Israel Air Force Inaugurates its Second F-35 Squadron

By: Times of Israel Staff – timesofisrael.com

The Israeli Air Force on Thursday inaugurated its second squadron of F-35 fifth-generation stealth aircraft, known as the “Lions of the South,” reviving the historic 116th Squadron.

“The Air Force shoulders a great responsibility daily. From this moment, the 116th Squadron returns and becomes part of our strategic arm, part of our qualitative advantage over our enemies,” Israeli Air Force chief Amikam Norkin said at the ceremony at the Nevatim air base in the Negev desert where they will be based.

“The challenges that stand before you are many and varied. Now we are stronger,” he said.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-air-force-inaugurates-its-second-f-35-squadron/

Nazi Flag Removed from Australian Home Following Pressure from Neighbors and a Jewish Lawmaker

By: Henry Benjamin – Jewish Telegraphic Agency; jta.org

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) — An Australian woman has taken down the Nazi flag she was flying from her home following a joint effort by neighbors and local police, as well as a Jewish member of Parliament.

Cheryl Lawdron told reporters that she had German ancestry and had the right to fly the flag featuring a large swastika and other Nazi symbols on her property in the country town of Beulah.

Massive Gathering of Kings in Jerusalem on Thursday: A Realization of Psalms 48

By: Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz-Breaking Israel News; breakingisraelnews.com

“See, the kings joined forces; they advanced together.” Psalms 48:5 (The Israel Bible™)

On Thursday, Jerusalem’s role as a gathering place for kings will appear. The event commemorates the Holocaust but one rabbi sees it as a decisive moment in which the nations will choose which side they will fight for in the final battle between Good and Evil.

The Fifth World Holocaust Forum called “Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Antisemitism,” organized by the World Holocaust Forum Foundation in cooperation with Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, will take place on 23 January 2020 at the museum’s Warsaw Ghetto Square in Jerusalem. The event marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/143666/massive-gathering-of-kings-in-jerusalem-on-thursday-a-realization-of-psalms-48/

On Anniversary of Ancient Egypt Feeding Israelites During Famine: Israel ‘Returns Favor’ with Natural Gas

By: Adam Eliyahu – Breaking Israel News; breakingisraelnews.com

And so, fear not. I will sustain you and your children.” Thus he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.” Genesis 50:21 (The Israel Bible™)

Egypt and Israel’s energy ministers announced on Wednesday the first transmission of natural gas from Israel to Egypt. The Biblical roots and prophetic implications of this modern energy deal are so clear as to be notable to political commentators.

The Leviathan gas field is a large natural gas field located in the Mediterranean Sea about 81 miles west of Haifa in waters 4,900 feet deep. Leviathan is one of the world’s larger offshore gas finds of the past decade and according to some commentators, the gas find has the potential to change Israel’s foreign relations with neighboring countries Turkey, and Egypt. Even by conservative estimates, Leviathan holds enough gas to meet Israel’s domestic needs for 40 years.

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/143381/on-anniversary-of-ancient-egypt-feeding-israelites-during-famine-israel-returns-favor-with-natural-gas/

Ben-Gurion Airport: Passenger Traffic Climbed to 24.8 Million in 2019

By: Eytan Halon – The Jerusalem Post; jpost.com

More than 2.32 million people passing through Ben-Gurion Airport in 2019 traveled to and from Turkey, a major and nearby aviation hub, representing 9.67% of all passengers.

More than 24.8 million passengers and nearly 168,000 flights passed through Ben-Gurion Airport in 2019, marking a record year for Israel’s leading aviation hub.

According to the airport’s annual report, international passenger traffic reached 24.04 million in 2019, an increase of approximately 7.5% since 2018. An additional 786,000 passengers traveled through the airport on domestic flights, up 32.73%, driven by the closure of Tel Aviv’s Sde Dov Airport in July.

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ben-Gurion-Airport-Passenger-traffic-climbed-to-248-million-in-2019-614043

Defense Ministry Completes Trials of Advanced Version of the Iron Dome

By: Anna Ahronheim – The Jerusalem Post; jpost.com

10 years after the first interception test of the system, Defense Ministry boasts of over 2,400 successful interceptions

A decade since the first successful interception test of the Iron Dome system, Israel took a step closer to defending itself against heavy missile barrages with a series of complex, successful experiments for the advanced version of the missile defense system.

