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IDF Patriot Missiles Down Syrian Fighter Jet Penetrating into Israeli Airspace
By World Israel News
Two Patriot missiles were launched at a Syrian Sukhoi fighter jet that infiltrated
about one mile into Israeli airspace, an IDF spokesman said. The IDF monitored the fighter
jet, which was then intercepted by the Patriot missiles.
According to Sky News Arabia, the plane crashed inside Syria, in the Yarmouk Basin. It was
not immediately clear if the pilot ejected before the fighter jet was shot down.The
military said it had noticed increased Syrian air force activity in the area since the
It was the first time that Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet since 2014, when another
Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jet entered Israeli airspace and was targeted with a Patriot
Israel activated its anti-missile system as sirens sounded in the Golan and Emek HaYarden
regional councils and the city of Katzrin. Residents in the north have received the OK to
leave bomb shelters.
An Israeli David's Sling Missile Falls into Russian and Syrian Hands
Two missiles of the David's Sling cutting-edge air defense system were launched against
Syrian SS-21 missiles on Monday, July 23. One landed in Syria; the other one
self-destructed. Both missed their targets.
The IDF spokesman eventually came clean about what happened to the David Sling on its
maiden combat mission but only in dribs and drabs. The Syrian missiles targeted by
the Israel interceptors did not actually cross into Israel. The built-in mechanisms of the
two interceptors already in flight were ordered to self-destruct. Only one did.
DEBKAfile's military sources note that it is normal practice for an army, after a top-line
weapon on its first operational mission falls on enemy soil intact or even in
pieces to act fast for sterilizing the drop-site with heavy aerial or artillery
bombardment. This enables a salvage team to move in and retrieve the weapon and is what an
American or Russian army would have done.
IDF behaved differently for four reasons; The David Sling's launch team may not have
discovered the location of the drop site. The Air Force only slowly grasped what had
happened. By the time the second missile was known not to have self-destructed, it was too
late to recover. It had almost certainly been carried off by Russian or Syrian helicopter.
Israel decided that its recovery was not worth the risk of a major clash with Russia and
By now, the first David's Sling missile to go into action is almost certainly being
studied avidly by Russian and Syrian intelligence engineers. It is only a matter of time
before its secrets reach the hands of Iran and Hizbullah. This loss is therefore a grave
setback for Israel's air defense system and intelligence which is also shared by the US.
This two-stage missile, developed jointly by the Israeli defense contractor Rafael
Advanced Defense Systems and the American Raytheon, is brand new, having entered service
only two years ago to fill the gap in Israel's multi-tiered missile defense arsenal
between the Iron Dome for short-range operations and the Arrows which are designed to stop
long-range ballistic missiles.
David's Sling is built to intercept a variety of missiles ranging between 40 and 400km,
including cruise missiles at low speed. Consisting of a solid-fuel rocket motor booster,
it has speeds of up to mach 7.5. or 5,754 mph, and is armed with topline radar and
electro-optical systems. David's Sling missiles are worth $1m apiece. This anti-missile
missile was assigned by US and Israeli planners to replace the Patriot PAC-2 in the
The most urgent task now is to ascertain what know-how the Russians and Syrians have been
able to extract from the missile in their hands, before determining how David's Sling
should redesigned and any glitches revealed in its first performance corrected before it
is restored to service.
Syrian Terrorist Attacks Abroad Likely in Lieu of Direct Clash with ?Israel
By Israel Hayom
If you believe Syrian media reports, earlier this week Israel struck a ?military
compound where chemical weapons were being developed. ?The strike, in which Syrian
scientists, Iranian troops and Hizbullah ?operatives were killed is, in and of itself,
nothing new, as over the ?past few years the foreign media has often attributed similar
strikes ?to the Israeli Air Force.?
Now that President Bashar Assad, backed by Russia, Iran and ?Hizbullah, is reclaiming
control of the Syrian Golan Heights, the ?threat he poses Israel has resurfaced to the
point of potentially ?jeopardizing the 1974 cease-fire agreement between Israel and
The Israeli Air Force has enjoyed considerable operational leeway in ?the northern sector
during the seven-year civil war in Syria but now ?that it is waning, this latitude may be
curbed. If that is the case, ?what are the chances that the next time Israel eliminates a
threat ?on Syrian soil, Assad would retaliate? ?
