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  • Haredi Orthodox Jews riot to thwart arrest of draft dodger

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    Haredi Orthodox Jews rioted in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod when military police arrived to arrest a draft dodger.

    Dozens of demonstrators overturned a military police vehicle and threw rocks during the protest between Monday night and Tuesday morning. No injuries were...

  • How a one-armed American soldier fought his way back into the Israeli army

    December 25, 2015 | 9:23 am

    The hardest part was loading the assault rifle.

    That’s not because he was a newbie, unaccustomed to the workings of a Tavor rifle. Rather, 1st Sgt. Izzy Ezagui had lost an arm in combat.

    He’d overcome seemingly insurmountable bureaucratic hurdles and got a posting on a base in...

  • Israeli officials condemn Breaking the Silence — and restrict its activities

    December 18, 2015 | 9:23 am

    They’ve been banned from Israel’s schools and forbidden from speaking to Israeli soldiers. Israel’s prime minister denounced them from the floor of Knesset. A right-wing group has accused them of being foreign moles.

    The Israeli veterans’ group Breaking the Silence has been...

  • Don’t Be Fooled, Open Your Eyes - Thoughts of an IDF Soldier Serving in the West Bank

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 15, 2015 | 10:51 pm

    Yoav, a reservist IDF soldier, serves in the West Bank. After seeing sights you don't read about in the news, he sat down to write this for you. His one request is for you to help spread the truth. 

    Back in April, I shared with you my thoughts in regards of the international...

  • Three Israeli soldiers punished for disrupting Palestinian news broadcast

    December 15, 2015 | 11:28 am

    Three Israeli soldiers who interrupted a Palestinian news reporter during a broadcast from the West Bank were punished by the military.

    The soldiers were ordered confined to their military base for 14 days after a video of their antics was viewed thousands of times on social...

  • Palestinian killed in suspected ramming attack on soldiers near Hebron

    December 11, 2015 | 2:58 pm

    Israeli security forces killed a Palestinian man they said tried to run over soldiers with his vehicle near Hebron.

    No Israelis were hurt in the attack Friday, during which Israeli troops shot and killed the driver, Army Radio reported. A large knife was found on his body.


  • Deciphering satellite photos, soldiers on autism spectrum take on key roles in IDF

    December 8, 2015 | 12:09 pm

    Sitting in front of a computer at the center of Israel’s largest army base, a soldier stares at the screen, moving pixel by pixel over a satellite photograph, picking out details and finding patterns.

    A few years ago N.S., who has autism, thought the Israel Defense...

  • Israeli broadcaster says Palestinians bust West Bank bomber cell

    December 1, 2015 | 10:52 am

    Israel's national broadcaster on Tuesday said Palestinian authorities had prevented a bomb attack on Israeli troops in the West Bank, a report suggesting the strength of security ties despite public feuding over a two-month wave of unrest.

    Israel Radio said six Islamic Jihad...

  • Hebron – the city of the patriarchs – has become the cradle of occupation

    November 11, 2015 | 4:38 pm

    On Shabbat of Nov. 7, in synagogues across the Jewish world, the parsha (portion) of “Chayei Sarah” (“Life of Sarah”) was read from the Torah. It tells the story of the first real estate purchase by Jewish patriarchs in the Holy Land — Abraham’s acquisition of the Cave of the...

  • Israeli army to soldiers: Beware of CIA attempts to recruit you

    November 2, 2015 | 10:19 am

    An Israel Defense Forces intelligence department has called on its officers and soldiers to be wary of attempts to recruit them to America’s Central Intelligence Agency.

    The advisory from the IDF’s information security department, which is part of the intelligence department,...

  • Rabin’s grandson remembers losing a great leader

    By Jared Sichel

    October 29, 2015 | 11:03 am

    The night Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in downtown Tel Aviv, his grandson, Jonathan Benartzi, was two weeks away from completing his three years of duty in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as a paratrooper. He was also in the crowd with his sister that fateful night — two...

  • Israeli military responds after Syrian mortars hit Golan

    October 13, 2015 | 9:21 am

    The Israel Defense Forces fired at two Syrian military targets in the Golan Heights in response to mortars fired into Israel.

    Three mortar shells fired from Syria exploded Tuesday morning in Israeli territory in the northern Golan, the IDF reported. The IDF said it believes the...

  • Abbas tries to lower tensions with Israel

    October 6, 2015 | 9:34 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas took steps to tamp down growing attacks on Israelis in both the West Bank and Jerusalem, telling a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) that he does not want violent...

  • Two Palestinian teens killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers

    October 6, 2015 | 9:26 am

    Two Palestinian teens were killed during clashes with the Israeli military.

    Abdel Rahman Abdullah, 13, was killed Monday afternoon during a clash between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers in the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem, by a bullet to his chest.

    The Israel...

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

    September 22, 2015 | 9:50 am

    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

    September 21, 2015 | 10:47 am

    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

    September 18, 2015 | 9:19 am

    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...

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