Another Tehran Fire
FIRE BREAKS OUT AT TEHRAN MILITARY FACILITY: A mysterious fire broke out last week at a military facility in western Tehran, not far from the centrifuge factory that was damaged in a drone attack last month.
The military facility is located in an industrial area west of Iran’s capital. The cause of the fire is unknown. Firefighters were called to the scene. According to one report in Iran, the facility belongs to a company that produces ballistic missile fuel. The drone attack has similarities to one carried out against a Hezbollah facility in Beirut in August 2019, which destroyed what Israeli officials described as machinery vital to Hezbollah’s precision-missile production efforts, according to the report. (Arutz Sheva / VFI News)
NASRALLAH: THERE ARE NO PEOPLE IN ISRAEL, ONLY SETTLERS AND OCCUPIERS: “There are no people in the Israeli entity, they are all occupiers and settlers,” Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said.
His speech on Monday was delivered at the opening of the “Palestine is Victorious” conference, convened in Lebanon to renew media discourse and manage the conflict with Israel. Nasrallah did not specify whether Arab-Israelis were also considered occupiers and settlers. He added that the conflicts with Israel and the US cannot be separated as Israel’s existence is contingent on American support, saying “every massacre committed by the enemy is an American massacre, and every aggression of this enemy is American aggression.” (JPost / VFI News)
IRAN POWER OUTAGE CRISIS LEADS POLITICIANS TO SLAM THEIR OWN POLICY: Power outages are causing disruptions across Iran and protests are increasing. Pro-government media have now admitted that outages are taking place and warn that things could get worse.
Mohammad Qalibaf, the speaker of parliament, appeared to criticize the government’s policies this week with a post about how the “frequent power outages throughout the country and disruption of people’s lives and businesses require planning and management. If the increase in consumption and excess demand is not compensated in the short term for any reason, at least stick to the announced blackout schedule so that people can plan for problems.” (JPost/VFI News)
GANTZ: ISRAEL READY TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO LEBANON AMID ECONOMIC CRISIS: Defense Minister Benny Gantz has offered to assist Lebanon as it continues to suffer from a worsening economic crisis.
“As an Israeli, as a Jew, and as a human being, my heart aches seeing the images of people going hungry on the streets of Lebanon,” he wrote Sunday on Twitter. “Israel has offered assistance to Lebanon in the past, and even today we are ready to act and to encourage other countries to extend a helping hand to Lebanon so that it will once again flourish and emerge from its state of crisis.” Lebanon is suffering from a worsening economic crisis, with violence and protests breaking out in cities around the country as basic services collapse. Electricity outages and gas shortages are commonplace. More than half of Lebanon’s population is living in poverty, and its financial crisis is likely to rank in the top 10, and possibly even the top three, most severe crises in the world since the mid-1800s, according to the World Bank. (JPost/ VFI News)
ISRAELI SCIENTISTS CREATE THE WORLD’S THINNEST TECH – JUST 2 ATOMS THICK: Researchers at Tel Aviv University have made a new scientific breakthrough, engineering what is currently the single smallest and thinnest piece of technology ever seen, and it has the thickness of just two atoms.
The result of a multi-disciplinary effort from TAU’s Raymond and Beverly Sackler schools of Physics and Astronomy and of Chemistry, the findings of the study were published in Science magazine. But this breakthrough isn’t just defined by its size. Rather, it also possesses useful utility. Essentially, the technology works by using quantum-mechanical electron tunneling, which allows information to travel through the thin film. (JPost / VFI News)
YESHIVA STUDENTS OBLIGATED TO ENLIST AFTER COURT DEADLINE FOR LAW EXPIRES: A law that allowed the Defense Ministry to perpetually defer enlistment for Haredi yeshiva students technically expired on Monday, although the state has now asked for a six-month extension to pass a new law.
As of midnight on Monday, the defense minister is no longer able to grant military service deferrals to ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students after the deadline, given by the High Court of Justice in February to pass a new law, ran out. Technically, the state and the Defense Ministry are now obligated to draft yeshiva students who turn 18 from Tuesday, although this will surely not happen. On Monday, the state requested another six-month extension from the court to give the government time to pass a new law to regulate the standing of yeshiva students who seek to defer their enlistment until they are over the maximum age of military service. This is the state’s 10th request for an extension to the severely complex and divisive issue since the High Court ruled in 2017 that blanket deferrals from enlistment were discriminatory and illegal. (JPost / VFI News)
NEW ISRAELI PLAN LOOKS TO REDUCE BUREAUCRACY IN GOVERNMENT OFFICES: The government has declared war on excessive levels of regulation and bureaucracy. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman, Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar, and Deputy Minister in the PMO Abir Kara presented a new government plan to significantly reduce excess bureaucracy in government offices.
The new legislation will help turn Israel into a paradise for small and medium-sized businesses, Bennett said. “Part of the reason that Israel’s hi-tech sector is so successful is that it is not subject to all of the types of regulations that a pizzeria in Rishon Lezion has to follow.” The plan includes the enactment of a regulatory framework law that will establish long-term infrastructure for the formulation of regulation in Israel and the establishment of a regulatory authority that will oversee new regulatory processes, and work to reduce the excessive regulatory burden. The law will establish principles for optimal regulation based on international standards, promoting a competitive economy, reducing the cost of living, and adapting to the needs of small and medium-sized businesses. (JPost / VFI News)
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Blessings from Jerusalem,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff