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Israel, bracing for Iranian assault, studies recent attack on Saudi oil facility

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Defense officials assess that a similar cruise missile strike could be launched from Iraqi territory; IDF chief warns of forceful response
          

North Koreans Think Trump Admin Talks Are ‘Sickening.’ So Should You.

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North Koreans Think Trump Admin Talks Are ‘Sickening.’ So Should You.Alex Wong/GettyIf President Donald Trump is thinking a deal with his friend Kim Jong Un might distract from his troubles at home, he'd better think again. The abrupt end of “working-level” negotiations between U.S. and North Korean officials in Stockholm over the weekend proves yet again that talking isn’t working. “Kim thought he could sucker us because of the president's statements and because our alliances are in trouble and because he believed Trump wanted a foreign policy success,” said David Maxwell, retired special forces colonel and senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “We have to keep pushing Kim to really conduct negotiations, but the minute we give in to giving him concessions, he has won and we have lost.”While Trump Shrugs, North Korea’s Building Better MissilesIf the firing of the hawkish John Bolton as Trump’s national security adviser “helped Kim think he could get what he wants,” said Maxwell, the North Koreans at Stockholm yet again confirmed that Kim is not about to give up his precious nukes. The nuclear program was initiated by his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, perpetuated by his father, Kim Jong Il, and is now the centerpiece of Kim’s defense policy.North Korea’s foreign ministry left no doubt about the failure of the talks. “We have no intention to hold such sickening negotiations as what happened this time,” said the statement, throwing cold water over the session in Stockholm, which had lasted eight hours and thirty minutes. The U.S. negotiator, Stephen Biegun, had tried in vain to present ideas that the Americans should have known would be unacceptable. A North Korean official identified only as a spokesperson, possibly First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, who is a key figure in talks with the U.S., sarcastically mimicked Washington’s demand for “complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization.” The U.S., said the spokesperson, must take “a substantial step to make complete and irreversible withdrawal of the hostile policy toward the DPRK," i.e., the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.The statement wound up with a threat intended to catch the attention of Trump as he contemplates maybe a third summit with Kim–his fourth if you count their impromptu meeting on the North-South line at Panmunjom at the end of June.Better watch out, was the message. If the U.S. “again fingers [points] at the old scenario,” said the spokesperson, “the dealings between the DPRK and the U.S. may immediately come to an end.” Indeed, the statement concluded, “the fate of the future DPRK-U.S. dialogue depends on the U.S. attitude, and the end of this year is its deadline.”The Americans for their part seemed to think another round of talks would be just the thing to head off that looming deadline lest Kim inspire a crisis similar to that of two years ago when tests of nuclear warheads and long-range missiles were the norm. State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said the U.S. was accepting Sweden’s invitation to meet again in two weeks, but North Korea was having none of it.“The U.S. is spreading a completely ungrounded story that both sides are open to meet after two weeks,” said the North Korean spokesperson, but “it is not likely at all that it can produce a proposal commensurate to the expectations of the DPRK and to the concerns of the world in just fortnight [sic].”The statement decried the U.S. failure to come up with what the North Koreans call “a new calculation method,” dismissing out of hand the litany of proposals that Biegun had put on the table.The exact nature of that “calculation method” was not clear, but presumably it calls for prolonging the moratorium on testing nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles in exchange for relief from sanctions. The North might even suspend its aging nuclear complex at Yongbyon while fabricating warheads elsewhere in a step-by-step process immune from serious inspections and would surely press for an “end-of-war” declaration under which the U.S. would have to withdraw most of its 28,500 troops from South Korea.“The fundamental problem with Trump’s North Korea efforts—they can’t be called an actual policy—is that North Korea has not even considered giving up its nuclear weapons,” said David Straub, retired senior U.S. diplomat in Seoul and Washington. “As long as that’s the case, no amount of Trump sucking up to Kim will make a real difference, and Trump backed off maximum pressure long ago.”To veteran U.S. diplomats, Trump’s grasp on reality is far from clear. “As with many of his other policies, Trump is engaged in fantasy,” said Straub, “but because he engages in fantasy, who can predict how he will now respond?”  Straub asks if Trump “is mad at Pompeo and his negotiating team and will order even more gifts and concessions?”Evans Revere, who once headed the North Korean desk at the State Department and was number two U.S. diplomat in Seoul, sees the outcome at Stockholm as “a very predictable collapse.” The North Korean strategy, said Revere,  “appears to have been to take advantage of the U.S. fixation on working-level talks, use the testing of increasingly capable ballistic missiles to pressure Washington, and to issue threats about an end-of-year deadline to ensure the United States team came to the table with a more generous, flexible, and creative offer than the one Trump made in Hanoi.”Trump, Revere believes, “backed off maximum pressure long ago.”Under the circumstances, the U.S. was in no mood to articulate publicly its proposals at Stockholm. “The U.S. brought creative ideas and had good discussions with its DPRK counterparts,” said Ortagus at the State Department, citing but not explaining “a number of new initiatives that would allow us to make progress.”Clearly the North Koreans saw all that stuff as diplo-speak for an elaborate ruse to get them to give up their nukes while the North has flaunted its military prowess in short-range missile tests.Trump has said such tests are not in violation of any understanding reached with Kim at their first summit in Singapore last year, but North Korea most recently has aroused concerns by test-firing a short-range missile from an under-water platform. North Korea’s party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, called the prototype for a submarine-launched ballistic missile a “time bomb” and “most fearful dagger” pointed at its enemies. In theory, a submarine might be able to launch such a missile, tipped with a nuclear warhead, while submerged undetected off the U.S. west coast.In fact, the North Koreans in Stockholm seemed to have gained a measure of revenge for the humiliation of the second Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi at the end of February when Trump walked out without reaching so much as a meaningless statement with Kim similar to the one that ended the Singapore summit.Donald Trump Enters the Eccentric Dictator Phase of His PresidencyThat denouement, which the North Koreans blamed on Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, resulted in the dismissal of the top North Korean advisers surrounding Kim, notably Kim Yong Chol, the North’s former intelligence chief, whom Pompeo had seen in Pyongyang, New York, and Washington. Trump, after his 45-minute closed-door meeting with Kim on the North-South line at Panmunjom on June 30, said Kim had agreed on working-level talks to bring about a real deal on the basis of their summit in Singapore. “The Kim regime may misperceive from Singapore that it can throw negotiators under the bus, rush into another summit, and extract greater concessions from Trump,” said Leif-Eric Easley, professor of international relations at Ewha University in Seoul, “but a lesson from Hanoi is that if the North Koreans want sanctions relief, they’re going to have to do the work at the working level.” This time, however, the new North Korean negotiator, Kim Myong Gil, a veteran diplomat who had negotiated with Americans in talks in the '90s and then as ambassador to the United Nations, was taking no chances. The meeting, he said, had “not fulfilled our expectations and broke down.” Presumably, on orders from Pyongyang, he was not going to concede anything in return for whatever concessions the Americans might offer. Instead, he staged a walkout of his own.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



          

North Korea warns U.S., Europeans against raising its missile tests at U.N.

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North Korea warns U.S., Europeans against raising its missile tests at U.N.The 15-member council is due to meet behind closed doors on Tuesday after North Korea said it had test-fired a new submarine-launched ballistic missile last week. The discussion was requested by Germany with the support of Britain and France.



          

US Approves Sale Of 150 Javelin Missiles To Ukraine Priced At $40 Million

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The US has approved the sale of Javelin missiles and launch units at an estimated cost of nearly $40 million to Ukraine. The purchase request included 150 Javelin missiles and…
          

Comment on Armenia and the technology of diaspora by tereza uloyan

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Emin, I know it's hard for you to accept it. However, that is the case. Hovannes Adamian (1879–1932), one of the founders of color television Sergei Adian (b. 1931), one of the most prominent Soviet mathematicians[40] Tateos Agekian (1913–2006), astrophysicist, a pioneer of stellar dynamics Abraham Alikhanov (1904–1970), Soviet physicist, a founder of nuclear physics in USSR Victor Ambartsumian (1908-1906), astrophysicist, one of the founders of theoretical astrophysics Gurgen Askaryan (1928–1997), physicist, inventor of light self focusing Boris Babayan (b. 1933), father of supercomputing in the former Soviet Union and Russia Mikhail Chailakhyan (1902–1991), founder of hormonal theory of plant development Artur Chilingarov (b. 1939), polar explorer, member of the State Duma from 1993 to 2011 Bagrat Ioannisiani (1911–1985), designer of the BTA-6, one of the largest telescopes in the world Andronik Iosifyan (1905–1993), father of electromechanics in the USSR, one of the founders of Soviet missilery Alexander Kemurdzhian (1921–2003), designer of the first rovers to explore another world: first moon rovers and first mars rovers Semyon Kirlian (1898–1978), founder of Kirlian photography; discovered that living matter is emitting energy fields Ivan Knunyants (1906–1990), chemist, a major developer of the Soviet chemical weapons program Samvel Kocharyants (1909–1993), developer of nuclear warheads for ballistic missiles[41] Yuri Oganessian (b. 1933), nuclear physicist, the world's leading researcher in superheavy elements Leon Orbeli (1882–1958), founder of evolutionary physiology Mikhail Pogosyan (b. 1956), aerospace engineer, general director of Sukhoi Norair Sisakian (1907–1966), biochemist, a founder of space biology; pioneer in biochemistry of sub-cell structures and technical biochemistry Karen Ter-Martirosian (1922–2005), theoretical physicist, known for his contributions to quantum mechanics and quantum field theory These are just some of them.
          

STAGE LOGICIEL : BENCHMARK DE PLATEFORME MANY-CORE POUR CALCULATEUR EMBARQUÉ H/F

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Première société européenne de défense totalement intégrée, MBDA est un leader industriel mondial et un acteur global dans le domaine des systèmes de missiles. MBDA fournit des solutions innovantes qui répondent aux besoins opérationnels présents et futurs de ses clients, les forces armées. Entreprise fondamentalement multiculturelle, imprégnée d'une très forte culture d'innovation et de technicité, MBDA offre aujourd'hui des perspectives de parcours passionnants. Chaque jour, près de 10 000 collaborateurs se consacrent à la conception, au développement et à la production de nos systèmes et sont prêts à vous faire partager leur expérience. De nombreux stages et apprentissages sont proposés dans le but de former les jeunes et de faciliter leur insertion au sein de MBDA ou sur le marché de l?emploi. Convaincu que la diversité est une richesse, MBDA s'engage dans l'accueil et le maintien dans l'emploi des personnes en situation de handicap et veille au respect de l'égalité professionnelle entre les hommes et les femmes. Vous êtes passionné(e)s par le monde de l'aéronautique et de la technologie de pointe, vous voulez enrichir vos compétences et relever des défis, vous souhaitez intégrer des équipes dynamiques, conviviales et innovantes.. VOTRE ENVIRONNEMENT DE TRAVAIL : Venez partager et développer vos compétences avec nos 3000 collaborateurs sur notre site du Plessis-Robinson. Au sein de la Direction Engineering, vous rejoignez la direction qui soutient nos programmes dans la conduite des activités d'ingénierie et des essais, qui met en œuvre les méthodes d'optimisation de notre excellence technique et qui garantit un service optimal auprès de nos clients ! Intégré(e) au service < Missile Low-Layer Software > en charge de la conception des logiciels embarqués sur les calculateurs d'engins de vol permettant de mettre en œuvre et d'exploiter le calculateur. L'objectif de votre stage est d'étudier une architecture many-core, le Versal ACAP de XILINX proposé sur certains Systems-on-Chip poussés par les traitements fortement parallèles. Vous serez en charge d'étudier et de définir l'intérêt pour le service d'utiliser l'architecture, puis d'étudier l'intérêt de son utilisation pour le développement de futurs produits. VOS MISSIONS : Grâce à vos compétences, vous : Etudiez l'architecture Versal ACAP de XILINX et les outils de développement associés au composant, Comparez cette architecture face aux autres composants MBDA, Analysez les besoins auprès du service, Mettez en œuvre les DSP (Digital Signal Processor) de la partie de many-core, Développez de petits algorithmes sur les différentes unités de calcul (processeurs), Mesurez les performances associées à chaque architecture, Évaluez l'adéquation en terme d'utilisation de la plateforme au métier logiciel embarqué chez MBDA, Rédigez la documentation afférente et définissez la méthode utilisée, Formez les équipes. Lors de ce stage, vous devez analyser les gains en performance entre les différentes unités de calcul proposées au sein de ce même composant : co-processeur, monocore, multicore, many-core, etc.
          

STAGE LOGICIEL ET SIMULATION : DÉVELOPPEMENT D'UN SIMULATEUR D'ENTRAINEMENT SOUS UNITY 3D H/F

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Première société européenne de défense totalement intégrée, MBDA est un leader industriel mondial et un acteur global dans le domaine des systèmes de missiles. MBDA fournit des solutions innovantes qui répondent aux besoins opérationnels présents et futurs de ses clients, les forces armées. Entreprise fondamentalement multiculturelle, imprégnée d'une très forte culture d'innovation et de technicité, MBDA offre aujourd'hui des perspectives de parcours passionnants. Chaque jour, près de 10 000 collaborateurs se consacrent à la conception, au développement et à la production de nos systèmes et sont prêts à vous faire partager leur expérience. De nombreux stages et apprentissages sont proposés dans le but de former les jeunes et de faciliter leur insertion au sein de MBDA ou sur le marché de l?emploi. Convaincu que la diversité est une richesse, MBDA s'engage dans l'accueil et le maintien dans l'emploi des personnes en situation de handicap et veille au respect de l'égalité professionnelle entre les hommes et les femmes. Vous êtes passionné(e)s par le monde de l'aéronautique et de la technologie de pointe, vous voulez enrichir vos compétences et relever des défis, vous souhaitez intégrer des équipes dynamiques, conviviales et innovantes... VOTRE ENVIRONNEMENT DE TRAVAIL : Venez partager et développer vos compétences avec nos 3000 collaborateurs sur notre site du Plessis-Robinson. Au sein de la Direction Engineering, vous rejoignez la direction qui soutient nos programmes dans la conduite des activités d'ingénierie et des essais, qui met en œuvre les méthodes d'optimisation de notre excellence technique et qui garantit un service optimal auprès de nos clients ! Intégré(e) au département < Logiciel >, vous êtes rattaché(e)au sein de l'équipe Simulateurs d'Entraînement qui travaille actuellement sur un système, visant à entrainer un binôme sur un poste de tir opérationnel. Ce logiciel, développé en C++ et associé à VBS (moteur de simulation), reproduit un environnement représentatif d'un théâtre d'opération aérien. Cet environnement virtuel est une scène 3D composée d'aéronefs. L'objectif de votre stage est de prendre part au développement d'un nouveau simulateur d'entrainement. Vous intervenez sur le développement d'un prototype sous environnement Unity 3D, en vue de développer un logiciel de création de scénarios et de situations tactiques, qui pourra être réutilisé dans le simulateur d'entrainement et qui comprend de la visualisation 2D/3D, de l'affichage des cartes, etc. VOS MISSIONS : Grâce à vos compétences, vous : Vous familiarisez au projet de prototype du simulateur d'entrainement et aux méthodes de travail du service, Abordez et/ou approfondissez vos connaissances de Unity 3D, Etudiez les besoins de fonctionnalités pour le simulateur, Développez des composants logiciels destinés à être mis en œuvre sur un simulateur d'entrainement, Proposez une solution de création de situation tactique sous Unity 3D, Participez à l'intégration du simulateur sur le poste de tir, Soutenez l'équipe dans l'élaboration du simulateur d'entrainement. Ce stage est pour vous l'opportunité d'intervenir sur les premières phases de réalisation d'un simulateur d'entrainement et de développer vos connaissances en programmation logiciel et en Unity 3D au sein d'une organisation en mode Agile.
          

STAGE INGÉNIEUR INFORMATIQUE : SPÉCIFICATION D'UNE BDD SUR L'ENVIRONNEMENT INDUSTRIEL DE MBDA H/F

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STAGE INGÉNIEUR INFORMATIQUE : SPÉCIFICATION D'UNE BDD SUR L'ENVIRONNEMENT INDUSTRIEL DE MBDA H/F MBDA, au cœur de notre défense... Rejoignez notre groupe, leader européen dans la conception, la fabrication et la commercialisation de missiles et de systèmes d'armes qui répondent aux besoins présents et futurs des armées européennes et alliées ! Auprès de nos 10 000 collaborateurs, venez prendre part à nos projets, en service opérationnel ou en développement, dans un contexte multiculturel favorable à l'innovation et à l'excellence technique ! MBDA s'engage à vos côtés : parcours d'intégration, plan de formation personnalisé, accompagnement de votre évolution de carrière... MISSION Venez partager et développer vos compétences avec nos 3000 collaborateurs sur notre site du Plessis-Robinson. Au sein de la Direction Systèmes Futurs, vous rejoignez la R&D du groupe, chargée de trouver les innovations et technologies des systèmes du futur. Vous êtes intégré le service < Technologies & Strategic Systems >. L'objectif de votre stage est d'étendre l'application d'une base de données à l'ensemble des activités de MBDA, dans un contexte de partage multinational. Ce stage porte sur la revue des spécifications existantes, le codage d'une interface web et son adaptation au fonctionnement de la base de donnée. Grâce à vos compétences, vous : Proposez des évolutions d'architectures fonctionnelles et logicielles, Complétez les moyens IHM appropriés pour l'intégration et la visualisation des données en entrée/sortie, Mettez à jour les spécifications de la base de données avec les intervenants MBDA FR/UK en prenant en compte les différents besoins (plusieurs échelons de présentation et de traitement des données sont attendus), Validez les évolutions du logiciel avec la création de plusieurs fiches, Déployez et mettez en réseau du SGBD en prenant en compte les politiques de sécurité de l'entreprise, Rédigez la documentation associée (documents de spécification, de validation, d'aide à l'utilisation).
          

STAGE : DOMAINE DE TIR ET INTELLIGENCE ARTIFICIELLE H/F

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STAGE : DOMAINE DE TIR ET INTELLIGENCE ARTIFICIELLE H/F Première société européenne de défense totalement intégrée, MBDA est un leader industriel mondial et un acteur global dans le domaine des systèmes de missiles. MBDA fournit des solutions innovantes qui répondent aux besoins opérationnels présents et futurs de ses clients, les forces armées. Entreprise fondamentalement multiculturelle, imprégnée d'une très forte culture d'innovation et de technicité, MBDA offre aujourd'hui des perspectives de parcours passionnants. Chaque jour, près de 10 000 collaborateurs se consacrent à la conception, au développement et à la production de nos systèmes et sont prêts à vous faire partager leur expérience. De nombreux stages et apprentissages sont proposés dans le but de former les jeunes et de faciliter leur insertion au sein de MBDA ou sur le marché de l'emploi. Convaincu que la diversité est une richesse, MBDA s'engage dans l'accueil et le maintien dans l'emploi des personnes en situation de handicap et veille au respect de l'égalité professionnelle entre les hommes et les femmes. Vous êtes passionné(e)s par le monde de l'aéronautique et de la technologie de pointe, vous voulez enrichir vos compétences et relever des défis, vous souhaitez intégrer des équipes dynamiques, conviviales et innovantes... VOTRE ENVIRONNEMENT DE TRAVAIL Venez partager et développer vos compétences avec nos 3000 collaborateurs sur notre site du Plessis-Robinson. Au sein de la Direction Engineering, vous rejoignez la direction qui soutient nos programmes dans la conduite des activités d'ingénierie et des essais, qui met en œuvre les méthodes d'optimisation de notre excellence technique et qui garantit un service optimal auprès de nos clients ! Vous intégrez le service < Airborne Systems> en charge des algorithmes et de la conduite des études de performance d'équipements sur plateformes aéroportées. Dans le cadre des conduites de tir aéroportées, MBDA développe des algorithmes embarqués sur avion visant à présenter au pilote les capacités de ses missiles. Leur mise au point fait actuellement intervenir des méthodes mathématiques traditionnelles. L'objectif de votre stage est d'étudier une solution à base d'intelligence artificielle permettant de répondre à la problématique avec un meilleur niveau de représentativité. VOS MISSIONS Grâce à vos compétences, vous : Prenez connaissance de l'environnement de travail, du système et des outils MBDA, Vous familiarisez avec les données utilisées (vitesse de vol, altitude de l'avion, position de la cible, etc.) pour développer les algorithmes, Menez une étude exploratoire sur les méthodes mathématiques à base d'intelligence artificielle (réseaux de neurones, machine Learning, etc.) permettant de développer les algorithmes de manière plus efficiente, Présentez les méthodes les plus adaptées à la problématique, Mettez en œuvre et évaluez ces méthodes.
          

STAGE : ANALYSE DE DONNÉES DE TESTS H/F

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STAGE : ANALYSE DE DONNÉES DE TESTS H/F Première société européenne de défense totalement intégrée, MBDA est un leader industriel mondial et un acteur global dans le domaine des systèmes de missiles. MBDA fournit des solutions innovantes qui répondent aux besoins opérationnels présents et futurs de ses clients, les forces armées. Entreprise fondamentalement multiculturelle, imprégnée d'une très forte culture d'innovation et de technicité, MBDA offre aujourd'hui des perspectives de parcours passionnants. Chaque jour, près de 10 000 collaborateurs se consacrent à la conception, au développement et à la production de nos systèmes et sont prêts à vous faire partager leur expérience. De nombreux stages et apprentissages sont proposés dans le but de former les jeunes et de faciliter leur insertion au sein de MBDA ou sur le marché de l'emploi. Convaincu que la diversité est une richesse, MBDA s'engage dans l'accueil et le maintien dans l'emploi des personnes en situation de handicap et veille au respect de l'égalité professionnelle entre les hommes et les femmes. Vous êtes passionné(e)s par le monde de l'aéronautique et de la technologie de pointe, vous voulez enrichir vos compétences et relever des défis, vous souhaitez intégrer des équipes dynamiques, conviviales et innovantes... VOTRE ENVIRONNEMENT DE TRAVAIL Participez à l'intégration finale de nos produits en rejoignant notre site de Selles-Saint-Denis, situé au cœur de la Sologne. Rejoignez la Direction des Opérations qui, tout au long du cycle de développement, conçoit, fabrique et teste nos systèmes de missiles, ainsi que les équipements associés ! Rattaché(e) au département Intégration, vous rejoignez une équipe de 5 personnes en charge des tests sur missiles anti-aériens. L'objectif de votre stage est de définir, de mettre en place, d'automatiser et d'exploiter des indicateurs de performance des moyens de tests, utilisés lors du processus d'assemblage de deux familles de missiles. VOS MISSIONS Grâce à vos compétences, vous : Déterminez les indicateurs les plus pertinents concernant la performance des bancs de test, Automatisez l'établissement de ces indicateurs, Analysez ces indicateurs pour en faire ressortir les actions d'amélioration possibles.
          

STAGE ELECTRONIQUE / MATÉRIAUX : DÉPLOIEMENT D'UN LOGICIEL D'ANALYSE POUR CIRCUITS IMPRIMÉS H/F

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Première société européenne de défense totalement intégrée, MBDA est un leader industriel mondial et un acteur global dans le domaine des systèmes de missiles. MBDA fournit des solutions innovantes qui répondent aux besoins opérationnels présents et futurs de ses clients, les forces armées. Entreprise fondamentalement multiculturelle, imprégnée d'une très forte culture d'innovation et de technicité, MBDA offre aujourd'hui des perspectives de parcours passionnants. Chaque jour, près de 10 000 collaborateurs se consacrent à la conception, au développement et à la production de nos systèmes et sont prêts à vous faire partager leur expérience. De nombreux stages et apprentissages sont proposés dans le but de former les jeunes et de faciliter leur insertion au sein de MBDA ou sur le marché de l?emploi. Convaincu que la diversité est une richesse, MBDA s'engage dans l'accueil et le maintien dans l'emploi des personnes en situation de handicap et veille au respect de l'égalité professionnelle entre les hommes et les femmes. Vous êtes passionné(e)s par le monde de l'aéronautique et de la technologie de pointe, vous voulez enrichir vos compétences et relever des défis, vous souhaitez intégrer des équipes dynamiques, conviviales et innovantes... VOTRE ENVIRONNEMENT DE TRAVAIL Venez partager et développer vos compétences avec nos 3000 collaborateurs sur notre site du Plessis-Robinson. Au sein de l'Ingénierie Électronique spécialisée dans la conception et la réalisation de sous-ensembles et/ou d'équipements électroniques embarqués rentrant dans la composition de nos produits, vous intégrerez le service < Technologie d'Assemblage & Packaging > en charge de sélectionner et d'acquérir la maitrise des nouvelles technologies d'assemblage et de packaging de nos cartes électroniques pour nos futures applications. Dans le cadre de votre stage, vous aurez la charge de paramétrer et déployer un nouveau logiciel d'analyse pour les circuits imprimés MBDA. VOS MISSIONS Grâce à vos compétences, vous : . Déterminez les différentes technologies de fabrication de circuits imprimés (PCB), . Identifiez les lois de calculs de signaux rapides associées (impédances, facteurs de pertes), . Collectez les règles de Design (prototype versus série) de technologies multiples (rigides, flex-rigide), . Identifiez les capacités technologiques des fournisseurs, . Paramétrez le logiciel selon les gammes d'utilisation (standard, RF), . Validez le bénéfice de l'outil sur des fabrications dédiées (mesures d'impédances) et sur des cartes électroniques série.
          

STAGE LOGICIEL/ELECTRONIQUE : HARMONISATION ET STANDARDISATION DES VALIDATIONS DE LOGICIELS DE TEST

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STAGE LOGICIEL/ELECTRONIQUE : HARMONISATION ET STANDARDISATION DES VALIDATIONS DE LOGICIELS DE TEST VOTRE ENVIRONNEMENT DE TRAVAIL Venez partager et développer vos compétences avec nos 3000 collaborateurs sur notre site du Plessis-Robinson. Au sein de l'Ingénierie Électronique spécialisée dans la conception, la réalisation et la validation de sous-ensembles et/ou d'équipements électroniques embarqués rentrant dans la composition de nos produits, vous intégrez le service en charge de la conception des équipements de tests automatiques (et des logiciels de tests associés), utilisés pour développer, valider et accepter l'ensemble des produits MBDA (missiles, calculateurs, systèmes embarqués). Dans le cadre de votre stage, vous serez en charge de l'harmonisation et de la standardisation des validations des logiciels de test sur une famille de missiles. Dans un premier temps, vous réaliserez une analyse des résultats de validation des différents applicatifs de test et évaluerez l'intérêt des différentes fiches d'essais, afin de proposer des préconisations d'évolution de nos méthodes de validation. Si la durée du stage le permet, vous mettrez vos concepts à l'épreuve d'une autre famille de missiles. VOS MISSIONS Grâce à vos compétences, vous : Analysez et synthétisez des similitudes et différences de validation entre les différents applicatifs de test sur un même projet de missile (analyse des plans de tests), Créez des fiches de tests génériques, Harmonisez et rationalisez des fiches de tests sécuritaires et des fiches de contrôle d'intégrité des équipements de tests, Apportez une réflexion sur la validation des applicatifs basée sur la réutilisation de code ou bassine, et proposez une méthode, Rédigez une méthodologie permettant à l'ensemble des concepteurs de définir facilement des fiches de test (et donc un plan de test) par rapport aux défaillances attendues, Développez des scénarii automatiques (grâce à un outil interne MBDA) de dépouillement des données de tests (fichiers d'historisation) qui permettront de valider plus rapidement le logiciel.
          

STAGE ERGONOMIE : APPORT DE L'ERGONOMIE PHYSIQUE POUR CONCEVOIR UN FUTUR VÉHICULE MILITAIRE H/F

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STAGE ERGONOMIE : APPORT DE L'ERGONOMIE PHYSIQUE POUR CONCEVOIR UN FUTUR VÉHICULE MILITAIRE H/F Première société européenne de défense totalement intégrée, MBDA est un leader industriel mondial et un acteur global dans le domaine des systèmes de missiles. MBDA fournit des solutions innovantes qui répondent aux besoins opérationnels présents et futurs de ses clients, les forces armées. Entreprise fondamentalement multiculturelle, imprégnée d'une très forte culture d'innovation et de technicité, MBDA offre aujourd'hui des perspectives de parcours passionnants. Chaque jour, près de 10 000 collaborateurs se consacrent à la conception, au développement et à la production de nos systèmes et sont prêts à vous faire partager leur expérience. De nombreux stages et apprentissages sont proposés dans le but de former les jeunes et de faciliter leur insertion au sein de MBDA ou sur le marché de l?emploi. Convaincu que la diversité est une richesse, MBDA s'engage dans l'accueil et le maintien dans l'emploi des personnes en situation de handicap et veille au respect de l'égalité professionnelle entre les hommes et les femmes. Vous êtes passionné(e)s par le monde de l'aéronautique et de la technologie de pointe, vous voulez enrichir vos compétences et relever des défis, vous souhaitez intégrer des équipes dynamiques, conviviales et innovantes... VOTRE ENVIRONNEMENT DE TRAVAIL Venez partager et développer vos compétences avec nos 3000 collaborateurs sur notre site du Plessis-Robinson. Au sein de la Direction Engineering, vous rejoignez la direction qui soutient nos programmes dans la conduite des activités d'ingénierie et des essais, qui met en œuvre les méthodes d'optimisation de notre excellence technique et qui garantit un service optimal auprès de nos clients ! Vous êtes intégré(e) au service Facteur Humain. L'objectif de votre stage est de participer à la conception d'un futur véhicule militaire en vous basant sur le recueil du besoin opérationnel effectué en 2018. Vous intervenez également sur les projets en cours en support à l'équipe. VOS MISSIONS Grâce à vos compétences, vous : . Réalisez une analyse d'activité des opérationnels en poste devant les consoles et en échange inter-équipage. Si elle a déjà eu lieu, vous vérifiez que la solution envisagée en étude amont répond bien au besoin, . Identifiez des situations à optimiser en vous basant sur l'activité de chaque poste, notamment en utilisant des mannequins numériques : o Accessibilité physique au shelter (centre de coordination et de commandement) : hauteur de marches, mains courantes etc., o Accessibilité physique et visuelle aux équipements, o Déplacements au sein du shelter, o Disposition des stations de travail et capacité à communiquer, o Au préalable, création de catalogues de mannequins numériques liés à la population concernée et simulation de l'activité avec le véhicule en CAO, . Proposez des solutions sur une ou plusieurs des thématiques suivantes : o Le confort (postural si assis), o Les ambiances physiques (luminosité, niveau sonore), o Les aspects pratiques (rangements, aménagement intérieur), o La vie à bord, o L'optimisation de la performance et de la sécurité lors de la mise en batterie/sortie de batterie, . Prenez en compte les tendances identifiées et des rendus de design produits, . Présentez vos résultats aux opérationnels et/ou représentants des opérationnels ou experts opérationnels internes et faites un recueil des retours.
          

STAGE ERGONOMIE : ETUDE D'UN SYSTÈME D'ENTRAINEMENT EN RÉALITÉ VIRTUELLE H/F

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Première société européenne de défense totalement intégrée, MBDA est un leader industriel mondial et un acteur global dans le domaine des systèmes de missiles. MBDA fournit des solutions innovantes qui répondent aux besoins opérationnels présents et futurs de ses clients, les forces armées. Entreprise fondamentalement multiculturelle, imprégnée d'une très forte culture d'innovation et de technicité, MBDA offre aujourd'hui des perspectives de parcours passionnants. Chaque jour, près de 10 000 collaborateurs se consacrent à la conception, au développement et à la production de nos systèmes et sont prêts à vous faire partager leur expérience. De nombreux stages et apprentissages sont proposés dans le but de former les jeunes et de faciliter leur insertion au sein de MBDA ou sur le marché de l?emploi. Convaincu que la diversité est une richesse, MBDA s'engage dans l'accueil et le maintien dans l'emploi des personnes en situation de handicap et veille au respect de l'égalité professionnelle entre les hommes et les femmes. Vous êtes passionné(e)s par le monde de l'aéronautique et de la technologie de pointe, vous voulez enrichir vos compétences et relever des défis, vous souhaitez intégrer des équipes dynamiques, conviviales et innovantes... VOTRE ENVIRONNEMENT DE TRAVAIL Venez partager et développer vos compétences avec nos 3000 collaborateurs sur notre site du Plessis-Robinson. Au sein de la Direction Engineering, vous rejoignez la direction qui soutient nos programmes dans la conduite des activités d'ingénierie et des essais, qui met en œuvre les méthodes d'optimisation de notre excellence technique et qui garantit un service optimal auprès de nos clients ! Vous êtes intégré(e) au service Facteur Humain. L'objectif de votre stage est d'évaluer l'apport et les limites de la réalité virtuelle pour l'entrainement des opérateurs militaires au déploiement d'un système de défense. La mise en place de certaines formations est complexe du fait du coût humain et logistique qu'elles nécessitent. Pour y faire face, une des pistes est l'utilisation de la réalité virtuelle comme outil de formation. VOS MISSIONS Grâce à vos compétences, vous : . Réalisez une analyse bibliographique sur l'apport de la réalité virtuelle dans les sujets de formation, . Identifiez les critères de réussite attendues de la formation, . Participez à la conception du système en apportant une expertise en ergonomie, . Définissez et déployez un système d'évaluation utilisateur. Pour ce faire, le stage se déroulera en partenariat avec le service de simulation ainsi qu'avec d'anciens opérationnels. Vous pourriez aussi avoir des échanges avec la Section Technique de l'Armée de Terre (STAT).
          

