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  • For Americans aiding Israeli soldiers, rules of engagement vary

    1 week ago

    When the season’s first snowstorm descended on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights a few weeks ago, it didn’t take long before M, a career sergeant in the Israel Defense Forces, received a phone call from Leon Blankrot.

    “What do you need to keep warm?” asked Blankrot, executive...

  • Israel moots security cooperation with Lebanese military

    2 weeks ago

    Israel's military said on Wednesday it was exploring the possibility of cooperating with the Lebanese army to counter Sunni Islamist militants, even though the two countries remain technically at war.

    Any public coordination was almost certain to be rejected in Beirut, where...

  • ISIS hacked website of L.A. Jewish rapper Kosha Dillz

    By Rebecca Weiner

    November 14, 2014 | 4:25 pm

    ISIS struck close to home this past week when Los Angeles-based rapper Rami Even-Esh, better known as Kosha Dillz, found his website had been hacked by ISIS members in Algeria. The Jewish-American performer, originally from New Jersey, has released several rap albums in English and...

  • IDF vs. Shin Bet and two more notes on a ‘Third Intifada’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 13, 2014 | 4:08 am

    1.

    If you are under the impression that a third Palestinian Intifada has begun – in recent days we’ve seen many occurrences of violence both in the West Bank and within Israel – the embarrassing fight between Israel’s military (IDF) and Israel’s internal security service (Shin...

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  • My brother, the soldier

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 29, 2014 | 9:48 am

    To my dear brother:

    I remember the four months between your high school graduation and your recruitment day. You played as many PlayStation games as possible, and rented all the movies you could see. You wanted to live each moment of freedom to its fullest, before you had to hand...

  • As Nigeria is declared formally free of Ebola, Israel preps for domestic readiness

    October 21, 2014 | 3:55 pm

    Israeli officials welcomed the World Health Organization announcement on Oct. 20 that Nigeria has been declared formally free of Ebola following six weeks with no new cases of the deadly virus.

    “This is an important development for Nigeria and highlights their swift and effective...

  • U.S. denies it prevented FBI from aiding search for Israeli soldier

    October 20, 2014 | 10:50 am

    A U.S. official denied a report published by Israel Hayom that the U.S. prevented the FBI from aiding Israel in the search for IDF soldier Oron Shaul, who was initially feared kidnapped during Operation Protective Edge. Shaul was later deemed to be killed in battle.

    “There was...

  • The fourth Gaza War: 5 predictions

    By Rob Eshman

    October 14, 2014 | 11:24 am

    Now that the international donor conference on behalf of Gaza has wrapped up in Cairo, it is time to make predictions about the next Gaza War.

    1. First, let’s try to guess when it will begin. The first Gaza War ran from December 2008 to January 2009, lasting three weeks. The...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 10, 2014 | 1:23 pm

    The Benji Hillman Foundation was founded in August 2006, in memory of Major Benji Hillman, who was killed in action during the Second Lebanon War in 2006.


    The foundation, managed by Hillman’s cousin, Saul Burka, operates to continue Benji’s legacy and help make life easier for...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    September 18, 2014 | 11:26 am

    Friendship Circle of Los Angeles celebrated its annual Walk 4 Friendship LA at Rancho Park on Sept. 14. Under a scorching sun, with highs in the mid-90s, completing the 3K was a definite feat for the more than 400 participating families.

    Instead of a foghorn, Friendship Circle...

  • Let soldiers and haredim swap roles

    September 18, 2014 | 10:35 am

    Controversy over haredi military service roils Israeli society, but respect for each side’s concerns and values can help resolve it.

    Haredim believe Jews of all backgrounds are equally commanded to learn Torah. So Israel could diffuse Torah study by allowing non-religious,...

  • IDF reserve officer disciplined for passing info to Bennett during Gaza op

    September 16, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    The Israel Defense Forces took disciplinary action against a senior reserves officer who reportedly passed classified information to a government minister during Operation Protective Edge.

    Israeli media on Tuesday identified the officer as former IDF Chief Rabbi Avichai Ronsky,...

  • IDF, fellow reservists rip refusal letter by intelligence corps members

    September 15, 2014 | 11:49 am

    The Israel Defense Forces said it will take disciplinary action against dozens of Israeli intelligence corps reservists who signed a letter vowing to stop collecting information on Palestinians.

    Brig. Gen. Moti Almoz, the head of the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, in a statement issued...

  • The 8200 refuseniks are neither ‘disgusting’ nor ‘brave’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 15, 2014 | 4:12 am

    Israel is abuzz – at least until the next headline grabs its attention – over a letter. 43 reservists from the IDF's Military Intelligence Unit 8200 published a letter declaring their refusal to serve in the army due to, well, here the complications begin. There is a whole range of...

  • For the Love of Israel -Q&A with the young people who made Aliyah during Operation Protective Edge

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 5, 2014 | 8:34 am

    This summer, in the midst of a military operation in Gaza, while rockets whistled over our heads, a group of 300 young North Americans landed in Israel, their eyes lit with excitement. Those young folks, ages 18 to 23, made Aliyah with the purpose of starting a new, independent...

  • What really happened in the battle of Khuzaa, Gaza?

