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Israel Issues Routine ‘No Comment’ On Bombing of Missiles in Syria

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Israeli spokesman said “no comment” on reports from Lebanon that the Israeli Air Force bombed Syrian missiles destined for Hezbollah.

Explosions were reported in the Syrian port city of Latakia, which previously has been targeted and presumably by Israel to prevent “game-changing” weapons from being smuggled into Lebaon for Hezbollah.

Several Lebanese new sources as well as the Lebanese army reported that Israeli planes entered Lebanese airspace at low altitudes and remained in the air for more than one hour.

Iron Beam to Join Iron Dome to Intercept Short-Range Missiles

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Israel is ready to unveil a new “Iron Beam” system that can intercept short and low-flying rockets that the Iron Dome cannot stop.

A big plus for the Iron Beam system is that it uses a laser to hear and explode warheads, a system far less costly than the $50,00-a-piece Iron Dome anti-missile missile.

The Iron Beam can knock out incoming rockets as far as slightly more than four miles away. Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, which also makes the Iron Dome systems, will show off the Iron Dome next month at an air show in Singapore.

With the advanced Arrow III, designed to take out long-range missiles, and David’s Sling that is being tested to intercept medium-range missiles, and Iron Dome for short-range rockets, the Iron Beam will give Israel multi-layer defense against incoming missiles and rockets.

Israel Says Hamas’ Rivals Are Likely behind Latest Attacks

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Hamas probably is not responsible for the recent escalation of missile attacks on Israel and may even be trying to prevent them. However, it still will be the target of retaliation, a senior Israeli military officer told Reuters Thursday.

The officer, who was quoted on the basis of anonymity, said rival terrorist groups, smaller than Hamas, are likely behind the attacks.

The IDF routinely states that Hamas is responsible for all terrorist activity since it is the de facto authority in Gaza since it overthrew the rival Fatah terrorist faction nearly eight years ago.

Evidence of smaller groups was exposed by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) on Wednesday, when it revealed that it arrested in December three Palestinian Authority terrorists, including the ringleader who tried to create the cell from his Israeli jail cell and was in contact with a Gaza terrorist  under the direction of Hamas.

The Holy Warriors Brigade, was financed and trained by Hamas, which in effect was a front for the cell, security officers said.

The IDF has suggested several times over the past two years that Hamas is losing control of Gaza and that  it is unable to influence other terrorist groups to increase or decrease attacks on Israel.

The latest round of missile attacks spiked with five launches towards Ashkelon late Wednesday night, with the Iron Dome system intercepting the incoming rockets.

“We won’t go back to a situation where three or four times a week the red alarm sounds in southern Israeli towns,” the military source told Reuters.

Second Rocket Attack Aimed at Ashkelon a Warm-up for Tel Aviv

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Gaza terrorists have fired their second rocket in 24 hours on the Ashkelon coastal region in the umpteenth round of a gradual escalation of attacks on Israel that IDF commanders have said over and over are only a prelude to an assault on Tel Aviv.

No injuries or damage was reported Thursday night after Code Red early warning sirens wailed south of the port city of Ashkelon, home to strategic oil, gas and electric infrastructures.

A rocket last night hit the same area in what has been a rapid escalation of attacks from Gaza the past month. Sniper fire earlier this week killed an Israeli civilian working for the IDF on the security fence at Gaza, and the IDF immediately went into its usual mode of making headlines with attacks on terror targets, accompanied by the huffing and puffing of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that “we will strike those who attack us, and “there will be no immunity for anyone.”

Of course, that is really true only when the missiles threaten Tel Aviv, which is what set off Operation Case Lead exactly five years ago, and when the missiles actually hit Tel Aviv, as in November 2012, when the army launched the Pillar of Cloud counter-terrorist operation.

Every assault on the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza ends up in a draw. Israel halts fire, surrenders to international pressure to be a nice guy and encourages Hamas to make peace by allowing dual-purpose item such as concrete and metal to flow into the area.

The next step is that Hamas used the materials to build hospitals and schools, which are great shields when launching missiles that it also builds with the same materials.

The “calm” gives U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry an opportunity to plow ahead with his program for a piece of peace paper between the Palestinian Authority and Israel while Hamas uses the lull in violence to build bigger and better missiles.

While IDF scurried this week to move Iron Dome battery systems to protect Sderot and Be’er Sheva, the threat on Tel Aviv is not propaganda and is not imaginary.

Israel destroyed Iranian-made M-75 medium range missiles in 2012, but Amos Harel, military analyst for Haaretz, wrote Thursday that Hamas no longer has to depend on Iran. Gaza has its only military-industrial complex to boost the economy and produce made-in-Gaza missiles destined for metropolitan Tel Aviv.

“Israel must take into account that in the next conflict, if and when it breaks out, Hamas will present a more significant ability to hit the Greater Tel Aviv Area, even if it is still marginal as compared to the abilities of Hezbollah in Lebanon,” Harel wrote.

All it takes is one missile, God forbid, to hit a factory, office building or high-rise apartment building, and Game Over.

All of the calls by the international community for restraint won’t get past the Mediterranean Coast.

If all of this does not seem like déjà vu, guess when the following statement was made by  Maj. Gen. Tal Russo, who at the time was head of the Southern Command.

Another counter-terrorist operation in Gaza “depends on the other side. We are trying to enable residents of southern communities to live as normally as possible.”

He made the comment on March 26, 1911, between Cast Lead and Pillar of Cloud.

