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The Daily TIP: Gallup: Americans are “As Strongly Pro-Israel” as Anytime in Past Three Decades

Posted by Tip Staff - March 14, 2018

Gallup: Americans are “As Strongly Pro-Israel” as Anytime in Past Three Decades
Israel's Elbit Systems Signs $65 Million Contract with Asian-Pacific Nation for Rescue Tech
IDF Paratroopers Teach U.S. Marines “Lost Art” of Fighting in Tunnels During Juniper Cobra
EU-Sponsored Program Encourage Joint Israel-Palestinian Agricultural Ventures

Gallup: Americans are “As Strongly Pro-Israel” as Anytime in Past Three Decades

Americans are "as strongly pro-Israel" as anytime in the thirty years Gallup has polling American attitudes on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the polling agency assessed in a news alert released on Wednesday.

The 64% of Americans who sympathize more with Israel matches the high previously recorded in 1991 and 2013.

In contrast, only 19% of those surveyed expressed greater sympathy for the Palestinians and 16% favored neither side.

The increased percentage of Americans showing sympathy for Israel was driven by an increase in Republican support for the Jewish state now at an all-time high of 87%. Democratic sympathy stood at 49%, which is up from 42% in 2001 and consistent with the average since then. 59% of independents felt more sympathy for Israel, up from 51% in 2001.

This is consistent with the findings of a 2014 Pew poll which found that while Democratic support for Israel remained strong, Republican support has surged in recent years.

The news release also showed that nearly twice as many Americans favored more United States pressure on the Palestinians to make peace than on Israel by a margin of 50% to 27%.

In addition, 74% of American view Israel favorably, while 21% view Israel unfavorably. Israel's favorable rating is the highest it’s been since 1991, when Israel was targeted by Scuds launched by Iraq's then-dictator Saddam Hussein. The numbers for the Palestinian Authority were nearly reversed with 71% of Americans viewing the PA unfavorably, while only 21% viewing it favorably.

Israel's Elbit Systems Signs $65 Million Contract with Asian-Pacific Nation for Rescue Tech

Elbit Systems Ltd., Israel’s largest non-government-owned defense firm, announced on Wednesday that it was awarded a $65 million contract by an Asian-Pacific country to provide a comprehensive Search and Rescue (SAR) solution. The project will be performed over a three-year period.

The company did not name the country.

The Times of Israel reported that, as part of the company’s comprehensive airborne radio communication solutions portfolio Elbit will install Airborne Locator Systems (ALS) and Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs) on board a number of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft in use by the customer's air force, army and navy. The Israeli defense firm will also supply thousands of Personal Survival Radio (PSR) systems.

Yehuda Vered, the General Manager of Elbit Systems, said: "We are pleased with this contract award to supply a comprehensive SAR solution, attesting to the maturity of our systems and to our market leadership.”

He added: “Based on our vast portfolio of Radio and Communication solutions, already operational with dozens of armed forces worldwide, we are able to provide a technological edge, and we hope that additional customers will follow in selecting our unique SAR systems as their solution of choice."

The company provides a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial defense technologies globally, including in aerospace, land and naval systems, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance systems, unmanned aircraft, advanced electro-optics and cybersecurity systems.

Earlier this week, the Israeli government approved Elbit's acquisition of state-owned weapons maker IMI Systems for $520 million.

IDF Paratroopers Teach U.S. Marines “Lost Art” of Fighting in Tunnels During Juniper Cobra

As part of the ongoing Juniper Cobra 2018 exercises between the IDF and the United States military, IDF paratroopers have been training their counterparts in the U.S. Marines in the "lost art" of fighting in tunnels, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday.

Over the past ten days Israeli and U.S. forces have participated in exercises that have involved "sharing techniques and knowledge on beach-landings and aspects of urban warfare," according to the Times.

Lt. Col. Marcuz Mainz, commander of the U.S. Marine Corps’ 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, the joint training has included learning to fight in tunnels, which he termed a "lost art" for the American military, who haven't engaged in that form of combat since the Vietnam War.

In general, Mainz explained to reporters, "“We came to learn, train, and share our techniques and ideas with the IDF. In the end that’s to make us a more effective force in future operations, if we’re doing them together or independently."

Lt. Ron Semel, the training officer of the IDF's Paratroopers’ Brigade’s Reconnaissance Battalion, said that Israeli troops learned how better to use light-armored vehicles in combat from their American counterparts, "“We did a joint training session with them, fighting side by side, with the armored vehicles, and the way they used them on the battlefield was really effective."

Semel added that there was a value in sharing combat techniques with other armies, "A visitor sees every flaw. We had someone coming from outside, seeing us work, and then can figure out every issue that we have in our technique and help us strive for perfection."

EU-Sponsored Program Encourage Joint Israel-Palestinian Agricultural Ventures

On the first day of a pilot program pairing Israeli and Palestinian farmers interested in joint agricultural ventures, each population sat warily on opposite sides of the room.

Though all had agreed to be part of the trailblazing training program held at the Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI) on Kibbutz Mizra, significant social and linguistic barriers stood in their way.

“The biggest challenge was to overcome the notions we have of the ‘the other,’” says Silvana Nahmad, director of European and Mediterranean Affairs at GIMI. The program was funded by the European Union and developed in cooperation with a foundation that prefers not to be identified.

To be considered for the program, applicants had to have at least a bachelor’s degree in agriculture or a related field, such as water management, and a willingness to work together over a period of two years to launch businesses growing and exporting olives or dates, two of Israel’s largest crops.

Nahmad chose 10 Israeli participants and the partnering foundation chose 15 Palestinian participants, mostly between the ages of 23 and 50. Their initial seminars at GIMI last November focused on both the agricultural and business aspects of the future joint ventures.

Over the course of three five- to six-day learning modules at GIMI, “the participants had a lot of opportunities to speak to one another. They ate together in the kibbutz dining room and they went out to eat in Haifa and Acre together,” Nahmad tells ISRAEL21c.

“Only some of the Palestinians were able to speak English or Hebrew, and they helped the others. At the end of the three seminars we already had a few ideas for projects they can do together.”

(via Israel21c)

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