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  • With leadership, threats might turn into opportunities in Israel

    By Uri Dromi

    3 days ago

    The recent cycle of violence in Israel, after a period of relative calm, raises concerns that perhaps we are on the threshold of another intifada, or another Operation Pillar of Defense (a full-scale operation in Gaza), or both. News from Israel on all television channels seems to...

  • 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...

  • Palestinian who planned Tel Aviv bus bombing killed in shootout

    October 22, 2013 | 9:26 am

    A Palestinian terrorist who Israel said was behind a 2012 bus bombing in Tel Aviv was killed in a shootout with Israeli security officials trying to arrest him.

    Mohamed Aatzi, 28, was killed Tuesday morning during an exchange of gunfire in the West Bank Palestinian town of Bil’in...

  • Year in Review: Highlights of 5773

    September 4, 2013 | 1:15 pm

    From wars and elections to scandals and triumphs, here’s a look back at the highlights of the Jewish year 5773.

    September 2012

    Sept. 19: Islamists throw a homemade grenade into a Jewish supermarket near Paris, injuring one. The incident is part of a major increase in attacks...

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  • Retaliating for rocket attacks, Israel slams Gaza terror sites

    June 24, 2013 | 7:17 am

    Israeli airstrikes hit terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks on southern Israel.

    Two weapons storage facilities in central Gaza and a rocket launch site in southern Gaza were struck Monday morning, the Israeli military said in a statement.

    Earlier...

  • Meet the laser that guides the Iron Dome (soon to be made in the USA)

    May 21, 2013 | 1:42 pm

    Six months after the Iron Dome defense system rendered Hamas rockets largely ineffective during Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza,  I got a tour of the factory that produces its most vital component: a laser.

    The system, which can shoot down rockets within a...

  • President Obama will reiterate where he stands

    March 20, 2013 | 10:14 am

    President Obama will be making an historic trip to Israel in which he will meet with Israeli officials, see a number of important Zionist sites, and receive the Presidential Medal of Distinction from Israeli President Shimon Peres. It is without a doubt that the President will...

  • Man behind Iron Dome addresses Milken students

    March 13, 2013 | 8:16 am

    Milken Community High School's middle and upper school students and teachers got a unique glimpse into the inner workings of some of the Israeli military’s most cutting-edge technology on March 7.

    The best part? It was delivered by someone who had an integral role in bringing it...

  • Palestinian rocket, not Israel, killed infant in Gaza, U.N. says

    March 11, 2013 | 10:51 am

    A Palestinian rocket killed the 11-month-old son of a BBC employee during Israel's November operation in Gaza, the United Nations determined.

    Israel had been blamed for the death of Omar Jihad al-Mishrawi, the son of BBC Arabic journalist Jihad al-Mishrawi, as well as Hiba Aadel...

  • Iron Dome tested near Jerusalem

    February 27, 2013 | 9:47 am

    The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system was tested near the city of Modi'in, located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

    The system was stationed there for several days and moved on Wednesday, Haaretz reported.

    A battery stationed there would protect the Jerusalem area from...

  • Israel eases Gaza blockade

    December 26, 2012 | 3:48 pm

    Israel is easing its blockade on Gaza, the Defense Ministry confirmed to local media.

    Israel will allow previously banned construction material into the coastal strip, it was reported Wednesday. The loosening of restrictions comes following the Egyptian-mediated truce last month...

  • Alleged Tel Aviv bus bomber charged

    December 19, 2012 | 9:37 am

    An 18-year-old Palestinian man was indicted for allegedly leaving a bomb on a Tel Aviv bus that left more than 20 Israelis wounded when it detonated.

    Mohammed Mafarja was charged Wednesday in Tel Aviv District Court with planting the bomb on the No. 142 bus in central Tel Aviv...

  • Bill Maher on Israel, uncut and uncensored

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 29, 2012 | 5:10 pm

    Earlier this week, I asked political commentator and comedian Bill Maher, host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" to weigh in on the outcome of the 2012 election and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Below is the uncut, uncensored interview in which he talks about America's...

  • Israel says U.N. vote won’t hasten Palestinian state

    November 29, 2012 | 3:44 pm

    A U.N. General Assembly vote on Thursday recognizing a Palestinian state will do nothing to make it a reality, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Israel had fiercely opposed the Palestinian bid to become a "non-member state" at the United Nations, but had been unable...

  • Talks on details of Israel-Hamas cease-fire resume in Cairo

    November 27, 2012 | 11:33 am

    Negotiators for Israel and Hamas are holding separate talks with Egyptian mediators to iron out the details of last week's cease-fire.

    The talks began Monday in Cairo. The Egyptian-brokered cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza went into effect last week, ending eight days...

