Category Archive 'Israel'
05 Aug 2020
Rumor has it that the Israelis blew up a Hezbollah rocket cache, unaware that next door was stored a massive amount of Ammonium Nitrate. Whoops!
17 Nov 2019
Israeli Phalanx Close-in air defense system (by Raytheon) engaging incoming missiles.
This is part of Israel’s “Iron Dome” defense system. There appear to be at least two high speed guns out of view of the camera, maybe more. At least 50cal. or maybe 20mm for the range they are shooting. The white can in the foreground appears to be for close-in fire, in the event the longer range guns do not do the job. All this is radar/computer controlled, no human action except to turn it on. What we are seeing are real shoot-downs, rockets launched probably from Lebanon aimed at Tel Aviv or other populated targets. This is cutting-edge American technology.
HT: Henry Bernatonis.
16 May 2018
Peaceful Palestinian Demonstrators.
Dan Greenfield offers helpful advice to non-violent protestors which could save their lives.
The following is intended to serve as a useful guide to various activists, protesters and other completely non-violent folk who happen to be packing knives, guns, rocks and grenades. You will encounter various law enforcement and military personnel– this is how not to get shot by them.
First of all it’s important to remember that if you attack an armed man in a uniform, he will very probably shoot you.
Even given the most restrictive Rules of Engagement in the world which forbid him from opening fire unless he is outnumbered 600 to 1, and only when he has been given specific authorization by the UN to use deadly force– there will still come a time when he will open fire on you. This will occur when he feels that he or his comrades are in danger. At this point there will be bullets headed your way, and no matter what you learned at your Madrassa or in Protest Studies at Evergreen State High University, you are not bulletproof. Really, you’re not.
The good news is that there is a very easy way not to get shot.
Step 1. Don’t attack soldiers.
Step 2. When in doubt, see Step 1.
That means not trying to disembowel them with your peaceful knife and not throwing rocks at their head. Because while you might think that legal activism includes attempted murder, the men in uniform think that attempted murder should result in sudden death. And when that happens you will realize that fanatical passion for your poorly thought out cause and a medieval weapon are no match for trained soldiers who have guns and know how to use them.
06 May 2018
Michael Daventry gives the inside scoop on the Intelligence coup of the century.
The spectacle of Benjamin Netanyahu barely able to contain his excitement as he paced back and forth around the stage, pointing out his props and slides, was remarkable enough.
But that was as nothing compared with what was truly remarkable â€” an intelligence coup that is already regarded as legendary.
The Israeli prime minister had just uncovered â€” literally, by pulling away dust sheets to reveal shelves of filing â€” the evidence that showed Iran had for years been engaged on a secret nuclear programme.
â€œIran lied, big time,â€ Mr Netanyahu told a hastily-assembled room of journalists on Monday. â€œA few weeks ago, in a great intelligence achievement, Israel obtained half a ton of materialâ€.
His presentation was closely coordinated with the United States, coming just days before President Trump decides whether to abandon the international deal that was said by its supporters to contain Iranâ€™s nuclear ambitions.
Mr Netanyahuâ€™s words were dramatic. But they barely came close to conveying the drama of the Mossadâ€™s unprecedented operation.
The cache â€” containing tens of thousands of pages, many of them handwritten â€” was snatched by Mossad agents in a single night, from a ramshackle warehouse in a suburb south of Tehran, the Iranian capital. Sources say the building had been under constant surveillance by Israeli intelligence from the moment it was first discovered in February 2016 until the decision to act was taken.
That moment came one night in January this year.
This was not a data transfer of the kind that has made the Mission Impossible movies so thrilling. The documents were not copied onto a portable hard drive, nor transferred electronically back to Israel.
Every file and CD â€” weighing a collective half a ton â€” was transported physically in a single night.
And not one of Mossadâ€™s â€œhuman assetsâ€ â€” Israeli agents and Iranian informants â€” was harmed in the operation, intelligence minister Yisrael Katz told Israeli radio on Tuesday.
