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  • Israel may trim second order of F-35 fighters - newspaper

    11/17/2014 4:47:19 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 17, 2014
    Israel is likely to place a second order for between 12 and 15 U.S.-made F-35 fighter jets, around half the number previously mentioned by defence sources in both countries, an Israeli newspaper reported on Monday. A reduced Israeli purchase may dent international confidence in the Lockheed Martin Corp plane and set back Israeli efforts to get a lower unit price because of advance orders. Israel bought 19 F-35s for $2.75 billion in 2010, with delivery scheduled between 2016 and 2018. Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, who visited the United States last month, agreed a preliminary deal for 25 to 31 more...
  • Israel reportedly set to take 3,000 acres of Palestinian village land near Jerusalem

    11/09/2014 1:14:53 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 22 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 11/09/2014 | Lazar Berman
    IDF soldiers gave out orders Saturday informing Palestinians of Israel’s plans to confiscate 3,176 acres (12,852 dunams) around the West Bank village of Beit Iksa for military purposes, Palestinian media reported. Beit Iksa residents said to Ma’an news agency that soldiers at a checkpoint distributed the orders, signed by head of the IDF Central Command Gen. Nitzan Alon. The orders gave the residents until the end of 2017 to leave the land in question. They also said that soldiers informed the Beit Iksa residents that an IDF liaison would come on Monday to explain which parcels of land would be...
  • Israeli ministers oppose acquisition of more F-35 fighter jets

    11/06/2014 10:19:57 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Nov. 6, 2014 | Amir Oren
    Several ministers, headed by Strategic and Intelligence Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz, strongly objected to purchasing more F-35 fighter jets at the ministerial committee for defense purchases’ meeting Wednesday. The Defense Ministry and Israel Air Force submitted to the committee a proposal to buy a second squadron of the advanced fighter jets at the expected cost of some $4.5 billion. Steinitz spearheaded the objection to buying 31 jets, which will be added to the 19 ordered in the first deal. Steinitz is in favor of buying numerous cheap missiles to be launched from the sea, surface and air, and for increasing...
  • Three IDF soldiers hurt in Gush Etzion terror attack

    11/05/2014 6:00:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    ynet ^ | 11/5/14 | Yoav Zitun
    srael Police said a large commercial vehicle with Palestinian plates rammed into three IDF soldiers standing near a pillbox by al-Arroub on Wednesday. Magen David Adom rescue personnel confirmed three soldiers suffered moderate-to-severe injuries near a Palestinian refugee camp close to the Gush Etzion Junction. The vehicle escaped towards Hebron; security forces are conducting searches of the area and placing barricades to catch the suspect.
  • Israel's air force the best in the world, study finds

    10/28/2014 8:16:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    The findings are according to a new study conducted by military experts for the publication Business Insider. Israel’s military is the most powerful in the Middle East while its air force ranks second to none globally, according to a new study conducted by military experts for the publication Business Insider. The publication ranked the 15 strongest armies in the region while noting the size of the countries’ respective defense budgets as well as the latest geopolitical tumult and its impact on military strength. “A close defense relationship with the US and an energetic domestic defense industry give Israel a qualitative...
  • Can the Palestinian Authority survive without the IDF?

    10/21/2014 4:54:01 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 20/10/14 | Elhanan Miller
    The Palestinian leadership is bound for the UN Security Council, where it will demand a deadline for Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank. But, given the risk of a swift Hamas takeover of the West Bank, a former Israeli security official questioned the sincerity of the Palestinian demand, speculating that it may be acting against its own self-interest just to spite Israel. Addressing donor states in a conference for the rehabilitation of Gaza last week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas did not cite November 2016 as the final date by which Israeli troops are to leave the West Bank (as...
  • Germany gives Israel deep discount on missile boats

