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  • Secret Schalit negotiations unveiled

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    6 hours ago

    Back in 2006, a 19-year-old Israeli soldier named Gilad Schalit was the victim of a weapon of disequilibrium.

    Since Hamas could not defeat the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in open battle, their operatives entered Israel through an underground tunnel from Gaza, snatched the young...

  • Gaza runner barred by Israel from Bethlehem marathon

    1 week ago

    Israel’s Supreme Court upheld a decision by the IDF to bar a Palestinian runner from Gaza from participating in a marathon in Bethlehem.

    In the case of Nader Masri, a 2008 Olympian, the court ruled April 8 that it could not overrule a military decision. But the court also...

  • Rioting settlers, Israeli security forces clash in West Bank

    1 week ago

    Six Israeli Border Police officers were hurt in clashes between Israeli security forces and settlers in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Yitzhar.

    Hundreds of supporters of the settlement, located deep in the West Bank near Nablus, rallied to the settlement late on April 8 after...

  • The West Bank is under military occupation, and that’s a fact

    1 week ago

    According to press reports, the crowd at a recent Republican Jewish Coalition conference “noticeably gasped” when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie referred to the West Bank as “occupied territories.” Christie promptly apologized to the event’s host, mega-donor Sheldon Adelson,...

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  • Facing chaos - Two Israeli soldiers found themselves under the attack of anti-Israel activists

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    In recent years, Israel haters spread anti-Israeli propaganda via social networks and during IAW, which is filled with false information and contains mainly lies about the IDF. Truth is, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have over 700,000 citizen soldiers and reservists, who are...

  • Israeli military calls up reservists on second day of Gaza rocket barrage

    March 13, 2014 | 3:03 pm

    The Israel Defense Forces called up a limited number of reservists following a second day of rocket attacks from Gaza on southern Israel.

    The reservists — for air defense, according to the Israel Defense Forces — were summoned on Thursday, when 17 rockets were fired at Israel....

  • Reading the fine print of the “Haredi draft” bill reveals an unpleasant surprise

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 13, 2014 | 10:20 am

    Yesterday, Israel’s Knesset passed a law requiring Haredi, Ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students to serve in the Israel Defense Forces. This so called "revolutionary" bill was  supposed to be a step forward for the Israeli society. Instead, the bill, also known as the "Equal service...

  • Solidarity in Israel Between the Left and the Ultra-Orthodox

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 13, 2014 | 7:00 am

    Alongside of hundreds of thousands of Haredim, who demonstrated earlier this week (2/3/2014) against forced military recruitment, dozens of activists joined a demonstration in Tel Aviv in solidarity with the ultra-Orthodox. The question is, what drives leftist activists to...

  • The Charedi protests: A response to David Suissa

    March 12, 2014 | 9:39 am

    [David Suissa: Charedim should start with ‘thank you’  /
    Knesset passes Charedi draft law / Community response]

    I consider myself a friend of David Suissa. I like what he is about, trying to bring disparate segments of our Jewish community together. That is precisely why I feel...

  • Knesset passes draft law requiring Charedi Orthodox men to serve

    March 12, 2014 | 9:08 am

    Israel’s Knesset passed a law requiring Charedi Orthodox yeshiva students to service in the Israel Defense Forces.

    The controversial law, which removes most exemptions for Charedi Orthodox yeshiva students, passed Wednesday by a vote of 65 to 1. The single vote against the law...

  • Collection of Video Reports on Social Issues in Israel

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 12, 2014 | 5:30 am

    This week in the “Social Order” edition:

    • Why are leftist activists taking part in an ultra-Orthodox demonstration?
    • "Heart at East", but the money is in the West - discrimination in allocating funds for Mizrahi culture.
    • The ongoing use of ‘contract’ workers by the...
  • Charedim should start with ‘thank you’

    By David Suissa

    March 5, 2014 | 10:37 am

    Put yourself in the shoes of an Israeli mother whose son was killed while serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). On television, you watch close to half a million Ultra-Orthodox Jews demonstrate last Sunday against a bill that would force some of them to serve in the IDF, which...

  • When the Israeli Apartheid Week takes place in Israel, there’s a lot for us to worry about

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 4, 2014 | 8:45 am

    Last week, the 10th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) launched in over 200 cities worldwide. This international series of events which includes rallies, lectures, cultural performances, film screenings and multimedia displays — exposed many people who are clueless about Israel...

  • Making it in Hollywood, celebrating diversity, rocking Masada and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 3, 2014 | 11:57 am

    Protecting migrating birds

    Israel sets an example in the protection of migrating birds, with a singular program in which wild birds are fed with the aim of preserving their old migration patterns while protecting relatively new agrarian lands. It all takes place in the Hula...

  • A year of haredim taking to Jerusalem’s streets

    March 3, 2014 | 11:24 am

    A bus of black hats, whispered prayers and gender-segregated seating.

