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  • More than 50 Israeli reservists refuse to serve

    July 23, 2014 | 10:13 am

    More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the nation's reserve force, citing regret over their part in a military they said plays a central role in oppressing Palestinians, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

    "We found that troops who operate in the...

  • 30,000 attend funeral of U.S. lone soldier Max Steinberg

    July 23, 2014 | 8:43 am

    A crowd estimated at 30,000 flooded the funeral of American lone soldier Max Steinberg, who was killed in Gaza.

    Steinberg, a native of Los Angeles who came to Israel to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces several months after visiting for the first time on a Birthright Israel...

  • Another soldier killed in Gaza, IDF announces

    July 22, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    The Israel Defense Forces announced that another Israeli soldier was killed in Gaza.

    Sgt. Avitar Moshe Torjamin, 20, of Beit Shean, was killed Tuesday morning in what the IDF said in a statement was a “fire exchange” in the southern Gaza Strip.

    At least 27 soldiers have been killed since the start of the Gaza operation; one soldier remains missing, though presumed dead.

  • Why I side with Israel

    By David Suissa

    July 22, 2014 | 11:30 am

    Is it OK to take sides in a war? Is it OK to side with a country you love, a country whose values you believe in, a country that celebrates life but is being attacked by enemies who glorify death?

    And how do you champion your side while still showing sensitivity for the pain of...

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  • Tunnel vision: Why Hamas’ tunnels are the new front in the war with Israel

    July 22, 2014 | 10:04 am

    Until this latest war, if you asked most Israelis about the threat from Gaza, they would probably start talking about Hamas rockets.

    But that has changed over the last few days of fighting, for two reasons: One, the much-heralded success of the Iron Dome missile defense system,...

  • Israeli soldier missing but presumed dead

    July 22, 2014 | 9:42 am

    An Israeli soldier is missing, the Israeli army confirmed, though it is widely presumed he is dead.

    On Tuesday, more than a day after Hamas said it had kidnapped an Israeli soldier, the Israel Defense Forces confirmed the soldier was missing but indicated it was highly unlikely...

  • Consul General David Siegel on the death of Max Steinberg

    July 21, 2014 | 3:54 pm

    We are heartbroken by the death of Max Donald Steinberg, a Los Angeles native who volunteered to serve in the Israel Defense Forces in the elite Golani Infantry Brigade. On July 20th, Max valiantly fell in the line of duty on the frontline of Operation Protective Edge. The people...

  • Israeli soldiers writing about the Gaza crisis - read their letters

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 21, 2014 | 8:27 am

    A letter written by a 24 year-old Israeli soldier called for reserve duty near the Gaza border line:

    "Last Wednesday, we received the phone call: we were called to defend our country. Some of us had to put aside studying for Finals and other exams, others left their wives and...

  • A fallen soldier, Max Steinberg found his purpose in Israel

    By Jared Sichel

    July 20, 2014 | 8:26 pm

    Just over two years ago, two brothers and a sister – Max, Jake and Paige Steinberg – returned to Los Angeles from a whirlwind tour of Israel.

    The trip, which was sponsored by Taglit-Birthright, impacted all three. But none more than Max, who was 22 at the time, and the trio’s...

  • 13 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza City battle

    July 20, 2014 | 11:50 am

    Thirteen Israeli soldiers were killed in heavy fighting in a Gaza City neighborhood.

    The soldiers from the Golani Brigade were killed since late Saturday night in Shujaiya, the Israel Defense Forces announced Sunday evening, bringing the death toll of Israeli soldiers since the...

  • Netanyahu: IDF preparing to increase ground activity in Gaza

    July 18, 2014 | 8:39 am

    The Israel Defense Forces is prepared to substantially expand its incursion into Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Netanyahu made the announcement Friday during a cabinet meeting held at the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv.

    “My instructions, and...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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