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Israeli Defense Minister vows to strike Syria if missiles used against it

Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, admits advanced Russian air defense systems are already deployed in Syria but have yet to act against Israel, warning, that should Syria use any advanced systems against IAF aircraft, Israel will retaliate hard.
– Lieberman also rejects the Hezbollah leader’s accusation that the Mossad killed their Arab scientists.

By Alexandra Lukash, Nir Cohen

 

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned Tuesday that if Syria uses Russian-made air defense missiles against Israel, the IDF will strike back.

“What’s important to us is that the defensive weapons the Russians are giving Syria won’t be used against us,” Lieberman told Ynet. Continue Reading »

Dropping like flies: Another bomb-maker dead from work accident in Gaza

Third Hamas terrorist killed in less than a week as PA media reports a 55 yr-old Hamas terrorist died Monday from an explosion in northern Gaza.

By David Rosenberg

 

One person was killed and three more injured in an explosion in the northern Gaza Strip Monday morning.

Arab media outlets reported that the explosion occurred in the town of Beit Lahiya.

Hamas terrorists from-the izz ad din al qassam brigades at funeral – Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Health officials in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip identified the man killed in the explosion as 55-year-old Mohammed Nimr Maqadmah.

A member of the Hamas terror group’s military wing, it is unclear if Maqadmah was killed in a targeted killing, or in an accidental explosion while building a bomb. Continue Reading »

IDF retaliatory strike destroys Syrian mortar position that fired on Israel

After the IDF response to the Syrian mortar fired on Israel, an Army spokesperson said, “The IDF views the Syrian regime as responsible for everything in its territory and will not tolerate any attempt to harm the sovereignty of the State of Israel and the security of its residents.”

BY ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

The IDF fired on a Syrian-regime position after a mortar shell landed near the security fence on the northern Golan Heights on Monday, the army announced.

The shell, which hit Israeli territory, is believed to be spillover from fighting across the border in Syria.

AN IDF M109 self-propelled 155 mm artillery fire (file) – Photo IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

In response, the IDF fired a precision artillery strike on a Syrian military position in the area from which the mortar was fired. Continue Reading »

Images released of Hamas rocket-designer’s assassins

Just like when the previous rocket designer for Hamas was assassinated, Gaza’s rulers finger the Mossad for assassinating fellow group member Fadi al-Batsh, in Malaysia.

By YONAH JEREMY BOB, REUTERS

 

Malaysian police on Monday released computer generated photographs of two men suspected of gunning down a Palestinian Hamas weapons engineer on Saturday in Kuala Lumpur.

Two men on a motorcycle fired at least 14 shots at Fadi al-Batsh, an engineering lecturer, but also a Hamas drones and rockets expert, killing him on the spot.

Police Chief Mohamad Fuzi Bin Harun did highlight Batsh’s international and Palestinian-related activities, seemingly de-emphasizing his identity as an average Malaysian resident of international origin. Continue Reading »

AIRBUS opens office in Israel in effort to acquire Israeli technology

The European aerospace giant is opening an office as soon as a lease can be signed, because it sees Israel as a top source for hi-tech knowledge & development in expanding the company’s military aviation business.

By MAX SCHINDLER

 

European aerospace giant Airbus SE is looking for open space in Israel, The Jerusalem Post has learned, in an apparent first step by the company to procure cutting-edge Israeli technology.

Airbus’s Israel office will serve as a base to scout out and procure Israeli innovation, specifically in cybersecurity, according to multiple industry insiders who spoke to the Post.

The Airbus A380, the largest airliner- Photo: Ienac/German Wikipedia

One industry employee, speaking on condition of anonymity, emphasized that Airbus was not opening a formal office but renting out office space for three people, including in sales. Continue Reading »

Youssef Haddad, Christian Arab, Disabled IDF veteran, combats BDS for Israel

Despite the taunting he received when returning home to Nazareth while serving in an IDF Golani unit, Christian Arab Youssef Haddad, 32, now fights BDS for Israel with ‘Reservists on Duty’ and works to bring Israel’s Arab sector closer to the Jewish State.

By Hassan Shaalan

 

A Christian Arab from Nazareth joined the IDF of his own volition and served in the elite Golani Brigade. During his service, he was wounded in the Second Lebanon War and upon his discharge found another way to serve his country: combating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign and improving ties between Israeli-Arabs and the state. Continue Reading »

3 would-be Palestinian infiltrators neutralized by IDF on border fence with Gaza

IDF soldiers open fire wounding 3 Palestinians attempting to damage and traverse Israel’s security fence on the Gaza border,  as Hamas’ deceptively violent ‘March of Return’ protests continue.

By David Rosenberg

 

IDF forces stationed along the Israel-Gaza border opened fire Sunday on several terrorists at various locations along the frontier while they attempted to tear openings in the security fence separating Israel from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

According to Palestinian Authority media outlets, three Gazans were wounded Sunday after they approached the Israeli border security fence and attempted to damage it.

IDF snipers taking aim at would-be infiltrators, violent attackers on Israel’s border with Gaza.

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Natalie Portman boycotts Israel’s $2 million Genesis Prize ceremony

Although this year’s annual Genesis Prize recipient Natalie Portman was chosen for her inspiration to the next generation of Jews through her professional achievements, commitment to Jewish values, the Jewish people and the State of Israel, a Portman representative said, “Recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel.”

