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Netanyahu Warns Israel’s Enemies Against Aggression

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19 Jun 2019 (All day)
Netanyahu Warns Israel’s Enemies Against Aggression
Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Golan Heights Wednesday morning to observe a massive IDF exercise. Standing alongside IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi he said “I am very impressed by the improvement in the [IDF's] readiness, in the spirit of the fighters and the commanders, and especially in the IDF's destructive power. I hear our neighbors from the north, south and east threatening to destroy us. I say to our enemies: The IDF has a very large power to destroy, do not try us." As he spoke, the Air Force was in the midst of its own war games simulating a multi-front conflict.

“All of the air force is in the air,” a senior Israel Air Force officer – speaking on condition of  anonymity – told reporters on Tuesday, adding: “The entire force is taking part in the drill, from the technical branch to the operational staff and the commanders, and the Air Force commander himself.”

The exercises, which began on Sunday and are scheduled to run all week, also include practicing coordination with ground forces. The focus of many of the drills is a defense of Israel’s northern border, which is threatened by the presence of Iranian-backed forces in Syria and Lebanon, including the Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah which has over 100,000 rockets aimed at Israel.

“If they start with thousands of rockets per day, we are hoping to be able to make it so there are only a few being launched and to intercept those that are launched,” the officer said.

In related news, the chairman of Israel’s Federation of Local Authorities, Haim Bibas, toured the Golan Heights this week and spoke about a need to re-enforce the infrastructure meant to protect civilian populations along the borders.

IDF Uncovers Equipment Used by Biblical Predessesors
Soldiers at an IDF paratroopers base in southern Israel discovered the base of an observation tower on Wednesday which archeologists believe was used by Israelite troops in the days of King Hezekiah. "The strategic location of the tower served as a lookout and warning point against the Philistine enemy, one of whose cities was Ashkelon. " according to Valdik Lifshitz and Sa'ar Ganor, directors of the excavation on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority. "In the days of the First Temple, the Kingdom of Judah built a range of towers and fortresses as points of communication, warning and signaling, to transmit messages and field intelligence."

The excavations which uncovered the tower took place as part of a joint project between the IDF, the Ministry of Defense and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

"The archaeological excavation was a routine break from my point of view. I saw soldiers enjoying manual labor that has added value," Lieutenant Colonel Roi Ofir, commander of recruits at the Paratroopers Brigade, said. "This is the first time I participated in excavations. The connection to the land, and the fact that there were Jewish fighters in the past, gave me a sense of mission. The fact that there was also a connection to the area where we carried out our own military maneuvers; left us with a feeling that we were giving back."

BDS Movement Suffers More Defeats
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered more defeats this week when it was announced that the Jewish State will soon become a participant in the ODYSSEA Project to study various environmental issues in the Mediterranean basin. The Project is supported by the EU and already includes participation by specialists and researchers from 14 countries. Meanwhile, Israel Aerospace Industries subsidiary ELTA Systems landed a strategic cooperation agreement with Brazil’s Embraer Defense & Security at the Paris Air Show this week to jointly build a military electronic reconnaissance aircraft.

IAEA Signs Agreement with "State of Palestine"
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) took the extraordinary step on Tuesday of recognizing the ”State of Palestine” and admitting it as a member. The ceremony where the agreement was signed by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano and the Palestinian Ambassador in Vienna Salah Abdul Shafi took place in the Agency’s Vienna headquarters. Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon said the agreement was a "violation of international conventions."

"This is another attempt by the Palestinian Authority to join international organizations in order to exploit them for political purposes," the Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.  "Israel does not recognize the attempts of the PA to join such organizations and such institutions as state, and Israel views this as a violation of international agreements."

Today's video gives an in-depth look at tensions along the Gaza-Israel border region

 

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