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  • Obama administration pledges more funding for Iron Dome

    November 30, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    The Obama administration will seek additional funding for Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile program in the wake of its successes in the most recent Israel-Hamas war.

    "This spring, we announced that we would provide $70 million in fiscal 2012 on top of the $205 million previously...

  • Four quick political comments on radicalism, elimination and resurrection

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 27, 2012 | 6:12 am

    1.

    So Tzipi Livni is back, as promised. She gave a good speech today, but has no list of candidates yet, and no real prospect of becoming prime minister. To see why, all you have to do is go back to our Israel Poll Trends that we updated yesterday. Prof Camil Fuchs explains that...

  • Studying abroad in a war zone, Americans in Israel are shaken but undeterred

    November 26, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    When the first two sirens went off, Shoshana Leshaw ran from her second-floor bedroom down to the bomb shelter in the basement. By the time the third and fourth sirens wailed, she went no farther than the stairwell.

    “It’s almost like you’re sick of the sirens interrupting your...

  • Test of David’s Sling missile defense system deemed success

    November 26, 2012 | 9:11 am

    Israel successfully tested its newest missile defense system, called David's Sling.

    The Israel Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency on Sunday announced that David's Sling, also known as Magic Wand, intercepted a mid-range missile during a test-firing...

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  • November 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 26, 2012 | 12:59 am

     In-depth

    Mursi kills Egypt’s spring

    By giving himself sweeping powers, the Egyptian president has betrayed the principles of the country's revolution, writes Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed in Asharq Al-Awsat

    The presidential decrees are equivalent in terms of their importance...

  • Operation Pillar of Defense: Lessons learned

    November 21, 2012 | 2:07 pm

    As Israel and Hamas mostly stilled their guns Wednesday night after reaching a cease-fire agreement, ending eight days of intense bombardment, both sides took home some new lessons about their foes.

    By firing longer-range rockets capable of reaching Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Hamas...

  • Israel’s battle damage report says Hamas crippled

    November 21, 2012 | 1:17 pm

    Israel's Operation Pillar of Defense has crippled the military power of Gaza's ruling Islamist movement Hamas, the Israeli military said on Wednesday, as an Egyptian-brokered truce halted eight days of combat.

    In a statement, the military named key militant leaders killed by...

  • Tel Aviv’s grace under fire

    November 20, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    The famous Tel Aviv bubble burst at approximately 7 p.m. on Nov. 15. Suddenly the war being waged for years by the residents of southern Israel had come knocking on the doors of Rothschild and Ramat Aviv, Bavli and Bograshov. Although a far cry from what the residents of Beersheba...

  • Israeli missile-makers strive to meet Iron Dome demand

    November 20, 2012 | 10:48 am

    Israel sees its Iron Dome anti-rocket system as a noted success of its Gaza assault. The only problem is keeping up with demand for the interceptor missiles, their makers said on Tuesday.

    "We've been working in non-stop shifts," said an official with Rafael Advanced Defence...

  • Israel-Gaza conflict: Low expectations

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 20, 2012 | 10:40 am

    No one knows for sure why the Gaza hostilities began. 

    We know that there had been weeks of intensifying rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, rockets fired by various Palestinian groups that were tolerated, even encouraged by the governing Hamas. And we know that the Israeli...

  • Iron Dome, now protecting Tel Aviv, highly successful in intercepting rockets

    November 20, 2012 | 10:07 am

    With hundreds of rockets raining down from Gaza, Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system has saved an untold number of lives thanks to Israeli technological ingenuity and U.S. support.

    According to the figures from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), since Operation Pillar of...

  • As it pummels Gaza, Israel faces a Hamas with stronger missiles and closer allies

    November 19, 2012 | 10:50 am

    In some ways, Israel’s latest confrontation with Hamas looks like past conflicts in the Gaza Strip. Operation Pillar of Defense has left some key Hamas leaders dead, depleted weapons supplies and hit more than 1,000 targets in Gaza.

    “We are exacting a heavy price from Hamas and...

  • Gaza ground war wouldn’t cure Israel’s Hamas headache

    November 19, 2012 | 10:44 am

    An Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip will not provide any long-term solution to the problem posed by the Islamist group Hamas, and this will make the government think long and hard before sending in the troops.

    After six days of intensive military strikes against the Palestinian...

  • Southern Israel remains under steady rocket barrage

    November 19, 2012 | 10:24 am

    Communities in southern Israel came under a steady barrage of rockets and the Israeli military said it inflicted "severe damage on the rocket launching capabilities of terror organizations" as its Operation Pillar of Defense neared the end of its first week.

    At least 50 rockets...

  • November 19, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 19, 2012 | 2:04 am

    In-depth

    The Israeli Assault on Gaza: How Surgical Are the Strikes?

    Karl Vick of Time Magazine takes a look at Israel's efforts to avoid civilian casualties in Gaza. 

    In Operation Defensive Pillar, as the ongoing assault is officially known, specific efforts are made to...

  • A call from the shelter, and other stories

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 18, 2012 | 10:52 am

    A. Worried father in Santa Monica

    Here’s a link to my IHT-NYT article from Friday:

    My five-year-old daughter Yael just called from Tel Aviv to say that she’s doing fine. She’s a bit scared, but that’s only because I’m not there to watch her — if I were home, she would not be...

