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  • 'IDF checked the noises, they aren't terror tunnels'

    02/01/2016 3:28:28 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/1/16 | Reut Hadar
    Eshkol regional council head Gadi Yarkoni on Monday addressed reports that Hamas is ramping up its terror tunnel construction, and several attack tunnels have already crossed underneath the border. Yarkoni said that the IDF has checked the complaints of residents of the region adjacent to Gaza who said they heard the sounds of digging underneath their homes, and he claimed that the sounds were not from terror tunnels. "I don't say that there aren't tunnels, the IDF needs to say that there aren't tunnels. The IDF needs to check everything. The IDF should come to every resident who hears noises...
  • College walkout after lecturer says soldiers rape Arab women

    02/01/2016 2:44:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/2/16 | Gil Ronen
    About 30 students walked out of a class Monday at Oranim College, near Haifa, after lecturer Naila Awad claimed that IDF soldiers sexually harass and rape Arab women in Judea and Samaria. According to news site NRG, after Awad showed a film on the status of Bedouin women, a student remarked that in Biblical times, Jewish men could take wives from populations they had defeated. Awad reportedly replied: "True. Today, too, many studies prove that IDF soldiers sexually abuse and rape Palestinian women in the Territories." The discussion grew very heated from that point onward, and students demanded to see...
  • ISRAEL: Long-range fashion catches on in IAF

    01/25/2016 9:46:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 25 JANUARY, 2016 | STEPHEN TRIMBLE
    Waiting so long for Rafael to respond to a new fashion in missile technology seemed surprising only because the state-owned Israeli weapons and sensor house is most often the industry’s leading trendsetter. But Rafael has been curiously slow to respond to a clear trend within the air-to-air missile community. In the past decade, the most anticipated new missiles – the Chinese PL-12, MBDA Meteor, Raytheon AIM-120D and Vympel RVV-AE-PD – have all shared a similar trait. As advanced sensors push the detection range of missile firing platforms ever farther, missile manufacturers have responded with new weapons with ranges beyond 54nm...
  • Heavy fallout over Ya'alon's eviction of Hevron Jews

    01/22/2016 5:17:42 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/1/16
    An outpouring of criticism combined with threats to the coalition government followed the eviction on Friday morning of 200 Jews from two buildings in Hevron, which they purchased in full from an Arab buyer and took residence of on Thursday. Immigrant Absorption Minister Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) demanded that the Security Cabinet be convened on the matter, and condemned Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) for the decision. Sources close to Ya'alon said Thursday that the purchase did not receive required political approval. "It cannot be that we speak about collective responsibility of all the ministers, and in practice one minister decides...
  • Israel gives green light to F-15I upgrade

    01/20/2016 5:27:28 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 1/20/2016 | ARIE EGOZI
    Israel will embark on a “deep” upgrade of its Boeing F-15I Ra’am fleet as it looks to maintain the type as the backbone of its air force’s strike capability, despite the parallel acquisition of the Lockheed Martin F-35. The enhancement has been mooted for some time, but Tel Aviv has recently given the green light to the programme. Modifications will include structural changes, the addition of an active electronically-scanned array (AESA) radar, updated avionics and new, unspecified weapon systems. A selection process for the radar is ongoing, with a decision due mid-year. It is thought Israel favours the Raytheon APG-82(V)1...
  • Lawsuit: IDF 'breached US territory' in Marmara raid (this is twisted)

    01/13/2016 5:02:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 1/13/2016, 12:10 PM | Ari Yashar
    A new twist has appeared in the legal attempts to attack the IDF for defending the maritime blockade of Gaza in the infamous 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, as radical activists sued Israel for "breaching US territory" in the raid. Three Americans and a Belgian who took part in the breach of the naval blockade launched a civil suit to a US federal court on Monday in Washington, reports The New Arab on Wednesday. The blockade is a legal measure according to international law meant to prevent the influx of weapons to Gazan terrorists. Aside from suing the Israeli government for...
  • Israelis Play American Football As Training For War

    01/05/2016 8:19:15 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    AJ+ ^ | December 18, 2015
    American football has become a fertile training ground for elite military combat units in Israel. Some 2,000 Israelis now play the game citing brotherhood, discipline and fitness as its main draw.
  • What a US Military Veteran Learned From Serving in the IDF

