Israeli strikes in Gaza focused mostly on Hamas’ weapons factories, missile launching capabilities, Hamas’ naval operational headquarters and their underground tunnels.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB
A total of 105 rockets were fired into Israel between Tuesday and Wednesday, most by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad with some minor participation from Hamas, the IDF confirmed on Wednesday morning.
In response, Israel countered with approximately 16 airstrikes, mostly on Hamas positions, to hold the group responsible for what occurs in Gaza.
IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Daniel Hagari said that despite an apparent ceasefire starting around 5:30 a.m. “all options are on the table” should any Palestinian group fire additional rockets at Israel. Continue Reading »
The US State Department has approved the potential sale of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system missiles, THAAD fire control and communication stations, and related equipment to the United Arab Emirates, Reuters reported this week. In addition, the “State Department has approved the potential sale of Patriot missiles and related equipment to Saudi Arabia in a deal valued at up to $3.05 billion,” the Pentagon said on Tuesday. Continue Reading »
The US Marine Corps carried out a series of tests using its Medium-Range Intercept Capability (MRIC) prototype with components from Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.
US air defense system with components from Israel’s Iron Dome. – Photo courtesy: ISRAEL’S DEFENSE MINISTRY
The MRIC uses the Corps’ Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) and Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S) and incorporates the Iron Dome’s Tamir interceptor and launcher “to create an air defense system tailored to existing USMC assets and expeditionary requirements,” read a statement by Israel’s Defense Ministry. Continue Reading »
In a joint contract, Israel Aerospace Industries joins with MCL in a deal to manufacture 4 Remote Platoon Vehicles for remote extraction of casualties, ammunition resupplies, intelligence-gathering, surveillance & target acquisition for the British Armed Forces.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Marlborough Communications Limited (MCL) were awarded a contract to deliver four autonomous combat vehicles to the United Kingdom to enhance the British Armed Forces’ military capabilities, the companies announced on Wednesday.
An IAI Remote Platoon Vehicle (RPV). – Photo: ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES
The vehicles, called Remote Platoon Vehicles (RPVs), can be operated in autonomous, remote, or manual modes. Continue Reading »
Israeli PM Netanyahu clearly promises the Palestinian terror leaders in Gaza, in response to the continued rocket attacks and escalation on the Gaza border. “If the quiet doesn’t return, you’re next in line.”
By Mordechai Sones
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu today inspected an Iron Dome Battery in the Ashdod area.
“Yesterday we attacked in several arenas; we attacked in Syria, we attacked in Gaza, and we are now hitting with planes, tanks, and helicopters. We’ll continue to strike until the quiet returns. I have a message to the leaders of the terror organizations: If the quiet doesn’t return, you’re next in line,” the Prime Minister said. Continue Reading »
Following rocket fire from Gaza last night, the IDF retaliated, destroying a Hamas weapons production site in the northern Gaza Strip, even though the Qatari Envoy to Gaza was in the hotel next door.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
Several Palestinians were lightly injured after IDF fighter jets attacked a Hamas weapons production site in the northern Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian media.
According to the Palestinian Al-Quds newspaper, the Qatari Envoy to Gaza Muhammad al-Emadi was in a hotel right next to the site of the attack. Al-Emadi arrived to the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.
In addition, the Gaza fishing range has been reduced to 10 nautical miles Thursday morning, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Major General Kamil Abu Rukun, announced. Continue Reading »
Four rockets fired from Syrian territory toward Israel’s side of the Golan Heights were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system. – IDF: No injuries reported, no rockets exploded in Israeli territory.
By Elad Benari
A siren was sounded on Tuesday morning, just before 5:00 a.m., in the Golan Heights area. Residents reported hearing explosions.
Iron Dome – Photo Courtesy IDF Spokesperson’s Office
The IDF confirmed that four launches were identified from Syria towards Israeli territory which were intercepted by the Israeli air defense systems.