The complex series of experiments were carried out in the South by Rafael Advanced Systems and the Israel Missile Defense Organization in the Directorate of Defense Research and Development of the Defense Ministry.

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Defense-Ministry-completes-trials-of-advanced-version-of-the-Iron-Dome-613933

Israeli Holocaust Survivor to Address Central UN Remembrance Event

By: Lahav Harkov – The Jerusalem Post; jpost.com

“As a child in a concentration camp, who lost his parents and family, I never imagined that one day I would speak to the world about the darkest era in the history of the Jewish people.”

Shraga Milstein, 87, a survivor of Bergen-Belsen and an Israeli, is set to address the UN General Assembly on International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27.

Milstein, a guest of Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, will speak at the UN’s central memorial ceremony, which UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Ambassador Danon, US Ambassador Kelly Craft, the ambassador from Germany and others are expected to address.

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-Holocaust-survivor-to-address-central-UN-remembrance-event-613694

Not Just Another Iranian General

By: Eyal Zisser – Jewish News Syndicate; jns.org

For Iran’s friends and foes alike, Qassem Soleimani was second only to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Tehran will struggle to find another strategist of his caliber.

For many in the Middle East, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force, the Islamic Republic’s elite extraterritorial black-ops arm, embodied Iran’s desires, aspirations and directives with respect to the country’s operations worldwide. He was also the man who controlled the purse strings with respect to funding the weapons that have so often ignited the region.

For Iran’s friends and foes alike, Soleimani was second only to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei—an ailing, elderly man who sits in an ivory tower in Tehran, detached from the harsh regional reality on the ground.

Little wonder then that Iran’s regional allies—Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, Syrian President Bashar Assad and the leaders of the pro-Iranian militias in Iraq and Yemen—have been left feeling orphaned by the U.S. drone strike that killed him in Iraq on Friday morning.

https://www.jns.org/opinion/not-just-another-iranian-general/

The Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year 2019: Holocaust Survivor Max Glauben

By: Dallas Morning News Editorial – dallasnews.com

Max Glauben survived one of humanity’s darkest chapters and shines as one of Texas’ brightest lights

We might say Max Glauben started becoming the 2019 Texan of the Year in 1941 when he wriggled into a cramped smuggler’s space under the false bottom of a horse-drawn wagon to sneak out of the Warsaw Ghetto in search of food. He had a homemade tool, a funnel with a sharp end, with which to siphon rice or beans out of burlap shipping sacks.

The war had started two years before. Four hundred thousand Jews had been corralled into a tiny corner of Poland the size of Central Park, living nine to a room, with insufficient food and sanitation. Glauben made these trips many times, each time finding a clever way to sneak past Nazi guards, each time returning with a little food, a new weapon, or a report that he had successfully delivered a missive to the Jewish underground. He was 13.

A few weeks from now, Glauben will be 92. At 5-foot-3 he’s still small enough, and probably spry enough, to fit into a smuggler’s hold. His preoccupation these days is not with hiding things, but with bringing them into the light. Glauben is one of a rapidly shrinking number of survivors who can remember what is arguably humankind’s darkest chapter. He is a tireless speaker, sharing his incredible story of survival with schools, museums and civic groups as often as he can. He is a key player in the creation of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum.

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/texan-of-the-year/2019/12/29/the-upstander/

Israel, Cyprus and Greece are Signing an Agreement to Build a Pipeline that Will bring Israeli Gas Across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe

By: JNS – Breaking Israel News; breakingisraelnews.com

“maker of heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever;” (Psalm 146:6)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz traveled to Athens, Greece, on Thursday, where they are to sign a three-way gas agreement with Cyprus and Greece that sets the stage for the exportation of natural gas to Europe.

Under the prospective agreement, Israel and Cyprus will jointly export gas from their offshore wells through Greece and Italy to the rest of Europe. Though Italy will not attend the summit, it is expected to sign the agreement in the near future.

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/142654/israel-cyprus-and-greece-are-signing-an-agreement-to-build-a-pipeline-that-will-bring-israeli-gas-across-the-mediterranean-sea-to-europe/