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October 23, 2014 / 29 Tishri, 5775
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Unnamed Asian Country Awards Elbit Systems $88 Million Contract

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Haifa-based Elbit Systems won an $88 million from an unnamed Asian country for various projects, most of them for an F-5 aircraft avionics upgrade program and the supply of electro-optic and communications systems, Elbit announced Wednesday.

The F-5 fighter jet has been in operation for more than 40 years four decades, and is used by a large number of countries, including the United States, Switzerland, Norway and Brazil.

Former F-5 upgrades by Elbit have included advanced glass cockpits featuring three-color displays and operational capabilities, the DASH IV Helmet, weapon delivery and navigation systems, electronic warfare suites, radars, flight simulators and ground support equipment.

”Asia-Pacific is a very important market for Elbit Systems,” said Elbit Systems president and CEO Bezalel (Butzi) Machlis. “We have witnessed a growing demand for upgrades of this nature, and we trust that further customers will follow, benefiting from a mature aircraft upgraded with market leading technologies”.

 

Ban Says UN Will Investigate Weaponry in Its Gaza Agencies

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

A supposed independent Board of Inquiry will look into the cases of U.N. agencies hit by artillery during the Gaza conflict, as well as instances in which weaponry was found on United Nations premises, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday at the Security Council.

He also questioned the “proportionality” of Israel’s response to rockets fired from Gaza.

He ran through the standard routine of understanding Israel’s need to defend itself “from rockets above and tunnels below” but “the scale of the destruction in Gaza has left deep questions about proportionality,” he said.

He is correct.

Any normal country would have flattened an enemy for shooting missiles into its territory and threatening to fire on planes at a country’s international airport.

Ban also called for “long-term stability in Gaza,” which is a good move except that he thinks it requires “addressing the underlying causes of the conflict” an end to the occupation that has grinded on for nearly half a century, a full lifting of the blockade on the Gaza Strip and effectively addressing Israel’s legitimate security concerns.”

“Long-term stability” in Gaza existed since the Six-Day War in 1967, when Egypt was delighted to get of the impoverished hell-hole. Gaza Arabs experienced two decades of unprecedented economic growth with the freedom to travel back and forth from Israel.

JTA contributed to this report.

Hamas ‘Fishing’ for Cease-Fire Violations’

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The Israeli Navy has toughened up on Gaza fishermen who continue to sail past the limits that Israel r ally expanded as part of the last cease-fire agreement, and maritime soldiers arrested seven fishermen, according to the federation of Gaza fishermen.

IDF spokesmen confirmed that “two vessels sailed beyond the permitted fishing zone” even though the Navy fired warning shots for them to turn around when the boats traveled 1.8 nautical miles past the limit.

Soldiers fired rubber bullets, injuring one Gaza man lightly.

The problem is not with fisherman, most of whom are not involved in terrorism. The problem is that if they can freely sail past the limits, terrorists used the fishing boats as cover.

The recent escalation in the need for the Israel Navy to fire warning shots to heed off Gaza vessels comes on weeks after Israel agreed to double to six nautical miles the waters where Gaza fishermen are allowed to operate.

 

 

2 New Chief Rabbis Elected for Jerusalem After 10-Yr Hiatus

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The holy city of Jerusalem finally has its own Chief Sephardic and Chief Ashkenazi Rabbis, after a hiatus of ten years.

The previous Jerusalem Chief Rabbis both passed away in 2003, leaving the positions vacant until now.

Former Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar of the State of Israel has been elected to the Jerusalem office with 28 votes.

Rabbi Aryeh Stern, at the Halacha Brura Institute, has become Rabbi Amar’s Ashkenazi counterpart, with 27 votes. He vowed to represent all the people in Jerusalem, a statement reflecting his roots as a student of the late Israel Chief Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook.

The 48-member Jerusalem City Council had to whittle down a list of 9 candidates (the original list had been 19) for the positions on Tuesday, beginning at 4 pm.

Polls closed at 7 pm sharp, and results were announced within the hour, just before the 8 pm deadline.

Beach Boys Cancel Israel Performance

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The Beach Boys were supposed to play Israel next month at Nokia Arena, but unfortunately they just cancelled their upcoming performance.

The ticket site had only the following message to say on the subject:

“The Beach Boys have cancelled their appearance Saturday night, November 29, 2014 at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. The band looks forward to returning to the region as soon as possible. Ticket holders will receive refunds within 14 days”.

The Beach Boys official website still lists Israel on the itinerary.

No other explanation was put forward. We hope they are able to come back soon.

Arab MK Zoabi Says IDF ‘Worse than’ ISIS

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Hanin Zoabi, Israel’s de facto Minister for Anti-Zionism and chair of the Fifth Column, outdid herself on Sunday be comparing the IDF with the Islamic State (ISIS).

Actually, that is not true. She did not compare them. The IDF is much worse, she stated on Channel 2 television, because the Islamic State “kills one person at a time with each knife while an IDF pilot kills dozens of Palestinians by pressing a button.”

Not to be totally outdone by Zoabi’s love for hate, another one of her Balad party colleagues, MK Basel Ghattas, chimed in on Army Radio Monday to say that there is a big difference between the Israeli army and the Islamic State, which “unlike the IDF, has not committed crimes against humanity.

Zoabi, a resident of Nazareth in the Galilee, is the same cheerleader for terror who was on the IHH terrorists’ Mavi Mamara ship aimed at breaking the maritime embargo on Hamas.

She previously has used the Knesset podium to call Israel a Nazi state, reject Israel as a Jewish state, a basic part of the Balad party’s platform, and to dismiss the Iranian nuclear threat simply as one of “potential.” She also has sung the Palestinian anthem at a Hamas rally.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, on cue, called the Balad party a “terrorist organization” that exploits the Knesset to “advance terrorism while taking advantage of parliamentary immunity.”

Previous moves to indict her for incitement were ditched by Israel’s cowards in the office of the Attorney General.

Transportation Minister Israel Katz of the Likud party called Zoabi’s statement “treason and sedition.”

As usual, everyone is trying to matching Zoabi’s mouth with shocking words , but no one ever does anything about Zoabi, who would long have been thrown into jail in any other democratic country that understands the principle that freedom of speech does not include yelling ”fire” in a crowded theatre just to get attention.

The Jewish Press has come up with a practical idea and is asking you to put some money in the pushkie to raise enough shekels to buy her a first-class airline ticket for her to fly to Syria.

Once there, Zoabi can see herself the difference between the ISIS and the IDF, and when she comes back to Israel, maybe she will have some more sense in her head, unless it comes back on a separate ticket.

First Arameam Gets Registered in Israel

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Two year old Yaakov Halul s the first Israeli to get registered as an Aramean in Israel, according to a Yisrael Hayom report.

Yaacov’s parents, Sha’di and Oxana, held off registering him for two years, as the only option open for his nationality was Arab, and they wanted him registered as an Aramean. Sha’di, who serves as a captain in an IDF reserves paratroopers unit, heads up an Aramean-Christian organization in Israel.

There are 12 million Aramean Christians in the world, 130,000 of them live in Israel. Israel is the first country to recognize Arameans as a distinct nationality.

The Arameans are believed to have originated in the area of the Middle East known as the Fertile Crescent, in what is now Syria and Iraq. Most now live in the Galilee, Nazareth and Haifa.

The Jewish people’s connections to Arameans goes back to Biblical times.

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