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Minister Warns ‘Hamas Trying to Escalate Security Situation’

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Residents of southern Israel were wondering Tuesday night whether they would be sleeping in their beds or their bomb shelters again by morning. In Gaza, Hamas leaders were wondering the same thing.

A Grad Katyusha rocket attack was launched by Gaza terrorists Tuesday night on southern Israel. One rocket exploded in the community of Gan Yavne, near the port city of Ashdod. At least one teenage girl was taken to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon due to trauma from the attack.

Before midnight, Likud minister Miri Regev was already calling for a government response to the rocket fire aimed just a few hours earlier at civilians in the region. “It’s unfortunate that Hamas is trying to escalate the security situation in the south,” said Regev, a former IDF brigadier-general and spokesperson, currently serving as the government’s Minister of Culture and Sports.

The Hamas leadership began evacuating from their general security quarters after the attack. Gaza media outlets continued to broadcast the news that Hamas terrorist leaders are fleeing their headquarters, as they have in the past under such circumstances. The evacuation is expected to continue into the morning hours – or until all of the leadership is safely tucked away.

There was no immediately information about property damage resulting from the rocket fire. Five Code Red incoming rocket alert air raid sirens activated due to the launch — or launches — in communities that included Bnei Darom, Ashkelon, Ashdod and Lachish, in addition to Gan Yavne.

Things have been quiet for at least a month. Almost four weeks ago to the day, Gaza terrorists fired a Qassam rocket at the Gaza Belt city of Sderot. The rocket exploded on the outskirts of the city and did no damage but triggered air raid sirens in communities throughout the area and sent dozens of families scurrying for cover.

Tuesday’s attack was more serious, involving a more highly-powered rocket that went further north and was capable of far more damage. However, Israelis are for the most part well protected from such attacks due to frequent preparation drills by Home Front Command (two such drills are planned for the country in the coming days, as a matter of fact) and updated building codes that mandate built-in bomb shelters in each new housing unit.

Hamas has done nothing of the sort for its own people, however. As has been the standard in the past, there is nowhere for Gaza civilians to shelter or hide from any Israeli reprisal — in fact, the terrorist organization routinely urges civilians to stand on the roof of buildings in which rocket launchers are housed, and which are targeted for destruction by the Israeli Air Force.

The enclave’s Hamas terrorist rulers never built bomb shelters to protect their people from the reprisals they trigger after launching unprovoked attacks on southern Israeli civilians, assuming that gory photos of civilians deaths will evoke the endless sympathies of an international readership.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Tests Rocket Propulsion System for Intercepting Missiles

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

The Defense Ministry Tuesday morning carried out a test of a new rocket propulsion system that probably is connected with missile interceptors.

Officials were mum on details other than to say, “The test was planned by the defense establishment long in advance, and was carried out as planned,”

It is known that a test of the Arrow 2 missile defense system last year did not make a direct hit on its target. An Arrow 3 anti-missile test in December was aborted because of a safety issue concerning the target missile.

The test also could be connected with the Jericho ballistic missile system, which can carry a nuclear warhead, Yediot Acharonot reported.

This morning’s test was carried out in central Israel, in view of motorists on the way to work.

Jewish Press Staff

IDF Names Soldiers Killed in Hezbollah Attack

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

The IDF has released for publication the names of the IDF soldier and officer killed earlier today (Wednesday, Jan. 28) by Hezbollah in its attack near Mount Dov.

Sergeant Dor Chaim Nini, 20, an infantry soldier from Shtulim, was killed by an anti-tank missile fired at the jeep in which he was riding. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Captain Yochai Kalangel, 25, a company commander in the Tzabar Battalion in the Givati Brigade, was a resident of Har Gilo. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Major.

In addition, seven IDF soldiers were injured. Two are listed in serious condition and were admitted to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. Five are in good condition with shrapnel wounds and broken bones and are currently recovering in Tzefat’s Ziv Medical Center.

The families of all the soldiers have been notified. May God grant a speedy recovery to the wounded and may He avenge the blood of those who were killed.

Jewish Press Staff

Report: Israel’s Strategic Sites Unprepared for Attack

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Israel is dangerously underprepared for rocket or missile attacks, a new government report contends.

State Comptroller Yosef Shapira took the government to task for failing to secure several strategic sites, despite having been warned as early as 2004 that the sites are at risk.

Dozens of military and civilian buildings remain vulnerable in the event of a rocket strike. In some cases, a strike could cause a chemical spill or similar disaster that would put thousands of lives in danger.

While the government has created a task force to discuss how to protect strategic sites, “this has not yet led to action,” Shapira noted.

Most of the report will remain secret to protect classified information.

It is widely assumed the ammonia reservoir in Haifa, for example, is among the strategic sites on the list. Experts say a direct strike on the reservoir could kill as many as 17,000 people. Plans to move the reservoir out of Haifa – Israel’s third-largest city – were postponed recently to 2018.

Control over protection of the strategic sites was returned to the defense ministry, and taken away from Home Front Defense in a years-long power struggle between the two.

The defense establishment was nevertheless blasted by the state comptroller for its inadequate defense of the sites.

Shapira pointed out that his was not the first report to underscore the problem: The state comptroller’s report in 2010 had also emphasized the importance of correcting the lack of protection for strategic sites.

“There has been hardly any real progress to respond to this threat. Even attempts to protect some of the sensitive civilian sites listed have gone unfinished.”

