Tag Archive for Defense Ministry

Watch: In successful test, David’s Sling shoots down incoming missile

Israel’s Defense Minister Ya’alon: This successful project will become operational in 2016



Following recent assessments on the significant rocket threat posed by Hezbollah to the Israeli home front, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday that it carried out a successful test of the David’s Sling anti-projectile system, which is designed to shoot down short to medium-range rockets and missiles.

During the trial, carried out this week in central Israel by the Defense Ministry and the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, David’s Sling radar identified a mock Sparrow missile heading into its air space, and fired an interceptor that struck and destroyed the target. Continue Reading »

Report: Palestinians working for Israelis doubles for 2014

The 92,000 Palestinians who work for Israelis earn an average of NIS 198 (about $52) per day, while Palestinian working under the Palestinian Authority, make NIS 91 per day, or 45% of those in Israel.


The number of Palestinians working for Israelis on either side of the Green Line doubled in the last four years and now make up 2.2 percent of all workers in the country, according to the Bank of Israel’s upcoming 2014 annual report.

Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in a settlement near Jerusalem – Photo: REUTERS

“The size of the Palestinian employment in the Israeli economy is expected to continue to grow in the foreseeable future,” the central bank said in an excerpt published on Tuesday. Continue Reading »

First Israel Defense Minister to Visit India, a “True Friend”

Israeli DM Moshe Ya’alon takes off Monday night for an official visit to India – the 1st time Israel’s Defense Minister to made the journey.

By Kobi Finkler & Cynthia Blank


Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud) will take off Monday night for New Delhi as part of an official visit to India.

His visit will mark the first time an Israeli defense minister has traveled to the Asian nation.

During his visit, Ya’alon will attend the inauguration of a defense industries of Israel pavilion during an arms fair held in the city of Bangalore, the capital of southern Indian state Karnataka.

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Residents from Israel’s border communities angered by NIS 70m. security cutback


Disagreement between Public Security Ministry and the Defense Ministry will leave dozens of communities on Israel’s border without a security budget beginning January 1.

By Matan Tzuri


A NIS 70 million cut to the security budget for 50 Israeli border communities will go into effect on December 31, leaving problems with the border fence unsolved, removing arms from military warehouses, and hindering the ability of security coordinators to monitor the border 7 days a week, Ynet learned on Thursday, while the Defense Ministry and Public Security Ministry both say the matter does not fall under their responsibility.

Damage to the kibbutz’s security fence will be left unfixed after the budget cut comes into effect.

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Israel’s Minister of Defense: Let’s not delude ourselves, there is no Palestinian partner

Defense Minister Ya’alon tells Knesset committee that Jerusalem opposes Fatah-Hamas reconciliation, says it probably won’t come to fruition anyway.



The Palestinians are not a partner for peace, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Wednesday.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon – Photo: Ariel Hermoni, Defense Ministry spokesman

“There is no partner on the other side. That is the reality. Our soldiers are intelligent enough to understand the complex situation on the field and to know how to deal with it. There’s no immediate solution. We can’t delude ourselves,” he stated.

Israel opposes Hamas-Fatah reconciliation, but it probably won’t come to fruition anyway, he added. Continue Reading »

‘Anonymous’ cyber-terrorists warn Israel of impending cyber-attack

Cyber-group of anti-Israel hackers calls on its int’l band of “cyber warriors” to attack all major Israeli institutions & websites on Monday.


A group of anti-Israel hackers calling themselves ‘Anonymous Operation Israel’ called on “cyber warriors from across the planet” to attack Israel online on April 7th.

We are Anonymous

We are Anonymous – YouTube screenshot

“On April 7, 2014, we call upon our brothers and sisters to hack, deface, hijack, database leak, admin takeover, and DNS terminate the Israeli Cyberspace by any means necessary,” the group said in a YouTube video posted on April 2.

It is not the group’s first foray into cyber-warfare against the Jewish State. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Navy carries out over 50% of total IDF’s operational activities

Vice Admiral Marom reports how the ongoing covert war targeting arms smuggling to Israel’s enemies and Iran’s nuclear program makes up half of IDF’s operational activities.



The Israel Navy plays a crucial role in the covert war against Iranian arms smuggling to its terrorist proxies, former navy chief V.-Adm. (Res.) Eliezer Marom told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.

Israel Navy vessel in the Mediterranean – Photo courtesy: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

Marom, who will be a featured speaker at the third Jerusalem Post Annual Conference in New York on Sunday, added that during his tenure as navy chief, from 2007 to 2011, “over 50 percent of the IDF’s operational activities were carried out by the navy. Continue Reading »

Despite serious budget cuts US senators see defense aid to Israel good for US

Senate Armed Services C’tee members say Washington’s grants to Israel unlikely to decrease, after current 10-year package expires in 2017.