STAGE COMMUNICATION INTERNE : PROMOTION DE LA VALEUR INNOVATION H/F

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STAGE COMMUNICATION INTERNE : PROMOTION DE LA VALEUR INNOVATION H/F Première société européenne de défense totalement intégrée, MBDA est un leader industriel mondial et un acteur global dans le domaine des systèmes de missiles. MBDA fournit des solutions innovantes qui répondent aux besoins opérationnels présents et futurs de ses clients, les forces armées. Entreprise fondamentalement multiculturelle, imprégnée d'une très forte culture d'innovation et de technicité, MBDA offre aujourd'hui des perspectives de parcours passionnants. Chaque jour, près de 10 000 collaborateurs se consacrent à la conception, au développement et à la production de nos systèmes et sont prêts à vous faire partager leur expérience. De nombreux stages et apprentissages sont proposés dans le but de former les jeunes et de faciliter leur insertion au sein de MBDA ou sur le marché de l?emploi. Convaincu que la diversité est une richesse, MBDA s'engage dans l'accueil et le maintien dans l'emploi des personnes en situation de handicap et veille au respect de l'égalité professionnelle entre les hommes et les femmes. Vous êtes passionné(e)s par le monde de l'aéronautique et de la technologie de pointe, vous voulez enrichir vos compétences et relever des défis, vous souhaitez intégrer des équipes dynamiques, conviviales et innovantes... VOTRE ENVIRONNEMENT DE TRAVAIL Venez partager et développer vos compétences avec nos 3000 collaborateurs sur notre site du Plessis-Robinson. Au sein de la Direction Communication Groupe, nous vous proposons d'intégrer l'équipe en charge de la communication interne et de participer aux activités de cette équipe en France et à l'international. Dans le cadre de votre stage, vous serez en interface avec de nombreux interlocuteurs de différentes entités de notre entreprise ainsi qu'avec des prestataires externes. L'objectif de votre stage est de promouvoir la culture de l'innovation via la mise en place d'actions, la réalisation de supports de communication et de leur suivi. Il vous sera aussi demandé(e) de participer aux événements liés à l'Innovation. VOS MISSIONS Grâce à vos compétences, vous : . Participez à la mise en place de plans d'actions pour promouvoir la valeur innovation au sein de MBDA et suivez le calendrier de ces actions, . Réalisez des supports de communication liés à l'innovation (réseau social d'entreprise, intranet, newsletter, etc.) ou proposez des améliorations de ceux existants, . Contribuez à l'animation du site intranet Innovation ainsi que du réseau social d'entreprise et proposez des intégrations de contenus, . Prospectez sur les besoins de communiquer sur l'innovation auprès des directions . Etes un support à l'organisation d'événements internes liés aux activités Innovation, notamment pour la cérémonie des Innovation Awards en France et à l'international. Cette mission s'effectuera dans un contexte national comprenant néanmoins des relations possibles avec les Bureaux Innovation en Grande-Bretagne, Italie et Allemagne.
          

STAGE MULTIMÉDIA : RÉALISATION D'UN SIMULATEUR NAVAL SUR UNITY H/F

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STAGE MULTIMÉDIA : RÉALISATION D'UN SIMULATEUR NAVAL SUR UNITY H/F Première société européenne de défense totalement intégrée, MBDA est un leader industriel mondial et un acteur global dans le domaine des systèmes de missiles. MBDA fournit des solutions innovantes qui répondent aux besoins opérationnels présents et futurs de ses clients, les forces armées. Entreprise fondamentalement multiculturelle, imprégnée d'une très forte culture d'innovation et de technicité, MBDA offre aujourd'hui des perspectives de parcours passionnants. Chaque jour, près de 10 000 collaborateurs se consacrent à la conception, au développement et à la production de nos systèmes et sont prêts à vous faire partager leur expérience. De nombreux stages et apprentissages sont proposés dans le but de former les jeunes et de faciliter leur insertion au sein de MBDA ou sur le marché de l?emploi. Convaincu que la diversité est une richesse, MBDA s'engage dans l'accueil et le maintien dans l'emploi des personnes en situation de handicap et veille au respect de l'égalité professionnelle entre les hommes et les femmes. Vous êtes passionné(e)s par le monde de l'aéronautique et de la technologie de pointe, vous voulez enrichir vos compétences et relever des défis, vous souhaitez intégrer des équipes dynamiques, conviviales et innovantes... VOTRE ENVIRONNEMENT DE TRAVAIL Venez partager et développer vos compétences avec nos 3000 collaborateurs sur notre site du Plessis-Robinson. Au sein de la Direction Engineering, vous rejoignez la direction qui soutient nos programmes dans la conduite des activités d'ingénierie et des essais, qui met en œuvre les méthodes d'optimisation de notre excellence technique et qui garantit un service optimal auprès de nos clients ! Vous êtes intégré(e) au service < Weapon Systems simulation et expérimentation > spécialisé dans les simulations de performances et les simulations pour les expérimentations. L'objectif de votre stage est de réaliser un simulateur de système de défense en environnement maritime sur Unity. Le simulateur permettra à des opérateurs de réaliser de manière représentative des scénarii opérationnels. De manière à être réutilisées sur d'autres simulateurs, les bases de production devront prendre en compte des contraintes fortes de facilité d'évolutions et de maintenance. VOS MISSIONS Grâce à vos compétences, vous : . Analysez un simulateur naval existant réalisé avec un autre moteur de jeu et établissez un recueil de besoin, . Mettez en place une méthodologie pour intégrer les besoins dans Unity. Pour ce faire, vous veillez à respecter la convention de nommage, l'architecture de projet, etc., . Développez et intégrez des assets et templates nécessaires au bon fonctionnement du simulateur (scripts C#, prefabs Unity, adaptation possible des assets, leur intégration et leur utilisation dans Unity). Le but est de préparer le projet Unity afin que le travail réalisé sur un simulateur soit réutilisable sur d'autres projets et facilement maintenable. . Présentez régulièrement les travaux à l'équipe France, aux équipes britannique et italienne ainsi qu'aux clients internes, . Rédigez un document de synthèse de votre projet.
          

STAGE RÉFÉRENTIEL DE TERMINOLOGIE : MISE À JOUR D'UN LEXIQUE (ACRONYMES-DÉFINITION) TRILINGUES H/F

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Première société européenne de défense totalement intégrée, MBDA est un leader industriel mondial et un acteur global dans le domaine des systèmes de missiles. MBDA fournit des solutions innovantes qui répondent aux besoins opérationnels présents et futurs de ses clients, les forces armées. Entreprise fondamentalement multiculturelle, imprégnée d'une très forte culture d'innovation et de technicité, MBDA offre aujourd'hui des perspectives de parcours passionnants. Chaque jour, près de 10 000 collaborateurs se consacrent à la conception, au développement et à la production de nos systèmes et sont prêts à vous faire partager leur expérience. De nombreux stages et apprentissages sont proposés dans le but de former les jeunes et de faciliter leur insertion au sein de MBDA ou sur le marché de l?emploi. Convaincu que la diversité est une richesse, MBDA s'engage dans l'accueil et le maintien dans l'emploi des personnes en situation de handicap et veille au respect de l'égalité professionnelle entre les hommes et les femmes. Vous êtes passionné(e)s par le monde de l'aéronautique et de la technologie de pointe, vous voulez enrichir vos compétences et relever des défis, vous souhaitez intégrer des équipes dynamiques, conviviales et innovantes.. VOTRE ENVIRONNEMENT DE TRAVAIL : Venez partager et développer vos compétences avec nos 3000 collaborateurs sur notre site du Plessis-Robinson. Au sein de la Direction Qualité Groupe notamment impliquée dans la gestion et la mise en œuvre de la documentation qualité (références normatives externes et Système de Management de la Qualité interne), vous intégrez une équipe projet internationale de 4 personnes rassemblant des "natives speakers" français, anglais et italien. L'objectif de votre stage est d'intervenir sur la refonte de l'outil < LEXIS >, qui officialise l'ensemble des acronymes et des termes utilisés par MBDA, en France, en Italie et au Royaume-Uni. Dans ce cadre, vous définissez des principes qui préservent l'équilibre entre la fiabilité constante du contenu et le meilleur rythme possible de mises à jour et de mises à disposition des utilisateurs. Pour cela, vous actualisez les termes et acronymes en spécifiant les références que vous utilisez (LEXIS, système de management de la Qualité interne ou sources externes telles que les normes internationales), et, proposez des solutions pour le long terme. VOS MISSIONS : Grâce à vos compétences, vous : Assimilez progressivement la base de données, les priorités et le contexte, Participez aux travaux de mise à jour en cours, Identifiez les incohérences potentielles et proposez les solutions adéquates, Analysez les besoins de maintenance et de mise à jour en tenant compte de l'outil et des priorités, Proposez un système de maintenance et des solutions d'améliorations viables et aisées à mettre en œuvre concernant les différentes décisions prises., Dans le cadre de vos missions, vous pourrez être amené(e) à participer aux réunions pour modifier et valider les termes de LEXIS suite à un feed-back interne. Plusieurs sujets pourront vous être proposés en fonction des priorités et de l'actualité, comme par exemple : l'intégration automatique des mises à jour des normes internationales dans le LEXIS, une réflexion sur l'intégration d'autres sources telles que des présentations officielles visant à actualiser LEXIS, l'intégration et la définition de l'ensemble des nouveaux acronymes d'une direction donnée ou encore le traitement des termes obsolètes. Ce stage est pour vous l'opportunité d'intervenir sur une problématique alliant exigence, expertise et analyse long terme sur les orientations prises.
          

STAGE DE MANAGEMENT DE PROJETS ET D'INTELLIGENCE ARTIFICIELLE H/F

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Première société européenne de défense totalement intégrée, MBDA est un leader industriel mondial et un acteur global dans le domaine des systèmes de missiles. MBDA fournit des solutions innovantes qui répondent aux besoins opérationnels présents et futurs de ses clients, les forces armées. Entreprise fondamentalement multiculturelle, imprégnée d'une très forte culture d'innovation et de technicité, MBDA offre aujourd'hui des perspectives de parcours passionnants. Chaque jour, près de 10 000 collaborateurs se consacrent à la conception, au développement et à la production de nos systèmes et sont prêts à vous faire partager leur expérience. De nombreux stages et apprentissages sont proposés dans le but de former les jeunes et de faciliter leur insertion au sein de MBDA ou sur le marché de l?emploi. Convaincu que la diversité est une richesse, MBDA s'engage dans l'accueil et le maintien dans l'emploi des personnes en situation de handicap et veille au respect de l'égalité professionnelle entre les hommes et les femmes. Vous êtes passionné(e)s par le monde de l'aéronautique et de la technologie de pointe, vous voulez enrichir vos compétences et relever des défis, vous souhaitez intégrer des équipes dynamiques, conviviales et innovantes.. VOTRE ENVIRONNEMENT DE TRAVAIL : Venez partager et développer vos compétences avec nos 3000 collaborateurs sur notre site du Plessis-Robinson. Au sein de la Direction Management de la Qualité et Transformation, vous êtes intégré(e) au service < Future Qualité et Transformation >. Vous travaillerez en collaboration avec une équipe internationale en charge d'anticiper les outils de l'assurance qualité face à l'intégration des nouvelles technologies dont l'Intelligence Artificielle. Pour cela, elle recommande et guide ses clients internes sur les différentes pratiques ayant pour but d'améliorer le niveau de confiance dans nos projets. L'objectif de votre stage est de contribuer au développement des méthodes et des outils d'Assurance Qualité permettant de mesurer les incertitudes de fonctionnement et d'évaluer les risques résiduels liés à l'emploi de l'IA afin de mettre en place des actions pouvant amener à nos clients externes des preuves de la robustesse et de la fiabilité des logiciels. VOS MISSIONS : Grâce à vos compétences, vous : Réalisez un benchmark des pratiques émergentes de validation et qualification des logiciels d'IA, Analysez les gaps existants par rapport aux pratiques internes et aux exigences clients, Proposez un plan d'actions et des recommandations en vue d'une certification des IA. Lors de votre stage, vous serez également amené(e) à échanger avec divers interlocuteurs externes (INRIA, CEA, Startups, etc.). De plus, vous participerez à l'accompagnement des ingénieurs dans le cadre du développement de Proof Of Concept (POC) innovants sur des applicatifs d'IA. Vous analyserez les contraintes et problématiques rencontrées pour les considérer dans les futures méthodologies qualité. Vous aurez la possibilité de soumettre vos idées et de faire émerger des sujets qui s'inscriront dans le cadre innovant de l'entreprise.
          

STAGE PROJET QUALITÉ : HARMONISATION D'UN SYSTÈME DE MANAGEMENT DE LA QUALITÉ INTERNATIONAL H/F

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Première société européenne de défense totalement intégrée, MBDA est un leader industriel mondial et un acteur global dans le domaine des systèmes de missiles. MBDA fournit des solutions innovantes qui répondent aux besoins opérationnels présents et futurs de ses clients, les forces armées. Entreprise fondamentalement multiculturelle, imprégnée d'une très forte culture d'innovation et de technicité, MBDA offre aujourd'hui des perspectives de parcours passionnants. Chaque jour, près de 10 000 collaborateurs se consacrent à la conception, au développement et à la production de nos systèmes et sont prêts à vous faire partager leur expérience. De nombreux stages et apprentissages sont proposés dans le but de former les jeunes et de faciliter leur insertion au sein de MBDA ou sur le marché de l?emploi. Convaincu que la diversité est une richesse, MBDA s'engage dans l'accueil et le maintien dans l'emploi des personnes en situation de handicap et veille au respect de l'égalité professionnelle entre les hommes et les femmes. Vous êtes passionné(e)s par le monde de l'aéronautique et de la technologie de pointe, vous voulez enrichir vos compétences et relever des défis, vous souhaitez intégrer des équipes dynamiques, conviviales et innovantes... VOTRE ENVIRONNEMENT DE TRAVAIL : Venez partager et développer vos compétences avec nos 3000 collaborateurs sur notre site du Plessis-Robinson. Intégré(e) au sein de la direction < Management de la Qualité et Transformation >, vous êtes rattaché(e) au service < Système de Management et Audits Qualité >. Vous serez en binôme avec le Responsable du Groupe MBDA au sein d'une équipe internationale, en charge de l'assurance qualité des activités fonctionnelles. L'objectif de votre stage est d'intervenir sur l'harmonisation du système de management de la qualité des directions fonctionnelles au niveau européen. Vous contribuez à la mise en place et à la préparation des travaux d'harmonisation du système de management de la qualité. De plus, vous participez aux missions permanentes du service (ex : maintien des certifications). VOS MISSIONS Grâce à vos compétences, vous : Recensez l'ensemble des processus qualité au niveau européen, Evaluez les écarts entre les processus européens qualité actuellement en place, Proposez une harmonisation de ces derniers, Mettez en place un plan de convergence, Participez aux réunions (préparation, consolidation des données et note de synthèse), Pilotez le plan d'action du Système de Management de la Qualité. Vous serez en relation avec les Responsables Corporate du Groupe MBDA et travaillerez en mode projet. De plus, la dimension internationale de ce projet vous permettra de mieux appréhender les différences culturelles et de travailler les expressions en langue anglaise. Quelques déplacements à l'étranger sont à prévoir.
          

STAGE QUALITÉ : AUDIT QUALITÉ GROUPE INTERNATIONAL H/F

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Première société européenne de défense totalement intégrée, MBDA est un leader industriel mondial et un acteur global dans le domaine des systèmes de missiles. MBDA fournit des solutions innovantes qui répondent aux besoins opérationnels présents et futurs de ses clients, les forces armées. Entreprise fondamentalement multiculturelle, imprégnée d'une très forte culture d'innovation et de technicité, MBDA offre aujourd'hui des perspectives de parcours passionnants. Chaque jour, près de 10 000 collaborateurs se consacrent à la conception, au développement et à la production de nos systèmes et sont prêts à vous faire partager leur expérience. De nombreux stages et apprentissages sont proposés dans le but de former les jeunes et de faciliter leur insertion au sein de MBDA ou sur le marché de l?emploi. Convaincu que la diversité est une richesse, MBDA s'engage dans l'accueil et le maintien dans l'emploi des personnes en situation de handicap et veille au respect de l'égalité professionnelle entre les hommes et les femmes. Vous êtes passionné(e)s par le monde de l'aéronautique et de la technologie de pointe, vous voulez enrichir vos compétences et relever des défis, vous souhaitez intégrer des équipes dynamiques, conviviales et innovantes... VOTRE ENVIRONNEMENT DE TRAVAIL : Venez partager et développer vos compétences avec nos 3000 collaborateurs sur notre site du Plessis-Robinson. Intégré(e) à la direction < Qualité Groupe > dans le service < Audit Qualité >, vous serez en binôme avec la Responsable Audit Qualité France, au sein d'une équipe internationale (France, Royaume-Uni, Italie). L'objectif de votre stage est de soutenir les activités d'Audit Qualité Groupe dans son ensemble, en lien avec vos homologues européens. VOS MISSIONS : Grâce à vos compétences, vous : Prenez connaissance de l'environnement international de MBDA, Contribuez au management des audits Qualité de MBDA (nationaux et internationaux), Participez au management de l'audit de certification EN9100 dans un contexte international, Intervenez sur la rédaction de documents de synthèse national France et global international suite à l'audit de surveillance en vue d'identifier et d'analyser les axes d'amélioration et de proposer un plan d'action, Communiquez sur les activités < Audit Qualité >: Newsletter, séminaire, etc. Vous participez au déploiement de la méthode agile sur certains audits. Lors de vos missions, vous aurez des interlocuteurs français, anglais, italiens et espagnoles. Ce stage vous offre l'opportunité de travailler dans une société internationale, de comprendre son fonctionnement en terme de rôle et de métier, et d'appréhender la Qualité avec une vision transversedans une organisation à échelle européenne.
          

STAGE QUALITÉ : AUDIT QUALITÉ GROUPE INTERNATIONAL H/F

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Première société européenne de défense totalement intégrée, MBDA est un leader industriel mondial et un acteur global dans le domaine des systèmes de missiles. MBDA fournit des solutions innovantes qui répondent aux besoins opérationnels présents et futurs de ses clients, les forces armées. Entreprise fondamentalement multiculturelle, imprégnée d'une très forte culture d'innovation et de technicité, MBDA offre aujourd'hui des perspectives de parcours passionnants. Chaque jour, près de 10 000 collaborateurs se consacrent à la conception, au développement et à la production de nos systèmes et sont prêts à vous faire partager leur expérience. De nombreux stages et apprentissages sont proposés dans le but de former les jeunes et de faciliter leur insertion au sein de MBDA ou sur le marché de l?emploi. Convaincu que la diversité est une richesse, MBDA s'engage dans l'accueil et le maintien dans l'emploi des personnes en situation de handicap et veille au respect de l'égalité professionnelle entre les hommes et les femmes. Vous êtes passionné(e)s par le monde de l'aéronautique et de la technologie de pointe, vous voulez enrichir vos compétences et relever des défis, vous souhaitez intégrer des équipes dynamiques, conviviales et innovantes... VOTRE ENVIRONNEMENT DE TRAVAIL : Venez partager et développer vos compétences avec nos 3000 collaborateurs sur notre site du Plessis-Robinson. Intégré(e) à la direction < Qualité Groupe > dans le service < Audit Qualité >, vous serez en binôme avec la Responsable Audit Qualité France, au sein d'une équipe internationale (France, Royaume-Uni, Italie). L'objectif de votre stage est de soutenir les activités d'Audit Qualité Groupe dans son ensemble, en lien avec vos homologues européens. VOS MISSIONS : Grâce à vos compétences, vous : Prenez connaissance de l'environnement international de MBDA, Contribuez au management des audits Qualité de MBDA (nationaux et internationaux), Participez au management de l'audit de certification EN9100 dans un contexte international, Intervenez sur la rédaction de documents de synthèse national France et global international suite à l'audit de surveillance en vue d'identifier et d'analyser les axes d'amélioration et de proposer un plan d'action, Communiquez sur les activités < Audit Qualité >: Newsletter, séminaire, etc. Vous participez au déploiement de la méthode agile sur certains audits. Lors de vos missions, vous aurez des interlocuteurs français, anglais, italiens et espagnoles. Ce stage vous offre l'opportunité de travailler dans une société internationale, de comprendre son fonctionnement en terme de rôle et de métier, et d'appréhender la Qualité avec une vision transversedans une organisation à échelle européenne.
          

STAGE : DÉVELOPPEMENT D'UN PROTOTYPE DE CALCULATEUR EMBARQUÉ DE TRAITEMENT DE FLUX VIDÉO H/F

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STAGE : DÉVELOPPEMENT D'UN PROTOTYPE DE CALCULATEUR EMBARQUÉ DE TRAITEMENT DE FLUX VIDÉO H/F Première société européenne de défense totalement intégrée, MBDA est un leader industriel mondial et un acteur global dans le domaine des systèmes de missiles. MBDA fournit des solutions innovantes qui répondent aux besoins opérationnels présents et futurs de ses clients, les forces armées. Entreprise fondamentalement multiculturelle, imprégnée d'une très forte culture d'innovation et de technicité, MBDA offre aujourd'hui des perspectives de parcours passionnants. Chaque jour, près de 10 000 collaborateurs se consacrent à la conception, au développement et à la production de nos systèmes et sont prêts à vous faire partager leur expérience. De nombreux stages et apprentissages sont proposés dans le but de former les jeunes et de faciliter leur insertion au sein de MBDA ou sur le marché de l'emploi. Convaincu que la diversité est une richesse, MBDA s'engage dans l'accueil et le maintien dans l'emploi des personnes en situation de handicap et veille au respect de l'égalité professionnelle entre les hommes et les femmes. Vous êtes passionné(e)s par le monde de l'aéronautique et de la technologie de pointe, vous voulez enrichir vos compétences et relever des défis, vous souhaitez intégrer des équipes dynamiques, conviviales et innovantes... VOTRE ENVIRONNEMENT DE TRAVAIL Venez partager et développer vos compétences avec nos 3000 collaborateurs sur notre site du Plessis-Robinson. Au sein de la Direction Engineering, vous rejoignez la direction qui soutient nos programmes dans la conduite des activités d'ingénierie et des essais, qui met en œuvre les méthodes d'optimisation de notre excellence technique et qui garantit un service optimal auprès de nos clients ! Vous intégrez le service < Airborne Systems > en charge des algorithmes et de la conduite des études de performance d'équipements de contre-mesures sur plateformes aéroportées. Nos systèmes embarqués sur plateformes aéroportées reposent sur des équipements optroniques d'imagerie. L'objectif de votre stage consiste à développer un prototype de calculateur embarqué compact permettant de traiter et gérer le flux vidéo produit en direct par ces équipements. Ce calculateur permettra d'acheminer le flux en cockpit pour une présentation < futuriste > des images temps-réel (casque, tablette tactile, etc.). Une étude de faisabilité préliminaire a permis de définir l'architecture matérielle du calculateur. VOS MISSIONS Grâce à vos compétences, vous : Prenez connaissance de l'environnement de travail, du système et des outils MBDA, Vous appropriez l'équipement d'imagerie ainsi que l'architecture hardware du calculateur, Développez les traitements bas niveau du calculateur sur une carte de prototypage MPSoC (CPU temps réel multi-cœur/FPGA), Implémentez les fonctions essentielles (pilotage de l'équipement, gestion de commandes utilisateur et traitement des flux de données bas-niveau) sur la carte de prototypage. Vous serez en contact régulier avec les laboratoires d'ingénierie électronique, ainsi que les équipes en charge des bancs d'essai pour l'équipement d'imagerie. En fonction de l'avancée sur ces sujets, il sera offert au stagiaire la possibilité de développer le logiciel haut-niveau du calculateur permettant de communiquer en Wi-Fi avec un module cockpit interactif de visualisation et de commande. Vous pourrez ensuite réaliser une démonstration de la chaîne complète de traitement avec l'équipement réel et un module de visualisation cockpit déjà existant.
          

STAGE GESTION : RÉALISATION D'UN RÉFÉRENTIEL MÉTIER GESTIONNAIRE DE LIGNE H/F

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STAGE GESTION : RÉALISATION D'UN RÉFÉRENTIEL MÉTIER GESTIONNAIRE DE LIGNE H/F Première société européenne de défense totalement intégrée, MBDA est un leader industriel mondial et un acteur global dans le domaine des systèmes de missiles. MBDA fournit des solutions innovantes qui répondent aux besoins opérationnels présents et futurs de ses clients, les forces armées. Entreprise fondamentalement multiculturelle, imprégnée d'une très forte culture d'innovation et de technicité, MBDA offre aujourd'hui des perspectives de parcours passionnants. Chaque jour, près de 10 000 collaborateurs se consacrent à la conception, au développement et à la production de nos systèmes et sont prêts à vous faire partager leur expérience. De nombreux stages et apprentissages sont proposés dans le but de former les jeunes et de faciliter leur insertion au sein de MBDA ou sur le marché de l'emploi. Convaincu que la diversité est une richesse, MBDA s'engage dans l'accueil et le maintien dans l'emploi des personnes en situation de handicap et veille au respect de l'égalité professionnelle entre les hommes et les femmes. Vous êtes passionné(e)s par le monde de l'aéronautique et de la technologie de pointe, vous voulez enrichir vos compétences et relever des défis, vous souhaitez intégrer des équipes dynamiques, conviviales et innovantes... VOTRE ENVIRONNEMENT DE TRAVAIL Rejoindre notre site de Bourges, c'est bénéficier d'un panel d'opportunités professionnelles dans différents métiers (production, ingénierie, support client...). Au sein de la Direction des Opérations, vous êtes intégré(e) à l'équipe < Gestionnaire de ligne production missile > en charge du contrôle de gestion de ligne de production. L'objectif de votre stage est de réaliser un livret métier du poste de Gestionnaire de ligne transverse afin que chaque nouvel entrant du service puisse appliquer, dès son arrivée, les bonnes procédures. Pour ce faire, vous travaillerez en étroite collaboration avec le gestionnaire actuel. VOS MISSIONS Grâce à vos compétences, vous : Vous familiarisez avec le métier et l'environnement de travail, Interviewez le référent métier actuel, Organisez de manière claires et structurées les tâches inhérentes au métier ainsi que les documents règlementaires, Rédigez et présentez un manuel complet des procédures d'utilisations sur les activités suivantes : Le suivi financier du service test outillage maintenance, Le suivi financier du service Démilitarisation (Main d'œuvre et Machine), Le suivi financier des CNC (commande non confirmées). Le poste est basé à Bourges sur le site du Subdray. Néanmoins, dans le cadre de vos missions, vous serez amené(e) à intervenir également sur le site de Selles-Saint-Denis. Des navettes sont disponibles pour les collaborateurs afin d'effectuer les trajets entre les deux sites.
          

STAGE LOGICIEL : DÉVELOPPEMENT D'UN PROJET EXEMPLE DE FORMATION POUR MOYENS DE TESTS H/F

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STAGE LOGICIEL : DÉVELOPPEMENT D'UN PROJET EXEMPLE DE FORMATION POUR MOYENS DE TESTS H/F Première société européenne de défense totalement intégrée, MBDA est un leader industriel mondial et un acteur global dans le domaine des systèmes de missiles. MBDA fournit des solutions innovantes qui répondent aux besoins opérationnels présents et futurs de ses clients, les forces armées. Entreprise fondamentalement multiculturelle, imprégnée d'une très forte culture d'innovation et de technicité, MBDA offre aujourd'hui des perspectives de parcours passionnants. Chaque jour, près de 10 000 collaborateurs se consacrent à la conception, au développement et à la production de nos systèmes et sont prêts à vous faire partager leur expérience. De nombreux stages et apprentissages sont proposés dans le but de former les jeunes et de faciliter leur insertion au sein de MBDA ou sur le marché de l'emploi. Convaincu que la diversité est une richesse, MBDA s'engage dans l'accueil et le maintien dans l'emploi des personnes en situation de handicap et veille au respect de l'égalité professionnelle entre les hommes et les femmes. Vous êtes passionné(e)s par le monde de l'aéronautique et de la technologie de pointe, vous voulez enrichir vos compétences et relever des défis, vous souhaitez intégrer des équipes dynamiques, conviviales et innovantes... VOTRE ENVIRONNEMENT DE TRAVAIL Venez partager et développer vos compétences avec nos 3000 collaborateurs sur notre site du Plessis-Robinson. Au sein de la Direction Engineering, vous rejoignez la direction qui soutient nos programmes dans la conduite des activités d'ingénierie et des essais, qui met en œuvre les méthodes d'optimisation de notre excellence technique et qui garantit un service optimal auprès de nos clients ! Intégré(e) au pôle qui est en charge du développement des Logiciels de Validation et Maintenance pour des Centres de Commandement et des Installations de Tir, vous intégrerez une équipe de 6 personnes avec lesquelles vous interagirez régulièrement. Vous rejoignez les activités projets logiciels de type Moyens de Tests qui permettent de valider les logiciels opérationnels embarqués dans les installations de tir. En vue d'accélérer la montée en compétence des nouveaux ingénieurs intégrants l'équipe Moyens de Tests, un guide et un tutorial ont été mis en place. L'objectif de votre stage est de développer et d'enrichir ces moyens de formation existants afin de s'approcher le plus fidèlement, des méthodes de développement des logiciels des moyens de tests. Pour cela, vous devez développer un "logiciel formation", en intégrant toutes les étapes du développement logiciel, de la spécification à la validation, afin de réaliser un tutoriel type "Travaux Pratique" permettant aux nouveaux arrivants d'acquérir rapidement des compétences et connaissances sur les moyens de tests et les méthodes de développement employés. VOS MISSIONS Grâce à vos compétences, vous : Analysez, étudiez les moyens de formation existants, Définissez les besoins en lien avec les nouveaux arrivants, Élaborez les exigences logicielles, Développez un logiciel support de formation et gérez sa configuration, Mettez en œuvre des outils de développement logiciel pour les moyens de tests, Rédigez des documents associés au logiciel de formation, Présentez votre projet auprès des différents services. Le logiciel de formation pourra prendre la forme d'exercice d'entrainement avec correction ensuite. Ce stage est pour vous l'opportunité de réaliser un projet en cycle en V. Vous développerez vos connaissances en modélisation UML, développement C et script python.
          

STAGE E-LEARNING : CRÉATION DE MODULES DE FORMATION QUALITÉ PRODUIT H/F

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STAGE E-LEARNING : CRÉATION DE MODULES DE FORMATION QUALITÉ PRODUIT H/F Première société européenne de défense totalement intégrée, MBDA est un leader industriel mondial et un acteur global dans le domaine des systèmes de missiles. MBDA fournit des solutions innovantes qui répondent aux besoins opérationnels présents et futurs de ses clients, les forces armées. Entreprise fondamentalement multiculturelle, imprégnée d'une très forte culture d'innovation et de technicité, MBDA offre aujourd'hui des perspectives de parcours passionnants. Chaque jour, près de 10 000 collaborateurs se consacrent à la conception, au développement et à la production de nos systèmes et sont prêts à vous faire partager leur expérience. De nombreux stages et apprentissages sont proposés dans le but de former les jeunes et de faciliter leur insertion au sein de MBDA ou sur le marché de l'emploi. Convaincu que la diversité est une richesse, MBDA s'engage dans l'accueil et le maintien dans l'emploi des personnes en situation de handicap et veille au respect de l'égalité professionnelle entre les hommes et les femmes. Vous êtes passionné(e)s par le monde de l'aéronautique et de la technologie de pointe, vous voulez enrichir vos compétences et relever des défis, vous souhaitez intégrer des équipes dynamiques, conviviales et innovantes... VOTRE ENVIRONNEMENT DE TRAVAIL Venez partager et développer vos compétences avec nos 3000 collaborateurs sur notre site du Plessis-Robinson. Intégré(e) au sein de la direction < Assurance Produit >, qui est en charge d'apporter les connaissances nécessaires aux tâches d'Assurance Qualité des Produits aux nouveaux collaborateurs. Vous êtes rattaché(e) au service transverse de quatre personnes, en charge de mettre en œuvre les systèmes qualités au niveau international. L'objectif de votre stage est de réaliser l'ingénierie des modules communs de formation des nouveaux arrivants à la Qualité au niveau MBDA France et pour certains modules au niveau MBDA Groupe (France, Angleterre, et Italie). Vous intervenez en mode projet, sur l'ensemble du cycle de vie des produits MBDA. Il sera essentiel de prendre en compte les nouveaux outils du Digital Learning (e-learning, MOOC, social learning, communauté d'apprenants, portabilité des supports sur PC, mobile, tablette, etc.) afin de rendre les modules attractifs. VOS MISSIONS Grâce à vos compétences, vous : . Répertoriez les formations Qualité Produit existantes en France et dans les autres pays en vue de recueillir les besoins et de les déclinez en objectifs techniques et pédagogiques, . Cartographiez les solutions de formation, leurs particularités et leurs intérêts pédagogiques, . Identifiez les conditions de réussite (contexte, acteurs à impliquer, actions à mener), . Définissez les thèmes, leurs contenus et les scénarios (durée et méthodologie), . Développez et/ou suivez l'avancée des modules de formation, . Vérifiez et validez le contenu de chaque module (population pilote), . Communiquez, diffusez et mettez en ligne les modules de formations, . Mettez en place la boucle d'amélioration (collecte des feedbacks, et prise en compte des actions d'amélioration). Dans le cadre de vos missions, vous serez amené(e) à développer différents modules de formations tels que : l'organisation Qualité, les rôles et responsabilités des principaux acteurs, des descriptions d'activités sur un projet ou sur une entité d'ingénierie ou encore les standards Qualité à connaitre figurants dans les contrats ou la règlementation applicable à MBDA. Les supports de formations seront à développer en anglais puis retranscrits en français (pour certains d'entre eux). Certains modules seront uniquement écrits en français. Tout au long du stage, de nombreux contacts seront nécessaires avec des ingénieurs qualité produit dans les 3 pays : France, Angleterre, Italie ainsi qu'avec les personnes du service formation de MBDA. Le stage sera mené en France, dans le centre du Plessis Robinson, mais des réunions en visio-conférence et des déplacements dans les centres de MBDA en France (centre de Bourges), en Angleterre et en Italie sont à prévoir.
          

STAGE : AUTOMATISATION DES TESTS POUR UNE SIMULATION DE SYSTÈMES DE DÉFENSE H/F

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Première société européenne de défense totalement intégrée, MBDA est un leader industriel mondial et un acteur global dans le domaine des systèmes de missiles. MBDA fournit des solutions innovantes qui répondent aux besoins opérationnels présents et futurs de ses clients, les forces armées. Entreprise fondamentalement multiculturelle, imprégnée d'une très forte culture d'innovation et de technicité, MBDA offre aujourd'hui des perspectives de parcours passionnants. Chaque jour, près de 10 000 collaborateurs se consacrent à la conception, au développement et à la production de nos systèmes et sont prêts à vous faire partager leur expérience. De nombreux stages et apprentissages sont proposés dans le but de former les jeunes et de faciliter leur insertion au sein de MBDA ou sur le marché de l?emploi. Convaincu que la diversité est une richesse, MBDA s'engage dans l'accueil et le maintien dans l'emploi des personnes en situation de handicap et veille au respect de l'égalité professionnelle entre les hommes et les femmes. Vous êtes passionné(e)s par le monde de l'aéronautique et de la technologie de pointe, vous voulez enrichir vos compétences et relever des défis, vous souhaitez intégrer des équipes dynamiques, conviviales et innovantes... VOTRE ENVIRONNEMENT DE TRAVAIL : Venez partager et développer vos compétences avec nos 3000 collaborateurs sur notre site du Plessis-Robinson. Au sein de la Direction Engineering, vous rejoignez la direction qui soutient nos programmes dans la conduite des activités d'ingénierie et des essais, qui met en œuvre les méthodes d'optimisation de notre excellence technique et qui garantit un service optimal auprès de nos clients ! Vous serez intégré(e) au service < System Analysis > qui se charge de la spécification amont et de la validation des systèmes. L'objectif de votre stage est de concevoir et réaliser des moyens de tests permettant l'automatisation de la validation d'un équipement. Cette automatisation permettra par exemple de détecter plus rapidement les différences de performances entre le produit réel et sa simulation. VOS MISSIONS : Grâce à vos compétences, vous : Recueillez les besoins auprès de l'équipe afin d'identifier les tests à automatiser, Définissez la stratégie et de l'architecture logicielle avec le support d'experts informatiques, Développez et testez un prototype sur une simulation existante afin d'obtenir un premier retour d'expérience. Pour ce faire, vous travaillez en méthode agile, Réalisez une IHM, Créez une documentation de conception et d'utilisation de l'outil à destination des utilisateurs.
          