    A mass of haredi Orthodox men — and some women — walking slowly together, packing the streets of northern Jerusalem.

    Hundreds of thousands of voices wailing prayers of penitence, portraying a recent event as...

  • L.A. youth become Israel’s brave lone soldiers

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 26, 2014 | 4:37 pm

    “I want to give back, not just sit back,” Samuel “Shimmy” Kandel said. The 19-year-old Angeleno was explaining in a phone interview why he decided to interrupt his studies at Santa Monica College to serve as an American volunteer in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

    Danny Rubin...

  • From the IDF to the LAPD

    February 5, 2014 | 3:38 pm

    One night, while on bike patrol in Mission Hills, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer Lisa Herman and her partner were trying to stop a man suspected of drug-related activity from loitering in the street.

    “He’s just standing there refusing to leave, and then my partner...

  • Israeli pilots punished for storing sensitive data on smartphones

    February 5, 2014 | 12:58 pm

    Two Israeli combat pilots were jailed for five days and 12 others were disciplined for storing operational maps on their smartphones, Israeli Army Radio reported on Wednesday.

    Israeli military authorities discovered the security breach after one of the pilots reported he had lost...

  • Free HIV treatment for asylum seekers, the art of makeup, Israman and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 26, 2014 | 11:55 am

    A wounded Syrian couple received emergency treatment in Israel

    As the blood continues to pour in the streets of Syria, Israel continues to provide treatment to wounded civilians.  Last week, Israel Defense Forces troops brought a wounded Syrian couple to Poriah Hospital near...

  • The UN launched its “International Year of Solidarity with Palestinians,” in yet another biased act

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 21, 2014 | 12:09 pm

    On Thursday, the United Nations launched the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. On their official announcement, they stated that senior officials “urging that the observance be used to redouble efforts to achieve a durable peace between Israel and...

  • Scarlet Johansson, new technology, Israeli whiskey, IDF in the US and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 19, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    Israeli soldiers are touring the US. Want to hear what they have to say?

    The 6th annual Israeli Soldiers’ Stories tour is about to launch! On this StandWithUs program, thirteen Israeli soldiers will tour North America and share their backgrounds, interests, life in Israel and...

  • Sharon at funeral remembered as ‘friend, leader, military chief’

    January 13, 2014 | 9:21 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at his public funeral was remembered as a man of courage and strength on the battlefield and in the political arena.

    “Sharon was a complex man who lived in complex times in a complex neighborhood,” U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said...

  • Appreciation: A salute to Ariel Sharon

    By Uri Dromi

    January 11, 2014 | 9:56 am

    In January 1985, as a colonel in the Israeli Air Force, I was running a course for high-ranking officers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), focused on lessons from Israel’s wars. One of the case studies to be discussed was the battle of Um-Katef/Abu-Ageila, in the Six-Day War,...

  • Former Israeli PM And military commander Ariel Sharon dead at 85

    January 11, 2014 | 8:56 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the trailblazing warrior-statesman who transformed the region and was reviled by Arab foes, died on Saturday aged 85, after eight years in a coma caused by a stroke.

    Sharon left historic footprints on the Middle East through military...

  • Israeli military strikes Gaza in retaliation for mortar fire

    January 9, 2014 | 10:11 am

    Israel’s military struck Gaza twice in response to rocket attacks.

    Israel Air Force planes launched two separate attacks on Gaza Thursday morning in response to mortar fire at Israeli soldiers patrolling near the Israel-Gaza border fence.

    Following the first attack early on...

  • Palestinian teenager shot by IDF dies of wounds

    January 3, 2014 | 11:45 am

    A teenager shot by Israeli troops in Gaza died of his wounds, Palestinian medical sources said.

    The 16-year-old died Friday afternoon from gunshot wounds sustained Thursday after he and several other Palestinians approached the security fence separating Israel from the Gaza...

  • How to begin after Prawer-Begin

    December 17, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Now that the Prawer-Begin Plan is dead, it’s time to look at how we got here. Why are there so many unrecognized Bedouin villages? Did they spring up not only carelessly but nefariously, as many supporters of the Prawer-Begin Plan maintained?

    Some of these unrecognized villages,...

  • Israeli soldier killed while on patrol on Lebanese border

    December 16, 2013 | 10:11 am

    An Israeli soldier patrolling Israel’s border with Lebanon was killed by what is believed to be a rogue Lebanese soldier.

    Master Sgt. Sholmi Cohen, 31, of Afula, was killed on Sunday night when the Lebanese soldier fired as many as seven shots from a pistol at an army  patrol...

  • Bringing help to Philippines

    By Ryan Torok

    December 13, 2013 | 10:34 am

    When an 18-month-old named Edgar was brought to Dr. Ofer Merin and the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) field hospital in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, the child was unconscious and suffering from meningitis, a severe bacterial infection of the membranes covering the brain...

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