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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Israeli troops again filmed fleeing Palestinian mob

    December 10, 2012 | 10:44 am

    For a second time this month, Israeli media have shown videos of Israeli soldiers fleeing a Palestinian mob.

    The video released on Monday by the news site Ynet shows a platoon running from a crowd of stone-throwing Palestinians near the West Bank settlement of Mitzpe Kedumim....

  • Jews and guns: A day on the firing range

    By Ryan Torok

    December 5, 2012 | 4:45 pm

    Susanne Reyto carefully loaded her rifle and switched the safety off. Peering into the scope attached to the top of the weapon, she pulled the trigger while former U.S. Army platoon leader Charlie Jasper looked on to ensure she was handling her weapon safely.

    To their right,...

  • Stevie Wonder cancels performance at Saban-Chaired FIDF Gala for IDF Soldiers

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 29, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Legendary pop musician Stevie Wonder has cancelled his performance scheduled for the Dec. 6 FIDF Gala in Los Angeles saluting IDF Soldiers. The event is sponsored by philanthropists Haim and Cheryl Saban.

    The 25-time Grammy winner was to appear for an expected 1,200 FIDF...

  • Hope for injured IDF veterans

    By Ryan Torok

    November 28, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    An officer in the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) Paratrooper Brigade, Arale Wattenstein was injured during a 2005 operation in the West Bank. The vehicle he was traveling in was going about 50 mph when it was struck by a Molotov cocktail. Wattenstein jumped out when the vehicle...

  • Petitions call on Stevie Wonder to cancel Friends of IDF gig

    November 28, 2012 | 1:25 pm

    An online petition calling on Stevie Wonder to cancel his performance at a fundraiser for the Israel Defense Forces has garnered more than 3,600 signatures.

    The petition was launched more than a day ago on the change.org website.

    Wonder is scheduled to headline the Friends of...

  • Israeli reservists frustrated, willing to fight in Gaza again

    November 26, 2012 | 9:29 am

    At 6:30 a.m. on Friday morning, two days after the current round of fighting in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas began, the phone rang in Rafi’s house in Jerusalem, calling him up for reserve service in his combat infantry unit.

    Rafi, 28, who, like all the reservists...

  • IDF band’s European tour takes nasty turn after Gaza operation

    November 21, 2012 | 1:02 pm

    As they prepared last week for their annual concert tour of Europe, members of the Israel Defense Forces band probably had little inkling of what was about to hit them.

    Within hours of their departure, their comrades began striking Gaza in retaliation for months of rocket fire...

  • Tel Aviv’s grace under fire

    November 20, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    The famous Tel Aviv bubble burst at approximately 7 p.m. on Nov. 15. Suddenly the war being waged for years by the residents of southern Israel had come knocking on the doors of Rothschild and Ramat Aviv, Bavli and Bograshov. Although a far cry from what the residents of Beersheba...

  • Israel-Gaza conflict: Low expectations

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 20, 2012 | 10:40 am

    No one knows for sure why the Gaza hostilities began. 

    We know that there had been weeks of intensifying rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, rockets fired by various Palestinian groups that were tolerated, even encouraged by the governing Hamas. And we know that the Israeli...

  • Israel’s image war

    November 20, 2012 | 10:12 am

    The Israel Defense Forces is bombing the Gaza Strip and the world is, for the most part, silent. In fact, the IDF is bombing Gaza and the world is, for the most part, supporting Israel.

    How is this happening? Wars today are fought not only with bullets, but also with images....

  • Iron Dome, now protecting Tel Aviv, highly successful in intercepting rockets

    November 20, 2012 | 10:07 am

    With hundreds of rockets raining down from Gaza, Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system has saved an untold number of lives thanks to Israeli technological ingenuity and U.S. support.

    According to the figures from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), since Operation Pillar of...

  • From Sandy to Gaza rockets, students weather each other’s storms

    November 20, 2012 | 9:51 am

    Between Israeli youths going through Hurricane Sandy and American youths experiencing the onslaught of rockets from Gaza, participants of November’s America Israel Friendship League’s (AIFL) student exchange rode an emotional and historic rollercoaster on both sides of the...

  • Rockets pound Israel for seventh day

    November 20, 2012 | 9:04 am

    More than 80 rockets were fired at southern Israel in the seventh day since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense, including two aimed at Jerusalem.

    An air raid siren sounded in Jerusalem on Tuesday afternoon; two rockets fell in the Gush Etzion area south of Jerusalem....

  • West Bank Palestinian protester dies

    November 19, 2012 | 11:14 am

    A Palestinian protester shot by Israeli troops during a protest against the Gaza operation has died.

    Rashid Tamimi, 31, died Monday after being shot Saturday during a protest in the West Bank, Ynet reported.

    Protests against Operation Pillar of Defense continued throughout the West Bank on Monday, according to reports.

    Also on Monday, an Israeli car caught on fire after being hit by a bomb thrown by a Palestinian protester in the Binyamin region of the West Bank.

  • Southern Israel remains under steady rocket barrage

    November 19, 2012 | 10:24 am

    Communities in southern Israel came under a steady barrage of rockets and the Israeli military said it inflicted "severe damage on the rocket launching capabilities of terror organizations" as its Operation Pillar of Defense neared the end of its first week.

    At least 50 rockets...

  • 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...

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