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  • Israeli soldiers recuperate at Sheba Hospital

    19 minutes ago

    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

    5 days ago

    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

    5 days ago

    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

    5 days ago

    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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  • When your child fights in Gaza, this is how it feels

    By Jared Sichel

    6 days ago

    Jonathan and Daphne Orenshein do not like when an unknown number pops up on their cell phone. 

    Their son, Kevin, 21, operates a tank in the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) Givati unit and, as of his last report to his parents, was likely headed into a dense Gaza City neighborhood,...

  • Los Angeles’ reaction to Gazan fighting ranges from anxiety to empathy

    By Ryan Torok

    6 days ago

    Rabbi Eliyahu Fink of Pacific Jewish Center in Venice was at a loss over how to respond to the latest crisis in Israel, namely, the country’s current war with the Hamas-controlled coastal enclave of Gaza.

    Then he found out about the Shmira (“Guarding”) Project, an initiative that...

  • In Gaza, IDF ground operation takes a toll

    By Simone Wilson

    6 days ago

    Up until last weekend, Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” in the Gaza strip seemed to be just another hard round of fire between the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Gaza’s ruling party, Hamas — the latest in a cyclical pattern of violence that repeats itself every two or three...

  • More than 50 Israeli reservists refuse to serve

    6 days ago

    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

    6 days ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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...

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

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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?

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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]

    3 weeks ago

    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...

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