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3 Aug 2017 (All day)
Israel Prepares for Rocket Blitz
The Israeli Air Force inducted a new cohort of draftees to the Ariel Defense Division on Wednesday, the first such cohort since the David’s Sling missile-defense system became operational. Brig.-Gen. Zvika Haimovich, who commands the Division, told the Jerusalem Post that the threat is multi-faceted and could potentially come at Israel from all directions in the event of a general war, adding “we will see surprises [by the enemy] in the next escalation, so we must think outside the box regarding the threats, so that we are ready. We have a very small amount of time to react to targets. Ashkelon is very, very close to the Gaza Strip. If you don’t react within three to five seconds, a rocket launched from Gaza will fall on the city. We are doing our best to be ready for the next war. The weapons systems are continuously developing, and we are continuously learning the threat we will meet in the next war.”

“We’re very happy that the missile defense architecture of Israel is working, but, as you know, we can’t stand in place. We have to remain at least one step ahead of the threat,” said Moshe Patel, Director of the Israel Missile Defense Organization, part of the MoD’s MAFAT Defense Research and Development Authority, at a recent press briefing. “We’re today evaluating technology in the industry and in MAFAT to determine the way forward.”

Israeli-Built Satellites Launched Into Space
Two satellites built by Israeli companies, the first a surveillance and reconnaissance platform for the Italian Defense Ministry and the other a scientific satellite for the French and Israeli space agencies, were successfully launched into orbit Wednesday in a twin launch from the European Union Spaceport in French Guiana. Both platforms were constructed by Israel Aerospace Industries and carried high-resolution cameras and monitoring equipment built by Israel’s Elbit systems.

Iran Rebuked by US, Defended by Russia
Iran received a strong diplomatic rebuke this week from the US, UK, France and Germany over its recent test launch of a “Simorgh" rocket capable of putting a satellite into space but also theoretically capable of delivering a nuclear payload to a target somewhere on the surface of the earth. Russia defended Iran however, rejecting the assertion that the launch constituted a violation of UN Security Council resolutions or the JCPOA nuclear agreement.

In related news, the NGO Human Rights Watch accused Iran of denying healthcare to two opposition presidential candidates who have been under house arrest since 2011 following the 2009 poll which saw Mahmoud Ahmadinijad fraudulently re-elected, leading to massive street protests in which dozens of Iranian citizens were slaughtered by security agencies, most visibly the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

The former candidates -- Mehdi Karrubi and Mir Hossein Musavi and his wife, Zahra Rahnavard -- have been deprived “of their most basic rights for more than six years, all without a judicial order or even the pretense of due process," Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW's Middle East director, said in an August 2 statement. "Iran’s authorities should stop denying Musavi and Karrubi the care they need, grant immediate access to a specialist medical facility, and end their house arrest."

Israel Blesses the World
Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology recently unveiled new 3D printing technology utilizing semiconductor-metal hybrid nanoparticles (HNPs) known as photo initiators for 3D printing in water. The new technology has a variety of applications from medical treatments to more traditional uses such as increasing the efficiency or production in plastics-based manufacturing.

Today’s video shows a recent panel of experts from Israel and the US discussing the threat from so-called "lone wolf" terrorism

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