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  • For Israelis under siege, a night different from all other nights

    By Danielle Berrin

    14 hours ago

    It’s the middle of the night in Israel but hardly anybody can sleep.

    Rockets and missiles are crackling across the dark sky. BOOM. Sirens are sounding throughout the land. Tanks are massing near the  Gaza border. BOOM. BOOM. The thud of explosives hitting the ground has the whole...

  • Watching footage from the Israel-Gaza battlefield [VIDEO]

    18 hours ago

    Israel, as always, fights its battles on two fronts: The actual front, now in Gaza and in the skies over Israel, and the public relations battlefield. Today, that means social media, too.

    As in past conflicts, the Israel Defense Forces is posting footage from its battles in and...

  • Warning sirens sound across southern and central Israel, rocket hits Jerusalem

    2 days ago

    Code Red warning sirens sounded throughout Israel’s center and south, and a rocket hit Jerusalem.

    The sirens were heard in Netanya, Kfar Saba, Raanana and areas around Tel Aviv including  Rishon Lezion, Bat Yam, Holon and Bnei Brak at approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday, as well as in...

  • Life under fire - live reports from people living in southern Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 days ago

    I can describe the reality here, I can ask you to imagine what it's like, but no matter what I say, it will be very hard for anyone who's not here to comprehend.

    In the past two weeks, hundreds of missiles were fired at Israel from Gaza, which is ruled by the terror organization...

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  • Hamas rockets land deep in Israel as it bombards Gaza

    2 days ago

    At least 20 people were killed across Gaza on Tuesday, Palestinian officials said, by a bombardment Israel said may be just the start of a lengthy offensive against Islamist militants whose rockets reached hit unprecedented depths of its interior.

    Israelis ran for cover as...

  • Hamas steps up rocket fire, Israel says ready for escalation

    3 days ago

    Hamas stepped up rocket fire at southern Israeli towns and Israel called up reserve troops on Monday in anticipation of a possible escalation of hostilities with the Islamist group that dominates the Gaza Strip.

    The armed wing of the Palestinian group said it fired dozens of...

  • For murdered teens, revenge is not enough

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    When I first heard the tragic news that the three kidnapped Israeli boys had been murdered by Palestinian terrorists, my immediate instinct was to cry out for revenge. What other sentiment could I have? How else to respond to such cruelty? Should we not punish the murderers and...

  • Home of Palestinian murder suspect can be razed, Israeli court rules

    1 week ago

    The army can raze the home of a Palestinian indicted in the Passover eve murder of a senior police officer, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled.

    The family of Ziad Awad on Tuesday morning was given 12 hours to remove its possessions from the West Bank residence in Idhna Village, near...

  • Israel finds bodies of three missing teens in West Bank

    1 week ago

    [June 30 at 5:14 p.m.] Aunt of murdered Israeli teen mourns: ‘His sisters don’t have a brother anymore’


     

    [June 30 at 5:07 p.m.] New Yorkers hold solidarity vigil for slain Israeli teenagers

    Several hundred people waving Israeli flags and expressing grief and solidarity held...

  • Israeli troops search 100 locations, detain more Palestinians in search for teens

    3 weeks ago

    Israeli troops detained 30 Palestinian suspects overnight as it continued to search for the kidnapped Israeli teens.

    The military and security forces searched 100 locations Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, including 10 operations against Hamas’ Dawa institutions, which...

  • The kidnapping dilemma: How to respond beyond the search

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    On Oct. 10, 1994, not long after midnight, an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) office got a call from the brother of a soldier, Nachshon Wachsman: The soldier was supposed to come home but never made it. The brother was somewhat concerned. Six hours later, the mother also called....

  • Noam Shalit relives his son’s traumatic kidnapping

    By Ryan Torok

    May 28, 2014 | 11:05 am

    Everyone knows the story of Gilad Shalit, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier kidnapped by Hamas in Gaza in 2006 and freed five years later. But what about his family?

    The former captive’s father, Noam Shalit, told a crowd of more than 100 people on May 21 that the drawn-out...

  • L.A. Lone Soldiers honored by IDF

    By Simone Wilson

    May 6, 2014 | 1:05 pm

    “I look upon your glowing faces and your shining eyes, and I'm as excited as you are,” Israeli President Shimon Peres told 120 members of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on May 6, as they stood at attention on his back lawn.

    “I'm excited and I'm proud of you,” the president said...

  • West Bank shooting victim laid to rest at Mount Herzl

    By Adam Perlman

    April 21, 2014 | 11:29 am

    Hundreds attended the funeral for Israel Police Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi, who was killed near Hebron while on his way to a Passover seder with his family.

    “Instead of growing old together and watching the seasons pass, with the shriek of a bullet, I lost the love of my...

  • Secret Schalit negotiations unveiled

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    April 16, 2014 | 1:10 pm

    Back in 2006, a 19-year-old Israeli soldier named Gilad Schalit was the victim of a weapon of disequilibrium.

    Since Hamas could not defeat the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in open battle, their operatives entered Israel through an underground tunnel from Gaza, snatched the young...