Slow-Motion Whiplash

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Slow-Motion Whiplash Brian October 7th, 2019 at 1:15 PM
[Bryan Fuller]

10/6/2019 – Michigan 10, Iowa 3 – 4-1, 2-1 Big Ten

The story of the last 20 years of the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is Jim Tressel gradually transitioning Ohio State from what was then accurately termed "pro style offense" to a spread option system that's been at or near the bleeding edge for 15 years. He inherited Steve Bellisari and Craig Krenzel, neither of whom will be confused with a gazelle any time soon, and transitioned to Troy Smith in a bumpy 2004 season that saw the Buckeyes reach The Game with a 3-4 Big Ten record.

One-loss, #7 Michigan entered a heavy favorite. Four hours later a nuclear bomb had gone off. Smith threw for 241 yards on 23 attempts. He ran for 145 on 18. Ohio State got 52 yards on 14 carries from fullback Brandon Joe; everything else was Smith gaining 9.4 yards per whatever he did.

OSU did not look back. Since November 20th, 2004, Ohio State has had zero sharp turns with their approach. They've pushed things around based on whether their QB was Braxton Miller or Cardale Jones; they've constantly iterated to keep up with the Joneses. At almost no point have they tried to do something completely different.

When they found themselves forced into something pretty different a year ago when it turned out Dwayne Haskins would rather eat a turtle than run a zone read, things were rickety to the tune of a 49-20 blowout at Purdue where the Buckeyes tried a WR screen on fourth and goal from the two.

Doing different things is hard. Especially all at once.

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By contrast, Michigan has had no set offensive identity for longer than a few years. The tail end of the Carr era was almost nothing but outside zone from under center because the Broncos made it cool. Michigan imported Rich Rodriguez, then fired him after two years of Denard Robinson. Brady Hoke put Robinson under center a lot, because he is a neanderthal, and then recruited nothing but battleship pocket passers (and air). Michigan imported an Alabama OC who was no better than the guy putting Robinson under center; Hoke got fired.

In comes Jim Harbaugh, who had a fascinating period manballing it up from every formation that had ever been invented, lost Jedd Fisch, hired Pep Hamilton, threw Tim Drevno overboard two years too late, hired Ed Warinner, turned to Warinner after the Notre Dame debacle, developed a nice arc read package, ditched Hamilton, and hired Josh Gattis.

In the opener Gattis showed an arc read with an option attached that looked like the natural evolution of what Michigan had been running last year, and then for whatever reason all of that got stuffed in a garbage disposal. Michigan cited an oblique injury to the quarterback. Since then they've done various things, with nothing that you can actually call a base offense. Giving total control to Josh Gattis appears to have resulted in Michigan tossing some adequate babies out with the bathwater, and now the babies are not very adequate.

The number of whiplash moments here is approaching double digits, all while Ohio State calmly whittles a stick into a cruise missile. Michigan has repeatedly thrown over their offensive approach midseason.

Michigan doesn't need to go to Columbus for a counter-example, either: after getting ripped by Ohio State last year Don Brown has moved to a bunch of zone coverages. This is a pretty radical makeover itself, but since it's run by the same guy the terminology hasn't changed; the playbook is still the playbook, but different things are coming out of it. You can see where the defense is heading as it adapts to its personnel. Since that personnel has a decided lack of NFL defensive tackles it's been bumpy.

There's no comparison between the two units. Even after getting imploded by Wisconsin, Michigan sits 2nd in SP+ defense. In reality they're probably a few notches down from that—SP+ is still including a healthy preseason component. The offense is 66th, down over 40 spots from last year after returning nine starters. And there, too, optimistic preseason projections are propping that number up.

It's time to start moving certain pieces around, if only to experiment. Piece number one is quarterback, where it's time to see if any of the offseason Dylan McCaffrey hype was warranted.

Maybe that'll be enough for Michigan to dig in at some spot that—while vastly disappointing relative to preseason expectations—allows Michigan to entrench and see a way forward. Maybe not. Either way Michigan has another hard choice to make: continue on with an unproven coordinator off to a confusing, awful start, or throw it all away and try to build another sand castle before Ohio State can stomp it flat.

[After THE JUMP: defense though!]

AWARDS

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Clark Kent mode: still dormant [Fuller]

Known Friends And Trusted Agents Of The Week

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-2535ac8789d1b4991f1c37dee-a502-44d9#1 Kwity Paye/Aidan Hutchinson. 2.5 TFLs each; Paye's were all sacks; Hutchinson had one sack. Hutchison also added a forced fumble on the first play from scrimmage—nice when that happens to the other guys—and a PBU when he deflected a pass at the LOS. The relative proficiency of both guys on the interior allowed Michigan to put their rush package on the field on anything resembling a passing down and survive.

#2 Khaleke Hudson. 11 tackles, a QB hurry, a TFL, and suffered a hold so blindingly obvious that it drew a flag. Missed one tackle on a crossing route; otherwise excellent.  

#3 Cam McGrone/Jordan Glasgow. McGrone had some off moments but was also instrumental in Michigan's constant Stanley-shattering pressure; he's getting a +3 in UFR for a sack on which he took off from the linebacker level on the snap, dusted the RB, and finished. Glasgow converted a run blitz to a similar sack.

Honorable mention: Nico Collins was most of Michigan's touchdown drive, and he also got targeted two more times. Dax Hill had an impressive fourth-down PBU. Josh Metellus got over the top for an INT; so did Lavert Hill.

KFaTAotW Standings

NOTE: New scoring! HM: 1 point. #3: 3 points. #2: 5 points. #1: 8 points. Split winners awarded points at the sole discretion of a pygmy marmoset named Luke.

13: Aidan Hutchinson(#1 Army, HM Rutgers, T1 Iowa)
10: Zach Charbonnet (#2 MTSU, #2 Army)
9: Shea Patterson(HM MTSU, #1 Rutgers), Josh Uche (#3 MTSU, #3 Army, T2 Rutgers), Ambry Thomas (#1 MTSU, HM Rutgers)
7: Kwity Paye (T2 Rutgers, T1 Iowa).
5: Khaleke Hudson (#2 Iowa).
3: Ronnie Bell (HM Army, T3 Rutgers), Cam McGrone(HM Rutgers, T3 Iowa), Jordan Glasgow (HM MTSU, T3 Iowa)
2: DPJ (T3 Rutgers), Nico Collins (HM Rutgers, HM Iowa), Dax Hill(HM Rutgers, HM Iowa), Josh Metellus (HM Army, HM Iowa), Lavert Hill (HM Army, HM Iowa)
1: Will Hart (HM MTSU), Josh Ross (HM, MTSU), Sean McKeon (HM, MTSU),Brad Hawkins (HM Army), Christian Turner (HM Rutgers), Christian Turner (HM Rutgers).

Who's Got It Better Than Us(?) Of The Week

Nate Stanley is buried under an avalanche of persons on fourth and forever.

Honorable mention: The many and various sacks. Nico Collins catches a bomb.

X4OROG3KOKTIFUY4YU4SNSLDIY_thumb_thu[2]MARCUS HALL EPIC DOUBLE BIRD OF THE WEEK.

Moody misses a chip-shot field goal that would have essentially ended the game.

Honorable mention: Nordin gets iced at the end of the first half. Patterson throws a pick trying to get over a dropping defender on hi/low read. Patterson… well, just read the next section.

OFFENSE

McCaffrey time. Shea Patterson had one 51-yard bomb to Nico Collins and 25 other attempts on which Michigan advanced 96 yards, 3.8 yards an attempt. He threw a very bad interception and tried to throw another one. Both of his sacks were on him; he sat in the pocket forever on the first and then ran himself into pressure on the second.

I like Joel Klatt but when going over the game I about passed out when he lamented how no one was open on the first sack.

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Literally everyone is open! This coverage is a giant Iowa bust on which a corner playing outside leverage expects safety help and that safety help is moving up on a crossing route, which is also open. It really seems like this is the whole point of the play, as Bell takes his route vertical for a few steps to draw the safety's attention before breaking to the crossing route.

I should note that after attempting to match this up with the rush, the point at which Patterson needs to decide to throw is this:

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Since both LBs are moving left and the safety has committed these guys are in fact all open but I didn't want to be accused of cherry picking a moment too late. We saw McCaffrey make a nice anticipation throw to McKeon against Wisconsin, it's not unreasonable to expect Patterson to decide any of these guys are open. Also the wide open post needs no anticipation.

Various other incidents where Patterson sat in the pocket and couldn't find anyone didn't get the downfield cam treatment but I imagine many of them were like this, because this has been a consistent issue any time Patterson goes up against a zone defense.

There is no reason to expect this to improve, so I'm on Team McCaffrey as soon as he returns from injury.

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rarely does it come easy [Fuller]

A brief bit of sun. Michigan's other drive—the one that ended in the missed field goal—was frustrating even when things were working: it interspersed one two-yard run with completions to Collins, DPJ, and Black on two hitches that wobbled their way out there but were still easily completed and an out on which Tru Wilson picked up a CB blitz and Patterson threw it where that came from.

It's impossible to see that bit and not think about why it couldn't be this easy all the time. After the deep shot to Collins Iowa cornerbacks were playing in the parking lot or showing more aggressive coverage and bailing just before the snap. Michigan threw one hitch at that until the fourth quarter, that the Sainristil third down conversion.

To be fair to Gattis, Michigan did try to high-low Iowa on a couple of different instances only for Patterson to throw an interception on one. And the wobble on those hitches may have been oblique-induced. They were not confidence inspiring.

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no sale [Fuller]

Legitimate complaint. One complaint about the WR corps that I do think was legitimate was a distinct lack of Grant Perry route artisanship on red-zone corner routes, which were continually well-covered because Michigan's double moves on them were weak or nonexistent. Perry liked the weak first move followed by a more convincing second one inside, and then he'd break out. Iowa's a lot better than Hawaii and Geno Stone in particular was amazing in this game; still would like to see some guys bite on your moves.

Wildcat. I'm of two minds about the wildcat snap: yes, it was sort of a six-v-six situation on which the OL didn't win. (I say sort of because the overhang linebacker flew into the box on the snap.) On the other, Michigan took a passing down and waved a giant flag that they were going to run. Pass protection gets worse once the opposition doesn't have to worry about the run—Michigan had 15 pass protection positives before their first negative against Wisconsin, and from there things went to hell—and no doubt that dynamic exists for obvious runs.

Meanwhile, Michigan's other trick play was supposed to be an end-around pass from DPJ to Erick All. All fell over, Iowa didn't bite anyway, and DPJ seemingly had not been coached to get rid of the ball if his passing option was not there.

Ground woes continue. More whiplash: after a week where Michigan ran power, outside zone, and inside zone with meh success and seemingly quite a bit of confusion Michigan flipped to approximately one run play: inside zone. There was some split zone in there and a couple of arc plays, but after some early success Iowa got locked in on the one thing Michigan was doing and turned it into a struggle.

It is depressing that Michigan's gone from a team that can throw a lot of stuff at your face and run it all pretty well to one that does literally nothing well enough to be a base play. That goes double given the returning starters Michigan has. A lot of this has to do with the suddenly non-functional QB run game—that one arc read outside of four-minute-drill time was so open it was painful—but I don't know what to do with a team-wide regression so comprehensive. Players are supposed to get better as they get older.

I don't even know man. Michigan threw one bubble in this game, when they put Eubanks outside of DPJ. Iowa rolled their CB up to the LOS and slid their LB corps heavily to the field, with an OLB, who is a real OLB since it's Iowa, head up on Eubanks. The presnap look was a giant blinking DO NOT THROW A BUBBLE.

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Bubble. I'm going to walk into the ocean now.

Michigan can't throw a screen of any variety. No TE screens, no WR screens, no RB screens. No tunnels, no bubbles, no flash screens. Speed in space is nonexistent.

DEFENSE

Dax Hill: a man. Hill got another chunk of playing time and flashed eye-popping ability. His fourth and two PBU was a drag route on which he lined up with outside leverage, got a step behind, and then made up the distance in a flash. Almost casually. I look forward to fully actualized Dax Hill.

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at least there's someone missing a tackle [Fuller]

Mesh: a plan. Michigan got hit with a few different crossing routes in this game, but in almost all cases this was because someone messed up. McGrone had one; Hudson missed a tackle; I think Thomas was late recognizing his responsibility on the one to Iowa's little scatback. Like last week's not-quite switch-em-up that seemed like Dax Hill busting a trap coverage. Michigan is still getting used to a much more diverse defensive approach but it's working pretty well; see the column section above.

Drop-out blitzes: a canal. Michigan's TFL issues were always a product of who they played. Army is Army. MTSU and Rutgers have offenses designed around the fact they can't block anyone. Wisconsin is Wisconsin, and they only had to throw 15 passes. It wasn't likely that a Don Brown defense was going to be bad at getting to the QB.

But even the most optimistic view wouldn't have projected eight sacks and an intentional grounding that was functionally a ninth. Michigan obliterated Iowa's pass protection. They were extremely eager to throw their rush package on the field—second and seven+ was good enough—and in the second half they threw in a ton of threatened rushes and late drops that sent a ton of guys through untouched. McGrone zipped through the interior of the line when Uche dropped out multiple times; Hudson got a free run off the edge; etc.

Panama. I like Panama because on a continent where way too many countries have national anthems titled "The National Anthem," the Panamanian national anthem is "The Hymn Of The Isthmus."

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how Stanley didn't fumble in this game is unknown [Fuller]

McGrone, up and down. As mentioned above, Cam McGrone had some negative blips here. He was set to jam a crossing route from Smith-Marsette and airballed on him; there was a chunk iso run where he got thwacked by the fullback and didn't funnel to help.

But the dude has the Devin Bush thing where he can come from the linebacker level with no warning and get in on the quarterback in a flash. Iowa was constantly turning him free on blitzes up the middle in part because of that—there are guys who seem dangerous and guys who don't based on their positioning. McGrone was also excellent at not tipping when he was coming.

Handsy. A pretty frustrating game for both offenses in the PI department. Michigan had an open-drive TD that didn't quite come off because a DB who was beaten clean by Black yanked him from behind without a call. For Michigan's part it seemed like they dodged a couple of penalties: an official made the uncatchable signal after Ambry Thomas mugged Oliver Martin on a fade, and a Lavert Hill PBU saw some serious jersey tugging both ways.

On the latter play an official had tossed his hat to indicate the WR had stepped out of bounds. If you step out of bounds and are ineligible to touch the ball first, can you be interfered with? It seems like the answer should be no. But I don't know.

Michigan did get hit with an inevitable flag on a badly underthrown go route.

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[Fuller]

All right-thinking persons believe these flags are an affront to momentum and should not be called. Michigan was the beneficiary of one against Army, which felt dirty but was badly needed at the time. It is unfair to penalize someone when they are running in a straight line and the WR decides he needs to go through your body.

SPECIAL TEAMS

What are you doi—ok. DPJ fielded a punt at the four, which was bad. Then he DPJed his way out to the 40, which was good, and then he fumbled, which was bad, and then Michigan jumped on it, so that was okay again. Michigan got some fluck in this game to offset earlier bad luck.

Golden godhood: nah. Aussie drifter Michael Sleep-Dalton only averaged 38 yards a kick and didn't pin Michigan inside the 10. (Punting stats should record inside the 10, not inside the 20.) He did have a very frustrating line drive he hammered to the left after rolling right; DPJ had no shot at fielding it and it ended up being 56 yards with no return. Sleep-Dalton put a couple in the sideline as compensation.

By contrast Will Hart was his usual self: boom everything, live with the consequences. Iowa picked up 54 yards on four punt returns with a long of 17—ie, everything that got fielded came back a long way, and six of the eight punts either got returned or went into the endzone. So despite a 46 yard average, Michigan only netted 34 yards a punt once touchbacks and returns are accounted for.

These are the costs of Michigan's punting approach.

What was with the pop-ups? Michigan popped up their first two kickoffs. Smith-Marsette caught the first one on the dead run but had fair-caught it. The second one he took out to the 50. The opening kickoff of the second half went into the endzone, and you have to wonder why Michigan wasn't doing that from the beginning.

Nordin: very large leg. Consecutive 58-yarders were easily long enough; the second one got pushed wide after a bad snap.

MISCELLANEOUS

End of half, again. The end of half bugaboo struck again. Michigan was rightfully turtling until Kirk Ferentz called a somewhat unusual timeout on third and one; Haskins ripped off Michigan's longest run of the day—18 yards—and Michigan decided to try to get something with 20 seconds left and one timeout. Out of the timeout they threw a hitch, and DPJ got tackled in bounds. Michigan let the clock roll, threw another short pass, and then called timeout with one second left.

After the hitch the announcers clucked about how DPJ had to get out of bounds, something that would have been much easier if he'd been running an out. Why was he getting a throw at the numbers, five yards from the sideline?

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homecoming without lots of homecoming [Bryan Fuller]

No halftime show. Homecoming didn't have the alumni band performance. No Temptation, no War Chant. I don't even know what we're doing here if we're not preserving even extremely easy-to-preserve traditions. Let's become the mauve and taupe.

HERE

Best and Worst:

Meh: The Offense

I'm going to be a contrarian here and say the offense legitimately looked like it was making solid strides against what is a very good (if unspectacular) defense. Yes, Jim Harbaugh is probably trolling a bit when he says he thinks the offense is hitting its stride, as 10 points in any game is rarely a sign your team is firing on all cylinders. But I re-watched this game and there were a number of times where a play here, a play there turns what was a nail-biter into a blowout and we aren't having as many existential conversations about the state of the program. I know Iowa players said they didn't make adjustments to the pass defense, and I guess if your philosophy is "zone them hard and grab anyone who tries to get away", then in broad strokes that's probably correct. But Michigan still ground down the field at a decent clip (4.1 ypc after you excise sacks, kneel-downs, and whatever happened during that DPJ play), and perhaps most importantly stayed ahead of the sticks consistently (Iowa only picked up 4 TFLs, and two of those came on sacks and a third was the aforementioned DPJ play). Iowa's one of the worst teams in the country in generating tackles behind the line, but as we've seen past performance does not remotely portend future results. And heck, Patterson actually kept the ball on a couple of plays and picked up a couple of first downs in the process.

Also podcast, Ace's recap:

This was ¡El Assico! 2: This Time in Blue. Neither team cracked 270 yards of total offense. Of the game's 26 real drives, there were:

  • 15 punts
  • four interceptions
  • a lost fumble
  • two made field goals
  • two missed field goals
  • a single, solitary touchdown
  • Iowa's eight-play, 12-yard drive to end the game.

The defense, obviously, emerged as the game's heroes.

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Go Iowa Awesome:

THE BAD: ROAD NATE STANLEY

This is Nate Stanley’s worst performance on the road against a ranked conference opponent since…well…the last time Nate Stanley was on the road against a ranked conference opponent. In 2018 it was against Penn State, when he completed a pathetic 37% of his passes for 205 yards, threw for two interceptions and was sacked three times. In 2017 it was at Wisconsin where he completed eight (8!) passes for 41 yards, one interception and was sacked four times. His QBR against Wisconsin was 6.0. Six, point, zero.

Comically, this was statistically his best performance of those three games, as he threw for 260 yards and completed a more impressive 54.8% of his passes. Unfortunately, there were also the three interceptions and, oh yeah, the EIGHT sacks. Some of those weren’t his fault (which we’ll talk about), others, like the one where he had about 5 seconds to throw the ball away as he was running towards the sideline and decided instead to take the sack, were. Stanley turtles on the road in tough conference games and his decision-making is about a full two seconds slower. That was the case when he first started and unfortunately, that’s the case in his final year.

HSR:

A win is a win. Which is something you say when your team wins ugly.  But Michigan really needed this win, which, of course, will be immediately devalued by the national press because of how bad Iowa looked, and Iowa was overrated because who had Iowa played really?  It's going to happen because it's what always happens.  But things need to get fixed this week on the offensive side.  Figure something out, because you can't keep telling the defense it's all on them week in, week out.

Sap's Decals:

DEFENSIVE CHAMPION – I’m just going to come right out and say it, the ENTIRE DEFENSE played lights-out for Michigan. I mean, this was a total TEAM EFFORT. From Don Brown mixing up his schemes and his calls, to the d-line sacking the Iowa QB eight times, to the defensive secondary getting 3 interceptions, to the linebackers limiting the Hawkeyes to just one yard rushing. It wasn’t perfect, but in a one-possession game where the offense was having problems getting into the end zone, you just knew the defense was going to have to make the last stop – and they did.

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los barcos

October 7th, 2019 at 1:35 PM ^

Poor sam webb – probably going to throw out his back carrying all the water for this offense.  I usually appreciate his level-headed takes, but listening today makes me think we’re in two different worlds (cue Brian’s Sinbad/genie reference).

We *should* be 3-2, and a coin toss away from 2-3.  Think about that.  Objectively, this team as presently constructed cannot beat PSU (at night) or ND, they’re a 50/50 against MSU, and don’t even get me started about OSU…

You have to make a change – Shea looks utterly loss out there and the Offense has no confidence whatsoever.  I’m not one to usually call for the backup, but at this point what do you have to lose?  This isn’t even a hot take.  Pre-season everyone was raving about Dcaff – “we have two starting QBs” – and it wasn’t just smoke because they played both Shea and Dcaff together. 

So you liked Dcaff earlier, why not trot him out now? 

jdemille9

October 7th, 2019 at 1:55 PM ^

All signs say "yes, play McCaffery now!" but something tells me Shea is gonna be the guy for the rest of the season.. barring injury. I hope I'm wrong and they go back to him once he's cleared but I'm cynical and jaded after years and years of Michigan not doing what they should to help right the ship. 

I've resigned myself to a 7-5 regular season and a (hopefully) McCaffery-led bowl win over some cupcake to get us to 8-wins and once again re-ignite the offseason hype train. 

bronxblue

October 7th, 2019 at 2:43 PM ^

I don't know where all these "signs" that McCaffrey is any better are coming from?  One drive against Wisconsin?  Assorted spots from last year where he ran the ball reasonably well?  The only sign I see is people angry about Patterson (and the entire offense) looking bad and thinking any change is worth it.  Which is a fine decision if you accept that, no, Michigan probably loses 6 games then and the fat part of the bell curve ends with McCaffrey on the sideline injured and a combination of Milton and Patterson finishing off the year.  That's fine, but he isn't going to come in and suddenly turn this team into a monster.

 

umchicago

October 7th, 2019 at 4:21 PM ^

well, mccaffery isn't afraid to run the ball, which would help open up this offense.  he just needs to be coached-up to protect himself better.  add in that shae is terrible in the pocket.  i believe mccaffery will move the chains much better than shae on a consistent basis due to his legs alone.  shae is likely the better passer now, but i will leave with a mccaffery learning curve and some of the freshman mistakes..  if healthy, he has a full week to prepare against illinois than the real fun starts.

HollywoodHokeHogan

October 7th, 2019 at 4:59 PM ^

Yeah, he also isn't afraid to run like this is the first time he's played football.  I don't know that I've ever seen a QB who is so willing to run and also unwilling to protect himself.  I mentioned in another thread that even his "slides" are just him kneeling down with his upper-body perpendicular to the ground, waiting for an inevitable crushing hit.  If he doesn't fix that, he'll never make it through a game. 

jigsmcgee

October 7th, 2019 at 8:23 PM ^

to some degree, I’m happy he got savagely destroyed.  Maybe he will change how he plays so he can actually, you know, provide another option for the team instead of just being an idiot while running.  McCaffrey, if you are reading this, you Dumb fuck, I can’t believe I have to remind you that you broke your collarbone and got concussed in 15 plays over the past 2 seasons.  It’s not hard to see that you are not capable of taking hits like you think you are.  Manage risk and And take the job from Shea.  It’s literally being handed to you. 

All I see is stupidity on this team.  In every facet save for defense but even then, they end up playing man against osU

Yo_Blue

October 7th, 2019 at 5:27 PM ^

Does anyone legitimately think McCaffery can survive an entire game, let alone the remainder of the season?  In the two extended play situations he has 1) broken his collarbone, and 2) received a concussion after two blows to the head.  
I'm not ready to put the chinadoll label on him yet, but based on evidence....

jigsmcgee

October 7th, 2019 at 8:28 PM ^

          

10/05 Links: Bari Weiss' revolutionary anti-antisemitism action plan; Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to headline J Street conference; Phyllis Chesler: Gilead Resembles an Islamic Theocracy, not Trump’s America

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From Ian:

Bari Weiss' revolutionary anti-antisemitism action plan
I am intellectually curious about Weiss’s thoughts on the fourth pillar of antisemitism that contaminates Western Europe: Guilt-defensiveness antisemitism.

The Israeli psychoanalyst Zvi Rex famously remarked, with biting sarcasm, that “The Germans will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz.”

Based on my nearly 20 years of writing and analyzing contemporary antisemitism in Continental Europe, I posit that Rex’s formulation about German society punishing Jews because of the memory of the Shoah, which infuses pathological guilt into many Germans, needs to be updated.

In a modernized version of Rex, one might say that Western Europeans will never forgive Israel for the Holocaust. In short, that Western European countries such as France, Sweden, Austrian, Italy and others that were complicit in the Shoah are intensely focused on imposing discipline and punishment on Israel because of their guilt associated with Holocaust. What other plausible explanation exists for Western Europe’s relentless attacks on Israel and its singling out of Israel, only Israel, for a punitive demarcation of its products from the disputed territories in the West Bank and the Golan?

There has been progress recently in Germany in the fight against contemporary antisemitism, Weiss notes, for example the Bundestag decision to classify the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign targeting Israel as anti-Semitic.

However, there is still the problem that John le Carré described so forcefully in his novel The Little Drummer Girl (1983), when the Palestinain terrorist Khalil says, “We have many friends in Germany. But not because they love Palestinians. Only because they hate Jews.”

A 2017 German government study revealed that nearly 33 million Germans, out of a total population of 82 million, are infected with contemporary antisemitism–that is hatred of the Jewish state.

The report said, in a section titled “Agreement with Israel-related antisemitism,” that 40% of Germans who were polled approved of the following statement: “Based on Israel’s policies, I can understand people having something against the Jews.”
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to headline J Street conference
The two most powerful Democratic politicians in America, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, will headline the annual conference of J Street, the liberal Israel lobby.

The conference, which drew 3,000 people last year, is among the most prominent liberal Jewish gatherings of the year. It will take place in late October, and Pelosi and Schumer will speak on the night of Oct. 28. Pelosi recently launched an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Schumer’s presence at the conference is especially notable because he has established a reputation as a traditional pro-Israel voice in the Senate. He is a perennial speaker at the annual conference of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, which is to the right of J Street. He also voted against President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear agreement in 2015, a deal that J Street strongly supported.

J Street advocates for an end to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, and has been a frequent Trump critic. Its affiliated political action committee, JStreetPac, raised $5 million for more than 100 Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterm elections.

“At a time when many of our core values are under threat both in Israel and here at home, J Street is proud to stand with so many allies who are defending democracy and working towards a better future,” J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami said in a statement.

Swastikas in NJ Schools Symptom of Deeper Challenge of Antisemitism, Bigotry, Democratic Congressman Says
New Jersey is experiencing a “huge increase” in antisemitic activity and “every tool” needs to be used to combat the trend, the congressman representing the state’s 5th electoral district declared on Friday.

Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer was speaking on a conference call arranged to address a spate of swastika daubings and other antisemitic offenses in New Jersey public schools in recent weeks.

Highlighting the growing threat posed by white supremacist groups across the state, Gottheimer emphasized that his office was actively assisting security enhancement at religious institutions.

“We’re working together with our communities and our religious institutions by providing them with non-profit security grants,” Gottheimer said.

Grants of over $1 million this year have assisted synagogues, mosques, temples and other religious buildings with extra lighting, better locks and other safety measures.




Phyllis Chesler: Gilead Resembles an Islamic Theocracy, not Trump’s America
Misogynist thinking and actions exist in America today but not only among right-wing conservatives. It is also flourishing among our media and academic elites. Such thinking is flying high under the banner of “free speech,” “multi-cultural relativism,” “anti-racism,” and “political correctness.” Dare to question this elite’s right to silence and shame those who challenge their views—i.e., that the West is always to blame, that jihadists are freedom-fighters, that the Islamic face veil is a free choice or a religious commandment, that polygamy encourages sisterhood, that Islam is a race, not a religious and political ideology—and, as I’ve noted many times, one is attacked as a racist, an Islamophobe, and a conservative, and swiftly demonized and de-platformed.

While MGM/Hulu’s TV series is dramatically compelling, part soap opera, part horror movie, part Warrior Queen fantasy, the series is radically different from Atwood’s 1985 novel. For example, Atwood’s narrator, Ofglen, is not an increasingly daring, crazed, female assassin, as Elizabeth Moss brilliantly plays her. She is hardly heroic at all; under totalitarianism, heroism, collective or individual, is quickly ferreted out and destroyed. It exists but is rare.

Contemporary viewers are hungry for multi-racial characters, interracial and same-sex couples, “badass” women. Hulu gives them to us. Hulu’s Canada is a multi-racial, politically correct refuge for Gilead’s escapees; same-sex couples and feminists are government leaders. This is not true in the novel. On the contrary, in her 1985 Epilogue, Atwood has Canada rounding up and returning all Gilead escapees.

Atwood the divine novelist is absolutely entitled to depict whatever she wishes. But the current crop of reviewers as well as the filmmakers are playing partisan politics with her original vision and are refusing to see other and larger global dangers contained in her work.

Women’s freedom and women’s lives worldwide are under the most profound siege. To focus solely on the United States or on the Caucasian, Judeo-Christian West is diversionary. It scapegoats one country, one culture, for the far greater crimes of other countries and cultures.
Most Wars Don't Get Named Until Years After the Fighting Is Done. Others, Like the Yom Kippur War, Are Different.
The confidence of 1967 had turned out to be arrogant pride in 1973; its optimism, the folly of wishful thinking. Although there had been ample indications of the impending Egyptian and Syrian attack, Israel’s leadership had refused to believe it would happen and had not taken the necessary precautions. Menachem Begin, then the leader of the opposition, was speaking for all Israelis when, shortly after the war’s end, he declared in the Knesset:
Grief over the terrible mistake [of not calling up the reserves in advance and/or undertaking a preventive strike] . . . will never cease to haunt us. All would have been different, militarily and politically, were it not for the New Moon to the Tenth’s blindness.

Begin, a master rhetorician, had chosen his words carefully. “The New Moon to the Tenth,” beyn keseh l’asor, is a traditional rabbinic phrase for the ten “days of awe” from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur; the literal meaning of keseh (based on Psalms 81:4) is “covering up,” that is, the disappearance of the old moon at the month’s end before the new moon is sighted. Furthermore, the literary term used by Begin for “blindness,” likuy m’orot, which in Hebrew signifies more a judgmental or moral loss of vision than a physical one, also means “eclipse.” The intended parallelism was painfully apparent: as the light of the moon is eclipsed at the beginning of the ten days preceding Yom Kippur, so was the judgment of Israel’s leaders.

Ever since 1973, Yom Kippur has had a significance in Israel that it does not have in the rest of the Jewish world. Besides being a day of judgment for the sins of the individual, it has been seared into Israeli consciousness as a day of judgment for the nation—one on which a whole country was found guilty of the sin of hubris and made to pay a terrible price for it.

In colloquial Israeli speech, the words yom kippur have come to denote any shocking comeuppance, so that saying that something was someone’s “Yom Kippur” is like saying in English “It was his Waterloo.” There will never again be a Yom Kippur in Israel without this double sense of it, and the day’s heavy somberness is felt even by those who do not relate to it religiously. It will indeed always continue to haunt.
The War of Attrition: The “War Between The Wars”
Israel is the only country in the world that lives in a status called “the war between the wars.” Since it is surrounded by enemies who seek its destruction, even when not in official wartime, it is constantly dealing with small scale attacks from those enemies. The greatest example of this status is the three-year period from 1967 to 1970, a period which is now referred to as the “War of Attrition.”

One would have thought that Israel’s resounding victory over all the neighboring Arab countries in the June 1967 Six Day War would have given the Jewish state a few years of peace and quiet.

But this wasn’t the case.

Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser was determined to do whatever possible to win back the Sinai Peninsula which Israel captured during the war that ended on June 9, 1967. While the Six Day War was over, it wasn’t long until the War of Attrition began.

As early as July 1, Egyptian commandos moved to within 10 miles of the Israeli position on the eastern side of the Suez Canal. Israel, working under a plan to prevent Egyptian forces gathering in the area, attacked the commandos and lost one soldier with 13 wounded. The next day, the Israeli air force bombed the Egyptian artillery that was providing cover for its commandos. That led to an Egyptian air force strike against Israeli forces in the Sinai and, for all intents and purposes, the June 9 ceasefire was no longer relevant. Skirmishes between the two sides continued throughout July with numerous Egyptian fighter jets shot down by Israel and Israel sinking two Egyptian torpedo boats.

There was relative quiet during August, September and most of October but then on October 21, 1967, the Egyptian Navy sunk the Eilat, an Israeli naval destroyer, in international waters off the coast of Port Said, killing 47 Israeli sailors. Israel retaliated with extensive bombing of Egyptian oil refineries and depots in the region, resulting in significant artillery battles between the two sides, with the Egyptians suffering civilian casualties.
Iranian hackers reportedly targeted Trump 2020 presidential campaign
Microsoft said Friday that it believed that hackers linked to the Iranian government have recently targeted a US presidential campaign, as well as government officials, media targets and prominent expatriate Iranians.

Overall, the hackers attempted to penetrate 241 accounts — four successfully — though none of those penetrated was associated with presidential campaigns or current or past US officials, Microsoft said. A company spokeswoman declined to identify those targeted, citing customer privacy.

Reuters and The New York Times reported that the attacks targeted US President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, but this could not be independently confirmed.