By Reuters and Ami Freedman

 

Hollywood actress Natalie Portman has refused to attend a ceremony in Israel to accept a 2 million-dollar prize because of “recent events” in the country, the organizers said, announcing the prizegiving had been cancelled. Continue Reading »

Romania: Government Decided to Relocate Embassy to Jerusalem

Palestinian leaders furious over Romania’s 70th Independence ‘birthday present’ to Israel, by scrambling to dissuade the EU member from becoming the third country to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following U.S. President Trump’s announcement, then Guatemala’s decision.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

The Romanian government on Thursday approved a plan to transfer the state’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The approval came as Israelis celebrated the Jewish State’s 70th anniversary.

According to reports in local media, the decision includes timetables for implementing the plan. However, the timetables have not been published.

Ancient & Modern meet to make Jerusalem undivided.

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‘Made in Israel’ Anti-Radiation Vest to be Tested by NASA In Deep Space

 

NASA plans to use Israeli firm’s StemRad’s upper-body vest, that protects vital organs, bone marrow & tissues that are especially sensitive to radiation, in future manned missions to space.

By Tofi Stoler

 

The Israel Space Agency (ISA) announced on Tuesday that it is entering an agreement with NASA to test a radiation suit manufactured by Israeli company StemRad Ltd. during a deep space mission. The agreement is scheduled to be signed at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado later that day.

StemRad’s anti-radiation vest. – Photo: PR

Dubbed AstroRad, the vest-like suit, first adapted for female astronauts, protects vital body organs and tissues which are especially sensitive to radiation damage such as lungs, bone marrow, the large intestine, the chest and the ovaries, the agency said in a statement. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Assad deploys troops to engage ISIS in Palestinian refugee camp

According to Al-Masdar News, the Syrian Army has been concentrating their 9th Armored Division & Tiger Forces near the Yarmouk refugee camp after the regime successfully defeated the rebels in the last gas-attack.

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN

 

The Syrian regime is massing troops and armored vehicles to prepare to retake from Islamic State the Yarmouk area in southern Damascus, according to local sources and media.

Yarmouk was home to large numbers of Palestinian refugees before the country’s civil war, but has been under siege by the Syrian regime for many years.

Part of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, near Damascus, Syria, after being damaged by fighting.

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Syrian airstrike by IDF was direct reprisal for Iran’s launching drone on Israel

Israel’s bombing of the T-4 airbase in Syria last week, that also killed Iranian officers, was Israel’s first direct engagement after Iran ‘changed the rules’ when Iranian soldiers launched an armed drone to Israel from Syria’s T-4 airbase
– IDF official: Israel is now in direct conflict with Iran, no longer fighting through proxies.

By David Rosenberg

 

A senior Israeli military official confirmed that Israel’s air force was responsible for last week’s bombing of the T-4 airbase in Syria last Monday, adding that the conflict between Israel and Iran had entered a new phase of direct confrontation.

Last Monday, combat aircraft bombed Syria’s T-4 airbase, killing 14 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed. Continue Reading »

US Special Negotiator Slams Palestinian Negotiator Over ‘Empty Rhetoric’, Lying

President Trump’s Special Representative for Int’l Negotiations Jason Greenblatt fires back at PLO official Saeb Erekat on Twitter for intentionally lying to purposely impede any possibility of cooperation between the Palestinians & the United States.

BY JTA

 

US special Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt fired back after Palestinian official Saeb Erekat circulated a letter to foreign diplomats stationed in Ramallah, accusing the American diplomat of being a mouthpiece for Israel.

COGAT commander, Maj-Gen Yoav Mordechai (left) takes President Trump’s Special Representative for Int’l Negotiations Jason Greenblatt (center) on a tour of the Gaza border, 29 Aug 2017. – Photo: U.S.

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Netanyahu to Putin: S-300 missile defense system in Syria is unacceptable

Israel outlines its ‘red line’ to Moscow in what Jerusalem sees as regional game-changer, vis-a-vis missile defense system allowed to be sent to Assad regime.

By Nitzan Keidar

 

Israel has sent a clear message to Russia in the past 24 hours that the sale of the advanced S-300 missile defense system to the Syrian regime will cross a red line.

A political source who revealed the message in a conversation with Arutz Sheva stated that the message was conveyed following a Russian Defense Ministry announcement that Moscow was reconsidering the sale of arms to the Syrians following the joint attack on Syria by the US, Britain, and France Friday night. Continue Reading »

Fifth Hamas terror-tunnel located & destroyed by IDF

Israel thwarts Hamas’ efforts to infiltrate Israel from Gaza after destroying the 5th, and according to Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, “the longest and deepest one [terror-tunnel] ever uncovered.”

By Kobi Finkler

 

Over the weekend, IDF forces thwarted another terror tunnel that penetrated into Israel, it was cleared this morning for publication.

IDF Spokesperson Brigadier General Ronen Manelis said that this is the fifth tunnel that has been thwarted in Israel recently. The tunnel was foiled in the Jabaliya area.

Location of latest Hamas terror-tunnel explosion – IDF illustration

The tunnel began several kilometers inside the Gaza Strip and was part of an entire network of tunnels inside the strip. Continue Reading »