    10/19/2014 6:49:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    i24news ^ | October 19th 2014
    Germany does about-face on refusal to grant 30-percent discount for vessels Germany has agreed to slash about one-third off the price of three fast missile boats, which Israel wants to buy, putting to rest a crisis between the two countries. he vessels, priced at almost $1 billion, are intended to protect the gas rigs off Israel’s shore. According to the daily Haaretz, Israel had asked for a 30-percent discount such as it had received on the purchase of German submarines. But at the beginning of May, German’s national security adviser Christoph Heusgen told his Israeli counterpart Yossi Cohen following the...
  • Security Officials: IDF 'Losing Control' Along Lebanese Border

    10/07/2014 11:30:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    inn ^ | 10/8/14 | Tova Dvorin
    Recent clashes with terrorist group Hezbollah along the Lebanese border have spiraled out of control, security sources told Israel Radio Wednesday, warning they could potentially lead to another conflict in the north in the near future. Two charges detonated inside Israeli territory along the Lebanese border at Har Dov left two soldiers wounded on Tuesday. Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the attack just a few hours later - a move officials say is uncharacteristic of the group, in that it sends a "clear message to Israel," and could indicate a change in policy. Over the past several years, they stressed, Hezbollah...
  • How an Israeli F-15 Eagle managed to land with one wing

    09/16/2014 12:48:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | 15 September 2014 | Dario Leone
    By Dario Leone The F-15 is not only a famous MiG Killer. The legendary Eagle is also a very robust aircraft, that can survive some serious damages. As shown by a very well-known incident which occurred in 1983, in the skies over Nahal Tzin in the Negev desert, in Israel, during a mock aerial combat between two Israeli Air Force F-15Ds and four A-4Ns, when one of the Eagles, the F-15D #957 nicknamed ‘Markia Shchakim’, 5 killmarks, used for conversion of a new pilot named Zivi Nedivi, collided mid-air with one of the Skyhawks. As explained in No Wing F-15,...
  • 'How does it feel to know you're killing innocent women and children?'

    09/10/2014 5:47:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/10/2014 | Dan Gordon
    That was the question that the major network correspondent of a major network morning show popped as her first query out of the box, to a soldier in a 155 MM howitzer artillery battery, during the opening days of the Second Lebanon War, against Hezb’allah terrorists in 2006. I was the reporter in question’s military escort officer. It was her first day in the war zone, in the first days of the war. Mind you there would indeed be incidents, later in the war, of inadvertent deaths of innocent civilians by Israeli artillery fire. Collateral damage, a euphemism for deaths...
  • IDF Returns Fire at Syrian Army Position as Mortar Hits Golan

    09/04/2014 9:27:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    inn ^ | 9/4/14
    The IDF returned fire at a Syrian army position along the northern border Thursday afternoon, after a mortar shell struck Israeli territory. Sirens were heard throughout throughout the Golan Heights earlier, as a mortar shell had struck in an open field in the northern Golan. No damage or injuries were reported. A military spokeswoman told AFP it hit an open field without causing any damage or harm to anyone. Nevertheless, Israel has vowed to take a zero-tolerance approach to any fire into Israel. "Initial reviews suggest that this was a result of errant fire from the internal fighting in Syria,"...
  • The End of the Cobra Era (Israel)

    08/29/2014 10:26:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Israel Defense ^ | 29/8/2014 | Ofer Zidon
    Over the last year, IAF demobilized its veteran AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter OrBat owing to the defense budget cuts. Ofer Zidon bids farewell to the venerable weapon system that entered service following the Yom-Kippur War The IAF has quietly retired one of its oldest and most venerable weapon systems recently. The AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter OrBat, which entered service in 1975, was demobilized pursuant to a decision (in the context of the recent cuts in the defense budget) to discontinue using the outdated helicopters. The demobilization process was executed in three stages: on July 29, 2013 the attack helicopter flight...
  • IDF officer injured as Islamist rebels seize Syria-Israel crossing

