VFI News February 11, 2022
Israel Earthquake Warning & IDF drills for winter war with Hezbollah
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- 00:58 - IDF drills for winter war with Hezbollah
- 02:41 - Iran unveils new missile designated for Jewish Oasis
- 04:36 - Israeli police hacked phones to target Netanyahu
- 07:29 - Biden unfreezes $29 Billion for Iranian Regime
- 09:28 - Congressman wants Israel to be narrower than his own district
- 11:52 - Israel gets new earthquake warning system
- 13:09 - Expiration date for Pfizer’s shots extended by 2 weeks
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IDF Drills for a Winter War with Hezbollah
In the middle of two harsh winter storms, the IDF’s 74th Armored Battalion conducted a large-scale drill and significantly improved its ability to go to war against Hezbollah.
The five-day exercise saw troops simulate combat against the Iran-backed terror group after a three-month training period in the Golan. The drill saw them practice combat methods in rocky terrain and in urban centers where soldiers will have to battle the group.
“The drill was long and complicated, with a number of technical operations that we worked on,” said Lt.-Col. Ofer Tchorz, commander of the 74th battalion, a part of the 188th Armored Brigade.
The challenges posed by the Israeli winter such as cold temperatures and rain, as well as challenges posed by the communication between maneuvering units are a central part of the drill that troops are training on.
“The summer doesn’t influence tanks, but winter takes the drill to the next level,” he said, explaining that some of the tanks got stuck in the mud during the drill, needing to be removed by engineering platforms.
Having to carry out the drill during bad weather showed troops how to deal with the added challenges posed by such conditions should war break out with Hezbollah in the winter, Tchorz explained.
“We are preparing for war with Hezbollah in all weather conditions.”
Hezbollah has been described by senior military officers as the strongest army in the Middle East after the IDF. (JPost / VFI News)
“God, we ask that You protect Israel, its army, and those who work to defend it from evil.”
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Iran Unveils New Missile Named for Jewish Oasis
Iran unveiled a new domestically-made missile with a range of 1,450 kilometers on Wednesday, February 9, state TV reported, a day after Tehran and Washington resumed indirect talks to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal.
Iran, which has one of the biggest missile programs in the Middle East, says its ballistic missiles have a range of up to 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and are capable of reaching its arch-foe Israel and US bases in the region.
State TV displayed the new surface-to-surface "Khaybar Shekan" (Khaybar buster) missile, which refers to an ancient Jewish oasis called Khaybar in the Arabian Peninsula's Hijaz region that was overrun by Muslim warriors in the 7th century.
"This long-range missile is domestically manufactured by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)... It has high accuracy and is propelled by solid fuel and is capable of penetrating missile shields," Iranian state media reported.
Tehran regards its missile program as an important deterrent against the United States, Israel, and other adversaries. It has rejected Western demands to halt its ballistic missile work.
"Iran will continue advancing its ballistic missile program," Iran's armed forces chief of staff Maj.-Gen. Mohammad Bagheri said at a ceremony at an IRGC base where the new missile was displayed. (JPost / VFI News)
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. - Ephesians 6:11
Thousands of Palestinians Demonstrate in Hebron Against Chaos, High Prices
Holding signs reading: “We want to live, no to high prices,” thousands of angry Palestinians demonstrated in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Sunday and Monday, February 6 & 7, against high prices and the security chaos. In addition, dozens of truck owners and drivers organized a convoy protest in the center of Hebron demanding the Palestinian Authority government reduce prices and taxes, and provide security to end the recent uptick in lawlessness and the state of chaos in the city.
Other areas of the West Bank witnessed similar protests, called for by labor unions.
Protesters chanted slogans calling for "the fall of the government and the governor of Hebron."
Since the beginning of the month, prices in the West Bank increased significantly, affecting dozens of food products, essential commodities, electricity, and fuel.
The current tension is not new to the largest Palestinian city, where tribal order rules and the PA security forces have had difficulty reining in the violence. The past few days have seen a surge in violence in the city, but the city has been simmering and on the verge of boiling over for more than a year.
Meanwhile, last week several Palestinian businesses hiked the prices of their products, putting substantial pressure on the PA, which forced the businesses to reverse their decision. Public pressure also led to the decision by businesses to cancel the price hikes.
Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh announced the formation of a committee to study and follow up on the issue of price increases in local markets. Shtayyeh stressed that the government "will not abandon the poor and low-income groups by controlling the prices of basic commodities," insisting that the government will take the necessary measures to protect those with limited income. (JPost / VFI News)
A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge. - Proverbs 29:7
Israeli Police Hacked Phones to Target Netanyahu; Evidence Would Be Inadmissible in U.S. Courts
The trial of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has revealed in recent days that police hacked the phones of close aides to Netanyahu without authority — which would, in the U.S., make the resulting evidence inadmissible in court.
Netanyahu is on trial for corruption in a case that his allies say reflects an effort by Israel’s left-wing legal fraternity to target him. He is accused of attempting to negotiate with a newspaper for better coverage; accepting unauthorized gifts, such as cigars, from a friend; and for interference in a telecommunications deal. The charges are considered flimsy and politically motivated; supporters of the case against Netanyahu argue they are a test of Israel’s ability to hold politicians accountable.
During the trial, it emerged that Israeli police used illicit spyware to target Netanyahu aides who were turned into state witnesses.
