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David’s Sling Air Defense System Passes Final Test

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Israel’s ‘David’s Sling’ air defense system passed its final round of testing Monday and is on course for deployment in 2016, the Defense Ministry announced.

The system is being jointly developed and produced by Israeli state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd and top U.S. weapons manufacturer Raytheon Co.

David’s Sling was put through its paces in a test field in southern Israel in advance of delivery to the Air Force by April 2016. The IAF is to receive two batteries in the first stage of deployment, although a total of four are to be delivered to the military. The system can be deployed in both mobile and permanent environments, which allows for flexible maneuvers in accordance with military requirements, similar to that of the Iron Dome.

Likewise, David’s Sling can operate independently or integrated with the Iron Dome and Arrow air defense systems, based on Israel’s security needs at time of deployment.

The system, also known as the “Magic Wand,” is designed to shoot down medium-range rockets fired at Israel, with ranges of 100 km to 200 km (63 to 125 miles). The anti-missile system can also shoot down hostile aircraft and low-flying cruise missiles when necessary.

Although the Defense Ministry gave no specific details about the targets that were identified and shot down on Monday, officials said that in general, the system can identify and intercept missiles capable of bearing a warhead carrying hundreds of kilograms of explosives.

David’s Sling is intended to fill the operational gap between the currently operating Iron Dome short-range rocket interceptor and the longest-range Arrow ballistic missile interceptor. Both are already deployed.

“This series of tests completes the first chapter in development and will allow us to bring the system to the Air Force soon,” a senior Defense Ministry weapons development specialist said.

The head of the project from Israeli defense firm Rafael, Shlomo S., added, “This feels like a dream come true, as the goals and targets we had were achieved in full, and that is a rare thing in the development of systems of this kind.”

Obama Signs New Hezbollah Sanctions Law

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

The Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist organization is facing a new battle after Golan Heights chief terrorist Samir Kuntar was killed in an Israeli air strike on the outskirts of Damascus.

The terrorist group has lost nearly a third of its total number of guerrillas fighting in the savage civil war on behalf of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, backed by Iran and Russia.

But now the terror group also faces new financial problems in the United States.

The Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 was formally signed into U.S. law on Friday afternoon by President Barack Obama.

The legislation, which imposes tough sanctions on banks that do business with the Iranian proxy terrorist organization, reached the president’s desk after its unanimous approval Wednesday in the House of Representatives. The legislation was passed unanimously by the Senate last month.

The law is a “strong, bipartisan bill,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Friday. “We continue to work with Congress in a bipartisan way to ensure that we maximize the tools available to us to thwart Hezbollah’s network at every turn, and we look forward to working together as we implement these new authorities,” Earnest said.

“The U.S. government has made significant progress and will continue to further disrupt Hezbollah’s terrorist capabilities by targeting the group’s financial support infrastructure.”

Investigation Clears Police Officer Who Killed ‘Scissors Terrorist’

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

A police investigation ordered by the offices of the attorney general and government prosecutor has cleared a police sapper of criminal intent of shooting shot dead a terrorist attacking bystanders.

The two teenage female terrorists brandished scissors to stab people at the city’s Mahane Yehuda open market last month. One of them managed to lightly wound a 70-year-old Arab before the police sapper at the scene shot her and her accomplice.

A video showed one of the women on the ground after being shot and then the police officer shooting her again and killing her, prompting the government attorneys to demand an investigation on suspicion of murder.

The investigators concluded, after three days of questioning, that since there was no sound with the video, there was no way to contradict statements by the police sapper that he first ordered the woman to drop the scissors and shot only after she refused.

It also could not be proven that the woman still did not present a danger even after she was on the ground. Experience has shown that terrorists sometimes have tried to stab police or guards who approach them after being grounded by gunfire.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan spoke from the podium in the Knesset Tuesday to sharply criticize the offices of the attorney general and prosecutor for ordering the probe

He said:

I express my regret at the decision of the legal advisers to investigate the police sapper who foiled the attack in Jerusalem by two female terrorists.

I am not able to understand why people try to judge police security forces every time they make split-decisions during a terror attack, as if we were talking about working in a laboratory and as if it were possible to know in a moment what weapons and explosives may be on the body of terrorists or if they still have the strength to stab anyone who approaches them.

An indictment was presented in court on Friday against the female terrorist who was not shot dead during the attack.

UPDATE 6:15 PM: 11 Injured in Arab Citizen/Terrorist Ramming Attack [video]

Monday, December 14th, 2015

An Arab terrorist with Israeli citizenship was shot and killed near the Jerusalem Chords Bridge at the entrance to the capital after he rammed his vehicle into people at a bus stop around 3 p.m. (8 a.m. EDT).