    08/27/2014 9:37:30 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 26 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | August 27, 2014 | Spencer Ho and Times of Israel staff
    An Israeli officer in the Golan Heights was moderately injured by apparent stray fire from fighting in Syria Wednesday morning, as an al-Qaeda linked rebel group took control of the only crossing between Israel and Syria. At least six mortars fired from Syria landed in the Golan Heights over the course of the day as rebels and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fought for control of the Quneitra crossing, near Israel’s northeastern border. The IDF said it had not completely determined whether the mortars were fired into Israel intentionally or were a spillover from fighting between rival factions...
  • Why Israel's bombardment of Gaza neighborhood left US officers 'stunned'

    08/27/2014 5:26:20 AM PDT · by bert · 61 replies
    Al Jezeera ^ | Mark Perry
    Analysis: Military sources say Pentagon's assessment of Shujaiya shelling alarmed even Secretary of State John Kerry August 27, 2014 4:00AM ET by Mark Perry @markperrydc The cease-fire announced Tuesday between Israel and Palestinian factions — if it holds — will end seven weeks of fighting that killed more than 2,200 Gazans and some 69 Israelis. But as the rival camps seek to put their spin on the outcome, one assessment of Israel’s Gaza operation that won’t be publicized is that of the U.S. military. Still, even though the Pentagon shies away from publicly expressing judgments that might fall afoul of...
  • 'If the IDF Doesn't Crush Hamas We Won't Survive'

    08/21/2014 4:39:52 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/8/14 | Benny Toker, Ari Yashar
    In an exclusive Arutz Sheva interview on Thursday, Hof Ashkelon Regional Council chairman Yair Farjoun said that his region, which has been battered by rockets from the terror enclave of Gaza, cannot continue under the current status quo. "Out of 160 rockets, 60 fell in our territory - that's a serious blitz," Farjoun commented about the renewed rocket barrage, which began with a breach of the ceasefire on Tuesday around 4 p.m. The chairman continued "it's incredible to see how people live here by sheer miracles; beside a direct hit on a synagogue, rockets have landed just 200 meters (650...
  • Female IDF Paramedics' Fight For Life

    08/18/2014 2:24:18 PM PDT · by JOHN ADAMS · 8 replies
    Yediot Aharonot ^ | August 18, 2014 | Anat Meidan
    Female IDF paramedics' fight for life The resuscitation attempts inside moving tanks, the ceaseless shooting, the burnt aroma in the air – four paramedics, some of the only women who served in Gaza for a long period of time, tell of days filled with pain and pride. Anat Meidan, Yedioth Ahronoth Published: 08.18.14, 00:55 / Israel News On that terrible night, just days after cancelling her vacation abroad and returning to Israel, Staff Sergeant Yonat Daskal lay on the sand of Gaza and looked skyward. The 10 wounded soldiers who she had treated over the last few hours had all...
  • IDF Demolishes Homes of Teens' Murderers

    08/18/2014 6:00:05 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-18-14 | Elad Benari
    The IDF demolished on Sunday night the homes of the three terrorists who kidnapped and murdered Israeli teens Gilad Sha’ar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrah. According to a statement by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, the homes of terrorists Hussam Kawasmeh and Amar Abu-Eisha were demolished. The home of a third terrorist, Marwan Kawasmeh, was sealed. The operation was carried out “as part of the ongoing fight against terrorism and its infrastructure, in accordance with the decision of the head of Central Command, Gen. Nitzan Alon, and after three petitions on the issue were rejected by the Supreme Court,” the statement...
  • Israel’s Quiet Doomsday Submarines Almost Are Ready

    08/17/2014 9:52:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 17, 2014 | Robert Beckhusen
    ‘Dolphin II’ class nearing completion The Israeli navy is a bit of an odd duck. It’s designed largely for coastal and eastern Mediterranean warfare. But among all of Israel’s small corvettes and missile boats are some some seriously mighty submarines. Israel is also investing heavily in growing its submarine fleet. It’s a reflection of Tel Aviv’s increasing reliance on the underwater boats for a range of operations — including nuclear deterrence. Right now, three Dolphin II-class submarines are under construction at Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems shipyards in Kiel. Once the submarines complete their trials and head towards the Mediterranean, they will become...
  • How Many Gaza Homes for a Tunnel?