The alleged hacking is linked to a broader scandal in which an Israeli company is alleged to have sold spyware to foreign governments. As Politico noted Sunday, February 5, there have also been revelations that the spyware was used to spy on Israeli citizens.
The hacking may have affected more than one witness — and information gained in the hacking may have been used by police to force witnesses to turn against Netanyahu.
Leaks about the allegations against Netanyahu were used in several elections and played a role in his eventual replacement in last year’s election — even though his Likud Party received more votes than any other.
Netanyahu tweeted that the revelations were an “earthquake,” and there are growing calls for an inquiry into whether Israel’s law enforcement apparatus violated the law and civil liberties in an attempt to bring down the prime minister.
In the U.S., evidence obtained without legal authority is inadmissible at a criminal trial as the “fruit of the poisonous tree.” If the evidence that is excluded is important enough to the prosecution’s case, the charges may be dismissed entirely.
Other methods used to encourage witnesses to turn against Netanyahu have shocked the public.
“God, we ask that You call all politicians and leaders to be honest, honorable, and fair.”
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Iran ‘Society Set to Explode’ While Biden Unfreezes $29 Billion for Regime
A hacktivist organization has revealed a highly sensitive Iran Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) document that asserts Iranian “society is in a state of explosion” because of the crippling sanctions imposed on the nation due to its illicit nuclear program.
The US government news organization Radio Farda obtained the document from Edalat-e Ali (Ali’s Justice), the whistleblower entity that has also secured confidential documents and video footage about the torture of Iranian prisoners, wrote Farda.
According to Radio Farda’s Golnaz Esfandiari, who authored the exclusive article, “the document covers a meeting with IRGC’s intelligence wing and quotes an official named “Mohammadi” saying that Iran’s “society is in a state of explosion.”
Mohammadi added that “social discontent has risen by 300% in the past year.”
The official noted that “several shocks” in recent months have “shaken public trust” in the regime of President Ebrahim Raisi, who is listed as a US-sanctioned person for his role in several mass murders, including the massacre of at least 5,000 Iranian political prisoners in 1988.
Radio Farda reported that “Mohammadi referred to soaring inflation, including hikes in the price of food items, energy, and cars. He also noted the sharp declines in stock prices.”
“The leaked document includes notes from a November 2021 task-force meeting chaired by Brig.-Gen. Hossein Nejat, a senior IRGC commander and deputy head of Sarallah, a key IRGC base that oversees security in Tehran,” the station said. (JPost / VFI News)
A Congressman Who Wants Israel to be Narrower than his District
A Michigan congressman is complaining that he is being subjected to “ad hominem attacks” because his pro-Palestinian positions have been criticized. But there’s nothing ad hominem about pointing out that this congressman wants to reduce Israel to a size that will be barely one-third the width of his own congressional district.
The congressman in question is Andy Levin of Michigan, who is closely associated with J Street and advocates forcing Israel back to the nine-miles-wide pre-1967 armistice lines.
In fact, Levin is so deeply devoted to making Israel just nine miles wide, that he is the lead sponsor on a bill called the “Two-State Solution Act.” The bill demands the creation of a Palestinian Arab state next to Israel, in what he calls “the occupied Palestinian Territories.”
Sec.5 (a) of the Levin bill defines those territories as “the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza.”
Those are the areas that Israel captured in the 1967 war (Six-Day War) which means that if the state of Palestine is established, Israel will return to being nine miles wide at a point a few miles above Tel Aviv, as it was prior to 1967.
By way of comparison, Rep. Levin’s district, the 9th Congressional District of Michigan, is about 25 miles wide. His district is in a suburb of Detroit, which is about 45 miles wide. (INN / VFI News)
“God, we ask that You protect Israel from all who wish to harm it.”
Israel Gets New Earthquake Warning System, Sends Alert Within Seconds of First Tremor
Earthquake experts at the Geological Survey of Israel on Monday, February 7, unveiled cutting-edge technology capable of sensing the first sign of an earthquake and having the Home Front Command send out an alert within 10 seconds.
Called TRUAA, and based on a system developed at Berkley University in California, which went live in 2019, the new NIS 45 million ($14 million) national earthquake early warning system puts Israel on a par with a small number of other nations such as the US, Taiwan, and Japan.
Israel is located on the seismically active Syrian-African Rift Valley and being so small, most of its residents are exposed to the risk of earthquake damage.
Earthquake drills took place on Monday in various locations after several tremors were felt in Israel over the past month.
Prof. Zohar Gvirtzman, director of the Geological Survey, told a press briefing that current technology cannot yet predict the location, timing, or strength of an earthquake. But, by picking up the initial, weaker tremor that precedes a stronger one, it can get the information out quickly in the hope that as many Israelis as possible within range will have enough time to seek protection. (TOI / VFI News)
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” - Psalm 91:1-2
Expiration Date for Israel's Pfizer Shots Extended by Two Weeks
The expiration date for the Pfizer shots currently in Israel's possession has been extended by two weeks.
According to a report, Health Clinics were notified of the extension on Thursday, February 3. The original expiration date was supposed to be this coming Wednesday, February 9.
The extension concerns some unused 250,000 shots which would otherwise be "thrown in the trash," amid a dramatic decline in demand for the shots in recent weeks, the report said.
Senior Health Clinic officials told Channel 12 that "the health ministry is no longer doing enough to encourage vaccination. We, ourselves, are trying in the clinics, but it is not enough. It is painful to see the vaccination complexes empty, with nobody coming."(INN / VFI News)
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. - 3 John 1:2
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