

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Tourists were surprised to learn that a live spray grenade was found Thursday morning in a museum in Tel Aviv. The grenade was discovered in a closet at the Haganah Museum on Rothschild Street.

The museum itself is located in the house of Eliyahu Golomb, founder of the Haganah and its uncrowned military commander, according to its website. The house, built in 1923, was the secret headquarters of the Haganah, which eventually became the Israel Defense Forces of the modern-day State of Israel.

It was an grenade from the British Mandate period, apparently produced by fighters in an underground lab in the pre-state years.

The museum called the police bomb squad, and sappers came to take the grenade to another location where they could defuse it safely.

Hana Levi Julian

PM Netanyahu Eulogizes IDF Major Hagai Ben Ari, z’l

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

IDF Major Hagai Ben Ari, z’l, was laid to rest Wednesday afternoon in the cemetery of the Jewish community of Nov, in the Golan Heights, where he lived with his wife and children.

The officer had suffered mortal wounds at age 31 during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014 while fighting the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza, and was hospitalized in a coma — a state in which he remained until late Tuesday night, when he passed away at his home in Nov.

Prior to his injury, Ben Ari was set to be promoted to commander of the Elite Paratroopers Reconnaissance Unit – a position he was awarded after his injury, albeit symbolically.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu eulogized the elite commander Wednesday in a statement on social media:

“I received tonight with deep sadness the news about the death of Major Hagai Ben Ari. Hagai was the salt of the earth, a courageous fighter, and an esteemed commander. His last position was in the elite Maglan unit, where he was a commander. He was critically wounded during Operation Protective Edge while he was fighting with the Paratroopers Brigade.

“From the time of his injury, we hoped and prayed that Hagai would recover and return to his loving family, to his wife Moriah and his three children. To our great misfortune, this hope vanished yesterday. My wife and I would like to send our condolences to Hagai’s family in the name of all the people of Israel. May his memory be a blessing, and may his name be rooted in our hearts forever.”

Hana Levi Julian

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