It is no exaggeration to say that all of this happened under the Iranian governmentâ€™s nose; Iranâ€™s foreign ministry building was so close to the warehouse that the Mossad agents could have driven to it in the centre of Tehran in barely half an hour.
â€œThis was a highly complex operation, over a long period of time, in a deeply hostile environment,â€ said James Sorene, chief executive of the Bicom think-tank.
â€œTo remove so much physical material in such circumstances is nothing short of remarkable.
â€œWhen you consider it alongside Israelâ€™s apparent ability to identify Iranian arms shipments to Syria as they leave Tehran, you can only conclude that the Iranian regime is severely compromised by the brilliance of Israeli intelligence.â€
05 Mar 2017
You’re really ready for trouble when you have holstered an attack dog!
24 Dec 2016
One normally would avoid politics on Christmas Eve, but it is impossible to overlook Barack Obama’s hopefully last characteristically spiteful gesture of radical leftist partisanship. Americans overwhelmingly support the state of Israel and despise the Palestinian cause. Only members of the extreme left like Obama reflexively oppose European colonialism.
The United States on Friday allowed a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction to be adopted, defying extraordinary pressure from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government in alliance with President-elect Donald Trump.
The Security Council approved the resolution with 14 votes, with the US abstaining. There was applause in the chamber following the vote, which represented perhaps the final bitter chapter in the years of antagonism between President Barack Obama’s administration and Netanyahu’s government.
Richard Fernandez responded well on Facebook:
The most instructive thing about Obama’s Security Council abstention is he didn’t have the guts to do it earlier, when he stood to lose something by doing it. Only after he calculated there was nothing more to squeeze from that particular quarter did he run up the Jolly Roger. Had it cost him it would have meant something, even as a gesture.
But even more interesting was his willingness to damage the Democratic party who he’s leaving with political bill, not to mention the fact that the policy his abstention represents makes little sense.
Israel is likely to emerge as a linchpin in the region, after Obama’s power vacuum bomb reduces the nearby countries to waste. If Turkey and Iran fall apart, which is not inconceivable, then Obama will have antagonized the last man standing.
It was bad timing and pointless, like a punch thrown by a fighter lying on the canvas — at the referee. That would leave his legacy a consistently dysfunctional whole: conceived in delusion, executed in incompetence.
26 Aug 2016
Centuries-old hand grenade found in the sea just off the coast of Northern Israel.
A centuries-old hand grenade that may date back to the time of the crusaders is among a host of treasures retrieved from the sea in Israel.
The metal artifacts, some of which are more than 3,500 years old, were found over a period of years by the late Marcel Mazliah, a worker at the Hadera power plant in northern Israel.
Mazliahâ€™s family recently presented the treasures to the Israel Antiquities Authority. Experts, who were surprised by the haul, think that the objects probably fell overboard from a medieval metal merchantâ€™s ship.
The hand grenade was a common weapon in Israel during the Crusader era, which began in the 11th century and lasted until the 13th century, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. Grenades were also used 12th and 13th century Ayyubid period and the Mamluk era, which ran from the 13th to the 16th century, experts say.
Haaretz reports that early grenades were often used to disperse burning flammable liquid. However, some experts believe that so-called ancient grenades were actually used to contain perfume.
The oldest items found in the sea by Mazliah are a toggle pin and the head of a knife from the Middle Bronze, which date back more than 3,500 years. Ayala Lester, a curator at the Israel Antiquities Authority, explained that other items, such as two mortars, two pestles and candlestick fragments, date to the 11th-century Fatimid period. â€œThe items were apparently manufactured in Syria and were brought to Israel,â€ she said, in a statement. â€œThe finds are evidence of the metal trade that was conducted during this period.â€
12 Jul 2016
An archaeological discovery announced on Sunday in Israel may help solve an enduring biblical mystery: where did the ancient Philistines come from?
The Philistines left behind plenty of pottery. But part of the mystery surrounding the ancient people was that very little biological trace of them had been found â€” until 2013.
That’s when archaeologists excavating the site of the biblical city of Ashkelon found what they say is the first Philistine cemetery ever discovered. They say they have uncovered the remains of more than 200 people there.
