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The Daily TIP: Israel’s Air Force Recruiting More Women for Pilot Training, Increasing Gender Integration

Posted by David Gerstman - December 20, 2017

Israel’s Air Force Recruiting More Women for Pilot Training, Increasing Gender Integration Hamas Warns Gazans Not to “Like” Israel’s Arabic Facebook Page
Former Treasury Official: Trump Administration Needs to Target Hezbollah’s Drug Smuggling
Israeli Traffic Management Technology Makes Commutes Safer, Faster

Israel’s Air Force Recruiting More Women for Pilot Training, Increasing Gender Integration

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is encouraging more women to enlist in their prestigious pilots courses, in an effort to increase gender integration in the military, The Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday.

“A plane doesn’t care if it’s a woman or a man flying it. The Air Force wants the best of the best, and not enough women try out for the pilots course,” said the Head of the Personnel Directorate Brig.-Gen Nathan Israeli at Haterzim Air Force Base outside Beersheba.

“Our decision to encourage more women to join the course is from operational needs; they can improve the flight school and the entire corps,” he stated.

Despite IAF efforts to recruit women to the role, only 48 have so far completed the course since a Supreme Court ruling in 1995, which opened up the pilots course to women. One more female pilot will join their ranks next week when the latest course will finish, which includes ultra-Orthodox recruits as well as a member of the Ethiopian community.

The IAF is expected to continue to promote female officers to senior positions, such as Capt. Y, who in November became the first female pilot to be appointed deputy commander of a combat squadron. She will serve in the Spearhead Squadron as an F-15 navigator out of Tel Nof Airbase in central Israel.

Last year, the Israeli military decided to test women’s ability serve in infantry and special forces units and in January 2017, Israel’s first female tank operators completed their training.

Hamas Warns Gazans Not to “Like” Israel’s Arabic Facebook Page

Hamas's internal security agency has warned Gazans not to "like" Israel's Foreign Ministry's Arabic Facebook page lest they fall into the the sights of the "occupier," The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

The head of the ministry's Arabic diplomacy department, Yonatan Gonen, told the Post that warning against the Facebook page was one of a series of warnings issued by the security agency about "new ways" Israel was seeking to "bring down" Gaza's residents and recruit agents.

The ministry's Arabic Facebook, which was created in 2011, now has nearly 1.4 million followers across the Arab world and has had 166 million page views this year so far.

“The repeated calls we hear each week to refrain from surfing our pages just underlines the power of getting messages across on social media,” Gonen told the Post. “Obviously we are not trying to recruit any agents, rather only brand and represent Israel as it really is.”

According to Gonen, though many of the Arabs who visit the foreign ministry's Facebook page don't like Israel, as is evident by many of the hostile comments left on the page, nonetheless they "like our page." The Foreign Ministry staff often tries to open a dialogue with those leaving messages.

While Israel is frequently in the news and often portrayed negatively in the Arab world, Gonen said that nonetheless, "They want to know what is really happening here.”

Last year, Israel's digital diplomacy was ranked in the top ten worldwide.

Former Treasury Official: Trump Administration Needs to Target Hezbollah’s Drug Smuggling

In the wake of a report earlier this week that the Obama administration ended an investigation into Hezbollah's drug-trafficking operations in the Western Hemisphere in order to secure the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, a former United States Treasury Department official outlined steps that the Trump administration could take to effectively combat Hezbollah's narcotics empire, in an op-ed published Monday in the New York Post.Jonathan Schanzer, formerly a terror finance analyst at the Treasure Department, wrote that in order to fight Hezbollah's narcotics empire in the Western Hemisphere, President Donald Trump first needs to appoint a new chief for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) who understands "the growing convergence between transnational organized crime and terrorist groups like Hezbollah.”

Once the agency has a new qualified leader, the DEA must be directed to "[fight] narco-terrorism abroad," and supported to carry out this mission. The drug problem in the U.S. should be the jurisdiction of local law enforcement.

Once the DEA is positioned to fight Hezbollah's drug trafficking, Schanzer argued that the Treasury Department should name Hezbollah a Transnational Criminal Organization, which would subject it to a wider range of economic sanctions.

The last step Schanzer recommends is to hold Congressional hearings to learn exactly why the program that fought Hezbollah's drug trafficking was ended. If Project Cassandra was ended to enable the nuclear deal with Iran, Schanzer observed, "exposing Americans to Hezbollah’s cocaine traffic hardly seems like a good tradeoff."

Israeli Traffic Management Technology Makes Commutes Safer, Faster

Speed limits, crashes and bumper-to-bumper traffic may become a thing of the past (or at least less of an annoyance) thanks to Israeli technology.

A startup called Waycare is helping to put the smarts into smart cities by monitoring everything to do with traffic flow – traffic lights, road sensors, security cameras and data sent from connected cars. Waycare consolidates and makes sense of all that data for a city’s traffic management center.

The company recently announced a $2.3 million seed round and a pilot program in Las Vegas. The results could make commuting a lot more efficient and – more importantly – safe.

“Fixed speed limits are kind of dumb,” Waycare’s CEO Noam Maital tells ISRAEL21c. Speed limits could be variable depending on both real-time and historical data on a particular segment of road.

How about accidents? Cities already know where and when fender-benders are most likely, but police are dispatched only reactively, Maital points out. What if first-responders could be deployed before incidents develop?

Waycare technology breaks each day into two-hour segments. “We look at where traffic incidents are most likely to occur in that two-hour timeframe to shift the traffic management center from reactive to proactive,” Maital says. Waycare automatically and manually provides prompts for operator intervention.

"By networking data from the many traffic cameras already in place, a traffic-control center can see what’s happening before police and ambulances arrive in case of an accident. “That way, they’re not arriving blindly. They know what to bring,” Maital explains.

(via Israel21c)

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