Deadly Attack On Israel-Linked Tanker Is Major Escalation – Analysis: Seth J. Frantzman, Jerusalem Report, July 31, 2021 — The attack on the tanker Mercer Street off the coast of Oman is a major escalation in an ongoing series of attacks on shipping that have increased this year. The ship is reportedly operated by Zodiac Maritime and reports say a UK and Romanian crew member were killed.
Israel Has Every Right to Destroy Hamas: Mario Loyola, National Review, May 27, 2021 — For more than 50 years, the diplomacy surrounding major outbreaks of Israeli–Arab violence has followed a standard progression.
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Iran Warns Against Retaliation for Mercer Street Attack: Lahav Harkov, Seth J. Frantzman, and Anna Ahronheim, Jerusalem Post, Aug. 2, 2021 — Iran has warned against any form of retaliation following the deadly drone attack that hit the Mercer Street ship that killed two people.
This Dogfight With Nearly 200 Jets Was Like The Battle Of Britain On Steroids: Logan Nye, We Are the Mighty, May 13, 2021 — In what would come to be called the Bekaa Valley Turkey Shoot, 96 Israeli fighters and a squadron of UAVs faced off against 100 Syrian fighters backed up by 19 surface-to-air missile launchers in 1982. It was one of the largest jet battles ever fought.
Lockheed, Israel’s Rafael Team Up To Build Laser Air Defense Weapon: Al-Monitor, July 28, 2021 — US-based Lockheed Martin and Israeli-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems have signed an agreement in principle to develop a ground-based laser air defense system, the two companies announced.
IDF: Hezbollah Storing Massive Weapons Depot Next To A School: Judah Ari Gross, Times of Israel, July 14, 2021 — The Israel Defense Forces on Wednesday revealed the location of an alleged Hezbollah arms cache in central Lebanon, saying a large quantity of explosives was being stored in a building across the street from a school.
Can Iranian Drone Tech Shift Middle East’s Strategic Balance of Power?: Paul Iddon, Arab News, May 24, 2021 — The drone threat posed to US and coalition personnel by Iran-backed militias is growing, and defenses against such threats remain limited — particularly in the face of Tehran’s growing capabilities.
Israel Takes U.S. Military Weapons And Makes Them Even Deadlier: Charlie Gao, 19fortyfive, July 4, 2021 — The Israel Defense Forces field a wide variety of American military equipment, due to significant amounts of American military aid to Israel. However, American equipment has not always been the best suited to the tough desert and urban conditions encountered by the IDF.