A review of publicly available internet records by AP showed that the Trump campaign’s official website is linked to Microsoft’s email service.

The campaign website is the only major candidate’s site connected to Microsoft’s cloud email service, and his campaign has spent tens of thousands of dollars on the company’s products, Reuters said.

The New York Times report saying Trump was targeted cited two people with knowledge of the attacks who were not allowed to discuss them publicly, and said it wasn’t clear if the campaign had been compromised in any way.
Israel and Gulf states said working on ‘non-aggression pact’ as they face Iran
Israel is reportedly negotiating with several Gulf states on a “non-aggression pact” between them as they face off against an increasingly emboldened Iran. The deal, which Channel 12 news described as potentially “historic,” aims to put an end to the state of conflict between these states and Israel.

Advancing the Israeli initiative, Foreign Minister Israel Katz met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last month with several foreign ministers from Arab Gulf states, Channel 12 news reported Saturday night.

There was no immediate comment from the Foreign Ministry, but Katz himself on September 23 tweeted that he had held talks with an unnamed counterpart from an Arab country with which Israel does not have formal relations, and said they discussed “ways to deal with the Iranian threat” and a process for boosting “civilian cooperation.”

Katz, who is leading the effort with the backing of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, agreed with his Gulf Arab interlocutors to set up working teams to take the non-aggression pact forward, the TV report said.
Foreign Minister Israel Katz and his Bahraini counterpart Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa (R) pose for a photograph at the State Department in Washington on July 17, 2019. (Courtesy)

Katz presented his Gulf counterparts with a draft text of the intended pact, which was drawn up by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the TV report said. It reportedly highlights the opportunity to advance common interests in the context of the threat posed by Iran, and is drafted in accordance with principles of international law. Among other elements, the TV report said, the draft text specifies cooperation in the fields of war, the fight against terror, and economic interests.
Saudis said moving toward detente with Iran amid US reluctance to act militarily
Sensing US reluctance to respond forcefully to Iranian aggression in the region, and following the devastating September attack on its oil facilities blamed on Tehran, Saudi Arabia is quietly moving toward possible rapprochement with the Islamic Republic, according to multiple media reports.

The New York Times reported Friday that the Trump administration’s failure to react militarily to the September 14 missile and drone attack on Saudi oil facilities, which jolted global oil prices and temporarily knocked out nearly 6 percent of the world’s daily crude production, had led Riyadh to recalculate.

“The worst outcome for the Saudis is to move to a confrontation with Iran expecting the US to support them and find out they won’t,” Philip Gordon, a former White House Middle East coordinator told the Times. “This administration has shown it’s not really ready to take on Iran.”

The strikes were claimed by Houthi rebels in Yemen, but Saudi Arabia, the US and other Western powers have said the attack was sponsored by Tehran. In its aftermath, US President Donald Trump was presented with a range of military options, including potential airstrikes on targets inside Iran. But he was also warned that military action against the Islamic Republic could escalate into war, according to US officials familiar with the discussions.

Trump during a White House meeting last Friday put off, at least for now, any immediate military strike on Iran, but approved a broader effort to beef up security in Saudi Arabia and the region. He told reporters that showing restraint “shows far more strength” than launching retaliatory strikes now.
2 rockets fired from Gaza set off sirens, fall short of border fence, IDF says
Two projectiles fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Friday fell short of the border fence, landing inside the Hamas-held territory, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

The launches triggered incoming rocket sirens in the Gaza border community of Kissufim in southern Israel shortly before midnight.

The incident came hours after a Palestinian man was killed during riots along the Gaza-Israel border fence on Friday, according to the Hamas-run health ministry, as thousands took part in weekly protests.

Alaa Hamdan, 28, was shot in the chest by IDF soldiers in a clash near Jabalia in northern Gaza, the ministry’s spokesman said. The IDF had no immediate comment on the death.

Israel’s Channel 12 said the death may have been caused by a Palestinian grenade.

Five other demonstrators were wounded by gunfire, the Hamas-run ministry said.

Around 6,000 Palestinians took part in the day’s protests with some rioters throwing rocks and explosives at the security fence and troops along the border.
Ramallah Youths’ Discovery of IDF Camouflaged Surveillance Camera May Hurt Microsoft Startup
Youths from the village of Kober, northwest of Ramallah, posted a video and photos showing a camouflaged video camera that was hidden inside a concrete block by Israeli security forces in the village cemetery, Ma’an reported Friday.

According to Arab social network sites, the young men who found the spy device set it on fire after confirming it was a broadcast camera that transmits their movements.

In a video posted on the website of the journalist Tamer Barghouti from Kober, the young men appear to dismantle the device, which included a camera, a transmitter, and a battery, and celebrate their discovery with great joy.

On Tuesday, the IDF arrested three young men from Kober, out of whom it released two brothers and kept suspect Nassim Barghouti in detention.

According to Ma’an, the surveillance device was made by the Holon-based Israeli company AnyVision (“We build the future, Pixel by Pixel”), which specializes in facial recognition technology.

In June, Microsoft’s M12 venture fund announced its investment in AnyVision, just as soon as it is determined whether its products adhered to Microsoft’s tough AI ethics standards. Eventually, AnyVision reported that all its investors, including Microsoft, were satisfied it was a “tool for good.” But by mid-July, Haaretz reported that the IDF is using AnyVision’s face recognition technology at Judea and Samaria checkpoints as well as inside Arab communities, leading to a wave of criticism of Microsoft’s investment in AnyVision.
PA agrees to accept tax funds from Israel, ending stand-off over terror salaries
The Palestinian Authority has agreed to accept hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues collected by Israel, after months of declining them in protest over Jerusalem withholding money over payments to terrorists, Palestinian officials said Friday.

The transfers amount to some 600 million Israeli shekels (about $170 million) a month and are a key source of financing for the PA.

The PA had refused to accept the funds because Israel was withholding an amount equal to what the Palestinians pay to terrorists and their families, but the cash-strapped PA appears to be retreating in the face of an economic crisis.

Israel says the so-called Martyrs’ Fund rewards and encourages violence, while the Palestinians say it is a way to provide for needy families affected by the decades-old conflict.

Hussein al-Sheikh, an aide to Abbas, tweeted Friday that he had met with Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon the day before to discuss “all outstanding issues” and that committees would continue the negotiations on Sunday.

“The agreement was also on transferring a payment from the #PA’s financial dues. The dispute (remains) over the salaries of the families of #prisoners and #martyrs. We are determined to pay their dues at all costs.”
Egypt parliament speaker praises Hitler to defend government spending
The speaker of Egypt’s parliament on Wednesday clarified his praise of Adolf Hitler a day earlier to justify spending on government construction projects.

At the opening session of parliament Tuesday, Ali Abdel Aal implored lawmakers to back Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi amid anti-government protests. According to the Middle East Eye news site, Aal asked lawmakers to observe a minute of silence as a sign of support for Sissi’s “project to build the modern Egyptian state.”

“Hitler had his mistakes, but what allowed him to expand eastward and westward was that he created a strong infrastructure for the German state that remains the source of its leading position in the First World,” Aal was quoted saying.

After the remarks were reported on, Aal said Wednesday that Hitler “has committed a lot of crimes” and that his praise was of German civilization and development, not the Nazi leader.

“Everybody is aware of what Adolf Hitler has done to humanity; hence no one with the minimum level of knowledge can praise him for his actions,” Aal said during a parliamentary session, Egypt Today reported.
MEMRI: Warm Encounter Between Arab League Secretary-General, Syrian Regime Representatives On Margins Of UNGA Reignites Speculation About Syria's Reinstatement In Arab League
Unexpectedly, on the margins of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, Arab League secretary-general Ahmad Abu Al-Gheit approached the Syrian delegation, greeted Syrian Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Walid Al-Mu'allem and called him "brother," shook his hand and the hand of his deputy Faisal Al-Miqdad, kissed them both, and said he was happy to see them.

Apparently, this friendliness towards the Syrian leadership on the part of the secretary-general of the Arab League – which suspended Syria's membership on November 12, 2011 because of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's harsh repression of the Arab Spring protests in the country[1] – is further evidence of an uptick in Syria's status in the Arab world and of the erosion of Arab opposition to the Syrian regime.[2]

For some three years, a number of Arab states – including Egypt, Iraq, Tunisia, Lebanon, Algeria, and the Palestinian Authority – have been calling to allow Syria back in to the Arab League.[3] UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash even stated, in a June 7, 2018 interview, that "expelling Syria from the Arab League was a mistake."[4] In addition, the Arab Youth and Environment Union, which belongs to the Arab League, announced on October 2 that it would reinstate Syria as a member in the next few days.[5]
Seth J. Frantzman: Why did Iraqi forces shoot protesters?
A variety of videos coming out of Baghdad show security forces shooting at protesters. Over the last twenty-four hours, as Friday turned to Saturday, the number of reports of snipers gunning down activists has grown. The elephant in the room cannot be ignored: Someone in Iraq’s government told a section of the security forces to use live-fire to kill protesters. It wasn’t a mistake, it wasn’t because police were outnumbered, and it wasn’t isolated incidents.

Why would Iraqi forces shoot the protesters from the same cities and southern provinces that many of the security forces or Popular Mobilization Units are drawn from? The question may is worth asking because there have been various rumors and claims about the protests in Iraq that have posited that those doing the killing and using the most heavy-handed measures are Iranian-linked groups. This creates an easy narrative of “Iran suppressing protests in Iraq,” as part of the larger Iranian goal to control Iraq for its own purposes.

To support the narrative of Iran’s role there have been stories about “Farsi speakers among the security forces” and “units changing uniforms” before attacking protesters. There are stories about plain-clothes officers among the security forces which leads to claims those in plain clothes are outsiders. In this narrative, spread in Arabic on social media, an “Iranian Revolutionary Guard Brigade” was permitted to enter Iraq by Fatah Alliance leader Hadi al-Amiri. Evidence? Some people tweeting about it.

The claim of foreign interference goes both ways. Others have pointed out that a concerted social media effort has been made to fuel protests and some of the accounts are located abroad. Lastly voices in pro-Iranian media have portrayed the protests as directed by foreign powers.

None of these stories present a full picture of what happened. Like the proverbial elephant, they all only capture one part of what happened. From the first moments of the protest the security forces that were sent used heavy-handed tactics. Video showed men in camouflage uniforms, heavily armed, involved in clashes, as well as other police-style units in darker uniforms.
Iraqi protesters claim Iranian forces firing on demonstrations
Farsi-speaking Iranians, not Iraqi forces, have been firing on protests in Iraq in which 65 people have died, said one protester interviewed by Reuters, according to Al Arabiya.

"There is no work, you come to protest, they fire at you. Live gunfire,"said the unnamed protester."They are all Iranian-speaking in Farsi. You want to speak to them, they answer in Farsi. The Iraqis would not fire at you."

The Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) milita in Iraq is backed by Iran.

Witnesses at the protests in Baghdad said that pro-Iranian security forces opened fire on protesters.

Protests broke out throughout Iraq against the deterioration of living conditions and health services, government corruption, unemployment and Iranian interference in the country.

The protests have no clear leader and seem to consist of gatherings of angry protesters.
In apparent swap, Iran frees Australian travel bloggers charged with spying
In a possible swap, an Australian-British blogger and her fiancé returned home Saturday after being freed from a three-month detention in Iran.

The couple, Jolie King and Mark Firkin, returned to Australia after all charges against them were dropped.

At the same time, Iran’s state TV reported that an Iranian scientist, Reza Dehbashi, who was detained for 13 months in Australia over purchasing a defense system for his country from the United States, had returned home.

“We are extremely happy and relieved to be safely back in Australia with those we love,” the Australian couple said in a statement. “While the past few months have been very difficult, we know it has also been tough for those back home who have been worried for us.”

They thanked the Australian government for helping secure their release.

There was no immediate acknowledgment Saturday by Iranian officials or in the country’s state media of the couple’s release. However, that has happened in previous cases.

Iranian TV said that the Australian judiciary had planned to send Dehbashi to the US but that he was released through Tehran’s diplomatic efforts.
Man crying ‘Allahu Akbar’ tries to run into Berlin synagogue with knife
A man armed with a knife attempted to run into a synagogue in central Berlin Friday evening, German media reported Saturday.

The man, apparently a Syrian refugee, was tackled by security personnel at the entrance to the Neue Synagogue. According to the Bild website, he was heard calling out “Allahu Akbar” (“God is Great” in Arabic) and “F##k Israel.”

German police said the man, identified as Murad M., was hit with pepper spray by guards and then subdued and disarmed.

Officials said he carried documentation identifying him as 23 years old, originating from Damascus and with a residency permit, which ends in December 2020.

The incident occurred at around 5:30 p.m. according to Bild, likely shortly before the start of Friday’s evening prayer service.

Police said the assailant had no prior record and was not known to authorities.

The investigation was ongoing, but German media said that the man was released from police custody on Saturday morning.
John Mann warns against risk of understating problem of antisemitism
The Government’s new antisemitism adviser has warned that between overstatement and understatement of antisemitism, “the biggest danger is that we will understate the problem.”

Speaking after his first public engagement in his new job, John Mann MP, who has resigned from the Labour Party and will become a crossbench peer in the House of Lords, explained that he accepted his new advisory role to prevent “good people, young people” from deciding to emigrate from the UK because of rising antisemitism.

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer has shown that 40% of British Jews have considered leaving the country due to antisemitism.

If action were not taken against antisemitism, he warned, “the reality will be that good people will leave. Not necessarily quickly — but good people will not see their future on the continent of Europe or on the UK because they are Jewish, and they wish for their identity to be proudly held at all times. We are not going to accept – and government is not going to accept — that impingement on civil liberties in this country.”

Observing the rise of antisemitism on university campuses, Mr Mann noted too the “pernicious, silent, isolating disdain” shown towards Jewish students “from hostile elements in their universities,” adding that he would be pushing for the adoption and application of the International Definition of Antisemitism by “our major institutions, football clubs, universities — this is achievable.”
CAA condemns University of Nottingham for inviting suspended MP Chris Williamson to speak
The University of Nottingham has defended a decision to invite Chris Williamson MP to speak on its campus.

Mr Williamson was suspended from Labour and then readmitted, only to be resuspended following a public outcry after claiming that Labour has been “too apologetic” over antisemitism.

The disgraced MP is scheduled to speak on 11th October as part of a series on “British Politics in Crisis” at the Centre for British Politics.

Jewish students at the university have reportedly called for the invitation to be withdrawn, citing Mr Williamson’s “history of Jew baiting.”

Gideon Falter, Chief Executive of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “It is a damning reflection on the University of Nottingham that it chooses to invite a politician suspended from the Labour Party over his attempts to minimise the Party’s antisemitism crisis and who has a record of praising antisemites to give a lecture. If the university wishes to teach its students why British politics is in crisis, it might start by exploring why leading institutions are so ready to legitimise Labour antisemitism by inviting one of its chief defenders to speak.”

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.
Labour MP Emma Dent Coad likes Facebook comment claiming Israel “disgraces all of us Jews worldwide”, then apologises
Emma Dent Coad, who was elected as a Labour MP in 2017 for Kensington, ‘liked’ a comment on Facebook by another user that read: “I’ve always been a Bevanite — my ultimate political hero…and as a Jew, the current Israeli apartheid regime disgraces all of us Jews worldwide.”

The comment was posted in response to a post by another user that criticised “Blairite” MPs and “members of the Netanyahu fan club”.

Following media attention, Ms Dent Coad apologised and ‘unliked’ the comment.

On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

In recent months, twelve MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

Over 55,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”
Conservative MP Crispin Blunt suggests British Jews “demand special status” and reportedly says grants for Jewish security are a waste of money
The Conservative MP Crispin Blunt made a reference to “the demand for special status” on the part of British Jews in an interview on the sidelines of the Conservative Party Conference this week.

Mr Blunt made the comment following a fringe event at the Party Conference in his capacity as patron of the Conservative Humanists group. At the event, which was held in conjunction with Humanists UK, the chair of Conservative Humanists protested previous comments by the Chief Rabbi, who had apparently suggested that some humanists were becoming intolerant of religion.

Asked for his reaction to the chair’s comments, Mr Blunt suggested: “I think what he was saying was regarding the demand for special status…what’s required is for everyone to have tolerance of other people’s position and not to impose unfair views.”

The notion, however casually expressed, that Jews demand or receive special status in British society is baseless and offensive. Any dispensations that Jews do receive, for example in the workplace, are also shared by other faith groups and protected classes.
Alison Chabloz and the Criminalization of Holocaust Denial
Late last month, a musician named Alison Chabloz was sent to prison in the United Kingdom for violating the terms of an earlier court decision prohibiting her from using social media — a decision stemming from her dissemination of videos featuring songs she wrote that mocked the Holocaust. In the UK, this story made many of the major papers, but it has hardly registered at all in the United States.

But here’s why it should:
This case was a watershed decision in the battle against antisemitism. The UK has laws expressly forbidding hate speech that tries to incite hatred of other groups or is grossly offensive in nature. As such, and in light of her social-media malfeasance, Chabloz — who has posted content on her website alisonchabloz.com#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/49604&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com with headlines such as “In Defence of a Myth–‘Holocaust’ lobby shifts into top gear” and “Hear the Jew cry out in pain as the White lady sings” was incarcerated for a couple of days before being released pending her appeal hearing. That is scheduled for late October.

Chabloz, who has remained unrepentant despite her losing cause, has become something of a symbol of resistance to anti-hate speech legislation. Her supporters argue that Chabloz shouldn’t have been put in jail just for singing songs. They claim that regardless of the fact that Chabloz perpetuated an utterly repellent ideology through her music, the idea of instituting such a harsh punishment for posting content on social media is extreme in light of a person’s right to self-expression.
Why did UK’s Holocaust memorial events remove references to Jews?
The University College Union in the United Kingdom sent an email to branches that excluded mention of Jews among the groups persecuted during the Holocaust. According to The Jewish Chronicle, the UCU has since apologized. However, in a review of several websites connected to upcoming commemorations of Holocaust Memorial Day 2020, which will be held on January 27, references to Jews appear to be too often missing.

In the case of the UCU, a long list of those persecuted were mentioned, just not Jews. This included members of “trade unions” and “Roma” and “black people,” as well as gays and lesbians and “Jehovah’s Witnesses.” In addition, “non-Jewish Poles,” were mentioned – but not Jews. The UK’s special envoy for post-Holocaust issues, Eric Pickles, said the incident sends a “chilling message.”

But the problem is much larger than just the UCU. Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 is already being wrapped into the easier to pronounce acronym “HMD 2020,” which in itself removes the word “Holocaust.” On some websites, such as the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s page devoted to “75 memorial flames,” it is clearly noted that the Holocaust was “the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews of Europe.” However, a press release from April about the “HMD 2020” theme, called “Standing Together,” doesn’t mention the word Jew. The press release, also at the Trust’s website, notes that “HMD 2020 will also include marking the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia.” It is interesting that while Bosnia is mentioned, the place that the Shoah began in Germany is conveniently left out, lest anyone recall it was Germany that began the Holocaust and was largely responsible for it.

The April press release of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust notes that it is “calling people to Stand Together in memory of the millions of people affected by the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.” The UCU seems to have used similar language as part of the Stand Together campaign.
Antisemitism in Victorian schools is a monumental and hidden crisis
I well up with emotion when I hear of Jewish kids being subjected to physical assaults, bigoted stereotypes and insults, exclusion, degrading text messages and social media lynching. The day is not too far off when young people will have to hide their Jewish faith so as not to be singled out and vilified by their classmates. The victims are traumatised, filled with feelings of despair and abandonment, convinced that the system has failed them. And they are right.

Not infrequently, distraught parents are concerned that the anti-Semitic abuse will escalate if they notify the school since their child will become an even-bigger target. Some remain silent believing that the school leadership will not be sympathetic to their complaint. In fact, some administrators trivialise the attacks as a childish aberrations, as "kids being kids", or blame the victims ("it's your child's fault since they provocatively choose to exhibit their Judaism" or "we are a non-Jewish school so if you don't like it, leave"), are very slow to respond, and do not impose the appropriate punishment. In effect, they are enabling the wrongdoers by sending a crystal-clear message that Jewish pupils are fair game.

The elephant in the room is that very few of our elected representatives are actually speaking out about the darkening clouds that are gathering. And so, this cancer of intolerance, which is spreading like wildfire, must end. All of it. Because we literally have no choice and because that is not who we are as a nation. Good intentions and words are not enough. We now need bold action by the state and federal governments that matches the scale of the runaway problem we face, and which effectively tackles this menace at every single step. One solution is to institute mandatory reporting so schools are obliged to notify the Education Department when such incidents occur. Such reporting will then necessitate the investigation of each individual case and if warranted, appropriate penalties for the perpetrators.

Countering religious bigotry in the long run also hinges on making anti-bias and Holocaust education compulsory in every class. One example is the Anti-Defamation Commission's Click Against Hate program, a free, groundbreaking educational program, which equips students with the skills to respond to the hate they encounter in schools, urging them to action when it happens to them or when they see it happening to others. Further training for teachers and headmasters is also urgently needed so they understand that antisemitism is a threat to our way of life and that inaction is not an option. It's time for the adults in the room to stand up and protect the defenceless and vulnerable - our children.
Minister orders review into schools at centre of anti-Semitic bullying
Victoria’s Education Minister James Merlino has ordered an immediate review into the way two Melbourne schools dealt with separate "appalling and shocking" cases of sustained anti-Semitic bullying earlier this year.

Federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg also weighed into the "completely unacceptable" incidents, calling for lessons on the Holocaust, in which about 6 million Jews were killed in Europe, to be included in the Australian curriculum.

Mr Merlino said he would also meet with the parents of the two Jewish boys; a 12-year-old year 7 student who was at Cheltenham Secondary College, and a prep student at Hawthorn West Primary School. The meetings are scheduled to take place on Monday.
James Merlino has ordered a review into how two schools handled separate cases of anti-Semitic bullying.

James Merlino has ordered a review into how two schools handled separate cases of anti-Semitic bullying. Credit:AAP

Both boys have since left the schools where they were bullied, after their parents lost confidence in the schools' handling of the matter.

The year 7 boy was made to kneel and kiss the shoes of a Muslim boy in a public park, under threat of being bashed by several other boys who were watching on.

The humiliating act was filmed and published on social media.

The boys who were watching on were not Muslim, the victim’s mother said. She sought out the offender’s parents, who were horrified.


Israeli hospital donates equipment and knowhow to Nepal
Five physicians from Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center recently brought medical equipment to Kathmandu and shared their expertise on women’s and children’s health with the medical staffs of two local hospitals.

Sponsored by the Embassy of Israel in Nepal, the Israeli team led a week of workshops and continuing medical education courses in neonatology, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology. They taught the Nepali medical professionals how to use the new lifesaving technologies they donated.

Senior gynecologist Dr. Ronit Almog said this was the fifth such foreign delegation sent out by Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in the past year.

“Our aim is to reduce fetal and maternal morbidity and mortality in developing nations,” she said. “We met warm and welcoming medical teams and had a great cooperation. We saw a very good health level and system in Nepal and look forward to future mutual cooperation.”

Dr. Shyam Sundar Dhaubhadel, founder and president of Siddhi Memorial Foundation – which provides accessible healthcare services for women and children through Siddhi Memorial Hospital– compared the two nations to siblings. “Nepal is a toddler; Israel is a grown-up sister that has to share her expertise.”
Eric Pleskow, Holocaust refugee and producer of Oscar-winning films, dies
Eric Pleskow, who escaped the Nazis to become a film executive whose movies won the Academy Award for best picture seven times, has died. He was 95.

Pleskow was the president of the United Artists studio when it took home the best picture Oscars for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Rocky” and “Annie Hall” in 1975, 1976 and 1977, respectively — an unprecedented three-peat for a movie studio.

Later, as the co-founder of Orion Pictures, he oversaw four more winners for top film: “Amadeus” (1984), “Platoon” (1986), “Dances With Wolves” (1990) and “Silence of the Lambs” (1991).

Pleskow was born Erich Pleskoff in Vienna in 1924. He escaped the city with his family in 1939 after the SS had seized their home, which was blocks away from Sigmund Freud’s office, according to The Washington Post.

After arriving in New York City, he briefly worked at a film company, and was later drafted into the U.S. Army, where he was tasked after the war with reviving a film studio in Bavaria. From there he was hired as an executive at United Artists’ foreign department.

Pleskow rose to become president of the studio in 1973, and raised its profile by working with directors such as Woody Allen and Jonathan Demme. He broke off to co-found Orion in 1978.
Demi Lovato's mom defends trip to Israel: 'I will undoubtedly, unapologetically go again'
While Demi Lovato apologized for her trip to Israel — after receiving backlash — her mother won’t be following suit.

Dianna De La Garza, who accompanied Lovato on the free trip this week, said their visit was one of “only love” and that she will “unapologetically go again.”

Along with a photo of their two hands touching the Western Wall, De La Garza wrote that stop in the Old City of Jerusalem “was the highlight of my trip.” She said she will “never forget that day... or that trip as we celebrated life and Christianity as we learned about the Jewish faith while listening to the Muslim call to prayer. There was no fighting, no judgement, no cruel words...only#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/49604&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com love.”

De La Garza made it clear that there will be no apology coming from her, adding, “And I will undoubtedly, unapologetically go again one day.”

On Wednesday, Lovato found herself apologizing for the free trip — during which she was baptized in the Jordan River and had a spiritual awakening — amid criticism that she was taking a side in the country’s longstanding conflict with Palestine. Lovato apologized to those she offended in a message on social media, saying the trip was not mean to be “a political statement.”
What it was like growing up as a hidden Jew in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq
When Ceen Gabbai argued with her first-grade teacher about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, she didn’t realize how big of a risk she was taking.

The year was 2000 and students across the world held strong opinions about the Second Intifada, an outbreak of violence that claimed thousands of lives and began in September of that year. But Gabbai’s situation was different: She was one of the few Jewish students in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Standing up for Israel in a Baghdad elementary school was not an advisable move.

“Saddam was all crazy about Palestine,” she told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “I go to school and they’re talking about what a horrible thing that is and how Israel was horrible. And I go and I’m like, ‘I think that’s a lie.’”

Gabbai was called to the school office, took a letter home to her mother and her parents had a meeting with the principal. Soon after they moved homes and she switched schools. Following the episode, her parents did not talk with her about Israel or Judaism.

Gabbai has had a dangerous life. Born a Jew under an Iraqi dictatorship, she endured constant anti-Semitism from a young age, then survived the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the years of war that followed.

In 2015, Gabbai received asylum in the United States. She is now living in an Orthodox neighborhood in Brooklyn, raising a child, teaching elementary school and writing children’s literature. She does not look back fondly on the hardships she endured, but feels they taught her to persevere no matter the situation.
Tombs, palaces, poverty and plague: Follow Montefiore’s early Holy Land travels
You may have heard that Sir Moses (Moshe) Montefiore was the force behind Mishkenot Sha’ananim, the first Jewish neighborhood outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls. But were you aware that the wealthy English knight visited pre-state Israel seven times, most often with his wife, Lady Judith?

Dr. Louis Loewe, a linguist and author who was not only intimately acquainted with the couple but had even accompanied them on journeys around the world, greatly admired Sir Moses and Lady Judith. In a book, the “Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore,” which he published in 1890, he depicts them as a compassionate, caring, and observant Jewish couple that lived life to the full. They were also quite the wine connoisseurs. In fact, wine is mentioned in the diaries 24 different times.

One of their most interesting trips to the Holy Land, described in detail in Loewe’s book, took place in 1839. The volume abounds with descriptions of their overnights in tents, palaces and elegant homes. They rode horses atop mountains, along easy roads and atop barely discernible paths. The Plague was rampant that year, and they were careful to stay away from infected towns and villages.

Wherever the Montefiores went they distributed money and gifts, all the while taking the time to find out what their fellow Jews needed in order to improve what was very often a miserable existence. Quite possibly it was this trip that planted the seed for the eventual establishment of Mishkenot Sha’ananim in 1860.

That pioneering neighborhood came equipped with a windmill produced in Canterbury, a copy of one that stood near the Montefiore estate. With its help, the residents were meant to grind wheat into flour and become self- sufficient. In 1892, more buildings were added and the new neighborhood was called Yemin Moshe.



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10/04 Links Pt2: Caroline B. Glick: American Jewry’s days of reckoning; Ruthie Blum: Owing Israel an apology; Bari Weiss Makes Her Case; Memorial service to be held in Ari Fuld's honor

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Caroline B. Glick: American Jewry’s days of reckoning
On September 29, President Donald Trump set out his nationalist political philosophy in his address before the UN General Assembly. Arguing that the nation-state is the best guarantor of human freedom and liberty, Trump set up a contrast between “patriots” and “globalists.”

“The future does not belong to globalists,” he said.

“The future belongs to patriots. The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations who protect their citizens, respect their neighbors, and honor the differences that make each country special and unique.”

Jewish nationalists, that is, Zionists, could hear their core convictions echoed in Trump’s statement. Israeli political philosopher Yoram Hazony made much the same argument in his book "The Virtue of Nationalism," which was published last year.

One of the regimes most opposed to nationalism is the Iranian regime. Iran’s leaders view the regime not as the government of the nation of Iran, but as the leader of a global jihad, which will end with the regime’s domination of the world, in the name of Islam – not Iran.

Anti-Semitism is one of the animating doctrines of Iran’s regime. The leaders ascribe to genocidal Jew-hatred. They use their commitment to annihilating Israel and war against the Jewish state as a means to build legitimacy for their regime and revolution throughout the Islamic world.

In his speech, Trump highlighted the regime’s anti-Semitism and its commitment to annihilate Israel.

Trump also excoriated the Arab world for refusing to recognize Israel’s right to exist, saying, “Fanatics have long used hatred of Israel to distract from their own failures.”

Trump pledged, “America will never tolerate such anti-Semitic hate.”

Rather than earning him plaudits, American Jews were caustic in their response to Trump’s speech. Britain’s Independent reported that several American Jews condemned Trump’s speech as anti-Semitic. For instance, Laura Seay, a political science professor in Texas tweeted, “So … Trump condemns anti-Semitism in the same speech he started with anti-Semitic code language like 'globalism.'"
Ruthie Blum: Owing Israel an apology
FINALLY, I APOLOGIZE if I have given anyone the impression that I would be bitter about whatever coalition is cobbled together, or would not accept a third round of Knesset elections, if that becomes necessary. My view – that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a great leader – has not changed; nor has my sense that the charges against him are flimsy, at best, been shaken.

In addition, I am less than thrilled about the prospect of a national-unity government, headed either by Netanyahu or by Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, whether or not they reach a rotation agreement. Nor do I welcome new elections, which probably would result in an outcome nearly identical to that of the September 17 vote.

But as soon as a government is formed, including if its makeup is one I consider disappointing, I pledge to continue to use my pen to defend the country against its external enemies, such as Iran – whose regime boasts about possessing the will and means to wipe Israel off the map – and those at home and abroad who engage in equally serious efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state in order to call its existence into question.

I hope to keep the above promises in the year to come, and to live up to a different admonition by Isaiah – verse 5:20 – which is not recited on Yom Kippur, but should be remembered and applied by all of us every single day of each calendar year: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that change darkness into light, and light into darkness.”
Battling BDS, one laugh at a time
I LIKE the idea that it’s time to stand up for ourselves through stand-up, among other means. Better to deliver punchlines than be the punching bags. It’s healthy to be able to laugh at ourselves and it beats BDS bitterness. Two days after last month’s election, the Government Press Office and Foreign Ministry arranged for a special screening of a new movie called Mossad. The comedy was presented as the perfect break from politics and a good way to help Israel’s image.

The satire directed by Alon Gur Arye has a star-studded cast, including heartthrob Tsahi Halevi of Fauda fame in his first comic role. Halevi plays a bumbling spy called Guy Moran (and you can imagine how that surname turns out in English.)

When he gives a woman his card, she says: “But it’s blank.”

“That’s because I’m a secret agent,” he replies.

The save-the-world plot in which the Mossad and the CIA compete and collaborate is totally implausible, but many of the one-liners are brilliant and the slapstick stunts are well-executed. When the evil masterminds capture an American billionaire in Jerusalem, they come up against a henpecked Mossad chief whose sole aim is to finish his term without incident and to get to light one of the torches on Independence Day. The (obviously unreal) Mossad head, played by Ilan Dar, demands a videotape of the hostages holding a newspaper showing the date. This leads RBG (the “Real Bad Guys”) to scream: “Who can even find videotape anymore? Nobody reads a newspaper!”

Unlike Diplomatic Relations, where the idea is good, but the performance is at times painful, I can happily recommend Mossad. Gur Arye admits that the film was inspired by gag-filled American movies such as Top Secret! and that making it was a dream come true. Noting that most of his Israeli peers want to make dramas, he preferred parody.

“And I wanted to spoof something very Israeli,” he explained in a panel after the screening.

Gur Arye was lucky and talented enough to get veteran Israeli director Avi Nesher and American director David Zucker (of the Airplane and the Naked Gun franchise) on board and the film definitely has Zucker’s wacky touch.



Bari Weiss Makes Her Case
Does she focus too much on left-wing anti-Semitism given the danger from the right? In a way, Weiss replied, left-wing anti-Semitism is more insidious because it “speaks a language that is a siren song — the language of social justice, progress, defense of the oppressed.” It’s also far more socially acceptable: “Someone who photoshops your face into a gas chamber is not going to be received in polite society. Someone who calls you an Islamophobe and a racist for being a Zionist is going to be invited on television.”

She addressed difficult questions with both nuance and simplicity. Yes, “Netanyahu makes it harder to defend Israel” with his Arab-baiting, his alliances with racist parties and his cozying up to authoritarians in Europe. No, it’s not acceptable to blame him for anti-Semitic incidents in Europe, because “Jews should not be blamed for anti-Semitism, ever.”

I didn’t agree with everything Weiss said. I wasn’t, for instance, too impressed by her suggestion that Jews who support BDS are motivated by the desire to “belong” and fit in with surrounding society; it seemed needlessly dismissive of some people’s sincere beliefs.

I also had mixed feelings about the claim she made at the end of the evening, and which she also makes in the book: That anti-Semitism exists largely as a backlash against the “radical ideas” at the center of Jewish faith and culture. “The idea of one God, that slavery is wrong — those are Jewish ideas,” Weiss said. Obviously, the Jews’ role as the original monotheists had something to do with their historical contentious relationship with other cultures. But Weiss also oversimplifies this history and flirts with reinventing Judaism in the image of modern humanism. (Both the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud accept slavery as a given, though they also call for humane treatment of slaves.)

