Russia reportedly deploys S-400 missile system at Iranian arms factory in Syria

Russia’s S-400 deployed at Iranian arms factory in Syria; Deployment comes two weeks ahead of Russian “Zapad 2017“ drill in Belarus; Turkey and Russia progressing towards S-400 deal  (Photo: Wikimedia Commons), August 31, 2017.

desk.jpg                                                                                        Russia has deployed its S-400 anti-missile system to an Iranian missile factory in Syria.

Reports of the deployment surfaced Thursday, Russia reportedly stationing the S-400 system at the arms factory near Tartus this week. The weapons factory is used to produce long-range missiles for Hezbollah and is supported and funded by Iran.

The Russian S-400 missile defense system is capable of destroying aerial targets from all ranges and has tracking technology for cruise and ballistic missiles and projectiles.

The deployment comes just two weeks ahead of the Russian’s massive military drill “Zapad 2017” that will take place in Belarus. While the Russians claim the drill is a “defensive drill”, the drill will include over 100,000 Russian soldiers and extensive arms and equipment. As Amir stated in his breaking news update yesterday, the drill could be Russia testing the ground for a large-scale invasion.

The developments come amidst Israel’s last diplomatic efforts to stop Iran’s territorial growth and influence in the region, particularly in Syria. Prime Minister Netanyahu has shared intelligence reports of Iran’s growth in military presence in Syria, Yemen, through Hezbollah in Lebanon and in Iraq.

In the past two week, Prime Minister Netanyahu has met with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, President Putin and Jared Kushner on Iran. An Israeli security delegation led by the Director of the Mossad Yossi Cohen traveled to Washington last week to provide an intelligence report on Iran’s development in the region to US White House and security officials.

Israel has been clear that it will do all it needs to protect the Jewish State, emphasizing the past week that it is nearing the end to its diplomatic approach.

During a address to the press with UN head Antonio Guterres Monday, Prime Minsiter Netanyahu stated clearly “I think the most pressing problem we face regards Hezbollah and Syria…Iran is busy turning Syria into a base of military entrenchment and it wants to use Syria and Lebanon as war fronts in its declared goal to eradicate Israel. It is also building sites to produce precision-guided missiles toward that end in both Syria and in Lebanon. This is something Israel cannot accept. This is something the UN should not accept. It is our right not to allow this noose to tighten around Israel.”

Israel’s Defense Minister warned the international community that Israel will not observe while Iran extends its threats on Israel’s borders stating last week “Iran, through the Revolutionary Guards, is trying to create a new reality around us. The fact that Iran is trying to turn all of Syria into a forward outpost against Israel, with military bases, thousands of Shiite mercenaries brought from all over the Middle East, an airbase and a naval base and the attempts to set up precision weapons production facilities in Lebanon.” He warned, “Israel has no intention of tolerating these attempts. We will not be spectators on the sidelines.”

On diplomatic efforts including talks with Russia, talks with Trump’s delegation currently in the region and following meetings between White House and security officials with an Israeli security delegation including Mossad Director Yossi Cohen, Lieberman stated “We must exhaust all diplomatic channels, and that’s what we’re currently trying to do…I hope that we will be able to resolve this issue on the diplomatic level, with the help of the international community and vigorous activity in all directions, and that we don’t have to come up with different solutions.”

Additionally this week, Russia confirmed progress in its arms sale of the S-400 to Turkey. According to Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Director, Dmitry Shugae, “Moscow and Ankara will soon reach an agreement over the remaining points waiting for resolution.” Negotiations will reportedly be held through out September to expedite the sale.”

Israeli humanitarian aid organizations send teams & aid to Texas

Teams dispatched Tuesday along with supplies; Teams to focus on clean up, psychological and psychosocial support. Aug. 30, 2017 (Photo: US Dep. of Defense, Houston).

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Two of Israel’s main humanitarian aid groups, IsrAID and iAid, sent relief teams and much needed supplies to assist Texas during Tropical Storm Harvey Tuesday.

Israel consistently acts as first responders to global humanitarian crises.

One of the CEO’s of IsrAID, Yotam Polizer, highlighted the areas in which its relief team will assist Texas- providing much needed supplies, cleanup and treatment for PTSD, as well as providing childcare.

He stated on Tuesday “In crises with large-scale destruction, national and international aid efforts typically focus on practical, physical support, with limited resources allocated to the mental and emotional rehabilitation of affected populations. For the most vulnerable groups, notably children and the elderly, time is of critical importance; the longer these groups are forced to remain in shelters, the higher the chance of long-term mental health problems such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD], a disorder that can have a debilitating and long-term impact.”

IsrAID sent seven members of its organization to join staff already on the ground in Houston Tuesday, the team to work with local organizations to provide much needed support on the ground. The team includes professionals in trauma and natural disaster relief.

IsrAID also began a fundraising campaign for Texas in order to assist the organization as its provides “emergency relief, psychosocial support and debris removal assistance to communities in South Texas affect by Tropical Storm Harvey”.

Polizer described the importance of the “cleaning stage” to avoid major health issues, as well as the psychological support IsrAID will provide, stating that the “cleaning stage is crucial to avoid major health and hygiene issues from contaminated water and open sewage… From a psychological perspective, homeowners are often so overwhelmed by the devastation and the loss of their belongings that they cannot consider the thought of filtering through their possessions to try and save anything. Part of IsraAID’s work is to separate what can be preserved. The loss of people’s homes can easily put them into a downward spiral of despair and depression. Cleaning up the mess helps create a positive momentum towards rehabilitation and recovery.”

