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Israel Completes Testing of David's Sling Anti-Missile System
By DEBKAfile & IsraelNationalNews.com
Israel's Defense Ministry announced Monday that it had completed its testing of the
country's David's Sling missile defense system, also known as Israel's Magic Wand, and
that the system will be operational during 2016. It consists of four batteries, but in the
first stage the air force will receive two.
David's Sling is designed to shoot down rockets with ranges of 100 to 200 km (63 to 125 miles), aircraft or low-flying cruise missiles. It will fill the operational gap between Israel's Iron Dome short-range rocket interceptor and the Arrow ballistic missile interceptor, both already in service. See https://youtu.be/o7Vz03Qfn8M
The new system was jointly developed and manufactured by Israel's state-owned Rafael
Advanced Defense Systems and US Raytheon
Col. Aviram Hasson of the Defense Ministry's Center for Research and Development of
Weapons, noted how the tests put the Magic Wand through its paces against several
scenarios that "are very similar to the operational scenario it will face when it is
deployed. The system passed all the tests with tremendous success, and it is definitely
ready to be transferred to the IAF (Israel Air Force), to be operated by the experienced
warriors there," commented Hasson. Given its "small, agile and lethal" nature, Hasson
touted how the defense system is "the cutting edge of technology."
Also discussing the tests was Pini Yungman, Director of the Rafael Missile Defense
Systems Directorate, who noted the tests cap off a decade of development. The system
contains "next generation technologies, that do not exist in other systems in the world,"
"In the testing, we simulated real targets that were launched at a protected area. The
system revealed these threats, carried out interception plans, chose the right plan and
launched interceptors against the threats," he said, noting that the interceptor missiles
struck their targets precisely from long distance and at a high altitude.
Nasrallah: Israel Responsible for Quntar's Death, We Will Retaliate
By YnetNews.com & IsraelNationalNews.com
Hizbullah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah on Monday addressed the targeted killing
of notorious terrorist Samir Quntar in a televised speech on Monday, saying that the group
holds Israel responsible for the killing with complete certainty. He vowed that Hizbullah
would retaliate in any place and at any time. The secretary general declared that he and
Quntar always knew the terrorist would be marked for death by Israel, because, he claimed,
Israel never forgives unlike Hizbullah.
The leader of the terrorist group announced that Quntar's death would not weaken the
Palestinian cause. The generation of Palestinians alive today is the one born when Quntar
returned to Lebanon after his release, said Nasrallah, and the young Palestinians have
chosen the way of martyrdom. The terrorist chief also claimed that the United States has
spent millions of dollars on creating a rift between Lebanon's youth and Hizbullah.
Nasrallah concluded by saying that Hizbullah would continue to be the enemy of the US,
Israel, and anyone acting against the group. "We will not surrender and will not retreat,"
he said. "The United States' moves are recognition of Hizbullah's role and proof that it
is part of the front fighting American and Israeli plans in the region. I say to the
Americans, the Israelis and all their allies: neither the moves against as not sanctions
will hurt us they will only make us continue on our path."
Thousands attended Quntar's funeral earlier Monday, including not only many senior
Hizbullah militants, but also Lebanese politicians and leaders of Palestinian factions in
Following a request from Israel's UN ambassador, Danny Danon, UN Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon on Monday condemned the rocket fire from Lebanon on northern Israel a day
In a statement, Ban said he is "greatly concerned over yesterday's firing of rockets
within UNIFIL's area of operations from the area of Al-Hinniyah, in the vicinity of Tyr,
towards Israel, which is a serious violation of resolution 1701 (2006)."
"The Secretary-General notes the retaliatory mortar attacks by the Israel Defense
Forces in Lebanon in the area of Zibqin. UNIFIL is investigating the circumstances of the
incident in cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Israel Defense Forces,"
said the statement.
The statement also said that Ban "condemns any and all violations of resolution 1701
(2006) and urges all concerned to exercise maximum restraint and cooperate with UNIFIL in
order to prevent an escalation. The parties must fully adhere to resolution 1701 (2006)
and respect the cessation of hostilities. The United Nations is committed to continuing to
work with the parties to ensure that the calm that has prevailed in southern Lebanon
continues to be sustained," stressed the UN chief.
On Sunday, hours after the assassination of terrorist Samir Quntar in Syria which was
blamed on Israel, three rockets fired from Lebanon exploded in northern Israel, causing no
physical injuries or damages. The IDF responded with airstrikes on the source of the
rocket fire in southern Lebanon.
Lebanese media reported later that the rocket attack was claimed by the Popular Front
for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), a Lebanon-based offshoot of the
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
Tel Aviv Declared 'Hollywood's New Sin City'
Only last week, the US State Department issued a travel advisory warning American
tourists about the risks of travelling to Israel following the recent wave of terror. That
didn't stop the Hollywood Reporter weekly from praising the city of Tel Aviv in an article
titled "Why Tel Aviv is Hollywood's new billion-dollar Sin City."
"Over the last decade Tel Aviv has unveiled itself as a kind of glamorous new Sin
City," begins the article written by Merle Ginsberg, who returned from a visit to Tel Aviv
initiated by the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles. "The tantalizing beaches,
cafes and nightlife, along with its unique mix of the Middle East with a Mediterranean
party atmosphere, ensure the lifestyle-loving capital continues to buzz with energy."
"So how did this long-distance love affair between industry honchos and Tel Aviv
a connection that's spawned such shows as 'In Treatment,' 'Homeland,' 'Dig and Tyrant'
begin?" the writer asked.