At the same time, Weiss had a strong point when she noted the remarkable fact that the Jewish people’s “original story is freedom of slavery” — and that Jews “often stand perpendicular to their societies,” demanding “the right to be different.” As she put it, “That drove people nuts and it still drives people nuts.”

Come to think of it, that’s not a bad description of Weiss herself. A liberal by any rational standard, she stands perpendicular to most of her social milieu, demanding the right to differ from its groupthink. And it certainly seems to drive people nuts. (h/t Dave4321)
Deborah E. Lipstadt: The Gray Lady and the Jewish State
In late April 2019, the New York Times international editionpublished a cartoon depicting a blind, kippa-wearing President Trump being led by a dachshund with a Jewish star around its neck. The dog’s face was a distorted caricature of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visage. The message was indisputable: Israelis qua Jews, despite being the national equivalent of lapdogs, have the unique ability to blind presidents and shape political events. Beguiled, not only does Trump do their bidding, but he is, like the other unwitting victims on the world stage, blissfully unaware of what is going on. The cartoon gave vivid expression to the conspiracy theory, or rather myth, that is at the heart of anti-Semitism and did so in an image that, as was widely noted, could have appeared in Der Stürmer. How did it end up receiving the New York Times’s imprimatur?

Apparently, a single midlevel editor for the international edition of the paper chose the cartoon from a syndication service to which the paper then subscribed. Subsequent events followed a familiar pattern. The paper, after being inundated with outraged comments, including some from its own staff members, issued a short apology in the form of an editor’s note: “The image was offensive, and it was an error of judgment to publish it.” Eileen Murphy, a New York Times spokeswoman, added a subsequent statement on behalf of the Opinion section of the paper, identifying the cartoon as anti-Semitic and saying it was “deeply sorry” for publishing it.

In most cases, that would have been the end of the story, except for the scores of Jewish readers and supporters of Israel who were once again forced to decide whether to cancel their subscriptions. Two subsequent events made this incident noteworthy. Writing in the New York Times, op-ed columnist Bret Stephens scathingly lambasted not only the international edition but his own paper. For Stephens, the publication of a “textbook illustration” of anti-Semitism did not reveal institutional anti-Semitism, but it wasn’t much better than that. It was that the Times, “otherwise hyper-alert to nearly every conceivable expression of prejudice,” could be so, well, blind:
Imagine, for instance, if the dog on a leash in the image hadn’t been the Israeli prime minister but instead a prominent woman such as Nancy Pelosi, a person of color such as John Lewis, or a Muslim such as Ilhan Omar. Would that have gone unnoticed by either the wire service that provides the Times with images or the editor who, even if he were working in haste, selected it? The question answers itself. And it raises a follow-on: How have even the most blatant expressions of anti-Semitism become almost undetectable to editors who think it’s part of their job to stand up to bigotry?

The answer, Stephens wrote, was that anti-Zionism has become so mainstream “that people have been desensitized to its inherent bigotry,” and the Times was complicit in that mainstreaming.
David Collier: St Anne’s Church in Soho, Miko Peled and an evening with antisemites
Peled in the Church

But this is Peled’s night. Peled is not a man of peace. He is a man clearly wired to seek revenge for whatever injustice his own mind has created for him. He is also someone who buckles when his weak arguments are exposed. I always put Peled’s leaving of the fold down to his inability to handle the weight of his family heritage, but it doesn’t really matter anymore what drove him over the cliff. What is certain is that he drove off it.

Peled likes provoking Jews. Those who think his ‘Holocaust, yes or no‘ comment from the Labour Party conference of 2017 is a stand-alone remark haven’t been paying attention. At UCL the same year he spoke about ‘the witch-hunt against antisemites and Holocaust deniers.’ going on to suggest to Jeremy Corbyn that he should put away the ‘nonsense about Holocaust denial and the nonsense about antisemitism‘. If you follow his threads on Twitter and Facebook you soon realise his audience is little more than an extremist, racist mob.

So Peled stands in the Church and beats his chest about how the Labour Party Conference was little more than a ‘rally for Palestine’. He isn’t wrong. With the NHS, austerity and housing as major concerns for their voters, the Labour Party did little but obsess over Israel.

Peled spoke as he normally does – blaming everything on Zionists and Israeli discrimination. Context and humanity and reason are removed. Lies are created. The end result is raw demonisation. Then look at the laugh his jokes about antisemitism gets from the crowd in the Church.

There is nothing funny about any of this. With Antisemitism visibly on the rise across the globe, the Church provides a platform to someone who ridicules racism against Jews. Peled is feeding antisemitism. He is demonising Zionism and Israel to an audience containing many who already buy into anti-Jewish conspiracy.
PMW: Does The World Karate Federation authorize tournaments named after Palestinian terrorists?
The Palestinian Karate Federation has misused the sport of karate to promote terrorist Dalal Mughrabi who led the murder of 37 Israeli civilians, among them 12 children, as a role model for young Palestinian women:
"The Sisters of Dalal Mughrabi Championship for Young Women" [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 13, 2019]

A banner displayed at the championship carried the name of the "Palestinian Karate Federation" and its logo (left), and the logo of the "World Karate Federation" (right):

[Official Facebook page of the Palestinian Karate Federation, Sept. 11, 2019]
"Palestine" is a member of the Asian Karate Federation, which is a member of the World Karate Federation. Two weeks ago, Palestinian Media Watch passed on the documentation of this Palestinian championship honoring a mass murderer to both federations, asking that they condemn the Palestinian Karate Federation and prohibit the recurrence of terror glorification by the Palestinian Karate Federation and any other of its federation members. In addition, PMW asked that if the federation's "Statutes and Rules" currently do not prohibit naming sporting events after terrorists, that the statutes be amended immediately to include such a prohibition. However, neither federation has responded.

The championship in which 55 young Palestinian female athletes participated was held in Bethlehem by the southern branch of the Palestinian Karate Federation.

Dalal Mughrabi, after whom this tournament was named, was a female Palestinian terrorist who led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus and murdered 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounded over 70. PMW has documented numerous examples of PA and Fatah leaders promoting murderer Mughrabi as a hero for Palestinian society in general and for youth in particular. The PA has named at least 6 schools after murderer Mughrabi, many sporting events have been named after her, and a PA schoolbook teaches children to "be like" her.
UK to Release ’Pay to Slay’ Audits After Freedom of Information Request
The branch of the British government responsible for administering overseas aid will disclose audit reports regarding aid money allegedly used to pay salaries to convicted terrorists, after abandoning its appeal against a ruling by UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.

In July 2018, UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI), a British volunteer organization of lawyers who support Israel, submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department for International Development for copies of audit reports for the Palestinian Recovery and Development Program. The program is a World Bank multi-donor trust fund for the Palestinian Authority. The DFID refused to release the information, citing among other reasons the risk of potential harm diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and the PA.

According to UKLFI, “Various countries, including the UK, paid large sums of money into the World Bank’s Palestinian Recovery and Development Program Multi Donor Trust Fund (PRDP-MDTF), which were then transferred to the Palestinian Authority’s Central Treasury Account.” According to the organization, “this is the account from which payments were made to convicted terrorists, rewarding them for their crimes.”

Commissioner Denham ruled on July 26 of this year that the reports were of “significant public interest,” which outweighed any potential harm that might be done to diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and the PA Denham ordered the DFID to release the information within 35 days, or appeal.
Observing Labour antisemites in Brighton
For the efficient observer of anti-Israel hate mongering in Great Britain the seaside resort of Brighton in the UK was the place to be during the fourth week of September. There the Labour party's annual conference took place. This gathering also claimed 450 fringe events.

Attendance was around 13 000 people. In a few days one could receive a concentrated overview of anti-Israelism in Labour as well as smatterings of antisemitism, its minimizing and whitewashing.

A few examples illustrate this.

At the conference the great majority of delegates voted for a motion to boycott Israeli "settlement" goods. This was a first for Labour. The delegates also voted to reject trade agreements with the country. It seemed that the party furthermore backed the “right of return” of Palestinian Arabs. This is tantamount to supporting Israel’s annihilation through swamping it with Palestinian Arabs. The common way to interpret this right is that those who fled can return. In the Palestinian case it is distorted by Israel’s enemies meaning that descendants of refugees from any generation are also entitled to immigrate to Israel where they have never lived.

Palestinian flags and chants of “Free Palestine” were prominent at the Labour conference. This, despite rules prohibiting flags from being displayed on the conference floor. Last year, hundreds of Palestinian flags were also flown with the approval of the Labour leadership after these were handed out to delegates.
EHRC summons 25 former and current Labour staffers to give evidence in antisemitism inquiry in “daunting” letters
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has written to 25 former and current employees of the Labour Party requiring them to provide evidence as part of its inquiry into antisemitism in the Labour Party.

The inquiry, which is a full statutory investigation, was launched by the EHRC on 28th May following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

The letters reportedly advise that “the Commission is gathering evidence to investigate this matter in accordance with the terms of reference and has identified you as a person we require evidence from. Please do not ignore this letter or the Notice. We draw your attention to the consequences of failing to comply with the Notice which…may include committing a criminal offence.” The letter requires a response within fourteen days.

The EHRC has the authority to require any individual or organisation to disclose relevant information, and the notices have reportedly been described as “daunting” by some recipients.

Over 70 Labour whistleblowers have given evidence to the EHRC in relation to the antisemitism investigation.
University and College Union which rejected antisemitism definition apologises for excluding Jews from its extensive list of Nazi victims
Extraordinarily, the e-mail did not mention Jewish victims of the Nazis, who were the principal victims of the Holocaust. This was even despite the specific reference to non-Jewish Poles.

UCU indirectly apologised for the offensive omission in an e-mail from an “equality support official” for what were described as “drafting errors” and “human error”. The official stated that “UCU apologises for the offence this caused and reassures all members that it continues to fight against all forms of antisemitism, hatred and bigotry in society.” In the updated e-mail, a paragraph was added about the genocide of Jews in the Holocaust.

Ordinarily, such an omission might not have been noteworthy, but UCU has a poor record when it comes to fighting antisemitism, including refusing to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism, repeatedly endorsing the antisemitism-riddled Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against the Jewish State and fighting a legal battle against a Jewish academic who unsuccessfully sued UCU for breach of the Equality Act 2010.

It is hardly a stretch to imagine that there is a relationship between UCU’s cavalier approach to antisemitism today and its insensitivity toward commemoration of historic antisemitism. If the Union were to show greater awareness of the antisemitism of the past, perhaps its attitude toward Jews today will also find the correction it so desperately needs.
British Teenager Goes Public About Months of Antisemitic Abuse
A British teenager has gone public about a torrent of antisemitic invective she has faced in recent months, including taunts about the Holocaust.

Charlotte Nathan, 17, who attends school in Northwich, England, was moved to speak about her experiences after she received a derogatory message on her Snapchat account that said, “I wanna fart in your face to remind you of how your grandparents died.”

The Manchester-based Jewish Telegraph quoted her as saying, “Casual racism is a common feature of daily life, especially among the millennial generation, who perceive racism as a form of humor and so-called ‘banter.’”

“Catalysts, such as memes used on social media, seem to justify and sugarcoat the underlying racial tensions that as a society we fail to address,” she stated. “This can be exemplified through the lack of education supplied about different cultural groups to schools and other communities, exacerbating ignorance.”

“I am no stranger to antisemitic abuse,” she added, “and for the last six years, being in secular education and interacting with other cultures, I have encountered a fair share of comments and remarks.”

“This is evidence of inherited, underlying racism we see daily,” she said.






Revisiting a BBC Radio 4 Christmas report from the Gaza Strip
As was noted here at the time, Husain was conspicuously silent on the topic of how many Christians actually currently live in the Gaza Strip and her report was obviously intended to promote the politically motivated narrative that Gaza’s Christian population lives happily under Hamas rule, with its only tribulations caused by Israel.

Last week Israel’s Channel 12 aired an interview (in Hebrew and Arabic) by Arab affairs correspondent Ohad Hemo with a Christian who escaped the Gaza Strip four months ago.

“Since Hamas came to power in the Gaza Strip the Christians living there have become scapegoats and the targets of that organisation as well as Salafist extremists. Due to their difficult situation most have fled and from a community of 4,200 people, now only a few hundred remain. Kamal Tarazi was there until recently. Four months ago he managed to escape: “Hamas people took over my home and turned it into a command post”, he recounts. […]

‘They put me in a number of prisons and Hamas’ prison is all just beatings and psychological torture’ he recalls. According to him the harming of the Christians in Gaza has become routine and does not stop even during times of conflict. […]

‘They harass and harm the Christian public and Christian institutions, churches and charities’.”


The calibre of Mishal Husain’s reporting on the topic of challenges faced by the Christian community in the Gaza Strip is again all too apparent.


Ha'aretz: The Fake Nazi Death Camp: Wikipedia’s Longest Hoax, Exposed
“The first gassing there took place on October 17, 1943, killing at least 150 Poles caught in a street roundup and about 20 Belgian Jews …. Bodies were either cremated in crematoriums or open-air pyres (including at a former sports stadium) or simply buried under collapsed buildings during the systematic demolition of the former ghetto .... [Some estimates] place the number of the camp’s victims well above 212,000, mainly Poles and several thousand of non-Polish.”

This dry description of the systematic murder of ethnic Poles by Nazi forces during World War II was taken from the English-language Wikipedia article for the “Warsaw concentration camp,” also known as Konzentrationslager Warschau. The site where the camp stood is an object of pilgrimage for some in Poland, who hold periodic ceremonies on what they believe is hallowed ground. They come to honor the memory of thousands of Poles murdered in a gas chamber located near the Warsaw West (Warszawa Zachodnia) train station – which still exists – and have even erected monuments and plaques in their memory.

There’s just one problem: No such death camp ever existed. There is no historical evidence of German gas chambers ever existing in Warsaw, and nowhere near 200,000 people died in the cluster of Nazi internment centers that did stand at the basis of the myth of KL Warschau.

“It’s fake history,” says Prof. Havi Dreifuss, a Tel Aviv University historian and Yad Vashem’s expert on Poland and the Holocaust, when asked about gas chambers in Warsaw. Other Holocaust historians share her unequivocal position: “It’s a conspiracy theory,” says Prof. Jan Grabowski, a Polish-Canadian historian from the University of Ottawa, when asked about the legend behind the death toll. Yet both claims appeared, almost without interruption, for 15 years on the English-language version of Wikipedia in what is said to be Wikipedia’s longest-standing hoax.

European Court: Holocaust Denial Is Not a Human Right
Denying that the Holocaust ever happened isn’t a form of freedom of expression protected under the European Human Rights Convention, a top court has ruled in a case that stretches back nearly a decade.

Udo Pastoers, a German who suggested in a 2010 speech that the Holocaust never occurred, was fairly convicted under the country’s laws against the intentional defamation of Jewish people, the European Court of Human Rights ruled while rejecting his complaints.

Pastoers’ argument that his statements were protected by Article 10, which protects freedom of expression, was “manifestly ill-founded,” given that he “had intentionally stated untruths in order to defame the Jews and the persecution that they had suffered,” the Strasbourg, France-based court ruled on Thursday. His complaint that he was denied a fair trial in Germany was also rejected by the ECHR.

Pastoers had given a speech a day after Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2010, saying that the “the so-called Holocaust is being used for political and commercial purposes” and also referring to a “barrage of criticism and propagandistic lies” and “Auschwitz projections.” He was first convicted in 2012 by a German district court, and then a regional court rejected his appeal of the verdict less than a year later.
Swastika, anti-Semitic slur painted on wall of former Krakow Ghetto
A swastika and other graffiti were painted on the wall of the former ghetto in Krakow.

“Whores Jews, get the f*** out of Poland” alongside the swastika were discovered drawn with a tar-like substance on Tuesday — the second day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Municipal services painted over the graffiti on the same day.

Police investigated in the area of Limanowskiego Street; there are no suspects.

“While I was extremely upset to see the hateful graffiti on the ghetto wall, especially on Rosh Hashanah, the quick reaction by the city and the police reminded me why Krakow is such a good place to be a Jew,” said Jonathan Ornstein, director of the Jewish Community Center of Krakow.

On Sunday, graffiti reading “Confederation against Jews #447” was discovered on the wall of the Jewish cemetery in Tarnow.

In 2018, the US Congress approved Law 447, or the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today, or JUST act, which insures that those who survived World War II or their heirs receive compensation for their losses, if it has not already happened. The Confederation is a right-wing political group that opposes the restitution of Jewish property.
India issues terror alert for Jewish, Israeli targets on Yom Kippur
Authorities in India have warned of a potential terror attack on Jewish or Israeli targets on Yom Kippur, which begins Tuesday night.

According a Channel 12 news report on Friday, Israeli security services are working with their Indian counterparts to thwart any potential attack over the Jewish holiday period, which runs until October 21.

The Israeli embassy in New Delhi, synagogues, Chabad buildings, Jewish schools, restaurants and hotels known as popular destinations among Israeli travelers have all been put on high alert with increased security.

The Times of India reported last month that there were fears an attack could be carried out on a Jewish target by a cell affiliated with either the Al-Qaeda or Islamic State terrorist groups.

The report said the alert was issued on the basis of intelligence received from the security agencies of other countries. No further details were given.

In 2008, there were coordinated attacks on Mumbai’s luxury hotels, the main railway station, a restaurant popular with tourists and the city’s Chabad center. The Lashkar-e-Taiba group was blamed for the attacks that killed 166 people in total, including six Israelis.
3 out of every 4 LA county Jews view antisemitism as serious - poll
Three-quarters of Jewish people in Los Angeles County view antisemitism as a serious threat, a new survey found.

“The Pat Brown Institute (PBI) for Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles conducted a poll of more than 1,800 Jewish voters in Los Angeles county [and it] revealed strong support for the survival of Israel as a Jewish state and also very significant fears of growing antisemitism,” said Dr. Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of PBI.

“More than 70% reported being concerned about it,” he said. “Written comments to an open-ended question revealed concerns from both the Right and the Left on antisemitism. Clearly though, fears of growing antisemitism are widespread.”

According to the findings, 41% of the participants said that antisemitism is an extremely serious problem, and 31% said they consider it “very serious.”

Seventy-six percent of the participants said that remembering the Holocaust is “essential” for them, and an additional 19% viewed it as “important.” Thirty-six percent of participants said that caring for Israel is essential for them, and an additional third said it is important, while 25% of those polled expressed their opinion that they did not see caring about Israel as important.
Vandals smash windows of Brooklyn synagogue during Rosh Hashanah prayers
The windows of a synagogue in Brooklyn were smashed by vandals this week during Rosh Hashanah services.

A video showing people throwing milk crates at the Rivnitz synagogue in the Williamsburg neighborhood was circulated Wednesday on social media.

Police said that the incident took place on Monday afternoon and they were searching for two females who were seen in the video, according to WPIX-TV.

Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the vandalism.

“This is a shocking act of hate,” he wrote on Twitter. “We WILL find the perpetrators and hold them responsible.”

The Anti-Defamation League said it was “deeply disturbed” by the video.

“At a time when the Brooklyn Jewish community is already on edge in the wake of a series of anti-Semitic incidents, it is extremely upsetting to see this congregation targeted during what is otherwise supposed to be a joyous celebration of the Jewish New Year,” Evan Bernstein, the regional director of the organization’s New York-New Jersey office, said in a statement.


Teen allegedly attacked Jewish woman in Brooklyn, pulling off scarf, wig
Police said a Jewish woman reported being harassed in Brooklyn on Rosh Hashanah.

The 22-year-old said that she was approached on Sunday evening by a female teenager who “pulled her scarf and wig from her head,” a New York Police detective, Annette Shelton, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in an email.

The incident occurred in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood and the perpetrator, who was described as being 16 years old, was accompanied by another teenager, the woman told police.

Shelton said that the police’s Hate Crimes Task Force was investigating the incident.

The incident is the second alleged attack that occurred on Rosh Hashanah in the borough. On Monday, the windows of a synagogue were broken in the Williamsburg neighborhood.

That incident drew condemnations from Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

There has been a spate of attacks in recent months against visibly Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn.
Arabic-speaking man tosses rock at Israeli’s head in Germany
A 27 -year-old Israeli woman was the victim of a violent antisemitic attack in Bavaria after an Arabic-speaking man tossed a rock at her after she spoke Hebrew.

She suffered a head injury, according to the Bavarian daily Merkur, which reported on Thursday that the police are searching for the suspect who fled the scene of the alleged crime.

That attack took place on Wednesday near a cemetery in the town of Massing. The Israeli woman was walking with her two sons near the cemetery. After the woman called for one of her sons in Hebrew, the man screamed in Arabic “Jew” and tossed a stone at her head.

The Merkur reported that the suspect is between 40 and 50 years-old and has short, black hair. He spoke broken German with a foreign accent.
Israeli startups raise more than $1 billion in September
Israeli startups raised $5.9 billion so far in 2019 and are on track to pass last year’s record-breaking figure of $6.4 billion, the Israeli business daily Globes reported on Wednesday.

Based on press releases from Israeli companies that have completed financing rounds, more than $1 billion was raised in September alone.

However, the true figure is likely even higher, as some companies do not reveal investment data, according to the report.

Israeli tech companies raised $650 million in July and $350 million in August, according to the IVC Research Center.

In September, credit company Fundbox raised $326 million, fintech firm Tipalti raised $76 million and open security platform Snyk raised $70 million. In addition, drone defense company D-Fend raised $28 million, and 3D-printing company Xjet raised $45 million.
Early clinical trial for ALS sufferers shows biotech firm ‘on the right track’
Kadimastem Ltd., a biotechnology firm that develops cell therapies, said it has received “promising interim results” from a first group of patients treated with its new therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a fatal neurodegenerative condition that causes the loss of muscle control.

“Looks like we are on the right track,” said Rami Epstein, the CEO of Kadimastem, in a phone interview. “The interim results are important because they demonstrate that we have managed to inject the live cells into a human body without any treatment-related significant adverse effect, while also showing a measurable therapeutic effect. Our cell therapy managed to significantly slow down the disease progression and halt deterioration of the disease.”

The cell therapy aims to slow or even halt the progression of the disease and improve patients’ quality of life and life expectancy, he said.

ALS leads to muscle weakness, loss of motor function, paralysis, breathing problems, and eventually death. The average life expectancy of ALS patients is two to five years. According to the ALS Therapy Development Institute, there are approximately 450,000 ALS patients worldwide, 30,000 of them in the US. According to the ALS Foundation for Life, the annual average healthcare costs of an ALS patient in the US are estimated at US$ 200,000. Thus, the annual healthcare costs of ALS patients in the US alone amount to $6 billion.

In a filing to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange last week, the firm said that the treatment administered to one group of patients in a Phase 1/2a clinical trial held in Israel apparently caused a significant slowdown in the progress of the disease and was found to be safe.
Israel Mounts See-Through-Wall Radar on Robots
Israel’s Camero is positioning its Xaver see-though-wall technology for networked use by unmanned systems, according to company officials.

Ilan Abramovich, Camero (and sister company Meprolight) senior vice-president of sales and marketing for defence, said the company’s Xavernet, a wireless Toughbook-based networking capability, enables the handheld sense-through-wall radars to be operated from 100–200 m line-of-sight.

The concept places the radars on robotic or unmanned platforms for remote control. Currently, four radars can be controlled at once, Abramovich said. It works with the Xaver 100 and Xaver 400 systems, he added.

The Xaver 100 hand-held radar was designed for teams breaching a room or a door, to give them a ‘go or no-go’ decision by simply showing if a person was behind the wall by displaying an arrow that indicates if the person is moving towards or away from the wall.

All the Xaver series systems are radar-based, and use ultra wide-band radio signals between 3 –10 GHz. They have a 120° field of view (FOV) and can see through drywall, concrete, and various structures, though not solid metal. Metal drywall studs or concrete reinforced with rebar can block the signal as well, but can still make the system function if a non-metal through-spot can be found, Abramovich said.
Israel Shipyards Sells Patrol Craft Worldwide
Israel Shipyards has received orders for its newest patrol craft, the OPV 45, and is in discussions towards the first sale of a Sa'ar S-72 vessel, according to Noam Katsav, managing director at Israel Shipyards.

The Sa'ar S-72 is 71.8 m long, has a 3,200 n mile range, an 800 tonne displacement, and a 30 kt top speed. Contract talks are ongoing with one country, and one Sa'ar S-72 has begun construction in the meantime, Katsav said.

In September Israel Shipyards has sold two OPV 45s, which are 45.7 m long, have a 3,000 n mile range, a 290 tonne displacement, and a 24 kt top speed. The yard will start building those soon, he added. The OPV 45 is driven by fixed-pitch propellers and the power plants depend on the customer's needs. It can mount stabilised naval gun systems of up to 30 mm in the primary position, and 12.7 mm machine guns.

Meanwhile, the yard is building more of its Shaldag fast patrol craft. Shaldag variants - Mk II, III, IV, and V - are broken down by size to meet user-specific needs. The Israeli Navy, for example, typically wants small and fast vessels that can be operated by younger sailors.
Army inducts Israeli 'tank killers’ till DRDO develops indigenous ones
Indian infantry soldiers now finally have a new weapon to destroy advancing enemy tanks on the western front with Pakistan. The Army has begun to induct a limited number of Israeli Spike anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) to meet immediate operational requirements till the indigenous man-portable “tank killers” being developed by DRDO are ready for induction.

Sources on Thursday said the “first lot” of the 210 Spike missiles, with a dozen launchers, “arrived in India about 10 days ago” as part of the “Army vice chief’s emergency procurement powers” exercised by the force amidst the ongoing heightened tensions with Pakistan.

The Army moved to buy the initial amount of the fire-and-forget Spike ATGMs, which have a strike range of up to 4-km, for around Rs 280 crore after the Jaish-e-Muhammed training facility at Balakot in Pakistan was bombed by Indian Mirage-2000 fighters on February 26.

“The order will be repeated if the man-portable ATGM being developed by DRDO is not ready by next year. We don’t want to be slowed down any longer in plugging our critical operational deficiencies by DRDO,” said an Army source.
Cyprus Stocking Up on Israeli Drones
Cyprus’ National Guard is said to have received its first four unmanned drones from Israel, allowing Cypriot agencies to obtain clear views from high above over land and water.

The drones, Aerostar Tactical UAS (TUAS) made in Israel, are described as accurate, programmable, and one of the most efficient and cost-effective systems of its class. The specific make has logged over 250,000 operational flight hours with missions flown worldwide.

According to Kathimerini Cyprus, four Unmanned Aerial Vehicles have been delivered to Cyprus National Guard by Aeronautics, an Israeli company, extending the Cypriot range of capabilities for a number of agencies with high definition cameras that can get images from very high flying altitudes.

The purchase of the four UAV’s came at a total cost of 12 million euros the report said, adding that the use of the drones would include monitoring Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Additional uses would include patrolling forest areas in the summer to detect fires as well as assisting in rescue missions within the Nicosia Flight Information Region.
Paul McCartney to Get Back to the Yarkon, sources say
It might seem like only “Yesterday” that Paul McCartney performed in Israel, but maybe you’ll be amazed to learn that it was 11 years ago and Maariv is reporting that it’s “highly likely” that the beloved pop star and former Beatle will get back to Park HaYarkon (or possibly a different venue) for another concert.

Citing information from “close associates,” the publication said that McCartney was “in talks” with officials and promoters and the chance for another Tel Aviv show by the man once dubbed “the cute Beatle” is “extremely high.” Apparently, these sources think that they can work it out or in other words, McCartney will soon be showing us again that he loves Israel, yeah yeah yeah.

McCartney, who is currently married to the Jewish transportation mogul Nancy Shevell (rhymes with “Michelle”) - and whose first wife, the late photographer and animal-rights activist Linda Eastman, was Jewish - was able to master a few words of Hebrew in his 2008 performance, including, “Shana Tova” (Happy New Year) and “Ahava” (love) in addition to the obligatory “Shalom.” He ended that concert with the word, "Nitra'eh" -- "We'll see each other again."

If he needs more inspiration this time around, he might want to check out a Yiddish version of “A Hard Day’s Night” by Gerry Tenney which will surely inspire him to throw in a few Yiddishisms once he arrives here by jet, even if he doesn’t fly in from Miami Beach BOAC.

No word on whether Shevell will accompany him, which might prompt him to croon some silly love songs to his wife of nearly eight years. There’s also no word on whether his daughter, the acclaimed fashion designer Stella McCartney, will be leaving home to attend the show.
Kevin Spacey shows up in Israel, wearing a kippah
Kevin Spacey was spotted in an Israeli restaurant in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, catching the locals by surprise.

The former "House of Cards" star, who has recently faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, arrived in Israel to visit a friend who was sitting shiva (the traditional seven-day mourning period following the death of a family member) in Jerusalem.
Kevin Spacey at a restaurant in Tel Aviv

The actor was seen wearing a kippah during his shiva visit, but later took the kippah off when he dined at the Tel Aviv restaurant Coco BamBino.

Spacey is just one of a number of celebrities who have visited the Jewish state over the past few weeks, among them Demi Lovato and popular Eurovision contestant Mahmoud. Spacey's legal cases have been closed, but he has been fired from "House of Cards" and has remained a source of controversy.
Times Are A Changin’: Saudi Citizen Sings Jewish Prayer Marking Jewish New Year
On Thursday, outgoing U.S. Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt posted a video indicative of how much has changed in the Middle East in recent years, with a Saudi citizen singing the moving Jewish prayer “Avinu Malkeinu,” which is sung frequently during the ten days between Rosh Hashanah, which marks the Jewish New Year and was celebrated at the beginning of this week, and Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, in which Jews ask God for forgiveness for their sins.


Mohammed Saud was singing the version of “Avinu Malkeinu” written by the composer Max Janowski.

According to Jewish belief, on Rosh Hashanah God opens the book of life and death to decide who will live or die in the coming year; he closes the book on Yom Kippur, making the ten days noteworthy for serious introspection. On Yom Kippur, Jews are permitted to ask for forgiveness for their sins against God and sins they are unaware they have committed, but any sins against their fellow man must be dealt with by having apologized to the person who was hurt in the process and asking for their forgiveness personally.
Memorial service to be held in Ari Fuld's honor
On Sunday, a dedication and memorial ceremony will be held in honor of Ari Fuld who was stabbed and killed by a terrorist just over one year ago.

The Ari Fuld Project, which Fuld's widow, Miriam Fuld, founded with the non-profit organization Standing Together, completed fund raising for a "hospitality truck," something that Fuld was trying to fund around the time of his death.

The truck is meant to help IDF soldiers and was intended to be in memory of Fuld's friend Yehoshua Friedberg, a lone soldier from Canada who was murdered by terrorists in 1993. Now, the truck will have Fuld and Friedberg's photos side-by-side.

The ceremony will be held on Fuld's first yahrzeit (first anniversary of his death) at Gush Etzion Junction, where he was murdered.

Before he succumbed to his wounds, Fuld shot the terrorist that stabbed him, preventing him from harming anyone else. For this act of bravery, Fuld was posthumously awarded Israel's Medal of Valor.

At the age of 18 Fuld moved from New York to Israel and enlisted to the Golani Brigade, an IDF infantry unit. He later served as a reservist in an elite paratrooper unit and served in Efrat's counter-terrorism unit. He was a rabbi, educator, fundraiser, karate instructor and pro-Israel activist.
One of the Last Living Heroes of Israel's Fight for Independence
At 99, Harold "Smoky" Simon is one of the heroes of Israel's War of Independence. He was Chief of Air Operations in the war after flying as a navigator-bombardier for the South African Air Force (SAAF) during World War II. In 1948, as newlyweds, Simon and his wife, Myra, who had been a meteorologist in the SAAF, joined a South African Zionist Federation group to volunteer to fight in Israel. "Fighting the Nazis gave us the skills and the experience we needed to fight for Israel," he says.

"We had to muster all of our nerve to do the job against these powerful enemies. We were up against six Arab armies - the Egyptians were supplied by the Brits, the Syrians by the French, and we didn't have a single combat plane of our own." Israel had old German planes sold by the Czechs, smuggled in and reassembled.

Simon reminds us of Arab League Secretary-General Abdul Rachman Azzam Pasha, who said on May 1, 1948: "If the Zionists dare to establish a state, the massacres we would unleash would dwarf anything which Genghis Khan and Hitler perpetrated." Simon continues, "These were difficult times. None of us knew how it would turn out. But as proud as I'd been to be one of millions fighting to defeat the Nazis, it was even more emotional when you are part of a small bunch fighting for your own people, your own country."

"With all the odds against us then, there is far more than human effort behind that victory. Returning to our ancient land, we are living a miracle of biblical proportions here." In 1968, Simon was elected as chairman of World Machal, representing nearly 5,000 volunteers from 59 countries who fought in the War of Independence. He has served in that capacity for a half-century.



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10/04 Links Pt1: The EU Demonstrates a Distinct Political Bias Against Israel; Meet the Palestinian Villagers Living Out the American Dream; Arab citizens of Israel undergo quiet revolution

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Seth Frantzman: Israel appears strong, but there are risks ahead
BUT ISRAEL has some issues on the horizon that, if they would come together at the wrong time, would be a perfect storm. Among these is the increasing hostility of Turkey. Ankara has become more nationalist and religious-nationalist, a toxic mix. It is flexing its muscles, taking over swaths of northern Syria and seeking to keep on track to totally remove the Americans from the region. That would be a setback for the US – and setbacks for the US also impact Israel. Turkey is buying the S-400, not in itself a problem for Israel. Ostensibly, both Ankara and Jerusalem have an interesting relationship with Moscow today, borne of Russia’s increased role in the region, particularly in Syria.

Russia’s role in Turkey is strategic and also related to energy and Syria. This can impact Israel in a complex way. Turkey’s current government is seeking to take up the mantle of being the main opposition to Israel in the region. It bashes Israel over Jerusalem, and its media run hyperbolic stories about Israeli abuses. Turkey is close to the Muslim Brotherhood today and wants to see Hamas have a more prominent role in Ramallah. Yet Israel can deal with Turkey’s anger. The question is whether it can deal with the emerging Turkey-Iran relationship.

Iran has been a challenge for Israel due to a variety of reasons, but lately it is capitalizing on the weakness of its adversaries. That means it is increasingly playing a role in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen. That means it is transferring precision missile technology to Hezbollah.

Iran’s IRGC says that it can destroy Israel. It launched an attack on Saudi Arabia on September 14 that has ramifications for Israel. That Riyadh did not respond shows that Israel’s supposed common interests with the Gulf are more problematic than in reality. Saudi Arabia won’t confront Iran. So who will confront Iran? The US? No. The US has signaled it will not. And the next US administration may be more pro-Iran than this one. That could give Tehran what it wants in Syria, which means a kind of “land bridge” that ends near the Golan and threatens Israel.

