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Oct 30, 2012

Lockheed cites good reports on night flights of F-35 helmet

HERZLIYA, Israel, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp
said on Tuesday that it was making progress on resolving
technical issues facing the cutting-edge helmet being developed
for use by F-35 fighter pilots, and it cited positive initial
reports from night flight tests of the system.

Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President Tom Burbage said
that night vision performance was the “only real question” left
on the helmet, which was designed by a joint venture of Rockwell
Collins Inc and Israel’s Elbit Systems to
display all the information F-35 pilots need to fly the plane.

Oct 29, 2012

Israel to limit cluster bombs in possible war with Hezbollah

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israel would use a lot fewer cluster munitions in any future war with Hezbollah than it did in their 2006 conflict, even though it would go into southern Lebanon earlier and harder, a senior Israeli military officer said on Monday.

The disclosure confirms Israel already has detailed planning for an offensive aiming to avoid some controversial tactics used in the 34-day push against the Iranian-backed guerrillas.

Oct 26, 2012

Netanyahu’s hard-right alliance could backfire in ballot

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tie-up with far-right coalition partner Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman could backfire by eroding their lead ahead of Israel’s January 22 ballot, a poll said on Friday.

The findings flew in the face of Netanyahu’s prediction that, by merging with his fiery rival for nationalist votes, he would muster a “big, cohesive force” of support for winning a third term as premier.

Oct 25, 2012

Israel’s Netanyahu, Lieberman merge parties for ballot

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday he was merging his Likud party with that of his ultra nationalist coalition ally Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in a hard-right tack ahead of Israel’s January 22 election.

Though the conservative Likud already led opinion polls, its joint list with Lieberman’s Israel Beiteinu (“Israel is Our Home”) could win over wavering voters for a ballot sweep that Netanyahu saw empowering him to push through major policies.

Oct 25, 2012

Sudan: a front for Israel’s proxy war on Sinai jihadis?

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – If Israel bombed a Sudanese munitions factory, as Khartoum alleges, the raid was part of its widening proxy war against Islamist militants in neighboring Egypt which the Jewish state is reluctant to confront directly.

A huge explosion ripped through the factory near the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Tuesday, killing two people, with Sudan swiftly accusing Israel of sending four military planes to take out the complex.

Oct 25, 2012

Israel’s Netanyahu, ally Lieberman merge parties

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main coalition partner, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, plan to merge their right-wing parties ahead of Israel’s January 22 election, a cabinet minister said on Thursday.

“The fact they reached agreement should be welcomed by all of us,” Environment Minister Gilad Erdan, a stalwart from Netanyahu’s Likud party, told Israel’s Channel Two television. “There will be a really clearly defined nationalist, rightist camp here.”

Oct 21, 2012

Israel swaps missile drills for earthquake rehearsal

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel dropped its annual simulation of a missile attack and held its first major earthquake drill on Sunday instead, but officials insisted the country remained as ready as ever for the possibility of a war with arch-foe Iran.

School children, civil servants and others participating in the “Turning Point 6″ exercise were urged to flee outdoors if possible as radio and TV channels broadcast tremor alerts. In previous years, people were told to go to household bomb shelters in order to flee an imaginary missile attack.

Oct 21, 2012

Quakes, not Iranian missiles, loom in new Israeli drill

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel held its first major earthquake drill on Sunday, stepping away from simulated Iranian missile salvoes though officials insisted the country remained ready for any war with its arch-foe.

Schoolchildren, civil servants and others participating in the annual “Turning Point 6″ exercise were urged to flee outdoors if possible when tremor alerts were announced on radio and television – a departure from previous years when they would congregate in bomb shelters.

Sep 28, 2012

Israelis see no Iran war this year after Netanyahu’s speech

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s U.N. speech about Iranian nuclear advances has dampened speculation in Israel that he could order a war this year.

Analyzing Thursday’s address in which Netanyahu literally drew a “red line” on a cartoon bomb to show how close Iran was to building nuclear weaponry, commentators saw his deadline for any military action falling in early or mid-2013, well after U.S. elections in November and a possible snap Israeli poll.

Sep 17, 2012

Iran on brink of nuclear bomb in 6-7 months: Netanyahu

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that Iran would reach the brink of being able to build a nuclear bomb in just six or seven months, adding urgency to his demand that President Barack Obama set a “red line” for Tehran amid the worst U.S.-Israeli rift in decades.

Taking to the airwaves to make his case directly to the American public, Netanyahu said that by mid-2013 Iran would have 90 percent of the material it needed for an atomic weapon. He again pressed the United States to spell out limits that Tehran must not cross if it is to avoid military action – something Obama has refused to do.