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IDF Chief to Visit Washington June 20

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi will make an official trip to the United States on June 20 for the first time.

Kochavi will discuss with his hosts in the Defense Department and U.S. Armed Forces a slew of shared security challenges, the IDF spokesperson said in a statement.

The discussions will revolve around the Iranian nuclear threat, Iranian efforts to increase their influence across the Middle East, Hezbollah’s strengthening efforts, and the consequences of precise missiles in the battlefield.

The visit was initially scheduled in April but was postponed due to the confrontation between Israel and Gaza.

Photo: Walla! News

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IDF Always on Guard

No worries, the Israel Defense Forces are here -- and they got every angle covered ๐Ÿ˜‰

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New Security Cabinet to Convene Amid Gaza Escalation

Israel’s new security cabinet will convene for the first time on Sunday, under the leadership of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

The meeting of the ministers’ forum will come on the backdrop of the renewal of the incendiary attacks from the Gaza Strip and violent public disorders along the security border.

The cabinet that was approved on Wednesday will include, other than Bennett, Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman, and Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar.

Also included are Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli, Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev, Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton, Construction and Housing Minister Ze’ev Elkin and Religious Services Minister Matan Kahana.

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3 Jaffa residents will be charged after throwing a Molotov cocktail injuring a 12-year-oldโ€จ

The Tel Aviv District Attorney's Office filed indictments in the city district court today against three Arab residents of Jaffa for attempted murder after they threw molotov cocktails at houses in the city during Operation Guardian of the Wall, when in one case a 12-year-old boy was fatally injured.

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Security
Smuggling attempt thwarted:ย 

A preliminary investigation conducted this morning on the Jordanian border thwarted the smuggling of many illegal weapons into Israel. 

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Cyber Security
Survey: Increase in cyberattacks led to improvement of security capabilities in Israel

According to the statistics of Sophos, most of the IT teams in Israel that dealt with the increase of attacks in 2020 strengthened their cybersecurity skills. The company's principal research scientist said that the future may be just as unprecedented as the past 

Next-generation cybersecurity company Sophos published findings from its global survey titled "The IT Security Team: 2021 and Beyond" that shows how significant security challenges from the past year created an opportunity for IT teams to improve their expertise in the world of cybersecurity. The majority of the IT teams that dealt with the growth of cyberattacks (68%) and heavy workloads (72%) during 2020 strengthened their cybersecurity skills and knowledge.     

The survey polled 5,400 IT decisionmakers in mid-sized organizations in 30 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. The statistics also show that the increase in cyberattacks during the pandemic impacted IT security skills across all industry sectors surveyed globally, including education (83%), retail (85%) and healthcare (80%). However, the global statistics from the research show that despite the challenges created by the pandemic, 52% of the IT teams surveyed said team morale increased during 2020.

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Religious Zionism: Police can show authority when they want

Religious Zionism MKs discussed the decision to hold the flag parade in Jerusalem despite threats.

"When the police want to demonstrate their authority, they can. It has been proven that all the horror stories - Hamas, intifada, escalation - were nothing to worry about. It is a shame the parade was not held last week. Police could have kept order then as well."

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Are UAVs the Key to Victory on the Future Battlefield?

The IDF is increasing the use of unmanned aircraft. During Operation Guardian of the Walls, the IDF managed to destroy rocket launchers using drones. The establishment of a dedicated unit with advanced drones heralds a new era on the battlefield, but it is not enough to stop Hezbollah. Israel must prepare for the war of the future, and UAV's may be a key to success. Moshe Reuveny, from Young Diplomats, analyzes the situation and gives us both context and insight.

 

The difficult and bloody battle in Binat Jabal from the Second Lebanon War is deeply ingrained in the Israeli public. This is due to the heroism and courage of Golani combat soldiers who were outnumbered, in a tactically inferior position- surrounded by Hezbollah fighters. The price was heavy: eight Golani soldiers were killed as well as 23 wounded. Along with the commendable heroism of the soldiers, the incident could have ended completely differently without the intervention of then-Golani Battalion Commander Tamir Yedi, who was in the command bunker in Malkia. Thanks to a drone that filmed the incident, and despite the difficulty to identify the source of the shooting, Yedi noticed that most of the Hezbollah members were stationed near the mosque that was close to colliding. Yedi immediately summoned Air Force fighter jets, which assisted in the elimination of several terrorists.