What Israel faces today is potentially two strong adversaries in Turkey and Iran, although they are quite different in how they confront Israel. Turkey uses soft power; Iran uses hard power. But Israel, appearing strong, now faces these challenges in some ways alone. It is not like the 1950s, when Israel was truly alone. Israel has made major inroads in India, China and elsewhere. But the immediate challenges are still there. It is dangerous to be too confident and arrogant today, and it is essential that Jerusalem seek to analyze and deal with these challenges in the long-term because short term planning won’t work. Iran thinks in the long term – and its role in the region is a long-term role.
Jpost Editorial: No Third Election
Against that backdrop, the 22nd Knesset was sworn in on Thursday in Jerusalem. Many are wondering if, like the 21st Knesset, it will also last for less than two months and perhaps become the shortest-lived legislature in Israel’s history.

As the Post’s Lahav Harkov pointed out on Wednesday, there are only eight new members of this Knesset, as well as another nine who are returning from past stints as legislators, which means that 103 members of the 22nd Knesset will be sworn in for the second time this year.

A proud institution, the Knesset is in danger of becoming a laughing stock. But it’s no joke. Israel needs a stable government and a stable Knesset. Every attempt must be made to prevent the newly sworn-in Knesset from becoming the shortest Knesset in Israeli history.

All parties should take the responsibility upon themselves as if they alone are charged with insuring that a third election is not called for. The country has survived some nine months of paralysis, but it’s only a matter of time before the string starts to unravel out of control and the situation begins to do irreparable damage to Israel and its population.

At Thursday’s ceremony, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein led the MKs with “I pledge allegiance to the State of Israel and to faithfully fulfill my mission in the Knesset.” And the newly sworn-in lawmakers responded: “I pledge.”

Let’s hope they take that allegiance and mission seriously and prevent a third election.

Amb. Alan Baker: The EU Demonstrates a Distinct Political Bias Against Israel
European Union Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process Susanna Terstal, writing in the Jerusalem Post on Sep. 21, evidently believes that incessant repetition of the phrase "two-state solution" adds some element of legitimacy and feasibility to the idea. But the two-state solution has never been agreed-upon between Israel and the Palestinians, and does not figure in any of the agreements between them. It is nothing more than an expression of wishful thinking within the UN and the EU.

To the contrary, the Oslo Accords, to which the EU itself is a signatory, clearly leaves the issue of the permanent status of the territories to be decided in negotiations. Thus, whether the outcome will be one, two or three states, or a federation or confederation, remains on the negotiating table. By incessantly plying a two-state solution, the EU is in fact prejudging an agreed negotiating issue.

Suggestions by Israeli leaders to "apply sovereignty" led EU representatives to complain that unilateral modification of the Oslo Accords "undermines the entire agreement" and "dismantles Oslo." One wonders why the EU did not view the recent declarations by the Palestinian leadership canceling the territorial division between areas A, B and C in a similar light. Did this not undermine the accords?

The EU representative also expressed support for a "Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines." Yet the issue of borders is an agreed-upon permanent-status negotiating issue, and her presumption of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines clearly contradicts and prejudges both the Oslo Accords and UN Security Council Resolution 242 of 1967.

The EU cannot in good faith claim that it does not take sides in the conflict. The EU has not only taken sides, but clearly demonstrates a distinct political bias against Israel in virtually all its positions, policies, statements and dealings regarding the Israeli-Palestinian negotiation process.



Iran displays ancient clay tablets, returned by US, from empire that freed Jews
The National Museum of Iran opened on Wednesday an exhibition of around 300 cuneiform clay tablets returned from the United States after a drawn-out legal saga.

The tablets were found at the ruins of Persepolis, capital of the Persian Achaemenid Empire (6th – 4th c. BC) in the south of Iran. Cyrus the Great, who ruled during the Achaemenid Empire, is said to have liberated the Jews from Babylonian captivity in 539 BCE, allowing them to return home and build the Second Temple.

The works on display belonged to a group of 1,783 clay tablets or tablet fragments returned to Iran by the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago.

In the 1930s, the university had received on loan around 30,000 tablets or tablet fragments found at Persepolis for research purposes, Iranian media reported.

A large portion of the tablets were returned in three batches between 1948 and 2004 before their restitution was blocked by legal action initiated by American survivors of an attack in Israel in 1997 carried out by the Palestinian Hamas terror group.

Blaming Tehran for supporting the armed group, the plaintiffs demanded the seizure of the tablets and their sale put toward the $71.5 million that Iran was ordered to pay in the case.

The proceedings only ended in February 2018 when a US Supreme Court decision banned the seizure of the works.
Yossi Cohen: The Mossad Spy Chief Who Stole Iran's Secret Nuclear Archives
In March 2018, Mossad Director Yossi Cohen, 58, updated then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo on what the Mossad had found inside Iran's secret nuclear archives that it had stolen from the heart of Tehran in January 2018. Sources close to Cohen told the Jerusalem Post that the information the Mossad seized is "still being used right now" to glean high-quality and valuable intelligence. A map of nuclear sites captured in the operation has yet to be made public. These revelations "even go beyond Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's revelation of the Abadeh nuclear site" earlier this month. Cohen says Pompeo praised the Mossad for redefining "daring and boldness."

Dozens of agents were involved in surveillance missions and the heist itself. Neutralizing any electronic surveillance that could expose them, they spent six hours and 29 minutes nabbing Iran's secret nuclear files, which were kept in 32 safes. They used special torches to slice into these safes. They loaded the vast files onto trucks and used Iranian smugglers to get across the border.

Cohen's view is that relations with Sunni countries in the Gulf are "not as much about personal trust, but about overlapping national interests" - especially when it comes to Iran. For example, while Cohen would be against sharing sensitive Israeli technologies with the Saudis to combat the drone threat from Iran, he would seek to help states in the Gulf combat Iran together in other ways.

Regarding the Palestinians, sources close to Cohen indicate that he does not believe anything will move on the peace process until PA President Mahmoud Abbas leaves office.
FDD: The Israeli–Palestinian Struggle, Continued.
There is no chance of a “peace party” returning to Jerusalem unless Israelis see that Palestinians have unequivocally denounced the past, that the celebrations of those who’ve died killing Israelis are rejected. That is impossible to envision in the near-term: neither Fatah, nor Hamas, nor the Israelis, nor Washington want the Palestinian people voting. All fear the worst—the wrong side winning. Perhaps most perversely, the Israelis are invested in a security status quo with Fatah that likely negates the chance of any Palestinian change, and surely makes Hamas more popular on the West Bank than its tyranny in Gaza has earned. But it’s possible that if there were a free vote among Palestinians the hostility towards Israelis—the fundamental rejection of the legitimacy of a Jewish state—could be the common denominator among Palestinians who otherwise loathe Fatah’s and Hamas’ dictatorships. Palestinians again voting could lead to intense violence, among Palestinians and against Israelis. Nonetheless, Palestinian popular sovereignty is likely the only way out of this cul-de-sac. We have two peoples wanting the same land with national and especially religious narratives that negate the other’s. For even non-practicing Muslims, Moses is a great prophet, trying to lead his people toward the one, true calling—Islam. A Jewish homeland wasn’t in Allah’s message. Yet the unrelenting secularism of Westerners reduces the most compelling stories we have to differences about water rights, East Jerusalem, and security checkpoints.

The basic character of a people and faith can change, but that usually happens after a truly devastating military defeat or a long evolution. The Palestinians haven’t actually seen a society-crushing catastrophe; they have endured foreign, non-Muslim overlords, with all of the indignities, and incompetent, avaricious, ambitious, insouciant, deluded and sometimes brutal native rulers (they, however, get a middling score in hideousness in the modern Middle East).

Since 2002, the Israelis appear to have a consensus: Palestinians cannot be trusted. On the other side, Palestinians seem more conflicted about the Jews, more divided religiously and culturally, more prone to internecine violence today than they were when the Israelis directly ruled all of the West Bank and Gaza.

The continuing decline of America in the Middle East will unavoidably remove certain delusions about what might be possible between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The torpor of the peace process under Obama and Trump is likely the new American standard. If they haven’t already, Palestinians will give up on the idea of Washington’s intercession, of American democracy coercing Israeli democracy into making concessions to unelected Palestinian officials. For the Palestinian people that will, at least, change the rhetoric and excuses of the ruling elite.

America’s retreat may tempt the Israelis to act more hubristically towards the Palestinians, to take land in the West Bank that has no plausible security value. But the most effective check on ugly Israeli actions has always been the internal debate, the tension between the executive, legislative, and judicial authorities in Israel’s messy democracy.

For decades out, it’s hard to see anything better than an unpleasant modus vivendi between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Given that it is the Middle East, however, that isn’t an awful state. Americans always want to believe that honesty is the best policy, that without honesty solutions aren’t possible. We are certainly tardy in applying that principle to the Israeli–Palestinian clash.
The Missile War in Southern Arabia: Lessons for Israel
UAV Warfare
Another hint of the effectiveness of Patriot defense are Houthi/Iranian alliance efforts both to suppress it and evade it. To elucidate this point, we need to refer to another aspect of the Houthi/Iranian war machine in Yemen: UAV warfare. UAVs are one of the main pillars of Iranian military doctrine. Together with other weapon shipments, Iran has been providing the Houthis with numerous types of UAVs, both of the larger types used for armed reconnaissance such as the Shahad 129 (roughly equivalent to Israel’s Hermes 450) and smaller “suicide” UAVs (such as the Ababil, used by Hezbollah in 2006 for attacks deep within Israel, which for the sake of Iranian deniability has been renamed Kasef 2). The Houthi arsenal is augmented by the acquisition of mail order UAVs such as the Chinese “Skywalker” available online from Ali Baba. More remarkable, the Iranians have provided the Houthis with knowhow, production machinery and expertise to set up a UAV industry of their own in their stronghold of Sad’ha in northern Yemen. The Houthi UAV industry is now producing unique designs of long-range machines, some equipped with jet engines, obviously designed in Iran. Beyond the classic UAV roles of reconnaissance and light bombardment, the Houthi/Iranian alliance is using them for direct “suicide” attacks on Patriot batteries. Three incidents of direct attacks on Patriot batteries have been claimed: Two attacks were within Yemen, probably targeting UAE batteries in Mocha and Marib, and one attack on a Patriot battery defending the Saudi border city of Najran, with unknown results.

Even more significantly, the Houthi/Iranian alliance exploits the Patriot’s system limitations in engaging low and slow threats in order to penetrate beneath the Saudi air/missile defense shield. In fact, UAVs are now being used by the Houthi’s as ersatz land attack cruise missiles. With immunity against air and missile defense, and with much better accuracy than ordinary ballistic missiles, UAVs now seem to be the preferred weapons for imaginative and audacious strikes deep within Saudi territory. For example, the civilian airport of the Saudi town of Abha, about 120 km. from the Yemeni border, was attacked by Houthi suicide UAVs no less than three times during the month of June 2019, wounding 28 passengers and airport workers. In August 2019, the Houthis managed to strike the Shaybah oilfield deep within Saudi Arabia, almost 1200 Km from the Houthi stronghold in Sad’ha. The attack was carried out by no less than 10 UAVs and sparked a fire in gas storage tanks. Such a complex attack needs precise coordination and excellent navigation, which demonstrates the proficiency achieved by Iran’s UAV operators. While those strikes did not cause excessive damage – perhaps intentionally so – they were propaganda coups for the Houthis, providing them with solid achievements in the cognitive battlefield.

The fourth lesson for Israel is the growing military role of UAVs both for missile defense suppression and for evasion. UAVs were first used by Hezbollah for reconnaissance over Israel even prior to the 2006 Lebanon war. At the closing stage of that war, four suicide UAVs were launched by Hezbollah against Israeli targets (One suffered a failure and fell near the border, two were intercepted by Israeli jet fighters, and the fourth vanished). In the 2014 Gaza war Hamas tried to attack Tel Aviv with its own UAVs (Two, perhaps three UAVs were shot down by Patriot air defense batteries). This experience is not indicative of the future. The Yemen war demonstrates how UAVs will be employed in future wars in significant numbers to erode Israel’s missile defense capabilities by attacking the Iron Dome, David Sling and Arrow batteries. Hostile UAVs, in conjunction with precision rockets, may well be tasked to damage Israel’s critical infrastructures such as desalination plants. Consequently, Israel needs to integrate air defense capabilities into its missile defense systems, and to provide its critical infrastructures with their own point defenses.

The current civil wars in the Middle East – especially in Syria and in Yemen – resemble the Spanish civil war of the 1930s inasmuch as they are exploited by outside powers to test new doctrines, weapons and tactics in realistic battle conditions. What the Axis powers (and to a lesser extent the USSR) did in Spain during the 1930s is being done today by Iran in Yemen.

It would be advisable for Israel’s Ministry of Defense and the IDF to closely study the civil war in Yemen, particularly its rocket and drone warfare aspects. The weapons and tactics in use in Yemen today will be employed against Israel tomorrow.
Israeli President Tells Papal Diplomat Israel Wants to Share Land with Palestinians
Israel wants to “share the land and find a way to live together” with the Palestinians, President Reuven Rivlin told Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, one of the highest-ranking Vatican diplomats, when they met at the President’s Residence on Thursday night.

Sandri, who is the Prefect of the Congregations for the Oriental Catholic Churches, came with a delegation that included several Franciscan priests, as well as the Papal Nuncio and the Custos of the Holy Land.

He is in the region to mark the 800th anniversary of the Pilgrimage of Peace to the Middle East by St. Francis of Assisi and his dialogue with the Sultan of Egypt.

Rivlin, who has met with Pope Francis and is aware of the efforts being made by the Vatican to bring about a cessation of hostilities in the Middle East in general and between Israel and the Palestinians in particular, told Sandri that he knows how hard the Vatican is working to find a solution to this century-old tragedy.

Knowing that Sandri is also going to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Rivlin asked him to convey his regards, and noted that Abbas had sent New Year greetings to the people of Israel.

Emphasizing the need to build understanding between Israelis and Palestinians, Rivlin was of the opinion that a valuable asset in this regard was the restoration of the baptismal site at Qasr el-Yahud on the Jordan River near Jericho, where Jesus first met John the Baptist.

The restoration project was approved by Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian leadership, said Rivlin, who was personally involved in the process.
Dr. Martin Sherman: Alternative Jordans?
Although the details of the “Deal” are as yet obscure, it would appear the Jordan is slated to play a major role in it—grudgingly or otherwise. Accordingly, the feasibility of the “Deal”—indeed its acceptability—will be dramatically impacted by the nature of the regime east of the Jordan River and its prospective stability (or lack thereof).

After all, although some may hope otherwise, there seems little prospect that any successor regime in Amman will be more favorably disposed toward Israel than the current one.

This takes us back to the crucial strategic importance for Israel of the highlands of Judea-Samaria and the Jordan Valley. As I have been at pains to point out on numerous occasions, not only are these highlands the only topographical barrier between Jordan and the heavily populated coast plain, but any forces—regular or renegade—deployed on them will have complete topographical command and control of virtually all Israel’s airfields (military and civilian, including Ben Gurion, the only international airport), its major ports and naval bases, is principal traffic axes (rail and road), vital infrastructure installations/systems (electrical power, desalination plants and water conveyance), centers of civilian government and military command and 80% of the civilian population and commercial activity.

All of these will be in range of cheap, readily available weapons that have already been used against Israel from areas evacuated by it and transferred to Arab control.

Thus, the rationale of any plan that entails Israeli evacuation of this vital territory will hinge critically on the nature of the regime-type in Jordan, which abuts it from the East.

For whatever other grave detriments their might be in such a plan, it will matter greatly if Jordan is ruled by a government that strives to reign in forces hostile to Israel, or one that is indifferent to their aggressive intent—or worse, is complicit with it.

After all, should the Trump plan entail significant territorial concessions, Israel may well find itself in a situation in which it will have to contend with a huge expanse of hostile territory, stretching from the fringes of Greater Tel Aviv to the border of Iraq—and perhaps beyond.

Accordingly, Israel’s security establishment should indeed draw up plans to deal with prospective alternatives in Jordan—not only how to cope with them once they arise, but to prevent them from arising at all.
Why Israelis should support the Iraqi protesters
Another Arab Spring-like protest movement now seems to be arising, seeking to topple the present Iraqi government. As Israelis, we should support the Iraqi people in their quest for true freedom and democracy.

Mendi Safadi, heads of the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights, has noted that if we want to prevent the creation of another Syria, we should call upon the community of nations to intervene as soon as possible to uphold the rights of the protesters, prevent additional bloodshed, and stop the radical Islamists, Iran, and the former Baathists from overtaking the protest movement.

“Today, this Arab Spring has begun to take over Iraq against a government that is corrupt and loyal to Iran,” Safadi said. “These protesters are against the Iranians taking over Iraq. Talks with activists on the ground and the leaders of the protest movement reveal that the people are repulsed by the government, who betrayed their nation by becoming a proxy of Iran. The Iranian takeover of Iraq has gotten the people to revolt, to take to the streets and to demand that Iraq be returned to its rightful owners. They seek freedom and basic human rights that every citizen of this world deserves.”

According to a report from the Internal Commission of Iraq, “The Iraqi government takes instructions from Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Qassem Soleimani. Over 700 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard shot live fire at Iraqi demonstrators. There were demonstrators who were killed including men, women and children. The Iranians even went as far as burning a 2-year-old child in a car with her father. The Iraqi people are calling upon the international community to intervene urgently in order to save the Iraqi people, who have suffered under Iran and political Islam. We demand that all pro-Iranian parties be banished from Iraq and to take away all of Iran’s influence in the country. We seek to hold the regime accountable and to change from a parliamentary system to a republican form of government. We seek that the rights of women be respected, as the number of women in the country is very high. The Iraqi people will stop protesting only once our demands are met.”
Iraq crisis: Protests say anger could boil over Friday after 44 deaths
Protesters in Iraq prepared Friday for bloody clashes with security forces in Iraq after three days of protests that saw the government order live fire against the demonstrators. The protesters are angry. They have tried to block roads to the airport in Baghdad and break into the “Green Zone” where foreign embassies are located. They are shocked that officials have ordered live fire used against them.

The protests began on October 1 in the wake of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi sidelining a popular Counter-Terrorism service commander named Abdul Wahab Al-Saadi. But the real reason for the protests are much larger. They are angry over corruption and wage stagnation and lack of opportunities.

The Prime Minister has closed down internet and sought to isolate cities in Iraq. He gave a speech on Thursday evening and has indicated he could meet the protesters. But there are no clear leaders of the protests. The demonstrators gained some solace when the Shi’ite religious leader Ayatollah Ali Sistani appeared to express sympathy on Friday. Many believed that after prayers on Friday there would be bloody clashes unless the government retrains its tactics. It is not entirely clear which police have been ordered to fire on the protesters, because protesters say they cannot identify them by uniform. Some said it was not the Federal Police but other interior ministry forces. Others claims it was members of Shi’ite militias loyal to Iran, including the Saraya Khorosani unit. But much of this is rumors and has not been confirmed. What is clear is that security forces can be heard in dozens of videos using gunfire. Up to fifty demonstrators may have been killed and thousands injured, including members of the police.

The UN has called on Iraq to have a transparent investigation about the shooting of the demonstrators. “We call on the Iraqi government to allow people to freely exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.”
Iran tries to blame Israel and US for Iraqi protests
Iranian media and local sources in Iraq have reported on the protests sweeping the country with increasing concern that the protesters oppose Iranian influence. This concern has now reached the highest levels of Iran’s regime where the narrative that has been concocted is to blame “foreign” hands for the unrest. Under this logic tens of thousands of young men, leaderless and braving the gunfire of security forces, have been sacrificing themselves by the dozens all because of some complex conspiracy.

Iraq’s government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has shut down internet, social media and even made phone calls difficult in areas across Iraq, all to stop the protests. Yet the protests continue. To discredit them an Iranian cleric on Friday claimed the US and Israel are behind the protests. Supposedly it was to “disrupt a major annual Shi’ite Muslim pilgrimage planned to be held in Iraq later this month,” Reuters reported. “The enemy is now determined against the Islamic nation, America and Zionism are targeting the Arabaeen pilgrimage in Iraq, causing trouble,” claimed Ayatollah Mohammad Emami-Kashani.

His full Friday sermon, published at Tasnim News in Farsi claims that “America and Zionism are the enemies of God.” He mentions the Houthi rebels in Yemen who “have shown themselves against the miserable Saudi rulers,” and notes that Saudi Arabia’s reputation has been weakened. This is a reference to the September 14 drone and missile attack on Saudi Arabia. He also mentions the US “maximum pressure” sanctions on Iran and says that it has not been successful. “Endurance is the way of the martyrs.” It is in this context he says that the “enemies” are targeting the religious pilgrimages to the holy sites in Karbala, where Shi’ites make pilgrimage. He calls on people to take refuge in the shrine of Imam Hussein.

In Iraq the senior Shi’ite religious leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, lamented the deaths of dozens of protesters and called for an end to the deaths, casualties and destruction. He called on the government to listen to the people’s demands about corruption and other issues.
Russian journalist arrested in Tehran on suspicion of spying for Israel
A Russian journalist has been arrested in Iran on suspicion of spying on the Islamic Republic on behalf of Israel, according to family members and Russian media reports.

Yulia Yuzik was first declared missing earlier this week by family members who said she was arrested in Tehran days ago. Her ex-husband Boris Voytsekhovskiy posted on Facebook that Yuzik was facing charges of cooperating with Israeli intelligence services, and that her trial is scheduled for Saturday.

According to Voytsekhovskiy, Yuzik’s charges carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

It wasn’t clear when Yuzik was arrested; her last post on social media was a series of Instagram pictures taken in Kashan, a city in northern part of Isfahan province.

Voytsekhovskiy told Russian media outlets that Yuzik used to work as a correspondent in Tehran several years ago, and she returned to the Iranian capital last week at the invitation of an unknown party.
Engel bows to Arab lobbyists, pro-Israel friends are silent
An anti-Hamas bill has been severely watered down by Congressman Eliot Engel. It’s a turn of events that should trouble every supporter of Israel.

The New York Post revealed this week that Engel (D-NY), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, agreed to change the bill after heavy pressure from Qatar and the Palestinian Authority (PA)

The Post quoted “a personal acquaintance of Engel’s” as saying, “Eliot told me directly that he was getting a lot of pressure from the Qataris” about the bill. At the same time, Engel or his representatives held seven meetings this past spring with lobbyists for the PA, apparently to discuss the bill.

The Qataris didn’t like the fact that the bill mentioned Qatar’s massive financial support for Hamas. The PA didn’t like the fact that it would have penalized regimes—like the PA—that assist Hamas in various ways.

So the bill, which was authored by Rep. Brian Mast (R-Florida), was changed. The language about Qatar was removed, and loopholes were added so that aid to Hamas which is considered “humanitarian” would not be blocked.

We put “humanitarian” in quotation marks because we all remember how “humanitarian” concrete, which supposedly would be used to build homes, instead was used to build tunnels to kidnap and murder Israelis.

At this point in the story, you would imagine that those Jewish leaders who claim to be Engel’s buddies would have intervened to restore the original language of the Mast bill.
Behind the Lines: Pakistan and Israel: Much ado about nothing?
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan last week dismissed speculation that his country was moving toward the establishing of open diplomatic relations with Israel. Speaking at the Asian Society in New York City last Thursday, as reported by the Middle East Eye website, Khan reiterated Pakistan’s traditional stance on the issue:

“Pakistan has a very straightforward position,” the Pakistani prime minister and former cricket star said. “It was our founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah who was very clear that there has to be just settlement, a homeland for Palestinians, before Pakistan can recognize Israel.”

His remarks, according to Middle East Eye, were met with enthusiastic applause. They came amid widespread recent speculation at a possible diplomatic breakthrough between Jerusalem and Islamabad. Prominent Pakistani journalist Kamran Khan launched the rumors with a tweet on August 25, asking “Why can’t we openly debate pros cons of opening direct and overt channels of communication with the State of Israel?”

What is the background to the recent speculation, and is there a realistic chance of a breakthrough, or do Imran Khan’s remarks settle the matter in the negative?

THERE IS a school of thought in Pakistan that favors the abandonment, or at least the questioning, of Islamabad’s long rejection of formal ties with the Jewish state. Why now?
'Recent convert' to Islam stabs 4 to death at Paris police headquarters
A 45-year-old technology administrator at the police headquarters in central Paris went on a knife rampage inside the building on Thursday, killing three police officers and an administrative worker before he was shot dead by an officer, French officials said.

French broadcaster BFM TV said the attacker had converted to Islam 18 months ago.

Officials did not say anything about the motive for the attack and said they were still trying to discover if there was a terrorism link.

The man launched the attack in his office then moved to other parts of the large 19th-century building across the street from the Notre Dame Cathedral.

An officer stopped the attack when he shot the assailant in the compound's courtyard, said a police official. The official was not authorized to talk publicly about the case and requested anonymity.
IDF thwarts weapons smuggling attempt from Lebanon to Israel
The IDF and Israel Police thwarted an attempt to smuggle weapons from Lebanon into Israel in September, according to an IDF spokesperson.

An IDF field observer from the 869th battalion spotted two suspects acting suspiciously on the Lebanese side of the border with Israel near the border fence. IDF soldiers went to the scene to check the issue.

Bags found in the area contained about 40 pistols and magazines which were meant to be smuggled from Lebanon into Israel. The background of the incident is being looked into.

One suspect was arrested on the Israeli side of the border and was transferred for questioning by security forces.

"I saw a suspect approaching the fence and immediately realized that this was an unusual incident," said Pvt. Adi ben Naim, the field observer who identified the suspects. "I alerted the troops and directed them to the location. It was only after the incident that I realized that a very large weapon-smuggling attempt was thwarted. My job as a field observer is to identify what takes place in the field and alert my commanders; which is exactly what I did in this incident.




Israeli military marks ‘Mean Girls Day’ by trolling Iran on Twitter
The Israel Defense Forces marked “Mean Girls Day” this week by tweeting a meme of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah.

The meme, posted on Thursday, October 3, was an altered version of a “never before seen” photo published by the Iranian government showing the supreme leader, Nasrallah and Qassem Soleimani — the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force.

The IDF photoshopped the Iranians into a “Mean Girls” scene alongside Lindsay Lohan, with the caption: “There’s no one meaner than the mean girls of the Middle East…”

The IDF added #DontSitWithThem and #MeanGirlsDay to their post.

October 3 was a date that was mentioned in passing by Lohan’s character to her crush in Mean Girls, and has since become a pop cultural phenomenon marked annually by movie fans.

The “Don’t sit with them” refers to a line in the movie when Rachel McAdams’s character Regina George is turned away from popular clique’s table at lunch because she’s wearing sweatpants.


Arab citizens of Israel undergo quiet revolution
The Arab citizens of Israel need rapid development of their areas. They dream of having high-tech zones and industrial centers; they seek enhanced police work to battle the crime that is raging in the streets of Arab cities; and they resent the vicious incitement against them that was led for years by the prime minister and the ruling party. Will the future government, which for now is still nowhere to be seen, be able to fulfill all of these demands and build bridges between the establishment and one-fifth of Israel’s population?

During the recent political campaign, the Likud party accused Gantz numerous times of “planning to create a government with [Joint List MKs] Ahmad Tibi and Ayman Odeh,” but the leaders of the bloc had ruled it out many times. When Blue and White MK Ram Ben-Barak, ex-deputy director of the Mossad, turned to the Arabs this summer, he said that Blue and White needed them “to change the government.” But what will happen the day after such a change is accomplished?

Amjad Iraqi, a contributing editor at +972 magazine, said to The Media Line that what is missing from the tactical decision of the Joint List is thought about the day after. “This decision is quite some gamble that could also backfire, especially if a unity government will be formed eventually between Likud and the Blue and White bloc. I do understand the logic —Ayman Odeh decided to prioritize getting rid of Netanyahu, and most of the public endorsed him because they want to change at least some part of the equation. But how do we know that the Blue and White bloc, whose leaders had their share of critical and negative remarks about Arabs, will be able to live up to its promises?” said Iraqi.

El-Sana believes that if the Joint List is unable to maximize its gains this time around, the alternative for the next time will be voting for existing Jewish parties or for a joint Arab-Jewish party, a project that el-Sana tried to run this time together with the former Knesset speaker, Avrum Burg. There are also many question marks about the participation of the Balad party, which is increasingly seen by many in the Arab public as a destabilizing element that fails to serve its people. “If they were to participate in the elections today by themselves, they would go down. They have three seats in the Joint List, but they are worth only 1.5 seats, or even less” says Darawshe. On the opposite side, Iraqi believes that Balad gives legitimacy to the Joint List, serving as a link between them and the wider Palestinian cause. “Balad still represents a significant portion of voters. They need the Joint List, and the Joint List needs them,” he concludes.

For now, Arab voters seem to be quite satisfied with the result. They proved to be resilient against incitement and intimidation, increased their representation at the Knesset, and now will wait just like everyone else to see how the current political reality TV unfolds.

The leaders of the Joint List will now have to prove to their voters that they can make some real gains with the increased power that they received this time. Considering the shaky structure of the bloc, which includes four different parties with contradicting ideologies, this will not be easy. If no government is formed and Israel goes to a third round of elections, the bloc will have to campaign extremely hard to maintain its success. For now, it is unlikely that the Joint List will top its current result—13 seats. The quiet revolution in the Arab sector, however, will continue, sweeping Arab Israeli citizens away from segregation and isolation, toward integration and equality.
Thousands of Arab Israelis march, block roads to protest deadly crime wave
Thousands of Arab Israelis held protests Friday at the conclusion of prayers, a day after a general strike over a wave of deadly violence within the minority community.

Protesters blocked roads, including sections of the major highways in the north of the country. Demonstrators carried signs with slogans such as “our children’s blood is not cheap” and chanted slogans about what they say is police inaction on the issue.

Ayman Odeh, the head of the Knesset’s predominantly Arab Joint List faction, called on the Jewish community to join the protests, saying that a society without weapons should be the ideal for everyone.

“I also urge the Jewish public to join the protests. A society without firearms is a civil and social aim for us all,” Odeh tweeted.
Some Israelis to Celebrate Sukkot with 4 Species Holders Made in Gaza
Some Israelis — many, in fact — will celebrate the holiday of Sukkot this year holding their four species bound with holders produced in the Gaza Strip.

Ahead of the Jewish holiday, the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) has approved the import of tens of thousands of four species holders, used for the traditional customs of the holiday.

The four species – the etrog, a citron fruit; the lulav, a frond of a date palm; the hadas, a myrtle bough; and the aravah, a willow branch – are the species the Jewish people are commanded to bind together during the holiday.

The holders are made out of dried palm leaves, woven into a shape that allows the four species to be held together comfortably during the holiday prayers. The abundance of palm trees in Gaza, as well as cheap labor, makes the enclave a prime location for the production of the holders.

Despite the growing tension between Hamas, the terror group that controls Gaza and Israel, COGAT was able to facilitate the import successfully, passing it through the Kerem Shalom Crossing under heavy security inspection.
Ha'aretz: Meet the Palestinian Villagers Living Out the American Dream
Halfway between the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Nablus, the road gives way to an exit unlike any other along Israel’s Highway 60. At first glance, this route — lined with palm trees and polished sidewalks that lead up to lavish stone villas — looks like a well-funded Jewish settlement. But a closer look reveals that unlike other typical settlements, there is no security gate at the entrance to the community and its houses are not lined up in rows along the hilltops.

The expensive homes scattered on slopes among olive trees, reminiscent of the famous Hollywood Boulevard, are actually a window into the Palestinian diaspora. The majority of their dwellers are dual American-Palestinian nationals who live in the United States for most of the year and treat the village of Turmus Ayya as their summer home.

Turmus Ayyans are not only based in the United States. These Palestinian villagers are spread throughout the world, with members of the community living in Spain, Panama, Cuba and Brazil. According to the village’s municipal office, there are some 11,000 Turmus Ayyans in total; 4,000 are permanent residents, while 7,000 made their home abroad.

Unlike the majority of Palestinians living in the diaspora, Turmus Ayyans are not refugees of the 1948 war. Rather, they are economic immigrants who chose to leave this West Bank village in pursuit of better financial opportunities. Residents told Haaretz that the first villager to immigrate was Odeh Abdel Qader, who left for the United States in 1909 and worked in Manhattan's Little Syria (where the Financial District is situated today). Local Wadi Abu Awad recalls Qader’s return to the village: "He was the guy who came from America," he says. Throughout the 20th century, Qader’s legacy became an inspiration for other Turmus Ayyans who wished to chase the American Dream.

Hamas Facing Growing Criticism in Gaza
A picture making the rounds on social media shows the leader of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, with his six sons, standing healthy in tailored suits, and beneath it, a picture of Gaza youths who have had a leg amputated after rioting at the Gaza fence.

Another example is a recording by a Gazan father whose son was wounded at the border confrontations.

"I was told I needed to provide his medicine out of my own pocket. If he were the son of one of the Hamas higher-ups, the whole world would have given aid."

"Where am I supposed to get money for medicine? They told my boy to get on the bus and protest, and then they threw him out to die."


Iran not 'drawing back' militarily after Saudi attack-US admiral
Iran has not drawn back to a less threatening military posture in the region following the Sept. 14 attack on Saudi Arabia, the top U.S. admiral in the Middle East told Reuters, suggesting persistent concern despite a lull in violence.

"I don't believe that they're drawing back at all," Vice Admiral Jim Malloy, commander of the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet, said in an interview.

The United States, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and Germany have publicly blamed the attack on Iran, which denies involvement in the strike on the world's biggest crude oil-processing facility. The Iran-aligned Houthi militant group in Yemen has claimed responsibility.

Malloy did not comment on any U.S. intelligence guiding his assessment. But he acknowledged that he monitored Iranian activities closely, when asked if he had seen any concerning movements of Iranian missiles in recent weeks.

Malloy said he regularly tracks Iranian cruise and ballistic missile movements -- "whether they're moving to storage, away from storage." He also monitors whether Iran's minelaying capabilities head to distribution sites or away from them.

"I get a briefing of movements on a daily basis and then assessments as to what that could mean," he said.

Relations between the United States and Iran have deteriorated sharply since President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear accord last year and reimposed sanctions on its oil exports.

For months, Iranian officials issued veiled threats, saying that if Tehran were blocked from exporting oil, other countries would not be able to do so either.

However, Iran has denied any role in a series of attacks that have followed, including against tankers in the Gulf using limpet mines earlier this year.
UN nuclear watchdog says Iran taking ‘step in right direction’
The UN’s nuclear watchdog said Friday Iran had taken “a step in the right direction” towards dealing with questions on its nuclear program but cautioned that the issues have not been “completely addressed.”