    08/17/2014 7:23:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 8/17/2014 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    While the western world is donating billions each year to help build a prosperous society on the Gaza strip, develop an economy, and elevate citizens from poverty, Hamas has been busy over the last four years building very expensive and intricate tunnels, an underground city in which bizarre weddings take place side by side with military operations aimed at ultimately destroying Israel and wiping it off the face of the earth. Israel Defense Forces (IDF) found 30 such tunnels. Their construction was estimated at $3 million each. Hamas could have invested in the people of Gaza. For each tunnel, it...
  • IAF Launches Airstrikes on Terror Targets in Gaza

    08/13/2014 4:19:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/8/14 | Elad Benari
    The Israel Air Force attacked targets in Gaza on Wednesday night, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed in a statement. The attacks came after Gaza terrorists fired rockets at southern Israel, the statement said. “The IDF is prepared for this possibility and is determined to continue to maintain the security of the State of Israel,” the statement noted. .....
  • IS Actively Joining Gaza Terror War on Israel

    08/10/2014 10:51:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    INN ^ | 8/11/2014, 8:02 AM | Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar
    As Operation Protective Edge holds in a temporary ceasefire, evidence has come out revealing the extent of the extremist Sunni group Islamic State’s (IS, formerly ISIS) involvement in the terror war against Israel from the Hamas stronghold of Gaza. Terror organizations associated with IS and Al Qaeda have been proven to be joining the fight against Israel in Gaza, firing rockets on Israeli civilian population centers and attacking IDF troops. […] IS terrorists have already been proven to be active in Gaza in a video uploaded by the group in July, showing them firing rockets on Israel. Perhaps more troubling...
  • Gaza Fighting Prompts Spike in Demand for Sperm Donations from Israeli Soldiers

    08/10/2014 3:45:07 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    A hospital in Haifa has reported a surge in the number of requests for sperm donations from members of the Israeli Defence Forces. A spirit of patriotism in Israel and a desire for noble progeny has prompted women to seek special donations from IDF OperationProtective Edge combat soldiers. Haifa's Rambam Medical Centre has said that of 60 women who approach the sperm bank seeking donors each month, almost half have requested a donor with a history of combat service.
  • Female Israeli Soldiers and American Feminists

    08/08/2014 6:17:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/8/2014 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    ......Meanwhile, over in Israel, handsome, intelligent, patriotic young women serve in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) fighting Islamic terrorism alongside male soldiers, struggling to defend the land given them by God and to ensure the safety of the Jewish people. Unlike Nancy Pelosi, who encourages MS-13 gang members and potential terrorists to invade America, IDF intelligence commander Shelly Marhevka identifies and impedes terrorist invasions on Israel’s southern border.
  • This “Big Bang Theory” actress just did something wonderful for Israel ("Amy Farrah Fowler")

    08/07/2014 12:45:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | July 30, 2014 | Joshua Riddle
    Mayim Bialik, better known as Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, is using her money to help provide the Israeli Defense Forces with bulletproof vests! Mayim Bialik âś” @missmayim why I donated money to buy bulletproof vests via @kveller. http://fb.me/3dfYVDUlj 2:52 PM - 30 Jul 2014 344 Retweets 527 favorites She also posted this on her Facebook page: ď„Ť "If you hate me for being jewish or a supporter of the right of Israel to exist, kindly post on pages that support your opinions rather than trying to bully me and other people who are Jewish. IÂ’m sorry...
  • Missing Israeli is dead, says IDF