As mentioned, this is one of many examples of the increasing use of unmanned aircraft in the IDF. According to Dr. Uzi Rubin, an expert in missile threats and missile defense, the use of unmanned aircraft began as early as the middle of the 20th century. According to him, the modern UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) is an Israeli production. Its source is toy planes, on which ordinary commercial cameras have been installed, to gather intelligence about the Egyptian army's deployment in the west bank of the Suez Canal during the War of Attrition. Rubin added that the fame that the Israeli UAVs gained came in the wake of Operation Mole Cricket 19 during the first Lebanon war, which led to the almost complete destruction of the Syrian air defense system. As a result, there has been a growing demand in various armies around the world for this industry.

In Operation Guardian of the Walls, the IDF and Israel's defense establishments succeeded in severely damaging Hamas' strategic asset: the "metro," which included tens of kilometers of tunnels, thanks to quality intelligence. Contrary to Hamas' attempt this week to present business as usual on the metro, the IDF has managed to torpedo the strategic weapon that the organization has been working on for many years (at the expense of Gaza residents of course) which included combatant lodgings, command and control systems, military equipment, weapons, and even rocket launch sites that include mortar shells and anti-tank weapons, intelligence gathering capabilities, the possibility of sniping, and the preparation of explosives.

In addition to destroying the metro, the IDF eliminated 200 reported terrorists, including senior Hamas and Islamic Jihad figures. In addition, the IDF severely damaged Hamas' production capabilities and damaged both regime structures and terrorist infrastructure. Moreover, according to an IDF spokesman before the operation, Hamas had autonomous submarines that could carry explosives weighing tens of kilograms and were intended to hit Israel's gas rigs and damage Israeli Navy ships. During the operation, the IDF managed to hit the naval force, which also included a unit of divers and speedboats. Needless to say, quite a few of these capabilities were under Iranian aid and guidance.

During Operation Guardian of the Walls, the IDF managed to destroy rocket launchers using drones, which prevented Hamas from launching rockets into Israeli territory. Unlike the Second Lebanon War, this was not done through a senior commander and from a remote bunker, but near the border by a specially trained company of soldiers, whose whole purpose is to expose the enemy before firing, and attack just before he disappears using UAVs that do not endanger human life (fighter pilots or fighters in the field). Furthermore, the tiny aircraft are dozens of times cheaper to operate. However, their increasing use has not yet helped neutralize the power of Hamas and the Jihad to stop the massive firing on Israel.

And perhaps here lies the difference between a clear decision and a vague victory and temporary deterrence over the terrorist organizations. The purpose of Operation Wall Guard was to deprive Hamas of its capabilities as much as possible and bring about deterrence. Israel entered the current round against Hamas reluctantly and therefore did not intend to overthrow the organization. According to IDF Chief of Staff Kochavi, during the operation, Israel severely damaged Hamas and Islamic Jihad and denied these organizations many capabilities, including in the field of missile production capability.

Such a strategic decision has a price and means that Hamas' launch capability cannot be eliminated from the air alone since its rocket array (similar to that of Hezbollah) is in underground tunnels. That is, Hamas copied Hezbollah's model that the IDF faced in 2006. To harm the functional continuity of the organization and eradicate the Strip from the terrorist nests and thousands of rockets still in the organization's possession, a massive ground entry is required.

In 2007 as part of the lessons learned from the Second Lebanon War, The National Emergency Authority (Reshut Heyrum Le'umit or "Rachel" for short),  was established under the Ministry of Defense, with the role of uniting all the organizations involved in dealing with the home front in an emergency. In addition, in 2012, "Rachel" was merged with the Ministry of Home Front Defense.

The next government, in coordination with the Ministry of Defense together with "Rachel", must prepare the ground for the public, for what may happen in the next confrontation in the north. The current round against Hamas will be seen as a child's play in comparison with Hezbollah, which has an arsenal of 150,000 missiles. 

Meanwhile, the establishment of a dedicated unit with advanced drones heralds a new era on the battlefield that should, among other things, prevent casualties among our forces. However, it is not enough to stop Hezbollah during an armed confrontation with it. The only way it will be possible to stop the barrage of missiles that will fly non-stop towards Israel is through a wide military maneuver.

