Yaakov Lappin is a journalist for the Jerusalem Post, where he covers military and security affairs. On a daily basis, he provides breaking news coverage and analysis of Israeli and Middle Eastern regional developments. He is also author of The Virtual Caliphate; Exposing the Islamist State on the Internet, which explores al-Qaeda's online presence.
Israel’s state-owned defense company saw billions in sales in the year’s first quarter. The company is following a new strategy that calls for streamlining and technological versatility, and is monitoring its business environment for pandemic effects.
Israel defense company Elbit Systems has sold a version of its Hermes 900 Unmanned Aerial System to a Southeast Asian country that uses advanced radars and cameras to detect survivors in the water for life-saving search-and-rescue missions.
Shin Bet director Nadav Argaman stated that his organization has “answered the request of the professional echelon in the Health Ministry, out of national responsibility and an understanding that we have the ability to save the lives of Israeli citizens.”
Following recent rocket fire, Israel cannot tolerate “the rules of the game” that PIJ is trying to impose on it, and the objective of reaching a long-term “understanding” with the main terrorist group, Hamas, is looking increasingly distant.
In a major shift, the United States adopts a preemptive action against Tehran and one of its most powerful leaders, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who had over the years built a multinational terror army, implementing the supreme leader’s radical hegemonic plans.
In the short term, Tehran will likely have some success in changing the course of Iraqi protests that have targeted severe failures among the government in Baghdad, which has been under the influence of Iran and corrupt Iraqi elites.