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Lockheed Worried about IDF Unauthorized ‘Modifications’ in F-35

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Israel is in the process of preparing the infrastructure and capabilities needed to start operating its first F-35 Adir (Heb = Great) stealth strike fighters by the end of 2017, Defense News reported. The first pair of Adirs will arrive by December 2016, and fly out of the IAF Nevatim Air Base in the Negev.

According to the IDF blog, the new squadron of 19 F-35 jets will be incorporated into the Israeli Air Force beginning in 2019. The newly engineered fighters are a step up from the F-16I, especially with the addition of new state-of-the-art stealth technology and avionics. Each F-35 unit costs around $110 million, according to the Israeli defense ministry.

Steve Over, Lockheed Martin director for F-35 International Business Development, said that even though Israel will have “plenty of capability to do light maintenance in-country,” heavy maintenance of the Adir airframes and engines will be done at Joint Program Office-managed, company-established facilities “just like we do with all our other partners.”

“When you tear an airplane down, you expose its magic,” Over said bluntly. “So that type of work must be performed in designated places.”

Perhaps betraying their reservations about what usually happens the American weapons after the Israelis lay their hands on them, Lockheed executives said Israel would be able to add specific capabilities or upgraded functions—which the Israelis love doing—as long as it did not affect the overall design or the aircraft software. As Over put it:

The Israelis have an ability to do some unique things. But anything wholesale that would impact the design or capabilities driving all the airplanes for all the countries would have to be done by consensual agreement.

The IAF is preparing to send its first group of pilots to train in Arizona next year, at the Luke Air Force Base. At the same time, the IAF will be sending dozens of maintenance professionals to train at US Air Force logistics bases at Eglin, Florida, according to Defense News.

Washington has approved 75 F-35s for export to Israel, of which the IDF has contracted for 33, hoping to be able to absorb another 17 planes by 2020, according to Defense News.

According to the IDF blog, The stealth technology allows the aircraft to fly practically unnoticed by any enemy. For many years, these systems were too expensive to be deployed on small aircraft; therefore they could only be used on larger and more expensive bombers such as the B-2 or the F-117. The newly developed F-35 allows the incorporation of these features at a low maintenance price.

The F-35 is also manufactured with improved electronic systems onboard. Sensors including various radars, infrared systems, and active electronic warfare systems are all mounted on the aircraft during production. They serve as an integral part of the plane and not as “add-ons” which is common in other aircraft.

With these improvements, the IAF pilots will receive a more precise and complete picture of the battlefield in real-time. It will allow them to better position themselves and give them the advantage to come out on top of every mission they must face.

JNi.Media

‘Lone Soldiers’ Get a Treat in ‘Fun Day’ At Water Park

Friday, September 4th, 2015

More than 5,000 soldiers were treated to a “Fun Day” at Israel’s largest water park Thursday through the cooperation and funding of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) and the military.

There are 6,073 Lone Soldiers serving in the IDF today, and about 800 of them are American.

Native-born Israelis usually enlist in the IDF at the age of 18, but there are approximately 200 Lone Soldiers from around the world who decided to enlist at the age of 26 and above.

FIDF supports lone soldiers financially, socially, and emotionally and sponsors flights for them to visit their families and friends in their countries of origin.

The Fun Day at the Shefayim Water Park north of Tel Aviv benefited Lone Soldiers from all IDF units and featured a pool party with leading Israeli DJ Eran Barnea, gift care packages, an all-day smorgasbord of barbeque and desserts and a concert by the band Hatikvah 6.

High-ranking officers also attended the festivities.

“FIDF supporters have made it their goal to serve as the adoptive family for all Lone Soldiers serving in the IDF. This special day saluted them – and offered a brief respite,” said FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir.

Jewish Press Staff

Netanyahu May Allow Soldiers to Shoot at Terrorists

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

The army soon may be allowed to act like an army and actually fire at terrorists even if soldiers might only be liable to be wounded and not killed.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Security Cabinet Wednesday morning that there will be a re-examination of a recent decision to prohibit soldiers from shooting at rock-throwing and firebombing terrorists unless their lives are in immediate danger.
He said:

Since the legal system is finding it difficult to deal with stone-throwing by minors, changing open-fire orders regarding the throwing of stones and firebombs will be examined, as will be the imposition – by law – of minimum sentences for those who throw stones and firebombs.

Stiffer sentences, including several years in prison, for rock-throwers already are on the agenda following an imitative by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.

The issue of minors throwing rocks, intended to kill Israeli drivers either with a direct hit in the face or by causing them to lose control of their vehicles and crash, was highlighted around the world earlier this week with the video of a Palestinian Authority family whose children are “stars” in rock-throwing attacks on soldiers, whose reactions are filmed and edited to portray the children as innocent victims of a big bad army.

The video showed the children and adults punching and beating the soldier, who sat helpless and without even aiming his semi-automatic rifle at them.

Prime Minister Netanyahu did not refer to the most recent “Pallywood” video and instead focused on the increasing number of attacks on Highway 443, the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway that is an alternate to Highway 1 and which also connects the capital with the suburban city of Modi’in.