The discovery was finally unveiled Sunday at the close of a 30-year excavation by the Leon Levy Expedition, a team of archaeologists from Harvard University, Boston College, Wheaton College in Illinois and Troy University in Alabama.
The team is now performing DNA, radiocarbon and other tests on bone samples uncovered at the cemetery, dating back to between the 11th and the 8th centuries B.C., to help resolve a debate about the Philistines’ geographical origins. The archaeologists have not announced any conclusions, saying they are taking advantage of recent advances in DNA testing to get the most accurate results.
Times of Israel:
The discovery of a sizable cemetery, with over 210 individuals, at a site conclusively linked to the Philistines, was a â€œcritical missing linkâ€ that allows scholars â€œto fill out the story of the Philistines,â€ said Master, a professor of archaeology at Wheaton College.
The cemetery, discovered just outside the ancient city walls and dated to between the 11th and 8th centuries BCE â€” a period associated with the rise of the Israelites â€” may contain thousands of individuals, providing an abundance of material to study, he said.
With that broad a population, â€œweâ€™re going to be able to reconstruct what the Philistines as a group were like,â€ Master said.
The announcement was timed to coincide with the opening of an Israel Museum exhibit showcasing finds spanning 6,000 years from Ashkelon at the Rockefeller. Among the items on display are 3,800-year-old city gates, gold and silver jewelry demonstrating its commercial prominence, and a Roman marble slab etched with Crusader and Fatimid inscriptions.
Throughout much of its 22 layers of settlement, Ashkelon was a â€œgreat seaport,â€ situated on the Mediterranean and on the main coastal trade route,â€ Harvard Universityâ€™s Larry Stager, co-director of the dig, said. It was significantly larger than cities inland during the Bronze and Iron Age, with 10-12,000 people, because it could sustain greater population through commerce.
Ashkelon was one of the five main Philistine cities for six centuries â€” , along with Gaza, Ashdod, Gath and Ekron â€” from the 1100s BCE down to Ashkelonâ€™s destruction by Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzarâ€™s army in 604 BCE.
â€œWeâ€™ve uncovered their houses, weâ€™ve uncovered their trading networks, weâ€™ve uncovered all aspects of their culture,â€ Master said. With the discovery of the cemetery, â€œweâ€™re finally going to see the people themselves.â€
â€œThere have been other random finds of people caught in Philistine destruction on occasion,â€ he explained, â€œbut nothing like this. No systematic example of what they thought about death and how they treated people in that process.â€
Isolated graves containing Philistine style pottery were thought to be possible examples of their practices, but the few cases were not enough to convince most scholars.
â€œWhat we needed for a Philistine cemetery was to find a large one that was directly connected to one of the cities we know as a Philistine city,â€ Master said. â€œAnd Ashkelon is exactly that.â€
Scholars believe the Philistines were among a number of tribes of non-Semitic peoples who migrated across the Mediterranean â€” possibly from modern Greece and Turkey â€” and settled the Canaanite coast in the early Iron Age.
20 Jan 2016
Raphael Richard Haar, on Facebook, argues that Israel requires the “west bank” territories in order to have defensible borders. His 3D map seems pretty persuasive to me.
A one dimensional picture is worth a thousand words. How many words is a three dimensional picture worth?
Notice the green flat coastal plain, 70 percent of Israels population resides in this region. 80 percent of Israels industrial base is also in this region.
Notice the beige mountain range of Judea Samaria. This is a natural protective barrier against ground invasion. Land can not be invaded and occupied by air power, only boots on the ground controls territory. The vast majority of Israel fresh water supply is captured within the aquifers located under and within this region historically known as Judea Samarian (The Biblical Heartland)
Conclusion; The Jewish Communities, towns villages and cities on top and in Judea Samaria are not an â€œobstacle to peaceâ€ they prevent war. If Israel where to come down from these mountains she would be a tasty little morsel that would invite invasion from the global Islamic supremacist movement that surrounds battle ship Israel, who is floating in a Sea of Arab tyranny. The Biblical heartland, where Israel maintains her existence.
01 Dec 2015
Hat tip to Karen L. Myers.