    08/02/2014 4:18:46 PM PDT · by McGruff · 88 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 August 2014
    The Israeli military says a soldier reported missing in Gaza on Friday is dead. Hadar Goldin was believed to have been captured by militants during fighting, leading to the collapse of a ceasefire shortly after it had been declared. The Israel Defense Forces said it had determined that Lt Goldin, previously considered captured, had died. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said the operation in Gaza will continue according to Israel's security need
  • Of Hiroshima, Hamas And Israel’s Right To Exist

    08/05/2014 5:47:43 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 5, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Threats: As a somber anniversary nears, "proportional response" has replaced "victory" in the lexicon of war. But no nation facing an existential threat should apologize for winning or for saving the lives of its own people. The other day Navi Pillay, the United Nations' high commissioner for human rights, after a meeting of the U.N.'s Geneva-based Human Rights Council, said that Israel, despite dropping leaflets, dummy bombs and even sending text messages and using social media to warn citizens in Gaza, was not doing enough to protect civilians — and "international law has been violated, in a manner that could...
  • Liberals Go Crazy After Simon Cowell Donates $150,000+ to the Israeli Military

    08/01/2014 3:58:49 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 31 replies
    y say that difficult times bring out the best in people. That appears to be true among some of the Hollywood elite during this most recent period of bloody conflict between the Israel Defense Forces and the radical Islamic terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Celebrities like Joan Rivers and Howard Stern–neither known for their history of insightful political commentary–have recently weighed in on the Israeli side of the conflict, condemning the pro-Palestinian bias of the liberal international media. John Voight also spoke recently at a pro-Israel rally. Now comes news from ynetnews of a generous gift from reality...
  • 3 IDF soldiers killed in booby-trapped UNRWA clinic

    07/30/2014 12:40:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7/3014 | Mitch Ginsburg
    Three IDF soldiers were killed on Wednesday in Gaza in an explosion at a booby-trapped UNRWA health clinic that housed the opening of a tunnel, the IDF’s Gaza Division commander, Brig. Gen. Micky Edelstein, said. Two of the three were named as Staff Sgt. Matan Gotlib, 21, of Rishon Lezion, and Staff Sgt. Omer Chai, 21, of Savion. The three troops, part of the elite Maglan unit, were taking precautionary measures in efforts to limit damage to the structure before eliminating the tunnel, when the explosives detonated in the small building.
  • Three IDF Soldiers Killed in Gaza; 27 Wounded

    07/30/2014 9:09:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    inn ^ | 7/30/14 | Tova Dvorin
    Three IDF soldiers were killed in Gaza Wednesday, the IDF cleared for publication Wednesday night; their names have not yet been released. Twenty-seven (27) additional soldiers were wounded.
  • Breaking: Hamas Kills 5 Israeli Soldiers in TUNNEL ATTACK INSIDE ISRAEL

    07/29/2014 8:32:55 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 48 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7-29-2014 | Andrew Marcus
    Five Jews were killed in their kibbutz inside Israel overnight.The five soldiers were killed during a tunnel attack on Kibbutz Nahal Oz, located near the Gaza border.Jihadis used their terror tunnels to infiltrate from their base in Gaza: JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Defense Forces confirmed the death of five more Israeli soldiers, which occurred during the infiltration of gunmen into a southern kibbutz through a tunnel from Gaza.The five soldiers were killed during the previously reported thwarted attack on Kibbutz Nahal Oz, located near the Gaza border, on Monday afternoon, during which one of the infiltrators was killed, according...
  • IDF getting after it tonight,

    07/28/2014 6:05:48 PM PDT · by quietly desperate · 16 replies
    Watch a skyline view from Gaza City.
  • Simon Cowell Under Fire for Donation to Israeli Army