He told the Security Cabinet:

The policy is zero tolerance for stone-throwing and zero tolerance for terrorism.

That has been said over and over, but the government and military actually have shown 100% tolerance by tying the hands of soldiers trying to defend themselves and civilians.

One young woman told TheJewishPress.com she still is traumatized by an ambush on a vehicle in which she was riding on Highway 60 between Jerusalem and Gush Etzion.

“S. B.” said”

Arabs smashed the back windshield and ambushed our car. An IDF officer at the scene communicated with his superior, who told him not shoot. The officer replied, ‘How am I supposed to defend civilians if I can’t shoot?’

Good question.

The IDF’s answer earlier this month was not encouraging and was so cowardly that even international media such as Newsweek reported:

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has tightened its rules of engagement for soldiers based in the West Bank in a move one analyst says could embolden would-be Palestinian attackers.

IDF soldiers have been instructed not to shoot at Palestinian suspects unless they pose an immediate threat to life in an updated directive issued by Major General Roni Numa, who is in charge of IDF Central Command….

The new directive clarifies existing IDF rules on opening fire against Palestinians. The rules stipulate that soldiers can only shoot when their lives are threatened—so if an attacker throws a firebomb at soldiers before running away, for example, the soldiers can only shoot in the air, as the attacker no longer poses a threat to forces.

Asaf Day, an Israeli security analyst with Tel Aviv-based consultancy Max Security…said, ‘I think [these measures] will encourage Palestinians to carry out more attacks and I think it has been proven in the past.”

That is exactly what has happened, and the Prime Minister gave clear signs today he will rectify the situation.

He also ordered the examination of several defensive measures, such as increasing lighting and the number of security cameras on Highway 443. In addition, two more Border Police companies and approximately 400 more police officers will be stationed in Jerusalem.

That does not solve the problem in Judea and Samaria, where rock-throwing attacks are so common that they no longer are reported by most media, unless someone is seriously injured or killed. That is similar to the rocket attacks from Gaza. If they “land,” meaning “explode,” in “open areas,” the liberal media might consider it important enough for two paragraphs.

The “turn the other cheek for the sake of ‘peace'” mentality that successive U.S. governments and the European Union have imposed on Israel still prevails in many quarters.
As usual, it takes more violence and injures before the government and the IDF begins to think that maybe, just maybe, soldiers should be allowed to shoot at terrorists, whether they are shooting bullets or throwing rocks.

Netanyahu took the first step today by suggesting that perhaps solders can shoot, even if rocks and firebombs might cause them injuries and not death.

Below the photo, a video shows Palestinian children, starring Shirley Temper.

'Shirley Temper" in action

‘Shirley Temper” in action

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

IDF Helicopter Flew Arson Victims to Tel Aviv Hospital [video]

Friday, July 31st, 2015

The IDF has released a video showing Palestinian Authority medics and Israeli soldiers working together to carry a victim of the arson-murder Friday morning to a military helicopter.

The aircraft flew to Tel HaShomer Hospital.

An 18-month-old baby dies in the “price-tag” arson, and the mother and another child are un critical condition.

The Jewish terrorists threw a Molotov cocktail into the window of the victims’ small home in the village of Duma, near Shechem. Four Jews fled the scene, according to eyewitnesses.

The IDF and police are combing Judea and Samaria to search and arrest the attackers.

The funeral for the baby will take place after Muslim prayers Friday morning. The major of Duma said he is sure Israeli authorities will do everything they can to catch the criminals, but added he cannot do anything to prevent villagers from expressing their rage.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

IDF National Military Drill Calls Up Thousands of Reservists

Monday, July 27th, 2015

In one of the largest military drills ever held, the IDF has launched a three-day exercise to check on the army’s ability to switch from a daily routine to a wartime footing.

Hundreds of thousands of reservists have already received — or will receive — mock telephone messages from the IDF, beginning on Monday (July 27.)

Thousands are being told to report to their bases at very short notice – those messages will not be “mock” messages at all – and others are being asked to confirm that the call-up system works.

The call-ups are part of the planned set of military exercises for the year, a senior officer stressed. “This is not an actual call-up. We are not at war. This is part of the activities we are carrying out to ensure our readiness.”

Home Front Command was drilling its search and rescue battalions at a mock disaster site in Holon on Monday as well as in other locations.

Military traffic may be heavier for the next couple of days around the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station and city hall as well as around schools and shopping malls in various other cities, including Beit Shemesh and Herzliya.

Northern and Southern Commands are drilling their troops on responding to attacks from Lebanon, Syria and Gaza, IDF sources said. Israel Air Force air bases are also switching to emergency status and drill the teams on rapidly translating intelligence data into air strikes. The Israel Navy is testing its infrastructure, and the IDF Cyber Defense Unit is also testing its readiness for the first time.

The IDF Operations unit is drilling its soldiers on coordinating emergency functions in various locations throughout the country.

In the south, special exercises are being held using the information gleaned from operations carried out during last summer’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. Scenarios in those drills include responding to multiple rocket attacks from the terrorist-controlled enclave.

The military drills are expected to continue through Wednesday.

