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N Editorials . 4A Op-Ed 5A Calendar 6A Scene Around 9A Synagogue Directory. 11A JTA News Briefs 13A A David's Sling missile being launched. Rafael By Yaakov Lappin (JNS)--Israel's newest air-defense system, David's Sling, made the headlines this week after going into action for the first time on the border with Syria. Although it appeared not to strike the target--in this case, two short-range missiles fired by the Assad regime against a rebel region near the Israeli border-- that should not be seen as amajor setback, defense experts have told JNS. Produced by Israeli defense company Rafael, in partnership with American defense firm Raytheon, the David's Sling system is designed to shoot down an array of threats. These include heavy rockets, cruise missiles, drones, short-range ballistic missiles and evasive airborne threats that maneuver as they fly. The system, which has been ready for use since 2017 following years of testing, plugs a hole that was left between the short-range Iron Dome missile-defense system, and the long-range Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 systems that defend against bal- listic missiles in the upper atmosphere and in space. "David's Sling was designed from the start to be part of a multi-layered air-defense system, and when bugs are cleaned, it will do what it is supposed to do," Uzi Rubin, a leading Israeli expert, told JNS. Rubin founded the Arrow defense program in the Israeli Defense Ministry. The arrival of a multi-layered air- defense system is, in itself, a revolution, said Rubin. Every such defense system has its own role to play, in line with its ranges, he added. "They decide what to fire according to the type of threat," he said. While Iron Dome is more of a lo- cal defense system--with batteries of interceptors placed near the area they Missies on page 14A Sam Sokol Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at a ceremony welcoming a new neighborhood in the West Bank settlement of Efrat, Aug. 1, 2018. By Sam Sokol EFRAT, West Bank (JTA)-- Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee laid bricks in a new neighborhood in this settlement in a ceremony Wednesday that took its lan- guage and cues from Donald Trump's"Make America Great Again" rhetoric During the ceremony in Efrat's Tamar neighborhood, organizers distributed red caps bearing the slogan "Build Israel Great Again" and spoke of how thankful they were for the president's support. Leaders of the Yesha Council, which represents the settle- ment movement, indicated the ceremony was part of an effort to garner American support for expanding the settlers' footprint in the West Bank. "I cannot tell you how proud I've been of the president as it relates to the land of Israel," said Huckabee, a Trump sup- porter, talk show host and ordained Southern Baptist minister. Speaking against the back- drop ofred"Build Israel Great Again" signs, settlement leaders took turns alternately praising Trump and calling on him to lift limits on settlement construction. Huckabee on page 15A C By Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman (JNS)--When you drive into Israel's Sha'ar HaNegev Region in the northwestern Negev, the fields are burnt and black. The trees are broken, and the smell of acrid smoke stings the eyes and nose. "It is a very upsetting m A beehive in flames from an Gaza Strip. view," said Zeev Meidan, gen- eral manager of the Israeli Honey Council Meidan, who in the past was employed as a bee- keeper at the area's Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, has been spending extra time in the southern district to support the region's honey farmers, many of whom have been the target of arson attacks by Hamas. He said fires in the Gaza periphery caused by aerial arson attacks launched by flammable kites and he- lium balloons have caused millions of shekels worth Alon Sigron incendiary kite at a honey farm in southern l~rael near the of damage to the beehives of Kibbutz Erez and Yad Mordechai in the period just before Rosh Hashanah, the height of the honey harvest On average, Meidan said, the hives would be producing as much as 50 kilograms of honey each this season. "After many months of labor, we were supposed to collect the honey from our hives," said Boaz Kanot, chairman of the Israel Bee- keepers Association. "The recent fires have burned doz- ens of beehives full of honey just before it was meant to be packaged and distributed. This is a huge loss to the industry in general and the beekeepers specifically " Many beekeepers rely on income from this sea- son to support themselves throughout the year, ex- plained Yitzchak "Hakale" Amitai, manager of Kib- butz Erez's building and infrastructure. He said the beekeepers provide taxes from the profits to the kib- butz, which will also suffer a financial blow. The government has com- mitted to help offset the loss Kites on page 15A WASHINGTON, D.C.--Hil- lel International announced that former Israeli Justice Minister and Member of Knesset Dr. Yossi Beilin has been elected to serve as chair of the board of Hillel Israel, a volunteer position. His ap- pointment was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Hillel Israel. In addition to his extensive public service career, Beilin is the visionary of the Birthright Israel program, which has brought more than 650,000 young Diaspora Jews to Israel for 10-day educational trips. The Hillel movement recruits more college-age students for Taglit-Birthright Israel trips than any other organization "Yossi Beilin has spent his entire career devoted to strengthening the future of the Jewish community," said Hillel International President and CEO Eric D. Fingerhut, who also serves on the Hillel Israel Board of Directors."His insights into Hillel's role in shaping tomorrow's Jewish Dr. Yossi Beilin leaders are invaluable and we are excited to build and grow with his leadership." Beilin was chosen to lead Beilin on page 15A