    07/28/2014 12:42:20 PM PDT · by DFG · 36 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | 07/27/2014 | Christian Toto
    Simon Cowell is used to heaping abuse on strangers, not taking it from them. The former American Idol judge made a fortune by mocking the singing abilities of the Fox show's contestants. Now, Cowell is getting nasty messages from strangers, but the stakes are far higher. Cowell gave $150,000 to the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces last year, but the donation is only now hitting the news cycle, according to YNET News. As a result, Cowell began receiving images of dead Palestinian children on Twitter and has been accused of helping Israel invade Gaza. One of the tweets said...
  • IDF Opens Hospital for Palestinians, Hamas Prevents Access

    07/25/2014 4:20:32 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 16 replies
    IDF ^ | July 25, 2014 | IDF
    IDF Opens Hospital for Palestinians, Hamas Prevents Access The IDF has opened a temporary hospital for Palestinians on the Israeli side of the Erez Crossing. Even as terrorists fire rockets at Israel, the hospital is treating wounded civilians in cooperation with the Red Crescent. Hamas, the terrorist organization that rules Gaza, has prevented Palestinians from entering Israel in order to reach the hospital.Click for video: Israeli doctors treat wounded Palestinians at an IDF hospital near Gaza.
  • Hamas is Getting Trounced

    07/25/2014 10:38:04 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 41 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 25 July 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Reports out of Gaza have the IDF finding a surprising level of sophistication and breadth of scale in the Hamas tunnel network... besides getting them under the border for rocket launches against Israeli territory, the system connected the mosques, schools, and such that the terror-government uses to shuttle around weapons, terrorists, and supplies... Alas, the Israeli Defense Force is proving a bit too much for these Jihadi boneheads to deal with on the battlefield: Hamas morale is reportedly already in the toilet, and recent raids find no terrorist/fighters left attempting to hold the position... they leave their weapons behind...
  • IDF Leaves No Man--And No Dog--Behind

    07/25/2014 4:39:20 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    Staying true to the conviction that no soldier should be left behind, Israeli forces were seen carrying a wounded bomb-sniffing dog off the battlefield.
  • Israel Calls Out UNRWA for Claiming IDF Shelled School UNRWA's claims that an evacuation of a Gaza

    07/24/2014 8:30:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    inn ^ | 7/24/14 | Elad Benari
    Israel on Thursday called out a United Nations aid agency for falsely claiming that the Israeli Defense Forces did not permit civilians to evacuate a Gaza school where 15 people were killed in an Israeli attack, reports the Washington Free Beacon. The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) laid blame for the civilian deaths on the IDF, claiming it never received approval from the IDF for an evacuation from the facility. UNRWA released a statement claiming, “UNRWA had been attempting to negotiate with the [IDF] a pause in the fighting during which they would guarantee a safe corridor to relocate...
  • Israel's Military Might Is Tested by Hamas' Stamina: Experts

    07/23/2014 10:31:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    NBC News ^ | ALASTAIR JAMIESON
    Hamas may be militarily outnumbered and outgunned by Israel, but it has the stamina and training to turn the Gaza ground invasion into a protracted urban war, experts warned Tuesday. Six days after Benjamin Netanyahu ordered ground forces across the border into Gaza, the death toll has climbed to more than 600 Palestinians and 29 Israeli soldiers - more than twice as many military casualties as in the last Gaza ground war of 2009. Hopes that the invasion by Israeli Defense Forces would swiftly end the tit-for-tat aerial exchange of Palestinian rockets and Israeli missiles look to have been dashed...
  • Israeli ambassador: Our troops should get a Nobel Peace Prize for their 'unimaginable restraint'

    07/23/2014 12:26:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    The Week ^ | 07/22/2014 | Jon Terbush
    Israel's ambassador to the United States says the Israeli Defense Forces deserve a Nobel Peace Prize for showing so much restraint in the nation's ongoing conflict in Gaza. Speaking at a Christians United for Israel Summit in Washington on Tuesday, the ambassador, Ron Dermer, said that, "No military in history has taken greater care than the IDF to protect innocents of the other side." While admitting there had been heavy civilian casualties on the Palestinian side, he said the threat Hamas posed to Israel in some cases justified attacks even when those attacks jeopardized non-combatants. "Some are shamelessly accusing Israel...
  • Three IDF paratroopers killed in Gaza

