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IDF Ratchets Up Counter Terrorist Training As Arab Terror Rises

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

The IDF has intensified its counter-terrorism training for officers and combat soldiers, according to a report by the Middle East Newsline.

A new course was launched by Central Command to train the troops in new ways of blocking lone wolf and mass casualty attacks.

At the command center, soldiers learn martial arts, combat skills, anti-riot and counter-fire techniques – a response to the recent uptick in Arab attacks in pre- and post-1967 Israel, Judea and Samaria.

The course incorporates experiences from previous attacks carried out by Fatah, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, according to one instructor, 1st Lt. “Or.” The instructor explained the facility is equipped with various simulators – including some gauged to measure the reactions of the troops.

“Terrorists hide inside the mob and try to attack soldiers that approach,” he said, pointing out the course is designed to stymie just such a scenario.

The soldiers “enter a screening room where they take part in simulations testing their ability to stop stabbings as well as attempted abductions.”

Two of the most serious threats faced by IDF soldiers, said the military, are terrorists who try to steal weapons and stab civilians or soldiers.

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.”

IDF Discovers Knives, Bullets, Axes and Incitement Material in Overnight Raid

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

By Alexander J. Apfel/TPS

The IDF discovered a large weapons cache last night during an operation to arrest two wanted terrorists from the Qalandiya refugee camp adjacent to Jerusalem.

The wide scale operation was conducted by the Binyamin brigade in cooperation with the police, border police and civilian administration. As IDF forces scoured the area and conducted the arrests however, they were forced to contend with dozens of rioting Palestinians and armed terrorists who began firing at Israeli personnel.

Nobody was injured in the riots. However, as IDF forces searched a number of houses in the camp, the elite units of duvduvan and Shaked discovered a cache of weapons which included protective vests, thousands of bullets for a variety of firearms, magazines, incitement material, knives and axes.

An operation by the Givati brigade last night was also interrupted after a man attempted to run over a group of soldiers in the same refugee camp.

The soldiers fired on and successfully neutralized the assailant, who Palestinian media identified as 21-year-old Ahmed Hassan Jehajeh from Qalandiya. However, three were injured from what appeared to be friendly fire. All three were evacuated to hospital, one in moderate condition and two remaining in light condition.

During a separate incident, another car ramming was attempted but none was injured. The terrorist, Hihmat Hamdan from al-Bireh was also killed.

France Demands Details From IAEA On Iranian Nuclear Activities

Monday, November 30th, 2015

France has demanded the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency do its job, and provide all the information in its possession – with the “necessary detail” – on whether Iran has carried out work on nuclear weapons of mass destruction in the past.

According to a statement Monday by the French Foreign Ministry, Paris is especially concerned that the issue of Iran’s past nuclear activities will not be addressed properly.

“France with interest will become aware of this report this week,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Romain Nadal in a news briefing.

“We are expecting that the IAEA provides with the necessary detail all the information it possesses.”

A final assessment by IAEA director-general Yukiya Amano “on all past and present outstanding issues described in [his] November 2011 report” is expected sometime this week.

Amano told the UN’s nuclear monitoring agency at the meeting of its board of governors the IAEA could not “provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran” and and it was not possible to “conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.”

The report is likely to tip the balance toward either lifting international economic sanctions – as provided in the nuclear deal negotiated in Vienna this summer – or retracting that agreement if any of the parties, France included, are dissatisfied with evidence of work on atomic weapons.

ISIS Launches Cyber Jihad Fundraiser to Arm PA Arabs in Attacks on Israeli Jews

Monday, November 16th, 2015

The Da’esh (ISIS) terror organization has launched a cyber jihad fundraiser to arm Palestinian Authority terrorists in their efforts to attack Israel’s Jews.

The cyber campaign allows a donor to purchase a weapon for as little as $3,000 (a simple rocket-propelled grenade launcher) and donate it to the “cause” – killing Israeli Jews, that is.

Aimed at arming “mujahedeen of Beyt al-Maqdis” — a reference to Jerusalem and a metaphor for all of Israel – the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reports the fundraiser started a few weeks ago on Twitter and Telegram. 

