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  • Yigal Kipnis on Yom Kippur War’s lessons

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 24, 2013 | 11:44 am

    Yigal Kipnis is an Israeli historian; since 1978 he has been a farmer and a resident of the Golan Heights. He teaches at the University of Haifa and researches the settlement geography and political history of Israel. Kipnis also served as a pilot in the Israeli Air Force for 31...

  • Across enemy lines, wounded Syrians seek Israeli care

    September 13, 2013 | 9:13 am

    Not a hundred miles from Damascus, a Syrian rebel lies in a hospital bed, an Israeli sentry at the door. Nearby a Syrian mother sits next to her daughter, shot in the back by a sniper.

    What started this year as a trickle is now a steady flow of Syrians, scores of civilians and...

  • Yom Kippur War: 40 years later

    By Uri Dromi

    September 11, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    A week before Yom Kippur 1973, I moved from Hazerim air force base to Jerusalem to study history at Hebrew University. Yet it was life, not university, which actually taught me a history lesson.

    Early in the morning of Yom Kippur, I woke up amid the half-opened boxes to the...

  • Best place to avoid a zombie apocalypse?

    By Ryan E. Smith

    July 2, 2013 | 11:36 am

    Max Brooks, son of the comedian behind “Blazing Saddles” and “The Producers,” is convinced that Jews are uniquely positioned to face a zombie apocalypse. And he’s not joking.

    “Gentiles don’t understand how truly dangerous the world is. Jews do. It’s part of our national culture,”...

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  • The Middle East: Where upheaval reigns

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 12, 2013 | 11:32 am

    In December 1973, shortly after the Arab-Israeli Yom Kippur War, Israel’s director of central intelligence submitted a report about the performance of the intelligence community before the war. The report acknowledged an “intelligence failure.” The problem wasn’t the collection of...

  • On the Golan Heights, Israel braces for consequences from Syria civil war

    February 21, 2013 | 4:53 pm

    A fence made of chain links and rusted barbed wire once was enough to separate the Golan Heights from Syria. That's no longer the case.

    A few feet away from what one area resident called a "cattle fence" -- one easy to jump if not for the electric current running through it -- a...

  • Syria violating agreement with Israel, Ban tells U.N. Security Council

    December 4, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    The Syrian government is violating a 1974 disengagement agreement with Israel, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

    Syria is deploying military equipment and troops over the cease-fire line on the Golan Heights, Ban said in a report delivered Monday to the Security Council,...

  • Yom Kippur thoughts on war, peace, and the lessons of history

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 25, 2012 | 3:51 am

    I moderated a panel Sunday in which three historians disagreed with one another on the core failure of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. I know these three historians – Amiram Ezov, Uri Bar-Joseph, Yigal Kipnis - and I was the editor in charge of the book each has published in the last two...

  • The war over the leak about the spy during the war

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 13, 2012 | 8:11 am

    A different and shorter version of the following article appeared earlier ‎this week in the IHT-NYT.

    It is a story almost 40 years old, yet still painful as a fresh wound. On ‎Monday, it emerged that Israel’s Attorney General has decided to not to ‎indict a former head...

  • Israel’s fast, free and innovative way to save lives

    July 11, 2012 | 5:07 pm

    Minutes after the words “fainting in Mamilla Mall” appeared on his pager, paramedic Arie Jaffe was defibrillating the heart of a man lying on the floor of a Jerusalem pedestrian mall.

    The patient, a man in his early 60s who had been walking through the popular Jerusalem site...

  • First Lebanon War: Marking 30 years, and the lessons learned

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 5, 2012 | 9:48 am

    I vividly remember the day the first Lebanon War broke out. I was 14 years old, a young teenager, living far away from the action, in Jerusalem. My father was not drafted; I was too young to have any friends in the military. It was a far-away war that only years later, when I myself...

  • The pragmatists

    By Rob Eshman

    April 25, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    Yehuda Avner arrived in Israel in 1947 from his native Manchester, England, as an idealistic religious Zionist. His keen intellect landed him a post in the foreign service, and his English proficiency almost guaranteed that he would be the designated note taker as he traveled with...

  • No-show by Israeli officials upsets bereaved families

    October 10, 2011 | 11:32 am

    The failure of government ministers to appear at a ceremony for casualties of the Yom Kippur War has riled the soldiers’ families.

    The ceremony is held annually at the Kiryat Shaul Cemetery, where nearly 800 soldiers killed during the 1973 war are buried.

    The 4,000 bereaved family...

  • Israel Police on high alert ahead of Yom Kippur

    October 7, 2011 | 9:47 am

    Israel Police have been holding talks with Israeli Arab representatives in bid to diffuse tensions ahead of Yom Kippur, after the burning of an Upper-Galilee mosque earlier this week. Police hope that calm will be restored in time for Yom Kippur on Saturday.

    Security forces sealed...

  • Israeli reservists called up for surprise pre-Yom Kippur drill

    October 6, 2011 | 5:28 pm

    The Israeli military called up reservists for a surprise drill on the 38th anniversary of the start of the Yom Kippur War.

    Two reserve divisions in central and northern Israel were mobilized Wednesday evening and participated in the exercise until Thursday afternoon, according to reports.

    The exercise was held due to events in the region, Ynet reported. The divisions were declared to be ready by military officials.

    Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, the Israeli military’s chief of staff, observed the exercise.

  • Lessons of the Yom Kippur War

    By Rob Eshman

    September 29, 2009 | 2:25 pm

    What lessons are still to be learned from a war Israel fought 36 years ago today?

    As Haaretz.com reported, Israel marked on Tuesday the 36th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, one of the most costly and traumatic conflicts in the country’s history.

    At a state ceremony at Israel’s...

  • The Lessons We Learned in 1973

    By Matt Nesvisky

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "The Yom Kippur War: The Epic Encounter that Transformed the Middle East" by Abraham Rabinovich. (Schocken, $27.50).

    In a reflective moment toward the end of the Yom Kippur War, then-Defense Minister Moshe Dayan told a confounded and confused Israeli Cabinet: "We generally...

  • These Soldiers We Remember

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Yigal Shaked warned his mother that if she told the enlisting officers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) that he should be excused from service because of his asthma, he would never speak to her again.

    "And be it as it may, he never did," said Miriam Nash, Shaked's first cousin. "He...

  • Strategic Balance Favors Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Thirty years after the traumatic Yom Kippur War, Israel's military superiority over the Arabs is greater than ever.

    That, at least, is the assessment of Tel Aviv University's prestigious Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies. In its annual report, the think-tank cited the quality of...

  • Yom Kippur II

    By Eric Silver

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I first met Maurice Singer on the far bank of the Suez Canal during the second week of the Yom Kippur War, soon after Israel had counter-attacked across the waterway. The British-born, 28-year-old machine-gunner was grimy and sweating on his clanking, dust-encrusted half-track, the...

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