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  • Tunnel vision: Why Hamas’ tunnels are the new front in the war with Israel

    July 22, 2014 | 10:04 am

    Until this latest war, if you asked most Israelis about the threat from Gaza, they would probably start talking about Hamas rockets.

    But that has changed over the last few days of fighting, for two reasons: One, the much-heralded success of the Iron Dome missile defense system,...

  • Why I support going into Gaza

    July 17, 2014 | 5:30 pm

    Israeli forces have entered Gaza.  Here's why this was the right call.

    It was in this very month, in 2006, that I served as a heavy gunner in the Second Lebanon war. It was a difficult war. Troops starved and dehydrated. The IDF lost soldiers and soldiers lost limbs. Families of...

  • Palestinian freed in Shalit swap charged in Passover murder

    June 23, 2014 | 2:35 pm

    One of two West Bank Palestinians charged in the fatal shooting of an Israeli police official was released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange.

    The father and son were arrested last month according to a gag order lifted Monday, the same day they were charged.

    On Passover eve,...

  • Noam Shalit relives his son’s traumatic kidnapping

    By Ryan Torok

    May 28, 2014 | 11:05 am

    Everyone knows the story of Gilad Shalit, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier kidnapped by Hamas in Gaza in 2006 and freed five years later. But what about his family?

    The former captive’s father, Noam Shalit, told a crowd of more than 100 people on May 21 that the drawn-out...

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  • Shalit to Obama: Free Pollard in peace talks gesture

    March 31, 2014 | 2:47 pm

    Former captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit called on President Obama to release Jonathan Pollard as part of peace negotiations.

    Shalit made his plea to the U.S. president in a letter published Monday in the Israeli newspaper Yediot Acharonot that reportedly also was sent to...

  • Mother of slain soldier presents Gilad Shalit with Spirit of Hope Award

    March 18, 2014 | 10:56 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The woman whose poignant pleas to the Israeli government to do whatever it would take to repatriate captured soldier Gilad Shalit – even releasing her own son’s killer – served as presenter of the Shalva “Spirit of Hope” award...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 17, 2014 | 12:39 pm

    As you probably know, Homeland, the award winning television phenomenon, is based on an Israeli TV series named Hatufim (Prisoners of War.)
    The show, created by Gideon Raff, had two seasons and considered very successful and unique in the Israeli television scenery.In July 2010,...

  • Memoir highlights unlikely role in Gilad Shalit saga

    By Ryan Torok

    December 4, 2013 | 4:44 pm

    Less than one year before Gilad Shalit’s 2006 abduction-heard-round-the-world, another, less infamous tragedy set events in motion that ultimately aided in the Israeli soldier’s release.

    In September 2005, a relative of Gershon Baskin, founder and then-co-CEO of the...

  • Rachel Berry, McDonalds, Paris and Tel-Aviv

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 6, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    Glee- what a fun show.  A bunch of high-school kids dance and sing, and though sometimes being "Slushied," they still enjoy life and sing about it. I watch Glee. In fact, I am a big fan of Glee. And Smash. And Revenge. And The Americans. And Modern Family. And Dexter. And this is...

  • Gilad Shalit- two years later

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 15, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Two years ago, the people of Israel finally sighed. Gilad Shalit has returned home.

    It took more than five years and a great fuss for the Israeli Government and Shalit's captors (the terror organization: Hamas) to sign on this controversial deal. Some would say we gave up on too...

  • IDF attempted ’08 operation to capture Hamas commander to swap for Shalit

    July 25, 2013 | 9:14 am

    Israel attempted to capture the former head of Hamas’ military wing in 2008 in order to exchange him for then-captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, according to newly released documents.

    The operation involved special forces and the top brass of Israel’s defense establishment....

  • Palestinians mark Prisoners’ Day with hunger strikes, protests

    April 17, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Thousands of Palestinians marked Prisoners' Day with protests and hunger strikes.

    Some 3,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails refused their food on Wednesdays. Nine of the prisoners reportedly announced that they will begin longer-term hunger strikes until Samer Issawi, who...

  • Report: Shalit could have avoided captivity

    March 29, 2013 | 4:58 am

    Gilad Shalit’s capture was the result of operational failures on his part and on the part of other members of his tank crew, interviews with Shalit have revealed.

    Shalit, the only member of a three-man crew who survived a cross-border, guerrilla-style attack on June 25, 2005 by...

  • Shalit signs on to petition seeking Pollard’s freedom

    March 12, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    Freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit joined the call on President Obama to release spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard.

    Shalit on Monday signed an online petition asking Obama to commute Pollard's life sentence to time served.

    "I have signed a petition, and call on you to do the...

  • Riots break out in Jerusalem, West Bank over Palestinian prisoners

    February 22, 2013 | 9:27 am

    Palestinian protesters reportedly fired flares and hurled stones at Israeli troops in the Old City in Jerusalem amid violent protests in the West Bank.

    Several dozen Palestinians began hurling rocks at troops stationed outside the Mugrabi Gate after Friday prayers, Ynet reported...

