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Israeli and German Defense Ministries Sign Agreement to Equip the German Military with the TROPHY APS

The Israel Ministry of Defense and the German Federal Ministry of Defense signed a government-to-government agreement to supply Rafael’s TROPHY active protection system to the German military, for their fleet of LEOPARD 2 tanks. The program was led by the Directorate of Defense R&D (MAFAT), in the Ministry of Defense and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.


Defense Minister, Benny Gantz: “Once again, we see the appreciation that leading security institutions around the world have for Israel's innovation and technology. Like any development of the Directorate of Defense R&D (MAFAT), the TROPHY is first and foremost a life-saving measure. It is the product of Israel’s groundbreaking defense industry, which is crucial to strengthening the state’s security. Germany’s expression of confidence in an Israeli system emphasizes the important relationship and close cooperation between our countries and highlights the strength of Israel’s industries.”

The agreement was signed by the Director General of the Israel Ministry of Defense, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Amir Eshel, and by an official in the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service-Support. It includes the provision of systems for a company of tanks, interceptors, and spare parts as well as operational and technical training. The systems will be delivered over the next several years.


Head of the Directorate of Research and Development in the DDR&D, Brig. Gen. Yaniv Rotem: “This is a significant agreement, which further deepens the excellent relations between our countries. We thank the German Ministry of Defense for its expression of confidence in our defense establishment and in Israel’s industries. We are confident that the system will maximize the protection and capabilities of Germany’s MBTs.

 Head of the Combat Division of the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, Colonel Jürgen Schmidt: "We are looking forward to use the very well-established Israeli TROPHY System for the protection of our Main Battle Tank LEOPARD 2. We would like to thank the Ministry of Defense of the State of ISRAEL for its excellent cooperation with respect to advanced active protection systems for the benefit of German troops.

EVP and Head of Rafael’s Land and Naval Systems Division, Dr. Ran Gozali: “Germany is joining a group of nations who have chosen the TROPHY APS to protect their troops and assets from the ever-increasing threat of anti-armor warfare. We are thankful to the German government for joining other user nations and for their confidence in our system and our experience, and we look forward to working with KMW.”

 Background Information:The TROPHY system produced by Rafael, is considered among the world’s most effective active protection systems, securing armored vehicles from a range of anti-tank missiles and rocket fire. It is a combat-proven mechanism that has been operational in the IDF for many years, and is integrated in the Merkava Mark IV and Namer APCs. Its capabilities have been demonstrated in numerous military operations and has saved the lives of countless IDF soldiers. 

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Image Credit: Krauss-Maffei Wegmann

Video Credit: Rafael





Yad Vashem Marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Israel's President will address the Diplomatic Corps serving in Israel at Yad Vashem's Online Symposium on Wednesday – broadcast live on Yad Vashem's YouTube Channel starting at 15:30

Yad Vashem launches new virtual tour of "Shoah"  located at Block 27 of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum


(25 January 2021 - Jerusalem) Despite the temporary closure of the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem as a result of the ongoing global health crisis, Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, is actively marking the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust through a range of online events and activities. January 27, chosen by the United Nations in 2005 to serve as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is the anniversary of the liberation of the concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945. "Seventy-six years later, the history and stories from the Holocaust are more relevant than ever," remarks Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev. "Today, as the world continues to battle expressions of hatred, antisemitism and xenophobia, the significance and meanings of the Holocaust are particularly relevant."



Shalev will participate in Yad Vashem's annual symposium for the International Diplomatic Corps serving in Israel, this year to be held online due to the current lockdown in Israel. Israel's President H.E. Mr. Reuven "Ruvi" Rivlin and H.E. Ambassador Gil Haskel, Chief of State Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs will address the participants.  Yad Vashem Senior Historian Dr. David Silberklang will also present a lecture, entitled "The Path from Mass Shootings to the Final Solution," relating to the central theme of the upcoming Holocaust Remembrance Day to be observed in Israel on April 8, 2021. The public is invited to watch this event live on Yad Vashem's YouTube channel on Wednesday, 27 January 2021 beginning at 15:30.



Yad Vashem has created a mini-site marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, featuring a variety of resources the public can view, share and engage in, including online exhibitionseducational resources and the unique IRemember Wall .

Yad Vashem will be hosting for the first time ever an online virtual guided tour of the permanent exhibition "Shoah" located in the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. The virtual tour will take visitors through the Jewish Pavilion known as Block 27 in Auschwitz I, exploring the central themes of the Holocaust, offering insights into the rich Jewish life that existed prior to 1939 and the world of children during the Shoah, and showcasing the monumental Book of Names.

