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  • U.S. sells munitions to Israel from its surplus stockpile

    July 31, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    The U.S. Defense Department sold to Israel munitions from its Israel-based surplus stockpile.

    “The United States is committed to the security of Israel, and it is vital to U.S. national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense...

  • Congress triples Obama’s request on defense cooperation with Israel

    December 19, 2013 | 11:58 am

    The final version of the congressional defense budget triples the Obama administration’s request for funding for joint U.S.-Israel defense cooperation.

    The $284 million in the budget released jointly on Dec. 10 by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate budget committees —...

  • In public shift, Israel calls for Assad’s fall

    September 17, 2013 | 8:37 am

    Israel wants to see Syrian President Bashar Assad toppled, its ambassador to the United States said on Tuesday, in a shift from its non-committal public stance on its neighbor's civil war.

    Even Assad's defeat by al Qaeda-aligned rebels would be preferable to Damascus's current...

  • Defense chiefs Hagel and Yaalon to meet in D.C.

    June 11, 2013 | 1:32 pm

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and his Israeli counterpart, Moshe Yaalon, will meet this week.

    A Pentagon official told JTA that the two defense chiefs would meet in Washington on Friday, but did not provide further details.

    Israel and the United States are closely cooperating in tracking Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program and formulating strategy over how to prevent it.

    Hagel and Yaalon met last month in Israel in their first meeting since taking their posts.

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  • U.S. publishes details of secret Israeli military base

    June 4, 2013 | 9:43 am

    The U.S. government published on a federal website details of a top-secret base in Israel to house the Arrow 3 missile defense system.

    A 1,000-page detailed description of the project, to be built by the United States for Israel, was published on a federal business...

  • Meet the laser that guides the Iron Dome (soon to be made in the USA)

    May 21, 2013 | 1:42 pm

    Six months after the Iron Dome defense system rendered Hamas rockets largely ineffective during Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza,  I got a tour of the factory that produces its most vital component: a laser.

    The system, which can shoot down rockets within a...

  • U.S. aims to support Israeli defense systems despite budget cuts

    March 5, 2013 | 10:04 am

    New U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with his Israeli counterpart on Tuesday, expressing strong support for Israeli missile and rocket defense systems despite fiscal uncertainty caused by across-the-board spending cuts.

    "Secretary Hagel is committed to working with members...

  • Israel boosts defences along Syria, Lebanon borders

    February 5, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    Israel has deployed a third Iron Dome missile defence system near its northern borders with Syria and Lebanon, security sources said on Tuesday.

    The Iron Dome systems have been deployed alongside a U.S.-supplied Patriot battery, which has been stationed in the north for years, as...

  • Iron Dome upgrade tests called successful

    January 22, 2013 | 10:01 am

    Israel said it successfully completed tests of the Iron Dome missile defense system following a system upgrade.

    The announcement of the successful tests came in a statement from its Defense Ministry issued on Jan. 21.

    "The series of tests is aimed at broadening and improving...

  • Test of David’s Sling missile defense system deemed success

    November 26, 2012 | 9:11 am

    Israel successfully tested its newest missile defense system, called David's Sling.

    The Israel Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency on Sunday announced that David's Sling, also known as Magic Wand, intercepted a mid-range missile during a test-firing...

  • Ehud Barak says he’s quitting politics

    November 26, 2012 | 7:36 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he is leaving politics after more than half a century and will not run in the upcoming elections.

    Barak made the surprise announcement Monday, less than a week after Israel's military ended its Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza, for...

  • Pogroms interrupted: The era of Jews fighting back

    By David Suissa

    November 16, 2012 | 10:10 am

    As I’ve been watching images of Hamas rockets falling on Israel, I’ve asked myself: If Hamas had the ability to murder thousands of Jews, wouldn’t they? And if Israel didn’t have a strong army, wouldn’t we surely witness another pogrom? 

    Since the destruction of the Second Temple...

  • U.S. Senate resolution backs Israel’s actions in Gaza

    November 15, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    Thirty U.S. senators have signed on to a resolution expressing support for Israel's "inherent right to act in self-defense."

    The non-binding resolution, originally drafted by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), "expresses unwavering commitment to the...

  • Iron Dome anti-missile system installed in Tel Aviv

    September 6, 2012 | 9:18 am

    An Iron Dome anti-missile system battery has been installed in metropolitan Tel Aviv.

    The system, which was installed on Thursday, is expected to remain in place for several days, as it calibrates itself to the area.

    The battery has previously been installed at Sderot, Ashkelon and Ashdod.

    Israel and the United States will hold Austere Challenge 12, a joint ballistic missiles exercise, at the end of October.

