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The Daily TIP: Netanyahu Says, "I Will Never Stop Advocating for Peace with The Iranian people"

Posted by Tip Staff - June 27, 2018

Netanyahu Says, "I Will Never Stop Advocating for Peace with The Iranian people"
U.S. Army Announces $193 Million Contract to Buy Defensive Systems for Tanks from Israel
Thousands Forced to Shelters as Hamas Fires at Least 13 Rockets Into Israel
Israeli Startup Extends Driving Range of Trucks by Using Submarine Technology


Netanyahu Says, "I Will Never Stop Advocating for Peace with The Iranian people"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has once again reached out to the Iranian people using social media. In a World Cup-themed video, Netanyahu compared the courage displayed by the Iranian World Cup team in defending against Portuguese star Ronaldo, to the courage of those Iranians protesting the regime.

Netanyahu was referring to one of the most talked about moments of the ongoing World Cup tournament, when Iran’s goalkeeper, Alireza Beiranvand, blocked a penalty shot by Portugal’s star, Cristiano Ronaldo, who rarely misses such kicks.

Netanyahu asked, “Can you imagine what would happen if the Iranian government, instead of wasting your money in Syria, in Yemen and unnecessary wars in the Middle East, would start investing it in solving these problems in Iran?”

Because of his respect for the courage of the Iranian people, Netanyahu explained, Israel “opened a Farsi Telegram group to teach water conservation to Iranian farmers,” referring to his appeal to Iranians two weeks ago.

The prime minister added, “I’ll never stop advocating for peace with the Iranian people.” He also expressed his hope that one day he will be able to watch the Israeli soccer team play the Iranian team in a “free Tehran.”

It is not clear to what degree Netanyahu’s earlier appeal has had an effect on ordinary Iranians, but shortly after he posted his video, Israel’s foreign ministry reported that there was a social media campaign in Iran using the hashtag #WeStandWithIsrael.

U.S. Army Announces $193 Million Contract to Buy Defensive Systems for Tanks from Israel

Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd announced Tuesday a contract worth over $193 million to supply its TROPHY missile defense system to the United States Army, The Times of Israel reported.

The TROPHY, developed by Rafael and the Israel Aircraft Industries’ Elta Group, is designed to protect tanks and other armored vehicles from missiles, rockets, and projectiles. The system is the only active defense system for armored vehicles in the world.

The deal was signed between Rafael and U.S.-based defense contractor Leonardo DRS, which will supply the American military with the systems, to be installed on the M1 Abrams battle tank.

The system was declared operational in 2009 and consists of a radar detection system that identifies incoming missiles and predicts their trajectories. The pellets explode the projectile before it reaches its target.

The TROPHY is installed on hundreds of ground combat platforms in the IDF, including Merkava Marks 3 and 4, as well as the Namer armored personnel carriers. Rafael has also signed supply contracts for an additional 1,000 IDF platforms.

At a conference, an official from the U.S. military said they were impressed by the system’s capabilities from live-fire testing on an Abrams tank equipped with the TROPHY. “I tried to kill the Abrams tank 48 times and failed,” said U.S. Army Col. Glenn Dean.

Since its first battlefield interception in March 2011, TROPHY has proven itself numerous times, especially during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. Though vehicles sustained damage, no tanks were destroyed in the fighting.



Thousands Forced to Shelters as Hamas Fires at Least 13 Rockets Into Israel

Following an IDF airstrike in Gaza, Hamas launched at least 13 rockets into Israel overnight prompting thousands in southern Israel to seek shelter, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday.

The Israeli airstrike targeted the car of one of the leaders of a cell that has been launching incendiary kites and other devices into Israel. Israeli aircraft also targeted two other Hamas outposts in the Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported.

The IDF has recently adopted a strategy of targeting Hamas assets in retaliation for arson attacks carried out by Hamas terrorists using kites and balloons. The goal, according to the Times, is to compel Hamas "which rules the coastal enclave, to stop launching the arson devices and to force others in the Strip to abandon the tactic as well."

However Hamas, after its rocket attacks, said that "bombings will be answered with bombings."

The rockets set off alarms in the border regions of Eshkol, Sha’ar Hanegev, Sdot Negev and Hof Ashkelon. At least three of the rockets were reported intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome defense system. No injuries or damage was reported in Israel.

Twice last week Hamas launched rocket attacks after Israel retaliated for airborne arson attacks.

The arson attacks, which have been carried out suing kites, balloons, and even latex condoms, have "burned thousands of acres of farmland, parks and forests" in southern Israel.

In a statement following the rocket attacks, the IDF said that Hamas "would pay the price for the terror and the instability.”



Israeli Startup Extends Driving Range of Trucks by Using Submarine Technology

Submarines and electric battery-powered trucks might seem as odd a mix as water and oil, but the connection runs deep and Israeli. British-Israeli firm Tevva has figured out how to use electric battery technology originally developed to power submarines in its eco-friendly trucks.

Investors are now taking notice big time. The Indian auto component giant Bharat Forge has made a $13 million investment in the company with the hopes of not only getting electric trucks on the British roads but bringing the concept to India as well.

Tevva was founded by Asher Bennett, 49, who served in the Israeli navy and took note of how Israel’s submarines were being powered during long missions at sea.

Tevva has turned that know-how into a combination of an onboard generator, a 74 kwh battery and a small internal combustion engine. It creates what Bennett calls “the greenest trucks… around the globe.”

The tech mashup, which uses the generator to recharge the battery while the truck is in motion, gives Tevva’s electric trucks “a game-changing unlimited range.”

A Tevva battery can last for 160 kilometers (100 miles) on its own; with the range extender, that goes up to 600 kilometers (375 miles) – an important consideration given that many trucks travel for 10-12 hours a day.

Tevva has its own software called PREMS (Predictive Range Extender Management System), which ensures that only a vehicle’s electric drive will be turned on when the truck is traveling in low carbon zones and through city centers.

(via Israel21c)


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