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  • Showing some skin for the troops

    July 29, 2014 | 1:37 pm

    Some support Israel’s troops with prayer; others support them by raising money. But some are supporting the troops by showing a little skin.

    The Facebook page “Standing With IDF” was designed for women to show their support and boost soldiers’ morale with racy photos. The page...

  • Israeli reservists frustrated, willing to fight in Gaza again

    November 26, 2012 | 9:29 am

    At 6:30 a.m. on Friday morning, two days after the current round of fighting in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas began, the phone rang in Rafi’s house in Jerusalem, calling him up for reserve service in his combat infantry unit.

    Rafi, 28, who, like all the reservists...

  • Israeli cabinet authorizes mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists

    November 16, 2012 | 1:07 pm

    Israel's cabinet authorized the mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists late on Friday, preparing the ground for a possible Gaza invasion after Palestinians fired a rocket toward Jerusalem for the first time in decades.

    Tel Aviv, Israel's commercial centre, also came under rocket...

  • Who’s winning the foreign policy debate?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 17, 2012 | 11:42 am

    It is often assumed that foreign policy is a field in which deeds matter more than words. But looking at the two presidential candidates in the 2012 election cycle, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, one might end up with the opposite impression: It is words, not...

  • Securing Syria chemical weapons may take tens of thousands of troops

    August 16, 2012 | 4:40 pm

    The United States and its allies are discussing a worst-case scenario that could require tens of thousands of ground troops to go into Syria to secure chemical and biological weapons sites following the fall of President Bashar Assad’s government, according to U.S. and diplomatic...

  • Israeli troops foil terror attack on Egypt border

    February 21, 2012 | 10:59 am

    Israeli troops thwarted a terror attack on Israel’s border with Egypt.

    During a routine patrol on the Israel-Egypt border to prevent smuggling, Israeli soldiers stopping a smuggling attempt witnessed a man leave a bag on the Israeli side of the border and flee back to Egypt. The bag...

  • Israel arrests troops for anti-Palestinian vandalism

    December 6, 2011 | 2:09 pm

    Three Israeli soldiers were arrested on Tuesday for suspected involvement in pro-settler vandalism and arson, the military said, following a series of attacks in the West Bank that have exacerbated tensions with Palestinians.

    Mosques have been torched, graffiti daubed, and...

  • The Arab Spring and Iraq

    October 26, 2011 | 6:42 pm

    The Arab Spring, as a moniker for the revolution that seemed about to sweep the Middle East earlier this year, has given way to far less cheerful seasonal metaphors — from long, hot summer to dark, dismal winter. In Egypt, where “people power” toppled Hosni Mubarak’s corrupt...

  • Iraqis fret about security after US withdrawal

    October 21, 2011 | 4:22 pm

    Iraqis fretted about the ability of their armed forces to protect them from violence after U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday all U.S. troops would withdraw by the end of the year.

    Washington and Baghdad failed to agree on the issue of immunity for U.S. forces after months...

  • Timeline of Iraq war

    October 21, 2011 | 3:42 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Friday the United States will remove the remainder of its troops from Iraq by the end of the year and that “after nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over.”

    Here is a timeline of major events related to the war.

    Oct. 11, 2002: The U.S....

  • U.S. to pull out of Iraq nearly nine years after war began

    October 21, 2011 | 3:34 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Friday he would pull U.S. troops from Iraq this year, almost nine years after the U.S. invasion, after he failed to convince Iraq that several thousand troops should remain in part as a balance against neighboring Iran.

    After months of negotiations...

  • Report: Israel to allow more Egyptian troops in Sinai

    August 26, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Israel will allow more Egyptian troops to be deployed in the Sinai in order to keep order in the increasingly chaotic peninsula, according to a report in The Economist.

    Ehud Barak said that Israel would allow thousands of Egyptian troops into the peninsula, the magazine reported....

  • Israeli troops kill Palestinian approaching border

    August 17, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man who entered a security zone near the Gaza-Israel border.

    The man, 22, approached the border on Tuesday night between Israel and Gaza where, according to the Israel Defense Forces, terrorists often plant bombs or attack Israeli...

  • Israeli troops kill 3 nearing security fence

    February 17, 2011 | 10:20 am

    Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinians in Gaza who were approaching the security fence in an attempt to plant explosive devices, the Israeli military said.

    The Israeli military said the men were approaching the fence in the northern Gaza Strip.

    Palestinian sources...

  • Israeli troops go on alert amid Lebanon’s political turmoil

    January 13, 2011 | 10:48 am

    Israeli troops on the border with Lebanon went on high alert following the collapse of Lebanon’s government.