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) did not detail what the questions related to but said it was “discussing substance” with the Iranians.

There has been “engagement” from Tehran in recent weeks on questions relating to its nuclear safeguards declarations to the agency, IAEA acting head Cornel Feruta told journalists in Vienna.

“[That] engagement doesn’t mean that the issues are completely addressed but it’s a step in the right direction,” he added.

Feruta said the queries did not touch directly on the faltering 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers but rather on Iran’s separate safeguards agreement with the agency.

Diplomatic sources in Vienna say the agency has been waiting for information from the Iranians relating to samples taken earlier this year from a warehouse near the capital Tehran.
France: Iran, US have one month to come to negotiating table
Iran and the United States have one month to get to the negotiating table, France's foreign minister warned, suggesting Tehran's plan to increase its nuclear activities in November would spark renewed tension in the region.

French President Emmanuel Macron attempted but failed to broker talks between US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York last week.

"We consider that these initiatives, which didn't succeed, are still on the table and it is up to Iran and the United States to seize [them] in a relatively short amount of time because Iran has announced new measures to reduce its commitments to the Vienna accord in November," Jean-Yves Le Drian told parliament's foreign affairs committee.

Iran is breaching the restrictions of its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers in response to US sanctions imposed since Washington pulled out of the agreement in May of last year.

It has said its next roll-back would be at the start of November, and diplomats fear that this next breach could force European powers, which are trying to salvage the accord, to respond.
Iran rejects French call for release of dual national scholar
Iran said on Friday that France's call for it to release a detained French-Iranian scholar was an interference in its internal affairs and would not help resolve the issue, the official news agency IRNA reported.

France's Foreign Ministry on Thursday demanded Iran release dual national Fariba Adelkhah, a senior research fellow at Sciences Po university in Paris, who was detained on unspecified charges earlier this year.

"(Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas) Mousavi said the French Foreign Ministry's interference in the case of an Iranian citizen was irrelevant..., and added: 'This will not only fail to help resolve the issue, but rather make the legal process more complicated'," IRNA reported.

Rights activists have accused Iran of arresting a number of dual nationals to try to win concessions from other countries - a charge that the Islamic republic has regularly dismissed.

Adelkhah's arrest came at a time when France and other European powers were caught up in an international standoff over Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal, which the United States abandoned last year.
U.S. Sanctions Paralyze Imports via Iranian Ports
More than 20 ships carrying around one million tonnes of grain are stuck outside Iranian ports as US sanctions create payment problems and hamper the country’s efforts to import vital commodities, sources directly involved in the trade said.

Trading companies such as Bunge (BG.N) and China’s COFCO International have been hit by payment delays and additional costs of up to $15,000 a day as the renewed US restrictions stifle the processing of transactions, trade sources said.

According to Reuters, food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies are exempt from sanctions Washington re-imposed after US President Donald Trump said he was walking away from a 2015 international deal over Iran’s nuclear program.

But the US measures targeting everything from oil sales to shipping and financial activities have deterred several foreign banks from doing any Iranian business, including humanitarian deals such as food shipments.

The few remaining lenders still processing Iranian business face multiple hurdles to facilitate payments as financing channels freeze up.
U.S. Sanctions Squeezing Iran-Backed Hizbullah in Lebanon
The conflict between Iran and the U.S. that has created tensions throughout much of the Middle East is now also being felt in Lebanon, where Washington has slapped sanctions on the Iran-backed Hezbollah and warned they could soon expand to its allies, further deepening the tiny Arab country’s economic crisis.

The Trump administration has intensified sanctions on the Lebanese militant group and institutions linked to it to unprecedented levels, targeting lawmakers for the first time as well as a local bank that Washington claims has ties to the group.

Two U.S. officials visited Beirut in September and warned the sanctions will increase to deprive Hezbollah of its sources of income. The push is further adding to Lebanon’s severe financial and economic crisis, with Lebanese officials warning the country’s economy and banking sector can’t take the pressure.

“We have taken more actions recently against Hezbollah than in the history of our counterterrorism program,” Sigal P. Mandelker, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the U.S. Treasury, said in the United Arab Emirates last month.

Mandelker said Washington is confident the Lebanese government and the central bank will “do the right thing here in making sure that Hezbollah can no longer have access to funds at the bank.”
Iran’s regime lashes out at German antisemitism commissioner in response to 'Post' article
The Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign ministry blasted a prominent German official on Wednesday after the commissioner tasked with combating antisemitism told The Jerusalem Post that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration should withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions on Tehran for its nefarious conduct.

The Iranian regime-controlled PressTV wrote that "in an online statement on Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi condemned the remarks by Uwe Becker, commissioner of the Hessian federal state government for Jewish life and the fight against anti-Semitism.”

PressTV added that “Becker on Monday called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to put Israel's security above ‘possible economic interests’ that comes with the deal – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).”

Becker, the commissioner of the Hessian federal state government for Jewish life and the fight against antisemitism, told the Post on Monday that “the current escalation with Israel should be reason enough for Germany to advocate the.... Iran nuclear agreement, which has been undermined by Iran... [as] dead, and for the necessary sanctions against Tehran to become effective again in their entirety.”



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10/03 Links Pt1: Rina Shnerb's alleged murderer linked to European-funded BDS affiliates; The Arab World Can’t Blame All of Its Problems on the West; IDF indicts 5 Palestinians in murder of soldier Dvir Sorek

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From Ian:

Rina Shnerb's alleged murderer linked to European-funded BDS affiliates
Samer Arbid, the alleged leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist cell responsible for murdering 17-year-old Rina Shnerb near Dolev in August, worked for a European-funded NGO linked to BDS, NGO Monitor reported on Wednesday.

Arbid, 44, considered one of the PFLP’s top officials in Ramallah, was previously arrested for preparing PFLP explosive devices during the Second Intifada.

IDF and Border Police forces arrested him on Sunday for allegedly preparing and detonating the improvised explosive device that killed Shnerb and wounded her father Eitan and brother Dvir.

On Monday, Haaretz reported that the Justice Ministry opened an investigation into “potential wrongdoing” by officers of the Shin Bet (Israeli Security Agency) after Arbid was in critical condition in at Hadassah-University Medical Center on Mount Scopus following his interrogation, which involved torture. It was subsequently reported that the agents were authorized to conduct a “violent interrogation” but went “too far.”

Media sources reported on Tuesday that the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) and several Joint List MKs sent a letter to Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit demanding a criminal investigation be opened regarding Arbid’s interrogation.

According to the NGO Monitor, Arbid was listed as an accountant for Addameer (Arabic for conscience) Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, a Palestinian NGO that provides legal representation to Palestinians detained in Israel. The Ramallah-based organization’s mandate includes “ending torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment inflicted upon Palestinian prisoners” and “guaranteeing fair, impartial and public trials.” The organization was listed as a PFLP-affiliated institution on Fatah’s website in September 2015.
NGO Monitor: Samer Arbid’s Alleged Terror Activities, Arrests, and NGO Affiliations
According to Israeli security officials, on August 23, 2019, Samer Arbid commanded a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror cell that carried out a bombing against Israeli civilians, murdering 17-year old Rina Shnerb, and injuring her father and brother. According to the Israel Security Agency (Shabak), Arbid prepared and detonated the explosive device.

Ties to PFLP-linked NGOs
Arbid worked for Addameer – a Palestinian NGO closely linked to the PFLP, 1 which listed him as the organization’s accountant for several years.

In addition to his work for Addameer, Arbid appears to have worked for another NGO with ties to the PFLP, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC). According to Samidoun, yet another PFLP-linked NGO, Arbid was the “financial director of the Union of Agricultural Work Committees in the West Bank” in 2016.
Prior Arrests
- In an Addameer-produced video from April 2013, Arbid describes his numerous arrests. He states that he was arrested at the beginning of 2003 and sentenced to two and a half years in prison, and served an additional year in administrative detention.
- According to Samidoun, Arbid was placed in administrative detention from March 2007 to August 2008.
- Similarly, Samidoun reported that Arbid was arrested on September 23, 2013 and placed in administrative detention.
- According to Samidoun, Arbid “was ordered to an additional three months’ administrative detention” on March 12, 2016.

Israel reportedly arrests another Palestinian behind the deadly Dolev Spring attack
A senior member of the terror cell suspected of being responsible for the West Bank bombing that killed teenager Rina Shnerb in August was arrested by Israeli security forces early on Thursday, Palestinian media reported.

According to the reports, security forces arrested Walid Muhammed Hanatsheh at his home in the village of al-Tireh outside of Ramallah during overnight arrest raids across the West Bank, which saw 13 Palestinians arrested by IDF troops and Border Police officers.

Wafa News reported that the raids took place in several villages in the Ramallah area including Kobar, Deir Abu Mashaal, Jifna and al-Tireh. During Hanatsheh’s arrest, a Palestinian TV cameraman was injured after troops fired a rubber bullet toward rioters.

Hanatsheh, who acts as finance and administration manager for the health work committees (HWC), has been a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine since the Second Intifada, and has been arrested by Israel several times for his membership in the terrorist group.
BBC-promoted NGO’s terror links surface again
The terror cell leader, Samer Arbid, was employed (despite his past history of involvement in terror activity) as an accountant by the Palestinian NGO ‘Addameer’ which is known for its links to the PFLP – a designated terror organisation in the US, the EU, Canada and Israel.

Five days after Rina Shnerb was murdered the BBC News website published a video report which included an interview with the director of ‘Addameer’, Sahar Francis.

Partisan report on detained Palestinian ‘children’ from BBC’s Gender and Identity correspondent

That heavily promoted report was made available on the BBC News website for fourteen consecutive days.

In other words the producers of that report, along with additional BBC journalists, apparently saw nothing at all problematic in the amplification of the unchallenged narrative of a political NGO that is linked to a terrorist organisation that the BBC knows has murdered Israeli civilians in the past and which, we now learn, employed the leader of the PFLP terror cell apparently responsible for the brutal murder of a seventeen-year-old out hiking with her family.



How the Myth of the Israel-Palestinian Conflict’s Supreme Importance Distorted 70 Years of American Middle East Policy
After failing in 1948 to stop the U.S. from supporting the creation of a Jewish state, writes Samuel Tadros, the Middle East experts of the State Department put forth the theory that America could not achieve its strategic goals in the region without first solving the Arab-Israeli conflict. This soon became “dogma” in Foggy Bottom, at think tanks, and in academia. Even President Trump, for all his unorthodoxies, is not immune to the allure peacemaking.

In reality, no one [in the Middle East] actually cared about the Palestinians, at least not the region’s rulers. [Their] priorities were everywhere besides Palestine: toppling the monarchs for some, searching for hegemony for others, or, for most, simply protecting their rule from revolutionary upheaval. The Palestinians, if they were considered at all, served simply as a bargaining chip; a cause to rally supporters and attack opponents.

Despite this, Washington’s Middle East experts were not deterred. The centrality of the issue was never to be questioned, but the method to solve it changed.

[Today], stepping back from the details and daily changes on the ground, [it is necessary to confront] an inconvenient proposition: maybe there is no solution to the conflict. After all, it is uniquely American to think that every problem must have a solution. Maybe the reality is that there are two peoples who claim the same piece of land and that no amount of effort or innovative solutions can solve this simple fact.
The Arab World Can’t Blame All of Its Problems on the West
For the past several weeks, the death of Israa Ghrayeb, a twenty-one-year-old Palestinian woman, has garnered much attention on Arabic-language social media and also in the Arab press. Ghrayeb was apparently beaten to death by family members for appearing in public—at a café—with her fiancé. To Hussain Abdul-Hussain, her death is a stark reminder of the ways in which Arab intellectuals have used the ideas of the Egyptian-American literature professor Edward Said, along with the those of the many postcolonial theorists who followed in his footsteps, to avoid critical examination of honor killings and other social ills:

“Orientalism” [was the term Said gave to] the collection of stereotypes through which the West is purported to understand the Middle East. For anti-colonialists . . . those stereotypes are proof that the colonial powers failed to understand the people they colonized. Honor killing is one of the stereotypes unjustly attributed to Muslims and Arabs, so the argument goes. But it is no stereotype. . . . It is a reality.

Though women are the main victims, honor killing falls under the Islamist concept of “promotion of virtue and prevention of vice.” For many Arabs and Muslims, this involves the restoration of some long-ago, supposedly perfect society that exists only in their imagination. But [this mythic ideal] is used to justify killing adulterers (of both sexes) or homosexuals or men who are perceived as effeminate, such as the Iraqi teenager whose murder by stabbing was recorded by his killer. . . . In Lebanon, a non-Druze man who married a Druze woman had his penis cut off by relatives of the bride.

Honor killing . . . is a flaw in Muslim society and it can be rectified only if that society is prepared to look inward at itself rather than blaming outsiders. . . . [B]ashing colonialism and Orientalism won’t solve the [Arab world’s] problems. On the contrary, it will only conceal them. . . . [T]o eradicate an abomination such as honor killing, Arabs and Muslims must first acknowledge its existence and take ownership of it.
PMW: Palestinian women's lives endangered by PA religious leaders' ruling
Top PA religious figures prohibit Palestinian women from submitting complaints over spouses to Israeli police

PA Ministry of Justice is working on improving legislation on family matters, including "ensuring punishment of those who commit crimes from a motive of honor"

The Israeli Arab party The Joint List has announced that it will boycott today's swearing-in ceremony of the Israeli Parliament in protest of what it calls the government's failure to address the rising levels of violence in Arab towns. Yet while Israeli Arab politicians are complaining that not enough is being done to tackle the growing problem of violence in Israeli Arab communities, the PA is telling Palestinian women not to go to the Israeli police with complaints over their husbands
"Anti-Normalization" With Israel: The True Goal
An anti-Israel group called the Association for Supporting Resistance and Confronting Normalization claimed that Jordanians who work in Eilat and other Israeli cities are often recruited as informants by the Israeli security services. The group accused the Jordanian government of "complying with all the demands of the Zionists on the pretext of cooperation for the sake of peace." The claim that Jordanians who go to work in Israel or help clean the beach are recruited as spies is aimed at painting them as traitors, a charge that is likely to put their lives at risk.

Instead of thanking Israel for allowing Jordanians to come and work in Eilat, the "anti-normalization" activists are inciting the workers to boycott Israel. These activists, of course, are not offering the Jordanian workers jobs and salaries.

In March 2019, Israel agreed to increase by 33% the number of Jordanian day laborers employed at hotels in Eilat from 1,500 to 2,000. The permits for the Jordanians are designed to allow them to work in the hotel industry of Eilat, close to the border with Jordan. The move is part of an agreement signed between Israel and Jordan to advance ties between the two countries through economic and social cooperation initiatives.

As far as the "anti-normalization" activists are concerned, inciting their people against Israel and the Jordanian workers is more important than any economic and social initiatives. These activists hate Israel to a point where they prefer to see 2,000 workers lose their jobs than continue working and earning good salaries in Eilat.

If greeting a Jew on his or her holiday, cleaning the beach with an Israeli, or working in Israel are considered by many Arabs a "crime," what will be the fate of any Arab who makes peace with Israel?

Those who are calling for boycotts of Israel -- and are threatening and inciting their people against any Arab who dares to host a Jew or send him or her greetings -- are also emphatically opposed to peace with Israel. For them, making peace with the "Zionist entity" is considered an act of treason. They are worried that an Arab who greets a Jew may one day make peace with Israel. They are worried that an Arab state that hosts Israeli athletes may one day make peace with Israel. They are worried that Arabs who go to work in Israel may fall in love with Israelis and stop thinking of ways to kill them or destroy Israel.
US gives cold shoulder to major Palestinian donor parley
The United States gave a cold shoulder last week to the major bi-annual meeting for donor aid to the Palestinian Authority, known as the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), which has operated for the last 25 years.

“We limited our participation to working-level observers only,” US special envoy Jason Greenblatt told The Jerusalem Post this week as he described the downgrade.

It is the latest Trump administration action against traditional venues that help provide financial assistance to Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority.

As part of its peace plan known as the “Deal of the Century,” the administration plans to create new funding venues for the Palestinians, the blueprint for which was unveiled at a Bahrain conference in June. But action on the plan is dependent on success with the political part of the peace process, which has yet to be published.

The US was previously one of the largest donors to the Palestinians and the PA, providing upward of half-a-billion dollars a year through the United Nations and other venues, but it has slowly halted that funding over the last two years.

The high-level 15 member AHLC meeting, held in the spring in Brussels and in the fall in New York, is one of the bedrock pillars of international funding for the Palestinians. It has remained a neutral venue where Israelis, Palestinians and the United States interact, even when all other communication is frozen.

In the past, the meetings chaired by Norway have been attended by high-level officials such as Greenblatt, or secretaries of state such as John Kerry. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini often attends, and was one of the dignitaries who gathered in New York for the meeting on September 26.
Rivlin: Israel is in crisis, needs government now
Israeli democracy is in a state of emergency, and a government must be formed as soon as possible, President Reuven Rivlin said at the 22nd Knesset’s inaugural meeting, which was overshadowed by the political uncertainty on Thursday.

Rivlin and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein addressed the long period of political uncertainty, which saw the 21st Knesset be inaugurated and dissolved in a period of less than two months, less than six months ago. They both said the solution is a unity government.

“We are facing a time of crisis for the House of Jacob, an emergency for Israel’s security and for Israeli society, an emergency for Israeli democracy,” Rivlin said. “Forming a government is not only the wish of the people. More than ever, in times like these, it is an economic and security need the likes of which we have not known for many years.”

Rivlin said a broad governing coalition would allow Israelis “to put the disagreements between us to one side and work on finding areas of agreement...to#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/49618&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com give us all an opportunity to breathe a little, to heal.”

The President listed a number of “real life” areas that the government must address, from combatting the Iranian threat to making day-care cheaper to tacking rising crime in Arab communities.
Lapid forgoing rotation as prime minister
Blue and White’s co-candidate for prime minister in last month’s election, MK Yair Lapid, announced on Thursday that he would no longer be a candidate for prime minister in the next government.

The announcement came after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused him of being the obstacle to the formation of a national unity government. Netanyahu said Lapid was trying to stop Gantz from joining a coalition government that he is currently trying to form because he would not give up his goal of rotating in the Prime Minister’s Office with Gantz.

“For the sake of a unity government, I’m forgoing the rotation,” Lapid told the Blue and White Party. “There won’t be a rotation with three people. That’s not serious. Running a country is a serious matter. It’s far more important to me that there’s unity in the country. That there won’t be another election. That this country begins a healing process. Mends the wounds. Changes the national priorities.”

Lapid warned that Netanyahu is trying everything to drag Israel to its third election within a year.

“One man with three indictments stands between us and a national unity government,” he said. “That’s what the country needs.

This country needs a national unity government led by Blue and White, with Likud, with Liberman, with Labor. That’s what we said throughout the campaign. In that government there will be a rotation. Gantz will be prime minister for the first two years. There’s no other option.”

Lapid ruled out a coalition in which Gantz rotates as prime minister with Netanyahu but did not rule out a rotation with another Likud leader.
Benjamin Netanyahu invites Avigdor Liberman to join coalition
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered Yisrael Beytenu head Avigdor Liberman to join the government he is forming, in a meeting Thursday morning at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu told his former aide and ally and current political nemesis that he should join as soon as possible in order to contribute to the formation of a unity government.

But Netanyahu’s spokesman said there did not end up being a breakthrough in the meeting.

Liberman released a statement after the meeting saying that he urged Netanyahu to have Likud, Blue and White and Yisrael Beytenu meet to decide the next government's guidelines on policy and only then deal with distributing portfolios and who should go first in a rotation in the Prime Minister's Office.

"I am making a major effort to form a broad unity government," Netanyahu told the Likud faction. "This is what the voters decided, and this is what is right. This should be taken for granted."

Following the meeting with Liberman, Netanyahu went to update the heads of the right-wing and religious parties in his political bloc.
IDF indicts 5 Palestinians in murder of soldier Dvir Sorek
The IDF Prosecution filed an indictment in the Judea Military Court on Thursday against five Palestinians in connection with the murder of IDF Corporal Dvir Sorek on August 8.

The five Palestinians, all of who are affiliated with Hamas according to the indictment, are: Qasem al-atzafra, Nazir al-atzafra, Ahmad al-atzafra, Yusef Zahur and Mahmoud Atuna.

Previously, the IDF announced that it sent messages to the defendants' families announcing its intention to demolish their houses.
Some of the defendants have already objected and the High Court of Justice will hear the issue on October 31.

The stabbing attack occurred against Sorek near Migdal Oz on August 8.
Greenblatt: PA Must End "Pay to Slay"
U.S. Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt told Asharq Al-Awsat in an interview: "I can't imagine a world in which a peace agreement is signed where issues like the Palestinian Authority's 'Pay to Slay' program remains - a program that rewards terrorists who murder or attack Israelis. It's a basic concept that you cannot encourage people to kill and expect a peace deal that works."

"I can't imagine the Israeli government ever signing such an agreement. It would make no sense and it's completely antithetical to the concept of peace. To deal with that abhorrent program, the USA has cut all funding to the PA and we continuously raise awareness of this issue to other donor countries. I cannot understand how donor countries continue to donate funds knowing that some of their taxpayers' money is used to fund terrorism and the murder of Israelis."
PA claims 24 'incursions' on Temple Mount
The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Religious Endowments and Religious Affairs published a report on the holy sites, which included 24 Jewish 'incursions' of the al-Aqsa mosque and 52 cases of denial of prayer for prayer at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Patriarchs Cave.

The Ministry of Endowments accused Israel of continuing the 'siege' and intervention at the Ibrahimi Mosque (the Cave of the Patriarchs) and closed it completely to Muslim worshipers during Rosh Hashanah.

According to the report, the Israeli authorities were not only content with preventing Muslims from entering the place, but they allowed settlers to get on the roof of the Cave of the Patriarchs and IDF soldiers attacked and humiliated Muslim workers.

It was also alleged that the "occupation forces" demolished the Al-Uma Mosque in Jabal Jawhar Hevron, which was in final stages of construction, and the level of incitement at the Al-Aqsa Mosque increased as Jewish holidays and the calls of the Temple Mount trustees came closer.
Hamas Takes Action in Nepotism Case following Public Pressure
Every year, the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Hajj and Umra hosts for free 1,000 people from the families of Palestinian martyrs to perform the hajj in Mecca.

After Anas Radwan, son of Hamas leader Ismail Radwan, went on the pilgrimage, activists argued on social media that he did not have the right to do so.

To calm public anger, Hamas formed a committee to investigate the incident, which concluded that Anas was not supposed to join the pilgrims. He was fined 5,000 dinars ($7,000), to be distributed among those who were denied travel to Mecca.

The Palestinian street is not accustomed to Hamas disclosing the details of any punitive measures against its leaders and members.


Israel-Egypt gas deal gets a boost as shares soar
Gas giant Delek Group Ltd.’s announcement that it had updated an agreement for the export of liquefied natural gas from the Leviathan and Tamar offshore reservoirs to Egypt sent share prices soaring on Wednesday.

In February 2018, Delek Drilling and Texas-based Noble Energy – partners in the Leviathan and Tamar LNG projects – signed a $15b. decade-long deal to supply 64 billion cu.m. of natural gas to Egypt’s Dolphinus Holdings Ltd.

The new agreement provides for a 35% increase in the total gas supply that will now reach 85 billion cu. m.

“The agreement is a further proof of the important economic cooperation between the two countries and the tremendous positive impact that these relations have on the Egyptian economy and the Israeli economy, as well as the great potential for additional cooperation in the mutual interest of the parties,” Yossi Abu, CEO of Delek Drilling, said in a statement on Wednesday.

The deal with Egypt followed a September 2016 agreement worth $10b. between Jordan’s National Electric Power Company Ltd. and the Leviathan project partners to supply a gross quantity of 45 billion cu.m. of natural gas to Israel’s eastern neighbor over 15 years.
Death Toll Climbs as Iraqi Protests Escalate for Third Day
Police and gunmen exchanged fire in a southern Iraqi city on Thursday killing one person, after 11 others were killed overnight as nationwide anti-government protests escalated into one of the worst security challenges in years.

At least 19 people have been killed since the protests erupted three days ago, seemingly independent of any organized political party and taking the security forces by surprise.

Police said protesters carrying guns had fired at them in the town of Rifae on Thursday morning, near the southern city of Nassiriya where seven people died overnight. Fifty people were wounded in Rifae, including five policemen, they said, adding to hundreds already injured across the country.

Clashes in another southern city, Amara, killed four people overnight.

A curfew, lifted early in the morning in southern cities, was reimposed immediately in Nassiriya and later in Amara.

In Baghdad, the authorities attempted to head off protests by imposing a curfew from 5 a.m. Troops patrolled main roads and public spaces, but by morning sporadic demonstrations had begun, and troops opened fire with live rounds to disperse them.

“Despite the curfew we are going out to protest to call for our rights. We want to change the regime. They have arrested our people. They have done things to our people they did not even do to Islamic State,” a youth told Reuters TV after gunshots could be heard nearby.

“They have beat them up and humiliated them while firing live gunfire. What did we do? Are we suicide bombers? We are here to call for our rights and all these people.”
Report: Iranian Entrenchment in Syria (PDF)
Iran's deployment of its own forces and proxy militias recruited from other countries has been decisive in the Assad regime's reversal of territorial losses to the Syrian opposition.

As a result, Iran now has wide latitude to pursue its own geopolitical agenda on Syrian territory, including the introduction of sophisticated weapons systems that will enable Iran to open a new front against Israel and threaten freedom of navigation in the eastern Mediterranean.

The Syria Study Group believes the U.S. can still influence the outcome of the Syrian war in a manner that protects U.S. interests.

The U.S. has meaningful tools of leverage to prevent the reemergence of ISIS and counter other terrorist groups, stop Iran from turning Syria into a forward operating base, provide relief to displaced Syrians and Syria's hard-pressed neighbors, and advance a political outcome that stops Syrian territory from serving as a net exporter of terrorism and instability.

The key near-term goal should be to prevent further entrenchment of Iran and its partners and proxies while raising the cost to Iran for its actions in Syria.

To this end, the U.S. should continue its support of Israeli air strikes; enforce sanctions aimed at undermining Iran's ability to fund its proxies and partners in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq; and maintain the U.S. military presence at the al-Tanf military base.

The U.S. should insist that any political settlement require the withdrawal of Iranian forces and proxies from Syria.
France: President Macron Must Stop Appeasing Iran's Mullahs
Has French President Emmanuel Macron forgotten that he is helping and appeasing a state leading in human rights violations? In 2018, according to Javaid Rehman, the UN expert on human rights in Iran, at least 273 people were executed in Iran, and 6,000 over ten years, according to Iran Human Rights.

In addition, the use of cruel and inhuman punishment is also on the rise in Iran; according to Amnesty International, the use of various forms of torture such as amputation and flogging has been increasing at an alarming rate.

Macron also fails to recognize that the nuclear deal never contained or adequately addressed Iran's multifaceted threats, which include but are not limited to: The arming and financing of terror and militia groups in the region; intervening in the internal affairs of regional countries; pursing a sectarian agenda by pitting Shiites and Sunnis against each other; carrying out cyber attacks against other nations; and committing human rights violations inside Iran and abroad through its proxies.
IRGC Commander Confirms Missile-Cities Hidden under Iran's Mountains
We have been digging tunnels since 1984 when we first began making missiles.” These were the words of Revolutionary Guards general Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Force. He was interviewed by the Iranian regime’s Documentary TV a few hours after the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)- US representative office, revealed the existence of numerous tunnel formations across Iran that were used to stock long-range missiles.

Hajizadeh had played a vital role in the September 14, 2019 drone and cruise-missile attack against Saudi Arabia’s ARAMCO facilities deep inside Saudi territory, according to information revealed on September 30 by the NCRI’s US representative office in Washington DC.

Even though Hajizadeh is not a member of the regime’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), according to the NCRI’s information, provided by the People’s Mojahedin (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK), he was present in the SNSC’s session on July 31, 2019, when the decision to prepare an attack on Saudi oilfields was made.

After the decision was approved by the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei, Hajizadeh was instructed to begin the implementation of the plan.

More than ten points of construction/stockpiling of missiles with ranges of up to 2000 km were revealed for the first time by the NCRI’s US representative office. Satellite photos of all the locations were made available to the public.

“We have to protect our arsenal in an adequate way. The idea goes back to 1984, just when we began thinking of missiles. Before the first such material was imported into the country, we had already begun digging the tunnels to hide them,” Hajizadeh affirmed in his interview, broadcast a few hours after the revelations made by the Iranian Resistance.


PreOccupiedTerritory: Pakistan Wondering How Much Longer It Can Keep Citizen Anger Focused On Faraway Israel (satire)
A proven political strategy to divert popular resentment from the corrupt, repressive government and toward an outside foe might not remain effective forever, a new report by this Islamic country’s ministry of the interior warns.

Israel remains a potent rhetorical magnet for focusing Pakistanis’ anger despite its physical distance and negligible measurable impact on Pakistani lives, acknowledged the report, but the authors caution that overplaying the Israel card may carry unwanted consequences during a time of increased access to alternative sources of information that can both attenuate the desired anti-Israel and anti-Jewish effect of the rhetoric and reflect some of the anger back at Pakistan’s own leadership. The risk of this development has reached a likelihood unknown thirty years ago, according to the report, and appears to increase with each passing year, such that by the middle of this century, it estimates, Pakistan may be forced to forgo anti-Zionism as a primary domestic pacification strategy.

“Whereas during the latter half of the previous century the very mention of Israel, Zionists, or Palestine served as a reliable lightning rod for popular anger, it no longer riles the populace as it once did,” the report warned. “An outright majority of Pakistanis still view an assertive Jewish presence on historically Muslim-ruled land as a source of existential shame, but indications have emerged that they no longer rank that shame at the top of their troubles, a development that points to an emerging challenge for the leadership in deflecting attention from its cronyism, nepotism, incompetence, corruption, support for terrorists, warped domestic priorities, and other issues best left shrouded in distraction.”



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North Korea criticizes upcoming UN Security Council meeting

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North Korea on Monday denounced a scheduled U.N. Security Council discussion of its latest test of an underwater-launched ballistic missile, calling it “dangerous” and saying it will increase “our desire to defend our sovereignty.”

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North Korea may have tested underwater-launched missile ahead of new nuclear talks with U.S.

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North Korea fired a ballistic missile from the sea on Wednesday, South Korea's military said, a suggestion that it may have tested an underwater-launched missile for the first time in three years ahead of a resumption of nuclear talks with the United States this weekend.

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Russia To Resume Buying "Indigenized" Ansat

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Moscow has demanded that the helicopters destined for its armed forces have no Western equipment, including the powerplant
September 28, 2019, 3:48 AM

The Russian defense ministry is to resume procurement of Kazan/Russian Helicopters Ansat helicopters following the recently announced plan to completely “indigenize” the baseline model that first flew in 1997. It centers on the replacement of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207K 630-hp turboshafts by either the Klimov VK-800V that is already available, or the VK-650V now in development. The current daylight-only avionics are to be replaced by a glass cockpit and a set of mission equipment from Ramenskoye PKB that will permit night operations.

Russia’s ministry of defense initially placed two orders each of 30 units to have all been delivered by 2019, but stopped taking deliveries prematurely due to issues with western components. Today, the Russian Air and Space Force (VKS) operates 45 Ansat-U rotorcraft, mostly in the flying school at Syzran, the largest institution in the country for the preparation of crews for army aviation.

The service made its commitment to the Ansat-U in 2012, following the completion of state acceptance on the customized training version that features wheeled undercarriage and KSU-A fly-by-wire flight controls. The latter enables the artificial emulation of the handling qualities of heavier rotorcraft to reduce syllabus costs. According to the instructors at Syzran, teething problems with the Ansat-U have largely been fixed by now.

Thanks to the KSU-A, the type has won a reputation to be “very forgiving” for novice pilots and is considered as “easier to master” when compared with other helicopters in Russian service, since all of them employ mechanical linkages with hydraulic boost. Even though the KSU-A has not delivered on all its early promises concerning the accurate emulation of all in-service rotorcraft types, the military intends to keep it on Ansats and develop the FBW technology further.

While Canadian engines remain available for freshly assembled Ansats for commercial operators, the Kremlin demanded that the United Engine Corporation (ODK) develop a complete line of turboshaft engines to exclude foreign suppliers from the Russian Helicopters supply chain. ODK general designer Yuri Shmotin has recently announced development of the Klimov VK-1600V for application to the Kamov Ka-62, and VK-650V for the Ka-226 and Ansat. Their certification is planned for 2023. In his words, the draft design of the VK-650—which develops between 500 and 700 hp—will be completed later this year to enable the building of prototypes for testing. “The work is ongoing, funding is provided”, Shmotin said.

Apart from purchasing more Ansat-Us, the Russian military may also reconsider the Ansat-2RTs, a two-seat armed derivative for reconnaissance, target-illumination and strike missions. Unveiled at MAKS 2005, this version has 90 percent parts commonality with the baseline model. In addition to a pair of 12.7-mm Kord internal machine guns and UV-26 chaff/flare dispensers, the Ansat-2RTs can carry up to 1,300kg (2,866lb) of air-launched munitions on four pylons under stub wings, including S-8 80-mm rockets and Igla self-homing air-to-air missiles.

Through the introduction of more versions and derivatives, Russian Helicopters aims at expanding Ansat’s customer base. The company’s CEO, Andrei Boginsky, hopes that this would increase the backlog and enable the final assembly line at the Kazan Helicopters plant to reach full capacity, at some 60 units per year.


          

U.S. Congress Approves Thai AH-6i FMS

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Thailand has been approved to receive the light attack helicopter, which is sought to provide special forces support.
September 27, 2019, 3:36 AM

ThU.S. Congress has approved a potential deal for eight Boeing AH-6i light attack helicopters for Thailand, worth around $400 million. The foreign military sales (FMS) package would see the AH-6i armed with 50 AGM-114R Hellfire missiles and 200 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System laser-guided rockets. This kind of precision-guided munition will be new to the Thai arsenal. Also included are 10 M134 Miniguns, GAU-19/B 0.50-inch machine guns, AN/APX-123 IFF, and a range of avionics and systems.

The notification commented that the AH-6i will replace the Royal Thai Army’s (RTA) seven Bell AH-1F Cobras, but AIN understands that the light helicopters are for a separate program for the Royal Thai Army’s Special Warfare Command and that the AH-1 replacement program has slipped in terms of priority. Bell is promoting its AH-1Z Viper as the natural replacement for the Cobra. The RTA later also revealed that the budget for the program is around $138 million, meaning a downsized package either in terms of airframes or munitions and systems.

