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  • Israel reborn: we were there

    By Tom Tugend

    1 week ago

    In mid-May of 1948, I was walking down Market Street in San Francisco when I passed a small movie theater that screened only newsreels.

    The outside marquee announced “The Jews Fight for Their State.” For the first time it fully hit me that the Jews — commonly dismissed at the...

  • Father of missing Israeli hiker joins search in Nepal

    April 30, 2015 | 10:24 am

    The father of the only Israeli missing in the Nepal earthquake arrived on the scene to help in the search.

    Members of Or Asraf’s Israel Defense Forces combat unit also touched down Wednesday afternoon in Nepal to help look for their comrade, the only Israeli who has not made...

  • Haredi Orthodox Israelis dodge draft law

    April 29, 2015 | 1:21 pm

    So, the Israel Defense Forces won’t be drafting haredi Orthodox Israelis, after all.

    That’s the upshot of a coalition deal Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will reportedly sign with United Torah Judaism, Israel’s Ashkenazi haredi Orthodox party. The agreement, which...

  • Rocket fired at Israel from Gaza near end of Independence Day

    By Ryan Torok

    April 23, 2015 | 3:53 pm

    (JTA) — A rocket was fired at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip in the final hours of the country’s Independence Day.

    Sirens blared in the Sderot region for the first time in months due to Thursday’s rocket, which caused no injuries or damage. It landed within Israeli territory...

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  • An update on a brave dead IDF soldier from Los Angeles and his six dead friends

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 13, 2015 | 2:55 pm

    In one of the most powerful moments in Omri Assenheim’s documentary about the battle of Shejaiya – a battle in which seven Israeli soldiers died last summer – Nir Holtzman, a survivor of that battle, doesn’t hesitate much when he says “yes, I would do it again.” Assenheim’s...

  • Parents Circle members united by universal love and pain

    By Ryan Torok

    April 1, 2015 | 2:43 pm

    Robi Damelin didn’t know what to do when her 28-year-old son David was killed by Palestinian sniper fire in 2002 while serving in the Israel Defense Forces’ reserves.

    “My whole life changed, [as did] my sense of priorities,” Damelin told a group at IKAR during Shabbat morning...

  • Family of Toveet Radcliffe, young Black Hebrew soldier found dead on IDF base, searching for answers

    By Simone Wilson

    February 26, 2015 | 6:50 am

    Israel's tight-knit Black Hebrew community, a population of around 3,000 American citizens who see Israel as their true homeland, just lost spiritual leader Ben Ammi Ben-Israel in December.

    And with the new year comes another unfamiliar sorrow: One of the community's daughters —...

  • Will Israel’s achievement gap stall the start-up nation?

    By Simone Wilson

    February 4, 2015 | 10:16 am

    On a foggy hilltop in Israel’s far north, near the Sea of Galilee, around 130 Orthodox Jewish boys sleep in rows of bungalows at the Kfar Zeitim farm-turned-yeshiva. The campus is run by Israel Sci-Tech Schools — the country’s largest non-governmental schools network — but it was...

  • Today my daughter got her first gun

    January 7, 2015 | 5:06 pm

    Today, my daughter got her first gun. In the eighteen years since Ariella’s birth, there have been many things that I have aspired for her but I can honestly say that a gun has not been one of them. My daughter’s weapon came courtesy of the Israel Defense Forces. On December 10th,...

  • As Nigeria is declared formally free of Ebola, Israel preps for domestic readiness

    October 21, 2014 | 3:55 pm

    Israeli officials welcomed the World Health Organization announcement on Oct. 20 that Nigeria has been declared formally free of Ebola following six weeks with no new cases of the deadly virus.

    “This is an important development for Nigeria and highlights their swift and effective...

  • The fourth Gaza War: 5 predictions

    By Rob Eshman

    October 14, 2014 | 11:24 am

    Now that the international donor conference on behalf of Gaza has wrapped up in Cairo, it is time to make predictions about the next Gaza War.

    1. First, let’s try to guess when it will begin. The first Gaza War ran from December 2008 to January 2009, lasting three weeks. The...

  • What really happened in the battle of Khuzaa, Gaza?

    By Simone Wilson

    September 4, 2014 | 2:35 pm

    No neighborhood along the eastern half of the Gaza strip — the half closest to Israel — emerged unscathed from the recent 50-day war in Gaza, which left more than 2,000 Palestinians dead.

    But in Khuzaa, a middle-class farming town of around 10,000 in southern Gaza that pushes up...

  • Lone Soldiers: Why you’re over there and not back home

    September 3, 2014 | 6:06 pm

    Dear Chayalim Bodedim (Lone Soldiers),

    Until Michael Levin, the paratrooper from Philadelphia, was killed in August 2006, almost nobody knew who we were.

    In July we lost three more of our own: Max Steinberg from Los Angeles; Sean Carmeli from South Padre Island, Texas; and...

  • Israel shows evidence of rocket fire from Gaza schools

    September 3, 2014 | 3:05 pm

    The Israeli military has provided its most detailed assessment yet of the conduct and impact of the Gaza war, including photographs indicating that militants stored and fired rockets from schools and a breakdown of the toll inflicted on Hamas.

    In a briefing at its headquarters in...

  • Israeli civilian injured by Syrian mortar on Golan Heights

    August 27, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    An Israeli man was wounded when a mortar shell fired from Syria struck Israel’s Golan Heights.

