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  • Why I support going into Gaza

    July 17, 2014 | 5:30 pm

    Israeli forces have entered Gaza.  Here's why this was the right call.

    It was in this very month, in 2006, that I served as a heavy gunner in the Second Lebanon war. It was a difficult war. Troops starved and dehydrated. The IDF lost soldiers and soldiers lost limbs. Families of...

  • Israel probing deaths of four Palestinian boys shelled on Gaza beach

    July 16, 2014 | 4:47 pm

    Israel’s military said it was investigating the deaths of four Palestinian boys who were playing on a Gaza City beach when it was shelled.

    Gaza officials said the shelling on Wednesday afternoon was an Israeli naval or aerial attack.

    “Based on preliminary results, the target of...

  • Sounds of war, overhead and on my Twitter feed

    By Simone Wilson

    July 16, 2014 | 2:01 pm

    When the first air-raid siren of summer 2014 screeched through Tel Aviv, my blood turned to ash. I was sitting in a coffee shop near my apartment, typing out a news piece on the disturbing increase in anti-Arab and anti-Jewish attacks throughout Israel, when the sound came —...

  • Israel needs an Irony Dome

    By David Suissa

    July 16, 2014 | 11:51 am

    It boggles the mind to think that a determined, Jew-hating terror army would fire more than 1,000 rockets at Israel over seven days and inflict so few casualties.

    I wonder what must be going through the minds of those Hamas terrorists right now: “We lost half of our arsenal and...

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  • Israeli naval shelling kills four boys on Gaza beach, medics say

    July 16, 2014 | 10:39 am

    Israeli shelling killed four boys on a Gaza beach on Wednesday, a local health official said, and Palestinian militants fired a further 70 rockets into Israel after a failed Egyptian attempt to halt more than a week of warfare.

    Israel urged the evacuation of several districts in...

  • IDF warns northern Gaza residents to leave ahead of airstrikes

    July 16, 2014 | 8:33 am

    The Israeli military warned residents in three northern Gaza cities to evacuate their homes ahead of planned airstrikes.

    Recorded phone and text messages telling the residents of Beit Lahyia, Shuja’iya and Zeitoun to leave were delivered early Wednesday morning. Leaflets also...

  • How is this Gaza conflict different from other Gaza conflicts?

    July 14, 2014 | 4:37 pm

    In the past week, Israel has endured a thousand rockets.

    Yet not a single Israeli has died so far from a rocket strike during the week-long conflict.

    In many ways, Israel’s Operation Protective Edge — its third Gaza operation in six years — is much like previous Israeli...

  • Rocket from Syria lands in Golan, Bedouin sisters injured near Beersheba

    July 14, 2014 | 2:45 pm

    A rocket fired from Syria landed in the Golan Heights, and a rocket near Beersheba injured two Bedouin sisters.

    The rocket that landed near Kibbutz El Rom in the Golan Heights on Monday evening started a fire. The Israel Defense Forces reportedly believes it was launched at...

  • Rocket seriously injures Israeli teen in Ashkelon; dual citizens leave Gaza

    July 14, 2014 | 9:06 am

    An Israeli teenager was seriously injured by a rocket fired from Gaza that landed in Ashkelon.

    Another Israeli man was wounded in the rocket strike on Sunday afternoon in a residential area of the southern Israeli city.

    “Hamas has chosen to attack our cities with massive and...

  • Winning the war, losing support

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 14, 2014 | 8:38 am

    The fact that 70% of the Israeli population spend their nights and days running for shelter and that more than 1000 missiles were fired at Israel from Gaza does not matter to the world, as long as the death toll stands at zero.

    In the past week, more than 1000 missiles were fired...

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

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 9, 2014 | 6:06 pm

    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]

    July 9, 2014 | 2:11 pm

    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

    July 8, 2014 | 1:56 pm

    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

    July 8, 2014 | 10:48 am

    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...

  • Hamas rockets land deep in Israel as it bombards Gaza

    July 8, 2014 | 10:27 am

    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

    July 7, 2014 | 1:35 pm

    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

    July 1, 2014 | 11:02 am

    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

    July 1, 2014 | 8:37 am

    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

    June 30, 2014 | 10:00 am

    [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

    June 19, 2014 | 10:49 am

    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

    June 18, 2014 | 10:57 am

    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,...

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