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Sea of Galilee Steadily Rising Amidst Winter Storm

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9 Jan 2020
Sea of Galilee Steadily Rising Amidst Winter Storm
Strong winds, heavy rains and low temperatures battered many communities in Israel this week, while the death toll from the severe winter weather climbed to five on Wednesday after 32-year-old Motti Ben Shabat died while trying to help a family whose car had been caught up in a strong cross current in the water flooding the streets of Nahariya. Several communities all over Israel reported widespread property damage from flooding and high winds, while health funds were reporting a sharp increase in people contracting seasonal conditions which caused them to miss work and school. However, streams, rivers and the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) were reaching their highest levels in years with more precipitation forecasted into the weekend.

Conflict Unlikely Between US and Iran in Short Term
US President Donald Trump used his brief, highly anticipated address from the White House Wednesday morning to announce that the ballistic missile attacks launched from Iran at bases in Iraq hosting US military personnel did not cause any casualties and little damage, making retaliatory strikes unnecessary. “Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world,” he said. He also announced that the US will soon impose new economic sanctions on Iran, while his political opponents declared themselves to be totally unsatisfied with the briefing on recent events they received from senior Administration, State Department and Pentagon officials.

Here is a video of President Trump’s speech



Meanwhile, Israel’s security cabinet met regarding developments in Iran for five hours on Wednesday, followed by a late night phone conversation between Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which "critical issues"connected to the region and relations between the countries” were discussed, according to a short White House statement.

Elsewhere, formulaic statements were issued by several Iranian-backed terror groups around the Middle East, declaring that they would continue to strike US interests and allies despite declarations by senior Iranian officials that there would be no further escalation.

Mystery Surrounds Crash of Ukrainian Airplane in Iran
Iranian officials announced on Thursday morning that their initial investigation of the crash of a Ukrainian Airliner shortly after it took off from Teheran International Airport on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board, indicates that at least one engine caught fire shortly before the crash. However, Canadian security officials, who are participating in the investigation due to the large number of Canadian citizens who died in the incident, immediately disputed these claims. Meanwhile, Iranian aviation authorities declared their refusal to hand over the “black box” cache of flight data to US-based Boeing, which manufactured the aircraft, leading to questions about what the clerical regime in Teheran might be trying to conceal about the crash.

Turkey and Russia Call for Cease-fire in Libya
Following their meeting in Istanbul Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his host, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a joint statement calling for a cease-fire in Libya, where they’re supporting two different and opposing factions in that country’s ongoing civil war. The proposal had not elicited any response from the opposing factions at press time.

Israel Has Developed Laser Solution to Incoming Rockets
Israel’s Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday that it has developed a laser-based system for intercepting aerial threats. Brig.-Gen. Yaniv Rotem, head of the Defense Ministry’s Directorate of Research and Development, said: “We are entering a new age of energy warfare in the air, land and sea. The R&D investments made by the DD [Directorate of Defense] R&D in recent years have placed the State of Israel among the leading countries in the field of high-energy laser systems.”

“During a war, missile interceptors will at one point run out, but with this system, as long as you have electricity, you have a never-ending supply,” he continued. “This is a weapon that you can’t see or hear.”

“This technology enables the development of highly effective operational systems that will serve as an additional layer of defense to secure the State of Israel by air, land and sea,” the Defense Ministry said.
 

 

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