Sunday, January 31, 2016
Israel’s Defense Ministry unveiled the first of its Namer armored troop carriers that will be equipped with the Trophy anti-missile system.
The Namer vehicles themselves have been in service since 2008.
“At the end of a series of tests that are taking place in these days, we will begin serial installation of the system on additional vehicles. As such, we will implement MoD (Ministry of Defense) policy of equipping every Namer that leaves the production line with the only operational active defense system in the world,” said Brig. Gen. Baruch Matzliah, director of the ministry’s Tank Production Office.
“Namer with Trophy will provide the highest level of protection to war fighters of the Israel Defense Forces, and will grant them security and a significant edge on the field of battle,” Matzliah added.
The Trophy system, developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, was already installed on the less-expensive Merkava MK 4 battle tanks to protect infantry soldiers against Palestinian attacks during the 2014 Gaza war. The anti-missile system is designed with a 360-degree protection against multiple launchings, while maintaining “a pre-defined safety zone for friendly dismounted troops,” the Defense Ministry said.
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Iran’s nuclear program has only slowed – not stopped – since the signing of the nuclear accord, and in some aspects has even grown, an Iranian official said.
The head of Iran’s nuclear agency stated that the volume of nuclear material in Iran possession has increased significantly since the implementation of the nuclear deal the Islamic Republic signed with world powers in July, while the program’s development has merely slowed down, and not stopped completely.
Commenting during a meeting of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Agency of Iran (AEOI), said the nuclear negotiations had been led in a path so as to leave the major components of Iran’s nuclear program intact.
“Exploration, extraction, enrichment, research reactors, and research and development are the major components of the nuclear program; the nuclear accords did not completely stymie the program, and we have only slowed down in terms of progress,” Salehi told the meeting of experts, Iran’s Mehr News Agency reported.
“In other activities, we have even accelerated the pace, including in the volume of nuclear material which was 550 tons before, and now we have 770 tons of nuclear material; this is a fact known to the IAEA [the UN Atomic energy agency]. With heavy water, we secured the project along with R&D, extraction and exploration. These provide testimony to the fact that allegations of complete suspension of nuclear activities are baseless,” he added.
He emphasized that through the process of the nuclear deal Iran has “also secured the UN Security Council’s acknowledgement and recognition of Iran’s nuclear program.”
“We believe that Iran is fully entitled to enrichment rights according to articles of the IAEA and NPT [Non-Proliferation Treaty]; a major drive behind pressures on Iran was to prevent enrichment and heavy water production; they believed Iran should not have been active in these areas; however, we were active in both paths, since we were not sure that which one would lead us to nuclear fuel sooner,” Salehi concluded his speech.
The top Iranian official made his statements only days after world powers lifted sanctions on Iran, a major stage in the full implementation of the nuclear deal.
Israel fears that Iran’s nuclear development has not been stopped by the accord, and that it has, at the most, only been slowed down, as Salehi has confirmed.
By: United with Israel Staff
Five Palestinian stone-throwers were convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in prison last week for their involvement in the death of 4-year-old Israeli girl Adele Biton in February 2015, two years after she was seriously injured in a terrorist attack on her family’s car.
The Palestinians—who were minors at the time of the attack—were convicted as part of a plea bargain approved by the Samaria Military Court. Each of the defendants was ordered to pay the Biton family $7,500 in restitution. On March 14, 2013, they caused a gruesome car crash after stoning Israeli vehicles traveling on Route 5 in Samaria.
Biton’s mother, Adva, was driving her three daughters home when their car collided with a truck as a result of the stoning attack. Adele was critically wounded, while her mother and two sisters were moderately wounded. The toddler was hospitalized for many months before eventually being brought home. She suffered from multiple complications as a direct result of her injuries, and died from a lung infection in February 2015.
The sentence “offers us no comfort” and the five Palestinians “should have gotten a life sentence or a death sentence,” Adva Biton told Israel’s Channel 2.
By: Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org
Shefa Yamim, an Israeli exploration and mining company, announced that it has discovered rare minerals near Israel’s port city of Haifa. The corundum stones contain a variety of rare minerals, including Moissanite and tistarite.
A report prepared by geologist William Griffin of Australia’s Macquarie University examined the mineral samples of corundum stones sent to him by Shefa Yamim, which found the stones in several sites in the Kishon River. The corundum stones contain a variety of rare minerals, including Moissanite and tistarite.
“Until now, [tistarite] has been found on a single meteorite that came from outer space; this has been the first find in nature of this mineral, whose source is deep inside the Earth,” Shefa Yamim said,Haaretz reported.
Almost half of the components found inside the corundum stones are not yet identifiable. Shefam Yamim’s shares went up 6.5 percent on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange following the company’s announcement on the mineral.