By November 2013 the “most sensitive” sites were also for the most part unprotected, Shapira noted – that, despite personal intervention by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in March 2012.

Part of the problem lay in the fight between the defense and home front command ministers over power and funding. At the close of the report in November 2013, little progress on the issue had been made.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon won the power struggle, leaving Gilad Erdan to lick his wounds with the disbanding of Home Front Defense Ministry in June 2014. By September 2014, in a final roundup, Shapira noted there was significant progress with the “short list” of most sensitive sites, but still nothing done with the others. He urged the defense ministry to “act rapidly” in light of “existing and expected threats.”

One point emphasized in the report was the lack of readiness of the reserves prior to Operation Protective Edge this summer. Shapira focused on insufficient training and full training exercises, which compromised readiness. There was insufficient supervision over this area, he said, in both IDF and civilian leadership. This conveyed a misleading image of readiness that proved dangerous for all.

The report also cited the failure by the air defense industry to meet targets for developing certain aircraft. Tens of millions of dollars were lost in that investment, the comptroller charged, public funds that drained other areas in Israeli society.

Insufficient investment in manufacturing infrastructure for national military industries was another area criticized in the report as well.

Stung, both the IDF and defense ministry responded to the report by pointing out that they had provided the best training and readiness they could offer. Both had repeatedly warned the cabinet that the promised budget – trimmed to the edge as it was – had not materialized.

The IDF and defense capabilities could not be maintained under proposed budget cuts by the Finance Ministry, they reminded, and had done the best they could with what they were given.

Hana Levi Julian

Iran’s New Missile Launches From Land and Air

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Iran has announced the development of its new land-based cruise missile, according to the FARS news agency.

Revolutionary Guards commander Brig.-Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh told the news service on Sunday the “Ya Ali” missile has a range of 700 kilometers, or 435 miles.

It can be fired from ground launchers as well as from fighter jets, Hajizadeh said, making it useful either for air strikes or in attacks by ground forces such as those who strike Israel from Gaza.

Iran is Gaza’s largest supplier of military hardware and ordnance.

“It is a land-based cruise missile built by the Iran Revolutionary Guards Command Aerospace Force,” he said. “Another land-based cruise missile has also been built by the defense ministry.”

The air force commander did not reveal what kind of warhead the missile could carry.

Hana Levi Julian

Iran Unveils New Self-Defense Radar, Missile System

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Iran has unveiled a new ‘self-defense’ radar and missile system. The Talash-3, or Endeavor-3, allegedly has a range of about 200 kilometers.

It was successfully test fired recently, according to Iranian Air Defense chief General Farzad Esmaili.

“Talash is a mid-range and high-altitude air defense system used to confront the flying targets, including fighter jets and bombers, and is also capable of destroying different helicopters and drones,” he said.

“Talash defense system was designed and built to detect and intercept the targets of Sayyad (Hunter) 2 missile (the country’s latest home-made missile system with high precision, range and destruction power) to protect the country’s vital and sensitive points against surprise air threats of hi-tech combat fighters,” he added.

The missile will enable Iran to “shoot down any hostile target,” he said in a speech broadcast on state television Tuesday.

Also inaugurated were two radar systems, the Kayhan, reportedly capable of detecting cruise missiles and drones, and the Arash-2, which was said to detect miniature drones at a distance of 93 miles, or 150 kilometers.

Iran has already developed at least one ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel and U.S. bases in the Middle East — the Shahab-3 missile.

Hana Levi Julian

Dozens Wounded, Homeless After Hamas Hits Ashkelon House with Powerful New Missile

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

The Code Red incoming rocket alert siren wailed its way from Ashkelon to Ramat HaSharon very early on Tuesday morning, dragging mothers and their sleeping babies out of bed and into the shelters.

After a long day of intensive rocket fire that went late into the night, Gaza terrorists woke Israelis along the coast at 6:30 am with a new round of rocket and missile attacks.

In Ashkelon, the Iron Dome defense system intercepted only one of the missiles.

Another managed to pierce the protection of the anti-missile defense system, with tragic results, leaving four homeless, and wounding 32.

In general, the Iron Dome system seems to be making fewer interceptions at this point than it did in the earlier stages of the war, although it is not clear why. Each interception saves lives. Each lack of an interception results in disaster. In Ashkelon on Tuesday, dozens of people aid the price.

The missile exploded directly on a home in the coastal city of Ashkelon. Four family members inside the house – two parents and children ages 14 and 17 – were heading for their safe space when the missile struck directly above the parents’ bedroom, but miraculously were physically unharmed, although shaken by the incident. A main water pipe outside the home was badly damaged by shrapnel from the attack, and several homes around the home that was hit were also damaged.

Six people were physically wounded by flying glass, including three small children. More than two dozen others suffered severe shock and had to be evacuated to the city’s Barzilai Medical Center for treatment.

The rocket launched at Ashkelon was was a new type of short-range 136mm rocket, according to Reshet Bet.

The Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades military wing of Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had “fired R-160 rockets at Haifa and four M75 rockets at Tel Aviv in response to attacks on multi-story buildings” in Gaza.

Since midnight Sunday, Gaza terrorists fired at least 130 rockets and missiles at Israeli civilians. Of those, 16 were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system – far fewer than in previous weeks.

By 9 am Tuesday, the usual barrages of rocket fire aimed at Gaza Belt communities had also resumed. One of two Qassam rockets that exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council district landed within a community there, damaging a building.

Hana Levi Julian

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