The proposed sale follows the delivery of the first pair of M1126 Stryker infantry carrier vehicles in mid-September and would be the first arms deal between Washington and the kingdom since the Thai general election in March 2019. Thailand could become the second nation to order the AH-6i, following Saudi Arabia, which ordered 24 for the National Guard in 2014. Jordan had earlier announced an intention to buy the AH-6i, but no subsequent progress has been reported.

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Les Forces Aériennes Stratégiques soufflent leurs 55 bougies.

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Un anniversaire pareil ça méritait bien la photo de la semaine. Et donc pour ce weekend direction l’Escadron de Chasse 1/4 Gascogne, un des deux vecteurs de la dissuasion nucléaire aéroportée des Forces Aériennes Stratégiques. L’avion, vous l’aurez reconnu, est un Dassault Aviation Rafale B armé d’un missile ASMP-A. Mais pourquoi cette date comme 55ème […]

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AGM-114 Hellfire, le missile antichar est devenu anti-navire.

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Cela fait maintenant plusieurs années que les marins américains travaillent à cette adaptabilité de leur missile antichar. L’US Navy n’hésite désormais plus à utiliser le missile AGM-114 Hellfire comme une arme de lutte contre les navires de surface. D’abord cantonné aux embarcations légères celui-ci peut désormais être engagé contre des bâtiments plus lourds comme l’expérimentation […]

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North Korea warns against Security Council meeting on missile tests

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North Korea warned Monday it would not "sit idle" if any attempt is made at the UN Security Council to raise the subject of its "self-defensive measures," an apparent reference to its recent missile tests.
          

Everyone drinks strength from you

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you still strong as you always have been even after the massive devastation,
You are too old but you still at the prime of your life. I have feeling of envy to your ability to keep coolness while you are in the middle of this chaos occurring around you, your silence and quietness magically spreads peace and calm.
You passed through terrible times just like everyone in my city, you saw the scenes of war, death and you have lost all the beloved people around you but you still strong enough to move on through this tough life, you lived those dismal nights full of fear and sadness. You saw the missiles and bullets crushing everything around you and you were brave enough to take the rubbles to keep them deep inside you!!
Do you remember when you have been accused that someday you will get enraged and will blast everything, we had faith that you would be merciful toward your city and you wouldn’t be like them, you do love peace.
You are such a compassionate that you still taking care of that flower growing near you under the wreckage. We know you are sad and crying every night and that feeling of loneliness is tearing you apart but you are not alone, we all have the same feeling, we all are suffering just like you. You mean a lot to us, you are not just a river you are as precious as Mosul.
Keep strong our lovely Tigris, everyone drinks strength from you...


          

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North Korea tests submarine-launched missiles | US feels the heat: WATCH the top world news videos for today

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North Korea says test was submarine missile | US sizzles in rare autumn heat wave; here are the top world news videos for today. WATCH.
          

10/7/19

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Trump's Crazy Syria Move Will Wipe Out America's Allies and Set Up a Big ISIS Comeback With Trump's permission, Turkey will now ethnically cleanse the Syrian Kurds, who fought ISIS on behalf of the U.S., leaving no one to hold off the terror group.

Turkey-Syria border: Kurds bitter as US troops withdraw US troops have begun withdrawing from positions in northern Syria, paving the way for a Turkish operation against Kurdish fighters in the border area.

Trump Gives Green Light to Turkey to Take Over Syria, Displace U.S. Partners The White House looks at the overall picture in eastern Syria, not as one in which the US fought and sacrificed alongside Kurdish partner forces, but as a simple transactional issue.

Netanyahu says Cooperation with Russia 'Critical' with U.S. to leave Syria Netanyahu made the comments at a holiday toast with workers in his office, during which he relayed that he just had a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Vatican Reps Remain Silent as Muslim Leader Denies Jewish Ties to Jerusalem A Vatican envoy for eastern churches Leonardo Sandri and Francesco Patton visited the Temple Mount on Thursday.

What Iran's Friends Are Doing in Gaza In other words, Islamic Jihad's promise is one of unending toxicity: to go on poisoning the hearts and minds of generation after generation of Palestinians - as well as to continue investing millions of dollars in building tunnels and amassing weapons to ensure that the fight against Israel continues forever.

Israel seeking massive defense project to counter Iranian cruise missiles: report The security cabinet met Sunday for over five hours amid increased chatter about an alleged Iranian threat.

Russia's top diplomat in Iraq to discuss US-Iran tensions Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is in Iraq where he's meeting with Baghdad officials to discuss the escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran in the Persian Gulf.

Report: Accords with Israel wiped out from new textbooks by Palestinian Authority 'Wiping off the past is an attack on the hope for a better future,' Blue and White's Benny Gantz says.

Has the Yom Kippur Mystery of Azazel Finally Been Solved? The most important Temple service of the year held on Yom Kippur is described in great detail but one detail remains shrouded in mystery: the location of the Azazel cliff.

          

10/5/19

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Rivlin: Israel is in crisis, needs government now 22nd Knesset sworn in amid political uncertainty.

Iran: Eliminating Israel 'no longer a dream but attainable goal' Warning toward Jewish state comes amid increased bellicose rhetoric in recent weeks by Tehran.

Iran’s Guards detain Russian journalist as Israel spy. IDF on high alert for surprise Iran attack Yulia Yuzik, a Russian journalist and author, whose work on female suicide bombers is widely published in the West, is due to stand trial on Saturday, Oct. 5, on charge of spying for Israel.

What's Iran's Real Message after Soleimani "Assassination Plot"?Details of the assassination plot, as told by Iran seem to indicate a different message than the one they are actively putting forth.

'No force can shake this great nation': President Xi leads spectacular ceremony to mark 70 years of Communist rule in China and unveils top-secret hypersonic DF-17 missile for the first time China showed off its military power and economic prowess during a parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic on Tuesday.

Huge Iranian Guards base rising near Baghdad for missile-drone attacks on Israel Exclusive: The Shaykh Mazhar Air Base 48km southwest of Baghdad is under intense renovation by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as their primary base for missile and armed drone attacks on Israel, DEBKAfile’s exclusive military and intelligence sources reveal.

Four years in Syria, Russia expands military base, eyes challenges ahead In the run-up to the fourth anniversary of the launch of Russia’s military campaign in Syria, the Russian military announced Moscow is eyeing expansion and reconstruction of the Khmeimim​ air base in Syria's Latakia province.

Ministry: Tourism in the Holy Land shatters records “This is the third consecutive record-breaking year for incoming tourism,” said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin.

Trans-Faith Takes Over The Church: Transgender Pastors & Renaming Ceremonies A pandemic of perversion has engulfed our society as LGBTQ activists demand that we bow down at the altar of moral relativism.

Jubilee Countdown to Messiah: Sanhedrin Blesses New Year in Jubilee Cycle with Shofar [WATCH] On Wednesday at the culmination of the Fast of Gedaliah that follows the holiday of Rosh Hashanna (new year), Rabbis from the Sanhedrin recited the blessing that counted the fifth year of the renewed Jubilee cycle.


          

10/3/19

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Russia-Iran special forces conduct first ever joint exercise in E. Syria Russian, Iranian and Syrian government forces launched their first joint exercise in Syria's Deir ez-Zour region - or, for that matter, their first combined drill anywhere else in the Mid-East.

Could Israel's Missile Defenses Withstand a Swarm or Missile Attack from Iran? In the aftermath of Iran's alleged drone strikes against Saudi Arabia and military support for Houthi insurgents in Yemen, Prominent figures in Israel's security establishment are growing increasingly convinced that a direct military confrontation with Tehran is not only likely, but inevitable.

Putin, Rouhani meet in Armenia to discuss regional issues Iran's president called on the international community to stand against America's 'hostile approach'.

Pompeo, Pope Francis urge religious freedom in Mideast, elsewhere Pope Francis and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed on Thursday on the need to protect the rights of Christian minorities in the Middle East during a meeting at the Vatican, the U.S. State Department said.

Netanyahu, Liberman fail to reach 'breakthrough' after coalition talks Liberman pressed the PM to form a government with Blue & White party leader Benny Gantz.

'No precedent in human experience': Study finds nuclear war between India and Pakistan could leave 125 million dead A nuclear war between India and Pakistan could kill up to 125 million people in just a few days - surpassing the death count of the entire Second World War - and kick off a worldwide environmental meltdown, a new study found.

France: President Macron Must Stop Appeasing Iran's Mullahs Has French President Emmanuel Macron forgotten that he is helping and appeasing a state leading in human rights violations?

Boris Johnson: Brexit plan 'genuine attempt to bridge chasm' Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he has made a "genuine attempt to bridge the chasm" in order to get a fresh Brexit deal with the EU.

Yom Kippur: Can the Nations Also Repent? With Yom Kippur (Day of atonement) around the corner, Jews worldwide are preparing to fast in an effort to be angel-like as they repent and have their final judgment decided for all the sins committed in the year 5779.

Rivlin: Israel is in crisis, needs government now 22nd Knesset sworn in amid political uncertainty.

          

10/2/19

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Russia war games: Sabre-rattling Putin carries out terrifying missile test Russia has completed testing on its high-tech S-500 Prometey air defence system in Syria, according to reports.

Four years in Syria, Russia expands military base, eyes challenges ahead In the run-up to the fourth anniversary of Russia's military campaign in Syria, the Russian military announced Moscow is eyeing expansion and reconstruction of the Khmeimim air base.

Huge Iranian Guards base rising near Baghdad for missile-drone attacks on Israel Exclusive: The Shaykh Mazhar Air Base 48km southwest of Baghdad is under intense renovation by Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as their primary base for missile and armed drone attacks on Israel, DEBKAfile's exclusive military and intelligence sources reveal.

War Vs Iran Will Ruin World Economy, Saudi Prince Says "A war between (Saudi Arabia) and Iran would lead to "total collapse of the world economy" and must be avoided, the Crown Prince said on Monday.

Iran Congratulates PRC on 70th Anniversary Senior Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, have sent messages of congratulations to the People's Republic of China (PRC) on the 70th anniversary of its founding.

'Don't Go Wobbly' on Iran Iran has, indeed, seen its economy crumble, inflation and unemployment soar, and its oil exports rapidly fall to under 200,000 barrels a day from more than two million.

Roadmap for a Chinese-Iranian Strategic Partnership Relations between Iran and China go as far back as the ancient Silk Road - but despite the recent establishment of a formal comprehensive strategic partnership between the two, Beijing's economic, political, and strategic interests remain too complex and self-contradictory to permit a close alignment with Tehran.

Boris Johnson: No-deal only alternative to Brexit plan Boris Johnson says there should be "no doubt" the only alternative to the Brexit proposals he will put to Brussels later is no-deal.

'It will be quick & dirty': Standoff with India may spark NUCLEAR ARMAGEDDON, Pakistani Kashmir chief says A small-scale conflict between the two arch rivals could ignite a nuclear war that would kill hundreds of millions, the head of Pakistan's Azad Kashmir said just days after PM Imran Khan addressed India with similar rhetoric.

Rabbis Predict: Catastrophic Era of Earthquakes in US Will Be Set Off by Atomic Bombs, Nibiru, and Pornography One of the most geologically stable regions in the world is experiencing daily earthquakes and while scientists point at man-made causes that can be mitigated, the more prophetically minded point to different scenarios that paint a very different picture.

          

10/1/19

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PFLP threatens to 'open the gates of hell' if suspect hurt in interrogation dies Terror group says Israel responsible for consequences if livelihood of its members jeopardized, calls for further violence in support of 'our valiant prisoners'.

Crack in the anti-Iran front: US persuades Saudis to engage Tehran in regional deals Iran's president Hassan Rouhani disclosed on Monday, Sept. 30, that he had received "messages from Saudi Arabia," the day after Crown Prince Muhammed (MbS) warned that war with Iran would "collapse the global economy" by causing crude prices to spike to "unimaginably high numbers."

Everything You Need to Know About Iran's Massive Missile Force Iran has been building many advanced missiles.

Putin Clumsily Attempts to Exploit Gulf Tensions Vladimir Putin sees an opportunity in escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf, but his attempts to make the most of it have been clumsy and could be self-defeating.

Emerging Russia-Iran-Turkey Axis Can Be Dangerous for US: Expert As the attacks on Saudi oil facilities push the Middle East back into the limelight, President Donald Trump faces a stalemate.

'No force can shake this great nation': President Xi leads spectacular ceremony to mark 70 years of Communist rule in China and unveils top-secret hypersonic DF-17 missile for the first time China showed off its military power and economic prowess during a parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic on Tuesday.

The Muslim Brotherhood Must Be Confronted The motto of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) states: "Allah is our objective.

Report: Israel's Population Growth Built on Prosperity, World-Leading Life Expectancies Israel's population is expected to reach 10 million by the end of 2024, the latest figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics show, with the current total of over nine million representing an increase of 184,00 people, or 2.1 percent, since last year.

Ministry: Tourism in the Holy Land shatters records "This is the third consecutive record-breaking year for incoming tourism," said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin.

For PM, Wednesday sees both political and criminal woes come to a head Netanyahu to meet rival Gantz in final coalition-building effort before returning mandate to president if talks fail, on same day his pre-indictment hearing in 3 graft cases begins.

          

9/30/19

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ROSH HASHANAH: HAPPY NEW YEAR Government officials and politicians from across the United States tweeted messages of good wishes for the Jewish New Year.

Iranian commander: If Israel attacks, nothing will be left of it Senior Iranian commander warns Israel against attacking his country.

Iran: Eliminating Israel 'no longer a dream but attainable goal' Warning toward Jewish state comes amid increased bellicose rhetoric in recent weeks by Tehran.

Iran says 'bits and pieces of Tel Aviv' will remain if Israel attacks "If Israel makes a strategic mistake, it has to collect bits and pieces of Tel Aviv from the lower depths of the Mediterranean Sea," said an Iranian commander.

Rouhani Has Exposed the Futility of European Diplomacy The reality of the delusional approach adopted by Mr Macron and other European leaders was, though, brutally exposed the moment Mr Rouhani arrived in New York.

UN: Israel's Foreign Minister, a Kohen, Invited All Nations to Third Temple While covering his address to the 74th session of the UN General Assembly last Thursday, most of the media focused on the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affair's harsh words concerning Iran and its renewed nuclear program.

Iran's Rouhani on brinks as opponents torch pro-regime symbols after Saudi oil attacks Iran has been at the epicentre of recent tensions in the Middle East following its role in the Saudi oil attack and now President Hassan Rouhani is facing resistance from his own citizens.

After Saudi Attacks, Russia Makes Its Regional Presence Felt In the two weeks since attacks blamed on missiles or drones shut down half of Saudi Arabia's oil output, the country that has arguably moved most deftly to position itself for any upside is Russia.

Nasrallah: Hezbollah will 'enter occupied Palestine' with improved intelligence Lebanese terror leader says group has 'unprecedented information' on everything that happens in Israel.

Saudi Crown Prince Says Iran War Would Bring Down Global Economy Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman warned that war between his country and Iran would lead to a "total collapse of the global economy" and should be avoided.

Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz to meet Wednesday Coalition negotiation meeting ends without progress.

          

9/28/19

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Senior IDF General: “We are Starting to Approach the Level of War” with Iran Iran could fire missiles at Israel like the ones it sent flying at Saudi Arabia last week, IDF Military Intelligence’s Research Division head Brig. Gen. Dror Shalom told Israel Hayom in a special Rosh Hashanah interview.

Iran sets up Islamic Jihad cells in Judea and Samaria for rocket attacks on Israel Palestinian Authority intelligence authorities have uncovered an Iranian attempt to plant rocket-armed Islamic Jihad cells on the West Bank for attacking Israel’s population centers.

Iran's President Rouhani says Israel is supporting ISIS and 'takes care of their injured fighters and makes weapons available to them' Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani has claimed that Israel is supporting ISIS and 'takes care of their injured fighters'.

Iran Threatens to Turn Israel into ‘dust in half a day’ Iran is no longer limited by its geographic borders, and has the ability to destroy Israel in “half a day,” said Iranian Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda on Friday.

New Study: Spiritual People Have Stronger Reaction When Hearing Shofar Blast This is the time of the shofar – the ram’s horn – that is blown by Jews at synagogue services.

State Media in Iran, Russia indicate growing Russia-Iran-Turkey alliance It’s in media coverage in these countries, particularly the narratives of Press TV, RT and Sputnik that we can see the alliance emerge.

No peace in the Middle East until U.S. troops leave, Iran's President tells UN General Assembly Regional stability in the Middle East cannot be achieved while U.S. troops are still deployed there, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned on Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Russia's Eastern Mediterranean strategy explained - analysis For its decisive military support to Assad, Russia has been rewarded with military facilities in Syria that are crucial for logistics and from which it can project power into the Middle East.

The IDF mulls pre-emptive strike to ward off planned Iranian attacks on the UAE and Israel “Israel’s proven capacity to simultaneously perform multiple missions is about to be challenged as never before,’ said Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday, Sept. 26, during a New Year’s toast at the IDF General Staff forum.

PM and DM Netanyahu attends New Year toast with the IDF General Staff Forum PM Netanyahu: The proven ability of our military, of this forum, to carry out many missions simultaneously, this ability is going to be challenged as it has never been.


          

9/23/19

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Iran Threatens to Turn Israel into 'dust in half a day' Iran is no longer limited by its geographic borders, and has the ability to destroy Israel in "half a day," said Iranian Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda on Friday.

Evidence that Iran Violated the Nuclear Deal Since Day One? The IAEA first ignored the reports about Iran's undeclared clandestine nuclear facilities.

No Love Lost Among Jihadists Islamic State video calls for attacks on Hamas members and institutions.

Netanyahu edges out Gantz in nominations for PM Pres. Rivlin accepts Balad faction's request not to recommend anyone, giving PM Netanyahu the larger bloc of recommendations.

Report: Israel conducted nuclear experiment in 1979 Experts believe a double flash over the South Atlantic 40 years ago was an Israeli nuclear test.

Israeli elections: Arab parties back Gantz to oust Netanyahu Israeli-Arab lawmakers have recommended that the former army chief Benny Gantz should become prime minister.

Tibi to Rivlin: We own this land "We did not immigrate here, we were born here, we are a native population," says Joint List MK.

Israel congratulates Saudi Arabia on its 89th national day 'We ask God, the exalted, that your efforts to develop, prosper and advance will be successful,' Foreign Ministry tweets in Arabic.

Pro-Iran PMU forces take over Iraq's Saudi, Jordanian borders, threaten Israel from the east Iran was on its next move by the time the US announced on Sept. 21 the deployment of more troops and enhanced air and missile defense systems for Saudi Arabia and the UAE in response to the attack on Saudi oil facilities.

          

In a Conflict, Iran Would Wage a Missile War Against America

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In a Conflict, Iran Would Wage a Missile War Against AmericaSo many missiles.



          

The United States Almost Bombed Iran in the 1990s

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The United States Almost Bombed Iran in the 1990s“The Pentagon drew up military plans which ranged from launching cruise missiles at Iranian targets to undertaking a full-blown ground invasion of Iran.”



          

North Korea conducts missile test a day after announcing weekend talks with US

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North Korea has test-fired a projectile off its southeast coast and into the Sea of Japan just hours after planned working-level talks were announced.

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US MILITARY SUPPORT OF SAUDI ARABIA’S HOPELESS WAR IN YEMEN

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US Military Support Of Saudi Arabia's Hopeless War In Yemen
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The US has continued supporting its efforts against the Houthis.Since the beginning of the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen in 2015.
Despite wide-ranging and seemingly endless support, which comes in spite of bombing of civilian targets and other questionable methods of fighting the war, such as using child soldiers from African countries, Saudi Arabia is losing the war vs the Yemeni group.
The US maintains that it assists the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, because the Houthis are an Iranian-backed group whose “malign influence” must not be allowed to spread any further. Support against the Houthis is allegedly only expressed in weapon deliveries, training assistance, logistics and intelligence support.
However, the US is actively taking part in counterterrorism actions in Yemen, allegedly targeting ISIS and al-Qaeda, but there is little clarity of what exactly is going on in that regard.
In short, the US support for the Kingdom can be summarized in the following groups, laid out in a report focused on the war in Yemen called “Yemen: Civil War and Regional Intervention,” published on September 17th, 2019. [pdf]
Anybody who is even an involuntary and sporadic observer of the situation in Yemen can see that there is no such thing as a Civil War there, but regardless the efforts of the Trump administration, most of which began during the Obama administration are properly presented. Some are simply exaggerated, such as support for UN resolutions on the conflict:
  • Support for U.N. efforts to advance a political process – U.S. policymakers have repeatedly expressed confidence in the role of Special Envoy Griffiths to move the various Yemeni parties toward a political settlement. Moreover, U.S. officials have emphasized Yemen’s unity, saying that “dialogue represents the only way to achieve a stable, unified, and prosperous Yemen.” In September 2019, one U.S. official also announced that the United States was conducting talks with the Houthis to further a negotiated solution to the Yemen conflict.
This would make a difference if it was a bipartisan solution coming from US Congress and supporting by the presidential administration, but currently it is just hollow rhetoric.
  • Condemnation of Iran’s destabilizing role in Yemen – U.S. policymakers have repeatedly portrayed Iran as a spoiler in Yemen, bent on sabotaging peace efforts by lending support to Houthi attacks against Saudi Arabia.
This goes without saying, Iran’s role in anything at all is “destabilizing,” the Islamic Republic is “the enemy” and it must be opposed in any way possible.
  • Assistance for the coalition – According to President Trump’s most recent report to Congress on the deployment of U.S. armed forces abroad, “United States Armed Forces, in a non-combat role, have also continued to provide military advice and limited information, logistics, and other support to regional forces combatting the Houthi insurgency in Yemen. United States forces are present in Saudi Arabia for thispurpose. Such support does not involve United States Armed Forces in hostilities with the Houthis for the purposes of the War Powers Resolution.” In the summer of 2019, President Trump ordered the deployment of a Patriot air defense battery to Prince Sultan Air Base in central Saudi Arabia, as Saudi King Salman reportedly approved the deployment of U.S. forces on Saudi territory. According to the State Department, “We stand firmly with our Saudi partners in defending their borders against these continued threats by the Houthis, who rely on Iranian-made weapons and technology to carry out such attacks.”
It is simply a way to fight against Iran, through supporting the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen and disregarding any atrocities that are carried out, since Saudi Arabia claims it attempts to avoid civilian casualties and tries to protect human rights, but that is still simply a claim that is backed by no concrete efforts whatsoever.
  • Sales of armaments and munitions to Gulf partners – Though the Obama Administration placed a hold on a planned sale of precision guided munitions (PGMs) to Saudi Arabiain 2016, both the Obama and Trump administrations have approved several billions of dollars in major weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. When the Trump Administration notified Congress of 22 emergency arms sales in May 2019, Secretary Pompeo cited Iran’s “malign activity” and the need “to deter further Iranian adventurism in the Gulf and throughout the Middle East” as justification for the sales.
Again, any actions that are undertaken are specifically aimed at countering Iran, regardless of whether there’s really any concrete evidence of Iran being present there. Yes, the Houthis are supported by Iran, but it apparently never gets excessive. Iran’s “malign influence” is the be-all and end-all of all justifications.
  • Humanitarian Aid for Yemen – As previously mentioned (see, The Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen), the United States is one of the largest humanitarian contributors in Yemen.
How much of that humanitarian aid reaches those that require it the most, those trapped in al-Hudaydah with the Saudi-led coalition continuing its attacks on the city in spite of the UN-brokered ceasefire surely aren’t being reached by it, or not by a significant part of it.
  • Finally, here comes the other be-all end-all justification – counterterrorism efforts by the US in Yemen – the United States has continued to work with local and regional actors to counter terrorist groups operating in Yemen such as al-Qaeda and ISIS.
These counterterrorism efforts are outlined in a June 2019 letter by Trump to US Congress:
“A small number of United States military personnel are deployed to Yemen to conduct operations against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS-Yemen. The United States military continues to work closely with the Republic of Yemen Government (ROYG) and regional partner forces to dismantle and ultimately eliminate the terrorist threat posed by those groups. Since the last periodic update report, United States forces conducted a number of airstrikes against AQAP operatives and facilities in Yemen, and supported the United Arab Emirates-and ROYG-led operations to clear AQAP from Shabwah Governorate. United States Armed Forces are also prepared to conduct airstrikes against ISIS targets in Yemen.”
In 2019 in southern Yemen, AQAP has periodicallystruck both ROYG troops and forces allied with the Southern Transitional Council. Fighting between the ROYG and the STC has raised some concern that a divided south will provide AQAP breathing room to reemerge as a terrorist threat both to Yemen and its neighbors.
Al-Hudaydah, one of the most significant, if not the most significant “stronghold” of the Houthis against the Saudi-led coalition is in the South, thus it would make sense it needs to be overwhelmed in order to defeat the terrorists. Such a justification is not too far from any possible future scenarios.
Regardless of this support, the Saudi-led coalition is losing against the Houthis, and it is losing heavily.
Even the UAE initiated a drawdown, with groups affiliated to it even carrying out strikes on the Saudi-controlled Southern Transitional Council (the “internationally-recognized” Yemen government).
“As previously mentioned, one possible explanation for the summer 2019 phased drawdown of UAE forces from Yemen was out of concern that the reputational damage the UAE had incurred from its active participation in the war in Yemen outweighed the military results it had achieved on the ground after more than four years of warfare.”
Clearly Saudi Arabia and the US have no such worries. After all, following the international outcry against Saudi Arabia’s aerial campaign in Yemen in 2018, Saudi Arabia reportedly invested $750 million in a training program through the U.S. military in helping mitigate civilian casualties. Clearly, they’re putting effort through paying copious amounts of money to silence the most influential “defender” of human rights – the US.
Reports praising US efforts to train and prepare the Saudi army for the fight are numerous, some of the most famous ones are regarding Maj. Gen. Frank Muth, who served as Program Manager (PM) for Saudi Arabian National Guard (OPM-SANG) for two years.
Muth quickly learned that the assignment needed three ingredients to be successful. “First, I had to develop a relationship with the Saudi leadership, and that took time and trust to build those relationships, and over time they trusted our recommendations,” Muth explained. “Of course, it wasn’t just me building the relationship, every Soldier and civilian that works for OPM-SANG plays a tremendous role in developing a strong relationship with their Saudi counterparts.”
He seems to have learned wrong, since his efforts led to quite little in terms of actual military success.
In the lengthy video he explains what transpired at SANG, and how it could’ve been successful back in 2017. In 2019 it is quite obvious that it wasn’t.
Most recently, the Saudi-led coalition’s “success,” in addition to the US’ massive support of its efforts there were once more reinforced.
The Houthis reported that they had carried out a successful months-long operation in southern Saudi Arabia that has resulted in the deaths of 500 Saudi-aligned troops and the capture of approximately 2,000.
Furthermore, the Houthis said that the attack on Aramco’s oil infrastructure was part of the operation, which the US and the Kingdom blamed on Iran. After all, drones and missiles went past several Patriot defense batteries and caused heavy damage, with almost all of them not being stopped. Those that were stopped, were actually aimed poorly, and weren’t really dismantled by the Patriot systems.
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Saudi Arabia has bought fighter jets, warships, air and missile defense systems for billions of dollars. The US even said that it plans to deploy more hardware to Saudi Arabia to defend it, that is surely not to be free, as well.
Regardless, there is very little result in terms of military success and a very large promise that if a larger regional conflict were to start, Saudi Arabia would be very decisively on the losing side of it.
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America’s Good Intentions in Syria Have Led to This Dismal Outcome

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America’s Good Intentions in Syria Have Led to This Dismal OutcomeRecent U.S. policy in Syria, from the moment that former U.S. ambassador Robert Ford showed support for Syrian protesters in 2011, has been one of good intentions that were mismanaged through conflicting policies. This week it led to the decision to withdraw. A new crisis will unfold in eastern Syria, an area that, liberated from ISIS, has seen too much war and where the people are just beginning to reconstruct their lives. Many are expressing feelings that the U.S. betrayed its partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces, who are mostly Kurdish. The larger context is that the U.S. has been seen as abandoning one group after another in Syria, reducing American influence in Syria and the region.It is at least the third time that President Donald Trump has sought to leave Syria. 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Worcester Polytechnic Institute Wave Motion Research May Lead to...

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This new class of granular materials should provide shock protection from a projectile, such as a bullet, to safeguard police and military personnel

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Iraq May Be the Next Flash Point for Oil Markets

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Iraq May Be the Next Flash Point for Oil Markets(Bloomberg Opinion) -- It’s now been a week since mass protests sprang up in southern Iraq, sparking unrest that has left dozens dead and continues to flare. What began as spontaneous expressions of discontent over high unemployment, government corruption and Iranian involvement in Iraqi affairs has quickly turned into a movement that could soon have severe consequences for global oil markets. This new danger comes just as supply concerns following last month’s attacks on a key Saudi Arabian facility have begun to die down.Southern Iraq is home to most of Iraq’s oil industry and the protests have reached the city of Basra, where thousands of people took to the streets last week. The situation there is particularly volatile because that city is responsible for the majority of Iraq’s oil exports. So far, Iraqi security forces have responded to the disturbances with deadly force. Still, the protests, some of which have turned into violent riots, show no signs of abetting. In fact, given the anti-Iranian tenor the protests have taken on, the situation could get worse before it gets better as millions of Iranians prepare for an annual religious pilgrimage to Karbala, a city in southern Iraq.Iraq’s oil industry is the lifeblood of the government and an important input in the global supply chain, so any disruptions caused by the unrest would send ripples through the broader market. The port at Basra exported 3.5 million barrels of oil per day in September, according to calculations from TankerTrackers.com#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/138627&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com, representing 90% of all of Iraq’s oil exports.  (Iraq is the second-largest oil producer within the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, known as OPEC.) These exports alone generate approximately $213 million every day for Iraq, TankerTrackers estimates, without which the government wouldn’t be able to function.Heavy oil from Iraq is particularly valuable in the current market and is an important source of crude for China, India, the Netherlands and South Korea. In the U.S., heavy oil from Iraq helps make up for the loss of heavy oil from Venezuela, which refineries in the U.S. can no longer import due to sanctions on that country. Iraq is also an important exporter of petroleum products, many of which are produced at refineries in Basra. Iraq’s role in the refined petroleum market is even more significant now, with Saudi Arabia’s ability to produce petroleum products impaired following last month’s attacks. In fact, Saudi Arabia is currently importing Iraqi petroleum products to fill voids left by the damage.In an oil market that just lost the cushion of Saudi Arabia’s spare capacity, a disruption to Iraqi oil production for any length of time could pressure prices. Iraq isn’t Saudi Arabia, and doesn’t have workarounds and spare capacity built into its system to compensate for outages due to sabotage or strikes. Traders and market watchers should be monitoring Iraq and the developing situation there closely.In the next two weeks, approximately 3 million Iranians are expected to travel to Karbala to commemorate the death of Hussein, an important Shi’a figure and the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. When the protests began, Iran briefly closed two key border crossings it maintains with Iraq at Khosravi and Chazabeh, though other border crossings remain open in preparation for the event. An influx of Iranian pilgrims into Iraq could easily exacerbate an already tense situation. The irony is that less than two weeks ago, Saudi Arabia and Iran were seen as most likely to start an international conflagration and disrupt oil supplies. While diplomats and politicians tried to pin blame on Iran and demand a global response at the United Nations General Assembly meeting for the missile and drone attack that disrupted Saudi oil production, domestic unrest was brewing in Iraq. These protests – which have taken a decidedly anti-Iranian turn – could easily and quickly affect Iraq’s oil supply and therefore present a more serious and longer-term risk to global oil supplies than last month’s attack.To contact the author of this story: Ellen R. Wald at ewald@tvslconsulting.com#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/138627&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Beth Williams at bewilliams@bloomberg.net#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/138627&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Ellen R. Wald is president of Transversal Consulting and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Center.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/138627&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

The Much-Needed Israeli Defense Umbrella

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By  Yishai Fleisher, DailyWire.com#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/142569&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images The recent attack on Saudi Arabian oil is a watershed moment in the Middle East balance of power. It is also an opportunity. It is yet unclear what exactly happened. A combination of drones and missiles coming directly from Iran or from their associates — the Houth rebels in Yemen — struck at the Khurais oil field and the al-Abqaiq facility, Saudi Arabia’s largest oil processing plant. The strike may have knocked out potentially half of the Saudi oil production, and has already affected global crude oil prices. Sword Dancing is Not Enough The Read More
          

Why Is Europe Still Fueling the War in Yemen?

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Romain Mielcarek

Despite attempts to ban arms exports, European countries remain important weapons suppliers to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

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At U.N., Europeans urge North Korea to move towards giving up nuclear weapons, missile programs

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The five European members of the United Nations Security Council urged North Korea on Tuesday "to take concrete steps" towards giving up it nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.

          

Photos show Putin's majestic birthday propaganda forest photoshoot - INSIDER

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  1. Photos show Putin's majestic birthday propaganda forest photoshoot  INSIDER
  2. Putin hikes in Siberia ahead of 67th birthday  CNN
  3. Putin ramps up Trump China military battle with new Arctic missile system  Express.co.uk#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/148989&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com
  4. Putin helped Trump in 2016. What is he planning for 2020?  The Washington Post
  5. The phone call that could get Trump impeached  Vox.com#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/148989&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com
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Iran could attack Israel, just as it did the Saudi oil fields: Galant 

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Source: Iran could attack Israel, just as it did the Saudi oil fields: Galant – Middle East – Jerusalem Post “Iran is not a theoretical enemy.” BY TOVAH LAZAROFF  OCTOBER 8, 2019 10:36 Yoav Galant. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST) Iran could use a combination of cruise missiles and advanced drones to attack Israel, in […]
          

Israel, bracing for Iranian assault, studies recent attack on Saudi oil facility 

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Source: Israel, bracing for Iranian assault, studies recent attack on Saudi oil facility | The Times of Israel Defense officials assess that a similar cruise missile strike could be launched from Iraqi territory; IDF chief warns of forceful response By STUART WINER 7 October 2019, 11:23 pm   A Saudi military officer walks by what was described as […]
          

Netanyahu said pushing NIS 1b air defense plan to counter Iran threats 

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Source: Netanyahu said pushing NIS 1b air defense plan to counter Iran threats | The Times of Israel Project would specifically focus on threat of cruise missiles; much of the budget approval will have to wait until next government is sworn in By TOI STAFF and AGENCIES6 October 2019, 10:28 pm Illustrative: The Arrow 3 missile is launched […]
          

Europeans urge strict sanctions enforcement on North Korea

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European members of the UN Security Council called Tuesday for the strict enforcement of international sanctions against North Korea, after a closed door meeting prompted by Pyongyang's latest missile test.


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