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Israeli Missiles Chosen by US Army

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13 Jan 2020
Israeli Missiles Chosen by US Army
The US Army announced over the weekend that it is purchasing a large number of Israeli-made SPIKE precision stand-off missiles for its fleet of AH-64 Apache attack helicopters. This makes the US Army the latest of dozens of militaries around the world to deploy the SPIKE family of munitions for air, ground and naval platforms. In related news, the IDF announced over the weekend that it has carried out a series of tests meant to improve the performance of the Iron Dome air defense system. “The success of the experiments is an important milestone for Israel’s operational ability to defend itself against existing and future threats in the region,” the Defense Ministry said.

The announcements came as Forbes magazine published an article about notable innovations in the field of defense technology over the last decade, naming three Israeli-related systems in its top ten, including the Stuxnet computer virus which did vast damage to Iran’s renegade nuclear program. The other two systems mentioned in the article were the Iron Dome and the TROPHY active protection system for armored vehicles.

Israeli Athlete Wins Bronze Medal at Youth Olympics
Israeli downhill skier Noa Szollos became the first athlete from the Jewish State to win a medal and the Winter Youth Olympic Games over the weekend, claiming the bronze in Alpine skiing at the competition being held this year in Lausanne, Switzerland. Szollos said, "I hope I made everyone proud at home and... it's a big deal, it's the very first Olympic medal at the winter games, [for either] youth or normal Olympics for Israel, so I think it means a lot."

Netanyahu Suffers Legal Setback
Knesset legal adviser Eyal Yinon issued a ruling on Sunday that Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein cannot prevent the formation of a Knesset House Committee that will reject immunity for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The move was the latest in the legal saga surrounding the incumbent Prime Minister and makes it more likely that he will soon face prosecution in the three criminal cases pending against him. “[Yinon’s] lack of restraint increases concern about conflict of interest and harms the public’s trust in the Knesset and its legal procedures,” a Likud spokesperson said on Sunday.

Israeli Olympic Baseball Team Trains with Jerusalem Little League
Jerusalem’s Little League baseball teams received a visit from the national Olympic baseball team on Sunday evening at their practice field in the capital’s Talpiot neighborhood. Braving cold temperatures, the youngsters, along with their parents and coaches, spent 90 minutes going through various drills before having a meet-and-greet session. The Olympians made it clear that going to the upcoming Summer Games in Japan was a nice bonus, but their main mission was to invest in Israel’s budding baseball program so that someday the young players on the field that evening would be proudly carrying their flag to the Olympics every four years.

Today's video shows a panel discussion of Israel's security challenges in 2020

 

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