No hits on Israeli communities were identified. There were no reports of injuries.
The House of Representatives introduced a bipartisan bill to have the U.S. Army purchase two of Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense batteries from its developer, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems “for immediate needs of the U.S. Army.”
By Marcy Oster – JTA
The Congress wants to use Israeli technology to protect American forces overseas.
The House of Representatives introduced a bill on Monday that would have the Army purchase two Iron Dome missile defense batteries from Israel. The measure has bipartisan support.
Four months ago, Israel’s Defense Ministry announced that the U.S. military would purchase the system from its developer, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., Continue Reading »
Just as the rare flower starts blooming, residents from Gaza border communities turn to IDF generals to save the Iris Mariae, endemic to the Negev, from IDF soldiers’ boots and batteries of the defense units stationed in open desert areas.
By Matan Tzuri
Residents of Israeli communities close to the Gaza border have united to save a rare flower that was in danger of being crushed by the anti-missile Iron Dome system and the IDF troops that operate it. The Iron Dome plays a central role in protecting the local residents from frequent rocket strikes from the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave. Continue Reading »
Saudi-based media reports Saudi Arabia turned to the U.S. to facilitate sale after previously being rejected by Israel because the two countries have no diplomatic relations and the defense system may be activated against it.
By Mordechai Sones
The Saudi-based Al-Khaleej Online reported today that Saudi Arabia had acquired an Iron Dome system from Israel to defend itself from missile attacks by the Houthi rebels in Yemen.
According to the report, the deal was mediated by the United States, in which the Saudis undertook that the system would not endanger Israel or its allies.
Israeli security sources say this is a significant development in the relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Continue Reading »
According to an IDF report, the Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted 2 of 8 rockets fired, with 2 successfully falling in Israel’s southern city of Sderot. – One Israeli injured, with substantial damage to property.
IDF confirmed striking targets in Gaza on Wednesday in response to two rockets from Gaza which fell in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, lightly injuring two people according to medics at the scene.
IAF jets destroy vehicle belonging to a Hamas commander of a cell launching explosive and incendiary balloons at Israel from central Gaza. – 13 rockets launched from Gaza at Israeli communities shortly afterwards, 3 intercepted by the Iron Dome system, remainder deemed non-threatening. – Hamas initiates new response to IDF retaliatory strikes: ‘A bombing will be met with a bombing.’
By Elior Levy, Yoav Zitun, Matan Tzuri
The IDF bombed a vehicle belonging to one of the commanders of Hamas’ military wing in the Neuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on Tuesday night. Shortly afterwards, 13 rockets were fired at Gaza border communities. Continue Reading »
A multi-million dollar deal has been concluded between the Israeli defense systems manufacturer Refael, producer of the Iron Dome, and Romania’s defense contractor Romaero, in Refael’s first collaboration with an EU state.
By Yoav Stoler
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems signed Wednesday an agreement for local production of domestic air defense systems and ground systems with the Romanian company Romaero.
As part of the deal, Romaero will acquire the know-how and license for the production of air defense systems, including the Iron Dome, the naval iron dome, “Samson” model remote controlled weapons positions and precision “Spike” tactical missiles (also known as Gil). Continue Reading »
– Russian Defense Ministry: Israeli jets struck Iranian targets with at least 28 planes that fired some 60 missiles. – Israel: Israel Air Force attacked nearly all of Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria.
By Reuters, Alexandra Lukash, Elior Levy
Russia’s defense ministry said on Thursday that Syria had shot down more than half of the missiles fired at it overnight by Israel, RIA news agency reported.According to the report, the Israeli strike was carried out by 28 planes which fired at least 60 missiles, including 10 surface-to-surface missiles.
Iranian forces in Syria launched a rocket attack on Israeli army bases in the Golan Heights early on Thursday, Israel said, prompting one of the heaviest Israeli barrages against Syria since the conflict there began in 2011. Continue Reading »
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