Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 | Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the commander of Iran’s Basij militia, said in an interview that “erasing Israel off the map” is “non-negotiable,” The Times of Israel reported yesterday.
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 | Yesterday the IDF Spokesman’s Office released a series of pictures of the Israel Navy’s newest submarine the INS Tanin—“Tanin,” in Hebrew, means crocodile. The “Tanin,” manufactured in Germany, is the latest state-of-the-art submarine to join the Israeli navy and it is currently the largest and most expensive piece of equipment in the IDF.
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 | For the first time in Israel since 2007, the Home Front Command and the Planning Directorate have drafted a new "reference scenario", visualizing a potential Third Lebanon War that includes an average of 1,200 rockets per day launched from Lebanon and hundreds of Israelis dying over the course of the battle.
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 | The Palestinian Authority (PA), whose leaders say they are planning to file "war crimes" charges against Israel over its last war with Hamas, is now calling on Arab countries to launch a military strike against the Gaza Strip, similar to the Saudi-led campaign against Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 | Today is d-day. The stroke of midnight tonight marks the deadline for a highly contentious framework deal over Iran’s nuclear program. On the one side of the negotiation table sits the P5+1, the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany. The role of these world powers is to negotiate an agreement that would allay the West’s fears that Tehran’s nuclear industry is a pretext to arm the Islamic Republic with atomic weapons. On the other side of the table sits Iran. Adamant that its nuclear activities are solely for peaceful, civilian purposes, it seeks an end to the international sanctions crippling the country’s economy.
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 | The minute or two during which the passport control official at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport scrutinized my foreign passport felt like an eternity. He didn't look me in the eye; he didn't smile; and he didn't say what he was looking for. And then he suddenly stood up and walked over to consult with a second official at another counter.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | Just prior to last week’s elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was no longer willing to facilitate the creation of a Palestinian state, which in its current form would pose a severe threat to Israel.
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 | As the atmosphere intensifies in the northern region, the IDF does not sit still. The Givati Brigade, which generally specialized in the southern region and fighting in Gaza, recently completed a training exercise to prepare the soldiers for combat in the northern region. Here is an inside look into the IDF’s preparation for fighting against Hezbollah, the differences between combat in the northern region versus the southern region and the training process soldiers go through before operational employment in the north.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Monday, 30 March 2015 | The framework agreement currently taking shape in Lausanne, Switzerland is “extremely dangerous,” Brigadier General (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, former chief of the research division in IDF Military Intelligence and former Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs, said Sunday in a conference call hosted by The Israel Project. The Israel Project publishes The Tower.