    07/23/2014 10:24:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    ynet ^ | 7/23/2014 | Ahiya Raved
    Three IDF paratroopers were killed in Gaza on Wednesday, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said. Lieut. Paz Eliyahu, a combat soldier in the Paratroopers Brigade, was 22 from Hebron. He was posthumously promoted from 2nd Lieut.
  • IDF Returns Fire After Terrorists Attack From Gaza Hospital

    07/23/2014 5:44:58 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/7/14 | Ido Ben-Porat, Ari Soffer
    The IDF has struck a terrorist position in Gaza's Al Wafa hospital, illustrating the highly sensitive and illegal use of civilian targets as human shields by Hamas and other Gazan terrorist groups. IDF sources say that the controversial decision to attack the position was taken after several days in which ground forces came under heavy fire from gunmen positioned inside the hospital grounds. The fire reportedly included both light weaponry and heavy anti-tank missiles directed towards IDF armored vehicles. "The hospital premises were being used as war rooms and command centers by the terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad," said...
  • The Lone Soldiers of Israel

    07/22/2014 5:41:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/22/2014 | Carol Brown
    While jihadists are recruiting people from all corners of the earth to join them in the war against Jews (and all infidels), there are also young men and women from around the world going to Israel to fight for her survival. The Israeli Defense Forces calls them lone soldiers. Lone soldiers have no family in Israel. They are young men and women who come to Israel to join the IDF and defend the Jewish homeland, as well as young people considered “at risk” who live in poverty, come from broken homes, or who are estranged from their parents. Estimates of...
  • Two More IDF Soldiers Killed in Gaza

    07/21/2014 7:42:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    inn ^ | 7/23/14 | Elad Benari
    Two more IDF soldiers have been killed in Gaza, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit cleared for publication on Monday night. According to the statement, the two soldiers were killed during the afternoon hours on Monday. One of the soldiers has been identified as Sergeant Oded Ben Sira, 22, from Nir Etzion. He will be laid to rest on Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. at the military section of the Nir Etzion cemetery. The name of the second soldier has not yet been cleared for publication. The latest deaths bring the total number of officers and soldiers who have been killed in...
  • Seven More IDF Soldiers, Officers Killed Death toll in Operation Protective Edge reaches 25

    07/21/2014 12:22:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    inn ^ | 7/21/14 | Tova Dvorin
    The IDF Spokesperson's Office stated Monday night that seven additional soldiers and officers have been killed in Gaza, as the fourteenth day of Operation Protective Edge draws to a close. Their families have been notified. Sergeant First Class Yuval Dagan, 22, from Kfar Saba, served in the Golani Brigade. Dagan's funeral will be held Monday night in the military cemetery in Kfar Saba. Lieutenant General Dolev Keidar, "Gefen" commander, 38, from Modi'in was killed during the infiltration attempt into Israel early this morning. Sergeant First Class Tal Yifrah, Golani Brigade, 22, from Rishon LeTzion. Yifrah was killed in clashes in...
  • Israel Denies Abduction Claims but Arabs

    07/20/2014 11:08:50 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/21/2014 | AFP, Gil Ronen
    Hamas claimed it had kidnapped an IDF soldier, prompting celebrations in the streets of Gaza, Hevron and Jerusalem. Israel's UN ambassador denied on Sunday that an Israeli soldier had been abducted by Hamas terrorists in the course of the fighting at the Shejaiya neighborhood. "There is no kidnapped Israeli soldier and those rumors are untrue," said Ambassador Ron Prosor when asked about the kidnapping. The armed wing of the Palestinian Hamas group claimed late Sunday that it had kidnapped an Israeli soldier, prompting celebrations in the streets of Gaza City.
  • Watch: IDF Blows Up Terror Tunnel

