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Friendly Nations Send Firefighter Aircraft to Help Israel Battle the Flames

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

As an estimated 220 fires raged across central and northern Israel, foreign nations sent firefighting aircraft flying to the aid of the Jewish State.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pointed out at a briefing Wednesday that some countries were sending aerial firefighters, but said it was clear that more were going to be needed.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan, Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh, Minister of Construction Yoav Galant and Minister of Interior Affairs Aryeh Deri brief media in the port city of Haifa, where flames forced 80,000 to evacuate from the city and surrounds.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan, Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh, Minister of Construction Yoav Galant and Minister of Interior Affairs Aryeh Deri brief media in the port city of Haifa. Flames forced 80,000 to evacuate from the city and surrounds.

“Firefighting planes from Israel and around the world are the critical component… That’s why we built the fire air squadron and it’s doing an excellent job. Countries are joining hands… Russia, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Croatia and Turkey have already answered the call.”

By Thursday morning, Israel’s Foreign Ministry had announced via Twitter and other social media venues: “The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations has sent two Beriev Be-200 amphibious aircraft to fight the fires in Israel.”

The ministry didn’t forget to offer the nation’s thanks to everyone who sent help in Israel’s hour of need. “Thank you #Cyprus, #Croatia, #Greece, #Italy, #Russia, #Turkey, #Romania & Bulgaria for sending help to fight the fires in Israel. True friends!” tweeted the ministry on the Twitter social networking site.

Smoke billows over the Northern Israeli city of Haifa, where a major fire raged across the city on November 24, 2016.

Smoke billows over an apartment house in Haifa.

Four firefighting aircraft arrived from Cyprus and Greece alone. Included were 49 crew members, one Air Tractor from Cyprus and two Bombardiers and one Hercules from Greece, all ready for immediate battle and highly valued for their carrying capacity. Additional aircraft arrived from Russia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Italy and Croatia.

The entire State of Israel had only 2,500 fire personnel at last count in 2013, including 1,800 firefighters. According to Israel Fire and Rescue Authority, only some seven percent of Israel’s total area is comprised of forest land, about 400,560 acres (1,621,000 dunams.) Each year, an average of 1,000 fires blaze in Jewish National Fund (JNF) forests in the country, affecting some 37,000 dunams (about 9,000 acres) of land.

Fire and Rescue Commissioner Shahar Ayalon, appointed under the Ministry of Public Security, is working together with Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh and other top security officials to bring the current crisis to an end.

“Every fire caused by arson, or incitement to commit arson, is terrorism for all intents and purposes,” Netanyahu underlined at the briefing, “and we will bring them to justice.”

Update for our readers in Azerbaijan, on Friday (Nov. 25) Azerbaijan sent a fire-fighting plane.

Hana Levi Julian

Putin Sending 2 Giant Firefighting Planes to Israel

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday spoke by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin who acceded to Israel’s request for assistance in extinguishing the wave fires plaguing the country and promised to immediately send two giant Beriev be-200 firefighting aircraft to save the day.

The Beriev Be-200 Altair is a multipurpose amphibious aircraft designed by the Beriev Aircraft Company and manufactured by Irkut. Marketed for fire fighting, search and rescue, maritime patrol, cargo, and passenger transportation, it has a capacity of 12 tons (3,170 gallons) of water, or up to 72 passengers.

Beriev developed unique fire-fighting equipment for the Be-200, allowing it to scoop water while skimming the water surface at 90-95% of takeoff speed. This system was developed using a specially modified Be-12P, coded “12 Yellow.”

In 2006 the Be-200 was leased by the Portuguese Fire Fighting Services for evaluation during the forest fire season. On July 6, 2006, the Russian crew of the Be-200 were carrying out a water pick-up from the Aguieira dam near Santa Comba Dão, when on climbing away they clipped treetops and at least one of the engines suffered ingestion damage and had to be shut down.

In October 2006, two Be-200 were leased to Indonesia to fight fires for 45 days, to the tune of $5.2 million. These operations prompted press reports that the Indonesian government had agreed to purchase two Be-200s, each with a projected price of $40 million. China bought 4 Be-200 during Zhuhai Airshow 2016.

