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  • Why Israel should keep going after Breaking the Silence

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    The organization Breaking the Silence is in the headlines again, is getting on Israelis’ nerves again, and is making life difficult for Israel again. Breaking the Silence collects testimonies of Israeli soldiers who served in the West Bank or in Gaza during outbreaks of violence...

  • IDF closes one war crimes probe, opens three new ones

    3 weeks ago

     Israeli military prosecutors closed a probe into the death of four children in Gaza last year and opened three new ones — including an alleged revenge shelling.

    The Israel Defense Forces’ announcement Thursday on the closure of the probe said the children’s deaths on a Gaza...

  • Pork-eating Israeli soldier spared detention after secular outcry

    June 2, 2015 | 3:19 pm

    An Israeli soldier was spared 11 days in detention for eating pork, a non-kosher food, the military said on Tuesday, after a public outcry.

    Secular standards sometimes clash with conservative Jewish law in Israel.

    Local media said the soldier, an American immigrant, was not...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 29, 2015 | 1:04 pm

    It’s no secret that Israel has one of the best armies in the world, but did you know it also invented plenty of sophisticated solutions to various needs in the battlefield? One of those solutions is the Agilite IPC (Injured Personnel Carrier.) This Israeli invention is designed to...

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  • Israel reborn: we were there

    By Tom Tugend

    May 19, 2015 | 12:15 pm

    In mid-May of 1948, I was walking down Market Street in San Francisco when I passed a small movie theater that screened only newsreels.

    The outside marquee announced “The Jews Fight for Their State.” For the first time it fully hit me that the Jews — commonly dismissed at the...

  • IDF delegation to Nepal lands in Israel as new temblor strikes

    May 12, 2015 | 11:41 am

    The Israel Defense Forces delegation to Nepal returned home as a second powerful earthquake shook the beleaguered Asian country.

    An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck Nepal on Tuesday morning less than three weeks after a 7.8 magnitude quake struck the same area, killing...

  • Israeli general sees common interests with Hamas

    May 12, 2015 | 11:09 am

    Israel and Hamas share common interests, and the Palestinian Islamists must stay in power in the Gaza Strip to prevent the enclave descending into chaos, an Israeli general was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

    Major-General Sami Turgeman, who as commander of Israel's forces outside...

  • IDF Tech Saves Lives in Nepal, 3-D Car, NASA and More - This Week from the Startup Nation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 4, 2015 | 8:47 am

    An Inside Look at the IDF’s Unique Medical Technology in Nepal

    As part of the IDF’s humanitarian mission to Nepal, a field hospital has been built near Kathmandu. This past week, people affected by the earthquake have been receiving the same treatment as offered in the most...

  • IDF investigates suspected gang rape at air force base

    May 1, 2015 | 12:11 pm

    Four troops are suspected of raping a female soldier in one of the Israel Defense Forces’ worst-ever sex crime cases.

    Military Police detectives suspect the soldiers took turns raping the soldier last month at the Hatzerim Israel Air Force base near Beersheba, according to a...

  • Israeli military worries over troops’ use of social media

    May 1, 2015 | 11:43 am

    Israel's armed forces see a growing threat in instant messaging applications -- both to battlefield secrecy and to the privacy of women soldiers.

    According to official military journal Bamahane, the number of troop indictments for sex crimes has almost doubled since 2012, with...

  • Haredi Orthodox Israelis dodge draft law

    April 29, 2015 | 1:21 pm

    So, the Israel Defense Forces won’t be drafting haredi Orthodox Israelis, after all.

    That’s the upshot of a coalition deal Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will reportedly sign with United Torah Judaism, Israel’s Ashkenazi haredi Orthodox party. The agreement, which...

  • Israeli Soldiers Tour - Putting a Human Face to the IDF Uniform

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 29, 2015 | 8:42 am

    2015 marks the 6th StandWithUs’ "Israeli Soldiers Tour” (Formerly “Israel Soldiers’ Stories”.) This project is one of the most significant counter-attacks of the notorious “Israeli Apartheid Week,” where false information about Israel is being spread by haters across North America...

  • Nepal: How you can help

    By Ryan Torok

    April 27, 2015 | 1:53 pm

    Jews in Israel and abroad are responding to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25 —resulting in the death of more than 4,000 Nepalese people — through action and financial campaigns.

    “The people of Nepal are in desperate need right now,” American Jewish Joint...

