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  • Palestinian woman shot while trying to stab Israeli soldier in Hebron

    2 weeks ago

    A Palestinian woman who tried to stab an Israeli soldier in the West Bank was shot during the attempt.

    The woman, 18, attempted to stab the soldier Tuesday morning at a Hebron checkpoint that separates the city’s Palestinian and Jewish sections. Troops opened fire on the woman,...

  • Israel retaliates for rockets fired from Gaza

    2 weeks ago

    Israel in retaliatory airstrikes targeted what the military called “three terror sites” in Gaza.

    The Saturday morning strikes came in response to rockets fired the previous evening from the Gaza Strip on southern Israeli communities. One rocket landed in Sderot, reportedly...

  • Jerusalem mayor approves tougher measures on violent Palestinian protesters

    2 weeks ago

    The mayor of Jerusalem said police should use live ammunition on young Palestinian rock-throwers and firebombers in the city.

    In an interview with the Times of Israel Wednesday, Mayor Nir Barkat declared “war” on the Palestinian protesters and said Israel had been “too merciful”...

  • Pallywood’s World of Lies

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 2, 2015 | 9:18 am

    This phenomenon is not new, but it seems like even nowadays, nine years after the documentary which officially exposed it was released, many people have still never heard of Pallywood.

    Pallywood, a portmanteau of "Palestinian" and "Hollywood", is a coinage that has been used...

  • A boy, a soldier, an occupation snapshot

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 31, 2015 | 3:46 am

    There is something inherently confusing about an IDF soldier that is attacked by Palestinian women as he attempts to arrest a Palestinian boy. The photo of such a soldier was published the other day, and it ignited a fierce debate among Israelis.

    It is confusing because the...

  • Gaza rocket strikes Israel, no injuries reported; IDF hits back

    August 27, 2015 | 10:42 am

    A rocket fired from Gaza struck an open area in Israel, causing no injuries or damage.

    The rocket hit an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council, adjacent to the Gaza Strip, late Wednesday night. In response, the Israel Defense Forces bombed a weapons production plant in central...

  • Soldiers stoned, settlers arrested as IDF destroys illegal West Bank buildings

    August 27, 2015 | 9:46 am

    Settlers threw stones and tires at Israeli soldiers as they demolished four buildings in two illegal West Bank settlement outposts.

    The Israel Defense Forces arrested three of the settlers during the incident, according to Israeli news site Walla. No injuries were reported.


  • Israeli strikes in Syria prove deadly

    August 21, 2015 | 8:04 am

    At least one person was killed by Israeli air strikes in Syria following the firing of rockets into the Golan Heights and the Galilee.

    The Israel Defense Forces said Friday that it targeted the cell that launched rockets at northern Israel from Syria on Thursday, and that at...

  • Retaliating for rockets, Israel fires into Syria

    August 20, 2015 | 2:01 pm

    Israel fired on Syrian territory in retaliation for rockets fired from there into northern Israel earlier in the day.

    Arab media has reported a number of casualties, including fatalities, from the Israeli bombardment Thursday, which came in response to four rockets that exploded...

  • Remembering, honoring IDF’s lone soldier Steinberg, comrades

    By Ryan Torok

    August 19, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    “I just want to say, Max was my best soldier, and I loved him so much, and to be with you is like closure for me. It’s something you can’t explain in words.”

    But Israel Defense Forces (IDF) 1st Lt. Ohad Roisblatt did his best. He told an audience of about 90 people at Beth Jacob...

  • Lessons of Gaza

    By Uri Dromi

    August 4, 2015 | 5:47 pm

    Anniversaries always present us with an opportunity to reflect on the past and to try to learn from history.

    British military thinker and historian B.H. Liddell Hart wote a book titled “Why Don’t We Learn From History?” In that book, Liddell Hart teaches us that “those who read...

  • Why Israel should keep going after Breaking the Silence

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 29, 2015 | 4:04 am

    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

    June 12, 2015 | 8:23 am

     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...

  • 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. 


  • 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...

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