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Iran Kicks Off ‘Massive’ War Games, Unveils Homemade Russian Missile System

August 22, 2019

Source: Iran Kicks Off ‘Massive’ War Games, Unveils Homemade Russian Missile System

‘The drill is a real one because the battlefield, enemy and the fighters are real

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani / Getty Images

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ ground forces kicked off a “massive” set of war drills Thursday as the country unveiled its own homemade version of Russia’s advanced S-300 missile defense system in yet another showing of Tehran’s growing readiness for a possible war.

Iranian military leaders said the war games will mix with actual fighting as the IRGC forces seek to cleanse what they described as “anti-revolutionary terrorist groups” from along the country’s borders. The operations follow an attack on IRGC units in July that killed one and injured one other.

“The drill is a real one because the battlefield, enemy and the fighters are real,” Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the IRGC’s ground force, was quoted as telling the country’s state-controlled press. “Some terrorists might be hiding at the bordering areas and they will be targeted during the Qadir drills.”

The war games come as Iran unveiled its own version of the Russian-made S-300 missile defense system, a highly advanced radar system that Iran had been seeking to employ for years.

The radar can target ballistic missiles, such as those Israel or America might use in a war, and is said to be capable of targeting multiple points at once.

“Bavar 373 is the most important indigenized missile defense system whose design and manufacturing started a few years ago and can engage multiple targets in high altitudes,” Gen. Amir Hatami, Iran’s defense minister, said at a Thursday ceremony unveiling the new military hardware.

Iranian military leaders say the system is even more advanced than its Russian counterpart and can detect 60 targets simultaneously while engaging six of them at once.

“The system is much more powerful than the Russian S-300 and some of its features could be compared with S-400,” Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency reported, referring to the even more advanced Russian version of the missile system.

Iran began building its own version of the missile system after Russia balked on selling it the S-300 following pushback from America and other Western nations seeking to confine Tehran’s advancing military might.


Trump Reminds American Jews of a Basic Truth

August 22, 2019

By JoeSettler – 20 Av 5779 – August 21, 2019

Photo Credit: Yad Vashem

The Boemestrasse Synagogue in Frankfurt, Germany, burning on November 10, 1938.

We have a tradition in Judaism, that when Jews start and want to forget they are Jews, the non-Jews come around and remind us. Usually the method involves a lot of discrimination, violence and ultimately mass-murder.

Yesterday we witnessed something very different, something unusual.

President Trump, who has been nothing but pro-Israel and pro-Jewish, reminded American Jews that they are Jewish, and as Jews they have a responsibility and obligation to their family and community of fellow Jews. He said it out of concern (with a little politics thrown in).

At this point there should be no question in anyone’s mind that Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are virulent anti-Semites, and they are building a political and ideological base who are legitimizing their behavior.

There’s no question that all decent members of the Democratic party should be unequivocally vomiting them out – especially the Jewish members of Congress. This goes far beyond party and partisan politics.

But we’re not seeing that. We are not seeing them doing the right thing, and certainly the Jewish thing.

We are not seeing the Jewish Democrats unequivocally rejecting these anti-Semites. Instead we see them falling into the petty political traps traps that Tlaib and Omar are putting down.

Trump said a basic truth yesterday – and because, I believe, he honestly likes and respects the Jewish people, he tried speaking to that basic truth – Jews have an obligation to defend and protect their fellow Jews, which includes Israel, from these dangerous haters.

Trump said it from a position of concern. He wasn’t claiming Jews have dual-loyalty as one Jewish writer incredibly claimed. Trump understands basic Jewish history. Trump understands we’re one big Jewish family and people. Trumps sees this unchecked antisemitism, and I believe it concerns him.

Regardless of his motivation, Trump reminded the Jews that have forgotten, they have an obligation to protect their own – and he said it in a nice way.

When Tlaib, Omar and friends get into power – they’ll be reminding the Jews of that same basic truth – but they’ll be doing it the old-fashioned way.


August 22, 2019

Spacecom says it will be the most advanced satellite to provide communication services to sub-Saharan Africa.

BY EYTAN HALON  AUGUST 7, 2019 15:19 3 minute read.  

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Israeli-owned Amos-17 commercial communications satellite, li

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Israeli-owned Amos-17 commercial communications satellite, lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral. (photo credit: REUTERS)

David Grossman’s novel, A Horse Walks Into a Bar, the story of a stand-up comedian working through conflicts during one night’s performance, has been optioned by Village Roadshow Pictures for a feature film adaptation.

The novel, first published in 2014 in Hebrew, was translated into English and won the 2017 Man Booker Prize.SpaceX successfully launched Israeli communication satellite Amos-17 into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air ForceStation on Tuesday night, promising increased internet connectivity for sub-Saharan Africa once operational.

Manufactured by Boeing Satellite Systems International, Ramat Gan-based Spacecom’s Amos-17 satellite soared into the Florida sky at 19:23 p.m. local time (02:23 a.m. Israel time) on-board a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle, en route to its 17°E orbital position over central Africa.

The satellite separated from the launcher’s second stage 33 minutes after ignition as planned, and is in constant contact with its ground station.

Amos-17 will commence a sequence of in-orbit tests in the coming weeks, expected to take approximately three months, prior to beginning commercial operations.

“Amos-17 places us directly into the exciting growth of Africa’s Sub-Saharan vibrant markets,” said Spacecom CEO and president David Pollack following the launch.

“As a leading multi-regional satellite operator, Spacecom is introducing the most technologically advanced satellite with HTS beams to service Africa where Amos-17 will deliver a large selection of services to a variety of broadcast, broadband and telecom clients.”

The 6.5-ton, high-power HTS satellite, the company says, will provide extensive C-band HTS, Ka-band and Ku-band capabilities to meet Africa’s fast-growing communication demands. It will offer increased connectivity between Africa, the Middle East, India, China and as far west as Brazil.

“A proud morning, with the news of the successful launch of the Amos 17 satellite,” President Reuvin Rivlin wrote on Twitter. “Thank you and congratulations to our friends at @AMOSSpacecom and @SpaceX for their important work on behalf of the State of Israel.”