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Israel Plans to Plant its Flag on the Moon
By DEBKAfile, VOA News. JTA and World Israel News
Israel's SpaceIL with Israeli Aerospace Industries plan to launch Israel's first unmanned
moon mission from Florida in December via SpaceX rocket. The craft is scheduled to land
February 13, which would make Israel the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the moon.
The overall cost of the project is estimated to be around $95 million.
The craft, which is shaped like a round table with four carbon fiber legs, is set to blast
off in December from Florida's Cape Canaveral aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, said Ido
Anteby, chief executive of the SpaceIL nonprofit. It aims to transmit pictures and videos
back to Earth over two days after it lands on Feb. 13, as well as measuring magnetic
fields. "Our spacecraft will be the smallest ever to land on the moon," said Anteby.
Since 1966, the United States and the former Soviet Union have put around 12 unmanned
spacecraft on the moon using braking power to perform "soft" landings, and China did so in
The craft, unveiled at state-owned defense contractor Israel Aerospace Industries, stands
about 1.5 meters high and weighs 585 kg (1,290 lb). The spacecraft has four carbon fiber
legs, and fuel takes up two-thirds of its weight.
At 60,000 km (37,000 miles) above Earth, the spacecraft will deploy. It will orbit Earth
in expanding ellipses and, about two months later, cross into the moon's orbit. It will
then slow and carry out a soft landing causing no damage to the craft.
"The landing is the most complicated part. The spot chosen is relatively flat and the
spacecraft has eye contact with Earth for communication," Anteby said. "From the moment
the spacecraft reaches the point that it begins the landing, it will handle it totally
SpaceIL is backed mainly by private donors, including U.S. casino magnate Sheldon Adelson
and billionaire Morris Kahn who co-founded Amdocs, one of Israel's biggest high-tech
"It's a small, smart spaceship," said SpaceIL CEO Dr. Ido Anteby. "Most of its weight is
fuel, and when it lands it will [only] weigh 180 kg. It will be in contact with ground
stations all over the world; we'll be in radio contact with it throughout its trip." Its
first task will be to plant an Israeli flag on the surface and then take still pictures
and video. It is expected that the "mission" will wrap up in a mere two days.
The organization's aim, besides making history by landing its craft, is "to inspire a
generation along the way," as noted on its website. They describe it as "a national
mission" to use their story to create an "educational impact," not only for Israeli
schoolchildren but students everywhere. To date, 50,000 children have been reached by
SpaceIL volunteers in classrooms around the world.
Israel Aerospace Industries and the nonprofit SpaceIL announced Tuesday that they plan a
December launch from Cape Canaveral to land on the moon on Feb. 13. The landing would
culminate eight years of collaboration on the $88 million project.
Private donations mostly paid for the project, including from the American businessman
and Jewish philanthropist Sheldon Adelson. SpaceIL's president, Morris Kahn, has provided
about $27 million.
Iran's Regional Proxies 'Awaiting Orders to ?Eradicate Evil Israel'
By Israel Hayom
Hizbullah, Iran's proxy in the Middle East, is a ??"mighty power" with an arsenal of
over ??100,000 ?missiles aimed at Israel, Revolutionary Guard Corps ?Deputy Commander Maj.
Gen. Hossein Salami said in a ?recent speech. ?
According to the Middle East Media Research ?Institute, Salami used recent Qods
[Jerusalem] Day ?events in Iran to explain the rationale for ?destroying the State of
Israel in Islamic ?revolutionary thought, saying, "We are creating ?might in Lebanon
because we want to fight the ?enemy from there with all our strength."?
Hizbullah is a powerful player in Lebanese politics. ?The Shiite terrorist group is also
doing Iran's ?bidding in Syria, where its forces are fighting ?alongside Syrian President
Bashar Assad's army in ?the waning civil war. ?
Salami also named "the Islamic army in Syria" as an ?instrument Iran plans to use against
Israel on the ?Golan Heights, where Syria and Israel share a ?border. ?He further claimed
that Iran has armed the ?Palestinians with missiles, saying that all of ?Iran's regional
allies were "awaiting orders to ?eradicate the evil regime. ?
"Seventy years have passed since the policy of ?England and America planted in the Islamic
world an ?accursed and criminal tree [Israel]. For 70 years, ?this poisoned dagger has
been embedded in the body ?of the Islamic nation, and all the problems of the ?Islamic
world stem from the existence of the false, ?counterfeit, historically rootless, and
identity-less regime named Israel," Salami asserted.?
