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

    14 hours ago

    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

    2 days ago

    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

    2 days ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

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

    By Simone Wilson

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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?

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • The view from Israel: Pondering the chances of a long-term solution

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 14, 2014 | 5:03 pm

    Just after the start of the initial 72-hour cease fire last week, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) encouraged residents of communities near its southern border who had left during the war to return to their homes. They did — and then quickly discovered that the belief in the advent...

  • The view from Gaza: A bitter resolve

    By Simone Wilson

    August 14, 2014 | 5:00 pm

    During the past month of fighting in the Gaza Strip — a rectangle of desert and farmland along Israel’s southern coast, home to 1.8 million Palestinians — a small boy with a shy smile lost his big brother. Now, squinting through the scope of an imaginary sniper rifle, he vows to...

  • Thousands of Israelis protest war’s failure to halt Gaza rockets

    August 14, 2014 | 4:30 pm

    Some 10,000 Israelis protested on Thursday in a Tel Aviv square against what they see as the failure of a five-week Gaza war to decisively halt rocket and mortar fire at southern towns bordering on the Palestinian coastal territory.

    Many demonstrators were bused in from parts of...

  • While you were in Gaza - a sister of an IDF soldier writes about the past month

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 14, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Bareket-Paz Gozlan's brother, Snir, is a soldier at the IDF Combat Engineering Corps. During the past month, he was in Gaza, almost unreachable. Now, upon his return, Bareket decided to share with Israelife's readers her thoughts and feelings during the almost unbearable month.

     ...

  • Fired by Netanyahu in midst of Gaza campaign, rival aims to give voice to Likud’s hawks

    By Jared Sichel

    August 14, 2014 | 8:24 am

    Former Israeli deputy defense minister Danny Danon did not seem bothered by the fallout from his rift in mid-July with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—a spat that ended with Netanyahu removing Danon as this country’s Deputy Minister of Defense.

    In fact, he seemed more relaxed...

  • Netanyahu orders Israeli response to Gaza rocket fire, official says

    August 13, 2014 | 2:45 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Israeli military to respond to Gaza rocket fire moments before a three-day truce expired on Wednesday, an Israeli official said.

    "With the breach of the cease-fire by Hamas, the prime minister and defense minister ordered the...

  • BREAKING: Israeli police confirm rocket fired from Gaza landed in Southern Israel

    August 13, 2014 | 12:15 pm

    Rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel two hours before the deadline of a 72-hour cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

    One rocket exploded Wednesday night in an unpopulated area of the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council, The Jerusalem Post reported. No damage or...

  • L.A.’s Iranian Jews stand with Israel during war

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 13, 2014 | 9:45 am

    During the war between Israel and Hamas, local Iranian Jews have taken a two-pronged approach to supporting the Jewish state: raising substantial dollars on behalf of humanitarian causes in Israel and speaking out on Farsi-language media outlets based in Southern California. 

    “We...

  • Yankees president hosts future Israeli soldiers before their aliyah

    August 11, 2014 | 10:18 am

    The president of the New York Yankees hosted some 40 young men and women who are making aliyah and plan to serve in the Israel Defense Forces.

    Randy Levine and his wife, Mindy, hosted the future soldiers at Yankee Stadium on Sunday prior to the game against the Cleveland Indians....

  • South Africa threatens to prosecute citizens serving in IDF

    August 7, 2014 | 1:48 pm

    South African authorities said they will prosecute citizens who serve in the Israel Defense Forces.

    The warning earlier this week came after a pro-Palestinian advocacy group opened a case against Dean Goodson of Cape Town, who reportedly is serving in the IDF.

    Action Forum in...

  • Israel’s top comedians salute the IDF with a tribute to the IDF Musical Troupes

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 7, 2014 | 10:58 am

    A group of Israel’s top comedians gathered to create a tribute video to the Israel Defense Forces Musical Ensembles of the 60’s, and salute our soldiers fighting in Gaza. In the 60’s, the IDF musical troupes were the biggest hit in the Israeli music scene, and the soldiers/singers...

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