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Israel unveils new anti-missile systems, long-range UAV

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Israel has completed testing on Elbit Systems' SkyShield that protects commercial aircraft against surface-to-air missiles, one of a trio of advanced military systems the Jewish state has unveiled in recent weeks.

Israeli mayor says end to gas mask distribution plan shortsighted

JERUSALEM, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The government needs a plan to give gas masks to citizens, says the mayor of an Israeli town who charges a decision to end distribution is shortsighted.
Kerry turns blind eye to West Bank terror

Kerry turns blind eye to West Bank terror

HERNDON, Va., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- An idiom originating more than two plus centuries ago -- from an act of courage in meeting an enemy threat -- applies to an Obama administration choosing to ignore one.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

Israel to help India develop missile defense shield

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Israel will reportedly collaborate with India, one of its key arms customers, to develop an integrated missile-defense system intended primarily to counter Chinese nuclear and conventional missiles.

Fears grow of new Israeli assault on Gaza amid rocket attacks

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- There are growing concerns Israel may soon unleash a new punitive operation against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip after the military reported a dramatic increase in rocket attacks in January.

Terror group based in Sinai claims responsibility for attack on Israel

EILAT, Israel, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The terror group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, based in Sinai, claimed responsibility Saturday for a rocket attack on Israel.

Israelis urged to prepare for battlefields dominated by robots

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Israel's military planners and high-tech defense industry must accelerate development of robotic and unmanned systems that will dominate the future battlefield, eliminating the need for large armies with fighter jets, tanks and warships, a new study says.

Israel to start Arrow 3 production although key test still to come

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The Defense Ministry and Israel Aerospace Industries are so confident that the Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile system will be able to destroy hostile missiles in space they're reported to be planning to start production even before flight testing has been completed.

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket attacks

ASHKELON, Israel, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The Israeli air force attacked four suspected terror targets in the Gaza Strip after five rockets were fired at Israel, the army said.

Israel's Rafael and Raytheon to co-produce Iron Dome

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Israel's second largest state-owned defense company, is reported ready to start co-producing its Iron Dome anti-missile defense system with the Raytheon Co. of the U.S., consolidating an alliance that's already developing the Stunner interceptor missile of Rafael's David's Sling system designed by Rafael.

Two Palestinian rockets land near Sharon funeral site

JERUSALEM, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Two rockets were fired Monday near where the funeral for former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had just concluded, officials say.
Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon buried next to second wife

Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon buried next to second wife

JERUSALEM, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was buried on his ranch near the Gaza border Monday in a military sendoff to one of Israel's most controversial leaders.

Israel moves closer to anti-missile shield with Arrow 3 test

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Israel's latest test-firing of its high-altitude Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile system marks a major step toward the Jewish state's plan to build a multi-layered missile defense shield against everything from Iranian intermediate-range ballistic weapons to humble home-made rockets built by Palestinian militants.

Israel deploys Iron Dome in South

BEERSHEBA, Israel, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Preparing for a possible escalation in rocket fire from Gaza, Israel deployed Iron Dome missile batteries near Beersheba, Sderot and Ashdod, the army said.

Report: Israel gets ready for 'short, sharp war' against Hezbollah

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Israel's generals are preparing for a decisive -- and probably brief -- war against Hezbollah, one of its most implacable foes, in which it plans to smash the Iranian-backed Lebanese movement's military power, a new study says.
U.S. to boost Israel defense missile funding by $173M

U.S. to boost Israel defense missile funding by $173M

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. lawmakers have approved boosting funding for Israel's missile defense program by $173 million in fiscal 2014 as the Jewish state's military establishment draws up a new defense doctrine to protect cities from Hezbollah's growing missile arsenal.

Israel moves closer to missile defense shield

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Israel, alarmed that a U.S.-Iranian rapprochement will leave its security exposed, has moved closer to consolidating its multi-layer missile defense shield with the successful interception of a short-range ballistic missile by its David's Sling system under development by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the U.S. Raytheon Co.

Israel test fires missile interceptor

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Israel conducted a successful test fire of the David's Sling missile interceptor air defense system Wednesday, the Defense Ministry said.

Israeli women seek combat positions

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- There has been an increase in the number of Israeli women seeking to serve in combat roles in the military, data indicate.

Military: Israeli airstrike takes out underground launcher in Gaza

JERUSALEM, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The Israeli military, responding rocket attacks from Gaza, launched airstrikes and hit two underground rocket launchers Monday, military officials said.

Budget cuts may halt Israel's Arrow 3 missile defense project

JERUSALEM, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Budget cuts may halt the development of Israel's Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile system, capable of thwarting long-range Iranian missiles, officials warn.

Israel starts campaign to boost U.S. military aid

TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- With Israel's 10-year military assistance agreement with the United States due to expire in 2017, the Jewish state's military chiefs are already pushing for annual U.S. aid to be increased beyond the current $3.1 billion, even though America's struggling with an economic crisis.

Israel's missile makers move toward U.S. production deals

TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, one of Israel's leading defense companies, and the Raytheon Co. of the U.S. are reported to be seeking to integrate the jointly funded Israeli-made Stunner air-defense interceptor missile into an advanced version of the U.S. Patriot system.

Netanyahu bolsters Israel's cybersecurity

BE'ER SHIVA, Israel, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at the dedication of a new cybertech center his country is building an "iron wall" fit for the 21st century.
Israel says 'low probability' of Syrian attack as U.S. prepares strike

Israel says 'low probability' of Syrian attack as U.S. prepares strike

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Israeli military officials Wednesday downplayed the probability of a Syrian attack in response to potential U.S. strikes on the regime's forces.
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