According to Dr. Yehuda Blanga, an expert on Middle East politics ?from Bar-Ilan
University, Assad, like his father before him, is likely ?to opt for indirect retaliation,
targeting Israeli assets overseas or ?tasking Hizbullah with doing his bidding.? ?"This
has been Syria's way of retaliating without risking a direct ?military conflict with
Israel," he explained.?
Blanga said that right now, Assad and his allies are "up to their ?necks" in efforts to
re-establish the regime's grip on the war-torn ?country, meaning that retaliating against
Israel is not a priority for them. ? The Syrian president is likely to reassess the
situation once he feels ?his rules is stable but even then, he may choose not to risk a
?conflict with Israel or use Hizbullah against it. Instead, Assad will ?probably call on
Iranian terrorist cell abroad to carry out attacks ?against Israel.?
"This way, Assad will be able to bolster his image as Syria's ?defender and while we will
know who was behind the attack, we ?won't be able to target them directly," he said. ?
Middle East expert Dr. Mordechai Kedar said that one of the main ?unknowns in this
equation is how fast, and to what extent, ?the Syrian army would be rehabilitated. ??"If
Assad's army has anti-aircraft missiles that can hit our jets Israel ?wouldn't rush to
strike [Syrian soil] because no one sends their ?fighter jets on a one-way mission," he
According to Kedar, another issue is the question of Assad's ?confidence and the extent of
the influence Russia wields over ?his regime. ??"Unfortunately for Assad, Israel is backed
by the U.S. the Trump ?administration backs [Israeli] strikes in Syria and
Prime Minister ?Binyamin Netanyahu is well-coordinated with [Russian President ?Vladimir]
Putin. Right now, the Kremlin doesn't seem to care about ?these strikes and it's unlikely
that Assad would risk defying it."?
Prof. Efraim Inbar, who heads the Jerusalem Institute for ?Strategic Studies, believes
Russia will be able to stabilize the Syrian ?sector, including setting red lines for
Assad. ?Israel and Russia are maintaining close coordination with regards to ?IAF strikes
on threats in Syria and the issue will not become a ?problem unless Moscow decides
Jerusalem's actions are ?jeopardizing its regional interests, he explained. ?
According to Inbar, even if Assad is able to reinforce his army, he ?will never be in a
position to dictate terms to Russia, for the mere ?reason it would leave him completely
vulnerable to Iran.? ?"Assad doesn't want to be an Iranian puppet and he needs Russia ?to
prevent that from happening. Israel need not worry."?
Dr. Daniel Schueftan, chairman of the National Security Studies ?Center at the University
of Haifa, also believes that until such time ?as Assad feels he has completely
re-established his regime, he is ?unlikely to retaliate against Israel.? According to
Schueftan, regardless of his hold on power, the Syrian ?president would be wary of
crossing Israel's red lines. ?
"Even if Assad will be motivated to strike back he will think twice. ?He knows
Israel would be willing to risk Hizbullah missile salvos on ?its citizens to protect its
interests and if need be, it will go to war in ?the northern sector," he said.?
Poll: Israel Not an Important Partner for US Democrats
A recent Pew Research poll indicates an overwhelming divide between American
Republicans and Democrats over perceptions of the importance of the US-Israel
relationship. The poll primarily dealt with comparing American and German perceptions of
one another, but also touched tangentially on American perceptions of other countries.
According to the poll, 12% of Americans said that Israel was the "first or second most
important partner for American foreign policy." Israel tied in third place with Germany,
also at 12%, coming behind China at 24% and chart topper Great Britain at 33%.
Dividing responses to the same question along party lines, the poll found that 24% of
Republicans found Israel to be a top foreign policy partner out of eight countries listed,
in second place behind Great Britain at 42% and ahead of China at 18%. Russia closed the
list for Republicans, at 5%.
On the other hand, Israel did not make the eight-country list for Democrats, for whom
Great Britain topped the list at 32%, China came in second at 26%, and Canada closed the
list at 6%.
