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Israel's new multimillion-dollar AI tank provides total battlefield vision: 'A new era'

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Israel touts the capabilities of its new AI-enhanced tank, the "Barak" (or "Lightning"), which provides a full 360-degree awareness of the environment, as demonstrated in the video with animation. Israel unveiled the "Barak" tank as its newest artificial intelligence (AI)-powered military advancement, promising a "new era" in combat capabilities. "The Barak tank is very innovative – it takes our maneuvering capabilities to another level, and it is a clear expression of our technological capabilities," Israeli Minister of Defense (IMOD) Yoav Gallant said of the tank, whose name translates to "lightning." "I would like to express my appreciation to the engineers of the Tank and APC Administration, the Israeli Ground Forces and all those involved in the professional process," he added. The fifth-generation Barak tank introduces a 360-degree awareness capability, giving a total vision of the battlefield. In a video that features animated segments to demonstrate the tank's potential, an IDF operator is able to identify targets both in front and behind his tank thanks to a specially designed helmet that helps him filter battlefield data.

Netanyahu talks to Elon Musk in California about anti-Semitism on X

Al Jazeera

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is starting a US trip in California to talk about technology and artificial intelligence with billionaire businessman Elon Musk. The Israeli leader posted Monday on Musk's social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, that he plans to talk with the Tesla CEO "about how we can harness the opportunities and mitigate the risks of AI for the good of civilization." Netanyahu's high-profile visit to the San Francisco Bay Area comes at a time when Musk is facing accusations of tolerating anti-Semitic messages on his social media platform, while Netanyahu is confronting political opposition at home and abroad. Protesters gathered early Monday outside the Fremont, California factory where Tesla makes its cars. The video livestream kicked off shortly before 9:30am with Netanyahu and the Tesla CEO.

Israel unveils 'most advanced' surveillance plane with AI-powered sensors: 'Unprecedented'

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Naftali Bennett speaks exclusively with Fox News Digital about the benefits of artificial intelligence and the need to set parameters for its use. The Israeli Defense Ministry has unveiled a new surveillance aircraft that integrates artificial intelligence (AI) systems in what officials are calling a groundbreaking development for technology. "The Directorate of Defense Research & Development (DDR&D) has been leading the development of the'Oron' mission systems for over nine years," Brig. Gen. Yaniv Rotem, head of military research and development in the DDR&D of the Ministry of Defense, said in a press release. "This mission aircraft will provide the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) with unprecedented, innovative ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) capabilities using groundbreaking sensing systems – the onboard radar system and a variety of sensors."

What is behind Israel's major attack on Jenin?

Al Jazeera

Israel has launched one of its biggest attacks on the occupied West Bank, killing at least eight Palestinians in the Jenin refugee camp and wounding dozens more. The latest operation, ongoing on Monday, marks a significant escalation and follows a raid in Jenin two weeks ago that killed seven Palestinians and that was itself one of the largest conducted in years. Let's take a closer look at Israel's targeting of Jenin. The latest incursion into Jenin began on Sunday night with at least 10 air attacks in the densely-packed area, which houses some 14,000 displaced Palestinians in less than half a square kilometre (0.20sq mile). The attack included drone strikes and a missile, which damaged buildings and infrastructure, sending smoke billowing from the wreckage.

Israel deploys thousands of troops, drones in attack on Jenin stronghold in terrorism 'hotspot'

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on The Israeli military deployed thousands of troops and drones in an attack on a Palestinian militant stronghold in the West Bank on Sunday night. Military officials expect the roughly 2,000 troops to remain in the West Bank city of Jenin for up to 48 hours after launching the operation. Palestinian officials say at least eight people were killed and 50 were wounded in the attack, which was larger than any operation Israel has carried out this year.

Israeli demolition of Palestinian Bedouin homes spike in Naqab

Al Jazeera

Naqab, Israel – In 1992, Mohamed Abu Qwaider watched his mother's home bulldozed by the Israeli army in the unrecognised Bedouin village of az-Zarnug in the Naqab Desert. The then-10-year-old helped his family rebuild the house using stone and concrete, sturdier than the previous metal shack. A few days after completing their new home, the family got another demolition order stating the structure was built illegally and had to watch it flattened to the ground. "I was too young so I didn't know the regulations," Abu Qwaider, now 41, said. "All I knew is that we had the right – anybody has the right to upgrade their house and live peacefully," he told Al Jazeera.

Middle East round-up: Rockets fly between Lebanon and Israel

Al Jazeera

Cross-border violence between Israel and Lebanon, the Saudi ambassador to Yemen meets the Houthis, and Iran's hijab crackdown. Here's your round up of our coverage, written by Abubakr Al-Shamahi, Al Jazeera Digital's Middle East and North Africa editor. First, there were the reports of a single rocket flying across the border from Lebanon into Israel. And then the news that more than 30 had been launched. The majority were intercepted by Israel, but the attack led to the most violent confrontation between Lebanon and Israel since 2006, a sign that the increasing violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories is threatening to spread across the region.

Top 10 military technology companies putting AI into action


Launched in 2017, Anduril has grown quickly since its founding building technology for military agencies and border surveillance with the help of AI. The company makes defence hardware, including long-flying drones and surveillance towers that connect to a shared software platform it calls Lattice OS. Lattice OS is an autonomous sensemaking, and command and control platform that serves as the core platform for its suite of capabilities. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. is an Israeli defence technology company. It was founded as Israel's National R&D Defense Laboratory for the development of weapons and military technology within the Israeli Ministry of Defense; in 2002 it was incorporated as a limited company.

Israel Launched Drone Attack on Iranian Facility, Officials Say

NYT > Middle East

A drone attack on an Iranian military facility that resulted in a large explosion in the center of the city of Isfahan on Saturday was the work of the Mossad, Israel's premier intelligence agency, according to senior intelligence officials who were familiar with the dialogue between Israel and the United States about the incident. The facility's purpose was not clear, and neither was how much damage the strike caused. But Isfahan is a major center of missile production, research and development for Iran, including the assembly of many of its Shahab medium-range missiles, which can reach Israel and beyond. Weeks ago, American officials publicly identified Iran as the primary supplier of drones to Russia for use in the war in Ukraine, and they said they believed Russia was also trying to obtain Iranian missiles to use in the conflict. But U.S. officials said they believed this strike was prompted by Israel's concerns about its own security, not the potential for missile exports to Russia. The strike came just as Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken was beginning a visit to Israel, his first since Benjamin Netanyahu returned to office as prime minister.

Israel, US point to Iran after drone strikes Israeli-controlled tanker off Oman's coast

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Netanyahu spoke to Fox News Digital following the release of his new memoir, "Bibi: My Story." Officials in Israel say Iran is responsible for a drone strike that hit an Israel-associated, Liberian-flagged oil tanker off the coast of Oman on Tuesday. The tanker, the Pacific Zircon, sustained minor damage to its hull with no injuries or spillage of the gas oil cargo, Israeli-controlled Eastern Pacific Shipping said Wednesday, and an Israeli official said Iran was responsible. Three maritime sources told Reuters that a drone was suspected to have attacked the tanker. An Israeli official said Iran was responsible for the attack by using a Shahed-136 drone, the type it has been supplying to Russia for use in its war against Ukraine.