Category Archives: Israel

Top Iranian General Threatens Israel With “Defensive” ICBM’s

The Iranian Army’s Chief of Staff announced plans to upgrade their missile program, despite threats of renewed sanctions, and accompanied his statement with an implied threat to Israel.

Major General Ataollah Salehi was quoted by the Tasneem news agency as saying, “Iran’s future missile program will become more precise and stronger, and these are deterrent weapons that pose no threat to our neighbors and friends, but are against enemies.”

“They are rather a threat to the enemies of this establishment. Israel should fully realize the meaning of this concept,” he added.

Top Iranian General Threatens Israel With “Defensive” ICBM’s

In next war, Hezbollah could down Israeli planes – Defense/Security – News – Arutz Sheva

Senior IDF officer offers grim reading of security situation; likelihood of war still low, but just one major attack could quickly escalate.

A senior IDF source has revealed grim predictions concerning the threats facing Israel along its northern border.

The IDF currently estimates that the likelihood of a war occurring in the next year is low, not due to a lack of motivation but because Israel’s enemies are for the most part engaged in bloody conflicts elsewhere.

However, the army also predicts that the next round of fighting with Hezbollah in Lebanon – and potentially in Syria as well – will be far bloodier and more drawn out than previous wars with the Shia terrorist group.

In next war, Hezbollah could down Israeli planes – Defense/Security – News – Arutz Sheva

If “just one major attack could quickly escalate”, then the region is at a tipping point. When there is war it is likely to be read bad.

The ongoing Jewish exodus from France, in 2 charts – Vox

France is home to about 475,000 Jews, the world’s third-largest Jewish population. Yet its Jews are increasingly fearful of anti-Semitic violence. In late January, someone in Marseille attacked a French Jewish man with a machete, seemingly solely for the crime of wearing a kippah (Jewish skullcap). The New York Times called the attack part of “a particular strain of anti-Semitism that has left many French Jews deeply unnerved.”

To show how this is being experienced by French Jews, it’s worth taking a look at the rise of French immigration to Israel. The following chart shows the number of Jews leaving France — as well as the UK and Germany, which have smaller but still substantial Jewish populations —every year since 1967. As you can see, the past three years show a drastic spike in French Jewish migration:

The ongoing Jewish exodus from France, in 2 charts – Vox

The drums of war can be heard – Israel Opinion, Ynetnews

War is likely to break out here next summer, or even before then – if, that is, you can call an operation such as Protective Edge a war. This is only an estimate, which goes against current intelligent reports, but the military’s preparedness and recent statements testify to its likelihood. There is the sense of troops awaiting orders to get going.

This assessment may provoke surprise: War? What are you talking about? When every country around us, every faction, every terror organization is fighting for its life?

One would need to be blind and foolish not to hear the drums of war in the air. They also cried “nonsense” before the Six Day War, and before the Yom Kippur War different policy suggestions were raised and lowered while Israelis boasted of their military and diplomatic victories. And so it is now: We are all heroes, in speeches, threats and warnings. We will pulverize. We will overthrow. We’ll show them.

The drums of war can be heard – Israel Opinion, Ynetnews

Russians let Hizballah into Daraa, breaking their promise to Israel

On Wednesday, Jan. 27 a large Hizballah force entered the southern Syrian town of Daraa, a critically dangerous event for Israel’s security. The way to the town, which lies near the Jordanian border and across from the Israeli Golan, was opened before Hizballah by none other than Russian forces. This was a blatant violation of President Vladimir Putin’s commitments to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Jordanian King Abdullah not to permit Iranian and Iran-backed forces, such as Hizballah and Iraqi and Afghani Shiite militias, reach their borders in consequence of Russia’s military intervention in the Syria war.

Daraa is just 32 km from the southern Golan and 12 km from the Jordanian border. Hizballah forces in this town are therefore within easy striking distance from northern Israeli and Jordan.

What happened Wednesday was that a sizeable Hizballah contingent made it into Daraa, the day after a Syrian unit under the command of Russian officers captured the town of Sheikh Maskin, cutting off rebel forces east of Daraa from their comrades to the west.

