Israel Air Force carried out airstrikes near Damascus on Hezbollah arms convoy and Syrian military target

Airstrikes carried out overnight on Hezbollah arms convoy, Assad regime military compound hit; Reports claim strikes carried out from Lebanese airspace

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The Israel Air Force carried out airstrikes near Damascus on Wednesday, targeting a Hezbollah arms convoy as well as a Syrian army arsenal.

Numerous Arab media stations reported the strikes early Wednesday morning, the IDF, as with majority of covert operations in Syria, neither denying nor confirming the strikes.

The strikes were carried out on an attempted arms convoy en route to Hezbollah on the Damascus-Beirut highway in west Syria, as well as near the town of As’saboura.

Reports confirmed that a Syrian Army’s Fourth Battalion arsenal was hit, with numerous reports claiming the arms convoy was a Syrian army vehicle. Syrian media reported four explosions in the early hours of Wednesday at a Syrian Army military compound claiming Israeli Air Force jets carried out the strikes from Lebanese air space.

Syrian media reported that Israeli fighter jets fired two missiles, reporting no injuries or casualties.

The strikes come following two previous Israel Air Force strikes on Syria earlier this week. The first was in retaliation for mortar fire and gunfire at IDF soldiers on the border region with Syria Sunday morning. The Israel Air Force (IAF) strike killed four Islamic State affiliated terrorists, the first time the IDF has clashed with Islamic State affiliated terrorists in Syria on Israel’s border.

One day later, the IAF carried out a second round of airstrikes destroying an ISIS-linked terror cell in southern Syria. The IDF stated on the strikes “The IDF will continue to spare no effort to defend the Israeli public while maintaining the military’s freedom of operation in Israel’s sovereign territory, and it will not hesitate to counteract terrorist organizations threatening Israel.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu warned ISIS and all terrorist organizations against threatening Israel’s borders, stating following the attack “We are well prepared on our northern border and will not allow Islamic State elements or any other hostile elements to use the war in Syria to establish themselves close to our borders. We will not let Islamic State operatives, or other operatives under the auspices of the Syrian war, establish themselves along our borders.”

 

Israel to receive first delivery of F-35’s in two weeks time

Following approval to purchase a total of 50 fighter jets, Israel to receive first delivery of F-35’s on Dec. 12

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Israel is set to receive its first pair of F-35’s in two weeks time, the first delivery of 50 F-35’s Israel is to receive. The jets are set to arrive to Israel’s Nevatim Air Force Base in the south on December 12, 2016.

The F-35, or as named in Israel “Adir”, meaning “mighty/awesome/glorious”, were revealed to the public mid-year at the Lockheed Martin Aerospace Company in Texas. The Lockheed Martin produced jets cost around $110 million each.

Israel’s security cabinet announced this week that an additional 17 F-35 fighter jets were to be purchased, totaling at 50 in total, making Israel not only the only country in the region to have the F-35, but most importantly, making the Jewish state the most advanced in aerial defense and capabilities. The cabinet approved $1.5 billion for the purchase. The planes to be purchases as part of the United States and Israel’s Memorandum of Understanding.

Israel’s security cabinet approved the purchase of 14 jets in 2014, the number rising to 50 with reports that Israel intends to purchase a total of 75 jets.

The F-35 is capable of carrying over 16 tons of bombs and missiles and is most unique for having the most advanced stealth technology of any aircraft. The F-35 is also Israel’s solution to the S-300, as it is capable of evading the air defense system.

Israel has also heavily contributed to the F-35’s development. While Lockheed Martin have created and produced the fighter jets, Israel’s Elbit System and Israel Aerospace Industries have created parts for the fighter jets. The helmets for the jets were also jointly created by Elbit and Rockwell Collins.

IDF carries out second strike on ISIS target in Syria

Second strike within 24 hours; PM: We will not permit radical Islam or any other hostile entity to open a front of terror against us on the Golan.

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The Israel Air Force carried out a second round of airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria over night, the second strike within 24 hours.

The IDF reportedly destroyed an ISIS-linked terror cell in southern Syria, dropping 10 tons of explosives on the target.

The IDF confirmed the strikes, stating that the strikes are “preventing the terrorists from returning to the facility and becoming a substantial threat in the area. The IDF will continue to spare no effort to defend the Israeli public while maintaining the military’s freedom of operation in Israel’s sovereign territory, and it will not hesitate to counteract terrorist organizations threatening Israel.”

The airstrikes comes after the Israel Air Force carried out a strike on Islamic State terrorists who were firing mortars at IDF troops on the Syrian-Israeli border on Sunday. The strikes killed four ISIS affiliated terrorists on Sunday.

Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the situation, stating on Monday that “We [Israel] are paying close attention to developments and continuing with determination to implement the policy that I establish: We will not tolerate even isolated fire and we will respond forcefully and attack our enemies when necessary before they succeed in attacking us. We will not permit radical Islam or any other hostile entity to open a front of terror against us on the Golan.”

IDF strike kills four Islamic State terrorists on Syrian border with Israel

Israel Air Force strikes after shots fired at IDF soldiers; Four ISIS terrorist killed in strike; Netanyahu: We will not let Islamic State operatives, or other operatives under the auspices of the Syrian war, establish themselves along our borders.

