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The Daily TIP: Israel Orders Barak-8 Defense Systems – Jointly Developed with India – for Its Navy

Posted by Tip Staff - August 16, 2018

Israel Orders Barak-8 Defense Systems – Jointly Developed with India – for Its Navy
UN Report: With Aid from Iran, Al Qaeda is Resurgent
Malaysian Prime Minister: "Anti-Semitism" is Term Invented to Prevent Criticism of Jews
Israel Planning Cable Car System to Enhance Access to Old City of Jerusalem

Israel Orders Barak-8 Defense Systems – Jointly Developed with India – for Its Navy

Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) has entered into an agreement to provide Barak-8 advanced defense systems – jointly developed by Israel and India – to Israel Navy’s Sa’ar-6 corvettes to protect its economic zones and strategic facilities faced with diversified marine threats, The Economic Times reported Thursday.

Barak-8 is an operational air and missile defense system deployed by the Israeli navy, as well as by India's navy and air forces. Designed to defend against a variety of short-to-long-range airborne threats – including fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, drones and projectiles – the advanced defense system incorporates a state-of-the-art phased array multi-mission radar, two-way data link, and a flexible command and control system, enabling users to simultaneously engage multiple targets day and night and in all weather conditions.

IAI CEO and President, Joseph Weiss, said: "Barak-8 is one of IAI's leading systems and a growth engine for IAI in sales to its customers. The new deal adds to several Barak-8 contracts entered over the past few years with total value of more than $5 billion, which is another feather in the system's glorious cap.”

The Barak-8 was developed by IAI in collaboration with Israel's Directorate of Defense Research and Development and India’s Defense Research and Development Organization, as well as the navies of both countries, RAFAEL, IAI's ELTA Group and local industries in India.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Israel in 1992, bilateral trade and economic relations have progressed rapidly – climbing 2,000% since the countries formalized relations 26 years ago.

UN Report: With Aid from Iran, Al Qaeda is Resurgent

A United Nations report found that although the threat of ISIS has diminished, as the terror group is transitioning from "a proto-State network to a covert network,” al Qaeda is newly resurgent with support from Iran, Fox News reported Wednesday.

According to the report, though ISIS has largely been defeated militarily in Iraq and most of Syria, it still has between 20,000 and 30,000 adherents in those two countries.

Though in recent years, especially since the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda has been eclipsed by ISIS because of the latter's well-publicized brutality, the report showed that al Qaeda's global network is showing signs of a comeback. According to the report, two members of al Qaeda's leadership currently operating in Iran have emerged as influential.

The report states, "the global Al-Qaida network continues to show resilience. Al-Qaida’s affiliates and allies are much stronger than those of ISIL in certain places, including Somalia, Yemen, South Asia and the Sahel."

The report continues, "Al-Qaida leaders in the Islamic Republic of Iran have grown more prominent, working with Aiman al-Zawahiri and projecting his authority more effectively than he could previously." Zawahiri is the current leader of al Qaeda.

A report in the Long War Journal explained that the two al Qaeda leaders, Saif al-Adel and Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, who reside in Iran, played a role in discouraging the Syria terror group, al Nusrah Front, from splitting from al Qaeda.

Both Adel and Abdullah are wanted by the U.S.

Malaysian Prime Minister: "Anti-Semitism" is Term Invented to Prevent Criticism of Jews

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said in an interview Monday that “Antisemitic is a term that is invented to prevent people from criticizing the Jews for doing wrong things,” as he dismissed anti-Jewish hatred as an artificial construct to stifle debate, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported.

“There is one race that cannot be criticized. If you are antisemitic, it seems almost as if you are a criminal,” Mohamad, an avowed anti-Semite, told the Associated Press. “When somebody does wrong, I don’t care how big they are. They may be powerful countries but if they do something wrong, I exercise my right of free speech. They criticize me, why can’t I criticize them?”

Mohamad was elected into office in May and has since been in the spotlight for his anti-Semitic rhetoric based on a decades-long record of incitement against the Jewish people. On his personal blog, he entertained anti-Semitic conspiracies, such as the Jewish plot for world domination. “Jews rule this world by proxy,” Mohamad wrote in 2012.

In his 2003 address to the Organization of the Islamic Conference summit in Kuala Lumpur, Mohamad vowed that “1.3 billion Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews. There must be a way. And we can only find a way if we stop to think, to assess our weaknesses and our strength, to plan, to strategize and then to counterattack.”

Israel Planning Cable Car System to Enhance Access to Old City of Jerusalem

During 2017, a record 3.6 million tourists entered Israel, a 25 percent increase over 2016. Between January and June 2018, a record-breaking 2 million tourist entries were recorded, a 19% increase on the same period last year. The most popular destinations are Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, the Dead Sea, Tiberias and the Galilee.

About 85% of tourists to Israel visit the iconic religious sites in the Old City of Jerusalem. However, although special arrangements can be made for visitors with mobility limitations, accessibility is problematic. Buses and cars battle heavy traffic; parking is inadequate. Pedestrians encounter stairs, uneven cobblestones and narrow alleys.

That’s why Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin wasn’t exaggerating when he said that a planned cable car “will change the face of Jerusalem, offering tourists and visitors easy and comfortable access to the Western Wall, and will serve as an outstanding tourism attraction in its own right.”

On Jerusalem Day last May, the government approved Levin’s proposal to invest $56 million in building a 1,400-meter cable car route from the First Station leisure compound (offering ample parking and bus transportation) to the Dung Gate, the entrance nearest to the Davidson Center-Jerusalem Archeological Park and Western Wall.

Estimated to be operational in 2021, the cable car will stop along the way at the Mount of Olives, Mount Zion and City of David. An estimated 3,000 people could be transported hourly in each direction.

(via Israel21c)

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