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June 30, 2016 / 24 Sivan, 5776

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On Heel of Netanyahu Visit, Russia Pushing ‘Arab Initiative’ as Basis for Talks

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Moscow has no problem adopting the Arab peace initiative on settling the Arab-Israeli conflict, and sees no need to amend it, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told TASS after talks the PA FM Riyad al-Maliki on Wednesday. And, apparently, as far as the Russians are concerned, they never heard Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling for any amendments to the initiative when he met with President Putin the day before.

“I did not hear any demands for amending the Arab peace initiative in the remarks of Benjamin Netanyahu,” Lavrov said. “It is integral and embraces the entire set of relations between Israel and the Arab countries, including Palestine of course. There is no need to amend it.”

According to Lavrov, the Arab peace initiative is a universal document, which everybody regards as the fitting foundation for a peaceful future between Arabs and Jews.

Also known as the “Saudi Initiative,” the Arab peace initiative is a 10 sentence proposal that was endorsed by the Arab League in 2002 and then in 2007, calling for normalizing relations between the Arab countries and Israel, in exchange for “(a) Complete withdrawal from the occupied Arab territories, including the Syrian Golan Heights, to the June 4 1967 line and the territories still occupied in southern Lebanon; (b) Attain a just solution to the problem of Palestinian refugees to be agreed upon in accordance with the UN General Assembly Resolution No 194 (which says that ‘refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible.); (c) Accept the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state on the Palestinian territories occupied since 4 June 1967 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

In other words, the elimination of the Jewish State as we know it—by the time the last conditions of the initiative were fulfilled.

Perhaps it was symbolic that on the day of the first declaration of the Saudi initiative, March 27, 2002, Hamas committed the Passover Massacre as a suicide bomber killed 30 Israelis and injured more than 170, including children, at the Park Hotel in Netanya.

And yet, in March 2009 US special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell announced that President Obama’s administration planned to “incorporate” the initiative into its Middle East policy.

And last year, in May 2015, shortly after winning the March 17 elections, Netanyahu himslef expressed tentative support for the initiative, saying he accepted the “general idea,” but with significant caveats, specifically its calls for Israel to withdraw from the Golan Heights and the relocation of millions of Arabs into Israel. As to Jerusalem, Netanyahu said it would not be resolved immediately, and so for now “we’ll set this aside.”

For his part, al-Maliki told TASS he was hoping for Moscow’s “direct and active involvement” in resolving the conflict with Israel, based on the generous Arab initiative. “Considering the results of the latest session in Paris, we felt that it was necessary for us to come to Moscow to exchange opinions and see whether there were prospects for progress,” the PA foreign minister said.

“We’re convinced that Russia can play a very important role in bringing the parties to the negotiating table,” he added, noting that the recent talks in Paris held without the participation of the parties to the conflict helped ensure agreement on the beginning of the talks.

David Israel

Doomed EgyptAir ‘Black Box’ Signal Picked Up by French Search Vessel

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

A French search vessel has picked up the signal from one of the flight data recorders (black boxes) on the doomed EgyptAir Flight MS804, which crashed in the Mediterranean Sea on May 19.

All 66 passengers and crew members aboard the Airbus A320 were killed. According to a report posted by The Guardian, Egyptian authorities confirmed that a distress signal was received from the plane when it crashed.

“A U.S. official from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also said an emergency beacon was picked up by satellites minutes after the airliner disappeared from radar… as it flew from Paris to Cairo, according to reports,” The Guardian wrote.

Batteries in the “black boxes” can transmit signals for up to 30 days after a crash. Sometimes the boxes can be found even after that time, despite the expiration of the batteries.

The French vessel Laplace was the ship that picked up “signals from the seabed of the wreckage search area, assumed to be from one of the data recorders,” according to a statement from the Egyptian committee investigating the crash. Two members of the French aviation safety agency BEA are aboard the Laplace.

A second vessel, the Mauritius-based John Lethbridge from the Deep Ocean Search company, is set to join the search later this week.

Hana Levi Julian

Apparent Explosion Tore Apart EgyptAir MS804

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

It appears there may have been an explosion on board EgyptAir Flight MS804 that blew apart the aircraft, twisted it into pieces and then sent it crashing into the Mediterranean Sea last week.

Search and recovery personnel have found body parts, unused life vests, bits and pieces of other equipment, and luggage. The images have been released by the Egyptian military. At least one memorial has been held at an Egyptian Coptic Christian church for a flight attendant whose body has yet to be recovered. Her mother called her a “bride for heaven,” media reported.

Flight data filed through the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) was received from three independent channels, according to The Aviation Herald website.

ACARS is the system used to routinely download flight data to the airline operating the aircraft.

The flight data showed that at 02:26 local time on Thursday (00:26 GMT) smoke was detected in the toilet of the jet. Smoke was reported also in the avionics bay and in one of the lavatories.

One minute later, at 00:27 GMT, there was an avionics alert indicating smoke in the bay below the cockpit which contains aircraft electronics and computers.

The final ACARS message was received at 00:29 GMT, according to the TAH website, and four minutes later the plane lost contact with radar, at 02:33 local time.

France’s Bureau of Investigations and Analysis confirmed the ACARS data but told AFP it was “far too soon to interpret and understand the cause of the accident as long as we have not found the wreckage or the flight data recorders”.

A commercial pilot who flies an A330 similar to the A320 spoke with Britain’s The Telegraph on condition of anonymity, and said, however, “It looks like the right front and side window were blown out, most probably from inside out.”

