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Israel Tests Ballistic Missile Defense System Amidst Tensions

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22 Jan 2019 (All day)
Israel Tests Ballistic Missile Defense System Amidst Tensions
Reports from opposition groups in Syria early Tuesday estimated that as many as 12 Iranian Revolutionary Guards troops were killed by Israeli air strikes on targets in and around Damascus international airport earlier this week. A handful of troops serving in other Iranian-allied factions were also killed in the strikes, with many more wounded. In related news, the IDF and US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) carried out a successful test Tuesday morning of the Arrow-3 air defense system, which forms a crucial part of Israel’s plans to defend itself against attacks by long-range ballistic missiles.

In related news, the German government on Monday evening revoked the license of Mahan Air, an Iranian airline partially owned by the state which is widely suspected of being a front for the transport of weapons and equipment for various Iranian-backed terror groups around the world.

"It cannot be ruled out that this airline could also transport cargo to Germany that threatens our security,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said. “This is based on knowledge of past terrorist activities by Iran in Europe."

Israel Celebrates Opening of Ramon Airport
Israelis were heartened on Monday at the inauguration of the new Ramon Airport in the Timna Valley north of Eilat, named for Ilan Ramon and his son Assaf, who both served in the Israeli Air Force and died in accidents while serving their country. “The Zionist vision is being realized here, from the foundations up to the rafters: planting a root into the earth of the homeland – and at the same time taking off to the peak of success, on the wings of great imagination,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the inauguration ceremony.

“Here, in Timna, we are fulfilling three key national goals: first, the advancement of national aviation; second, the blooming of the Negev and Arava; and third, adding layers to the building of our relations with the countries of the world.”

Israel Blesses the World
A study was recently published by researchers at Tel Aviv University giving hope to millions of people around the world who suffer or are at risk from various forms of cancer and other health problems. The research shows a connection between levels of the protein ubiquilin - 4 can have a destabilizing effect on the human genome, which can cause various health issues including cancer but also genetic disorders and chronic diseases. Health professionals can use the new research to develop more effective treatments and prevention programs for patients.

EU Issues Rare Rebuke of Palestinian Authority
The heads of European Union diplomatic missions in Ramallah took a highly unusual step on Monday, calling on the Palestinian Authority to conduct free and fair elections in the near future and expressing concerns over various irregularities in the PA’s administration of the Palestinian population in the West Bank. The statement noted that election are “crucial” to the “establishment of a viable and sovereign Palestinian state.”

Today’s video tells the story of an Israeli rescue at sea


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