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The Israel Air Force retaliated to mortar fire shot from Syria into the Golan Heights Sunday morning, striking and killing four Islamic State terrorists who fired at Israeli soldiers patrolling the border.

A unit of IDF soldiers were fired at by the ISIS terrorists during a ambush operation close to the border with Syria on Sunday morning, the IDF retaliating and neutralizing ISIS militants from the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade. The Brigade has been increasing its forces in Syria, particularly in the Golan Heights.

The incident is significant as it is the first time the IDF has clashed with Islamic State affiliated terrorists in Syria on Israel’s border.

Prime Minister Netanyahu warned ISIS and terrorist organizations against attacking Israel, stating following the incident “We are well prepared on our northern border and will not allow Islamic State elements or any other hostile elements to use the war in Syria to establish themselves close to our borders. We will not let Islamic State operatives, or other operatives under the auspices of the Syrian war, establish themselves along our borders.”

Netanyahu: Anyone who tries to burn down the state of Israel will face the fullest punishment

US Supertanker and 50 US firefighters en route to Israel; Haifa evacuees told to return; Firefighting forces deployed to Jerusalem hills; Netanyahu meets with officials and coordinates efforts

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Fires continue across Israel, with firefighting efforts spread across the country, most recently in the hills of Jerusalem.

While the over 60,000 evacuated residents of Haifa were told to return to their homes Friday, firefighter forces were dispatched to the hills of Jerusalem as more fires broke out this afternoon. Over 20 aircraft are currently fighting fires around the nation’s capital.

Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Israeli officials at the Hazor Airbase in in northern Israel Friday afternoon to discuss the current crisis and address humanitarian efforts moving forward. He stated entering the meeting “This is the conclusion from intelligence we have. Arson was definitely involved in some of the cases, but not all of them. Whether or not this was an organized phenomenon? That I can’t say. The police are working overtime and they have been instructed to prosecute arsonists. Like with any crime, punitive action is key. Arson terrorism will come with a cost… I won’t go into details so not to disrupt the investigation, but it is likelihood this is more than pyromania and there is also a nationalistic motive.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu has been clear that arsonists will be punished severely, stating to the press on Thursday “The instructions are to prosecute anyone committing these acts so that all can see that anyone who tries to burn down the state of Israel will face the fullest punishment. There is a price to crime and there is a price for terror and incitement and we will exact it.”

Several nations came to Israel’s assistance, Greece and Croatia the first to assist Israel, given the trilateral agreements in emergency aid with Israel. Greece sent a crew of 32 and three planes, with Croatia sending two aircraft with a crew of 14. Turkey was also a first responder, sending aircraft to help control blazes in northern Israel.

Russia sent two Beriev Be-200’s along with a crew of 20. Russia announced on Thursday evening that it would send an additional two aircraft to assist in efforts Friday. France sent to firefighting planes, with assistance assured from Ukraine, Azerbaijan and United Kingdom.

And the United States deployed its Boeing-747 Supertanker to Israel Thursday, the largest firefighter aircraft in the world. The aircraft has capability of carrying over 74 tons of water and fire retardants. Prime Minister Netanyahu explained that the Supertanker is able to operate overnight, stating “There is only one plane that has this ability, and that is the Supertanker. I instructed that it be brought here. It will take 24 hours to come from the US. We only use it in extreme situations. We don’t use it for everything but I prefer that we have too much rather than too little.”

The United States has also sent around 50 large-scale expert firefighters who are currently en route to Israel.

Both Egypt and Jordan offered assistance on Friday morning, Egypt sending firefighting helicopters and Jordan sending fire trucks to work with Israeli firefighting efforts. Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked both neighboring countries, confirming their assistance to the press Friday morning.

Thousands evacuated as fires continue to rage and spread across Israel

Fires ongoing since Tuesday, spreads to Haifa Thursday; Arab-Israeli arson main continued cause of fires; Greece, Croatia and Russia send firefighting planes

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Israel continues to be affected by massive fires that continue to spread, thousands of Israelis made to evacuate their homes Wednesday and Thursday.

There have been over 250 fires since earlier this week, with 90% of the fires arson attacks fueled by Arab-Israelis. The fires are raging due to dry weather and heat waves over the past few weeks.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan stated on Thursday morning that over 50% of the fires have been caused by repeated arson, stating “I know for a fact that they tried to set fire to the department’s station in Haifa deliberately to cause the Haifa fire department to be paralyzed.”

The fires broke out in the northern town of Zikron Yaakov earlier in the week, spreading Thursday morning into the city of Haifa, where 11 neighborhoods including thousands of residents have now been evacuating. A reported 36 were injured on Thursday as the IDF Home Front Command and reservists assists Magen David Adom in combatting the fires.

Prime Minister Netanyahu called on both Greece and Croatia to assist in fighting the wildfires through out Israel, both states sending firefighter aircraft on Thursday morning. They also sent a team of 50 to assist on the ground.

The Prime Minister also reached out to Russian President Vladimir Putin who approved sending two Be-200 planes to assist in aerial support.

Turkey sent a firefighting planes on Thursday morning, the planes seen over the city of Haifa earlier today.

Arab media has taken to celebrating the fires, the hashtag “Israel is burning” trending through social media.

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