A year later, then IDF spokesman Brig. Gen. Mordechai said, “What will be different in the next war is the understanding that the IDF will need to operate a very large force at the start of the operation, and achieve objectives in as short a time as possible. The longer the operation goes on, the greater the challenge we encounter—also in terms of public opinion.”

Iran Unveils Drone that Can Reach Israel – or Is It Photoshop?

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Iran announced on Monday it has manufactured a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can reach Israel and can carry two 330-pound bombs.

That really sounds scary. It conjures up a scene of a drone infiltrating Israel with two small nuclear bombs that can annihilate the country and bring an Islamic peace to the world. The threat, of course, is intended to strike fear into the hearts of Washington and Jerusalem, who now are expected to shiver in their boots and say “yes” to whatever Iran wants.

There is no proof that this new drone does not exist. Nor is there proof that is does exist.

Let’s assume for a minute the “Fotros” drone really does have a range of 620 miles.

Dr. Eldad Pardo, a Hebrew University expert on Iran, told The Jewish Press Monday, “It is one thing to make a drone that can reach Israel, but it is another thing to have the technological capability to do something with it.”

While not pooh-poohing Iran’s technological ability, Dr. Pardo said a drone needs highly sophisticated electronic systems to be able to do any damage.

He noted, “The drone looks very similar to others. We will have to wait for a few days and see if anyone notices something that would indicate it is a ruse.”

Iran bragged that the new drone “is equipped with state-of-the-art light cameras for reconnaissance.”

Its official media stated, “In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and has attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.”

Dr. Pardo pointed out that Iran also is capable of using Photoshop.

Let’s take a look at some of Iran’s amazing achievements, some of which have been announced one after the other in the past three years.

Most of the regime’s announcements came at a convenient time when it was necessary to counter Israeli and Israeli threats.

Last month, Iran unveiled a supposed suicide combat drone. It did not take long for even amateurs to notice that the nose and tail appeared to be held together by duct tape.

Last January, Iran said it sent a monkey into space but provided no details of when and where the launch took place, if it ever did.

“Before” and “after” flight pictures clearly showed different monkeys. Iran’s Propaganda Ministry quickly came up with an explanation. Someone in its media department simply mixed up a picture of a monkey two years, ago.

How’s that for quick thinking?

Two years ago, Iran claimed it launched a rocket with a mouse, a turtle and worms. Nothing has been heard about that achievement since then, but it would be interesting to know how everyone got along during the ride.

Dr. Pardo said that last November, Iran boasted of a UAV that had the capacity to take off vertically, “but they took the picture from a journal,” he told The Jewish Press. The image of the supposed vertical take-off drone the image looks almost identical to a picture of a drone from a university in Japan.

This past February, Iran released photos of a brand-new stealth fighter, a remarkable feat – until it became clear that it  was only three-quarters of the size of a plane. Furthermore, a photo showed the “stealth fighter” flying over a mountain at the same angle of a stock photo.

In 2008, the media arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards released a photo of four missiles being launched. It was an amazing accomplishment. One of the rockets, including its exhaust trail, was exactly like another one of the rockets. If its rocket-producing capability is like its Photoshop capability, Iran really needs a new Propaganda Minister.

In November 2011, Iranian media announced is added two new submarines to its fleet. The following month, the official Fars (or is it Farce?) News Agency reported, “ The Iranian Navy plans to test-fire a mid-range surface-to-air missile,…  the first time that such a missile is launched from navy vessels.”

The same month – it seems the Propaganda Ministry was working overtime – Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi “announced Iran’s high capabilities in building UAVs, and said the country is mass-producing new types of combat drones.” Fars reported. He also said Iran has “already produced several types of combat drones, as well, and we are now mass-producing a number of them.”

Iran Claims Syrian Forces Seized Israeli Missiles from Rebels

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Iran’s government-controlled Fars News Agency reported on Sunday that Syrian forces seized “Israeli-made missiles, machine guns, rifles and communication devices” in clashes with rebels in the Daraa region.

Saudi Arabia has been known to be a major supplier of weapons to opposition forces, so if the report has any validity, it raises the fanciful scenario that the oil-rich kingdom is buying weapons from Israel and then shipping them to Al Qaeda terrorists who are using Zionist guns.

Anti-Hezbollah Legislator Says It Has Chemical Weapons

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

An anti-Hezbollah Lebanese legislator said Sunday that the terrorist organization has chemical weapons and missiles buried underground in bunkers that were built under the supervision of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Khaled Daher told the Saudi Arabia newspaper al-Watan Saturday that the existence of chemical weapons is behind Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s threat two months ago that Israel “will face what you have not seen before.”

“There are restricted areas no one can approach or enter, this indicates the seriousness of the contents of those sites , which are certain to be long-range missile bases,” he said.

El Al Grounds Flights to Eilat Again, Fears Missile Attacks

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

El Al announced it will halt all daytime flights to Eilat starting Thursday, two weeks after resuming flights based on an understanding with government aviation officials that a solution would be found to a new landing path that El Al considers too dangerous to use.

Terrorist attacks from the neighboring Sinai Peninsula have occasionally targeted Eilat with missiles, and El Al stated Tuesday, “We will not compromise the safety of our passengers. The new flight path to Eilat does not offer the proper safety level for civil aviation.”

El Al said it will continue its nighttime flight and will provide bus service to daytime passengers or refund their money for tickets already bought.

El Al suspended and then resumed flights to El Al two earlier this month after the Civil Aviation Authority allowed the airline to use the regular landing paths while a study was carried out on the new path.

Aviation officials have not changed the route, and El Al is standing by its position, although other airlines are using the new landing path.

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