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IDF deploys Iron Dome, raises alert amid Gaza terror threat

Monday, November 13, 2017

A number of Iron Dome missile defense batteries were deployed in central Israel on Monday, the military said, amid heightened tensions with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad since the army demolished the terrorist group’s border-crossing attack tunnel last month. The Israel Defense Forces confirmed the anti-missile systems had been installed in central Israel, but would not … Read More

Grandson of famous Jewish WWII partisans makes resistance meaningful today

Thursday, November 9, 2017

NEW YORK — For Matthew Bielski his saba and savta (grandfather and grandmother) were nothing short of modern day Maccabees. As the grandson of Jewish partisans Sonia and Zus Bielski, Mattthew Bielski, 33, frequently heard stories about surviving frigid winters deep in the Nalibaki forest, in northwestern Belarus. He also heard about what it was … Read More

Soldiers under threat: Christian IDF recruits subject to attack

Monday, October 30, 2017

The compulsory military draft does not apply to Israel’s Christians, but the values they grew up on and the strong desire to integrate into society has spurred in recent years a growing trend of Christian enlistment in the IDF and other security forces. However, their willingness to enlist in the army and to contribute to … Read More

Collecting intelligence – and in ways no female soldier has done before

Monday, October 16, 2017

On a hill overlooking the small community of Yahel in the Arava, a unit of female combat intelligence soldiers are using their newest advanced tactical reconnaissance vehicle to see into the darkness and thwart possible terrorist attacks. “There is no one else collecting intelligence in the area except us,” company commander Capt. Guy Ribenfeld of … Read More

Defense minister: In next war, Israel will face fighting in north and south

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Tuesday said the next war in Israel will see the Israel Defense Forces facing both a unified Syrian and Lebanese foe and another front in the Gaza Strip. He also declared Tuesday that the Lebanese army has been fully integrated with Hezbollah and now operates under the terror group’s command. … Read More

Reversal of fortune: How the IDF turned the Yom Kippur War around

Friday, September 29, 2017

Close to midnight, after another briefing to the cabinet and before another helicopter flight to the front, the unrelenting stress of running two wars simultaneously for six straight days caught up with IDF Chief of Staff David Elazar. He was discussing the next day’s battle plans on the Egyptian and Syrian fronts with two generals … Read More

2 IDF soldiers killed, 4 injured in training accident

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

An IDF lieutenant and a sergeant were killed and four soldiers were injured when a self-propelled howitzer in which they were traveling flipped over during a training exercise in the Golan Heights late Tuesday night, the army said. One of the soldiers was severely injured and taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital. The army … Read More

IDF soldiers take part in a unique collaboration to help children with autism

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Soldiers, parents of autistic children, high school students and random volunteers joined forces in Tel Aviv to make life easier for people with autism and their caregivers. Some 85 people took part in a 24-hour hackathon last month organized by OFEK, the computing unit of the IAF. Held jointly with ALUT, the Israel Society for … Read More

In anguish, longing, 1.5 million Israelis pay respects at military cemeteries nationwide

Monday, May 1, 2017

The annual two-minute memorial siren sounded at 11 a.m. Israel time, bringing the country to a halt on Monday to commemorate the 23,544 members of the security forces and 3,117 terror victims in Israel’s history. Road closures and increased train traffic surrounded the country’s 52 military cemeteries and hundreds of smaller military sections in civilian … Read More

Israel’s annual Memorial Day remembers 23,544 fallen soldiers

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Israelis bowed their heads for a minute of silence as the siren wailed on Sunday evening to remember the men and women who died during active duty or were killed in terror attacks. The siren marked the official start of the annual Memorial Day, although several events were held earlier Sunday. Speaking earlier at a … Read More