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  • Secret Schalit negotiations unveiled

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    13 hours ago

    Back in 2006, a 19-year-old Israeli soldier named Gilad Schalit was the victim of a weapon of disequilibrium.

    Since Hamas could not defeat the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in open battle, their operatives entered Israel through an underground tunnel from Gaza, snatched the young...

  • Rioting settlers, Israeli security forces clash in West Bank

    1 week ago

    Six Israeli Border Police officers were hurt in clashes between Israeli security forces and settlers in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Yitzhar.

    Hundreds of supporters of the settlement, located deep in the West Bank near Nablus, rallied to the settlement late on April 8 after...

  • Seventy percent of Jewish Israeli teens identify as Zionist

    3 weeks ago

    Approximately 70 percent of Jewish Israeli youth consider themselves Zionists, according to a survey released by the Zionist Council in Israel.

    The findings were presented at the 33rd National Youth Zionist Congress this week in Gush Etzion, the Jerusalem Post reported.

    The...

  • IDF strikes 29 Gaza sites after barrage of rockets hits southern Israeli cities

    March 12, 2014 | 3:38 pm

    Israel’s Air Force attacked 29 sites in the Gaza Strip after more than 40 rockets and mortars were fired from Gaza at communities in southern Israel.

    The Israel Defense Forces responded to Wednesday evening’s rocket attacks, hitting what it called in a statement 29 “terror...

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  • IDF intercepts Iranian weapons ship bound for Gaza

    March 5, 2014 | 10:07 am

    The Israel Defense Forces intercepted an Iranian ship laden with weaponry and bound for terrorist organizations in Gaza.

    The interception took place Wednesday morning off the Somali coast in the Red Sea. IDF intelligence showed that the weapons originated in Damascus months ago...

  • Appreciation: A salute to Ariel Sharon

    By Uri Dromi

    January 11, 2014 | 9:56 am

    In January 1985, as a colonel in the Israeli Air Force, I was running a course for high-ranking officers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), focused on lessons from Israel’s wars. One of the case studies to be discussed was the battle of Um-Katef/Abu-Ageila, in the Six-Day War,...

  • Palestinian teenager shot by IDF dies of wounds

    January 3, 2014 | 11:45 am

    A teenager shot by Israeli troops in Gaza died of his wounds, Palestinian medical sources said.

    The 16-year-old died Friday afternoon from gunshot wounds sustained Thursday after he and several other Palestinians approached the security fence separating Israel from the Gaza...

  • How to begin after Prawer-Begin

    December 17, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Now that the Prawer-Begin Plan is dead, it’s time to look at how we got here. Why are there so many unrecognized Bedouin villages? Did they spring up not only carelessly but nefariously, as many supporters of the Prawer-Begin Plan maintained?

    Some of these unrecognized villages,...

  • Guide dog helps champion blind golfer stay the course

    By Ayala Or-el

    December 12, 2013 | 12:39 pm

    Zohar Sharon can count on having the company of two others when he takes to the golf course — his caddy and his guide dog.

    “She is always there for me,” he said of Venus, a yellow Labrador/golden retriever cross. “She comes with me to play golf every day. She’s simply great.”

    ...
  • Israel says it kills three Qaeda-linked militants in West Bank

    November 26, 2013 | 11:58 am

    Israeli security officials said their forces killed three Palestinian militants on Tuesday who were part of an al Qaeda-linked network in the West Bank.

    An official from the Shin Bet security agency said it had learned from a number of earlier arrests that the network was...

  • A modern maccabee

    November 15, 2013 | 10:17 am

    As the holiday season approaches, I find myself reflecting back on the story of Hannukah and summon inspiration by the immense strength our ancestors showed in the face of unimaginable adversity. For those of us unfamiliar with the story of Hannukah, our ancestors, the Maccabees,...

  • Israeli military in Philippines to assess typhoon damage

    November 12, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Representatives of the Israeli military landed in the Philippines to evaluate the situation on the ground and determine how Israel can best assist in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

    The team, including search and rescue experts, doctors and representatives of the Home Front Command,...

  • The Torah of drones: Examining the complex morality of drone warfare

    By Rob Eshman

    November 6, 2013 | 11:33 am

    In 2009, an Israeli drone flying over the Gaza Strip transmitted back to its command station an image of a telltale rocket trail streaking toward Israeli territory. Many kilometers away, a young Israeli operator, Capt. Y, quickly maneuvered the unmanned aircraft to get a look at...

  • Syria to Israel: the road less traveled

    By Simone Wilson

    October 30, 2013 | 2:17 pm

    Along the Israeli highway that snakes up through the Golan Heights toward Syria sits the Kiryat Shmona central bus station, a herding ground and grazing spot for Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers on their way to the Syrian and Lebanese borders. On Oct. 27, one such soldier —...

  • Wounded Syrians find care in Israel that is no longer available at home

    By Simone Wilson

    October 30, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    Last February, nearly two years into the civil war still tearing across Syria, a group of seven wounded Syrians dragged themselves to the Israeli border, where they were picked up by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and rushed to the nearest hospital.

    It was the first public...

  • Young friends of the IDF

    October 30, 2013 | 1:01 pm

    As the black SUVs pulled up to the Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy on West Olympic Boulevard in Beverly Hills, a star-struck reception began. More than 500 students waved miniature Israeli flags and sang “Hevenu Shalom Aleichem.” Twelve Israeli soldiers, in their olive and...

  • 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...

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