  • Rioting settlers, Israeli security forces clash in West Bank

    April 9, 2014 | 2:51 pm

    Six Israeli Border Police officers were hurt in clashes between Israeli security forces and settlers in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Yitzhar.

    Hundreds of supporters of the settlement, located deep in the West Bank near Nablus, rallied to the settlement late on April 8 after...

  • Seventy percent of Jewish Israeli teens identify as Zionist

    March 25, 2014 | 12:51 pm

    Approximately 70 percent of Jewish Israeli youth consider themselves Zionists, according to a survey released by the Zionist Council in Israel.

    The findings were presented at the 33rd National Youth Zionist Congress this week in Gush Etzion, the Jerusalem Post reported.

    The...

  • IDF strikes 29 Gaza sites after barrage of rockets hits southern Israeli cities

    March 12, 2014 | 3:38 pm

    Israel’s Air Force attacked 29 sites in the Gaza Strip after more than 40 rockets and mortars were fired from Gaza at communities in southern Israel.

    The Israel Defense Forces responded to Wednesday evening’s rocket attacks, hitting what it called in a statement 29 “terror...

  • IDF intercepts Iranian weapons ship bound for Gaza

    March 5, 2014 | 10:07 am

    The Israel Defense Forces intercepted an Iranian ship laden with weaponry and bound for terrorist organizations in Gaza.

    The interception took place Wednesday morning off the Somali coast in the Red Sea. IDF intelligence showed that the weapons originated in Damascus months ago...

  • Appreciation: A salute to Ariel Sharon

    By Uri Dromi

    January 11, 2014 | 9:56 am

    In January 1985, as a colonel in the Israeli Air Force, I was running a course for high-ranking officers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), focused on lessons from Israel’s wars. One of the case studies to be discussed was the battle of Um-Katef/Abu-Ageila, in the Six-Day War,...

  • Palestinian teenager shot by IDF dies of wounds

    January 3, 2014 | 11:45 am

    A teenager shot by Israeli troops in Gaza died of his wounds, Palestinian medical sources said.

    The 16-year-old died Friday afternoon from gunshot wounds sustained Thursday after he and several other Palestinians approached the security fence separating Israel from the Gaza...

  • How to begin after Prawer-Begin

    December 17, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Now that the Prawer-Begin Plan is dead, it’s time to look at how we got here. Why are there so many unrecognized Bedouin villages? Did they spring up not only carelessly but nefariously, as many supporters of the Prawer-Begin Plan maintained?

    Some of these unrecognized villages,...

  • Guide dog helps champion blind golfer stay the course

    By Ayala Or-el

    December 12, 2013 | 12:39 pm

    Zohar Sharon can count on having the company of two others when he takes to the golf course — his caddy and his guide dog.

    “She is always there for me,” he said of Venus, a yellow Labrador/golden retriever cross. “She comes with me to play golf every day. She’s simply great.”

    ...
  • Israel says it kills three Qaeda-linked militants in West Bank

    November 26, 2013 | 11:58 am

    Israeli security officials said their forces killed three Palestinian militants on Tuesday who were part of an al Qaeda-linked network in the West Bank.

    An official from the Shin Bet security agency said it had learned from a number of earlier arrests that the network was...

  • A modern maccabee

    November 15, 2013 | 10:17 am

    As the holiday season approaches, I find myself reflecting back on the story of Hannukah and summon inspiration by the immense strength our ancestors showed in the face of unimaginable adversity. For those of us unfamiliar with the story of Hannukah, our ancestors, the Maccabees,...

  • Israeli military in Philippines to assess typhoon damage

    November 12, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Representatives of the Israeli military landed in the Philippines to evaluate the situation on the ground and determine how Israel can best assist in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

    The team, including search and rescue experts, doctors and representatives of the Home Front Command,...

  • The Torah of drones: Examining the complex morality of drone warfare

    By Rob Eshman

    November 6, 2013 | 11:33 am

    In 2009, an Israeli drone flying over the Gaza Strip transmitted back to its command station an image of a telltale rocket trail streaking toward Israeli territory. Many kilometers away, a young Israeli operator, Capt. Y, quickly maneuvered the unmanned aircraft to get a look at...

  • Syria to Israel: the road less traveled

    By Simone Wilson

    October 30, 2013 | 2:17 pm

    Along the Israeli highway that snakes up through the Golan Heights toward Syria sits the Kiryat Shmona central bus station, a herding ground and grazing spot for Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers on their way to the Syrian and Lebanese borders. On Oct. 27, one such soldier —...

  • Wounded Syrians find care in Israel that is no longer available at home

    By Simone Wilson

    October 30, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    Last February, nearly two years into the civil war still tearing across Syria, a group of seven wounded Syrians dragged themselves to the Israeli border, where they were picked up by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and rushed to the nearest hospital.

    It was the first public...

  • Young friends of the IDF

    October 30, 2013 | 1:01 pm

    As the black SUVs pulled up to the Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy on West Olympic Boulevard in Beverly Hills, a star-struck reception began. More than 500 students waved miniature Israeli flags and sang “Hevenu Shalom Aleichem.” Twelve Israeli soldiers, in their olive and...

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