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  • Hamas claims responsibility for large terror tunnel

    October 21, 2013 | 11:03 am

    Hamas claimed responsibility for a terror tunnel dug between Gaza and Israel.

    A spokesman for Hamas’ military wing said Sunday during an interview on one of the terrorist movement’s radio stations that the group was responsible for building and maintaining the tunnel, Reuters...

  • Uri Herscher’s center of gratitude

    By Susan Freudenheim

    October 18, 2013 | 11:18 am

    One day in early March 1954, Uri Herscher, just 12 at the time, ran away from his parents. His father, Joseph, a cabinetmaker, and mother, Lucy, a laundress, were having trouble making ends meet living in Israel. Together with Uri and his younger brother, Eli, they were meant to...

  • Palestinian killed after infiltrating Israeli army base

    October 17, 2013 | 1:50 pm

    A Palestinian was shot dead after breaking through the gates of an army base near Jerusalem on a tractor.

    The Israel Defense Forces is calling Thursday evening’s incident at the Rama base near the Palestinian town of Al-Ram a terror attack.

    The Palestinian, identified as Younis...

  • Light-up Nation: What Israel can teach America about medical marijuana

    By Simone Wilson

    October 2, 2013 | 10:23 am

    Just over six years ago, in the lush Upper Galilee of northern Israel, the nation’s first large-scale harvest of legal medical marijuana was flowering on the roof deck of Tzahi Cohen’s parents’ house, perched on a cliff overlooking the bright-green farming village of Birya. Until...

  • The consequences of Israel's contradictory dreams

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    September 24, 2013 | 4:27 pm

    The stirring scene that opens “Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation,” by Yossi Klein Halevi (Harper, $35), is a flashback to the night of June 6, 1967, when the 55th Paratroopers Reserve Brigade of the Israel Defense...

  • Al-Qaida-affiliated terror group says it’s resuming holy war against Jews

    August 27, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    A terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaida that claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on northern Israel said it has resumed a jihad, or holy war, against the Jews.

    The Lebanon-based Azzam Abdullah Brigades said the rocket attack last week was carried out “as part of the...

  • Young olim won’t feel alone

    August 21, 2013 | 2:34 pm

    When Avital Avraham, 17, of Sherman Oaks arrived in Israel earlier this month with plans to make aliyah and join the Israel Defense Forces, she said she was “honored that Israel is opening their arms to me even though I wasn’t born here.”

    She wasn’t alone. Avraham was one of 331...

  • Voices of the dead in Rwanda

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    August 7, 2013 | 9:22 am

    Rwanda might not be everyone’s idea of a family trip, but it’s one of my favorite places in the world and, after visiting last year to highlight the 1994 genocide and promote anti-genocide legislation during my run for Congress, I wanted my children and some notable Jewish...

  • IDF attempted ’08 operation to capture Hamas commander to swap for Shalit

    July 25, 2013 | 9:14 am

    Israel attempted to capture the former head of Hamas’ military wing in 2008 in order to exchange him for then-captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, according to newly released documents.

    The operation involved special forces and the top brass of Israel’s defense establishment....

  • Charedim need more Judaism

    By David Suissa

    July 24, 2013 | 1:32 pm

    I saw two opposite ends of Jewish tolerance last Friday night in Jerusalem’s Old City. As I walked through the Jaffa Gate on my way to a Shabbat dinner, I noticed some black-hatted Charedim kicking a taxicab while yelling, “Shabbos, Shabbos!”

    A little while later, at the home of...

  • Troops erred in detaining Palestinian boy in Hebron, IDF says

    July 18, 2013 | 4:38 pm

    Israeli troops erred in detaining a 5-year-old Palestinian boy for throwing stones at soldiers at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, an Israel Defense Forces official said.

    “We made a mistake during the event, both in detaining the boy and detaining his father,” Maj. Gen....

  • Israeli army detains 5-year-old Palestinian stone-thrower

    July 11, 2013 | 5:17 pm

    An Israeli human rights group accused the army on Thursday of illegally detaining a 5-year-old Palestinian boy for throwing a stone in a flashpoint city in the West Bank.

    Video footage taken by the group B'Tselem of Tuesday's incident showed Wadi Maswadeh crying as he was...

  • Israeli heroes: Some of them admit to needing help

    By Simone Wilson

    July 9, 2013 | 12:39 pm

    At a recent charity dinner for wounded Israeli soldiers held in Israel's high-tech suburb of Kfar Saba, a soldier's mother, Diana Elankri, stood onstage and spoke of her son, Shimon ----  and of the day she watched him come back to life after being hit by a missile along the Gaza...

  • Egypt moves troops to the Sinai-Gaza border

    July 2, 2013 | 9:37 am

    Egypt, amid major unrest in the country, has moved troops and armored vehicles to the Sinai-Gaza border area in coordination with Israel.

    The movement on Tuesday comes as the Egyptian military issued an ultimatum to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, calling on him to step down or...