  • 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...

  • Studying abroad in a war zone, Americans in Israel are shaken but undeterred

    November 26, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    When the first two sirens went off, Shoshana Leshaw ran from her second-floor bedroom down to the bomb shelter in the basement. By the time the third and fourth sirens wailed, she went no farther than the stairwell.

    “It’s almost like you’re sick of the sirens interrupting your...

  • Test of David’s Sling missile defense system deemed success

    November 26, 2012 | 9:11 am

    Israel successfully tested its newest missile defense system, called David's Sling.

    The Israel Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency on Sunday announced that David's Sling, also known as Magic Wand, intercepted a mid-range missile during a test-firing...

  • I just wanted to say: Thank You!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 22, 2012 | 10:00 am

    In the past eight days- Israel was at war, but it wasn't a traditional war. This war was fought in two fronts: in the field and in social networks. Eight days ago, I turned to you and asked for your help in supporting Israel online. The media was tilted towards the other side, and...

  • Operation Pillar of Defense: Lessons learned

    November 21, 2012 | 2:07 pm

    As Israel and Hamas mostly stilled their guns Wednesday night after reaching a cease-fire agreement, ending eight days of intense bombardment, both sides took home some new lessons about their foes.

    By firing longer-range rockets capable of reaching Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Hamas...

  • Israel’s battle damage report says Hamas crippled

    November 21, 2012 | 1:17 pm

    Israel's Operation Pillar of Defense has crippled the military power of Gaza's ruling Islamist movement Hamas, the Israeli military said on Wednesday, as an Egyptian-brokered truce halted eight days of combat.

    In a statement, the military named key militant leaders killed by...

  • At least 62 rockets strike Israel on operation’s eighth day

    November 21, 2012 | 9:44 am

    At least 62 rockets struck southern Israel on the eighth day of the country's Operation Pillar of Defense against terrorists in Gaza.

    A house in the southern community was hit with a rocket Wednesday morning; no one was hurt in the attack. 

    The funeral for Israeli soldier Yosef...

  • A call from Tel Aviv: Freaked, at first

    By Rob Eshman

    November 20, 2012 | 11:21 am

    Is this a war?

    It’s so hard to know these days. Wars used to happen on things called battlefields, where armies met, fought and met again.

    What’s going on in Gaza and Israel is far murkier than that. In Israel, the rockets rain down on apartment buildings, fields, schools. The...

  • Israel’s image war

    November 20, 2012 | 10:12 am

    The Israel Defense Forces is bombing the Gaza Strip and the world is, for the most part, silent. In fact, the IDF is bombing Gaza and the world is, for the most part, supporting Israel.

    How is this happening? Wars today are fought not only with bullets, but also with images....

  • Iron Dome, now protecting Tel Aviv, highly successful in intercepting rockets

    November 20, 2012 | 10:07 am

    With hundreds of rockets raining down from Gaza, Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system has saved an untold number of lives thanks to Israeli technological ingenuity and U.S. support.

    According to the figures from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), since Operation Pillar of...

  • From Sandy to Gaza rockets, students weather each other’s storms

    November 20, 2012 | 9:51 am

    Between Israeli youths going through Hurricane Sandy and American youths experiencing the onslaught of rockets from Gaza, participants of November’s America Israel Friendship League’s (AIFL) student exchange rode an emotional and historic rollercoaster on both sides of the...

  • 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...

  • In a single day, Ethiopian immigrants make aliyah—and are thrust into a war zone

    November 19, 2012 | 1:23 pm

    The explosion occurred close enough to Stesyahu Alema to shake his apartment, where he sat with his wife and two of his five children.

    But he didn’t flinch. None of them did.

    “There are a lot of people with me, so I don’t need to worry,” Alema told JTA. “I don’t worry.”

    The...

  • In Europe, big gaps exist among security precautions at Jewish institutions

    November 19, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    Within hours of Israel's assassination of a top Hamas commander, the situation room sprang into action, anticipating retaliatory attacks and preparing instructions to keep civilians out of harm's way.

    No, the room wasn't deep in a bunker beneath Jerusalem, but thousands of miles...

  • West Bank Palestinian protester dies

    November 19, 2012 | 11:14 am

    A Palestinian protester shot by Israeli troops during a protest against the Gaza operation has died.

    Rashid Tamimi, 31, died Monday after being shot Saturday during a protest in the West Bank, Ynet reported.

    Protests against Operation Pillar of Defense continued throughout the West Bank on Monday, according to reports.

    Also on Monday, an Israeli car caught on fire after being hit by a bomb thrown by a Palestinian protester in the Binyamin region of the West Bank.

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