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  • How much collateral damage is too much?

    November 19, 2012 | 9:57 am

    That is a question that should be asked regarding America’ drone operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but it cannot be answered except episodically because nothing about those operations is available for public scrutiny.  It is also a question which must be asked of Israel in...

  • November 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 18, 2012 | 2:25 am

    In-depth

    Emergency Routine

    Neri Zilber of Foreign Policy takes a look at how Israelis try to maintain normal life under rocket fire. 

    In a sports kiosk in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, a few hardy regulars watched the basketball game on one television. A second...

  • 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...

  • IDF drops warning leaflets over Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 15, 2012 | 9:34 am

    The IDF has dispersed warning leaflets above several locations in the Gaza Strip. This video is from Nov. 15, over Khan Yunis.

    The Arabic leaflet reads: "Important announcement for the residents of the Gaza Strip: For your own safety, take responsibility for yourselves and avoid...

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  • Gaza boy killed by Israeli troops, Palestinian officials say

    November 8, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    A Palestinian boy who died in southern Gaza was killed by Israeli troops, Palestinian officials said.

    The boy, 13, was hit by machine-gun fire from Israeli helicopters or tanks that targeted houses and farms near Khan Yunis, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported, quoting a...

  • Syrian mortar shells fired into northern Israel

    November 8, 2012 | 10:06 am

    Three mortar shells were fired from Syria into northern Israel.

    The shells, which landed Thursday and did not cause any injuries or damage, were not believed to have been targeting Israel and likely were fired by the Syrian army at rebel forces in the area.

    The Israel Defense...

  • Israeli soldiers injured in Gaza border blast

    November 6, 2012 | 10:20 am

    Three Israeli soldiers were wounded in an explosion while patrolling the Gaza border.

    The Israel Defense Forces said it believes that an explosive device planted near the security fence and detonated remotely was the cause of Tuesday morning's blast.

    One soldier was moderately...

  • Settlers battle security forces during outpost razing

    November 1, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Israeli settlers rioted and battled security forces during the razing of a West Bank outpost.

    The settlers threw stones and rolled burning tires at police and Israel Defense Forces soldiers during the early Thursday morning evacuation of the HaSruga outpost located near the West...

  • Israel promotes first female Christian Arab to combat commander

    October 23, 2012 | 5:06 pm

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) promoted a female Christian Arab to become a combat commander for the first time ever on Oct. 17.

    Mona Abdo, 20, grew up in a Christian home in Haifa. She voluntarily enlisted in the IDF when she turned 18 with the encouragement of her family. Upon...

  • Israeli soldier injured in Gaza border blast

    October 23, 2012 | 9:17 am

    An Israeli soldier was wounded seriously in an explosion while on patrol near the Gaza security fence.

    The soldier, who was on what the military called a "routine patrol," is believed to have been injured by a roadside bomb in Tuesday morning's attack. He was treated at the scene...

  • October 19, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 19, 2012 | 2:34 am

    In-depth

    Presbyterian Anti-Israel Crusade: Is That All You Can Say, Gradye?

    Dexter Van Zile of Algemeiner takes Gradye Parsons of the American Presbyterian Church to task over his one-sided approach to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. 

    Parsons’ letter is emblematic of the...

  • Preparing for war, Israel’s North looks to lessons from 2006

    October 17, 2012 | 1:26 pm

    When missiles rained down on northern Israel from Lebanon six years ago, surgeons at Rambam Hospital in Haifa worked, terrified, on the building’s eighth floor.

    That summer, missiles had struck fewer than 20 yards away, endangering the staff and patients of northern Israel’s...

  • Canadian-Israeli woman jailed for not fulfilling military servce granted clemency

    October 16, 2012 | 9:15 am

    Yana Gorelik, the Canadian-Israeli who was imprisoned on charges of evading military service in Israel, was granted clemency and her jail term was reduced.

    Gorelik was released from military prison on Monday, the Times of Israel reported.

    Gorelik, 30, served about half of her...

  • Three women, the Israel Defense Forces, and the price of fear

    October 10, 2012 | 5:08 pm

    It’s hard to imagine anyone else’s reality.  We pretend we do in order not to feel so helpless.  But usually, we’re just guessing or faking it.  Thus, it is incredibly rare and spectacular to find an author who possesses the literary talent to transport us so completely and...

  • Israel reportedly flies over Lebanon in possible response to airspace violation

    October 8, 2012 | 12:01 pm

    Several Israeli warplanes violated Lebanon’s airspace Oct. 7, according to Lebanese media outlets, flying over the country’s southern region and setting off sonic booms in a possible response to an Oct. 6 violation of Israeli airspace by an unmanned drone which Israel has...

  • Jewish agency launches inquiry into fatal hotel shooting

    October 5, 2012 | 9:41 am

    The Jewish Agency is opening an inquiry into its Oranim program after an American participant gunned down a hotel employee in Eilat.