JERUSALEM – The United States will continue providing Israel with defense aid after a current package worth some $3 billion a year expires in 2017, and the grants are unlikely to wane despite Washington belt-tightening, two US senators said on Thursday.

wing of a Boeing 777, Rafale fighter jet

Rafale fighter jet – Photo: REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Kelly Ayotte and Joe Donnelly, who are members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, visited Israel to confer on security issues like missile defense, on which the allies have partnered. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu approves Defense budget which includes possible Iran strike funds

After Netanyahu orders IDF to continue preparing possible strike on Iran as Ministry of Defense allocates budget for preparations to deal with Iranian nuclear facilities

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have instructed the army to continue preparations for a possible military operation in Iran, Israeli daily Haaretz reported Wednesday.


PM Benjamin Netanyahu with Défense Minister Moshe Ya'alon at 'Eilat press conference on 10 March 2014  - Photo: Jack Guez/AFP

PM Benjamin Netanyahu with Défense Minister Moshe Ya’alon at ‘Eilat press conference on 10 March 2014

According to information leaked from hearings on Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) financial planning for 2014, 10 to 12 billion NIS of the IDF’s annual budget are to be allocated to the preparations, similar to last year’s sum.

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Kazakhstan & Israel Strengthen Economic Ties


Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Barak met with President Nursultan Nazarbiib at Kazakhstan’s presidential palace to discuss common needs for closer cooperation.

By Tova Dvorin


Former Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited Kazakhstan Thursday, according to Walla!, to strengthen Israel’s economic ties with the Sunni Muslim-majority nation.

Nursultan Nazarbayev and Ehud Barak -  Photo source: Sondakika.com

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev (R) and (L) Former Defense Minister Ehud Barak – Photo source: Sondakika.com

Barak met with President Nursultan Nazarbiib in the presidential palace in Astana, according to the daily. They reportedly sat for about an hour and discussed the possibility of further cooperation in regard to agriculture, health services, and industrial innovation. Continue Reading »

Unconfirmed Report: Defense Ministry Rejects White House Security Plan for Jordan Valley

Maariv daily reports that Israel’s Defense Ministry rejected proposed security plans offered by John Kerry for Jordan Valley, based on White House perception of Israel’s security needs.

By Tova Dvorin


The Defense Ministry has rejected the US’s security plan for the Jordan Valley, Maariv reports Wednesday.

According to the daily, Jerusalem has told US officials ahead of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit this week that the Jordan Valley security arrangement is unacceptable for Israel’s security needs. This report remains unconfirmed.

The US’s security plan involves a slow transition from IDF patrols over the region to Palestinian Authority (PA) forces, with an international presence, according to reports. Continue Reading »

Ya’alon: EU’s threat to boycott (no peace) preferable to rockets on Ben-Gurion Airport

Defense Minister Ya’alon correctly states that “wide-eyed & naïve people in the West” err in pressuring Israel that “peace must happen immediately”, leaving Israel without security guarantees, considering the history & present acts of violence of the Palestinians.



Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Monday said that if compromises in peace negotiations would lead to “rockets from Nablus, Ramallah and Jenin on to Ben-Gurion Airport, then I would rather have a European boycott” on Israel.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon- Photo: Ariel Hermoni, Defense Ministry spokesman

Ya’alon also addressed Sunday’s rocket attack from Lebanon. Despite Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s assigning responsibility to Lebanon and Hezbollah, the defense minister implied that preliminary information indicated that the attack was perpetrated by Sunnis fighting Hezbollah in Syria who hoped to fool Israel into retaliating against Hezbollah. Continue Reading »

Propulsion system of long-range rocket tested by Israel’s Missile Defense Organization

Spokesperson at the Defense Ministry says missile launched from army base in central Israel was part of planned test by Israel’s Missile Defense Organization

By Ynet



A rocket was launched from the Palmachim army base in central Israel Friday morning as part of a test that was planned in advance by the security establishment. The launch tested the propulsion system of a long-range rocket.

שניות לאחר השיגור (צילום: אלכסנדרה לוקש)

Seconds after launch – Photo: Alexandra Locsh

“This morning Israel conducted a launch of a rocket propulsion system from the Palmachim base. The launch was conducted in the framework of a test that was planned in advance by the security establishment and was carried out on schedule,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement. Continue Reading »