"Israel has caused the Palestinian nation to be ?stripped of a homeland and to roam here
and there, ?subject to serious aggression.
This historic and ?ongoing crime is
being carried out before the eyes ?of the world. This is the most obvious sign of the
?crimes of America, Israel, and England in human ?history.?
"In addition to the threat to Palestine's existence, ?the Zionist regime constitutes a
threat as well to ?the entire Islamic world. That is the philosophy of ?the establishment
of this regime," he explained. ??"America, thousands of miles away, and behind ?oceans,
transferred its geographical, political, and ?security territory to an Islamic land, in
order to ?create a secure political and military bridge and ?also to create an ammunition
storehouse [for it]. ??[Israel] brings the range of America's missiles ?against the
Islamic world 12,000 kilometers [7,500 ?miles] closer, and becomes a tool for imposing
?America's policy against the Islamic world," he was ?quoted by Memri as saying.?
"In 1948, 1956, 1973, and 1982, America supported ?this regime against the Arabs, who did
not manage to ?triumph, and despair prevailed in the Arab world, ?until the light of pride
appeared in the world and ?the imam [Ruhollah Khomeini] transformed the heart ?of Iran
with the great [Islamic] Revolution, [and ?set] a new power against the evil of the
arrogance ??[U.S.], against the supporters of the Zionist ?regime, and against this regime
itself.? ?"The imam [Khomeini] spread the rationale of ?eradicating Israel as a new notion
in the world's ?political discourse. Thus, Palestine renewed its ?soul and came alive,"
"Since then, the Zionist regime is fearful, ?delusional, and worried. After [Khomeini],
Supreme ?Leader [Ali] Khamenei united the Islamic world, ?supported the jihad groups, and
thus launched fear ?upon the occupied lands. Since then, the Zionists ?have not succeeded
in triumphing over the Muslims in ?any war." ?
Iran, he said, has "not allowed the Zionist regime ?to spread politically in the Islamic
world, and ?stood against the dangers of this regime. Thus, ?America suffered a great
defeat in its Middle East ?scheme. The Islamic Revolution created a mighty ?power called
Hizbullah, which today, as the Zionist ?regime itself acknowledges, has over 100,000
?missiles ready for launch. Hizbullah has tremendous ?might on the ground that can on its
own break the ?Zionist regime."?
Iran "invites the Muslims to jihad.
Young Muslims ?who care are proud of fighting
the Zionists, the ?Americans, and their allies, and becoming a martyr ?is an honor for
them. This is our main might.? The more time passes, the weaker this [Zionist] ?regime and
its allies become [and] the enemies of ?the Zionist regime became stronger. Against them,
?the Zionists are paralyzed," he proclaimed.? ?"I say to the Zionists that the Americans'
coming to ?your rescue is like an ambulance coming after the ?patient has already died.
You must submit to [your] ?sealed fate."?
The Islamic republic, he said, has "a duty to defend ?the Palestine movement that is now
fighting ??[Israel]. We must squeeze the throats of the enemies ?from afar. We must give
them no chance to come near ?us, or to focus on us. We are monitoring them from ?afar, and
grabbing them by the throat in other ?places. ?
"We and the Islamic world are all in the same boat, ?and our security is interconnected.
We are defending ?Syria because this is in defense of the oppressed as ?well as defense of
Iran. We are creating might in ?Lebanon because we want to fight our enemy from ?there
with all our strength.? ?"The enemy is spread throughout the Islamic world, ?and the
uniform of jihad is an honor for Muslims," ?Salami said.
Report: More than 2 Million Israelis Defenseless in Case of ?Missile Attack
By Israel Hayom
Over 2 million Israelis will be left defenseless in ?case of a missile attack, a new
report by State ?Comptroller Yosef Shapira warned. The report surveyed the war readiness
of local ?authorities in Israel and found that 26% of Israelis ?? over 2 million
people have no access to private ?or public bomb shelters.?