  • Palestinian hunger striker to be released next month, protests continue

    February 21, 2013 | 9:51 am

    A Palestinian prisoner on a long-term hunger strike in an Israeli jail will be released in March.

    The Jerusalem Magistrates Court on Thursday sentenced Samer Issawi to eight months in prison for violating the terms of his release under the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap. Issawi was...

  • Palestinian protesters for hunger strikers, Israeli soldiers clash again

    February 21, 2013 | 8:09 am

    At least 1,000 Palestinians demonstrated near a West Bank prison -- the latest rally in support of inmates on long-term hunger strikes.

    The protesters threw stones at Israeli security forces and burned tires after being stopped at the military checkpoint in the West Bank...

  • Pidyon Shvuyim fund to help imprisoned Jews

    February 21, 2013 | 8:06 am

    The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington established a legal defense fund for Jews being held wrongfully because of their Jewishness and will assist Alan Gross, who is in prison in Cuba.

    Financial contributions will be used to help cover the legal defense of...

  • Gilad Shalit visits immigrant soldiers

    January 17, 2013 | 2:29 pm

    Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit visited immigrant soldiers in Jerusalem.

    Shalit, who was held captive for five years after he was apprehended near the Gaza border by Hamas operatives in 2006, met with 50 immigrants who came to Israel without their families and are currently serving in the Israel Defense Forces.

    The visit was coordinated with Nefesh B'Nefesh, an organization that facilitates immigration to the Jewish state, and held at their offices in Jerusalem.

  • Terror tunnel from Gaza to Israel discovered

    January 15, 2013 | 9:33 am

    Israeli soldiers found the opening of a large tunnel in Israeli territory dug from the Gaza Strip that officials believe is intended for use in terror activity.

    The tunnel, which was discovered Monday near Kibbutz Nir Oz during a regular patrol near the border with Gaza, was...

  • Israeli peace activist says Hamas’ Jabari received truce document—and Israel knew

    November 15, 2012 | 9:00 am

    Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin said that hours before Israel assassinated Ahmed Jabari, the Hamas military leader received a draft of a permanent truce agreement with Israel.

    The draft also included mechanisms for maintaining a cease-fire during upticks in rocket fire...

  • Rocket attacks intensify, IDF reservists called up after Israel kills Hamas leader in Gaza

    November 14, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    The Israeli army began moving infantry units to the south and calling up reservists in preparation for a further escalation of hostilities with Hamas after an Israeli airstrike killed Hamas' military chief in the strip.

    Ahmed Jabari and a passenger were killed by an Israeli...

  • Islamist Hamas in Gaza gaining international legitimacy?

    October 29, 2012 | 1:40 pm

    Since the Islamist Hamas movement kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in 2006 and even more after the organization forcibly took over the impoverished Gaza Strip in 2007, Israel has worked hard to isolate Hamas. It imposed a strict blockade on Gaza, and repeatedly insisted that...

  • Hamas vows to capture more Israeli soldiers

    October 19, 2012 | 9:21 am

    On the one-year anniversary of Gilad Shalit’s release Oct. 18, Hamas’s leadership spoke openly about capturing more Israeli soldiers in order to use them as bargaining chips for the release of Palestinian prisoners.

    “It should serve as a road map to free Palestinian prisoners in...

  • Hamas releases Gilad Shalit film

    October 19, 2012 | 9:06 am

    On the one-year anniversary of the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Hamas has released a film describing the Israeli soldier's abduction in 2006.

    According to the film, which was released on Oct. 18 on the website of the Hamas military wing, Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades,...

  • Gilad Shalit’s first full interview

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 18, 2012 | 1:34 pm

    A year after his return home, Gilad Shalit gave his very first full interview about his time in captivity and the emotional return home. The documentary film: Gilad Shalit- In front of the camera, was created by Tal Goren and Tamar Pross, and was aired on the Israeli Channel 10, on...

  • Shalit reveals how he survived in first public interview since freedom

    October 12, 2012 | 9:20 am

    One year after his release, Israeli Channel 10 News aired parts of an interview with former Hamas captive Gilad Shalit on Oct. 11, during which Shalit revealed details of how he survived his ordeal and spent his days in captivity.

    “During the day, I played all kinds of games with...

  • October 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 12, 2012 | 4:12 am

    In-depth

    Don’t risk Israel’s security on Obama’s words

    Sheldon Adelson lashes out at the president over his policies on Israel, in an opinion piece for JNS.org

    Think about Obama’s anti-Israel friends and mentors—radicals like Rashid Khalidi, Frank Marshall Davis,...

  • Shalit gives first interview in Israel since release

    October 11, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    Gilad Shalit in his first interview in Israel since his release spoke of how he passed the time in captivity and his sense of great "relief" upon being set free.

    Israel's Channel 10 played excerpts from the interview, undertaken near the first anniversary of Shalit's release by...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 8, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Israeli achievement at the Computer Olympics: students from 81 countries worldwide competed in Italy on various computer-related tasks such as solving complex algorithms. The level of problems the contestants solved was higher than what grad-school computer students are facing in...

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