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by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
November 9, 2018
Hizbullah Has More Firepower than 95 Percent of World's Armies - Sean Savage (JNS)
According to a new report from the Jewish Institute for National Security of America's (JINSA) Hybrid Warfare Task force, "Hizbullah possesses more firepower than 95% of the world's conventional militaries, and more rockets and missiles than all European NATO members combined."
Estimates put Hizbullah's overall rocket and missile stockpiles at 120,000 to 140,000 - up from 10,000 in the last conflict in 2006.
Hizbullah also has several thousand medium-range rockets and several hundred precision long-range missiles capable of striking targets throughout all of Israel.
"Israel is truly challenged with a situation that does not exist anywhere else in the world," said U.S. Lt.-Gen. (ret.) Michael S. Tucker.
PA: No Change in Abbas' Stance toward Gaza Truce - Khaled Abu Toameh (Jerusalem Post)
Despite a report in Al-Hayat that Egyptian President Sisi persuaded PA President Abbas to accept a truce agreement between Israel and Hamas, on Thursday a senior PA official in Ramallah said he was unaware of any change in Abbas' position.
"President Abbas agreed with the Egyptian president that there was a need to alleviate the suffering of our people in Gaza," the official said.
"But President Abbas also emphasized that Hamas was not authorized to reach any agreement with any party on behalf of the Palestinians."
Abbas has voiced strong opposition to a truce between Hamas and Israel.
In Jerusalem, New Envoys from Egypt and Jordan Recommit to Peace with Israel - Raphael Ahren (Times of Israel)
Ambassadors Ghassan Majali of Jordan and Khaled Azmi of Egypt presented their credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at his Jerusalem residence on Thursday, officially taking up their positions.
Both envoys lauded the peace agreements with Israel. "Our peace treaty stands as a pillar of stability in the Middle East," Azmi said.
Rivlin told him, "We have to find a way to let the Egyptian people understand us and know us, and for the Israeli people to understand you and know you."
Referring to Jordan, Rivlin said, "I hope that we can find a way to let the whole Jordanian people understand that we are neighbors and we would like to live together. Because as all of us know - we are not doomed to live together. It's our destiny to live together."
See also Egypt's Ambassador to Israel: Egypt Committed to Achieving Peace, Stability in Middle East (Egypt Independent)
Anti-Israel Cleric Elected to Head Group of Muslim Scholars - John Rossomando (Algemeiner)
Moroccan cleric Ahmed al-Raissouni, who says that Israel's destruction is a duty for "the entire Muslim Ummah," was elected on Wednesday to head the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), a group which has a long history of supporting terrorism and is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.
He succeeds IUMS founder Yusuf Qaradawi, 93, the Muslim Brotherhood's most influential religious scholar, who stepped down last weekend.
Qaradawi is best known for his endorsement of Palestinian suicide bombings and for encouraging Muslims to move to Europe and America to Islamize them.
Egypt, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain classify the IUMS as a terrorist organization for its role in trying to destabilize those countries.
The IUMS counts Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh as a member.
Poll: U.S. Jews Feel More Positively toward Israel - Jeremy Sharon (Jerusalem Post)
American Jews' feelings toward Israel have grown more positive in recent years, according to a new poll of 903 Jewish voters conducted by GBA Strategies for J-Street on Tuesday.
65% felt either very or somewhat emotionally attached to Israel.
Asked if they felt more positive or negative toward Israel compared to 5-10 years ago, 55% said they felt the same, 26% said more positive and 19% felt more negative.
Israeli Researchers Develop Technology for 3D Printing of Drugs - Eytan Halon (Jerusalem Post)
Researchers from Jerusalem's Hebrew University unveiled their novel technology for three-dimensional printing of drug capsules on Wednesday, enabling the customization and personalization of medications unavailable with conventional manufacturing techniques.
The new technology enables the printing of hydrogel objects which can expand, change shape and activate on a delayed schedule.
Doctors will be able to accurately tailor the exposure and dosage levels for individual patients.
"We can now think about combining drugs together into one drug instead of ten, to adjust the kinetics of drugs and improve patient compliance in drug administration," said Dr. Ofra Benny, a researcher at the university's Institute for Drug Research.
Israel's RT LTA Systems Offers New Mobile Surveillance Balloon - Shoshanna Solomon (Times of Israel)
Israel's RT LTA Systems Ltd. said Wednesday it has developed a new, more flexible version of its surveillance and communications balloon systems - the SkyStar 120 - that is mounted on an all-terrain vehicle for forces operating in rough terrain.
The helium-filled balloons - aerostats - are used for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communications, and can be loaded with cameras or communication systems. Like a drone, the balloon is controlled from the ground by operators.
RT balloons have served armies and civilian purposes in Israel, Afghanistan, Mexico, Thailand, Africa and Russia.
RT was set up in 1996 by Rami Shmueli, a former military intelligence officer who served as head of the aerostats department in the IDF. Its American subsidiary is located in Texas.
Israeli Precision Farming Company Taranis Raises $20 Million - Tal Shahaf (Globes)
Israeli precision agriculture intelligence platform developer Taranis announced Tuesday the closing of a $20 million financing round.
Taranis uses deep-learning technology to analyze data from its patented aerial imagery technology to enable farmers to monitor crops for potential hazards.
The technology can identify crop stresses such as weeds, insects, and diseases to help farmers monitor their acreage effectively, improving crop yields and cutting costs.
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