  • Five Minutes, Every Year - When Israel Stops to Remember

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 21, 2015 | 8:19 am

    One of the most inimitable characteristics of Israel is its “small community” atmosphere. Here, we often call each other “brother” and “sister,” even if we’re talking to a stranger, because most chances are he served in the same military base as us, or a relative of his went to...

  • An update on a brave dead IDF soldier from Los Angeles and his six dead friends

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 13, 2015 | 2:55 pm

    In one of the most powerful moments in Omri Assenheim’s documentary about the battle of Shejaiya – a battle in which seven Israeli soldiers died last summer – Nir Holtzman, a survivor of that battle, doesn’t hesitate much when he says “yes, I would do it again.” Assenheim’s...

  • Sick of the injustice – Thoughts of an IDF soldier after a month in the West Bank

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 7, 2015 | 9:35 am

    Yoav, a reservist IDF soldier, spent a month in the West Bank. When he returned, he sat down to write this letter and asked me to share it with you. His one request is for you to help spread the truth. 

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  • IDF: Arrested Hamas terrorists said cell planned series of attacks

    March 23, 2015 | 11:19 am

    A Hamas-affiliated terror cell that was planning attacks in Israel was arrested in the West Bank, the Israeli military said.

    The six men arrested in the Palestinian city of Kalkilya confessed to plotting a series of terror attacks against Israelis, the Israel Defense Forces said...

  • IDF opens criminal probes into troops’ conduct in Gaza

    March 20, 2015 | 9:02 am

    Israel’s army opened six criminal investigations into soldiers’ actions during its latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip, including the bombing of a United Nations school.

    The probes, which may help Israel defend its officials against possible war crimes charges in the...

  • Revolutionary treatments, Haredim in High-Tech, Forbes, and more - This week from the Startup Nation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 9, 2015 | 9:54 am

    Israeli military expertise join commercial space race

    Israel is embarking on a five-year mission to stake its claim on a crowded new frontier, the $250 billion a year commercial space market. Using the expertise of a defense industry that created technology such as the "Iron...

  • Family of Toveet Radcliffe, young Black Hebrew soldier found dead on IDF base, searching for answers

    By Simone Wilson

    February 26, 2015 | 6:50 am

    Israel's tight-knit Black Hebrew community, a population of around 3,000 American citizens who see Israel as their true homeland, just lost spiritual leader Ben Ammi Ben-Israel in December.

    And with the new year comes another unfamiliar sorrow: One of the community's daughters —...

  • Palestinian, 19, killed in refugee camp clashes with IDF

    February 24, 2015 | 11:37 am

    A Palestinian teenager was shot and killed during clashes with Israeli troops at a refugee camp near Bethlehem.

    Jihad Shehada al-Jaafari, 19, was shot early Wednesday morning when Israeli soldiers opened fire in the Deheishe camp after Palestinian rioters had thrown rocks and...

  • Israel to buy 14 more stealth fighter jets from U.S.

    February 23, 2015 | 12:02 pm

    Israel signed a contract to purchase 14 more F-35 stealth fighter jets from the United States.

    The agreement was signed over the weekend for the purchase of the jets manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corp. The planes will cost about $3 billion, Israel’s Defense Ministry said.

    ...
  • Today my daughter got her first gun

    January 7, 2015 | 5:06 pm

    Today, my daughter got her first gun. In the eighteen years since Ariella’s birth, there have been many things that I have aspired for her but I can honestly say that a gun has not been one of them. My daughter’s weapon came courtesy of the Israel Defense Forces. On December 10th,...

  • IDF to withdraw troops from Israeli communities near Gaza border

    December 30, 2014 | 9:23 am

    The Israel Defense Forces will withdraw its troops from southern Israeli communities near the Gaza border that are not directly adjacent to it.

    Soldiers will remain on guard in the three communities adjacent to the border with Gaza, the IDF announced Sunday. The new rule will go...

  • Netanyahu’s son injured in IDF training accident

    December 30, 2014 | 8:53 am

    Avner Netanyahu, the youngest son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reportedly was injured in a training accident.

    The accident during his Israel Defense Forces basic training on a military base in southern Israel was not serious, according to reports.

    He was treated at...

  • For Americans aiding Israeli soldiers, rules of engagement vary

    December 16, 2014 | 8:59 am

    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

    December 10, 2014 | 9:12 am

    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...

  • 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...

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