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IDF Chief Kochavi to visit in the USA

For the first time since taking office in January 2019, Major General Aviv Kochavi is set for a week-long visit to the United States. He will meet with senior officials in the Biden administration and the US military and discuss the Iranian nuclear issue, Hezbollah's precise missile threat and lessons learned from Operation Guardian of the Walls. The Deputy Chief of Staff will take his place.

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U.S. Generals and Admirals Delegation to Israel

A visit by a delegation of retired generals and admirals (G&A) from the US Army to Israel

The IDF spokesman said that this week, led by the JINSA Research Institute, a delegation of former generals and admirals from the US Army will be hosted in Israel. Among the members of the delegation is the former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retired General Joseph P. Dunford.

As usual, members of the JINSA delegation will publish a report of recommendations on national security in the United States following visits to Israel.

The Delegation of Generals and Admirals will meet with many IDF officials, including Chief of General Staff Aviv Kochavi, to discuss a variety of issues, including the lessons of Operation Guardian of the Walls, the security situation, strategic plans, and current and future threats to the State of Israel - with an emphasis on Iran.

The delegation will also meet with the Israeli Prime Minister, the Minister of Defense, and other senior government officials.

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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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US troops to Afghanistan

Ronald Moultrie, the Pentagon’s deputy director of security and intelligence said that US troops may return to Afghanistan. 

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The Chinese Threat
U.S. Secretary of Defense Pentagon: Increase Focus on China

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has ordered the Pentagon to increase its focus on China, who Washington sees its number one strategic opponent. 

"Now, the office has to go and work," Austin said yesterday (Wednesday) after issuing an internal memorandum and sending it to Pentagon professionals. The memorandum, the details of which are classified, was formulated following an assessment by a special team held by the Biden administration in February to examine the Ministry of Defense's strategy in relation to China.

"The initiatives I am promoting today are part of the broad approach of the United States government in relation to China, and they will help update the development of the national defense strategy that we are formulating," Austin said. A senior Pentagon official said the task force had identified the gaps between the statements and actions regarding Beijing's containment. "The provision today is intended to ensure that the ministry meets this preference," the Pentagon official said.

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US Benefits Outweigh its โ€œForeign Aidโ€ to Israel

Iron Dome benefits the US

The remarkable performance the US-Israel jointly-produced Iron Dome mobile, all-weather, anti-missile defense system – during the May 2021 Gaza war against Hamas terrorists – was another milestone in the mutually-beneficial US-Israel alliance in the face of mutual terrorist threats and in the pursuit of cutting-edge technologies.

The Iron Dome was fully-developed by Israel, mostly funded by the US, and co-manufactured by Israel and (mostly) the US. Upon completion of the development by Israel’s RAFAEL, the game-changing Iron Dome technology was shared with the US’ Raytheon, which spared the US many years and mega-billions of dollars of research and development.

Moreover, the Iron Dome performance during the recent Gaza War has raised the interest of several countries (e.g., South Korea, Japan, Singapore, India, Poland, the Baltic states and Latin American countries) to acquire the system, which will increase US exports and expand the employment base of the US defense industry.

In addition, the US Army may expand its existing inventory of two Iron Dome batteries, leveraging Israel’s battle experience – which has systematically enhanced the performance of the Iron Dome – in order to advance the defense of its own soldiers.

Hamas – a mutual threat to Israel and the US

Israel’s recent war in Gaza was against Hamas Islamic terrorists, a proxy of Iran’s Ayatollahs, whose machete is at the throat of every pro-US Arab regime, and whose strategic goal is to dominate the Persian Gulf, the Middle East and beyond, by overwhelming the US.

Hamas is a branch of the global Muslim Brotherhood terrorist-political-social network, and a role model of repression and terrorism, which throws its political opponents off the roofs of Gaza towers.

Both Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood – as enunciated by Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, its key strategist Sayyid Qutb and its top contemporary authority Yusuf al-Qaradawi – view Israel as an “infidel,” illegitimate entity in the “abode of Islam” and a strategic beachhead of the US. They are committed to a “holy war” against the Jewish State, in order to advance the Quran-based mega-goal of dominating the world under a universal Islamic society, which requires the (peaceful or violent) submission of the “infidel” West to Islam. Hence, the multitude of Muslim Brotherhood organizations from Pakistan in the east to South and North America in the west.

