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Iron Dome Deployed Near Tel Aviv Amidst Tensions

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24 Jan 2019 (All day)
Iron Dome Deployed Near Tel Aviv Amidst Tensions
Reports emerged on Thursday that the IDF has deployed a battery of the Iron Dome air defense system to the Gush Dan region which includes Tel Aviv following an incident overnight in which IDF forces near the border with Syria were fired upon from inside territory controlled by forces loyal to the Assad regime. In a related development, Russia issued a statement on Wednesday evening denouncing Israel’s practice of launching strikes on targets inside Syrian territory.

“The practice of arbitrary strikes on the territory of a sovereign state – in this case, we are talking about Syria – should be ruled out,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said. “We should never allow Syria, which has suffered years of armed conflict, to be turned into an arena where geopolitical scores are settled.”

Russian Ambassador to Israel Anatoly Viktorov added during an interview with i24 News on Wednesday that "Russia does not want an escalation [of tensions] between Iran and Israel…the Israeli Ministry of Defense now issues immediate messages for each strike [in Syria] from the highest officials, we think it is totally related to the elections campaign here in this country.”

Yad Vashem Launches New Project in Partnership with Facebook
The Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem announced a partnership this week with Facebook on Thursday to help preserve the memory of those killed in the Holocaust. The announcement included an invitation for people to join the “IRemember Wall” which will match them with the name of a Holocaust victim for a variety of interactive educational activities.

Rivlin in France Ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day
French President Emmanuel Macron hosted Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Paris on Wednesday, saying among other things that “We will never accept any violence or intimidation in our country. We will do everything we can to ensure that antisemitism is eliminated.” Meetings between the two leaders also focused on the battle against terrorism and the threat posed to Israel and the entire world from Iran. “So long as Iran and its proxies continue to establish their presence (in Syria) Israel will act to defend its security, including acting against the transfer of advanced armaments from Iran via Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon,” Rivlin said.

Israel Joins Innovation Network
In another defeat for the movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel, Dr. Ami Appelbaum, Chief Scientist for Israel’s Ministry of Economics and Industry signed a memorandum at the World Economic Forum conference in Davos Switzerland on Wednesday cementing Israel’s participation in the C4IR-Centers for the Fourth Industrial Revolution network. "The goal of joining the network is to create a shared global infrastructure and to unite international forces in dealing with these rapid technological changes," Appelbaum said. "Israel's participation in the network will enable Israeli regulators to align with the world's leading regulation in the most advanced technological fields."

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