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Israeli Air Force Declares F-35 Squadron Operational

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7 Dec 2017 (All day)
Israeli Air Force Declares F-35 Squadron Operational
The Israeli Air Force announced on Wednesday that it has achieved initial operational capability for its first squadron of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, with nine planes ready for combat operations and more on the way. Israeli Air Force, Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin said the new capabilities come to the Air Force “at a time in which the IAF is operating on a large scale on a number of fronts in a dynamic Middle East. The constantly evolving and complex challenges are met with a high-quality and professional aerial response. The operationalization of the [F-35] adds another level to the [Israel Air and Space Force]’s capabilities at this time.”

Poverty Rates in Israel Highest in OECD
The National Insurance Institute Annual Poverty Report for Israel was published on Wednesday, including the startling statistic that 1.8 million Israelis, around 22% of the population, was living below the poverty line in 2016. According to the report, nearly half of those living in poverty in Israel are children, while also noting that Israel’s poverty rates remain the highest in the OECD list of developed economies.

Israeli Swimmers Collect More Medals at World Championships
Israeli swimmers Inbal Pezaro and Mark Malyar both earned their second bronze medals of the 2017 World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City on Tuesday, raising Israel tally of medals at the tournament to 4. Pezaro took third in the 50-meter freestyle S5 final, collecting her 11th career medal, while Malyar took third in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB7 final.

Archeologists Display Muslim Coins with Jewish Iconography
A display of coins from the Muslim Umayyad dynasty adorned with Jewish menorahs recently opened at museums in Jerusalem. “We wish that many Muslims will be exposed to this knowledge, which is part of their own religious and cultural heritage,” said Dr. Assaf Avraham of Bar-Ilan University. “We have launched an informational project whose goal is to expose this information to the world and to Muslims in particular. We hope that this exposure will promote an educated dialogue between Jews and Muslims.”

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