Thus, Yusuf al-Qaradawi declared that “Islam will return to Europe as a victorious conqueror after having been expelled twice. This time, it will not be a conquest by the sword, but by preaching and spreading [Islamic] ideology…. The spread of Islam until it conquers the entire world paves the road to the return of the Islamic Caliphate….”

The Muslim Brotherhood considers migration of Muslims to the West as a tactic to overwhelm the “infidel,” just like the 7th century migration (Hijrah) of Muhammed, from Mecca to Medina, which paved the road to the establishment of the Islamic Empire from the Arabian Peninsula to Spain.

Prof. Albert Hourani, who was a leading Middle East historian at Oxford University (A History of the Arab Peoples, pp. 445-446) wrote that the tenets of the Muslim Brotherhood include “a total rejection of all forms of society except the wholly Islamic one… which accepted the sovereign authority of [Allah]…. The leadership of Western man in the human world is coming to an end….”

Moreover, Article 8 of the Hamas charter stipulates that “Jihad [holy war] is the path of Hamas, and death for the sake of Allah is the most exalted wish….” Article 13 states that “There is no solution to the Palestinian problem except Jihad….” Article 31 notes that “The three monotheistic religions – Islam, Christianity and Judaism – can live side by side under the aegis of Islam….”

US benefits from its annual investment in Israel

Israel’s 1967 swift victory over Egypt, Syria and Jordan devastated the pro-USSR and anti-US Egyptian military, which had attempted to overtake the pro-US Arab oil-producing countries, at a time when the US was heavily dependent upon Persian Gulf oil. The Israeli victory denied the USSR a strategic bonanza, and spared the US a national security and economic calamity.

Thus, since 1967, the US-Israel saga has increasingly become a mutually-beneficial, two-way street in the following manner:

Israel is the most productive, cost-effective, battle-tested laboratory for the US defense industries and armed forces, as demonstrated by the F-35, F-16 and F-15 combat aircraft – as well as by hundreds of additional US military systems employed by Israel – which were supplied to Israel and accumulated vast combat experience, operationally, maintenance-wise and repair-wise. This unique Israeli combat experience has promoted US military systems throughout the world, advancing US exports.


The Israeli experience/lessons have been constantly shared with the US manufacturers and the US Air Force. It has upgraded the quality of US combat aircraft, thus sparing the US defense industry many years and billions of dollars in research and development; enhancing US competitiveness in global competition; increasing US exports and expanding the US employment-base. The Israeli battle-tested laboratory has yielded a mega-billion-dollar bonanza to the US defense industries, and enhanced the performance of the US Air Force and other branches of the US military.

Israel’s battle experience has been shared with the US armed forces, such as Special Operation troops on their way to Iraq and Afghanistan, who spend 2-3 weeks in Israel, being trained by Israel’s top experts on neutralizing car-bombs, suicide bombers and the deadly Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

Furthermore, the Israeli battle experience (wars and counter-terrorism) has been shared with the US, impacting much of the US Army battle-tactic-formulation in Ft. Leavenworth, KS.

Israel is the most productive outside-source of military intelligence for the US, which has exceeded the intelligence supplied to the US by all NATO countries combined (e.g., the entire Iranian nuclear archive; battle tactics of potential and actual enemies; advantages and disadvantages of hostile military systems; counter-terrorism; and preempting Middle East flareups). Israel has assisted in foiling anti-US terrorism and attempts to topple pro-US Arab regimes.
According to General George Keegan, a former Chief of US Air Force Intelligence: “I could not have procured the intelligence [received from Israel] with five CIAs….”  In order to realistically assess the magnitude of Israel’s contribution to the US intelligence, one should note that the annual budget of the CIA is about $15bn!

Israel is a most innovative hub of US commercial high-tech, second only to the US, hosting research and development centers of some 250 US high-tech giants, such as Intel, Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco, Apple, HP, Kodak, Google, Facebook, IBM, AOL, Applied Materials, Johnson & Johnson, etc. These US giants leverage the brain power of Israel – the Startup Nation – in order to expand US production, exports and employment.
Israel is a uniquely reliable, effective and democratic outpost of the US in the extremely critical area between Europe, Asia and Africa, the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf, which extends the strategic reach of the US, with no need for additional US military personnel.
Also, Israel’s posture of deterrence, defense technologies, battle experience, intelligence network and training capabilities play a major role in securing the highly vulnerable pro-US Arab regimes (e.g., Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Morocco), which face existential threats by Iran’s Ayatollahs, the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS.

As stated by the late General Alexander Haig, a former Supreme Commander of NATO and US Secretary of State: Israel is the largest US aircraft carrier, which does not require a single boot on board, is located in a most strategic area for US military and economic interests, and cannot be sunk. If there were not an Israel in the eastern flank of the Mediterranean, the US would have to dispatch a few more aircraft carriers to the region, in addition to a few more ground divisions, at an annual (manufacturing, deployment, maintenance) cost of $15bn-$20bn.

In conclusion, Israel is a unique military and commercial force-multiplier for the US.

Accordingly, the US makes an annual investment in – rather than extending foreign aid to – Israel, which yields a few hundred percent annual rate-of-return to the American taxpayer.

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US Footage

Documentation of the activities of the United States Army, Special Forces in Iraq. 

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How Strong is Hezbollah?

Former U.S. Marines corps: "When you examine the abilities that Hezbollah terrorist organization has gained, you can see that today it holds more missiles than a number of NATO countries - combined".

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IDF
Israeli, US Air Forces Collaborate in Int'l Exercise

Together with our allies, we soar higher every day.

For the first time, the Israeli Air Force ‘Adir’ squadron was deployed for an international F-35 exercise in Italy this week with Aeronautica Militare, Royal Air Force, United States Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps.

During the two-week exercise, the Israeli Air Force will simulate various aerial scenarios in a new environment. Among the scenarios are defense missions, air-to-air combat, dealing with surface-to-air (SAM) missile battery threats, air support to ground forces and other scenarios over enemy territory. 

We continue to strengthen our cooperation with air forces from around the world while enhancing relations and mutual interests and operational readiness.

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The Iranian Threat
With Iranian drones, militias in Iraq have a new dangerous threat to the United States

The U.S. military is watching with concern the growing use of unmanned aerial vehicles against sensitive targets, including that of the CIA. It is estimated that the drone strikes are being carried out by small militias directly subordinate to Tehran, and the defense systems are having difficulty intercepting them. "The attacks will intensify as Iran's economic suffocation intensifies."

Pro-Iranian militias in Iraq have developed their capabilities and are using more advanced weapons, including armed UAVs, to hit sensitive U.S. targets, the New York Times reported, following an escalation of attacks in recent months, one of which was targeted this morning (Sunday) against Ein al-Assad base in the west of the country.

According to the Iraqi army, air defense systems intercepted two armed UAVs that attacked the base where US forces are stationed.

According to U.S. officials who spoke with the New York Times before the latest attack, at least three times in the past two months, the militias have attacked Iraqi bases where CIA personnel and special forces fighters are stationed. They used small suicide bombers, which according to American and Iraqi sources were designed by Iran to cause minimal losses and thus avoid an American response during the nuclear talks in Vienna.

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Israeli Hi Tech
Rafael and Raytheon in US missile interception competition with Dynetics

Rafael's competitor Dynetics demonstrated its Enduring Shield launcher, while Rafael and Raytheon demonstrated Iron Dome 

Rafael and Raytheon are competing with the Dynetics company to supply the U.S. Army with a system to defend against airborne threats and cruise missiles. Dynetics, owned by Leidos, demonstrated its Enduring Shield system for the interception of cruise missiles, while Rafael and Raytheon demonstrated the Iron Dome system and the "Tamir" interceptor, which the two companies are already providing to the Army.    

