“Only Israel’s Iron Dome could meet US Army goal of implementing an interim missile defense capability by 2020”

US army eyes $373 million purchase of Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system
January 16, 2019

The US army has asked Congress to approve $373 million to purchase two of Israel’s successful Iron Dome missile interception batteries, the American defense website Inside Defense reported Wednesday. If approved, the sale would mark the first time Israel has sold a complete weapons system to the US, which rarely purchases weapons from foreign countries both due to their technological superiority over most countries as well as for national security reasons. According to Inside Defense, the army is seeking to acquire the two Iron Dome batteries with 12 launchers, two radar systems, two battle management systems and 240 interception missiles by 2020…READ MORE

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“In the Israeli view, no peacemaker can bring the two sides together because there aren’t just two sides. There are many, many sides”

There Is No ‘Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’: To understand why, you have to zoom out
by Matti Friedman
January 19, 2019

…If you see only an “Israeli-Palestinian” conflict, then nothing that Israelis do makes sense…In this tightly cropped frame, Israelis are stronger, more prosperous and more numerous. The fears affecting big decisions, like what to do about the military occupation in the West Bank, seem unwarranted if Israel is indeed the far more powerful party. That’s not the way Israelis see it. Many here believe that an agreement signed by a Western-backed Palestinian leader in the West Bank won’t end the conflict, because it will wind up creating not a state but a power vacuum destined to be filled by intra-Muslim chaos, or Iranian proxies, or some combination of both. READ MORE

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“On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed reports that Syria airstrike was carried out by the Israeli Air Force on Friday, saying that Israel has carried out hundreds of attacks against Iranian and Hezbollah targets”

Satellite Images Show Demolish Iranian Site
by Anna Ahronheim
January 15, 2019

New satellite images of an Iranian weapons storehouse at the Damascus International Airport showed the complete destruction of the site following Israeli airstrikes on Friday. Released by the Israeli satellite company ImageSat International, one image taken before the strikes showed a structure that measured 20 by 50 meters and was later missing, leaving three craters where the compound once stood. According to ImageSat, the structure was likely used as a missile storehouse, including the Fajr-5, which can be launched from a mobile platform and has a reported range of 75 kilometers. READ MORE

JNS Israel is still doing America’s dirty work in Syria After years of pounding Iranian forces on the quiet, Israel’s security establishment feels the time is right to make it clear that it will continue to enforce certain red lines in Syria to ensure that the Islamist regime isn’t in position to launch a war on its northern front.

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“Crombie founded Bizmax two years ago in Jerusalem where more than a third of the Jewish population is haredim, which means “God-fearing”

Kosher high-tech office lures Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox
by Clothilde Mraffko, AFP
January 8, 2019

The office in central Jerusalem at first glance resembles many other start-ups — until you notice the religious books and entrepreneurs in traditional black suits. At Bizmax, a shared workspace, all the entrepreneurs are ultra-Orthodox Jews, a rarity in a community where many men shun work for religious study. “The high-tech industry is very fit for the haredim,” said Yitzik Crombie, using the Hebrew word for the ultra-Orthodox. Unlike many other sectors, the flexible schedule allows for religious obligations, he added, sporting a black yarmulke and a red beard. READ MORE

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“The primary goal of barriers on dangerous borders like Lebanon and Gaza is “not to stop civilians, refugees or illegal migrants, but to defend against hostile elements on the other side”

Six years after completion, Israel’s border fence with Egypt has transformed the south
by Yaakov Lappin
January 11, 2019

This time six years ago, Israel completed its high-tech border fence with Egypt, marking the start of a transformation in the situation along this restive frontier. With its network radars and cameras, the obstacle—dubbed “Hourglass” by the Israeli Defense Ministry—issues alerts to Israel Defense Forces units regarding suspicious movements. The barrier has almost completely stopped the mass movement of illegal migration from Africa…In addition, the fence has significantly boosted Israel’s ability to defend itself against Salafi-jihadist terror organizations that are active in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, he added. READ MORE

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“Jews are being gaslighted — psychologically manipulated to the point of questioning our own sanity and reality — by Farrakhan, Sarsour, Tamika Mallory and the leftist Jews who reflexively defend them”

The March of Hate
by Karen Lehrman Bloch
January 9, 2019

Let’s be very clear: If you decide to participate in the national Women’s March, you are enabling and abetting hatred of the Jewish people. If you are writing sanctimonious apologetics for the organizers, you are sanitizing and normalizing anti-Semitism. It was amazingly useful for Tablet magazine, in a recent report, to confirm that three of the four leaders of the Women’s March are proud anti-Semites — that even at their first meeting they berated a Jewish organizer for what they alleged was her unresolved “white supremacy,” and ultimately pushed her out. READ MORE

NY DAILY NEWS Ziva Dahl: Tamika Mallory insults Martin Luther King’s legacy of combating anti-Semitism According to a colleague, Mallory has said she doesn’t trust white people. Mallory reportedly claims Jews are exploiters of black and brown people and, according to the New York Times, insists, along with her colleague Carmen Perez, that “Jewish people played a large role in the slave trade and the prison industry.”

FREE BEACON DNC Withdraws Its Sponsorship of the Women’s March The Democratic National Committee has withdrawn its sponsorship of the Women’s March, amidst controversy over the ties of the group’s co-chairs to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and allegations of anti-Semitism. The DNC joins other groups that have withdrawn sponsorship, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and EMILY’s List, Jewish News Syndicate reports. The National Organization for Women and the NAACP also appear to have removed their official support for the Women’s March.

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“When Temple Hadar Israel in New Castle, Pennsylvania, closed its doors, most of its ritual objects were disbursed to other congregations. What was left was buried in a cemetery”

Saying Kaddish for a Rust Belt Congregation
by Alanna E. Cooper
January 8, 2019

On a Sunday morning in November in New Castle, Pennsylvania, 18 individuals gathered in a Jewish cemetery for an unveiling ceremony. American Jews customarily hold this sort of event a year after a person dies to mark the installation of their gravestone, and to share memories of the deceased. This event was different because it marked the unveiling of a gravestone for a congregation, or—more precisely—for its ritual objects. A few minutes before 11 a.m., the cars began arriving. READ MORE

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