    By Simone Wilson

    September 4, 2014 | 2:35 pm

    No neighborhood along the eastern half of the Gaza strip — the half closest to Israel — emerged unscathed from the recent 50-day war in Gaza, which left more than 2,000 Palestinians dead.

    But in Khuzaa, a middle-class farming town of around 10,000 in southern Gaza that pushes up...

  • Fire from fighting in Syria hits Israeli-held Golan, Israel shoots back

    September 4, 2014 | 9:01 am

    A projectile from fighting in the Syrian civil war struck the Golan Heights on Thursday and Israeli forces responded by attacking a Syrian army position, the military said.

    In a statement, the military said it appeared the shooting from Syria was "errant fire" from battles...

  • Lone Soldiers: Why you’re over there and not back home

    September 3, 2014 | 6:06 pm

    Dear Chayalim Bodedim (Lone Soldiers),

    Until Michael Levin, the paratrooper from Philadelphia, was killed in August 2006, almost nobody knew who we were.

    In July we lost three more of our own: Max Steinberg from Los Angeles; Sean Carmeli from South Padre Island, Texas; and...

  • Why didn’t Gazans use the IDF field hospital?

    By Simone Wilson

    August 27, 2014 | 10:31 am

    For those few Gaza hospitals not bombed or evacuated during the Gaza war, the influx of wounded and dead made for a hellish 24/7 chaos in their halls, as well as growing refugee camps on their perimeters. At the height of fighting in late July and early August, doctors and...

  • Is Israel’s longest, bloodiest Gaza war over?

    August 26, 2014 | 3:17 pm

    A rocket barrage fell on Israel, a boom sounded over Tel Aviv and then it was over — at least for now.

    After 50 days of missiles, airstrikes, ground operations, tunnel incursions, truce talks, cease-fire proposals, death and destruction, Israel and Hamas agreed to an open-ended...

  • Have you taken the “Hummus, Not Hamas” challenge?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 26, 2014 | 9:32 am

    By now, you’ve all probably heard of the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge,” aimed to raise awareness and to the ALS disease and encourage donations to research. You participate only if a friend has nominated you. Then, you have 24 hours to either pour a bucket filled with ice-water on...

  • During combat and after, lone soldiers look to each other for support

    August 25, 2014 | 11:27 am

    When Shir Kleyman, an infantry instructor for the Israel Defense Forces and a Los Angeles native, found out that someone named Sean had died fighting in Gaza, she knew the army had lost a fellow lone soldier.

    The official announcement came soon afterward as Kleyman, 19, was...

  • Time magazine takes back charge that IDF harvests Palestinian organs

    August 25, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Time magazine retracted allegations that Israeli soldiers harvested and sold Palestinian organs.

    On Sunday, the magazine deleted the allegations from a two-minute video on its website about the Israel Defense Forces and added a correction, writing at the end, “Correction: The...

  • Call-up of additional 10,000 Israeli reservists authorized

    August 25, 2014 | 10:11 am

    A Knesset committee authorized the call-up of an additional 10,000 Israeli reserve soldiers.

    On Sunday, the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee approved a government request for the call-up. Nearly 100,000 Israeli reservists have been called up since the start of Operation...

  • Has Hamas military chief, Mohammed Deif, escaped death again?

    August 20, 2014 | 9:41 am

    Mohammed Deif, the shadowy leader of Hamas's armed wing in Gaza, appears to have narrowly survived a fifth attempt to assassinate him, allowing the mastermind of the six-week war on Israel to pursue the conflict from his network of tunnels.

    Badly hurt in repeated attacks over the...

  • Palestinians call report of thwarted Hamas plot ‘doubtful’

    August 19, 2014 | 4:43 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Palestinian officials reacting to Israeli media reports of a thwarted Hamas plot to ignite a third Intifada (Palestinian uprising) as cover for a take-over of the West Bank and the overthrow of Palestinian Authority President...

  • Six days of quiet in Israel: A brief look back

    By Jared Sichel

    August 19, 2014 | 2:29 pm

    Now back in Los Angeles, I'm more convinced than ever that my shuttle journalism peacekeeping mission to Israel was a great success. Let it be noted for the record that:

    a) The rocket fire ended just before I arrived on Aug. 12 and resumed shortly after I departed on Aug. 19, and...

  • Barrage of rockets strikes Israel as bomb shelters ordered open

    August 19, 2014 | 1:45 pm

    Hamas claimed responsibility for a barrage of rockets fired on southern and central Israel, including Tel Aviv.

    More than two dozen rockets were fired fr0m the Gaza Strip between the hours of 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    Two rockets landed in an empty area in the greater Tel...

  • Body of missing Israeli lone soldier from U.S. found with gunshot wounds

    August 19, 2014 | 11:16 am

    The body of a missing Israeli lone soldier from the United States was found in central Israel with gunshot wounds.

    David Menachem Gordon, 21, was found Tuesday afternoon, hours after reports that he was missing were made public. His army-issued assault rifle was by his side,...

  • Rockets fired into Israel, violating cease-fire extension; IDF retaliates

    August 19, 2014 | 8:46 am

    The Israeli military struck sites in Gaza after rockets were fired from the coastal strip into southern Israel in violation of a cease-fire extension.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly also recalled Israeli negotiators from cease-fire talks in Cairo after the...

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