The U.S. Army announced that it is using Iron Dome temporarily until it reaches a final decision on the acquisition of a system for intercepting cruise missiles. In April and May, several teams, including ones from Rafael and Raytheon, demonstrated missile-launching capabilities in a competition that took place at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

The Defense News website reported that the Dynetics company, Rafael's competitor, was supposed to demonstrate interception capability using a U.S. Army-produced launcher and Sidewinder AIM-9X interceptor at the missile range, but in the end displayed the Enduring Shield launcher, and announced that the system has advantages including simple operation, 360-degree detection and the ability to fire at multiple threats simultaneously. The vice president of the company, Ronnie Chronister, added that Dynetics is also developing a hypersonic ground-launched missile. 

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The Iranian Threat
Gaza as a Military Testing Ground for Iran

Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah

Whoever thinks that the last campaign between Israel and Hamas and the Islamic Jihad was a geographically limited campaign on a limited battlefield is wrong. Upon examining the course of the 11-day war, we cannot help but understand that it was a rehearsal for what is expected on Israel’s northern front. This war in the Gaza Strip was nothing more than a military testing ground for Iran and Hizbullah. They were able to measure Israel’s firepower, its interception capability, and its limitations of power as expressed by the almost irrational care of avoiding harm to population centers. Israel’s concern for innocent lives was borne out of the fear of the world’s reaction and being accused of crimes against humanity, its dependence on the United States, and the drift that undermined Israel’s position in world public opinion, especially among the U.S. Democratic Party, the party of President Joe Biden.

Decision-makers in Israel, as well as politicians, army officers, and academics often repeat a statement attributed to the Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah. He allegedly said after leaving his bunker following the 2006 Second Lebanon War that had he known that his decision to provoke Israel would cause such destruction, he would not have started the war at all. Accordingly, analysists conclude time and again that the lack of Hizbullah’s military action against Israel and its hesitancy to do so in the foreseeable future stems from Israeli deterrence. Accordingly, analysts conclude time and again that the lack of Hizbullah’s military action against Israel and its hesitancy to do so in the foreseeable future stems from Israeli deterrence.

In practice, since 2006, Hizbullah has embarked on an unprecedented reorganization and re-arming effort with Iranian funding and training while accumulating a rocket arsenal of more than 140,000 missiles, some of which with extremely high accuracy. [By contrast, Hamas in Gaza had an estimated 15,000 rockets when it launched its war in May 2014.] Hizbullah analyzed Hamas’ battles against the IDF and will adopt a doctrine of warfare adapted to the new reality. Hizbullah also publicly announced its plan to capture the Galilee by mobilizing its elite units – the Radwan units – for the construction of a network of underground assault tunnels, command bunkers, and an extensive maze of fortifications of which only a fraction was exposed some two years ago on the Lebanese border and subsequently neutralized by the IDF. Hizbullah has developed its drone corps and naval units that are prepared to attack Israel’s gas rigs southwest of Lebanon’s coast. In addition, as Iran’s proxy force in the region, its combat units have gained valuable operational experience in urban warfare following battles in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, where it was sent to fight by its commanders in Tehran.

The war in Gaza must serve as a very loud wake-up call and cause Israel to rethink its policy toward its enemies in the Arab world. The rising situation requires a drastic change in Israel’s reactions: no more restraint, which is the source of all evil.

Continuing the same policy of restraint and the hesitation to use force may encourage Iran and Hizbullah to continue their plans to surprise Israel on other fronts. This is possible should they conclude that Israel will strive to avoid any frontal confrontation with Hizbullah and a ground incursion that could result in significant casualties by exposing Israel’s homefront to significant attacks.

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The Iranian Threat
US General Mackenzie fears: "For the first time we are operating without air superiority"

• The threat of drones from Iran from the direction of US commanders at CENTCOM raises fears following an attack on forces near Arbil 
• "We are working very hard to find technological measures that will allow us to be more effective against drones" Miscellaneous including in Operation "The Guardian of the Walls" 
• Expert: The attacking UAVs allow low-level damage and denial by the attacker

The US military commander in the Middle East has issued a new warning against the threat of armed UAVs operated by Iranian-backed militias in Iraq.