Adam Berkowitz, co-head of one of Hollywood's top talent agencies CAA, which represents
George Clooney, Brad Pitt and others, and the current chairman of the entertainment
division of LA's Jewish Federation, attributes a lot of it to Federation trips for
entertainment execs to meet local writers and directors.
According to the report, Hollywood stars often go to Tel Aviv for work, then return for
pleasure: Actor Gerard Butler stayed with friends there, as did Ryan Gosling whose friends
had to bail him out when his car stalled on the road to Jerusalem, and Madonna reportedly
paid $20 million dollars for an apartment in a new Richard Meier-designed, all-white
Israeli-born actress Natalie Portman gets her facials at Yullia salon, while singing
sensation Rihanna has enjoyed a green mud bath at the Dead Sea. The major luxury hotels
attract celebs and execs alike: Barbra Streisand took 100 rooms at the Dan Hotel, whose
famous guests include Denzel Washington and Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Moore stayed at the David
InterContinental and Justin Bieber took 30 rooms at the Sheraton.
But the big draw in the last few years, according to the Hollywood Reporter, are
design-centric boutique hotels. Sean Penn stayed at the Norman on a recent visit, and
Claire Danes resided at the Brown TLV whenever "Homeland" shot nearby.
World-traveling director Brett Ratner (who is responsible for films such as "Rush Hour"
and "Hercules") calls Tel Aviv "the most cosmopolitan place I've ever been. A scene of
cosmic proportions." Ben Silverman, one of the executive producers of "The Office," loved
Tel Aviv so much he got married there five years ago. "It's the utmost free open society
Christians, Muslims, Arabs, Jews... Even the Jews are from all different
countries," he said.
Showtime CEO David Nevins arrived for the network's "Homeland" shoot but returned
because he is in awe of Tel Aviv: "The place is a real 20th century city ancient
and modern. Tel Aviv is a very good investment: The economy's stable, and real estate
prices have literally doubled in five years," says Israeli-born producer Avi Lerner, who
lives and works in the United States.
In addition, the area dubbed "Silicon Wadi" (the Arabic word for "valley") has emerged
as a digital mecca: According to the report, $1.7 billion of funding was tracked in 2014
alone. "Tel Aviv's now a world capital," says producer Howard Rosenman, who has been
spending winter holidays in Israel for more than a decade, as well as developing a number
of homegrown projects.
Ginsberg discovered a city which couldn't be more contrary with its image in the world:
"People think we're still riding on camels!" one local told her. "They also think we're
always at war and it's not safe here."
Yet upon arrival, she said, one finds a bustling urban respite with all the things
sophisticated seekers are hoping to find, and more. Motty Reif, a native producer and
founder of Tel Aviv Fashion Week, is quoted as saying that 'Tel Aviv is the sexiest city
in the world."
The reporter was highly impressed by the city's coastline: "There are no big waves
along the 9-mile shore of Tel Aviv, but pristine beaches stretch from Herzliya to Jaffa.
And unlike LA, the water's warm and everyone swims there's even a religious beach
for the ultra-Orthodox. Make sure you take the long promenade walk from Tel Aviv to Jaffa,
but be prepared: There isn't much sun block in this year-round temperate climate
Israelis aren't afraid of the sun (or aging apparently)."
And if that were not enough, the writer lauds the food offered by the city, which
includes gourmet dining alongside street food like falafel and shwarma. Her
recommendations include the Cantina, Blue Rooster and Dallal restaurants and Sarona
Market, as well as bars and clubs, including the famous Bellboy cocktail bar at the
Berdichevsky boutique hotel, Nanuchka and Shushu.
"Tel Aviv is a special place," declares Israeli actress-producer Noa Tishby, one of the
first people to bring Israeli formats to America such as "BeTipul" ("In Treatment") to
HBO. "So much joie de vivre, so much emotion and Hollywood's really tapped into
Medical Record Shows Hitler Had Only One Testicle
A German historian has uncovered Adolf Hitler's long-lost medical records which confirm
the urban legend that the Nazi leader only had one testicle. There have been many
speculations that Hitler was missing one testicle since the Battle of the Somme in the
First World War.
Now, the doctor's notes that were thought to be missing for years reappeared at an
auction in 2010, Reuters reported - which were then confiscated by the Bavarian government
and have only now been properly studied.
Reports reveal that on Nov. 12, 1923, Hitler had to undergo a medical examination on
his arrival at Landsberg prison, after his arrest following the failure of his first
attempt to seize power in the Munich Beer Hall Putsch.
The records of that examination clearly state that Hitler suffered from "right-side
cryptorchidism" - a condition in which a testicle fails to descend into the scrotum -
according to Prof. Peter Fleischmann of Erlangen-Nuremberg University If Hitler did have
an undescended testicle, it could explain why he had no children, since the condition is
often linked to low fertility.
A song about his one testicle was popular in England during WW2. It was sung to the melody of the Colonel Bogey March. Please see https://youtu.be/jFdl7982TgA
The popular song emerged in 1939 and is thought to have been written by a publicist for
the British Council, which was tasked with helping build propaganda that would damage the
Nazis. These are the lyrics.
Hitler, he only had one ball, Goering, he had two but very small, Himmler had something
But poor old Goebbels had no balls at all. Whistle Chorus:
Frankfurt has only one beer hall, Stuttgart, die München all on call, Munich, vee
lift our tunich,
To show vee 'Cherman' have no balls at all. Whistle Chorus:
Hans Otto is very short, not tall, And blotto, for drinking Singhai and Skol. A
'Cherman', unlike Bruce Erwin, Because Hans Otto has no balls at all. Whistle Chorus:
Hitler has only got one ball, The other is in the Albert Hall. His mother, the dirty
bugger, Cut it off when he was small. Whistle Chorus:
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