Hamas head: Relations with Iran have been restored

Sinwar boasts of funds and arms support from Islamic Republic, confirms relations have been restored

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Hamas’s new head, Yahya Sinwar, reported that relations between Iran and Hamas have been restored, the leader boasting of the Islamic Republic’s military and financial support.

Sinwar replaced Ismail Haniyeh in February as head of the terrorist organization.

Sinwar stated on Monday that Hamas is actively replenishing its missile caches and training its fighters to “achieve liberation”. He stated “Every day we build missiles and continue military training.”

He announced restored relations with Iran, confirming the Islamic Republic supports Hamas with funds and arms, stating “The relationship today is developing and returning to what it was in the old day… Relations with Iran are excellent and Iran is the largest supporter of the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades with money and arms.”

Sinwar was incarcerated in Israel for 22 years, sentenced to four life terms in the 1980’s for the murder of Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel. He was also involved in the planning of the abduction of IDF soldier Nachshon Wachsman in 1994. Palestinians disguised themselves as Orthodox Jews, abducting Wachsman and later killing him during a failed mission by the IDF.

Sinwar was one of the terrorists released of 1,047 in October 2011 as part of a prisoner swap for then captive IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. Shalit was kidnapped in June of 2006 and by the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades and held captive in the Gaza Strip until October 2011.

He was one of the founders of the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades in the 1980’s and has been one of the terrorist organization’s strongest figures. He founded the Brigades intelligence force “Majd” and is on the United States terrorism blacklist.

Netanyahu to UN chief: Iran wants to use Syria and Lebanon as war fronts in its declared goal to eradicate Israel.

Netanyahu met with UN Secretary General in Jerusalem Monday; Guterres met with IDF Intelligence head Tuesday; Guterres to meet with Abbas Tuesday; PM: It is our right not to allow this noose to tighten around Israel.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu met with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Jerusalem Monday, their meeting centered on Iran and Hezbollah’s efforts against Israel, as well as on the United Nations ongoing anti-Israel bias and efforts.

Guterres arrived in Israel on Monday for a three-day tour, meeting with Netanyahu before a scheduled meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

On bias towards the State of Israel, Netanyahu stated bluntly “There is no doubt that the U.N. is biased against Israel, but I hope that you have the opportunity to see the strong Israel that works to acquire knowledge that benefit its people and humanity as a whole. The U.N. has failed with regard to Israel.”

The prime minister then referred to UNESCO’s ongoing crusade to remove Israel’s Jewish history and in doing so world history, stating “UNESCO is making a mockery of world heritage when it denies the Jewish people’s connection to Jerusalem… The U.N. is in charge of peace, but it allows Palestinian hatred to flourish in its institutions. The time has come to restore moral clarity to the U.N. I know that this is a big undertaking, and that the secretary general has no power over the member states, but I believe your leadership can be meaningful, and you can make an important change.”

He spoke of Iran’s buildup in Syria alongside Hezbollah as the greatest threat to the State of Israel, one that the “UN should not accept” and Hezbollah’s actions as a violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 from the Second Lebanon War, particularly weapons smuggling from Syria into Lebanon and missile development.

He stated to Guterres, “I think the most pressing problem we face regards Hezbollah and Syria…Iran is busy turning Syria into a base of military entrenchment and it wants to use Syria and Lebanon as war fronts in its declared goal to eradicate Israel. It is also building sites to produce precision-guided missiles toward that end in both Syria and in Lebanon. This is something Israel cannot accept. This is something the UN should not accept. It is our right not to allow this noose to tighten around Israel.”

Netanyahu addressed Iran’s missile program and building of missile factories in Syria, warning Guterres, stating, “It is also building sites to produce precision-guided missiles towards that end, in both Syria and in Lebanon. This is something Israel cannot accept. This is something the U.N. should not accept.”

On Tuesday, Guterres met with head of IDF Intelligence, Major General Herzi HaLevi and Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon. HaLevi gave the UN head an intelligence brief on the region, centering on Iran’s growth in Syria and Hezbollah, HaLevi stated to Guterres “The consolidation of Iran and the Shiite axis in Syria, and the strengthening of Hezbollah in Lebanon are two processes that could lead to an undesirable escalation in the northern front.”

Israel finalizes agreement to purchase 17 additional F-35 fighter jets

Israel to own total of 50 F-35 fighter jets by the end of 2024; Lieberman: The F-35 squadrons are the pinnacle of technology, and will assist the IDF and air force in meeting the many security challenges Israel faces head-on.

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Israel finalized any agreement for the purchase of an additional 17 F-35 fighter jets, the Jewish state to own a total of 50 F-35’s by the end of 2024.

Israel’s Security Cabinet agreed to the purchase, Israel’s Ministry of Defense signing off on the deal with the United States.

The F-35, or as named in Israel “Adir”, meaning “mighty/awesome/glorious”, were revealed to the public mid-2016 at the Lockheed Martin Aerospace Company in Texas. The Lockheed Martin produced-jets cost around $110 million each. The latest 17 purchases were negotiated “below $100 million. This is a significant reduction compared to the planes Israel has brought thus far,” according to Israel’s Defense Ministry.

Israel is the first country aside from the United States to acquire the world’s most advanced fighter jets. Israel received five F-35’s total.

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.

Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman referred to the newest arms deal as a “strategic addition” to Israel’s Air Force that will help the IDF combat threats against the Jewish state. He stated “Completing the deal to acquire 17 F-35 planes represents a significant and strategic addition of strength to the air force… The F-35 squadrons are the pinnacle of technology, and will assist the IDF and air force in meeting the many security challenges Israel faces head-on. They are a central aspect in protecting the safety of the people of Israel along the country’s borders and even away from them.”

Q&A with Amir, August 26, 2017

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