Major General Frank McKenzie said that drones are difficult to identify and destroy, and he admitted that the United States is having a hard time dealing with them. He said better ways should be found to deal with such attacks.

"We are working very hard to find technological measures that will allow us to be more effective against drones," Mackenzie said. He added that the U.S. military was trying to find ways to cut the connection between command and control between the drone and its operator, and to improve radar sensors to quickly detect the approaching threat, and find effective ways to film them.

“The military is working very hard. Still, I do not think we are where we want to be. ”

The remarks come in the wake of an incident in which an armed drone fired at U.S. soldiers near an airport in northern Iraq in April, causing a major fire and damage to the building. The United States blames Iranian-backed militia groups for such attacks.

Mackenzie said the militias were frustrated because they expected U.S. forces to leave Iraq after the deaths of Iranian Army Commander Qassem Suleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad airport last year.

"They believe they can carry out fairly low-level attacks that will not elicit a response, and yet create enough friction that will eventually cause us to leave," Mackenzie said. "I think that this creates a dangerous situation."

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US intercepts huge weapon shipment from Iran to Yemen
The US Navy took over a cargo ship in the Red Sea sailing to Yemen, allegedly was on its way to arm Houthi rebels in Yemen. Teheran denies responsibility for fears of violating arms embargo on Iran. This shipment is one of many caught arms dealing over the long standing Yemen war. This shipment was caught in Arab sea, while the US and other countries are increasing their efforts to end the war in Yemen. The horrifying amount of weapons indicates the war is not close to its end.
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The US Navy reported seizing a ship that was carrying weapons in the West Sea. Details of the ship and its destination are currently under investigation. Source: H Breaking News
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Middle East News
UAV attack in Iraq
A UAV attacked the al-Assad base in western Iraq, where US forces are stationed. According to the US-led international coalition, there were no casualties in the attack. The attack was supposedly made by pro-Iranian Shiite militias. Source: Walla
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Breaking news
Iraq: Rockets were fired at a base stationed by US forces
At least two rockets were fired at the Ein al-Assad base in western Iraq, security officials told local media today (Tuesday). No casualties were reported in the attack on the base where US forces are stationed. In recent days, rocket launches have intensified at bases across the country, and pro-Iranian Shiite militias are thought to be responsible for them. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
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TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) -At least three rockets hit the Iraqi military air base of Balad, north of Baghdad, where some U.S. contractors are billeted
Three other rockets fell near the base in the attack on Sunday, the sources said. No casualties or damage have been reported. No group has claimed responsibilty, but armed groups that some Iraqi officials say are backed by Iran have claimed similar incidents in the past. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Source: Reuters
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Danger: Iran's precision missile project
Israel and the Biden administration have set up joint teams to deal with the threat of precision missiles and UAVs held by Iran and its affiliates in the Middle East. The Biden administration believes that ballistic missiles are the biggest threat to Iran. Still, the assessment in Israel is that it does not intend to act against it by military means. Israel and the United States have agreed to establish joint teams that will work together to formulate ways to deal with the threat of precision missiles and UAVs manufactured in Iran and delivered to its branches in the Middle East: Hezbollah in Lebanon, Iranian militias in Syria, and Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Americans are very concerned about the precise missile capabilities and long-range drone capabilities that the Houthi rebels launch daily from Yemen towards Saudi Arabia's cities and Aramco's oil facilities. Senior security sources say that the intrusion of the Syrian SA5 missile into Israeli airspace and its arrival in the Dimona area last week sharpened Israel's danger of the Iranian missile threat, even though it was a Syrian anti-aircraft missile that accidentally penetrated Israeli territory. The IDF is now investigating the incident and why Israel's air defense systems were unable to intercept the Syrian missile. A Pentagon report states that Iran has 3,000 precision ballistic missiles for various ranges. These missiles threaten the United States and its allies. Source: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
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US, NATO, begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan
The US and NATO have begun withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, and are scheduled to complete the withdrawal by September 11. The troops have been in Afghanistan for nearly two decades. Source: Arutz 7
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