Until the main body of the plane and the two “black boxes” that reveal flight data and cockpit transmissions are located the rest of the story will remain a mystery; they are still missing, despite news to the contrary.

No group has yet taken responsibility for the downing of the aircraft.

 

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Tests New ‘Iron Dome of the Sea’ [video]

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

The IDF has carried out a complex test simulating a strategic location being targeted by ballistic missiles.

During the test short range rockets were fired from the shore; all of which were detected and classified as real threats by the Adir system, were targeted by the Tamir weapons system.

All of the rockets that were aimed towards the strategic assets were intercepted and destroyed by the Tamir interceptors.

The Tamir Adir, named “Iron Dome of the Sea“, is based on the Iron Dome system and capabilities. Some algorithms and other parts of the system were changed in order to enable the use of the system in naval environment, which involves high dynamic changes, while the ship is moving or in place.

The system’s initial operational mission oriented capability can already be used. Once the system’s development is complete, it will be integrated as a complete naval system.

Hana Levi Julian

BREAKING: Egypt Air Officials Confirm Missing Plane Crashed in Mediterranean

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Egyptian aviation officials have confirmed that Flight MS804 en route from Paris to Cairo crashed in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday, ten miles after entering Egyptian air space.

Greek airport sources said the crash site is off the Greek island of Karpathos. A terror attack is the most likely cause of the crash, aviation experts told international media. Search and rescue personnel are out in force, looking for the plane.

French President Francois Hollande also confirmed the news in a separate news conference. But he stressed there was “no hypothesis” as to why the plane, an Airbus A320, crashed.

Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail also told reporters at Cairo airport it is still too early to speculate on what caused the crash. “We cannot rule anything out,” he told journalists,” and could not say whether a technical issue or terror attack was the cause.

The flight departed from Paris late Wednesday night en route to Cairo, but disappeared from the radar over the Mediterranean Sea just 10 minutes away from Egyptian air space.

Greek government officials were investigating an earlier report by the captain of a merchant ship who said he saw “a flame in the sky” over the area where the aircraft disappeared. He reported seeing the “flame” about 130 nautical miles south of the Greek island of Carpatos, according to the British Daily Star.

The twin-engine jet was registered with the Egyptian tail number SU-GCC. The last contact with the pilot was about 10 minutes before the aircraft disappeared from the radar. Ehab Mohy el-Deen, head of the Egyptian air navigation authority, said, “They did not radio for help or lose altitude. They just vanished.”

Greek air traffic controllers spoke to the pilot over the island of Kea in what is believed to have been the last broadcast from the aircraft. “The pilot did not mention any problems,” Kostas Litzerakis, head of Greek civil aviation told Reuters.

Rescue services from the Egyptian armed forces reported receiving a signal at 04:26 am local time (0226 GMT) from the aircraft that turned out to be an automated signal, according to a statement by Egypt Air. The flight had been due to land at 03:15 am local time.

A Russian MetroJet flight from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg crashed in the Sinai Peninsula last October due to a mid-air explosion.  The crash was due to a bomb planted by the Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist organization, which claimed responsibility for the attack. All 224 people on board were killed in the disaster.

Hana Levi Julian

Report: Terrorists Tried to Attack Israeli Gas Rig during War in Gaza

Monday, December 7th, 2015

A security official told a Knesset committee the attack during Operation Protective Edge missed its objective of blowing up the rig.

Terrorists in Hamas-controlled Gaza tried to blow up an Israeli oil-shore gas rig during the Protective Edge counter-terror campaign last year, a government official told a Knesset committee.

During the war, as JewishPress.com reported, Hamas claimed to have targeted the Noa offshore gas rig.

Yossi Cohen, who heads the National Security Council, revealed to the Knesset Economics Committee that there have been several attempts to attack offshore rigs, according to Globes.

The Knesset hearing was focused on the controversial gas agreement that Opposition parties are fiercely protesting. Cohen said that Israel must protect the rigs and explained:

We are procuring naval warfare vessels designed for this. The navy is prepared to protect the rigs…. Already during Operation Protective Edge there were attempts to hit our rig but fortunately their weapons are not accurate enough and did not succeed in hitting the rig.

But the weapons in the hands of the terror organizations surrounding us are already more sophisticated and accurate and our vulnerability has increased.

A direct hit on an offshore platform would scare investors away from Israel, sink the shekel, cripple offshore gas supplies and exports and throw the country into a deep recession.

Hezbollah is considered one of the major enemies that would try to wreak havoc with the Israeli economy if war breaks out across the northern border.

Lebanon has claimed rights to Israel’s oil and gas discoveries and has threatened to use force, which practically speaking means using Hezbollah’s advanced weapons and intelligence.

The Jewish Press.com reported here last week that Israel has developed a missile designed to protect offshore rigs not only locally but also for the global energy industry.

 

 

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Sharks Circles Surfer Off Ashdod Coast

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Tal Amsalem was surfing off the coast of Ashdod, when a shark began circling him, just 50 meters from the shore, according to a report in the local AshdodNet website.

The event happened at Metzuda beach.

Amsalem heard people on the beach yelling “shark”, and then saw it circling him, at which point he quickly swam back to shore.

When he got to shore, he saw there were actually two sharks swimming fast in the water.

According to the report, sharks regularly swim in the area, staying in the deep water. There are no reports of any shark attacks along Israel’s coast.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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