Hana Levi Julian

2nd Violent Arab Rioter Dies After Attacking IDF Soldiers

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

In the second such incident within 24 hours, a Palestinian Authority Arab has died after attacking IDF soldiers while they were trying to make an arrest.

According to the IDF, soldiers from the Kfir Brigade were carrying out orders in Beit Omar near Gush Etzion late Wednesday night to arrest 24-year-old Mohammed Abu Maria, a wanted PA Arab fugitive.

Abu Maria’s large extended family violently attacked the soldiers during the arrest, according to the IDF. In response, one of the soldiers fired at the legs of one of the attackers. The injured attacker was taken by Red Crescent medics to a local hospital.

As the ambulance left, a larger mob of neighboring villagers surrounded the home and attacked the IDF soldiers, hurling rocks and concrete blocks at the troops. One soldier was injured and was treated at the scene.

Another soldier provided cover fire to allow the unit to safely leave the area. In the melee, one of the violent rioters who were attacking the soldiers was shot and killed. The suspect, meanwhile, managed to escape custody.

Late Tuesday night in a similar situation, a 21-year-old terror suspect was shot during an IDF arrest operation in the Arab village of Burkina, near Jenin. He subsequently died at a hospital in Jenin.

However, the circumstances are not clear: The Border Police officer who fired at Muhammad Ahmad Alawneh was using a Ruger rifle, which fires lower impact rounds than other weapons. In addition, the officer fired at Alawneh’s legs; the hospital in Jenin that received the injured suspect claimed he was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest – and that, despite undergoing surgery.

The IDF has opened an investigation into the incident. Palestinian Authority sources are notorious for spreading disinformation, particularly when it comes to distorting facts about injuries resulting from conflicts with Israeli forces.

A total of 18 security suspects were arrested by the IDF in Judea and Samaria overnight, including two members of the Hamas terrorist organization picked up in Jenin and Qalkilya.

Hana Levi Julian

African-American Converts Make Aliyah to Israel

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

“We will be a part of something so big—it is unthinkable to me,” Tracie Beavers said three-quarters of the way through a nearly 12-hour flight last week.

The Columbus, Ohio, mother of three was on her way to Israel, making aliyah with the support of the Nefesh B’Nefesh (NBN) agency.

Tracie’s journey is an unlikely one that began about a decade ago, peaking in 2013 and triumphing when she boarded the plane to Israel. Tracie and her husband Aaron are both African-American converts to Judaism. Their long-winding path to the Jewish homeland began a generation ago with Aaron Beavers’ father, who “changed his lifestyle” when he discovered Torah, said Tracie.

Aaron’s father infused in him a love of yiddishkeit, though he never converted his wife or children. Aaron Beavers was raised Christian, but nearly two decades later, he came to the same conclusion as his father—that Torah is truth.

In 2009, Aaron and Tracie decided they wanted to be Jewish. In 2013, they completed their conversion. They pro-ceeded converted their oldest children—Anayah, 8, and Gabrielle, 6. Chanan, 2, was born into the Jewish faith.

About a year ago, the family decided the next step was moving to Israel.

“If you believe something, you should do it as much as you possibly can. You should be as close to it as you can,” Aaron Beavers told JNS.org.

The family has moved to Bat Hefer, a community in the Sharon plain, east of the central Israeli city of Netanya. Aaron said he plans to be a plumber. Tracie will continue to stay at home with the children. A former member of the U.S. National Guard, she said she now hopes to volunteer for the Israel Defense Forces.

The members of the Beavers family were just a handful of the 221 diverse faces—all newly minted immigrants in the Jewish state—aboard the NBN charter flight on the El Al airline that took off from New York City’s John F. Ken-nedy International Airport on July 12. It was the 53rd charter flight in NBN’s history. Other organizational partners behind the flight included Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, and JNF-USA.

NBN’s co-founder, Rabbi Joshua Fass, told the group prior to takeoff, “Returning to Zion is like dreaming. … It is a diverse group of Jews coming together for a common dream.” The other co-founder, Tony Gelbart, said each aliyah flight is as exciting as the next.

“For these olim (immigrants to Israel), it is their first time,” he said.

Aboard the plane were a four-month-old baby and a 90-year-old bubbie, as well as two sets of three-generation families. In total, there were 32 families and 95 children. NBN has helped more than 45,000 olim get to Israel since its founding in 2001.

The 90-year-old bubbie was Sue Friedman, grandmother of Rachel Azaria, a member of the Israeli Knesset for the Kulanu party. Friedman said she has wanted to move to Israel since she left Germany at the age of 13, years before the Nazis annihilated 6 million Jews during the Holocaust. She spent many years raising a family in Riverdale, N.Y., but infused in all of her children a love of the Jewish state. She is being embraced in Israel by 27 great-grandchildren.

“I am ready,” she told JNS.org. Friedman is now residing in an independent living facility in Ra’anana.

While there were mixed emotions in the air as families boarded the flight in New York, leaving loved ones behind in America and feeling unsure of what exactly the future holds in Israel, there was nothing but joy upon landing.

JNS News Service

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