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  • Germany’s Jewish patriots find a home in the military

    June 26, 2012 | 3:02 pm

    In an office amid a labyrinth of hallways in Germany’s Ministry of Defense, a short jaunt from where Claus von Stauffenberg was executed in 1944 for trying to kill Adolf Hitler, sits Bernhard Fischer, lieutenant colonel and Jew.

    What’s a nice Jewish guy doing in a place like this?...

  • Haredi Free-Pass

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 26, 2012 | 10:13 am

    My recruitment for the army was simple.  When I was 17, I received a letter, calling me for a day of tests, which will help the army find the best type of service for me. After that, I went for several more interviews and tests. Then I received a letter with my recruitment date in...

  • Israeli army officer suspended for firing on Palestinian demonstrators

    June 12, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    An Israeli army officer was suspended for firing on Palestinians throwing stones at a demonstration.

    The incident, which occurred June 1 near the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah, was caught on film, and showed that the officer used live fire even though it did not...

  • Panetta announces $70 million for Iron Dome near term

    May 17, 2012 | 3:14 pm

    The Obama administration said it would rush $70 million to Israel in order to enhance its Iron Dome missile defense system, with more money in the pipeline.

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Thursday after meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Ehud Barak, that he was directed...

  • For new Israeli coalition, haredi army exemptions issue is front and center

    May 9, 2012 | 10:03 am

    Israel’s new unity government may not alter Jerusalem’s strategy for curbing Iran’s nuclear weapons program or do much to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

    But it could dramatically change something at home about which a huge number of Israelis care deeply: haredi...

  • Israel army closes probe into deadly 2009 shelling

    May 1, 2012 | 2:48 pm

    Israel’s military on Tuesday closed an investigation into a 2009 shelling of a house in Gaza that killed 21 members of a Palestinian family, saying it did not constitute a war crime and that the civilians had not been targeted purposefully.

    The incident occurred during a three-week...

  • House committee to propose Iron Dome boost

    April 23, 2012 | 2:21 pm

    The House Armed Services Committee reportedly is proposing $680 million in additional funds for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

    A number of news outlets reported over the weekend that the Republican-majority Armed Services Committee plans to increase the funding in...

  • Israeli military doctor saves Palestinian baby brought to base

    April 23, 2012 | 2:14 pm

    An Israeli military doctor saved a 12-day-old Palestinian baby girl who had stopped breathing.

    Lt. Michael Findler, 28, the lone doctor at the Halamish military base near Ramallah in the West Bank, resuscitated the baby with CPR. Following an exam, the baby was taken by Palestinian...

  • Germany sells sub to Israel but warns on attacking Iran

    March 20, 2012 | 12:57 pm

    Germany said on Tuesday it will sell Israel a sixth military submarine and shoulder part of the cost, although it warned its ally that any military escalation with Iran could bring incalculable risks.

    German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere said he shared Israel’s fear of a...

  • Israel, Azerbaijan ink $1.6 billion military deal

    February 27, 2012 | 10:32 am

    A state-run Israeli company will has inked a $1.6 billion deal to sell sophisticated military technology to Azerbaijan.

    Under the deal, Israel Aerospace Industries will sell drones, anti-aircraft and missile defense systems to Azerbaijan, Iran’s neighbor to the north.

    Israeli defense officials told international news services that the deal has been in process for a long time and is not a response to recent allegedly Iranian attempts to kill Israeli diplomats or any potential Israeli plans to strike Iranian nuclear sites.

  • Bibi tables talk on extending law delaying military service

    January 18, 2012 | 11:07 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has delayed discussion of extending a law for five more years that allows yeshiva students to delay their military service.

    Netanyahu said in a statement issued from his office Wednesday that he will talk about the length of the extension of...

  • Congress approves review of medals for Jewish WWI vets

    December 21, 2011 | 10:46 am

    Congress approved a requirement for the U.S. military to review World War I records to determine whether Jews who received decorations should be upgraded to the Medal of Honor.

    The amendment to the Defense Authorization Act, which passed last week and will soon to be signed into law...

  • Attacks by radical settlers on Israeli army spark debate

    December 19, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    Charred tires and boulders pushed to the sides of the road leading to Yitzhar, a West Bank Jewish community near Nablus, were among the signs that residents had made an effort to prevent Israeli soldiers and police from entering the settlement. Patches of grease stains—remnants of...

  • Holiday packages for Jewish service members

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    November 30, 2011 | 6:11 pm

    Bel-Air may be a long way from Afghanistan, but the distance seemed a little closer on a recent rainy Sunday. At the home of Joan Rimmon, a cadre of volunteers was assembling care packages for Jewish servicemen and -women deployed abroad. Although Thanksgiving was just days away,...

  • Tahrir reprise throws down gauntlet to Egypt army

    November 21, 2011 | 1:36 pm

    The chants, tear gas and violence emanating from Cairo’s Tahrir Square evoke the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Protesters talk of a fight to the death with the ruling military council, whose entire transition plan looks shakier than ever.

    The Supreme Council of the Armed...

  • From soldier to rabbi, one Afghanistan war veteran takes unusual path

    October 17, 2011 | 5:42 pm

    When West Point’s Jewish chaplain left the academy during Joshua Knobel’s freshman year, Knobel filled in for him, running Jewish prayer services at the military school’s chapel.

