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Posted by Tip Staff - April 17, 2018

Israel on Alert for Potential Iranian Attack
New Website Allows Users to Remember and Honor Israel's Fallen
Following Airstrike in Syria, Iranian Officials Continue to Threaten Israel
Disabled Israeli Athletes Win Medals in International Competitions

Israel on Alert for Potential Iranian Attack

Ahead of Israel’s Independence Day, the military is preparing for a potential direct attack against the Jewish State by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) air force, in response to Israel’s strikes on Iranian military targets in Syria, The Times of Israel reported.

On Tuesday morning, the IDF released aerial photos of Iranian bases in Syria showing the scope of Iran’s military presence in the neighboring country. The installations constitute potential targets for an Israeli response should Iran attack Israel.

The targets include Damascus International Airport, through which Iranian transports weapons and other military equipment for its militia proxies on the ground; the Sayqal air base; the T-4 air base; an airfield near Aleppo; and a base in Deir Ezzor.

Following the increase of activity against Iranian targets in Syria, and threats by officials in Tehran against Israel, The Israel Project hosted a press briefing with Brig. Gen. (ret.) Yossi Kuperwasser, former director-general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs.

Kupperwasser stressed that Israel has the intention and means to “do whatever is necessary” to dismantle Iran’s military infrastructure and defend its interests, even without the support of other major players in Syria.

Israel believes Iran’s retaliatory efforts are being led by Major General Qassem Soleimani, the head of the IRGC’s Quds Force, and other senior Iranian officials.

Kuperwasser added that Rouhani and Soleimani “are two sides of the same coin” and “both want to see Iran as a hegemonic power” in the region, a threat to Israel and Arab allies.

New Website Allows Users to Remember and Honor Israel's Fallen

In anticipation of Yom Hazikaron, Israel's Memorial Day, which will be commemorated Tuesday night and Wednesday, two organizations in partnership with Israel's Ministry of Diaspora Affairs have established a website to allow users to remember and honor the 23,632 soldiers and security forces who have died defending the land of Israel.

The website, Yizkereim, (Hebrew for "Remember them"), was produced by Olami, an organization seeking to connect Jewish students with their heritage, and the Afikim Foundation, which attempts to connect Diaspora Jewry to Israel. The two educational organizations partnered with Israel's Ministry of Diaspora Affairs.

The website allows users to search through a database of names. Each name is accompanied by a biography and an account of the circumstances under which the hero died. When a user chooses to honor one of the heroes, he or she can register and choose to perform a good deed, study religious texts, say Psalms, or give charity (Tzedaka.)

Yizkereim will store the names of all of users of the website who commit to honor the fallen heroes, as well as the action they volunteered to perform. A record of the users and their actions will be stored digitally at the new Memorial Hall of Israel’s Fallen on Mt. Herzl.

The goal of Yizkereim is "to remember Israel’s fallen soldiers and security forces in advance of Yom HaAtzmaut, when we will joyously celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israel," a statement released by Olami, announcing the inauguration of Yizkereim, said.

Following Airstrike in Syria, Iranian Officials Continue to Threaten Israel

Following last week's airstrike that targeted Iranian forces based at the Tiyas or T-4 airbase in Syria, two Iranian officials have threatened Israel.

On Monday, according to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)-affiliated Tasnim News, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said that Israel would receive "required responses sooner or later," and that Israel "cannot take (such) an action and be exempt from punishment.”

Seven Iranian military advisers, including one colonel, were killed in the airstrike.

In addition, last Friday, Iranian Army Ground Forces commander Brigadier General Kiumars Heidari said that Israel can no longer attack Iran and that the date has already been set for Israel's destruction.

The latter comment is an apparent reference to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's prediction that Israel will be destroyed within 25 years.

Heidari also boasted that "Iran is the most stable and strongest country in an unstable and volatile region now." He did not address the ongoing protests against the regime or the continued devaluation of its currency.

On Friday last week, the IDF announced that the Iranian drone that entered Israeli airspace in February was loaded with explosives and showed "an Iranian intent to carry out an attack," an act of war against Israel.

The threats from Iran, as well as the escalation of military activity in Syria, including a coordinated attack on Syria's chemical weapons facilities by the United States and its allies, has prompted Israel to be on alert for a possible direct attack by Iran.

Disabled Israeli Athletes Win Medals in International Competitions

Israeli blind golfer Zohar Sharon, 65, won the ISPS Handa 2018 US Blind Golf Open held April 5-8 at the Haven Golf Course in Green Valley, Arizona. Sharon, who is also hearing impaired as a result of an injury in the 1970s, has won the International Blind Golf Association’s world tournament six times in 10 years at the side of his coach and caddie, Shimshon Levy.

Sharon trains at the Caesarea Golf Club and competes around the world with funding from the IDF Disabled Veterans Organization and the Defense Ministry. Since taking up golf in 2000, he has played with celebrities including basketball star Michael Jordan and former US President Gerald Ford.

On April 11, disabled shooting Paralympian Yulia Chernoy won the bronze medal at the 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Grand Prix in Szczecin, Poland.

This was the first international shooting competition for Chernoy, who trains at Beit Halochem in Tel Aviv under Olympic champion Guy Strick. She will be the only Israeli contestant at the World Shooting Para Sport Championships in South Korea, May 1-12.

Chernoy, 36, was born with a slight disability and previously competed in the para-triathlon, winning the European Championship in 2012.

“The fact that the competition took place on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day on Polish soil is of great significance to me,” said Chernoy. “I felt that I am proving that we are here, that we live, and that nothing will break us.”

(via Israel21c)

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