Iron Dome

Whinging Poms seem to want to stop Israel defending itself

Me with the Iron Dome Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

Pommy whingers and haters of Israel seem to want to stop Israel from defending itself by opposing the shipping of vital components for their defence forces.

Britain approved the sale of arms to Israel worth £7m in the six months before its offensive on Gaza this summer, including components for drones, combat aircraft and helicopters along with spare parts for sniper rifles, according to figures seen byThe Independent.

The government data will raise fresh concerns that British-made equipment was used by the Israeli military during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in July and August, which led to more than 2,000 Palestinian deaths and 73 Israeli fatalities, 66 of them soldiers.

The Independent can reveal that ministers in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) have also ordered a fresh review of military export licences to Israel granted prior to the outbreak of the conflict after officials found 12 instances where arms containing British components may have been used in Gaza by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF).

The refusal of the Government to suspend these licences caused a split in the Coalition and led to the resignation of Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi, who described Britain’s stance during the Israeli land and air assault as “morally indefensible”.

Official figures declared to the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) show that Britain granted 68 export licences for £6.96 of military-use items to be sent to Israel between January and the end of June this year.

The licences covered a broad range of weaponry, including parts for drones and combat jets as well as military radar components and £600,000 of “high-power RF weapon systems”, in effect energy ray weapons which can be used for purposes from air defence to disabling cars.

The licences also included armour plating, anti-armour ammunition, electronic warfare components, sniper rifle parts and technology for weapons sights. One licence for an unspecified amount of small arms ammunition was refused on grounds of “risk of diversion or re-export to undesirable end-users”.  Read more »

Today in Sderot [VIDEO + IMAGES]

Entry to Sderot    Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

Entry to Sderot Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

WARNING: This might look like a travel blog post, until you see the video.

You will hear people moaning about the children in the conflict with Gaza and you will hear them moan about civilians and the effect on them.

Yesterday I visited Sderot, a small town of 25,000 near the Gaza border. When I say near…the closest part of Sderot to Gaza is 840m.

Every bus stop – approximately 200m apart, sometimes more is actually a bomb shelter as well. Whether you make it there is another matter as I will demonstrate shortly.

As you drive around you notice that every house also has a bomb shelter attached or is integral to the apartment blocks. This is the investment the people of Sderot and the government makes to protect children and the civilian population.

There is also an Iron Dome protecting Sderot, but due to the proximity to Gaza you only get 15 seconds warning…if that.

We had just finished a visit at the Police station where they have piles of expended Hamas rockets they have collected and I was crossing the road towards the van when an alert was issued. My phone buzzed and over the loud speakers that are everywhere in Sderot came the Hebrew words for Red Alert.

I was walking towards this bus shelter where there were people waiting and IDF Captain Roni Kaplan, who I was with, grabbed me and pushed me towards the shelter. The rest of the group were a fair bit behind and they returned quickly to the shelter at the Police station.

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Bus stop and Bomb shelter, Sderot Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

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RED: How Israel warns it’s citizens from Hamas terrorism

Yesterday I mentioned the app that is available to push alerts of rocket strikes to your smart phone.

It is called RED and is available for iPhone and Android.

I have it installed on my phone and at dinner last night a flurry of alerts came in reminding me to share with you what it looks like.

When you login you have two possible screens.

The latest alerts and and a Map showing the latest alerts. It uses GPS and cell towers to know where you are.

Here is the Map screen showing the flurry of rocket attacks against Ashdod and Askelon and the general vicinity at around 6:45pm last night.

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Hamas kills 4 year old civilian in mortar attack

Hamas, on top of killing 18 alleged collaborators, have mortared a town in near Gaza and killed a 4 year old at a kindergarten.

A 4-year-old child was killed Friday evening after being critically wounded in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council by mortar fire during a large barrage of rocket fire from Gaza that also reached central Israel.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the fire on central Israel, saying that they had aimed for Ben Gurion International Airport. Iron Dome intercepted one rocket over Tel Aviv during the barrage.

At least 80 rockets were fired at Israel on Friday, with one landing a direct hit on synagogue in Ashdod, lightly wounding two and putting one woman in moderate condtion. Ten were treated for anxiety on the scene.

