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Netanyahu Fires Salvo in Rhetorical War with Iran

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27 Aug 2019
Netanyahu Fires Salvo in Rhetorical War with Iran
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech on Tuesday in which he said, among other things, that he had heard the hysterical warnings from Hezbollah leader Sheik Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to Israel that it should be ready for a spectacular attack in response to Israel’s recent moves in the region. "I heard what Nasrallah said. I suggest to Nasrallah to calm down. He knows well that Israel knows how to defend itself and to pay back its enemies…to Lebanon and to Qasem Soleimani too, I say: Be careful what you say, and be even more careful about your actions."

The speech came following another public address Netanyahu gave on Monday evening in which he said, among other things, that “Iran is working on a broad front to carry out murderous terrorist attacks against the State of Israel. Israel will continue to defend its security however that may be necessary. I call on the international community to act immediately so that Iran halts these attacks.”

Also on Monday, Lebanon’s titular President Michael Aoun told UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis that “The attacks on Dahiyeh and the Qusaya region violate [UN Security Council] Resolution 1701, and its stipulations that bind Lebanon should also be binding for Israel. What happened resembles a declaration of war that entitles us to resort to our right to defend our sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. We are people who seek peace, not war, but we do not accept to be threatened by anyone in any manner.”

“Whoever allows Hezbollah to turn his country into a storehouse for rockets against Israel is responsible for the results,” responded Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz. “A state that allows attacks on Israel is liable to face very difficult consequences. We will defend ourselves, and – wherever necessary – stop the Iranian army from attacking us.”

Teams Fighting Several Forest Fires in Israel
Several forest fires broke out across Israel Monday afternoon, including in Beit Shemesh, Mt. Yaaran and Kfar Mash'had. Israel’s firefighting teams were at work battling the flames while campfires and barbecues were banned in some areas and public officials urged residents to be careful with cigarettes and other flammable materials.

Katz Demands Pushback Against Turkey in East Jerusalem
Foreign Minister Israel Katz announced this week that he is ordering a series of steps to be taken to “stop Turkey’s incitement and subversion in East Jerusalem.” The plans follow several years during which money from Turkey has been injected into various civic, cultural, economic and Islamic organizations in the eastern neighbourhoods of Israel’s capital city, leading many analysts and even Arab governments to warn that Ankara is attempting to buy influence in the city at the expense of Israel and the Jerusalem municipality.

Israel Blesses the World
4M Analytics, a private Israeli company founded by Itzik Malka and Nir Cohen, two veterans of the IDF Combat Engineering Corps, has pioneered methods for using Artificial Intelligence and robotics to clear minefields and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) at a small fraction of the financial cost and physical danger involved in traditional methods. Their methods have already been successfully tested in clearing some of the massive numbers of ERW’s in and around Israel’s borders, with the company also continuing to do research in other applications of its methods for fields such as agriculture and construction.

“Our case study has been the Golan Heights, where there are more than 100 sq. km. of minefields,” 4M Analytics chief product officer Raz Ezra told The Jerusalem Post. “If we continue at the current clearance pace of one sq. km. per year, it will take 100 years to clear the Golan Heights. The cost of the clearance exceeds $1 billion, amounting to 35 shekels per sq. m. We can assure them with our technology to reduce clearance time from 100 years to 10 years, reduce cost from $1 billion to $60 million, and to minimize the 100 sq. km. to under 20 sq. km. of hazardous territory.”

Today's media is a podcast from the INSS Think Tank in Tel Aviv giving some analysis of the upcoming elections in Israel


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