    The mortar was believed to be part of the battles between Syrian rebels and government forces from the country’s more than 3-year-old civil war.

    The man, 52, was taken to the...

  • Have you taken the “Hummus, Not Hamas” challenge?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 26, 2014 | 9:32 am

    By now, you’ve all probably heard of the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge,” aimed to raise awareness and to the ALS disease and encourage donations to research. You participate only if a friend has nominated you. Then, you have 24 hours to either pour a bucket filled with ice-water on...

  • Event celebrating Max Steinberg draws nearly 1,000 to Saban Theatre

    By Ryan Torok

    August 14, 2014 | 6:23 pm

    A memorial service for fallen Lone Soldier Max Steinberg at the Saban Theatre on Aug. 12 painted the area native as both a normal young adult and a hero, one who loved having fun, formed easy connections with others and whose quest to find himself took him to the Jewish homeland.

    ...
  • The view from Israel: Pondering the chances of a long-term solution

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 14, 2014 | 5:03 pm

    Just after the start of the initial 72-hour cease fire last week, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) encouraged residents of communities near its southern border who had left during the war to return to their homes. They did — and then quickly discovered that the belief in the advent...

  • The view from Gaza: A bitter resolve

    By Simone Wilson

    August 14, 2014 | 5:00 pm

    During the past month of fighting in the Gaza Strip — a rectangle of desert and farmland along Israel’s southern coast, home to 1.8 million Palestinians — a small boy with a shy smile lost his big brother. Now, squinting through the scope of an imaginary sniper rifle, he vows to...

  • L.A.’s Iranian Jews stand with Israel during war

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 13, 2014 | 9:45 am

    During the war between Israel and Hamas, local Iranian Jews have taken a two-pronged approach to supporting the Jewish state: raising substantial dollars on behalf of humanitarian causes in Israel and speaking out on Farsi-language media outlets based in Southern California. 

    “We...

  • The fury (and boredom) of war

    By Simone Wilson

    August 6, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    On a blistering afternoon in southern Israel on Aug. 4, about eight miles from Gaza at the intersection of Highway 25 and Highway 34, soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) took cover in the shade of a makeshift rest stop — one of dozens set up throughout the south during...

  • Israelis on Gaza border fear threat from tunnels isn’t over

    August 5, 2014 | 10:59 am

    Many Israelis living on the Gaza border were unconvinced by their military's announcement that its mission was accomplished in a nearly month-long campaign aimed at ending rocket strikes and tunnel infiltration.

    Israel's government, they said, had taken too long to deal with the...

  • Israeli soldiers writing about the Gaza crisis - read their letters (Part 2)

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 4, 2014 | 8:33 am

    Roni, Dor, Yuval and Hofni are Israelis who were called for reserve duty when Operation Protective Edge launched. Here are open letters they wrote to Israelife's readers (translated from Hebrew by yours truly.)

    [For part 1, go here. For more about everything that's Israel, visit ...

  • U.S. officials: Soldier’s capture during cease-fire ‘barbaric’

    August 1, 2014 | 8:29 am

    Obama administration officials called Hamas’ apparent capture of an Israeli soldier in the hours a cease-fire was supposed to be in effect “barbaric” and “outrageous.”

    “That would be a rather barbaric violation of the ceasefire agreement,” Josh Earnest, the White House spokesman,...

  • Netanyahu: All Gaza tunnels will be destroyed with or without cease-fire

    July 31, 2014 | 9:36 am

    Israel will destroy all of the tunnels that lead from Gaza to southern Israel, with or without a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Israeli troops have destroyed dozens of tunnel branches so far during the 24-day operation in Gaza, Netanyahu said Thursday...

  • 10 truths about the Gaza conflict

    By Rob Eshman

    July 30, 2014 | 10:43 am

    You’ve read everything, heard everyone, endured every flaming comment on Facebook, bobbed to every talking head on TV and lent an ear to every opinion from Hussein Ibish to Howard Stern. So, what have you learned?

    For me, it boils down to 10 truths:

    1. This is a fight about...

  • Israeli soldiers recuperate at Sheba Hospital

    July 29, 2014 | 11:41 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    First Sergeant Mordechai, a 22-year-old combat engineer, was supposed to be released from the army this month. He had already started his last furlough as a soldier and was planning a long trip to South America to celebrate his...

  • L.A. grad Max Levin wounded in Gaza, recovering in Petah Tikva hospital

    By Jared Sichel

    July 24, 2014 | 1:59 pm

    Max Levin, a 21-year-old New Community Jewish High School (NJCHS) graduate and Israeli soldier, is recovering in a central Israel hospital following injuries he sustained Wednesday in the Gaza Strip, when a booby-trapped house collapsed, killing three members of his paratrooper...

  • 150 Palestinians arrested in raids on southern Gaza

    July 24, 2014 | 8:35 am

    Israeli troops in southern Gaza arrested 150 Palestinians, dozens of whom surrendered voluntarily to the soldiers.

    About 70 of the arrested Gazan Palestinians, who are suspected of carrying out terrorist attacks, were transferred for interrogation, The Times of Israel reported,...

  • Changing the world, one step at a time - Q&A with advocate Brigitte Gabriel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 24, 2014 | 8:32 am

    Brigitte Gabriel (49,) a bestselling author, activist, a leading expert on global Islamic terrorism, and founder and President of ACT! for America, has one fascinating life story. She was born in Lebanon to a Maronite Christian family, and spent her childhood in amid the Lebanese...

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