A Pew poll published at the beginning of the year indicated that 79% of Republicans
defined themselves as pro-Israel while 6% said they were pro-Palestinian. In contrast, 27%
of Democrats said they were pro-Israel and 25% pro-Palestinian.
Israel's NIS 30 Billion Plan to Thwart Missile Strikes
Israel's Security Cabinet is set to approve on Sunday a new NIS 30 billion ($8.225
billion) plan to arm the IDF with defense weapons to thwart missile strikes amid the
rising tensions on both the northern and southern fronts. The multi-annual plan, which is
expected to start in 2019 and end in late 2028, is the most expensive plan in IDF and
Israeli security history.
The plan will allocate massive resources to the IDF for the protection of the entire
Israeli home front from the north to the south, increasing the IDF's missile arsenal and
developing and purchasing advanced defensive measures.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, Defense Minister Avigdor
Lieberman, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, the heads of the National Security Council
and other senior defense establishment officials have been holding secret discussions
about the details of the plan in recent months.
A senior government official described the plan as unprecedented in scope. "There hasn't
been such a plan, certainly not at such a massive cost and scope. This is a wide scale
defensive and offensive plan," he said.
According to assessments in the defense establishment, the next war will include massive
fire of advanced missiles at the Israeli home front. In order to prevent mass casualties
and significant damages to the home front, Israel will have to neutralize these missiles
immediately upon their launching. To that end, the defense establishment will increase
Israel's missile defense apparatus by hundreds of percent under the new plan.
In addition to bolstering the Israeli home front in time of war, the new plan will add
work to Israel's defense industries factories, requiring the recruitment of additional
employees and the allocation of resources to increase the production in these factories.
"The plan will particularly increase the country's emergency resilience, even in the case
of multiple fronts," the senior government official said. "The plan will increase and
expand defensive measures for Israeli citizens and allow the IDF to have the strategic
depth it needs to bring to a clear military victory quickly."
The allocation of NIS 30 billion for the plan reflects "the long-term governmental
thinking, while setting long-term national goals, which are budgeted as part of the
national expense based on the gross national product (GNP)," according to the plan's
The plan will be implemented over the next decade at the cost of some NIS 3 billion a year
on average. It will be funded with money saved in significant streamlining processes
inside the army as well as with additional funding from the state budget. The intention is
to use tax surplus money and make cuts in places that won't harm citizensmeaning,
not from the education, health or welfare budgets.
Karlie Kloss Converts to Judaism, Gets Engaged to Joshua Kushner
After six years of dating, Joshua Kushner has sealed the deal with supermodel Karlie
Kloss. Kushner, 33, the brother of President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser,
proposed to Kloss a few weeks ago, People reported on Tuesday. A Jewish wedding seems to
be in store for the couple, since Kloss, 25, converted to Judaism last month, according to
Kloss isn't the first to embrace Judaism in order to marry a Kushner. Jared Kushner's wife
and the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, converted before the couple tied the knot in
2009. She studied with New York-based Orthodox rabbi Haskel Lookstein.
Kloss raved about her husband-to-be on Instagram, writing "Josh, you're my best friend and
my soulmate." Kloss openly supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election,
and also attended the Women's March after Trump's inauguration with her
fiancé. So hopefully the Kushner family has a no-politics rule at the Shabbat
Amazon Resumes Free Shipping for Israeli Buyers
Online retailing giant Amazon has reintroduced its free delivery service for Israeli
buyers. Amazon first began its free delivery last month although it was halted by the time
Prime Day rolled around last week and the shopping frenzy associated with it.
Now free shipping has been resumed although with certain caveats - only for purchases
above $75 - precisely the sum above which Israeli buyers must pay 17% VAT for their
purchases (and excise for purchases above $500). Tax payments are calculated according to
the gross price including shipping (which is now free). The free shipping offer also does
not apply to items deemed large and heavy.
As with the previous free shipping offer, it only applies to products bought directly from
Amazon and not through third parties. When ordering items from Amazon, on the "I need it"
Facebook page, it is important to choose the "Free Shipping" option, which is not the
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