  • As protests rock Turkey, Israel watches with ambivalence

    June 18, 2013 | 10:19 am

    As the budding protest movement in Turkey against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan struggles to gain a foothold, Israel is watching the developments with some measure of ambivalence.

    On the one hand, Erdogan has led Turkey away from a close alliance with Israel, using his...

  • Rules of engagement to remain in effect in West Bank, Gantz says

    May 28, 2013 | 10:17 am

    A limit on the use of live fire by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank will remain in place, despite requests by settlers and politicians to ease the restrictions, Israel’s military chief said.

    “We won’t ease the rules of engagement,” Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, the Israel Defense...

  • Israeli soldier killed in Golan mine explosion

    May 21, 2013 | 3:43 pm

    An Israeli soldier was killed in a mine explosion in the southern Golan Heights.

    The soldier was taking part Tuesday in a minefield-clearing operation, according to the Israel Defense Forces, and was killed when an old anti-tank mine exploded. Two other soldiers were injured.

  • IDF chief warns Syria against more attacks on Israel

    May 21, 2013 | 1:16 pm

    The Israeli military’s chief of staff,  Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, warned that Syria would pay the price if it continues to attack Israel.

    Syrian President Bashar Assad “guides and encourages the widening of activity against Israel, in various dimensions and via the Golan Heights,”...

  • Israel’s Cabinet approves reduced defense cuts

    May 13, 2013 | 9:20 am

    Israel’s Cabinet unanimously approved a proposal to moderate cuts to the defense budget as part of sweeping austerity measures.

    The Cabinet opened its 2013-14 budget talks on Monday with discussions on defense.

    Following a meeting of the security Cabinet that lasted much of...

  • Rockets fired from Syria strike Golan Heights

    May 6, 2013 | 10:37 am

    Two rockets fired from Syria hit the Golan Heights in Israel.

    The rockets, which landed in the southern Golan Heights on Monday afternoon, caused no damage or injuries.

    They "were fired erroneously as a byproduct of internal conflict in Syria," the Israel Defense Forces said in...

  • Israeli airstrike kills senior Palestinian terrorist in Gaza

    April 30, 2013 | 9:55 am

    An Israeli airstrike killed a senior Palestinian terrorist in northern Gaza.

    Hithem Ziad Ibrahim Masshal, 24, who worked for several terror organizations, was killed Monday while riding his motorcycle near a Hamas training camp, according to reports. Masshal had been involved in...

  • What Israel means to me

    April 19, 2013 | 11:28 am

    Pinpointing what makes people so passionate about Israel is no easy thing, perhaps because there are so many options. 

    It is the Jewish state, the only political entity in the world where Jews are a majority. It is the historical home of the Jewish people, the land of King David...

  • Ad featuring Bar Refaeli airs over IDF’s objections

    March 21, 2013 | 1:52 pm

    An ad showcasing Israeli innovations featuring Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli aired despite protests from the military.

    "Created in Israel," as the ad is titled, is part of an Internet campaign by Israel's Foreign Ministry that features products and technologies developed in...

  • IDF to tackle Ethiopian troops’ adjustment problems

    February 8, 2013 | 1:36 pm

    A new IDF unit will work on integrating Ethiopian recruits, who are over-represented in army prisons.

    Army Radio reported that Brig.-Gen. Eli Shermeister, who heads the Israel Defense Forces Education and Youth Corps, set up the unit last month after senior IDF officers learned...

  • Israel said to have attacked Syrian weapons transport

    January 30, 2013 | 9:50 am

    Israeli planes reportedly struck a Syrian weapons transport on the Lebanese border amid increasing fears that the country’s chemical weapons stockpile could fall into the hands of Hezbollah.

    The strikes, which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning, were reported to...

  • 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...

  • Israeli soldier kills Palestinian woman near Hebron

    January 23, 2013 | 11:05 am

    A Palestinian woman was shot and killed near Hebron by an Israeli soldier.

    A second woman was shot and wounded in the Jan. 23 incident, according to reports.

    According to an initial Israel Defense Forces investigation, a group of Israeli soldiers were ambushed by rocks and...

  • Life of an IDF ‘Refusenik’

    January 16, 2013 | 1:56 pm

    Life in Israeli military prison, it turns out, is a lot like life in the Israeli military.

    “We get up at 5 every morning and we have a morning roll call,” says 19-year-old Natan Blanc, a chronic prisoner at Prison Six, along the northern coast of Israel. He has spent almost two...

  • Israeli troops reportedly kill Palestinian teen in West Bank

    January 15, 2013 | 9:41 am

    A Palestinian teenager reportedly was shot and killed in the West Bank by Israeli soldiers during an attempt to breach the security fence.

    The Palestinian Maan news agency identified the teen as Samir Ahmad Abdul-Rahim, 17. The report said he was shot in the head, chest and leg,...

  • Hamas to hold rally in West Bank

    December 10, 2012 | 10:47 am

    The Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority reportedly has allowed Hamas to hold a rally in the West Bank.

    Israel’s Army Radio reported Monday that the apparent conciliatory gesture is the first of its kind since Hamas’ 2007 coup d’etat in Gaza that ended the Palestinian...

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