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Northern Border Tense Following Violent Weekend

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2 Sep 2019 (All day)
Northern Border Tense Following Violent Weekend
IDF forces on the northern border remained on alert amidst a general calming of tensions on Monday morning following a weekend which saw the Lebenese Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah firing anti-tank missiles at IDF vehicles inside Israel and Israeli artillery and air strikes in retaliation. Additionally, IDF medical units carried out an elaborate ruse to make Hezbollah believe it had wounded Israeli soldiers in order to allow the terror group to save face and negate its need to further escalate the situation. Anticipating a limited and cosmetic strike in retaliation for last weeks Israeli air strikes which destroyed Iranian-built missiles and killed Hezbollah operatives in Syria, Israeli medical teams prepared a small number of soldiers with fake blood and bandages to be moved quickly to the site of the expected attack to subsequently be dramatically “evacuated” while the news cameras rolled. Shortly after arriving at a hospital in Israel the soldiers were quietly discharged after perfunctory medical tests. An announcement was then made that there were no Israeli casualties in the exchange, negating Israel’s need to escalate.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister and Defence Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received support from across the political spectrum for his handling of the situation, while a lone voice of condemnation came from Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid. Lapid was subsequently criticized for voicing his opposition to the PM during a crisis.

Here is a video about the situation posted by the IDF



Israel and Canada Enter Into Enhanced Free Trade Deal
The Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA), which builds on previous agreements, went into effect on Sunday with officials from both countries declaring that it will increase trade and economic cooperation, creating jobs and opportunities in both countries. "Canada is one of Israel's greatest friends,”  said Ohad Cohen, head of the Foreign Trade Administration at the Ministry of Economy. 

IAF Aircraft Join War Games in the UK
In the latest defeat for efforts to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel, the Israeli Air Force joined with their counterparts from the US, Germany, Italy and the UK for a series of high-level training drills at Waddington Air Force Base in the UK last week. Dubbed Cobra Warrior 2019, the exercise is scheduled to last 20 days and include practicing a wide range of scenerios.” This is the first time IAF fighter aircraft are deployed to and flying in Britain,” said Brig.-Gen. Amnon Ein-Dar, head of the IAF Air Division. “The deployment will help improve IAF readiness and capability.”

In related news, reports have surfaced in recent days that for the Justice Ministry and the IDF’s international law divisions have been assisting NATO in recent years to address questions related to its asymmetric warfare activities in several countries.  “The dialogue, which is part of Israel’s broader cooperation with NATO, has involved in-depth discussions regarding how the law can be used to promote a military and political campaign and what measures democratic states can take when these strategies are used against them or their officials by terrorist actors and enemy states promoting a political agenda,” the Justice Ministry said in a statement to the Jerusalem Post.

Iran Unveils Jet Powered Suicide Drone
The Iranian Air Force announced the operational deployment of the “Kian” jet powered, long range suicide attack drone on Sunday. "This drone can undertake any drone missions we entrust it with... it can fly more than 1,000 kilometres and find its target with precision," claimed Brig. Gen. Alireza Sabahifard. Defence analysts noted however that Iranian officials routinely exaggerate the effectiveness of indigenously produced weapons and equipment.

Elsewhere, Iranian officials continued a campaign to enlist support against the US-led sanctions regime which is crippling their economy by demanding that European, Russian and Chinese leaders find a way to circumvent the sanctions and threatening further violations of the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal if those ways aren’t found.

Israel Proudly Hosts European Flag Football Championships
Jerusalem’s Kraft Family Sports Campus hosted the ninth annual Flag Football European Championship tournament over the weekend, with the Spanish Women’s team and the Danish Men’s team winning their respective Gold Medals while Israel’s Men and Women both finished in fourth place overall. Israel’s Dani Eastman was named the Men’s MVP for the tournament while Great Britain’s Marta Mathews was named the Women’s MVP. Officials with American Football in Israel, which hosted the event, expressed deep satisfaction with the tournament.

“As one of the leading sports in Israel, we are very proud with the results of the Israeli team and the achievement of [our women] reaching the quarterfinals and [our men] reaching the semifinals,” said Yonah Mishaan, AFI vice president and Women’s FLag coach. “It is a great honor to host the flag football European championships in Israel in general and particularly in Jerusalem,” agreed President Arik Kaplan of Ayelet, which co-csponsored the tournament along with the Israel Sports Authority and the Jerusalem Municipality. “American football is growing in Europe. The same is true for Israel, and it a pleasure to see that more and more Israelis are exposed to the game and take part in the various leagues here in Israel.”

In other sports news, Kenyan-born Israeli runner Lonah Chemtai Salpeter set a new European record for the women’s 10K run in an event held in the Nethlands on Sunday, finishing t in 30 minutes and four seconds. Speaking to reporters, she expressed satisfaction and promised that more is coming as she prepares for the Olympics next year.

Here is a video about the vibrant sports scene in Israel

 

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