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Israel Secretly Helps Unknown Country in Aerial Combat


An unidentified foreign country has awarded a multi-million dollar contract to Israel Aerospace Industries to supply an advanced air combat training system. The EHUD Autonomous Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation system, fitted on the tip of a jet fighter's wing, enables joint-training capabilities for air, ground and naval forces through live virtual simulations.

IAI said that under the $35 million contract, it will deliver the system's next-generation version, which incorporates state-of-the-art features such as wireless communication with aircraft avionic systems, new simulation concepts and enhanced processing power and data security, according to the statement.

The company did not disclose how many units were being sold to the unidentified country. IAI's CEO Yitzchak Nissan said, "This program complies with the most demanding challenges of the modern live training arena. The ability to implement advanced technologies and create a rich virtual world dramatically enhances the level of training while controlling mission safety requirements and reducing training costs."

Former Mossad Head Yatom: Israel Can't Afford Not to Strike Iran


The Begin Sadat Center, a respected think tank based at Bar Ilan University, held a conference on November 23, 2011 on the subject of "Israeli Security in a New Regional Environment", which focused on the so-called "Arab Spring" and its implications. Its experts concluded that the Arab Spring is not going to result in democracy, despite original hopes in the West, and may make things even worse for Israel.

"As steep as the price for hitting Iran may be, a military strike on Iran will be less painful than the cost of living with an Iranian nuclear weapons threat," argues former Mossad head Maj. Gen. (res.) Danny Yatom. "The backlash from a strike on Iran's nuclear sites will not be as bad for Israel as will an Iran armed with nuclear weapons," he said.

"I don't think that those predicting apocalyptic repercussions of a strike on Tehran are correct, and even if they are, Israel can't afford to wonder if Tehran will go crazy and bomb us."

Yatom's position is diametrically opposed to that of former Mossad head Meir Dagan, who sparked significant controversy earlier this year by stating that an attack on Iran would be a foolish move that would lead to a war with an unknown outcome.

It is impossible to stake the nation's security on predictions by those who claim a nuclear Iran can be deterred and that the Iranian regime would not launch a nuclear attack, Yatom added. He acknowledged that rocket attacks would likely ensue from Lebanon and Gaza following a Western or Israeli strike against Iran, but added that Israel's response would be "so painful and crushing that rockets will come to an end. Civilian facilities and infrastructure in Lebanon and Gaza will have to be hit. Innocent civilians could be hurt. But we will have to deliver a crushing blow so that the barrage of rockets against us will not continue."

The world does not have much time left to act on Iran, the former Mossad head warned, adding that "there is an evaluation that they have crossed the red line. They have the knowledge to make the bomb. All that is needed now is the decision to do it.... The world has a year in which to halt the Iranian nuclear weapons program, probably less."

Yatom also doubted that sanctions or covert operations could stop the Iranians. "We have only two options: to let Iran get the bomb, or to use military force against their military nuclear program. I think that force will have to be used. But I don't think Israel should lead. This is, after all, a global problem.... Nevertheless, should the world stand on the sidelines, Israel will be fully entitled to use its natural right to self-defense. To us, the Iranian nuclear weapons program is an existential threat."

Iran: If Attacked, We'll Fire 150,000 Missiles at Israel


Iranian Defense Minister General Ahmad Vahidi said Israel would be attacked with 150,000 missiles if it launches any military action against the Islamic Republic, the Iran Independent News Service reported Sunday.

Speaking before 50,000 army volunteers in Bushehr, the minister said "Iran is not Iraq or Afghanistan, if the Americans make the mistake and attack Iran, we will show them how to fight," adding "Israel has to be punished for what it has done to the Muslims in Palestine and Lebanon." However, according to Iranian news outlets Vahidi did not specify if the missiles would be fired from Iran or other locations.

On Saturday a senior commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard said the country would target NATO's missile defense shield in Turkey if the US or Israel attacks the Islamic Republic.

Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Guards' aerospace division, was quoted by the semi-official Mehr news agency as saying the warning is part of a new defense strategy to counter what it sees as an increase in threats from the US and Israel.

Netanyahu Foils Demolition of Temple Mount Bridge


Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu prevented at the last minute the demolition of the Mughrabi Bridge, which links the Western Wall Plaza to the Temple Mount. According to a report on Sunday on Israel's Channel 2 News, Netanyahu's decision came after pressure from Jordan and Egypt. Both countries said that demolishing the bridge would result in riots.

Jerusalem city engineer Shlomo Eshkol recently said that the bridge to the Mughrabi Gate, also called the Rambam Gate, was structurally unsound, posed a risk to human life, and should be dismantled within 30 days. Eshkol said in his decision that the bridge, constructed from wood, should be replaced with a structure designed by a competent engineer and made of non-combustible materials.

The Waqf (Department of Islamic Endowments in Jerusalem), however, rejected that opinion, saying the final decision in the matter is theirs. The Waqf regard the Temple Mount as a Muslim sanctuary under their sole authority. They claim that no one else has a right to interfere or monitor their affairs, and deny Jewish connections to the Temple Mount.

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