    07/20/2014 10:39:06 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/7/14 | David Lev
    A video released by the IDF Sunday shows soldiers in action, destroying a tunnel dug by Hamas terrorists into Israel. The video shows the soldiers stringing explosives and blowing the tunnel up. “This is one of the first tunnels we found during this operation,” a soldier tells the camera. “It was dug in order to infiltrate Israeli communities. The IDF said Sunday that in three days of the ground campaign in Operation Protective Edge, soldiers had found and destroyed dozens of tunnels dug by Hamas terrorists into Israeli territory. Video
  • Thirteen IDF Soldiers Killed in Gaza

    07/20/2014 10:33:10 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/7/14 | David Lev
    Thirteen IDF soldiers have been killed since Saturday night, the IDF said. The process of identifying the bodies is still ongoing. Golani Brigade, armor and engineering corps forces were met with effective close range guerrilla actions in Shejaiya, Gaza. The dead are apparently all from the Golani Brigade. The Brigade's commander, Col. Rasan Alian, was also lightly injured. According to Channel 2, there were several incidents that involved IDF deaths that occurred one after the other after midnight. In the most serious incident, around 1:00 a.m., an armored personnel carrier hit a large explosive charge, or may have been hit...
  • Send Pizza to the IDF

    07/19/2014 8:32:27 PM PDT · by Signalman · 9 replies
    pizzaidf.org ^ | 7/19/2014 | pizzaidf.org
    Send Pizza and Soda (Pepsi or Coca-Cola) to active duty Israeli Soldiers Once again our homeland is under attack. Missiles from Gaza are flying on our southern cities, and again the civilians are in the front line. We are shifting our efforts to the south making sure the soldiers know that even though the media might say one thing, they have lots of support and love from all over the world. Hundreds of pies and other treats are going out to the soldiers, and once again per request we are adding the option to send care packages with toiletries to...
  • Hamas Threatens Israel: You'll Pay for Ground Operation

    07/17/2014 3:20:26 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/7/14 | Elad Benari
    Hamas threatened Israel on Thursday evening and warned that it will pay a "high price" for launching a ground assault on Gaza. "The start of the Israeli ground attack on Gaza is a dangerous step, the consequences of which have not been calculated," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement quoted by AFP. "Israel will pay a high price and Hamas is ready for the confrontation," he declared. "With this action the Israeli government seeks to restore the morale of its soldiers and the morale of its army leadership - a leadership that is collapsing because of the qualitative...
  • IDF Launches Ground Operation against Gaza

    07/17/2014 12:56:42 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/17/14 | Gil Ronen
    The Prime Minister's Office has issued a statement that says the IDF has embarked on a ground assault into Gaza against Hamas's tunnels. The operation is deemed as "limited" and will probably not go further than two or three kilometers into Gaza's territory. This is deemed to be deep enough in enemy land to find the openings into Hamas's attack tunnels, like the one that was used in Thursday morning's infiltration into Israel by 13 terrorists. Egypt, meanwhile, has issued a statement saying that Hamas is to blame for the possible deaths of hundreds of Gazan civilians. The statement appears...
  • Gazans are more scared of Hamas than the IDF

    07/17/2014 7:43:59 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    YNet News ^ | Wednesday July 16, 2014 | Ron Ben-Yishai
    Analysis: Islamist organizations in Gaza are still negotiating over negotiations, while in Israel, defense chiefs are seeing start of unrest against Hamas. The negotiations for a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza are complicated and are destined to be drawn out. This is mainly due to Hamas' determination to leave the battlefield with clear achievements for its military wing, especially in the eyes of the Gaza population. These achievements should be clear enough to justify to the Palestinian street – in Judea and Samaria as well - the escalation of the fire on Israel, which resulted in Operation Protective Edge. Also,...