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US Gearing Up for Continued Confrontation with Iran

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18 May 2017 (All day)
US Gearing Up for Continued Confrontation with Iran
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced this week that the US and the United Arab Emirates have signed an agreement to upgrade defense and security ties in the face of increasing belligerence from Iran throughout the Middle East. However, the Trump Administration is also extending sanctions relief on Iran for its apparent compliance with the 2015 JCPOA nuclear agreement, while at the same time imposing new economic sanctions over the Islamic Republic’s repeated ballistic-missile tests in violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions.

Meanwhile, Iran is preparing for a presidential election on Friday, with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei imploring voters to turn out in high numbers to overcome the negative feelings from what has been a highly contentious campaign. "In the election debates, some remarks were made that were unworthy of the Iranian nation. But the participation of the people will erase all of that," Khamenei said, adding that this would also “send a message” to the US and Israel.

Here is a video report about the election season in Iran



Report Lists Threats to Health in Israel
Israel’s Health Ministry issued its annual report on the status of Israel’s populace this week, showing among other things that for the 18th year in a row, cancer was the leading cause of death among Israeli citizens, followed by cardiovascular disease, diabetes and vascular brain disease (stroke), with varying rates between men and women. Accidents were the cause of most deaths in children and young people of both genders with suicide also a significant cause of death in all age groups.

Danish FM on Friendly Visit to Jerusalem
Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen met with Israeli officials in Jerusalem on Wednesday, saying during his visit with President Reuven Rivlin that “We fight antisemitism in Denmark,” and pledging continued friendship between the two countries. Rivlin thanked his guest for that friendship and for the role Denmark plays in attempting to mediate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the battle against the Islamic State (IS) terror militia in the region.

Aerosmith Rocks in Tel Aviv
The legendary American Rock & Roll group Aerosmith gave a friendly and enthusiastic concert to a near capacity crowd at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on Wednesday evening, playing their hit songs and bantering with the crowd for over two hours to kick off what they have declared is a “farewell tour” for their fans around the world. Front man Steven Tyler joked that he was “making Aliyah” following five days in the country which he had thoroughly enjoyed.

IDF Set to Receive Network Capable “Smart Tanks”
Brig.- Gen. Baruch Matzliach, head of the Merkava Tank Directorate, spoke on Wednesday at the Second International Ground Warfare and Logistics Conference at Latrun, west of Jerusalem, declaring among other things that the IDF will soon have hundreds of new tanks and armored vehicles capable of ensuring dominance on the battlefield far into the future.  “We have to look at all these vehicles as a family which act like a team. The vehicles won’t be identical, but they will compliment each other,” he said. He added that the new vehicles will be semi-autonomous and incorporate “network technology” similar to what is increasingly available in civilian automobiles and household appliances.

Humans are “not capable of processing all the information when it comes to the disappearing enemy,” he said. “We understand that we need a real-task computer in the tank to fuse all the information together, to present it to the tank commander so he can be able to make only the most important decision... so he can really see and identify the target and analyze situation in order to make the decision to shoot or not.”

Israel Blesses the World
Israeli start-up StoreDot unveiled a battery recently at Berlin’s CUBE Tech Fair which will allow electric cars to be recharged in only five minutes. Company officials acknowledged however that this was only one component of a system which will also need to include external charging stations and other advances which will probably take several more years.

Today’s video shows a recent message from King of Kings Congregation in Jerusalem

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