    In the years following his 2001 graduation, Knobel led services more than 6,000 miles east while...

  • Lost Treasures, Home Movies, Memory Lane & a Surprise Visit from Heaven

    By Ilana Angel

    October 2, 2011 | 5:25 pm

    Last week I was looking through some family photos looking for a picture of my dad.  It’s a photograph that was taken in 1962, shortly before my parents met, and for some reason I needed to see it.  It is a great picture and I’ve got it posted with this blog.  My dad was 24 years...

  • Israel moves to ease strains with Egypt

    August 25, 2011 | 8:38 am

    Israel offered on Thursday to investigate jointly with Egypt the killing of five Egyptian security personnel during an Israeli operation against cross-border raiders a week ago, violence that has strained relations with Cairo’s new rulers.

    “Israel is ready to hold a joint...

  • In helping Palestinians, IDF paramedics defy stereotypes

    May 26, 2011 | 4:37 pm

    Yana Kisluk tosses her long ponytail over one shoulder and adjusts her M-16 over the other.

    The pretty 21-year-old, who wears diamond stud earrings and perfect eye makeup, looks like any other young Israeli doing her compulsory military service.

    As a paramedic in the Israel Defense...

  • Iran army general: Attacking us would be suicidal

    April 20, 2011 | 11:52 am

    The Iranian army’s ground force commander warned that attacking Iran would be suicidal, the semi-official Iranian Fars News Agency reported on Wednesday.

    “Today no enemy has the requirements and the desire to carry out a military attack against the powerful Iran and military...

  • Pushed by Goldstone, Israeli army embraces new ‘smart’ warfare

    April 11, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    Despite Israel’s rejection of the Goldstone report on the Gaza war a year-and-a-half ago, the international criticism it engendered has led the Israel Defense Forces to make a number of significant changes in policy and doctrine.

    And they’ll stay even though Richard Goldstone has...

  • Gillibrand presses Army on beard policy

    March 16, 2011 | 10:35 am

    U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Army to modify a regulation banning facial hair in order to allow rabbis to serve as chaplains.

    “It is my understanding that a review of this policy is currently under way at the Department of Defense,” Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) wrote recently to...

  • In Bahrain, at least 3 killed, 231 hurt as army cracks down on protests

    February 17, 2011 | 8:25 am

    The Bahraini army seized control of key parts of capital Manama on Thursday and banned gatherings, after a riot police raid on a protest camp left at least three people dead, 231 wounded and 60 more missing.

    Armed vehicles rumbled through the capital after police stormed the...

  • Mubarak resigns, army assumes power [LIVE VIDEO]

    February 11, 2011 | 9:30 am

    Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has resigned and the military has assumed power.

    Omar Suleiman, appointed vice president by Mubarak last week in a bid to quell burgeoning protests, made the announcement on state TV Friday and said that power had transferred to the military’s...

  • Rabbi sues Army over beard ban

    December 9, 2010 | 10:47 am

    A rabbi is suing the U.S. Army, saying it refused his services as a chaplain because he would not shave his beard.

    Rabbi Menachem Stern filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Washington on Wednesday, his law firm, Lewin and Lewin, said in a news release.

    Stern claims the Army...

  • Valley Jewish war vets fight an old enemy on the home front: Invisibility

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 10, 2010 | 10:11 am

    Listen to interviews with Jewish War Veterans:
    Track 1: Seymour Bloom and Marty Falk, two members of the Jewish War Veterans Post 603 in the San Fernando Valley, talk about what it means to be an American Jewish vet. Listen here.
    Track 2: A story from Korean War Veteran Seymour...

  • The Jewish War Veterans of Post 603 [AUDIO]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 9, 2010 | 1:31 pm

    Listen to interviews with Jewish War Veterans:
    Track 1: Seymour Bloom and Marty Falk, two members of the Jewish War Veterans Post 603 in the San Fernando Valley, talk about what it means to be an American Jewish vet. Listen here.
    Track 2: A story from Korean War Veteran Seymour...

  • Army Archerd: January 13, 1922 - September 8, 2009

    September 9, 2009 | 2:09 pm

    From Variety.com:

    Army Archerd, whose 52-year run as a Daily Variety columnist made him unique among showbiz reporters, died Tuesday in Los Angeles of a rare form of mesothelioma, a lung cancer thought to be the result of his exposure to asbestos in the Navy during WWII. He was 87.

    Read the full story at Variety.com (ArmyArcherd.com).

    JJ Vault:  An Army of One: American Friends of Hebrew University honors Variety columnist Army Archerd with its Scopus Award.

  • Shalits reveal content of 2006 letter from Gilad

    September 8, 2009 | 2:15 pm

    The family of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit has allowed public access to a letter he wrote just months after being taken captive by Palestinian militants in 2006.

    The letter was handed over to Israel by Egyptian mediators in October 2006, four months after Shalit was seized in a cross-border raid.

    Read the full story at HAARETZ.com.

  • Revelations of Army’s Actions in Gaza Cause Stir

    March 25, 2009 | 10:39 pm

    Revelations by Israeli soldiers of inhumane conduct in the recent Gaza War are putting Israel on the defensive.

    According to soldiers involved in the 22-day operation, Israeli troops used heavy firepower in built-up civilian areas, shot and killed women and children on at least two...

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