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The Daily TIP: U.S., U.K., and France Launch Coordinated Attack against Syrian Chemical Weapons Facilities

Posted by Tip Staff - April 16, 2018

U.S., U.K., and France Launch Coordinated Attack against Syrian Chemical Weapons Facilities
Following Destruction of Hamas Terror Tunnel, Israel Reveals Secret of Underground Defense
Anti-Israel Rocker Roger Waters Blasted for Citing Russian Propaganda in Defense of Assad
Memorial for Fallen Israeli Soldiers Opened to the Public

U.S., U.K., and France Launch Coordinated Attack against Syrian Chemical Weapons Facilities

The United States, United Kingdom and France launched more than 100 missiles on Friday night against what they say were Syrian chemical weapons facilities in response to a chemical weapons attack in Douma, near Damascus, a week ago, the BBC reported on Saturday.

The Pentagon said the strikes, which began at 4am Syrian time (9pm EST), involved planes and ship-launched missiles and destroyed three targets: a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs, another storage site and command post nearby, and a scientific research center in Damascus.

The White House said it had overwhelming evidence that the Assad regime used chemical weapons and deployed sarin gas against Douma’s civilian population. The evidence was detailed in a briefing released by the White House on April 13. France’s President, Emmanuel Macron, had said the previous day France has "proof" that the Syrian regime attacked Douma with poison gas.

In an interview with BBC Radio on Monday, The Israel Project's Senior Fellow Julie Lenarz said that “Assad doesn’t exist in a vacuum” and is kept alive by Russia and Iran. She said with the deadline approaching on May 12, to fix or nix the nuclear deal with Iran, “we have an opportunity right here to cut one of the Assad regime’s essential life lines.”

Iran financially and militarily underwrites the Assad regime. Financially, Iran has provided the regime with financial support totaling at least $6 billion annually through mid-2015. Militarily, Iran had between 6,500 and 9,200 personnel stationed in Syria by April 2016.

Following Destruction of Hamas Terror Tunnel, Israel Reveals Secret of Underground Defense

Following the discovery and destruction of the longest and deepest terror tunnel extending into Israeli territory, over the weekend, the IDF revealed a new "laboratory," where it employs advanced technology to detect tunnels, The Times of Israel reported Sunday. The tunnel was the fifth detected and destroyed in recent months.

The laboratory, which is run by Captain B, who has a background in both electrical engineering and chemistry, has been responsible for locating and destroying five terror tunnels in recent months.

The most recently discovered tunnel was deemed "ready for use" by the IDF, and because it was part of a system of tunnels, potentially could have been used by a large number of terrorists to infiltrate Israel, according to an Israeli news report.

Some military sources hypothesized that the recent Hamas-led riots in the area were orchestrated to divert attention from the tunnels, reflecting the terror group's complete military and political control of Gaza. According to the news report, Hamas has switched to riots following the successful deployment of Iron Dome to negate the threat of rockets, and the laboratory, which has been thwarting Hamas's attempts to launch an underground raid against Israel.

The IDF plans to have sensors deployed all around the perimeter of Gaza by the end of next year. Israel's defense system to protect against infiltrations from Gaza, which will include both above ground and underground barriers, is estimated to cost some $3.5 billion.

Anti-Israel Rocker Roger Waters Blasted for Citing Russian Propaganda in Defense of Assad

Pink Floyd founder, Roger Waters, a vocal advocate for boycotts of Israel, came under heavy criticism for promoting "Russian propaganda" after asserting that the rescue organization, White Helmets, that operates in Syria, were "fake" and encouraged terrorists, The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday.

In a video posted by a group called Hands Off Syria, Waters spoke of an audience member who wanted to come up on stage and speak about the chemical weapons that had been used by the regime of Bashar al-Assad against civilians earlier this month in the Damascus suburb of Douma.

“He is one voice, I personally think he is entirely wrong, I believe the organization that he purports to represent and who he supports, the White Helmets, are a fake organization that is creating propaganda for jihadists and terrorists, that’s what I believe," Waters said. 

A website, The New Arab, noted that "Russia, one of the main backers of the Syrian regime, has claimed the attack was faked by the White Helmets - on orders from the British government." Russia also has denied that the attack had even taken place.

Waters is known for pressuring other artists from performing in Israel. Most like Nick Cave of the Bad Seeds, defy the pressure. Cave said of performing in Israel last year, "It suddenly became very important to make a stand, to me, against those people who are trying to shut down musicians, to bully musicians, to censor musicians and to silence musicians.”

Acclaimed filmmaker Ian Halperin, who produced a documentary about Water's campaign to isolate Israel last year,  characterized the musician's efforts to boycott Israel as "anti-Semitic," and described the efforts as "deplorable, baseless and unfounded."

Memorial for Fallen Israeli Soldiers Opened to the Public

From its unimposing exterior, one might be surprised to learn that what lies underground at the site of the new Memorial Hall of Israel’s Fallen is an architectural masterpiece. The emotionally impactful memorial, set atop the historic Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, was designed and constructed by Kimmel Eshkolot Architects to commemorate members of Israel’s security services killed in the line of duty.

The hall, commissioned by Israel’s Department of Families, Commemoration and Heritage, was inaugurated in late 2017 but it wasn’t open to the public until recently. Now, visitors can experience the memorial with public tours and follow along with a video app that takes them through the stories of the fallen and the uniquely designed site.

At the center of the memorial, intended to be both a collective and personal experience, is a 250-meter “Wall of Names” composed of 23,000 commemorative bricks, each individually engraved with the name of a fallen soldier and date of death.

The memorial hall’s unassuming exterior follows the topography of the mountain with curves of light Jerusalem stone echoing the stone texture of the adjacent Mount Herzl, Israel’s national cemetery.

The Memorial Hall of Israel’s Fallen is one of 62 projects around the world in the running for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ 2018 international prize for world’s best new building.

The biennial prize will be awarded in December 2018, for only the second time. The Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología in Lima, Peru was the first winner in 2016.

(via Israel21c)

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