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The Daily TIP: Israel Hits Dozens of Iranian Targets inside Syria Overnight

Posted by Tip Staff - May 10, 2018

Israel Hits Dozens of Iranian Targets inside Syria Overnight
The New Middle East? Bahrain's FM Defends Israel; A Qatari Royal Assails Iran
Hamas Leaders Say Next Week's Border Riots to be "Decisive"
Japanese Camera-Maker Canon to Acquire Israeli Video Review Technology Company

Israel Hits Dozens of Iranian Targets inside Syria Overnight

Following unsuccessful rocket attacks on the Golan Heights, Israel struck back overnight at dozens of Iranian targets inside Syria, The New York Times reported Thursday.

According to the IDF, some 20 rockets were fired at Israeli positions on the Golan Heights by Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps(IRGC)-Quds Force troops. Four of the rockets were reported to have been intercepted by Iron Dome anti-missile systems; the other apparently fell short landing in Syrian territory.

According to Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, the Israeli counterattack destroyed "nearly all" of Iran's infrastructure in Syria.

The Times described the Israeli counterattack as "one of the country’s largest aerial operations in decades across the Syrian frontier, and by far its broadest direct attack yet on Iranian assets."

At least 23 people were reported killed in the overnight strikes, 18 of whom were identified as foreigners, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The attacks were reportedly carried out by 28 warplanes firing 70 missiles at their targets.

"The targets belong to Soleimani's Quds Forces, and they are storages, command and control rooms, observation points, and some other operational sites," Brig. Gen. (Res.) Nitzan Nuriel, the former head of the Prime Minister Office's Counter-terrorism Bureau, told a press briefing hosted by The Israel Project. Nuriel said that the Israel response came with a "message, "We will not have the Quds Force build up their capabilities; could not let them have Hezbollah number 2 in this area."

The New Middle East? Bahrain's FM Defends Israel; A Qatari Royal Assails Iran

Recent remarks by public figures - both official and unofficial - in the Arab world signal a process of realignment in the Middle East, in which Israel is more accepted, and Iran is increasingly isolated.

In a sign of warming ties between Israel and some Arab countries, Bahrain has backed the Jewish State’s right to “defend itself” against Iranian aggression, following Israel’s military response to attempted Iranian missile strikes on an Israeli army base, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

“As long as Iran has breached the status quo in the region and invaded countries with its forces and missiles, so any state in the region, including Israel, is entitled to defend itself by destroying sources of danger," Bahrain’s Foreign Minister said in Arabic in a statement on his official Twitter account.

Over the past months, a split emerged between Arab countries over their relationship with Iran. In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt cut all diplomatic ties with Qatar over the emirate’s relationship with Iran. On Thursday, Qatar’s Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim al-Thani criticized the Qatari government over its support for Iran, following the U.S.’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear accord.

“The Hamad regime’s alignment with Iran after the US withdrew from the nuclear deal proves that the Qatari authority is involving our people in a confused stance for the sake of Iranian interests. They’ve allowed Qatar to become a toy in the Iranian regime’s (hands),” Sheikh Sultan said in a tweet.

Hamas Leaders Say Next Week's Border Riots to be "Decisive"

In an apparent threat to Israel, leaders of Hamas, the Gaza-based terrorist organization, have said that next week's riots at the border fence with Israel would be "decisive," The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

Yahya Sinwar, the Gaza-based leader of Hamas, said that the riot next week planned for May 14, the day the United States Embassy is slated to open in Jerusalem, will be "decisive."

"We can’t stop these protests. We are supporting, even leading, them,” Sinwar said. The riots will be “like a tiger running in all directions,” he said.

Hamas has claimed that the goal of the riots is to gain the "right" to return to all of Israel, meaning the destruction of Israel. Israel has charged that the goal is to cover for violent activities including efforts to breach the border fence.

Sinwar made the comments in a speech to activists, who have been leading the riots. According to the Times, Hamas has been indicating that it could encourage the rioters to storm the fence.

In a conference call hosted by The Israel Project, Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Israel Ziv, former head of IDF's Gaza Division, assessed that the rioters would use grenades, improvised explosives, "anything that can fly over the fence and burn." He added, "we don't expect anything terribly new." However, if Hamas attempts to use the riot to allow terrorists "to penetrate to Israel, to go to some of the settlements," Ziv asserted, "the IDF is ready for those options as well."

Japanese Camera-Maker Canon to Acquire Israeli Video Review Technology Company

In the second major acquisition announced this week for an Israeli company, Modi’in-based BriefCam — maker of widely used rapid video review, search and analysis technology — revealed its upcoming acquisition by Tokyo-based Canon, a world leader in digital imaging solutions.

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with a global leader in digital imaging. The acquisition will allow BriefCam to continue to deliver industry-leading video content analytics solutions, while remaining a standalone company within the Canon Group,” said Trevor Matz, BriefCam president and CEO.

Masanori Yamada from Canon’s Network Visual Solution Business Promotion Headquarters added, “With BriefCam, we can deliver an even broader range of leading-edge technology and solutions in the fields of network cameras, video management software and video content analysis software to customers and partners across the globe. We are very excited to work with such an innovative organization.”

The financial details of the not-yet-completed BriefCam transaction have not been disclosed.

BriefCam was founded in 2007 by Prof. Shmuel Peleg, Gideon Ben-Zvi and Yaron Caspi based on video synopsis technology developed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for transforming raw video into actionable intelligence. The company has branches in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Singapore.

BriefCam’s award-winning products are deployed worldwide and have been used at major venues such as the Statue of Liberty and the 2016 Rio Olympics. Its video technology reportedly helped identify the Boston Marathon terrorist in 2013.

(via Israel21c)

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