Images Source: Moshe Reuveny, Young Diplomats

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Security
Security Assessments:ย 

The defense establishment is on high alert ahead of the flag parade today in Jerusalem. A security source noted that: 

“In the coming hours, security assessments will be carried out between the Israeli police, the IDF, and the GSS to protect Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Depending on the level of received threats, decisions will be made to increase security reinforcements near Jerusalem, Judea & Samaria, and the Gaza Strip.”

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IDF
IDF Holds Operational Forum for Learning from Operation The Guardian of the Walls

The IDF Spokesman stated that an operational learning forum, for the initial summary of Operation Guardian of the Walls, was held today under the chairmanship of the Chief of the General Staff, Major General Aviv Kochavi.

This forum is part of the analysis and learning process that will take place in the coming months in the IDF. These analyses will deal with the IDF's preparations and readiness for war, the learning process during the operation, lessons for immediate application, and more.

During July, analyses and investigations will be presented at the various levels of command. In the end, a General Staff Learning Forum is expected, which will last two days with the participation of all members of the General Staff Forum and other senior commanders. 

In August, there will be another operational forum that will deal with the presentation of the lessons learned, and the process of assimilating them into the IDF.

During today's forum, the commanders were updated on the general operational and intelligence situation, the immediate lessons learned in a variety of fields, and the presentation of IDF readiness for the possibility of further escalation in the Gaza Strip in the near future.

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Longest Serving Member of the IDF Receives Decoration!

At the end of an IDF forum today and in a celebratory ceremony, the IDF Chief of General Staff presented a decoration for battle in the South Lebanon Security Belt to the NCO responsible for disciple in the IDF Officers Training School since 1968, and longest-serving member of the IDF, Yitzhak Taito.

Taito, who has participated in almost every war Israel has fought, celebrated his 80th birthday yesterday.

He was greeted in the hall with salutes and applause by the dozens of commanders in the audience.

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IDF to Increase Iron Dome Deployment

In anticipation of rocket fire from Hamas as a result of the flags parade, the IDF will increase deployment of Iron Dome batteries. 

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Nuclear-Armed Countries are Updating Their Arsenals

Researchers said that the decline in the number of nuclear weapons seen since the early 1990s has slowed, with some indications of an increase.

"It seems that the reduction in nuclear arsenals to which we have become accustomed since the end of the Cold War seems to be waning," said Hans Christensen from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

The total number of nuclear weapons among the nine nuclear-armed countries, the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea, was 13,080 in early 2021, a slight decrease from 13,400 in the previous year, according to a SIPRI report.

"We see very important nuclear modernization programs all over the world and in all the nuclear states," Christensen added. He also said that nuclear states appear to be raising the "importance they attach to nuclear weapons in their military strategies."

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Biden Welcomes New Israeli Government, Reaffirms Security Support

U.S. President Joe Biden said the United States remained committed to Israel's security and would work with its new government after Israel's parliament ended Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year run as prime minister today.

Biden welcomed the new government coalition led by Naftali Bennett and sought to reaffirm U.S.-Israel ties.

The White House said Biden spoke with Bennett on Sunday "to offer his warm congratulations."

Biden "expressed his firm intent to deepen cooperation between the United States and Israel on the many challenges and opportunities facing the region. The leaders agreed that they and their teams would consult closely on all matters related to regional security, including Iran," the White House said.

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Israeli Security Forces Neutralize Terrorist

An Israeli security guard shot and killed a 28-year-old Palestinian who carried a knife at the Qalandiya checkpoint in Samaria.

According to reports, the female terrorist ran toward Border Police officers and security guards at the scene with the knife in her hand.

A security guard spotted her and ordered her to stop several times before he opened fire. The suspect reportedly ran toward the force while shouting chants.

A medical team that was urged to the scene pronounced her death.

Video: H. Breaking News

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Welcome! Israel Navy's new warship, the INS Oz, arrives in Israel

The Sa'ar-6 class missile corvette arrived yesterday (Wednesday) in Israel. The process of installation of weapons systems on the ship will be completed in the coming months at the Navy's shipyard in Haifa  


The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said that the Sa'ar-6 class missile corvette INS Oz arrived yesterday (Wednesday) in Israel. After a journey of two weeks from Germany, the ship anchored at the Navy base in Haifa. The INS Oz is the second of four Sa'ar-6 class ships that will join the Israeli Navy. Its arrival is a significant milestone in the strengthening of Israel's power, including in the economic field. The ships will be a main part of the network for defense of Israel's territorial waters and its offshore energy resources. 

