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  • Israel calls test of Arrow 3 missile defense system successful

    February 25, 2013 | 10:26 am

    Israel said it conducted a successful live test of the Arrow 3 interceptor missile defense system.

    The first flight test of the Arrow 3 was conducted Monday at an Israeli test range over the Mediterranean Sea by Israel's Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Missile Defense...

  • Israel boosts defences along Syria, Lebanon borders

    February 5, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    Israel has deployed a third Iron Dome missile defence system near its northern borders with Syria and Lebanon, security sources said on Tuesday.

    The Iron Dome systems have been deployed alongside a U.S.-supplied Patriot battery, which has been stationed in the north for years, as...

  • Iran blames Israel for Syrian airstrike

    January 31, 2013 | 10:28 am

    Iran is blaming Israel for an attack in Syria, and Iran’s foreign minister threatened revenge saying the attack was “clearly coordinated with the West.”  

    “The attack reveals the cooperation between the rebels (trying to overthrow the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad)...

  • Syria warns of ‘surprise’ response to Israel attack

    January 31, 2013 | 7:46 am

    Syria warned on Thursday of a possible "surprise" response to Israel's attack on its territory and Russia condemned the air strike as an unprovoked violation of international law.

    Damascus could take "a surprise decision to respond to the aggression of the Israeli warplanes",...

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  • Iron Dome battery moved to Haifa amid unrest in Syria

    January 28, 2013 | 9:50 am

    The Israeli military has deployed an Iron Dome missile defense system near Haifa, according to reports.

    Two other batteries also reportedly were deployed in northern Israel in recent days, Ynet reported.

    The move to the northern end of the country comes as concerns in Israel...

  • Iron Dome upgrade tests called successful

    January 22, 2013 | 10:01 am

    Israel said it successfully completed tests of the Iron Dome missile defense system following a system upgrade.

    The announcement of the successful tests came in a statement from its Defense Ministry issued on Jan. 21.

    "The series of tests is aimed at broadening and improving...

  • Paul: cuts to Israel assistance would not be ‘immediate, dramatic’

    January 17, 2013 | 9:40 am

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he does not favor immediate cuts to defense assistance to Israel and favors intelligence and development cooperation, but he believes that Israel would ultimately benefit from economic independence from the United States.

    Paul, in a conference call...

  • Livni turned away from Iron Dome battery by military

    January 2, 2013 | 9:28 am

    Tzipi Livni was turned away from an Iron Dome anti-missile battery where she had planned to hold a campaign photo opportunity.

    Livni, head of the new center-left party Hatnua, and Amir Peretz, who is second on her party list, were prevented from holding a photo op at the Ashkelon...

  • Congress wants to increase allocations to Israeli missile programs

    December 12, 2012 | 2:05 pm

    Congress wants to at least double the Obama administration's funding request for anti-missile cooperation with Israel.

    Obama asked Congress for $99.9 million in 2013 for "Israel co-operative programs," which include programs like the long-range Arrow anti-missile system and the...

  • Gaza war and Obama: What do Israelis really think of them?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 1, 2012 | 11:29 am

    A new Brookings-MDU survey of Israel opinion was released Friday, with some numbers of interest and some – as usual (I haven't always praised the Shibley Telhami polls) questionable.

    Interest: Who won the Gaza war?

    According to the new poll, 44% of Israeli Jews believe that...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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