Two Be-200 also operated in Greece, fighting the 2007 forest fires for the entire season.

In August 2016 two Be-200s were sent to Portugal to help in extinguishing forest fires. Four days later it was reported that thanks to the work of the Russian pilots, the fire was prevented from spreading in the direction of two settlements — Castro Laboreiro with a population of 1,000 people and Viaden de Baixo, where 15 farms were saved from fire, and Peneda-Gerês National Park.

Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked Russian President Putin for the response and the assistance.

JNi.Media

Aleppo Hospitals Out of Commission

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

All the hospitals in eastern Aleppo have been “knocked out” of commission from bombings by Syrian government-aligned forces, according to reports. It may be either Syrian or Russian aircraft bombing the Syrian rebel controlled region.

Four hospitals have been bombed in the last 2 days.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said some of the hospital were still operating, but civilians are afraid to use them in case they get targeted.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights at least 150 civilians have been killed in Aleppo in the past 5 days of air strikes, and hundreds more have been wounded.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Report: With Lowered Restrictions on Cyber Exports Israel Targeting 20 Countries for Sales

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to ease licensing and technology transfer restrictions on dual-use, cyber-related products and services, and on Tuesday Mishel Ben Baruch, director of the defense ministry’s Export and International Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT), told the HLS and Cyber conference in Tel Aviv that his organization is targeting more than 20 countries for enhanced cyber-related trade, DefenseNews reported.

“We identified specific opportunities and needs in more than 20 countries around the world with which SIBAT has close ties,” Ben Baruch said, noting that Israel’s defense ministry is about to coordinate “a special effort to advance the exceptional capabilities of Israel’s cyber defense industries.”

According to Ben Baruch, SIBAT’s survey of potential customers indicates needs which the Israeli defense industry can satisfy, such as developing “cyber vaccines” for weapons and command and control systems; advanced national Computer Emergency Response Team centers; protection of strategic facilities; cyber-related training and trainers; and advanced cyber-crime tools and services.

According to Israel’s National Cyber Directorate (NCD), cyber-related exports in 2015 amounted to about $4 billion, close to $800 million higher than the 2014 figures, and second in scope globally only to the US. NCD is expecting to get very close to, if not exceed the $5 billion mark in 2016.

Such figures, he said, include all cyber-related exports, from commercial off-the-shelf and dual-use capabilities through sensitive military-end use products, services and technologies.

Ben Baruch would not reveal who those 20 plus countries are, but, according to DefenseNews, a defense ministry official whispered to the crowd, “Definitely not Russia.”

JNi.Media

US Demanding Clarification, Gift Drone to Russia May Carry Secret Camera

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

The Obama Administration has asked for clarification regarding the $52,000 drone Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel (Habayit Hayehudi) last week handed over to Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev during a tour of the Volcani Center (Research Staff ‘Down’ $52 K Gift Drone from Israeli Minister to Russian PM).

A senior official in Jerusalem has told Ha’aretz the Americans wanted to know if US made technology was onboard the gifted drone. Apparently, US embassy diplomats have already contacted Israel’s defense, foreign, and agriculture ministries, as well as the prime minister’s deputy national security advisor, after having read about the Agriculture Minister’s generosity in his rare bout with diplomacy.

The Americans believe a sophisticated, US made camera is installed on the Volcani drone, the kind that require a special application for US government permission should said camera be sold to a third-party. Needless to say, in the current political frost between US Democrats and Russian officials, and considering the economic sanctions against Russia, such an application would have ended up in a DC shredder.

So far, according to Ha’aretz, Jerusalem has told Washington the camera was removed from the drone (which was made in Spain). But now the Israeli defense ministry has been wondering just how many local security regulations the generous minister violated. Needless to say, he did not consult the defense apparatus before making his $52,000 gesture of friendship.

It should be noted in Minister Ariel’s defense that his ministry is in the midst of negotiating an $11 billion agricultural cooperation deal, so that from his point of view the drone was a small price to pay considering such enormous stakes.

As we mentioned yesterday, when the representatives from the Russian embassy showed up at the Rishon Lezion Volcani institute, they were handed the drone but not its operating system or remote control. The Volcani scientists insist they’d let go of those when they see the $52,000 increase in their operating budget, thank you very much.