Al Aqsa Nafeer” (mobilization for jihad) is very busy online collecting money to buy weapons and equipment specifically for terrorists in Judea, Samaria and Gaza so they can kill Jews throughout Israel.

A statement released by the terror group said that so far the campaign has been “successful,” MEMRI reported.

Are you a small-time donor? Then you can participate in the jihad for the token sum of only $900, and donate a Katyusha rocket.

For $4,000, you can provide a Grad missile to the jihad – one with a range of 20 kilometers – and with a bigger investment ($10,000) your Grad missile can reach as far as 40 kilometers!

A sniper rifle can be donated for $6,000; a PK machine gun for $5,500. Maybe you are a big-time donor: in that case, donate an entire arsenal. The sky is the limit.

The campaign, which is “slickly produced” according to MEMRI, features various posters and a video, and is coordinated across most important social media platforms, including Skype, Gmail, Twitter and Telegram.

Instructions for the transfer of funds are provided in a shielded manner, probably after a discreet screening process.

High-Ranking Security Team Joins Netanyahu Meeting With Putin in Moscow

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is traveling to Moscow today (Monday Sept. 21) to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, together with IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot.

Military Intelligence director Maj.-Gen. Hertzi Halevy, National Security Council head Yossi Cohen and Netanyahu’s military secretary Col. Eliezer Toledano are also accompanying the prime minister to the meeting, which is scheduled to last three hours.

The officials are expected to discuss Russia’s activities and military involvement in Syria, as well as questions about Russia’s cooperation with Iran.

The United States is holding parallel talks with Moscow on the same issues, according to numerous media reports.

There are no journalists on the plane with the prime minister for this trip, underscoring the gravity of the meeting.

Last week a source told the Reuters news agency that new, advanced weapons have been delivered to Syrian government troops, who are being trained in their use. It is believed the weapons are being sent from Russia.

Britain and France Boycott Israeli Military Expo

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Britain, France and several Scandinavian countries have prohibited their countries’ defense officials and private contractors from exhibiting at the 7th annual Israel Defense Expo that opened today at Tel Aviv.

Maariv reports that the Foreign Ministry officials warned that the boycott is only the first reaction to last week’s FIFA debacle in which the Palestinian Authority failed to win its campaign to force Israel to ban soccer teams in Judea and Samaria or be ousted from the corrupt organization.

The problem with the theory of Israel’s answer to the U.S. State Dept.’s Foggy Bottom foreign policy pencil pushers is that there is no way that Britain and France acted so quickly between last Friday and today.

The more likely explanation is that the countries indeed are sending a message to Israel that they are steadfast in their belief that if Israel simply would hand over Judea and Samaria to the Palestinian Authority, the world would be a better place for London and Paris, and never mind Jerusalem and Ramallah.

But that has nothing to do with the soccer silliness. In fact, the European Union voted not to expel Israel from FIFA.

It is true that Israel is losing potential deals with defense contractors at the exhibition, but it is equally true that the countries that are boycotting Israel are shooting themselves in the head. They are losing out on possible sales and contacts with companies from all over the world.

They may be hurting exports from Israel, but trade works in two directions.

One Spanish contractor, banned by Spain from exhibiting in Israel, simply appeared in Tel Aviv under a different name, a security official told Maariv:

They have no will to be identified as a company selling offensive weapons to Israel.

But when asked if their absence damages Israel, the official did not answer.

The reaction of the Foreign Minister officials is not surprising in light of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s recent moves to put some common sense and unity back into the ministry that is over-staffed with people from the days of the Rabin-Peres government, when the Oslo Accords were supposed to bring eternal peace to the Middle East.

His selection of Tzipi Hotovely as Deputy Foreign Minister and former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Dore Gold to direct the ministry have thrown Israel’s establishment media into a trauma.

Hotovely absolutely shocked some of the Foreign Ministry middle-tier staff when she gave them a short lesson of Torah and said that the policy to explain Israel’s position to the world should be based on God’s having granted the Land of Israel to the Jewish People.

The idea of re-inventing the wheel is so revolutionary, or in the minds of the lefties so archaic, that Israel’s leftist oriented establishment media went all out last week to try to convince its readers that Prime Minister Netanyahu is destroying the Foreign Ministry.

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