Sherwin Pomerantz

Israel’s 95th Day of War

Six IDF troops were killed in an explosion in central Gaza and three others died during intense battles in the south of the Strip, the IDF announced Tuesday, as heavy fighting persisted a day after military leaders indicated that combat was shifting into lower gear after over three months of war. The deadly setbacks came as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited the region to discuss Israel’s transition to a new phase in the punishing conflict, with the Israel Defense Forces largely in control of northern Gaza, but continuing to face resistance during pushes into central Gaza and the metropolis of Khan Younis in the south of the Strip, where the army said it was expanding operations.

The deaths, which occurred Monday, raised the toll in Israel’s offensive to 185 since troops invaded the Strip in late October on a campaign to eliminate the Strip’s Hamas rulers and free hostages kidnapped during the terror group’s October 7 onslaught. The army said the six reservists, all combat engineers, were killed when explosives intended for demolishing a tunnel detonated during activity in central Gaza’s al-Bureij refugee camp.

Three members of Hezbollah were killed in an Israeli UAV attack on a vehicle in southern Lebanon, according to media reports on Tuesday morning. Two sources who spoke to Reuters said that the attack, which took place in Ghandouriyeh, was a targeted drone strike on a vehicle.

Sirens alerting residents to a possible unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) intrusion sounded in the northern city of Safed and across northern Israel on Tuesday morning. There were reports of rockets falling in open areas in Israel.

Yaniv Garty former Vice President at Intel, General Manager of Intel Israel and the Product Lines GM of the Next Generation and Solutions (NGS) solutions group there. In this role, Yaniv was responsible for shaping and driving the NGS strategy for technological and product solutions, from vision into realization. As the General Manager of Intel Israel, he also oversaw all of the company’s activities and operations in Israel with its 12,000 employees here.

US Secretary of State Blinken arrived in Israel on Monday night for discussions today about scaling back Israeli operations in Gaza. It is not clear where that will lead as Israeli reserves thew right to decide its own fate.

In the case brought before the International Court of Justice by South Africa accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza, Israel has asked Aharon Barak, a former President of Israel’s Supreme Court to represent Israel in what can only be termed a frivolous case. While many were surprised at the selection of Barak and he and the PM have been at odds over the years, everyone seems to agree that his is a good choice for Israel.

In my desire to point out people in industry here who are needed in the reconstructive work we will have to attend to after the war, Yanv Garty, the recently retired country director of Intel, is someone worth considering.

Yaniv joined Intel in 2004 with the acquisition of Envara Inc. and served in multiple positions within Intel, including the General Manager of the Wireless Connectivity Solutions, a worldwide organization responsible for delivering wireless connectivity technologies and products. Prior to Intel’s acquisition of Envara, Yaniv served in multiple engineering, business, and managerial positions in companies in the field of communications including Serconet, Optibase and Orckit. He is also the immediate past Chair of the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) as well.

Yaniv has a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, both from Tel Aviv University.  He is presently a member of the Board of Directors of Israel’s NOVA. Fortunately, good people like him abound in Israel and, hopefully, we can convince some of them to enter the political arena for the good and welfare of the country.

About the Author
Sherwin Pomerantz is a native New Yorker, who lived and worked in Chicago for 20 years before coming to Israel in 1984. An industrial engineer with advanced degrees in mechanical engineering and business, he is President of Atid EDI Ltd., a 32 year old Jerusalem-based economic development consulting firm which, among other things, represents the regional trade and investment interests of a number of US states, regional entities and Invest Hong Kong. A past national president of the Association of Americans & Canadians in Israel, he is also Former Chairperson of the Board of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and a Board Member of the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce. His articles have appeared in various publications in Israel and the US.
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