Russians let Hizballah into Daraa, breaking their promise to Israel

Gaza prepares for war | The Times of Israel

At first, Hamas leaders tried to hide the fact that any of its members had been killed in the tunnel. Then they claimed that the men were merely missing. Finally, they released the names of seven of the 11 excavators who were there at the time of the collapse.

Hamas’s statement read in part: “We trod the path of death for your lives’ sake.”

Several days earlier, Faiz Abu Smala, a journalist with close ties to Hamas, wrote on his Facebook page about a meeting with the local commander of Hamas’s military wing: “He admitted to me that they were still working night and day, around the clock, and that the battle they faced would be a matter of the utmost importance, of life and death, and that they had no alternative but to work under all conditions.”

Gaza prepares for war | The Times of Israel

‘Israel’s electrical grid attacked in massive cyber attack’ – Israel News – Jerusalem Post

As Israelis cranked up their heaters during the current cold snap, the Public Utility Authority was attacked by one of the largest cyber assaults that the country has experienced, Minister of Infrastructure, Energy and Water Yuval Steinitz said on Tuesday.   

“Yesterday we identified one of the largest cyber attacks that we have experienced,” Steinitz said at the CyberTech 2016 conference at the Tel Aviv Trade Fair and Convention Center.

Steinitz said that attack was dealt with by his ministry and the National Cyber Bureau and that it was under control. 

‘Israel’s electrical grid attacked in massive cyber attack’ – Israel News – Jerusalem Post

Israel financial stability at risk if China woes spread, central bank says | Reuters

Israel’s financial system remains stable but could be at risk if China’s economic problems worsen and turn into a global crisis, the Bank of Israel said on Monday.

The system could also face declines in asset prices if the risk premium rises or economic growth weakens unexpectedly, the central bank said in its semi-annual financial stability report.

It noted that threats to global financial stability have shifted from the advanced economies to the emerging economies.

“In particular, the risks derived from the Chinese economy, from the continued decline in commodity prices, and from the emerging markets with high foreign currency debt, have come into sharper relief,” it said.

Israel financial stability at risk if China woes spread, central bank says | Reuters

Russia Military Presence Upgrading Hezbollah Military Skills

“Hezbollah now has a front-row seat to watch he variety of weapon systems and equipment the Russians are bringing to bear in Syria,” the authors write. “The group can learn how to use its existing weapons more effectively and examine systems it might want to procure in the future.” Such systems could include anti-aircraft missiles and advanced rocket systems as well as weaponry hitherto unfamiliar to Hezbollah.

Additionally, Hezbollah commanders may be profiting, the authors say, from conversations with Russian ground commanders in Syria who are experienced in ground combat in Chechnya and elsewhere. “Discussing tactics with experienced Russian commanders could give Hezbollah deep insight into organizing its forces, coordinating disparate elements on the battlefield, and other matters—an invaluable benefit despite the group’s lesser training compared to Russian troops. They are learning such lessons from one of the best militaries in the world. Such experience might change their views on the most effective way to win a battle.”

Russia Military Presence Upgrading Hezbollah Military Skills

IDF chief: Iran deal raises specter of proxy wars with Israel | The Times of Israel

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot said Monday that Iran will likely honor the nuclear deal reached with world powers in the coming years, but intensify its proxy war with Israel through the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah and other armed groups. He also anticipated that Iran would start allocating increased funds to terror groups, and called the deal a “strategic turning point” as regards the challenges to Israel.

Still, Eisenkot said the landmark agreement could present Israel with opportunities in the future.

He also warned that terror in the West Bank was unlikely to abate anytime soon.

He said that despite short term adherence to the protocols of the nuclear deal, Iran will nonetheless work toward obtaining nuclear arms in the next 15 years — the amount of time Iran agreed not to enrich uranium beyond low levels.

IDF chief: Iran deal raises specter of proxy wars with Israel | The Times of Israel

Iran will be free from nuclear constraints by 2025. In the mean time, sanctions are lifted, Iran can work on delivery systems and with the help of North Korea can work on perfecting miniaturized thermonuclear (fission-fusion) weapons. When 2025 rolls around Iran can hit the ground running. By 2030 it will likely have a couple of hundred nuclear-tipped missiles capable of at least taking out all of Europe. Yes, Israel will be at risk too.