David Israel

Trump, Putin Speak By Phone

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke Monday by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a statement released by the Trump transition team.

“During the call the two leaders discussed a range of issues, including the threats and challenges facing the United States and Russia, strategic economic issues and the historical U.S.-Russia relationship that dates back over 200 years,” the Trump team said.

Both men agreed to set up a face-to-face meeting soon, according to the Trump team, and also according to the Kremlin, which released a separate statement.

Putin congratulated Trump, the Kremlin said in its statement, adding a pledge to build “dialogue with the new administration on the principles of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of each other.”

According to the statement from the Kremlin, the two leaders “agreed to assess the current very poor state of Russian-American relations” and “agreed to continue contacts on the phone and in the future to provide for a personal meeting.”

Hana Levi Julian

‘Jews Not a Minority’ Laura Ingraham May Be Trump’s Press Secretary

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Radio talk show host, best-selling author, and conservative political commentator Laura Ingraham is on the short list to become President Elect Donald Trump’s press secretary, The Hill reported Saturday night. Ingraham, who began her career as a Supreme Court law clerk and white-collar defense attorney, helped Trump with debate preparation, offered occasional strategic advice, and campaigned for the Republican candidate, using her spots as Fox News contributor and her nationally syndicated radio show.

A renowned rightwing ideologue, in 2014 Ingraham endorsed Dave Brat in his primary challenge to then House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). Cantor’s upset defeat shocked the Republican establishment and created the psychological milieu that helped make a revolutionary candidate like Trump acceptable to party voters, against the wishes of the party leadership. In May, Ingraham made headlines when she admitted she had forgotten that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was Jewish. Speaking on her radio show, Ingraham said, “Well, now they’re saying, ‘How dare you, Bernie. How dare you stay in this race.’ Now, what if Bernie were a minority? … What if he were a 74-year-old black man … Would you think they’d be telling him to get out of the race? I don’t think so.”

A moment later, after receiving a tweet from a listener, Ingraham corrected herself: “Oh, OK, you’re reminding me. Bernie is a minority. He’s Jewish. OK. See I don’t think of Jewish people as minorities because they’re so successful and so. But, yeah, that’s technically correct so I appreciate that correction on our Twitter feed.”

A Roman Catholic, Ingraham is clearly a supporter of Israel. Appearing on Fox News’ The Kelly File in February 2015, she said, “I think Israel has become for the left the new South Africa. Remember, in the 1980s, it was the divestment movement from South Africa. … And now it’s divest from Israel. Israel is the less, you know favorite, you know, whipping post of fury and anger and outrage, because remember, if Israel’s an ally of the United States, Israel must be bad because the United States is bad.”

Ingraham made headlines after her speech at the GOP convention, when she wore a huge, gold cross and threw her arm up in a gesture that, from one angle, looked like a Hitler salute. She didn’t, of course, but in the midst of the campaign this was fodder for a full news cycle.

In April 2016, Ingraham tweeted: “Israel has been snubbed by this Admin…[but] has treated Iran with tender love and care.”

Ingaham, who adopted two boys from Russia (and a girl from Guatemala), could be an asset to the Trump Administration in forging an improved relationship with Russia. She lived in the Soviet Union for a semester at Dartmouth College. “I took Russian from eighth grade through most of college,” she told an interviewer in 2013, “so my Russian is pretty good.”

Also, back in the 1990s, Ingraham dated leftwing TV personality “Angry Man” Keith Olbermann. Commenting on one of his tirades against then President GW Bush, Ingraham said, “I believe MSNBC really needs to bring in a medical team at this point. . . . I don’t know what happened to him. I really don’t. He didn’t use to be this way…” Eventually, MSNBC dropped Olberman, for allegedly calling US soldiers “cold blooded killers” (he did, but the quote was taken out of context).

This past week, Ingraham has been twitter-shaming President Obama for not intervening to stop the violent protests against the November elections results. “Where is Pres Obama urging calm?” she tweeted on Saturday. As White House Press Secretary, expect her to be confrontational, if not outright defensive. As The Hill put it, “Selecting Ingraham would send a signal that Trump has no interest in softening his relationships with the Republican leaders in Washington, D.C.”

JNi.Media

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