    One year later, as I reflect upon my service to Israel, I am so proud as an American to say that I have stood alongside both the defenders of the United States and the defenders of Israel. As a result of this military service, I have learned a great deal about myself, our two countries, and why we are — as I learned to say in Hebrew — brothers. The first thing that struck me as I donned the dark green uniform of the Israeli Defense Forces, and for the first time since my own injury while serving in the...
  • IDF preparing for possibility of ISIS approach to border

    12/30/2015 11:23:12 AM PST · by Lera · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/30/15 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    Russian airstrikes could send ISIS forces towards Israel; Syrian regime could also retake areas near the border. The IDF is preparing for the possibility that Russian air strikes will push Islamic State forces, currently around 40 kilometers away from the Israeli border, towards the Golan Heights in the coming months. Additionally, the IDF's 210 Habashan Division, which defends the Golan Heights, is also closely watching an ISIS-affiliated militia, made up of some 600 members armed with tanks, mortars, and other weaponry, called Shahaha Yarmuk, which could decide to launch an attack on Israel in the future. Both the Islamic State...
  • Israel to begin enlisting HIV-positive soldiers

    12/01/2015 12:18:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 1, 2015 3:14 PM EST | Tia Goldenberg
    The Israeli military said Tuesday it will begin enlisting soldiers who are HIV-positive, in a policy shift putting the country at the forefront of military inclusivity toward people with the virus that causes AIDS. Military service in Israel is compulsory for Jews, but until now people with HIV were automatically deemed unfit to serve for medical reasons. ...
  • Terrorist dies in shootout with IDF

    11/17/2015 3:45:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/11/15 | Ari Yashar
    Arab terrorists opened fire on Tuesday night at an IDF force of the Netzah Yehuda Battalion at Turmus Aya Junction, in the Shiloh region of Samaria. The terrorists conducted a drive-by shooting against an IDF jeep, but fortunately the terrorists were unable to wound any soldiers. In response, the soldiers returned fire, killing one of the terrorists and leaving two others wounded. The wounded terrorists were arrested. The incident comes just hours after rocket warning sirens were sounded in the Gaza belt region. It was later clarified that the Iron Dome anti-missile system had accidentally identified gunfire from Gaza as...
  • Jewish rock legend Gene Simmons and Hollywood friends raise $31M for Israel Defense Fund;...

    11/13/2015 7:52:07 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 32 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/10/15
    A-listers including Mark Wahlberg, Liev Schreiber, Antonio Banderas and Gene Simmons attend Friends of the Israel Defense Forces gala in Beverly Hills. Art of the IDF raised more than $31 million on Thursday night at a star-studded event in Los Angeles. A fubd raising gala support of the IDF raised more than $31 million on Thursday night at a star-studded event in Los Angeles. More than 1,200 supporters of the Israeli military attended the sold-out Friends of the Israel Defense Forces charity event at The Beverly Hilton hotel. The FIDF Western Region Gala ushered in various A-listers, including Mark Wahlberg,...
  • We are angry (Israel)

    11/04/2015 8:14:26 AM PST · by rktman · 5 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/4/2015 | Barry Shaw
    We are angry at the incitement and the violence perpetrated by all factions of the Palestinians against us. We are angry at the lies that we are destroying their mosque while they are burning down our Jewish holy shrines. We are angry at the international condemnation of a crime we haven’t committed and silence about the crimes that they have. We are angry at the slaughter of our people whom the media fail to identify as Jews in their haste to name Palestinians killed without mentioning they were carrying out mayhem and murder. We are angry at the BDS haters...
  • IDF on Mount Hermon preparing for Iran-backed terrorism

    11/01/2015 4:36:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 11/1/15 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    IDF units on Mount Hermon, which borders Syria, are preparing to encounter Iranian-backed terror attacks, a senior military source told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. According to the source, units operating under the command of the Mount Hermon territorial Brigade have been training to respond to a "combined terror attack" that could involve border bombs, rockets, an attempted kidnapping of soldiers, and possible anti-tank missile fire. "There is someone who gets up every morning and asks, how can I carry out an attack on Israel? Most of the time, they run into great difficulties," the source said. He stressed that...
  • IDF warns soldiers: Beware of CIA recruitment

