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  • With Islamic groups replacing traditional foes, Israel faces long-term instability on its borders

    March 19, 2013 | 6:31 am

    Three weeks ago, militants in Gaza landed a rocket near the Israeli city of Ashkelon.

    Two weeks ago, Egypt raised its state of emergency in the Sinai Peninsula, warning of an increase in jihadist activity there.

    Last week, a rock thrown by a West Bank Palestinian critically...

  • Several reported wounded in riots in support of jailed Palestinians

    February 15, 2013 | 6:50 am

    Several people were injured in West Bank protests staged in solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners.

    An Israel Defense Forces soldier was lightly wounded on Feb. 15 near Baytuniya checkpoint north of Jerusalem. Several hundred protesters pelted the checkpoint with...

  • Israel holds national exercise simulating rocket strikes on schools

    February 14, 2013 | 6:15 am

    A national exercise simulating rocket strikes took place in all schools and kindergartens in Israel.

    The exercise, held Thursday morning, was planned in advance as part of the 2013 training schedule for the country and was staged by the Home Front Command, in cooperation with the...

  • Israel finally joins the online arms race

    November 26, 2012 | 3:41 pm

    Mere hours after the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) took down their first Hamas official at the start of Operation Pillar of Defense, an army of young Israelis took to the Internet. Not to be out-tweeted by the people of Gaza and their supporters around the world, as has been the case...

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  • Syrian mortar shells hit Golan in spillover

    September 25, 2012 | 10:44 am

    Several spillover mortar shells from fighting in Syria hit the Golan Heights.

    Israeli reports said the shells landed in an open area early Tuesday and no one was injured. The Syrian army is believed to have fired the mortars at Syrian villages near the border. It was the first...

  • IDF soldier, assailants killed in skirmish near border with Egypt

    September 21, 2012 | 7:38 am

    One Israeli soldier and three armed assailants have died in a skirmish near the border with Egypt.

    Army Radio reported that two soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces were hit Friday morning after the assailants opened fire on them while they were patrolling the border with Egypt....

  • Iron Dome, career officers on chopping block after IDF funding shortfall

    February 13, 2012 | 10:16 am

    The Israeli military reportedly will make serious cutbacks due to a shortfall in funds.

    Despite a government decision last month not to make a drastic cut in the defense budget in order to pay for new social benefits, the department is still facing a shortfall, Israeli media is...

  • Israel’s new social contract

    August 17, 2011 | 1:05 pm

    High and inclusive growth is Israel’s shared national goal, with the objective of becoming one of the 15 leading countries in terms of quality of life. The test of progress will be the accumulation of financial, human and social capital by all citizens and, particularly, children....

  • Israel bombs Hamas weapons factories

    July 13, 2011 | 10:19 am

    Israeli airstrikes hit two weapons manufacturing sites in northern Gaza in response to rockets launched at Israel, the Israeli army said.

    The attack on Hamas weapons factories came early Wednesday morning, the Israel Defense Forces reported, with secondary explosions identified...

  • Israel soldier wounded in Gaza bomb attack

    July 7, 2011 | 10:42 am

    An Israeli soldier was wounded when a roadside bomb blew up near his tank on the southern border with Gaza.

    The soldier was injured by shrapnel and the tank was damaged in Thursday’s attack.

    The bomb attack came two days after Israel’s Air Force attacked what it identified as a terrorist tunnel in northern Gaza. Two Palestinians who the Israeli military said were part of a terror cell planning to launch a rocket attack on Israel were killed in the airstrike.

  • The Most Dangerous Game

    By Rabbi Yakov Vann

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Today I received a phone call from an 18-year-old named Steven. Steven and I were scheduled to meet at Starbucks in a few days, prior to his leaving for U.S. military service. He called to let me know that he could not keep our appointment as the Marine Corps insisted that he report...