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The Israel Defense Forces upholds the highest moral standards. The IDF’s commitment to protecting innocent human life during combat is upheld even when it makes victory more difficult and combat more dangerous for its own soldiers. The IDF is also one of the most inclusive militaries in the world, and provides opportunities for women, minorities, and people with disabilities to serve their country with honor and respect. Although they serve the State of Israel, the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces make the whole world safer by fighting the same enemies that want to destroy America and all other free societies.

Cabinet confirms Aviv Kochavi as Israel army’s 22nd chief of staff

Monday, November 26, 2018

The cabinet officially voted to confirm Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi for the position of Israel Defense Forces chief of staff on Sunday. He is scheduled to take over the position on January 15. Kochavi, the former head of Military Intelligence and the Northern Command, and the current deputy chief of staff, will be the 22nd … Read More

Israel holds major drill to practice fighting Hamas and Hezbollah simultaneously

Saturday, November 24, 2018

The Israeli military’s Commando Brigade launched a large-scale exercise this week to practice fighting the Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip and the Hezbollah terrorist militia in Lebanon simultaneously, the army said Saturday. The drill is continuing into this week. In the past, Israeli defense analysts have speculated that concerns over the prospect of … Read More

IDF readies for heavier Gaza conflict as massive missile barrage persists

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Israeli military deployed additional troops and tanks to the Gaza Strip border on Monday following the largest barrage of rockets and mortar shells fired at Israel from the coastal enclave in a single day. The army was reportedly given a green light from policymakers to pummel terror groups in the Strip if they continued … Read More

Cabinet instructs army to ramp up Gaza response if violence continues

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The security cabinet on Thursday instructed the army to step up its response to any violence emanating from the Gaza Strip during the border protests expected Friday, amid skyrocketing tensions in the Palestinian enclave. Ministers said the IDF should ramp up the severity of its responses gradually, but ultimately adopt a zero-tolerance policy toward rocket attacks, arson … Read More

IDF demolishes Gaza attack tunnel that penetrated 200 meters into Israel

Friday, October 12, 2018

The Israel Defense Forces on Thursday destroyed a tunnel that penetrated some 200 meters into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip, which the army said was dug by the Hamas terror group using techniques meant to make it more difficult to spot by Israel’s detection systems. The tunnel originated in the area of Khan Younis … Read More

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Israel and Gaza: How did we get here?

Monday, August 13, 2018

For months, there has been an escalation of violence along the security fence between Gaza and Israel, including violent riots and the most serious incident since Operation Protective Edge in 2014. In addition to the riots, Hamas operatives began carrying out a new kind of attack, using arson kites and incendiary balloons to set Israeli land ablaze. … Read More

Israel deploys electronic eye to track fire kites and balloons from Gaza

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Facing a wave of airborne incendiary attacks from the Gaza Strip, Israel has deployed a system that can spot fire-starting balloons and kites in the sky, track their progress, and then direct firefighters to their landing spots, enabling them to more rapidly extinguish the flames and reduce damage. Since March 30, Palestinians in the Gaza … Read More

Israel UPDATE

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Summary of the Night’s Events as of 05:00 AM: Over the course of the night, approximately 30 launches were identified emanating from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory. Seven launches were intercepted by the IDF’s Iron Dome aerial defense system and at least three fell in the Gaza Strip. Earlier this morning (Wednesday), IAF fighter … Read More

Shin Bet says 250 ‘significant terror attacks’ thwarted since January

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The head of the Shin Bet security service on Wednesday announced that his organization had foiled some 250 “significant terror attacks” since January, crediting this achievement in part to high-tech surveillance and tracking tools. Nadav Argaman, who has led the Shin Bet since 2016, noted the changing security threats in Israel and the West Bank, … Read More