    11/01/2015 2:41:49 PM PST · by Mr. M.J.B. · 22 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/1/2015 | Staff
    Channel 2 reported Sunday that the information security department, part of the IDF's intelligence force, issued a call to its officers and soldiers to beware of recruitment attempts by the CIA
  • The plinker went to war: The IDF's Ruger 10/22 (Palestinian Terrorist Plinker)

    10/19/2015 9:38:32 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 57 replies
    Rugertalk.com ^ | September 27, 2015 | Christopher Eger
    Ever since their beginnings in 1948, the Israeli Defense Force has had to think outside the box to come up with weapon's systems, therefore it shouldn't surprise you that for the past 20 years the Israelis have used a (much-modified) 10/22 for use in both special operations and in security operations. (A gently modded 10/22 with IDF forces in 2000) The background Going back to 1987, the IDF purchased a quantity of Ruger 10/22s for use by security forces in the Palestinian Intifada, a violent uprising in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that led to a number of deaths...
  • Armed Israeli Civilian Shoots and Kills Knife-Wielding Palestinian

    10/18/2015 9:04:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 35 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 10/17/2015 | Rick Moran
    Reuters is reporting that 3 Palestinians were shot dead trying to stab Israelis. One of the incidents occurred near Hebron where an armed Israeli civilian shot and killed a Palestinian terrorist coming at him with a knife. There were contradictory accounts of one of the shootings, near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank city of Hebron. Israel said a Palestinian attempted to stab an Israeli civilian, who was carrying a gun and then shot and killed the attacker. But a Palestinian man told Reuters that his daughter, a high school student, witnessed the shooting and said it happened when...
  • The Pere Tank is Exposed (Israeli secret weapon)

    09/16/2015 3:43:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Israel Defense ^ | 14/09/2015 | Ami Rojkes Dombe
    The Yom-Kippur War left the IDF with a limited capacity of coping with the Russian armor of Egypt and Syria. The IDF sought a way to extend the range at which enemy tanks may be engaged and destroyed. The solution was provided by Rafael that developed the Tamuz (Spike) missile in the early 1980s. Back then, the Spike had a range of 8 kilometers, could be employed during the daytime and proved highly effective against the Russian armor. The question was what should be done with that missile. One of the most creative ideas was conceived by Col. (res.) Benny...
  • When the IAF showed the Soviets who was top gun

    09/11/2015 6:32:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    ISRAEL HAYOM ^ | September 11, 2015 | Aharon Lapidot
    The first, and so far last, dogfight between Israeli and Russian air forces took place 45 years ago, on July 30, 1970, as the War of Attrition between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and the Palestine Liberation Organization was winding down. The aerial battle took place southwest of the Suez Canal, over an area the Israeli Air Force had dubbed "Texas" as it was a local "Wild West," a lawless area where the quicker the gunslinger, the bigger the reward. The Israeli force comprised four Phantom and 12 Mirage fighter jets, flown by pilots who together were credited with shooting down...
  • Shameful: IDF Soldier Abandoned to Arab Mob in Nabi Salah

    08/29/2015 3:37:34 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/8/15 | Uzi Baruch
    Calls for emergency Knesset meeting after soldier filmed being beaten by Arab women and children; Liberman: Gov't shows weakness. Video Unbelievable footage has emerged showing an IDF soldier being beaten by Arab women and children in the village of Nabi Salah, Samaria The video is already being seen by some as proof that the army is having its hands effectively tied, both by increasingly restrictive instructions on how to handle violent Palestinian rioters, as well as by insufficient backup from the political echelons against legal campaigns by leftist NGOs targeting IDF soldiers. ..... More video .....
  • Hollywood actor [Joe Mantegna] to auction his rifles to fund Israeli army

