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From: Dunggate2/11/18 3:28 PM 
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Israel and Iran Openly Clash Over Syrian Border
BY PESACH BENSON  FEBRUARY 11, 2018
Israeli soldiers surveying from Golan Heights military post overlooking the Syrian border on February 10, 2018. Northern Israel remains on high alert after an F-16 plane crashed near Kibbutz Harduf. IAF jets were sent to Syria following the infiltration of an Iranian drone. Syrian forces fired missiles forcing the pilots of one F-16 to eject themselves. Photo by Flash90
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Violence flared up along the Israeli-Syrian border over the weekend. It started on Saturday morning when an Iranian drone entered Israeli air space and was shot down by a helicopter. Israel launched retaliatory air strikes against Iranian targets and Syrian anti-aircraft batteries. One Israeli F-16 jet was shot down in a flaming crash — caught on video which Ynet explains — into a field near Kibbutz Harduf was c. The two pilots ejected themselves from the aircraft. One is currently listed in moderate condition at Haifa’s Rambam Hospital. The second pilot was released from the hospital today.
 
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, six people were killed in the Israeli strikes. Seth Frantzman nicely summarizes the tick-tock of what’s known.
 
Flights in and out of Ben Gurion Airport were halted for about an hour during the skirmish. Israel today boosted air defenses in the north. More on the story below.
 
HonestReporting flagged a number of faulty headlines. Iran Attack: It All Started When Israel Fired Back.
 
2. Mazen Adi, a former Syrian ambassador who once accused Israel of trafficking in human organs, has left a teaching position at Rutgers University. While a university spokesperson confirmed to local New Jersey media that Adi no longer teaches there, “it is not immediately clear whether he was fired or left on his own accord.”
 
Adi served as a diplomat for 16 years, including as ambassador to the UN, where he served as a mouthpiece for the Assad regime, justifying war crimes against civilians. He taught international law at Rutgers since 2015.
 
 
3. US Ambassador David Friedman took to Twitter to lock horns with Israel’s Haaretz daily. It has to do with the fact that A) Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal, who was stabbed to death last week by a Palestinian was a resident of the Har Bracha settlement in the northern West Bank, and B) Friedman had donated an ambulance to Har Bracha 20 years ago. Columnist Gideon Levy made his opposition to Har Bracha more than clear. Further background at the Jerusalem Post.
 
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What has become of .@Haaretz ? Four young children are sitting shiva for their murdered father and this publication calls their community a “mountain of curses.” Have they no decency?
 
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• Questions you’re probably asking about the Israeli-Iranian-Syrian skirmish:
 
– What’s known about the downed drone?
– What’s the drone threat Israel faces?
– When was the last time Israel lost a plane in combat?
– What would an extended conflict do to Israel’s economy?
– What are Syrian rebels saying about Israel now?
– Does the clash change the rules of the game? (Yes or no, depending on who you ask.)
 
• Tweet of the day goes to Daniel Shapiro.
 
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For those questioning whether the Iranian UAV in Israeli airspace was attacking Israel, what level of sovereignty-violation from an avowed enemy should Israel be expected to tolerate? Or maybe Israel should wait and see if the UAV has a payload? Please.
 
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• Work is underway on a concrete wall along the Israeli-Lebanese border to protect from Hezbollah infiltration. Priority is being given to Israeli towns and kibbutzim. Ynet visited Rosh HaNikra, where initial work has already begun. This was written before the weekend border skirmish.
 
The main goal of the wall is to prevent Hezbollah’s elite “Radwan” force from infiltrating Israel during a conflict, and trying to capture an Israeli town or military outpost, an act that would deal a severe blow to Israeli morale and a boost for the terrorist group.
 
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From: Dunggate2/11/18 3:32 PM 
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Hi sparrow,

Previous Post latest from Honest Reporting.

Elaine

 

 
From: sparrow1532/11/18 4:02 PM 
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Thanks, Elaine.  I read through! 

 

 
From: Dunggate2/12/18 5:39 PM 
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Putin Phone Call Ended Israeli Air Strikes
BY PESACH BENSON  FEBRUARY 12, 2018
Today’s Top Stories
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Russian President Vladimir Putin
1. According to Haaretz, Israel was considering further military action against the Iranians and Syrians when Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cool the guns.
The official announcement by the Russian Foreign Ministry objected to the violation of Syrian sovereignty by Israel and totally ignored the event that provoked the eruption – the infiltration of an Iranian drone into Israeli airspace. In the conversation with Netanyahu a few hours later, Putin asked him to avoid moves that could lead to “a new round of dangerous consequences for the region.”
 
The Russians are also concerned about the proximity of the Israeli bombings to sites where their soldiers and advisers are serving, including base T-4 near Palmyra, where the Iranian control post from which the anti-aircraft missile was fired was bombed.
 
2. The IDF believes its air strikes on Saturday destroyed nearly half of Syria’s air defenses.
 
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3. After Holocaust law, Poland moves to ban kosher slaughter.
 
The restrictions include a ban on exporting kosher meat from Poland, which is expected to affect many of Europe’s Jewish communities, as well as meat exports to Israel. Some of Israel’s supermarket chains import and sell kosher meat from Poland, increasing the competition in the Israeli meat market. A drop in meat exports from Poland could lead to a hike in meat prices in Israel.
 
The bill also seeks to ban slaughter when the animals are in an “unnatural state”—in other words, when the animal isn’t standing on all four feet, making a kosher Jewish slaughter practically impossible.
 
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4. Read about the latest corrections HonestReporting prompted regarding drone confusion at the Daily Telegraph and Sydney Morning Herald.
In the News
• Israeli officials are mulling a response against Iran for this weekend’s drone infiltration.
 
• Iran’s stealth drone was shot down in a new way. What are the implications for tracking larger, manned, stealth aircraft?
 
Israel appears to have abandoned using radar-guided weapons to down the Iranian drone. Judging from the IDF supplied video, it almost certainly appears that the drone was destroyed by a missile controlled with an electro-optical sensor, allowing the helicopter pilot to track the drone and kill it. So, the lesson is that electro-optical systems are important in dealing with small platforms and against stealth targets.
 
• The Jerusalem Post takes a closer look at the cyber threats Iran and Hezbollah pose. Could they hack an IAF jet, missile defense systems, or turn an IDF drone against Israel?
 
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• The drone shot down by Israel was an Iranian copy of a U.S. craft, Israel says.
 
• Two Israeli soldiers were attacked by a Palestinian mob after accidentally entering the West Bank City of Jenin on Monday afternoon. They were extracted by PA security forces, but not before one soldier’s rifle stolen, Ynet reports.
 
• Worth reading: The New York Times and Los Angeles Times take an in-depth look at Gaza’s deteriorating situation.
 
Around the World
• A number of Jewish leaders in the US, Europe and Israel would like to see Michael Oren succeed Natan Sharansky as head of the Jewish Agency, according to the Jerusalem Post. Sharansky is due to step down from the post in June.
 
• Anti-Semitic graffiti spray painted on Barcelona synagogue.
 
Commentary
• Plenty of broken quills and burnt pixels on Israel’s escalating conflict with Iran:
 
– Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer: The Iran-Israel war flares up (click via Twitter)
– Nahum Barnea: The Iranian game of chess: More moves are on the way
– Marc Schulman: Is this the start of an Israeli-Iran war?
– Seth Frantzman: From the Euphrates to Beit Shean: The Islamic Republic’s dangerous game
– Richard Kemp: Failure to support Israel against Iran could end in war
– Noga Tarnopolsky: Trump’s silence on Israel-Iran skirmish speaks volumes
– Daniel Shapiro: As Syria and Iran threaten Israel, America signals its ally is on its own
– Prof. Eyal Zisser: Iran’s opening shot
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From: Dunggate2/12/18 5:41 PM 
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Hi sparrow,

Previous article posted from Honest Reporting

Elaine

 

 
From: sparrow1532/12/18 7:03 PM 
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Thanks, Elaine.  Provocation continues.  It is dangerous!

sparrow

 

 
From: Dunggate2/13/18 11:01 AM 
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Hezbollah Sends Mentally Ill Man to Test Israeli Border Fence
BY PESACH BENSON  FEBRUARY 13, 2018
 
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1. Israel detained and subsequently repatriated a mentally unstable Lebanese man who crossed the border. The Jerusalem Post reports:
 
The man claimed he had been sent by two Hezbollah operatives, Mahadi and Ali Shahror, who reportedly threatened him with forced mental hospitalization.
 