In addition to the virtual tour, Yad Vashem has curated and uploaded "My Lost Childhood," a new online exhibition featuring seven children's homes established after the end of WWII. Through the voices of survivor testimony, as well as artifacts, photographs and documents from Yad Vashem's unrivalled collections, this moving exhibition brings to life the terrifying ordeals of the children brought to the homes, and how they were gently assisted – often by survivors themselves – to re-enter normative society.



Members of Yad Vashem's senior staff, historians and educators will participate in various events and ceremonies around the world marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

 Yad Vashem's Ready2Print exhibitions will be displayed in dozens of community centers and institutions around the world, including locations in Spain, Germany, Greece, the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, was established in 1953.

Located in Jerusalem, it is dedicated to Holocaust commemoration, documentation, research and education.  www.yadvashem.org



The largest foreign direct investment conference in the U.S., the 2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit, will be held from June 7 to 11, 2021. 

While traditionally held in Washington D.C., the conference will be held virtually for the first time this year and will enable wider participation of international investors.

SelectUSA promotes and facilitates foreign direct investment in the U.S. for foreign investors from around the world.

At the SelectUSA Investment Summit, companies can get advice regarding starting a business or expanding operations in the U.S. Attendees can also learn about incentives available in different U.S. states, receive advice on legal issues, taxes and logistical considerations, plus an analysis of trends and latest developments in the U.S. economy and from C-suite industry executives and government leaders. SelectUSA participants can also participate in one-on-one virtual meetings with leading U.S. EDOs from all 50 U.S. states and territories. This year's Investment Summit will feature more than 100 sessions and is expected to be attended by 3,000 participants from over 80 markets.

Of particular significance to Israel, this year’s conference will once again feature SelectUSA Tech, designed for international start-up companies with a maximum of 40 employees and annual revenue of up to $ 10 million. These companies will have the opportunity to present their latest developments to potential investors in a unique virtual pavilion and to engage with tech incubators and industry executives. SelectUSA Tech sessions will focus on industries that are of key importance to the Israeli business community: aerospace, cyber security, e-commerce, fintech, software, 5G, AI, energy storage, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and more. Selected start-ups will pitch their developments to a special panel of 4-6 judges, including investors from venture capital funds and executives from the high-tech industry. SelectUSA Tech featured 93 start-ups from 29 countries at the last Investment Summit.

Robyn Kessler, Commercial Counselor at U.S. Embassy Jerusalem: "The U.S. is the largest consumer market in the world and is a natural choice for any Israeli company looking to grow globally. During the five days of the virtual conference companies will gain the information needed to get started with their U.S. expansion.”

Sigal Mendelovich, SelectUSA's representative at U.S. Embassy Jerusalem: "Bilateral investment and trade relations with Israel are highly valued in the United States. The economic impact of Israeli companies in the United States is evident with Israeli investments of $36.6 billion, which has generated approximately 27,000 American jobs. Israeli investment has also led to around $1 billion in investment in research and development plus $ 750 million in exports from U.S.-based Israeli companies."

Apply to the SelectUSA Investment Summit thru the following link:


In the picture: Robyn Kessler, Commercial Counselor at U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

(Courtesy: U.S Embassy Jerusalem).








At their annual meeting, the Confederation’s board of directors voted to install entrepreneur David Yaari to serve as president and chairman of the board of the Confederation.  This transition of leadership is reflective of the board’s desire to expand the activities of the organization and help increase the influence of the Confederation in the Zionist world.

Yaari is the founding Director-General of the Arizona-Israel Trade and Investment Office with an extensive record of community engagement and leadership.   Named among the “Forward 50” of the 50 most influential Jews in America, Yaari has filled many senior roles in the business and philanthropic fields including currently serving as a director of the Israel Nature and Heritage Foundation, of the Society for International Development, and now a director of KKL - Keren Kayemet Leyisrael.

He is the proud father of Ori, Emily, and Adam and is married to Sivan Yaari, founder and CEO of Innovation Africa.   “I am thankful to the Confederation Board for entrusting me to advance the cause of General Zionism and to expand ways for the Jewish world to connect with Israel,” said Yaari.  “And I hope the Confederation can be such a bridge to engage the next generation and revitalize the Zionist movement.”


