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  • The Silver Platter: Sacrifice, Bereavement, Remembrance, and the Israeli Nation State

    By Jeremy Elster

    June 11, 2014 | 5:04 am

    Today’s video report takes it’s name from Polish Israeli poet Natan Alterman. The report, and the poem, addresses the concept of sacrifice and bereavement by Israeli soldiers that has become a strong part of the Israeli national ethos. Alterman’s poem “The Silver Platter” was...

  • The challenge of defining Charedim

    December 5, 2013 | 10:53 am

    The Iranian nuclear issue and Palestinian peace talks may be dominating the news about Israel nowadays, but if discussions within the Jewish state focused on any social challenge this year, it was the question of how to integrate the Charedi Orthodox population into Israel’s...

  • U.S., Israel differ over how to resolve Iran nuclear issue

    October 23, 2013 | 9:28 am

    U.S. and Israeli officials differed over Iran's nuclear program on Wednesday as Israel called for its effective dismantlement and the United States suggested safeguards could show that it is peaceful rather than military.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime...

  • Gilad Shalit- two years later

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 15, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Two years ago, the people of Israel finally sighed. Gilad Shalit has returned home.

    It took more than five years and a great fuss for the Israeli Government and Shalit's captors (the terror organization: Hamas) to sign on this controversial deal. Some would say we gave up on too...

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  • Syria — why diplomacy is not the answer

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 12, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    People say "don't compare," but comparison of recent events in Syria to Europe in the 1940's cannot be avoided. Millions of Jews were led to their deaths in the most hideous ways, the U.S, as well as the rest of the world, held photographed facts of the holocaust horrors, yet chose...

  • Obama sees possible breakthrough in Syria weapons proposal

    September 9, 2013 | 5:53 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he saw a possible breakthrough in the crisis with Syria after Russia proposed that its ally Damascus hand over its chemical weapons for destruction, which could avert planned U.S. military strikes.

    But Obama, speaking in a series of...

  • The debate we should be having on Syria

    September 4, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    On Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama boarded Air Force One, departed for Sweden and left behind a looming political disaster. Despite the endorsement of Republican and Democratic House leaders, many members of Congress remain deeply skeptical about the president's proposal to...

  • Egyptian Jews: We support military’s fight against ‘terrorism’

    August 20, 2013 | 10:57 am

    When Magda Haroun was out on the streets during the unrest now rocking Egypt’s capital, she saw someone standing over the body of a dead soldier.

    “Not even a Jew would do this,” she heard him say.

    Haroun, the president of the Egyptian Jewish community, doesn’t enjoy hearing...

  • Israel lobbying U.S., EU to support Egypt’s military government

    August 19, 2013 | 7:59 am

    The Israeli government is pressing its efforts to convince the United States and the European Union to support the military-backed government in Egypt.

    The New York Times reported late Sunday that Israeli ambassadors in Washington and the European capitals will lobby foreign...

  • Obama condemns violence in Egypt, cancels military exercises

    August 15, 2013 | 8:21 am

    President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that the United States is canceling joint military exercises with Egypt next month, saying normal U.S. cooperation cannot continue in light of the armed forces' bloody crackdown.

    "The United States strongly condemns the steps that have...

  • U.S. senators urge Egypt dialogue, prisoner release

    August 6, 2013 | 11:14 am

    Two senior U.S. senators delivered a strong message on Tuesday to the Egyptian military, saying it should release political prisoners, start a national dialogue and return the Arab nation swiftly to democratic rule.

    Republicans Lindsey Graham and John McCain were sent to Cairo by...

  • Jewish vets urge action against sexual abuse in U.S. military

    July 2, 2013 | 2:12 pm

    Jewish war veterans are calling for meaningful action to be taken to combat sexual abuse in the U.S. military.

    “The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) condemns the continued prevalence of reported and unreported male and female sexual misconduct in the military and calls for an...

  • 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,”...

  • Thousands protest in Jerusalem against haredi draft

    May 17, 2013 | 7:56 am

    Thousands of haredi Orthodox Israelis protested in Jerusalem against plans to enlist haredi men into the military.

    The protesters gathered Thursday night near the city’s military draft bureau to hear rabbis warn that army service would irreparably harm their way of life.

    ...
  • U.S. to provide Israel with advanced weapons, Hagel announces

    April 22, 2013 | 3:16 pm

    The United States will make available to Israel advanced new military capabilities, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

    The advanced weapons include anti-radiation missiles, advanced radars for its fleet of fighter jets,  KC-135 refueling aircraft  the V-22 Osprey, which the US...

  • Boston suspect won’t be treated as enemy combatant, White House says

    April 22, 2013 | 10:18 am

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the ethnic Chechen college student suspected in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, will not be treated as an enemy combatant in the legal process, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday.

    "He will not be treated as an enemy combatant," Carney told reporters at a briefing. "We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice. Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions."

    Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; editing by Christopher Wilson

  • Ahead of hearings, Hagel commits to preventing Iranian nukes

    January 30, 2013 | 4:55 pm

    In answers prepared for his Senate hearings, Chuck Hagel says he is committed to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, even if this means military action.

    "With the ever present threat of Iran, the next Secretary of Defense must be vigilant in pursuing the goal of...

  • Hagel reassures Jewish leaders on Iran, Israel’s edge

    January 22, 2013 | 9:27 am

    Chuck Hagel in a meeting with Jewish organizational leaders affirmed his commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and maintaining Israel's qualitative military edge.

    "Sen. Hagel met with the leadership of several major American Jewish organizations at the...

  • U.S. Army to build large security complex near Tel Aviv

    November 30, 2012 | 9:36 am

    The U.S. Army is preparing to supervise the construction of an underground military complex near Tel Aviv.

    The five-storey complex, dubbed “Site 911," is expected to take more than two years to build and will cost up to $100 million, according to a report in the Washington Post...

  • Poll: Majority of Americans say Israel’s Gaza offensive is justified

    November 19, 2012 | 3:00 pm

    A majority of Americans believe Israel's military action in the Gaza Strip is justified, according to a CNN poll released on Monday.

    The CNN/ORC International poll indicated that 57 percent of Americans support Israel's offensive against Hamas, while 25 percent of U.S. citizens...

  • Israeli general tells mayors to prepare for weeks of fighting

    November 16, 2012 | 9:41 am

    Israel’s Home Front Command reportedly has instructed municipalities around Gaza to prepare for a fighting period of up to seven weeks.

    The news site Ynet reported Friday that GOC Home Front Command Eyal Eisenberg told subordinate officers and mayors of southern and central...

  • U.S., Israel finish largest-ever joint military exercise

    November 14, 2012 | 11:31 am

    The U.S. military and the Israel Defense Forces concluded Austere Challenge 2012, called the largest joint exercise ever held by the two countries.

    The exercise ended Tuesday following a two-day, live-fire exercise that was deemed a success by military observers from the U.S....

  • Report: Iranian fears of Israeli attack led to military mishaps

    October 3, 2012 | 9:14 am

    Iranian fears of an Israeli airstrike on its nuclear facilities reportedly led the Iranian military to mistakenly fire on civilian airplanes and its own military aircraft several years ago.

    The 2007 and 2008 attacks, in which the civilian aircraft were fired on and intercepted by...

  • Iron Dome anti-missile system installed in Tel Aviv

    September 6, 2012 | 9:18 am

    An Iron Dome anti-missile system battery has been installed in metropolitan Tel Aviv.

    The system, which was installed on Thursday, is expected to remain in place for several days, as it calibrates itself to the area.

    The battery has previously been installed at Sderot, Ashkelon and Ashdod.

    Israel and the United States will hold Austere Challenge 12, a joint ballistic missiles exercise, at the end of October.

  • U.S. military official’s secret visit to Israel is revealed

    September 6, 2012 | 9:08 am

    The vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. James Winnefeld, is in Israel to discuss security and defense issues.

    Winnefeld's visit, which was revealed Thursday by Israeli's Army Radio on the last day of the meetings, reportedly was kept secret due to tension...

  • Egypt broadens Sinai campaign against militants

    August 29, 2012 | 5:53 pm

    Egypt’s military said on Wednesday it would broaden its offensive against militants in the Sinai Peninsula, a campaign that has raised concerns in Israel about the movement of heavy armor into the area near its border.

    After militants attacked and killed 16 border guards on Aug. 5,...

  • How Charedi draftees affect the military

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 22, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    Professor Yagil Levy of the Open University in Israel discusses the Charedi draft, and an alternative direction on Iran. ‎

    You have claimed that the religious community has a growing amount of influence ‎in the Israeli military - why is this a negative thing? Does it impair the...

  • As Charedi draft begins, no problems

    August 15, 2012 | 10:34 am

    The controversy had sparked a national debate, raucous protests in the streets and the collapse of a historic government. That came in the months after the Israeli Supreme Court had nullified a law exempting Charedi Orthodox Israelis from military service and giving the government...

  • New emigres joining the military land in Israel

    August 14, 2012 | 10:14 am

    A charter aliyah flight carrying 127 young men and women who will be joining the Israel Defense Forces landed in Israel.

    The special Nefesh B’Nefesh-Friends of the Israel Defense Forces flight, carrying a total of 350 new emigres to Israel, arrived early Tuesday morning in Israel.

    ...
  • Egypt’s Islamist president removes top generals

    August 12, 2012 | 11:10 am

    Egypt’s new Islamist president Mohamed Mursi dismissed Cairo’s two top generals on Sunday and cancelled a military order that curbed his powers, in a dramatic move that could free him of some of the restrictions of military rule.

    It was not clear how far the measures were agreed...

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