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'Iron Dome' Can Also Intercept Planes

By IsraelNationalNews.com

IsraelDefense reports that the Iron Dome anti-missile system can also shoot down planes flying at altitudes of up to 6.2 miles. A source in weapons developing firm Rafael said that this additional capability of the system only became apparent when Iron Dome went operational in southern Israel.

"This is a very important quality because the system can serve as back up for existing air defense systems," he said, adding that the system is now in even greater demand in other countries.


Perry: PA Bid is All Obama's Fault

By IsraelNationalNews.com

A report Tuesday night said that President Barack Hussein Obama would endorse the idea of a PA state when he speaks at the United Nations at the opening of the General Assembly Wednesday – and that he will also endorse the status of Israel as a Jewish state.

The report, quoting officials in the administration, said that Obama would reiterate the need for a negotiated settlement between Israel and the PA – but that he favored limited negotiations that would be completed quickly.

Obama will reiterate the deal he has previously advocated in his speech in May before AIPAC, the officials said: the establishment of an Arab state in Judea and Samaria with the border on the 1948 armistice lines, with border changes and land swaps as the parties see fit. Officials reiterated Tuesday night that the U.S. was still working to garner a majority vote in the Security Council against the PA's request for recognition of the state, but would veto the proposal if necessary.

But Obama – and Israel, and the rest of the Middle East, for that matter – would not have to be discussing the merits of a veto versus a vote on PA statehood, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry said Tuesday, if it had not been for Obama's policies that actually fostered the PA's gambit.

Speaking just a few blocks from the UN in New York, Perry, governor of Texas, said that "we would not be here today at this very precipice of such a dangerous move if the Obama policy in the Middle East wasn't naive and arrogant, misguided and dangerous. The Obama policy of moral equivalency which gives equal standing to the grievances of Israelis and Palestinians, including the orchestrators of terrorism, is a very dangerous insult."

Perry also criticized Obama's plan to force Israel back to the 1948 armistice lines, with or without boundary changes. Obama is the first U.S. president to advocate such a policy, which ignores the entire reason for Israel's presence in Judea and Samaria: The fact that Israel was forced to fight for its survival in the 1967 Six Day War. Such historical ignorance was "insulting and naïve."

Israel, he said, had a full right to Judea and Samaria, and all of Jerusalem as well, where the U.S. embassy would be relocated if he was elected president. "As the president of the United States, if you want to work for the State Department, you will be working in Jerusalem," he said.


IDF's `Skunk' to Go Aerial to Prevent Violence

By IsraelNationalNews.com

As part of its preparations for possible mass riots among Judea and Samaria Arabs, the IDF is taking one of its more effective riot control methods and helping it go airborne. The "Skunk" crowd control substance can now be sprayed on violent mobs from above.

By bringing the Skunk to the skies, the IDF is hoping that mobs that attempt to storm Jewish communities or IDF checkpoints can be turned back before coming within weapons range of their target, thus averting violence. The IAF has already conducted a successful practice run, which it termed "Flying Skunk."

The Skunk went into use in the military in 2009, and has since become a preferred method of crowd control due to its proven safety. Some methods of non-fatal crowd control, such as rubber bullets and tear gas can become fatal if misused. The Skunk, however, cannot.

The method is simple: protesters who are considered to pose a threat to security personnel or others are sprayed with a scent so foul that it causes nausea and even vomiting. The scent usually causes up to 90% of protesters to leave the area immediately.

The Skunk liquid evaporates within hours, leaving its targets with no lasting ill effects. It is made with organic ingredients, and has been approved by top doctors as well as by the Ministry for Environmental Protection. Previously, the Skunk has been sprayed from a hose attached to a truck or to a special pack worn by police officers or soldiers.


'Jewish al-Jazeera' Takes to the Air

By YnetNews.com

Jews of the world, prepare your remote controls: The first-ever Jewish news network will begin broadcasts Wednesday.

Jewish News 1 (JN1) was born as an alternative to the world's leading news networks – CNN, Fox News and Sky News. But its main goal is to serve as the Jewish version of al-Jazeera, which has won the hearts of tens of millions of Arab viewers over the past 15 years.

According to the Makor Rishon newspaper, the channel will be broadcast via satellite to Europe, North America and the Middle East. In Israel it will be offered by the Yes satellite company.

"Jewish News 1" will broadcast news from Israel and the world 24/7. The network has already set up studios in Tel Aviv, Brussels and Kiev, and additional studios will be opened in Washington, Paris and London in the coming months.

The network has 12 correspondents, all foreigners, who are currently deployed in six countries. The casting of reporters to cover the news in Israel, Europe and Russia will be completed in the coming days. The network will begin its broadcasts in English, but its managers seek to offer news in seven additional languages, including Hebrew, French, Italian, Russian and German.

"We'll broadcast everything that is newsworthy," says Alexander Zanzer, the channel's editor-in-chief in Brussels, where the station is based. "Alongside general news, we'll offer economic and cultural items, as well as a peek into educational projects. Everything you can see on other global news channels, you'll be able to see on our channel as well."

So what is the new channel's added value? Its emphasis on Judaism. According to the station's managers, it will focus on issues the Israeli and Jewish news consumer is interested in, mostly from a secular-cultural angle. We are first and foremost a Jewish channel, which offers news about Jews and about issues that interest Jews," says the editor-in-chief. "A large part of the reports will focus on Israel."

The channel's owners are businessmen Igor Kolomoisky and Vadim Rabinovich, the president and vice president of the European Jewish Union. So far, they have invested $5 million in its foundation. Sources in the new station stressed that it would enjoy freedom of the press and will not be committed to any organization, party or religious stream.

"If (Prime Minister) Binyamin Netanyahu or (Foreign Minister) Avigdor Lieberman do something which is perceived negatively, we will report it, because we're a news network," Zanzer explained. "On the other hand, of course, we'll seek to broadcast positive things about Israel and the Diaspora Jewry."


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