Another Russia’s military satellite; Iran is Mossad’s top priority; Israel will review truce with Hamas

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Another satellite Meridian-M to be launched in January 2020

The Russian Defense Ministry will launch another satellite Meridian-M from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in January 2020, the commander of the Space Force, Colonel-General Alexander Golovko, said during a distance conference on Friday.

“The upgrade of launch pad N. 3 at the Plesetsk cosmodrome has been completed. The first launch from this facility was carried out on December 11. A Glonass-M satellite was put in orbit. The next launch, of the Meridian-M satellite, is due in January 2020,” Golovko said.

Up to 20 launches of space satellites with light and medium class rockets Soyuz-2 may be carried out from Plesetsk next year.

In 2017, the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems was commissioned to make four military satellites Meridian-M (an upgraded configuration of the Meridian family). The Meridian is a second generation communication satellite, which has replaced the Molniya and the Raduga. Its guaranteed life cycle is seven years.

Israel Mossad chief: Iran at the top of priorities

Chief of Israeli Mossad, Yossi Cohen, has announced that Iran is “at the top of Mossad’s priorities,” Israeli media reported on Thursday.

These remarks were made during a ceremony organised by Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, to award certificates of excellence to Mossad officials.

He noted: “All Iranian nuclear, long-range missile and precision missile activities, [Iran’s] regional spread and its support for terrorist organisations are a challenge to the security of the state of Israel and its citizens.”

According to Ynet News, Rivlin also disclosed: “In the Mossad’s dictionary, you will not find the word ‘impossible’. For the Mossad, excellence is not a luxury, it is the only way to survive in the world of the shadows.”

Meanwhile, Rivlin also stated on Israel’s “enemies”: “They are frustrated by their failure to harm us, and never stop searching for a way to catch us unawares. To protect ourselves in the neighbourhood we live in, we have no option but to be sharper and much better.”

Security cabinet said set to review proposed long-term truce with Hamas in Gaza

The cabinet will on Sunday review details of a proposed long-term ceasefire deal with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, according to a television report Saturday night.

The understandings will be presented to ministers by National Security Council Director Meir Ben-Shabbat, Channel 12 news reported.

Among the Israeli concessions to be discussed will be an agreement to boost the number of permits granted to Gazans to enter Israel for trade purposes, an additional widening of the allowed fishing zone off the Strip’s coast, advancing construction of a natural gas pipeline and increased medical assistance and equipment for hospitals. Also under consideration are new permits for Gaza workers to enter Israel, though the Shin Bet security service was said to oppose such action.

Hamas, for its part, would increase its efforts to stop rocket fire from Gaza and rein in border protests. However, the report said Israeli military officials doubt the terror group will be able to completely control the demonstrations and rocket attacks.

A Hamas official denied the report. Speaking to Al Mayadeen TV, Suheil al-Hindi, a member of Hamas’s Political Bureau said “What the Israeli media published about Israel easing measures for Gaza in exchange for Hamas ceasing fire of projectiles is not true.”

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