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Navy Commandos in Largest Drill in Decade


Israel Navy commando forces carried out their largest drill in a decade last week. Soldiers of the elite Shayetet 13 and the 916 Detachment, together with the Snapir port security unit and the Israel Air Force, practiced "operational scenarios that could arise at any moment," reported the Israel Navy Website.

As part of the exercise, a helicopter simulated the evacuation of a person injured at sea. The casualty was quickly and efficiently transported. "The crew acted rapidly and maintained a high level of professionalism," said Lt. Amir, a ship commander.

After this drill, the ships received envelopes with different scenarios simulating ship malfunctions. One such scenario involved a fire in the engine room, which required the crew to abandon ship and escape in lifeboats.

At the end of the exercise, the ships were deployed along the length of Israel's Mediterranean coast, reported the Israel Navy Website. "All of the sailors went on deck to witness a powerful sight that had not been seen in a decade – visual proof of the size and strength of Israel's navy. Lt. Amir stood with his soldiers on his ship's deck and looked out on the naval forces. 'We are here to protect the security of the State of Israel,' he remarked. 'The power that the navy has is amazing. To see all of the ships together along Israel's coasts gives us great pride and assures us that Israel's civilians can sleep well at night.'"

On their way back to base after the drill, the naval convoy deliberately sailed close to Israel's coastline, in order to imbue Israelis who live near the shore with confidence that a powerful navy is protecting them.

The drill may or may not be connected to preparations for an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, which is expected later this year.

Leading Egypt Candidate Calls 'Racist' Israel a Threat


A leading Islamist candidate in Egypt's presidential election has branded Israel a "racist state" and said a shared 1979 peace treaty was "a national security threat" that should be revised.

Abul Fotouh, a front runner in the May 23-24 election according to polls, had earlier described Israel as an "enemy" in a televised debate with his main contender, former foreign minister and Arab League chief Amr Moussa.

In Saturday's interview with the private Egyptian CBC satellite station, he said he had opposed the treaty since its implementation. "I still view the peace treaty as a national security threat to Egypt, and it must be revised. It is a treaty that forbids Egypt from exercising full sovereignty in the Sinai and allows Israelis to enter Sinai without visas, while they need visas for Cairo," he said.

The treaty, in which Israel withdrew from the Sinai after capturing it in a 1967 war, does not allow Egypt a military presence in parts of the peninsula.

Abul Fotouh said Israel was "a racist state with 200 nuclear warheads" that continued to pose a threat to Egypt. A moderate Islamist with support from both hard-line fundamentalists and liberals, Abul Fotouh said the killing of Bin Laden was an "act of state terrorism," and Bin Laden had deserved a fair trial, although he disagreed with Bin Laden's use of violence. "If a just court sentenced him, then the sentence should be applied," he said.

Abul Fotouh's rival Amr Mussa has also argued for the revision of the treaty with Israel and described its policies towards Palestinians as an Egyptian "national security issue."

IDF Warns Smartphone Apps May Be Security Threat


Smartphone apps may pose a security threat to the country, the IDF warns in a letter to soldiers and commanders. Military spokespersons said that security can be breached because of cell phone applications that utilize stored personal information stored on a cell phone. Security leaks are more likely if the phone shares information without the user's authorization.

The letter comes in response to concerns about the potential for leaks of sensitive information on senior officers and classified units who can be contacted on their personal phones. "In the age of smart phones, it is important to be alert to the security threat that some applications pose to the IDF," warned the information security establishment.

"Many applications can lead to information leaks by collecting information stored in the memory of the phones on which the applications are installed and sharing information about the user, including location, pictures, and personal details on the Internet," a senior IDF source said.

WWII British Report: Hitler Developed a 'Jewish Phobia'


A secret report, previously unknown to historians, has given readers insight regarding the mental state of Adolf Hitler. According to the report, which was published in the British Guardian Newspaper on Friday, in 1942, British intelligence officers were tracking Adolf Hitler's "messiah complex" and his belief that he was leading a crusade against Jewish people.

The analysis of Hitler's mental state, was uncovered by a Cambridge University researcher, Scott Anthony. He found a report commissioned by the social scientist Mark Abrams, who worked in the psychological warfare division of the allied expeditionary force during the Second World War.

The report was written by Joseph McCurdy who studied radio speeches Hitler gave in 1942. His analysis was written as the war was starting to move in the allies' favor, and shows that British officers had started noticing signs of developing paranoia in Hitler's speechmaking and a growing preoccupation with what he called "the Jewish poison."

Anthony said: "At the time that it was written, the tide was starting to turn against Germany. In response, Hitler began to focus his attentions to the German home front. This document shows that British intelligence sensed this happening." The report's author recognized that faced with external failure, the Nazi leader was focusing on a perceived "enemy within" instead – namely the Jews.

According to the report's opening lines which were published in the Guardian newspaper, the aim was "to reconstruct, if possible, what was in Hitler's mind." McCurdy concluded that Hitler had a tendency to lose heart when things were not going his way.

When analyzing one of Hitler's speeches, McCurdy pointed out that the speech betrayed "a man who is seriously contemplating the possibility of utter defeat." However, according to the report, Hitler's growing paranoia was most alarming. McCurdy suggested Hitler had a "messiah complex," believing he was leading a chosen people on a crusade against an evil incarnate in the Jews. The paper notes an extension of the "Jew phobia" and says that Hitler now saw them not just as a threat to Germany, but as a "universal diabolical agency."

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