Alon Ben David

Alon Ben David
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Israel Deploying New Iron Dome Batteries 

TEL AVIV — Disappointed with the delay in the U.S. decision to launch a strike against the Syrian regime, Israel is bracing for possible consequences. The Israel Air Force (IAF) was placed on high alert, took delivery of a sixth counter-rocket Iron Dome system and is preparing to deploy a seventh.

“Israelis should carry on with their daily routine,” declared Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but at the same time he allowed the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to draft an additional 1,000 reserve servicemen, mostly from the Air Defense Corps.

U.S., Israel Flight Test Ballistic Target 

TEL AVIV — Amid rising tension in the Middle East, Israel and the U.S. tested a ballistic target, alarming Russia’s warning systems.

Scheduled in advance, the Israeli Missile Defense Organization and U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) test-launched a new generation of ballistic target dubbed “Silver Sparrow” on Sept. 3. Developed by Israeli defense company Rafael, the target simulates a 1,500-km (930-mi.) range ballistic missile, similar to the Iranian Shehab 3.

Israel Deploys New Iron Dome Batteries
Disappointed with the delay in the U.S. decision to launch a strike against the Syrian regime, Israel is bracing for possible consequences.
U.S., Israel Test Ballistic Target 
TEL AVIV - Scheduled in advance, the Israeli Missile Defense Organization and U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) test-launched a new generation of ballistic target dubbed “Silver Sparrow” on Sept. 3.
Drone Attack Strains Israel-Egypt Ties 

In what appears to be a major challenge to the Israel-Egypt peace treaty, a recent Israeli-launched drone strike against suspected terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula breached Egyptian sovereignty for the first time since the 1979 accord.

The strike occurred in the midst of a sensitive time for the Egyptian army; it is still clashing with supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood movement—more than a month after Egyptian top brass deposed the movement from power. The two nations have tried to deny that the Aug. 9 strike took place.

Israel Selling Surplus Fighters, Helos 

TEL AVIV — Undergoing a major force reduction, Israel is holding a garage sale. Fighter aircraft, helicopters, transport aircraft, tanks and missile boats may have helped build the nation’s military legacy, but now the military is ready to sell them off.

Israel Among Leading Arms Exporters In 2012
The tiny nation plays in the big leagues of defense exporters
Israel to Sell Surplus Fighters, Helos 
TEL AVIV - Undergoing a major force reduction, Israel is holding a garage sale. Fighter aircraft, helicopters, transport aircraft, tanks and missile boats may have helped build the nation’s military legacy, but now the military is ready to sell them off. (Photo: IDF)
IDF Changes Force Strategy To Stay Relevant
Budget cuts, strategy shift prompt massive Israeli force reductions
Israel Tests Enhanced Ballistic Missile
Launches nuclear-capable Jericho III
Israeli Defense Exports Jump by 30% In 2012
Israel’s defense exports soared to a record of $7.47 billion in 2012
Israeli Defense Exports Increase by 30% In 2012 
TEL AVIV - Surprisingly, Israel’s Iron Dome counter-rocket system, which scored remarkable results during recent conflicts between Israel and Gaza, has not translated its combat success into sales. (Iron Dome Photo: Landov)
Israel Tests Jericho III Missile 

TEL AVIV — Under a veil of secrecy, Israel test-fired a ballistic missile believed to be an improved version of the nuclear-capable Jericho III on July 12.

Israeli defense sources say that the test was “highly successful.” The missile was launched from the missile test center at Palmachim Air Force base, south of Tel Aviv, into an unknown range westbound, and landed in the Mediterranean. The launch of the heavy missile was clearly visible throughout Israel’s southern Mediterranean coast.

Israel Tests Jericho III Ballistic Missile 
TEL AVIV - Under a veil of secrecy, Israel test-fired a ballistic missile believed to be an improved version of the nuclear-capable Jericho III on July 12.
Budget Cuts Prompt Deepest Reductions In Israeli Military History 

TEL AVIV — Despite ongoing political upheaval in the Middle East, Israel is launching the most drastic cut to its armed forces to date.

The Israel Defense Force (IDF) has presented a plan to downsize its ground, air and naval forces, cutting units, platforms and personnel, and may face another round of reductions.

“It’s a revolutionary plan,” said Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. “In a few years we will see a different IDF.”

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