The board also voted to add two new directors: Sarri Singer, Founder and CEO of Strength to Strength, a not for profit that assists terror victims worldwide, and Ran Fuchs, a senior board member in the Israeli-American Council and Head of Capital Markets at IDB Capital.

As an additional step toward expanding the influence of the Confederation on the international Zionist movement, former Knesset member Dov Lipman was appointed to serve as the organization’s Secretary-General.  Lipman, the author of eight books about Judaism and Israel, has spent the last 8 years strengthening the connection between Israel and diaspora Jewry and teaching university students about Zionism and Israel.


Jesse Sultanik, who served as the past Chairman of the Confederation will continue as an officer along with Marlene Post, past president of World Hadassah.  It should be noted that Kalman Sultanik, Jesse’s grandfather, led the Confederation for nearly 60 years.

In a letter sent to the Chairman of the Zionist Executive Yaakov Hagoel, Yaari pledged to work with all the committees, leaders and departments in the national institutions to engage new constituencies and advance the Zionist movement.

Lipman commented, “I have long believed that Israel must serve as the great unifier of Jews worldwide and that an active Zionist movement is necessary to strengthen diaspora Jewry.  David is most welcome choice to take this organization forward.”


About the World Confederation of General Zionists:

The Confederation of General Zionists is a faction in the World Zionist Congress that focuses on pure Zionism and strengthening the connection between Israel and diaspora Jewry.  The Confederation does not represent any Israeli political party or religious stream and focuses on education, youth movements, next generation and future Zionist leadership and strengthening Zionist federations worldwide.

Picture of David Yaari (Courtesy: The Confederation of General Zionists).






Extensive Defense Export Agreement to be Signed between Israel and Slovakia

The Israel Ministry of Defense will deliver 17 radar systems produced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), to the Slovak Ministry of Defense in an agreement that amounts to approximately 150 million.

Defense Minister, Benny Gantz: "As I told the Slovak Minister of Defense during our discussion, Israel’s defense industry is at the forefront of global technology and development and produces excellent operational and military capabilities. This agreement reflects the excellent capabilities of Israel’s defense industry, as well as Israel’s strengthening relations and cooperation with NATO countries.”


The Slovak government approved the recommendation made by the Slovak Ministry of Defense to procure 17 radar systems manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The agreement, led by the International Defense Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT), in the Israel Ministry of Defense, includes the transfer of technology and knowledge from Israel to Slovakia as well as industrial cooperation. The radar components will be manufactured in collaboration with defense industries in Slovakia, under the professional guidance of IAI and the Ministry of Defense.

The Israeli radar systems will be interoperable with NATO defense mechanisms. In recent years, similar systems have been incorporated into the command and control systems of additional countries in the NATO alliance.

The flagship MMR Radar manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) subsidiary, ELTA systems, is combat proven and has extensive operational experience in Israel and around the world. The radar detects airborne threats, classifies them, calculates their threat level and provides essential data that enables systems to neutralize multiple threats simultaneously.

Defense Minister, Benny Gantz: "As I told the Slovak Minister of Defense during our discussion, Israel’s defense industry is at the forefront of global technology and development and produces excellent operational and military capabilities. I congratulate the employees of the Israel Ministry of Defense and IAI on another significant achievement, which reflects the excellent capabilities of Israel’s defense industry, as well as Israel’s strengthening relations and cooperation with NATO countries. Under my leadership, the defense establishment will continue to promote technology procurement and development agreements, which are part of the security concept of the State of Israel and are particularly important for Israeli resilience at this time due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

SIBAT Director, Brig. Gen. (Res.) Yair Kulas: "The Slovak government's choice to equip its forces with Israeli radar systems is another significant step in strengthening defense relations between our countries. The choice is also indicative of the excellent capabilities of Israel’s defense industry, which provides advanced solutions to a vast range of ever-evolving threats. We thank our Slovakian partners and look forward to continuing exchanges of information and technology, further expanding our partnership.”

IAI VP and CEO of ELTA, Yoav Turgeman: “We are honored to be the Slovakian government's choice and to incorporate IAI’s MMR Radar into their air defense solution, and we thank the Israel Ministry of Defense for the cooperation. The MMR leverages state-of-the-art technologies to provide a dependable picture of the air and awareness of the situation at hand. Approximately 130 MMRs have been delivered to the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, and are already operational in the United States and Canada, in addition to Israel. We are confident this is the best radar system to enable the Slovakian Air Force to confront a wide range of aerial threats and we look forward to further cooperation."


Photo  Israel Ministry of Defense