The suspect, who was caught close to where he crossed into Israel, was under close surveillance by troops since he approached the fence.
 
According to subsequent reports, the Lebanese man, identified as Ali Mari, previously crossed into Israel on his volition 10 months ago.
 
Cemil Tekeli
2. Israel arrested and deported a Turkish national suspected of helping Hamas operatives establish themselves in Turkey. According to Ynet, many of the Hamas figures Cemil Tekeli assisted were released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap. A second Israeli national, Dara’am Jabarin was also arrested. He is “suspected of aiding in money laundering and transfer of funds to West Bank for terror activity.”
 
Tekeli’s interrogation revealed that Turkey contributes to the military strengthening of Hamas via, inter alia, the SADAT company, which was established at the behest of Adnan Basha, an adviser with close ties to Turkish administration officials . . .
 
During Tekeli’s interrogation, it became clear Hamas is in direct contact with Turkish authorities via terrorist Jihad Ya’amur, who was involved in the abduction of IDF soldier Nachson Waxman and was released in the Shalit deal.
 
3. The trial of teenage Palestinian Ahed Tamimi began today, with the judge ordering the proceedings take place behind closed doors. Tamimi was arrested after trying to provoke a soldier by slapping him in front of video cameras.
 
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In the News
• The PA’s escalating its opposition to US peace mediation. Abbas told Putin the PA “refuses to cooperate with the US in any form,” while chief negotiator Saeb Erekat got op-ed space in the New York Times to explain why.
 
• After the open Israeli-Iranian clash in Syria, the Washington Post examines the morphing internationalization of the Syrian conflict.
 
• Palestinians are denouncing the PA for helping a pair of IDF soldiers escape Jenin lynch mob yesterday. The two accidentally drove into the city, apparently after misusing Waze. The PA also returned weapons stolen from the soldiers.
 
• Knesset applies Israeli law to Ariel University in the West Bank.
 
• Hamas meets with Abbas rivals, including Mohammed Dahlan, as detente with Fatah crumbles.
 
• In first, Israeli diplomats attend UN conference in Malaysia, a majority Muslim country that has no ties with the Jewish state.
 
Malaysia was compelled to host the Israelis, since it was required to grant visas to all delegations in order to hold the international conference, the report added.
 
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• The White House denied Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assertion that he is in talks with the US to annex settlement areas in the West Bank. See Raphael Ahren‘s take.
 
• The Media Line takes a closer look at the likelihood of ties between Israel and Pakistan.
 
• Antwerp man filmed destroying 20 mezuzahs, harassing Jews.
 
• Unattended package detonated at Pittsburgh-area JCC.
 
cyber• If fake news doesn’t keep you up at night, fake information might. Aviv Ovadya, chief technologist at the Center for Social Media Responsibility, warns that an “information apocalypse” — a new level of misinformation and deception that makes fake news seem like child’s play. Buzzfeed caught up with Ovadya.
 
Technologies that can be used to enhance and distort what is real are evolving faster than our ability to understand and control or mitigate it. The stakes are high and the possible consequences more disastrous than foreign meddling in an election — an undermining or upending of core civilizational institutions, an “infocalypse.” And Ovadya says that this one is just as plausible as the last one — and worse . . .
 
And much in the way that foreign-sponsored, targeted misinformation campaigns didn’t feel like a plausible near-term threat until we realized that it was already happening, Ovadya cautions that fast-developing tools powered by artificial intelligence, machine learning, and augmented reality tech could be hijacked and used by bad actors to imitate humans and wage an information war.
 
Commentary
• Lead screed goes to South Africa Mail & Guardian writer Rumana Akoob. I don’t care if she doesn’t want Israel’s he
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From: Dunggate2/13/18 11:02 AM 
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Hi sparrow,

Latest from Honest Reporting

Elaine

 

 
From: sparrow1532/13/18 6:27 PM 
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Thanks, Elaine.

sparrow

 

 
From: Dunggate2/14/18 3:28 PM 
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Israeli Police Recommend Criminal Charges Against Netanyahu
BY DANIEL POMERANTZ  FEBRUARY 14, 2018
 
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Today’s Top Stories
1. Last night Israeli police recommended criminal charges against PM Netanyahu, as part of two investigations that go by the technical names, “Case 1000” and “Case 2000.” Allegations include bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Netanyahu called the allegations baseless as well as “biased” and “extreme,” and vowed to complete his fourth term in office.
 
In Israel, the police perform the preliminary investigation into a potential crime. (Times of Israel wrote an entire series of articles on the topic). Following the investigation stage, the police must choose whether to recommend that the attorney general bring criminal charges, in the form of an official indictment. For this reason, the police recommendation last night is a significant step in this process. The next step will be for Israel’s attorney general Avichai Mandelblit to decide whether or not to accept the recommendation and to issue an indictment. If he does, that will mark the beginning of a legal process likely to include a criminal trial, or possibly an out of court settlement.
 
Israeli law would not actually require the PM to step down until conviction, though there is no telling what political pressures might arise, as in the case of former PM Ehud Olmert in 2007-2008.
 
As a service to our readers we are making a variety of educational information available on this topic, however HonestReporting does not take positions on domestic Israeli political matters.
 
Take your pick of coverage: Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, Reuters, Associated Press, LA Times, just to name a few. The Israeli Democracy Institute has some additional background on the technical legal aspects.
 
2. Yesterday the trial began for Ahed Tamimi, who was arrested last December for hitting soldiers in a video that went viral on the internet. In the midst of what was shaping up to be a media circus, Judge Menachem Lieberman officially announced his decision to conduct the trial “behind closed doors,”: meaning without the presence of the press, but with the presence of the defendant, her legal counsel and her family.
 
Amid a flurry of strong but uninformed opinions on how Israeli and international law actually work, HR’s Daniel Pomerantz clarified the situation on i24 News:
 
3. After Saturday’s events in Syria, in which Israel clashed with Iranian forces, Deputy Minister for Diplomacy Michael Oren concluded that Washington has “almost no leverage on the ground,” but US Secretary of State Tillerson disagrees.
 
4. Is denying Israeli help worth suffering drought? According to South Africa’s Rumana Akoob, writing in the Daily Vox and Mail & Guardian, the answer is (apparently): yes.
 
5. Newsweek presents this anti-Israel propaganda video as a history documentary. HonestReporting takes it apart.
 
Commentary/Analysis
• What’s it like to be a journalist in the Ahed Tamimi trial? Apparently, something of a spectacle.
 
• What are the people who oppose Tamimi’s arrest saying? Nour Tamimi (Ahed’s cousin) writes an opinion piece in The Washington Post.
 
• For an additional dissenting view, see Amnesty International, which calls for Ahed Tamimi’s immediate release.
 
• On the other hand, writing in Haaretz, Petra Marquardt-Bigman presents a sobering account of Ahed Tamimi’s cynical politics and her family’s rather dark backstory.
 
• What’s the strategic and political backstory behind the police recommendation against Netanyahu? Times of Israel’s David Horowitz weighs in.
 
• What were the actual events that led up to the present accusations against the PM, and what’s the “Milchan law?” Haaretz’s Allison Kaplan Sommer shares her take.
 
• What does the international press think of the emerging Netanyahu legal drama? The New York Times is fairly typical in that their main focus is on continuity of Israeli leadership.
 
• Here’s what else I’m reading today . . .
 
–  Israel awards top literature prize to novelist critical of its policies (David Grossman) – Reuters
– Continued Iranian Military Expansion in Syria Will Lead to Wider Conflict – Dennis Ross
– Israel Must Prepare for War on Its Northern Border – Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Eyal Ben-Reuven
 
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