    No additional reservists have been called up, however, according to reports.

    Military officials reportedly are concerned that Hezbollah, whose exit from the government...

  • Jewish troops in Iraq can practice their faith, thanks to Navy rabbi

    By Lilly Fowler

    December 25, 2008 | 4:19 pm

    Rabbi Johnn Cutler, far lower right, celebrates Chanukah with other marines in Iraq. Photo courtesy Rabbi John Cutler

    A short distance from the area where many historians believe the Talmud was written, Rabbi Jon Cutler leads one of the only functioning synagogues left in Iraq.


  • AUDIO: Iranian American Jews —Supporting U.S. troops

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 10, 2008 | 12:27 am

    Nessah Synagogue’s young Iranian Jewish professionals discuss their support for U.S. soldiers   fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as their preparation of ‘care packages’ for U.S. forces.


    From Karmel Melamed’s Iranian American Jews blog.

  • Iranian Jewish kids fill care packages for troops, JFS honors goodness of Goldstines

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 5, 2008 | 2:21 pm

    Iranian Jews Fill Care Packages for Troops

    More than 50 local Iranian and other L.A.-area Jewish volunteers of various ages gathered at the Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills on May 25 to celebrate Memorial Day and prepare more than 300 care packages for U.S. troops based in...
  • In which our loyal readers take us to task for various and sundry

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Spoof Cover

    As the former creative director for Primedia for nearly 10 years and the publisher of Blvd Magazine, I was responsible for dozens of magazines, their content and their covers. In my weekly staff meetings, I never would have turned to any of you losers for cover ideas if...

  • Analysis: Jewish silence on Iraq continues

    By James D. Besser

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Congressional Democrats and President Bush are on a collision course over plans to increase the number of U.S. troops in the conflict, an issue that will dominate the 110th Congress and the early days of the 2008 presidential race.

    But don't look for much of a response from the...

  • The big con about Iran

    By Larry Derfner

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Despite all the skepticism, the United States and Israel do have a military option in Iran: pre-emptive nuclear annihilation.
    The United States and Israel, or the United States by itself, or maybe even Israel by itself, can destroy Iran and its 69 million people, probably in a...
  • When the Dust Settled

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Last week's portion ends with a ferocious battle; this week's begins with the after action report and the distributing of medals. We learn the names of those killed and those rewarded and then all the troops are mustered and counted, to see who remains alive from the fighting.


  • Worst Fears Come to Pass for Foes of Gaza Pullout

    By Marc Ballon

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Librarian Stephanie Wells so opposed Israel's unilateral withdrawal from 21 Jewish settlements in Gaza last summer that she moved to the disputed territory just three weeks before troops moved in. She stayed to the bitter end.

    Among the most committed in the fight against the...

  • Musical Journey in Time

    By Avner Hofstein

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Ah the '60s. Those were the days when Geula, Aliza and Hedva would prance around in their khaki skirts in the Israeli military band -- they were the highlight in entertainment for the young and na?ve Israel. After their army stint, they continued performing, singing passionately...

  • Israel’s Future—Not Terrorism—Won in Gaza

    By Hirsh Goodman

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    After the dust has settled and Israel concludes its unilateral withdrawal from Gaza, a key issue will be whether the move will enhance its security or not. Will it be perceived as a "victory for terror" as the right wing has claimed, or a "base for Islamic terror" as former Finance...

  • Good Old Days

    By Rob Eshman

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    On a sleepy, spring-like Sunday in Orange, California, it is easy to forget about it.

    We parked near the historic district and went for lunch at Watson Drugs & Soda Fountain (founded 1899). The jukebox played Patsy Cline and the Shirettes, and the placards of the wall urged us to buy...

  • Gaza/Bethlehem First—and Last?

    By Naomi Segal

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Reports of the death of a gradual Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire plan may be premature.

    A lot of evidence surfaced this week that the initial skepticism that greeted the "Gaza/Bethlehem First" plan was justified. But there were also facts to buttress the optimistic view that the...

  • High Morale

    By Avi Machlis

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As Israeli-Palestinian violence hits the six-month mark, Israeli military officials report that soldiers remain motivated to serve in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

    Senior military officials report that reservists, who account for 70 percent of the army's 639,150 troops, are reporting...

  • Leaving Lebanon

    By Eric Silver

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Israel signed the Oslo peace agreement with itsold enemy, Yasser Arafat, because by 1993 the alternatives had becomeinsufferable. The Palestinian intifada, a revolt of thestreet, was sapping the morale of the Israeli army, fighting a futilesix-year battle with one hand tied behind...