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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," said Yungman.

"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 the country.

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 earlier.

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'

By YnetNews.com

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 luxury tower.

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 that."


Medical Record Shows Hitler Had Only One Testicle

By IsraelNationalNews.com

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 simmler, 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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