Eleven civilians were wounded, including a seriously injured 18-month-old baby girl and a 65-year-old woman who suffered moderate injuries. Nine others were lightly injured.

Doctors entered the operating room at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center and were fighting to save the leg of the baby girl, which was badly wounded in the attack.

An eyewitness said the terrorist, identified as Abed el-Muhsan Hassuna, 21, accelerated his white Mazda sedan and drove it into the bus stop on Herzl Boulevard near the Chords Bridge at the entrance to the city. Hassuna lived in the Beit Hanina neighborhood in northern Jerusalem.

She added that a security guard reacted immediately and eliminated the terrorist within seconds, before he was able to get out of his car. Police found a new axe and a screwdriver in the terrorist’s car, and the quick response by the security guard prevented more casualties.

The ax found in the terrorist's car - Dec. 14, 2105

The ax found in the terrorist’s car – Dec. 14, 2105

Following the attack, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat urged city residents to stand firm: “Go on with your daily routine, be vigilant, but do not let the terrorists win.”

Protective posts will soon be added to bus stops in high risk areas, Barkat said, to prevent future ramming attacks.

Egypt Claims Terror not Involved in Explosion of Russian Jet over Sinai

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Egypt has determined that a bomb did not cause the explosion on the Russian Metrojet that exploded on October 31 shortly after taking off from the airport at Sharm el-Sheikh.

The investigators’ conclusions totally contradict Russia’s and may be a handy way of escaping accusations that Egyptian security was lapse or, even worse, that security workers cooperated with terrorists to bring down the plane.

The announcement also may help the tourist industry, seriously damaged since the jet blew up.

Egypt’s announcement Monday that it “found no evidence so far of terrorism or other illegal action linked to the crash that killed all 224 people onboard on October 31” doesn’t make sense considering a statement by investigators last month.

They announced that after having recovering the black box from the plane, they were “90 per cent” sure they heard the sound of a bomb before the crash.

Terror Returns to Paris: Man Screams ‘ISIS’ and Stabs Teacher

Monday, December 14th, 2015

A terrorist who yelled “Daesh,” the Arabic name for the Islamic State (ISIS), stabbed a Paris elementary school teacher in the throat shortly before 7 a.m. Monday.

The teacher was knifed several times and was rushed to a Paris hospital. His condition is unknown at this time, but initial reports are that his life is not in danger.

No children were in school at the time, and the terrorist may have grabbed his weapon, a knife, scissors or box cutter, from inside the school.

The attack occurred in the Paris suburb of Seine-Saint Denis, the same area where ISIS terrorists were living when they carried out multiple massacres in Paris last month.

The Economist reported on Saturday that despite the attention ISIS it is receiving from its high-profile attacks, the terrorist country is losing ground in Iraq and is publishing less content on the Internet due to attacks on its infrastructure.

“[ISIS] is weak and they don’t want you to know it,” Australian TV show host Waleed Aly said recently in a viral video clip.

Terrorist Who Murdered Two Israelis in Tel Aviv Indicted

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Written by Michael Bachner for TPS

An indictment was filed on Sunday against Raed Khalil bin-Mahmoud for murdering two Israelis in a deadly terror attack last month in the Panorama building in Tel Aviv.

Reuven Aviram, 51, and Aharon Yisayev, 32, were stabbed to death in the November 19 attack, and another Israeli man was wounded.

The indictment charged Mahmoud, a 36-year-old father of five from the Palestinian Authority town of Dura between Hebron and Be’er Sheva, with two accounts of murder and three accounts of attempted murder.

According to the indictment, he had an entrance permit to Israel “for personal needs.” which was valid for 30 days beginning on November 15, when he entered Israel and stayed at the Panorama building in Tel Aviv, where his brother resides.

Four days later, Mahmoud decided to murder Jews in the hope of dying in the process and being hailed by Palestinians as a “Shahid” (martyr), the indictment reads.

He took a knife from the kitchen of a restaurant on the building’s ground floor and then ascended to the second floor where he repeatedly stabbed and murdered Reuven Aviram and Aharon Yisayev, who were in the middle of afternoon prayer in a synagogue.

The terrorist then proceeded to try to murder other civilians. Mahmoud attempted to enter shops on the second floor but was prevented from doing so when the doors were held shut from the inside. He entered a shoe storeroom on the first floor and stabbed a worker in his upper body.

At this point, according to the indictment, an Israeli civilian who followed Khalil from the second floor entered the storeroom holding a metal pole. He hit the accused with the pole, trying to prevent him from continuing his stabbing spree.

Other workers joined the effort, and together they managed to take control of the terrorist and save the stabbed worker’s life, along with the lives of other potential victims.

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