  • Israel shoots down Hamas rocket fired at Tel Aviv

    November 18, 2012 | 9:07 am

    Israel's "Iron Dome" interceptor system shot down two incoming rockets from the Gaza Strip on Sunday night and no casualties or damage was reported, a police spokesman said.

    Hamas, Gaza's Islamist rulers, claimed responsibility for firing at the city.

    It was the second strike on Israel's commercial capital on Sunday. In the earlier attack, one person was hurt by falling debris from a rocket that was intercepted south of the city.

    Writing by Ori Lewis; editing by Crispian Balmer

  • Iron Dome intercepts more rockets over Tel Aviv, as Netanyahu says IDF prepared to expand operation

    November 18, 2012 | 8:42 am

    The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted one of two missiles fired at the Tel Aviv area.

    The missiles fired on Sunday morning, the fifth day of what the Israeli military has dubbed Operation Pillar of Defense, mark at least four missiles fired from Gaza at one of Israel's...

  • Obama, Netanyahu talk ‘de-escalation’

    November 16, 2012 | 4:02 pm

    President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed "de-escalation" of the Gaza conflict.

    "Prime Minister Netanyahu called the President today to provide an update on the situation in Israel and Gaza," said a White House statement released late Frdiay.  "The...

  • Three soldiers wounded in Gaza rocket attack

    November 16, 2012 | 9:47 am

    Three Israeli soldiers were lightly injured by a Palestinian rocket attack on the northern Negev.

    The rockets landed on Friday afternoon, moderately wounding one soldier and causing minor injuries to the other two. All three were evacuated to Soroka hospital in Be´er Sheva, an...

  • Gaza militants use Egyptian-brokered ceasefire to launch 21 rockets into Israel

    November 16, 2012 | 7:50 am

    Palestinian militants reportedly fired 21 rockets from Gaza into Israel during a unilateral ceasefire called by Israel to facilitate a visit to Gaza by Egypt’s prime minister.

    Israel briefly suspended its attacks on Gaza on Friday -- the third day of Israel’s operation Pillar of...

  • Rep. Wasserman Schultz stands with Israel against Hamas’s rocket attacks

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 15, 2012 | 12:13 pm

    Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) made the following statement condemning the recent Hamas missile attacks on Israel and standing up for Israel’s right to self-defense:

    “With our deepest concern and strongest support, the United States stands firm with our ally...

  • Israeli cities under fire after dozens of rockets fired from Gaza

    November 14, 2012 | 2:19 pm

    Sirens wailed across southern Israel as Hamas gunmen fired barrages of dozens of rockets from Gaza. One Israeli woman was injured when a long-range Grad rocket slammed into a store in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba. Another slammed into a car, and there were reports of...

  • Israel upgrades Iron Dome system

    November 5, 2012 | 9:43 am

    Israel has upgraded the operational capability of the Iron Dome anti-missile system.

    The Ministry of Defense on Sunday announced that its Defense Research and Development Division successfully completed trials testing the upgraded operational capability of Iron Dome.

    The...

  • The case for President Obama’s reelection

    October 30, 2012 | 1:19 pm

    The Obama administration has strongly supported Israel’s security by helping to construct the Iron Dome, by backing Israel’s responses to rocket attacks from Gaza and by coordinating closely with its military.

    The case for the reelection of President Barack Obama is compelling...

  • Five hurt as Gaza rockets pummel Israel’s south

    October 24, 2012 | 9:07 am

    More than 65 rockets were fired into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, wounding five people, two of them seriously, and causing extensive property damage, Israel Hayom reported.

    Two Thai foreign workers in their 20s were seriously hurt when a rocket exploded...

  • Rockets slam southern Israel, striking homes and injuring workers

    October 24, 2012 | 8:28 am

    More than 70 rockets and mortar shells fired from Gaza have hit southern Israel in the last 24 hours, striking several homes and injuring three.

    Four Palestinians have been killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza sites that the Israeli military said are used for launching rockets at...

  • Iron Dome anti-missile system installed in Tel Aviv

    September 6, 2012 | 9:18 am

    An Iron Dome anti-missile system battery has been installed in metropolitan Tel Aviv.

    The system, which was installed on Thursday, is expected to remain in place for several days, as it calibrates itself to the area.

    The battery has previously been installed at Sderot, Ashkelon and Ashdod.

    Israel and the United States will hold Austere Challenge 12, a joint ballistic missiles exercise, at the end of October.

  • Iron Dome battery positioned near Eilat

    August 20, 2012 | 9:05 am

    Israel installed an Iron Dome anti-missile system battery outside of Eilat days after a long-range rocket attack on the city.

    The Iron Dome battery was moved into place Sunday, two days after fragments of a Grad rocket were found north of the popular resort town. It is believed to...

  • July 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 29, 2012 | 12:33 am

    In-depth

    Syrian Chemical Weapons and Al-Qaida

    Writing in Algemeiner, Dore Gold warns that Syria’s WMD stockpile must be secured, and not just to prevent attacks in the Mideast.

    Jordan’s King Abdullah specifically warned in a CNN interview on July 18 that Syrian chemical weapons...

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