    "In response to the tragic incident in Eilat, the Chairperson of the Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky expressed his deep sorrow at the loss of life...

  • IDF soldier, assailants killed in skirmish near border with Egypt

    September 21, 2012 | 9:55 am

    One Israeli soldier and three armed assailants died in a skirmish near the border with Egypt.

    Army Radio reported that the assailants opened fire on Israel Defense Forces soldiers Friday morning while they were patrolling the border with Egypt.

    Another Israeli soldier who was...

  • Israeli airstrikes kill 2 Palestinian terrorists

    September 20, 2012 | 9:18 am

    Two Palestinian terror operatives were killed when Israeli airstrikes hit their car in southern Gaza.

    According to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces, one of the operatives, Anis Abu Mahmoud el-Anin, was in the final stages of preparing to carry out a terror attack...

  • L.A. youths among growing numbers serving in IDF

    August 29, 2012 | 1:49 pm

    As the 360 international youths milled around the Miriam and Adolfo Smolarz Auditorium on the Tel Aviv University campus in the sweltering August heat — some still standing in registration lines and others already proudly wearing their new pale blue T-shirts, several dozen huddled...

  • Israeli planes bomb Gaza weapons sites

    August 28, 2012 | 10:09 am

    Israel’s Air Force bombed a weapons manufacturing site and a weapons storage facility in the northern Gaza Strip.

    The early Tuesday morning strikes were in retaliation for recent rocket attacks on southern Israel, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

    Three Kassam rockets...

  • Fear and Gordis

    By Rob Eshman

    August 22, 2012 | 11:27 am

    For reasons I can’t quite understand, many leaders in the pro-Israel community continue to insist that the young generation of American Jews has abandoned Israel.

    That’s just not true. 

    “Ours is the first generation in which the centrality of Zion in Jewish dreams is...

  • New emigres joining the military land in Israel

    August 14, 2012 | 10:14 am

    A charter aliyah flight carrying 127 young men and women who will be joining the Israel Defense Forces landed in Israel.

    The special Nefesh B’Nefesh-Friends of the Israel Defense Forces flight, carrying a total of 350 new emigres to Israel, arrived early Tuesday morning in Israel.

    ...
  • Israeli military begins drafting haredi Orthodox

    August 9, 2012 | 10:51 am

    The Israel Defense Forces have begun drafting haredi Orthodox 18-year-olds without encountering significant protests, one week after a new law requiring haredi military service took effect.

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on July 31 ordered the IDF to compose guidelines for...

  • Israel ‘can only rely on itself,’ Netanyahu says after Sinai attack

    August 6, 2012 | 10:42 am

    Israel and Egypt have a common interest in keeping the border between them safe, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday during a tour of the site of Sunday’s deadly attack in which Sinai-based gunmen killed at least 15 Egyptian police officers and injured at least seven....

  • Yedidim gives immigrant kids a chance to fit in, do better

    August 1, 2012 | 12:19 pm

    When 13-year-old Gosha got into a violent fight with some local kids, the police gave him a choice: live with an incriminating police record, which would prevent him from serving in the Israel Defense Forces, or enroll in Yedidim, an organization that runs programs for new immigrant...

  • IDF Pride photo was staged, Israeli news site reports

    June 14, 2012 | 2:39 pm

    A photo posted on the Israel Defense Forces website in honor of Pride Month showing two male soldiers in uniform holding hands was staged, according to an Israeli news website.

    Only one of the soldiers is gay and both work for the IDF Spokesman’s Office, The Times of Israel reported...

  • Photo of gay soldiers on IDF Facebook page causes stir

    June 12, 2012 | 10:54 am

    A photo posted on the Israel Defense Forces website in honor of Pride Month, showing two male soldiers in uniform holding hands, has caused a stir.

    The photo posted Monday and captioned “It’s Pride Month. Did you know that the IDF treats all of its soldiers equally?” had garnered...

  • Thousands in Istanbul rally against Israel

    June 1, 2012 | 10:27 am

    Thousands of Turks in Istanbul rallied against Israel Thursday, marking the second anniversary of an Israel Defense Forces raid on the Mavi Marmara ship that was part of a flotilla that claimed to be carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.

    Israel had determined that the flotilla was...

  • IDF chief: Formal ceremonies mandatory for religous soldiers

    December 27, 2011 | 11:34 am

    Orthodox Israeli soldiers must attend formal military gatherings at which women sing, but can be excused from informal social gatherings, the head of the military said.

    Israel Defense Forces Benny Gantz said Tuesday that female soldiers have equality in the military and that there...

  • Israel shuts West Bank for holiday, rockets strike Israel

    September 28, 2011 | 11:22 am

    The Israeli military announced a closure of the West Bank for Rosh Hashanah as two rockets fired from Gaza hit southern Israel.

    The closure began Tuesday night and will last until Saturday night following the two-day holiday and Shabbat. Exceptions will be made for medical...

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