  • U.S. military official’s secret visit to Israel is revealed

    September 6, 2012 | 9:08 am

    The vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. James Winnefeld, is in Israel to discuss security and defense issues.

    Winnefeld's visit, which was revealed Thursday by Israeli's Army Radio on the last day of the meetings, reportedly was kept secret due to tension...

  • Egypt replaces tanks with armored vehicles in Sinai

    September 4, 2012 | 4:38 pm

    Egypt's military is deploying light armored vehicles in Sinai to replace some heavy tanks whose presence at the border area had raised concerns in Israel, security sources said on Tuesday.A source said last week the army had begun withdrawing some of the tanks, after they had been...

  • Israel opens up about national cyber plans

    June 7, 2012 | 3:51 pm

    Israel will establish a national cyber situation room as part of a national cybernetic defense concept.

    National Cyber Bureau head Dr. Evyatar Mataniah also announced Wednesday at Tel Aviv University’s Second Annual International Cyber Conference that Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • House subcommittee set to OK $1 billion for Israel anti-missile programs

    May 7, 2012 | 3:37 pm

    The U.S. House of Representatives defense appropriations subcommittee is set to approve nearly $1 billion for Israeli and joint Israeli-U.S. missile defense programs.

    “This funding level is the highest ever appropriated in a single year for these life-saving programs,” Rep. Steve...

  • 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...

  • Netanyahu says sanctions hurting Iran but not enough

    April 3, 2012 | 11:51 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that international sanctions were hurting Iran’s economy but not enough to persuade it to curb its nuclear ambitions even slightly.

    “The Iranian government ... is having economic troubles but it has yet to move backward, even...

  • IDF officials: Missile attack on Israel would produce less than 300 casualties

    April 2, 2012 | 5:57 pm

    Israel Defense Forces officials told cabinet ministers on Monday that should Israel undergo a coordinated missile attack, there would be less than 300 Israeli casualties.

    The number was mentioned by IDF officials during a discussion in Israel’s security-diplomatic cabinet, Channel...

  • Obama administration to ask for more Iron Dome funds

    March 27, 2012 | 2:07 pm

    The Obama administration plans to ask Congress to fund additions to Israel’s Iron Dome defense system.

    “The Department of Defense has been in conversations with the government of Israel about U.S. support for the acquisition of additional Iron Dome systems and intends to request...

  • IDF Chief of Staff Gantz: Iron Dome a game changer

    March 14, 2012 | 10:30 am

    IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz called the success of the Iron Dome system in intercepting incoming missiles from Gaza a “serious and historical military change.”

    Speaking Tuesday night in the Israeli city of Ashdod via satellite to the New York gala dinner of the Friends of the...

  • 10 things you should know about Israel’s Iron Dome

    March 13, 2012 | 11:27 am

    Israel used a new missile shield, Iron Dome, to shoot down rockets fired by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in recent days.

    Here are some details:

    • Developed by state-owned Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd to counter rocket fire from Lebanon, which hit Israeli towns during the...
  • Israel has a legal case for striking Iran

    March 12, 2012 | 10:26 am

    In a world where nuclear weapons could soon be in the hands of a rogue nation like Iran, an Israeli preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities would be fully justified. Despite its ban on aggressive war, Article 51 of the United Nations Charter clearly recognizes a state’s...

  • In love and defense

    March 8, 2012 | 12:27 pm

    I have a complicated relationship with Israel. My younger brother made aliyah last year and is currently serving as a paratrooper in an elite unit of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), leaving me feeling simultaneously proud, nervous and occasionally nauseous all at once. We were...

  • Obama and Netanyahu disagree, in private and in public

    March 6, 2012 | 3:29 pm

    President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agree, at least in principle: Keep the talk on what to do about Iran behind closed doors. But once they’re behind those doors, they can’t agree — and they can’t seem to resist bringing their disagreements...

  • Delay of U.S.-Israel anti-missile exercise fuels speculation

    January 17, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    The decision by Israel and the United States to delay a massive joint anti-missile exercise set off a frenzy of speculation as to what the move says about relations between the two allies amid mounting tensions with Iran.

    U.S. and Israeli officials confirmed to JTA over the weekend...

  • Netanyahu, Barak vow to stop extremist attacks

    December 20, 2011 | 3:05 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak at a West Bank military base that was vandalized by extreme rightists vowed to stop such attacks.

    “This is a stain on all of Israel and on a population of settlers that are not part of this phenomenon,”...

  • Netanyahu shores up his power at home

    December 13, 2011 | 5:03 pm

    He may be a lightning rod for criticism abroad, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is consolidating power at home.

    On Dec. 5, Netanyahu announced that elections for leadership of his Likud Party would be held Jan. 31, 2012. The decision came as something of a surprise;...

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