The process of installation of weapons systems on the ship will be completed in the coming months at the Navy's shipyard in Haifa, thus enabling it to enter operational service. Defense Minister Benny Gantz and the commander of the Navy, Maj. Gen. Eli Sharvit, participated in the ceremony marking the arrival of the ship. The crew of the INS Oz that returned to Israel with the ship also took part in the ceremony.   

Defense Minister Benny Gantz said, "All of you here fought hand in hand with all of the IDF's military branches, as part of our multi-dimensional approach to combat. This is yet one example of the innovation and operative abilities that the Navy has developed, an illustration of the power that we are prepared to employ across the different fronts, including on the Lebanese front, as well as further away, in contending with attempts to equip our enemies with arms that would undermine regional stability."

"Our ability to develop these capacities is a derivative of our long-term vision, and our ability to preserve these capacities and have the upper hand over our enemies demands of us, political leadership, to advance a multi-year plan that will ensure stability and long-term development of the different arms of the IDF."

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Israeli Security Strengthening Near the Border

The IDF is equipping Civilian-Military Security Coordinators of Israeli communities near the Lebanese border with advanced means of observation, in case of a security incident at the border.

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More Illegal Weapons in Northern Israel

The Israel Police arrested a couple from the town of Jisr e-Zarqa, northwest Israel, on suspicion of possetion of illegal weapons.

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IDF
Soldier Celebrates Swearing In!

IDF soldier Richard Babev celebrates a beautiful moment with his nephew Yigal, just after he was sworn into the Givati Brigade during a special ceremony.

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Palestinian Terror
GSS and police decipher a lynching incident of Jews in Kafr Qara and a shooting attack on an Israeli citizen in the village of Zelfa in Wadi Ara

It was cleared to publish that in a joint operation of the GSS and the Israel Police, suspects in a shooting attack on an Israeli citizen were recently arrested at the entrance to the village of Zelfa in Wadi Ara

In a joint operation by the General Security Service and the Central Unit of the Coastal District Police, suspects in a terrorist attack on a nationalist background were recently arrested - Kamil Zeitawi, Harun Jabarin, Mahmoud Kablan. The three Israeli-Arab citizens are residents of Zelfa in Ma'ale Iron.

The three were arrested on suspicion of carrying out a shooting attack from a passing vehicle at an Israeli citizen at the entrance junction to the village of Zelfa on May 13. The civilian managed to hide from the line of fire and was not injured.

The investigation of the three revealed that the three planned and carried out the shooting attack while traveling in a vehicle without a license plate and also took part in other violent riots in several hotspots, during the month of May.

A serious indictment was filed against the three in the Haifa District Court today. In addition, as part of the indictment, a request was submitted for the forfeiture of the vehicle in which the shooting attack was carried out.


Arrest of suspects lynching a Jewish citizen in Kafr Qara

In recent weeks, two civilians suspected of carrying out a nationalist lynching in Kafr Qara have been arrested in a joint operation by the General Security Service and the Crime Investigation Unit in the Menashe area.

Bashir Abu Rashad, 21, an Israeli citizen living in Kafr Qara and Muhammad Hamarsha, 31, an Israeli citizen living in Kafr Qara have been apprehended.

The two were arrested as suspects in the violent incidents on a nationalist background in Kafr Qara starting May 10.

Their investigation revealed that they were involved in mass riots as part of a large number of popular terrorist incidents across the country in May, including stone-throwing at security forces, vandalizing public property, burning tires and firing fireworks.

The investigation also accumulated a wealth of information linking Muhammad Hamarsha also to an incident of attacking a Jewish citizen on May 11, 2021, who was involved in particularly violent riots in Kafr Qara near Road 65 while driving his vehicle. As a result of the serious assault, the victim suffered injuries and a great deal of damage was done to his vehicle.

Additional information indicated Abu Rashad's involvement in a very serious Linz incident in a Jewish family who accidentally stumbled upon Kfar Qara on May 12, 2001, during which the family vehicle was hit by a barrage of stones and an attempt was made to open the vehicle doors and injure its occupants.

The investigation of the suspects in the General Security Service has ended and indictments have been filed today.

The General Security Service and the Israel Police take the involvement of Israeli citizens in terrorism very seriously, and will continue to take all measures at its disposal to thwart any threat and bring to justice those involved in the terrorist attacks and violent incidents in Israeli cities during May.

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