Earlier rockets fell near a preschool in Be’er Sheva, wounding a man while another landed meters from another preschool in the south, after a quiet night gave residents a much needed rest from renewed fighting which have seen a record number of rockets slam into Israel.

In the late afternoon hours, an apartment in Sderot also suffered a direct hit by a rocket from Gaza. Initial reports from the scene indicated that nobody had been injured in the attack.  

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What does it feel like to be under attack?

Haaretz breaking news page

Haaretz breaking news page

I was watching television in my room, shortly before 6pm last night.

I was about to go to dinner, but a siren started sounding. At the same time a txt message arrived on my cellphone and a push message on the app I downloaded.

This is the IDF’s early warning system at work. Hamas had launched a rocket at Tel Aviv and my hotel was in the calculated landing zone.

The Iron Dome detects the speed, trajectory and makes a calculation then sends out broadcast messages to anyone within about 500m of the calculated target zone. It takes 7 seconds for this to happen.

When you can hear sirens, you are in trouble.

About the time I got up from the bed the intercom system in the hotel announced that sirens and warnings were in effect and for all guests to move to the shelter.    Read more »

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Protecting Israel’s civilian population with the Iron Dome

Me with the Iron Dome    Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

Me with the Iron Dome Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

As you may have heard Hamas has broken the ceasefire and launched rockets again at Israel.

Israel is firing back and they won’t ever stop until Hamas gives it up.

Today I went to an Iron Dome battery in the South of Israel near Ashdod. Now you might think I shouldn’t say where it is, but Israelis and media can drive up and park and watch them in operation. They have to stay back 300m, and media can get within 150m.

We were able to get a little closer but had to remain behind the launchers. Still after a few shots we were asked to go back to 150m.

Before we started we were briefed on procedures should an alert be issued. That would require us to shelter behind a small hillock on the leeside from the direction towards Gaza. The rockets in this location fly low and fast and so the hillock would cop it not us.

Fortunately this battery didn’t fire while we were there. The one near Askelon did though. The battery we were at had engaged 4 rockets during the day out of 80 fired from Hamas. Read more »

Rocket fire resumes from Gaza

I was sitting at Blue Sky restaurant atop the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv having dinner with two Israeli bloggers talking about LGBTQ issues in Israel.

As we were eating dinner Hamas launched a rocket attack.

Iron Dome started firing and I have to say it was impressive.   Read more »

The lunacy of the UN, Israel accused of war crimes for not sharing Iron Dome

You really have to wonder that the thought processes that go into the statements from the United Nations.

The UN’s top human rights official has condemned Israel for “war crimes” because of their failure to share Iron Dome with their enemy.

I’m not kidding, this is why the United Nations has become a farce.

In what may be one of the most ridiculous accusations yet against Israel, the UN’s top human rights official condemned Israel on Thursday for failing to share the Iron Dome anti-missile system with Hamas, Breitbartreports.

According to the report, human rights commissioner Navi Pillay condemned Israel’s military actions to stop Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli civilians, telling reporters that Israel was “deliberately defyingInternational Law… in a way that may constitute war crimes.”   Read more »

Propaganda 105

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The message we can take from the political cartoon is that Israel protects its children from Hamas rocket fire into Israel by using its defensive ‘ Iron Dome to shoot down the rockets’ while Hamas protect their rockets and themselves by using Palestinian children as human shields.
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Part 1: A sensible perspective on the Israel/Gaza conflict

Today kicks off my daily series of posts on the current conflict between Israel and the fenced off terrorist compound known as the Gaza Strip. There will probably be accusations of bias, but for that I make no apology. There is and always has been a clear and obvious bias by the mainstream media in favour of the terrorists, not the “Palestinians” in a general sense as they would have you believe.

The trouble with television media and now social media is the ability for not only awareness, but to manipulate the kinds of people less inclined to think rationally and react emotionally to things they are told or see paraded in front of them on television, supporting and propagating more mass hysteria and outrage against Israel every time they retaliate in defense of their people.

Let’s not forget that this did not start with the kidnapping of 3 Israeli youths. Hamas has been firing rockets into Israel on a weekly basis for several years which the Iron Dome missile defense system has been intercepting all the while the world media remains in ignorance and silence until the straw breaks the camel’s back and Israel decides to fight back. Read more »