Homefront Command data included in the report showed ?that 39% of Israelis have access to
private bomb ??shelters in the form of a fortified room in their ?home. Another 35% have
access to a public bomb ?shelter in their building or their neighborhood. ?The
comptroller's audit, performed between August ?and November 2017, reviewed the
availability and ?maintenance of bomb shelters in various Jewish and ?non-Jewish
The review was carried out via visits by State ?Comptroller's Office inspectors, who
also met with ?local security officers and city officials ?responsible for emergency
readiness, and gathered ?the relevant documents. ? Supplementary reviews were carried out
by the ?Homefront Command, the Interior Ministry's Emergency ?Services Administration, and
the security ?departments at the Education and Finance ministries.?
The review concluded that as of late 2017, at least ??20 non-Jewish local and regional
councils 24% of ?municipalities in the sector fell short of ?properly
mapping public shelters in their ?jurisdiction.? The report further found that 38% of
students in the ?non-Jewish sector lacked proper shelters in their ?schools, some of which
were devoid of bomb shelters ?altogether. ?Many Israeli municipalities also fail to
properly ?maintain public shelters, the report said.?
Muslim Democratic Congressional Candidate Calls Israel `Apartheid Regime'
A Somali-American congressional candidate running for the Democratic nomination in
Minnesota called Israel "the apartheid Israeli regime." Ilhan Omar's tweet came in
response to accusations that a tweet she wrote in 2012, accusing Israel of "evil doings,"
amounts to anti-Semitism.
In an interview with ABC News for a segment titled "Progressive Democrats increasingly
criticize Israel, and could reap political rewards," Omar rejected accusations of
anti-Semitism by conservative critics. "These accusations are without merit," the
Minnesota state representative said. "They are rooted in bigotry toward a belief about
what Muslims are stereotyped to believe."
Earlier she had tweeted a response to a critic who had accused her of anti-Semitism:
"Drawing attention to the apartheid Israeli regime is far from hating Jews. You are a
hateful sad man, I pray to Allah you get the help you need and find happiness." She added,
sarcastically: "Well you know, if a Muslim says something negative about Israeli
government, they must hate Jews. Didn't you get that memo?"
Omar, who is among several Muslim women in the U.S. running for Congress, wrote in a tweet
in November 2012 that "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and
help them see the evil doings of Israel. #Gaza #Palestine #Israel"
Letter by Martin Luther Calling Jews `Devils Incarnate' is Up for Auction
By the Jerusalem Post
A letter written by German theologian Martin Luther that is critical of the Jews is up
for sale at an auction house in Boston. RR Auction is selling the letter dated Sept. 1,
1543, and written in German to fellow German theologian Georg Buchholzer.
"You have preached against the Jews and fought serious battles over that with the
.And you were quite right to do so," Luther wrote in the letter, according
to the translation provided by the auction house. "Stand fast and persevere!...For these
Jews are not Jews, but devils incarnate who curse our Lord, who abuse His mother as a
whore and Him as Hebel Vorik and a bastard, this is known for certain... You may show this
letter to whomever you wish."
Luther, a leading figure in the Protestant Reformation, is referencing the Hebrew words
"hevel varik," found in the Jewish prayer Aleinu: "They [non-Jews] worship vanity and
Bidding on the letter began at $25,000, and stood at $94,948 as of Tuesday afternoon. The
auction house estimates the item could be sold for more than $300,000 before bidding
closes on Wednesday evening.
The handwritten letter is being auctioned off along with more than 1,000 other items,
including a 1954 letter from Albert Einstein comparing McCarthyism in the United States to
the beginnings of Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Other letters in the lot are written by
George Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi and many others.
French Jewish Family Told to Remove Mezuzah Outside Apartment
The company that manages an apartment complex in France has ordered a Jewish family to
remove a mezuzah from the doorframe. The Foncière Bergé Corp. cited its
regulations last week in a letter to the Saada family in Montpelier, in southern France,
according to what appears to be a copy published on Twitter.
During a July 5 inspection of the company's real estate, "a mezuzah was encountered on
your doorframe," Fabienne Nourigat of its rental department wrote to the family in a
letter dated July 6. "We remind you that no personal object may be presented in public
areas and request you move the mezuzah inside your accommodation. Thank you for your
The Eretz news website pointed out that apartments in the same building have doormats on
the external side of the door and the occupants have not been requested to remove them.
Jewish religious law and customs require that mezuzahs be affixed to doorframes on the
portal's external side, according to Rabbi Shmuel Shapira of the Israel-based Tzohar
Orthodox rabbinical group and others. Foncière Bergé did not immediately
respond to JTA's request for comment.
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