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The Daily TIP: U.S. Deploys State-of-the-Art Missile Defense System in Israel, Prepares for Joint Exercises with IDF

Posted by Tip Staff - March 04, 2019

U.S. Deploys State-of-the-Art Missile Defense System in Israel, Prepares for Joint Exercises with IDF
Netanyahu Praises May over UK Hezbollah Ban
Rep. Omar Again Sparks Controversy Using Anti-Semitic Dual Loyalty Smear
Israeli Company Developing Water-Based Battery Alternative

U.S. Deploys State-of-the-Art Missile Defense System in Israel, Prepares for Joint Exercises with IDF

The United States has deployed a state-of-the-art missile defense system in Israel, ahead of joint training exercises in the use of the system, The Jerusalem Post reported Monday.

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) is being deployed by the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) "as a demonstration of the United States’ continued commitment to Israel's regional security," according to a statement released by the command.

According to the IDF, the unprecedented deployment of the advanced anti-missile system will afford Israel the opportunity to "practice rapid deployment across the globe of complex systems, and to enhance cooperation with the IAF’s Air Defense Systems." The joint drill, according to the statement, gives the IDF an opportunity to work in "cooperation with US forces in order to enhance coordination between the two militaries and to strengthen the ability to defend Israeli airspace.”

During the drill, THAAD will be coordinated with other elements of Israel's anti-missile systems, allowing Israel the "opportunity to practice its integration in the IAF Air Defense Array.”

Israel possesses a multi-tiered air defense system to counter varied threats, including defending itself against short-range, mid-range and long-range missiles that can be fired from Gaza, Syria, Lebanon, and even Iran. Among the components of Israel’s air-defense system are Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Arrow-2, and Arrow-3. Arrow-3 is designed to defend against missiles in space.

Each component of Israel’s air defense system is produced with significant financial assistance from the U.S. In exchange, U.S. companies get a share of the work in developing the systems.

Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis said that the THAAD system will be deployed at the Nevatim airbase in southern Israel and that some 200 U.S. troops will participate in the drill.

The THAAD system is part of the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), and is based in Fort Bliss, Texas.

Read more at The Tower.

Netanyahu Praises May over UK Hezbollah Ban

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Britain on Monday for designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization in its entirety and thanked his British counterpart Theresa May for her country’s leadership in the fight against anti-Semitism, JNS reported.

A statement from Netanyahu’s office said the prime minister told May in a phone call that, with its ban of Hezbollah, Britain had set an important example for other nations to follow. Netanyahu also expressed gratitude for Britain’s “strong stand against anti-Semitism,” in addition to applauding a free-trade pact made between the two nations.

The British Home office announced last week that it would ban all of Hezbollah, adding the so-called “political wing” of the Iranian-sponsored group to its list of proscribed terrorist organizations. Being a member of or inviting support for Hezbollah is now a criminal offense, carrying a sentence of up to ten years in prison.

“Hezbollah is continuing in its attempts to destabilize the fragile situation in the Middle East, and we are no longer able to distinguish between their already banned military wing and the political party,” British Home Secretary Sajid Javid said in a statement on February 25.

“We are staunch supporters of a stable and prosperous Lebanon. We cannot, however, be complacent when it comes to terrorism. it is clear the distinction between Hezbollah’s military and political wings does not exist, and by proscribing Hezbollah in all its forms, the government is sending a clear signal that its destabilising activities in the region are totally unacceptable and detrimental to the UK’s national security,” added British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Hezbollah is already deemed a terrorist organization by the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and the Arab League.

Read more at The Tower.

Rep. Omar Again Sparks Controversy Using Anti-Semitic Dual Loyalty Smear

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D - Minn.) has again sparked controversy by employing the classic anti-Semitic trope of accusing Jews of dual loyalty, the New York Post reported Sunday.

The controversy followed an exchange with Omar's Jewish colleague, Rep. Nita Lowey (D - N.Y.), who had defended Omar over a poster that tied the freshman representative to the 9/11 terror attack.

"Gross islamophobic stereotypes - like those about @IlhanMN recently featured on posters in WVA - are offensive and have no place in political discourse. Anti-Semitic tropes that accuse Jews of dual loyalty are equally painful and must also be roundly condemned," Lowey had tweeted on Saturday. Lowey, however, continued, "Lawmakers must be able to debate w/o prejudice or bigotry. I am saddened that Rep. Omar continues to mischaracterize support for Israel. I urge her to retract this statement and engage in further dialogue with the Jewish community on why these comments are so hurtful."

Instead of apologizing or even acknowledging Lowey's support, Omar doubled down, responding, "Our democracy is built on debate, Congresswoman! I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee. The people of the 5th elected me to serve their interest. I am sure we agree on that!"

"No member of Congress is asked to swear allegiance to another country," Lowey corrected Omar. "Throughout history, Jews have been accused of dual loyalty, leading to discrimination and violence, which is why these accusations are so hurtful."

Last week at a forum in Washington D.C., Omar said, "So for me, I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country.”

Read more at The Tower.

Israeli Company Developing Water-Based Battery Alternative

Australian-Israeli startup Electriq~Global and Dutch company Eleqtec have entered into an agreement to launch Electriq~Global’s water-based fuel technology in The Netherlands, where the market is moving to adopt zero-emission mobility solutions.

Together they plan to launch Electriq~Fuel’s recycling plants, and introduce eMobility applications for trucks, barges and mobile generators.

Comprised of 60 percent water, Electriq~Fuel is a cost-efficient alternative to batteries and compressed hydrogen. The energy density potential of the technology is up to 15 times that of electric batteries currently used in electric vehicles.

The Electriq-Eleqtec partnership is already in advanced commercialization negotiations with leading Dutch companies. Several demonstration and prototyping projects are expected to be launched in 2020.

Electriq~Global CEO Guy N. Michrowski commented: “Electriq~Global is excited to bring our safe, zero-emission, recyclable fuel to the Dutch market. With Eleqtec’s support, we expect first products based on our technology, made by Dutch partners, delivered in 2020.”

Eleqtec Chairman Mecx Kooij said that Electriq~Global’s technology “is the link that the sustainable economy was missing, and joining forces with Electriq in bringing it to fruition is highly motivating. Our solution solves issues with regard to storage and transport of energy, supports current initiatives and introduces a cost-efficient fuel.”

Electriq~Global was founded in 2014 following breakthroughs in water-based fuel technology by its founder, Alex Silberman. Supported by the Israeli government’s incubator program, the startup is funded by investors and is now partnering to roll out its technology globally.

(via Israel21c)

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