    08/24/2015 8:45:57 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 50 replies
    Sach Times ^ | 8/23/15
    Joe Mantegna, star of the CBS television show Criminal Minds, plans to auction off two of his Tavor rifles to fundraise for "Friends of the IDF", a New York City-based organization that lends material support to the Israeli military. According to a press release from IWI-US, Mantegna will conduct an auction for two Tavor rifles produced by IWI. Gains from the auction will go to "Friends of the IDF". Interestingly, "Israel Weapon Industries-US" (IWI-US) is co-sponsoring the Sunday event, along-with "Bullets & Bagels", a Jewish gun club in Orange County, California. Event attendees will get to shoot the TAVOR at...
  • Israeli Soldiers Banned from Shooting Terrorists [2 Thess 2]

    08/13/2015 9:51:44 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 14 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 8/12/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The depressing outcome of the tantrum of political correctness in Israel after the still unsolved arson made headlines and lead to outcries from the left and some of their useful idiots on the right, is that Israelis will be further endangered in the fight against terrorism. The IDF has changed its open-fire instructions for warriors serving in Judea and Samaria, making it even more difficult for them to fire at terrorists. The new instructions determine that only in cases of real danger to life may the soldier fire at the terrorist's lower limbs. This is a radical change in the...
  • IDF Looks to Bible to Prepare for Future Threats [Zech 12]

    07/25/2015 10:38:36 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 8 replies
    Breaking Israel News ^ | 7/23/2015 | Ahuva Balofsky
    And the LORD said unto Gideon: The people that are with thee are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel vaunt themselves against Me, saying: mine own hand hath saved me (Judges 7:2) The Israeli Defense Forces is preparing for a possible future which includes a nuclear-developing Iran, a senior defense source told The Jerusalem Post. According to the paper, the IDF must assume the worst to properly reshape the military, improve training and cut costs. New IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot and a team of military planners spent four years developing...
  • How Hamas Fooled Israel

    07/13/2015 2:58:26 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/7/15 | Yaakov Levi
    srael tried to retrieve Avraham Mengistu, the Israeli who entered Gaza and is being held by Hamas. A report on Channel Two Monday said that IDF and security forces tried to bring Mengistu back to Israel a short time after he entered Gaza, but were tricked by Hamas into abandoning him. According to the report, talks on returning Mengistu to Israel took place a few weeks after he entered Gaza. According to Israeli officials, Mengistu crossed the fence into Gaza last September due to mental illness and that the move was not in any way a deliberate security risk. According...
  • Israel Upgrades Navy With German-Built Ships, Radar, Weapons Systems

    06/30/2015 6:49:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 29 2015 | Tim Marcin
    The Israel Navy plans to bolster its combat fleet with the addition of German-built ships, along with radar and weapons systems. The process of attaining new radars and electronic warfare systems and adding them to ships will start as early as next year, reported Defense News on Sunday. The Israeli Navy completed a major deal, worth $480 million, to purchase four new German-built but Israeli-equipped Sa'ar-6 corvettes ships in May. The deal, which took five years to complete, allows for Israel to provide its own combat weapons suite, armament and subsystems. Germany also took on about one-third of the cost...
  • IDF intercepts Gaza bound flotilla without incident, redirects vessel towards Ashdod

    06/28/2015 7:46:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 6/28/15 | HERB KEINON, JPOST.COM STAFF
    An IDF spokesman said Monday morning that after careful deliberation and exhaustive diplomatic efforts, Israeli security forces acted to prevent the flotilla Marianne av Gteborg from breaching the the shores of Gaza, violating Israel's naval blockade of the coastal enclave. According to the IDF, Israeli security forces boarded the vessel without incident after passengers made it clear after numerous attempts that they would not acquiesce to the Army's demands and were subsequently force to proceed towards the port of Ashdod. The vessel is currently being escorted to Ashdod Port and is expected to arrive within 12-24 hours. Participants are protesting...
  • Report: 2 Terrorists Shot While Attacking Jews at Josephs Tomb (Shechem, Israel)

    06/18/2015 2:01:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 6/18/2015, 9:23 PM | Ari Yashar
    Palestinian media and security officials are reporting that IDF soldiers on Thursday shot two Arab terrorists taking part in attacks against Jewish visitors to Joseph's Tomb at Shechem (Nablus) in Samaria. The IDF allows Jews to visit the tomb of the Biblical figure only once a month for Rosh Chodesh, the new month festival, out of security concerns in the hostile city. The entrance of Jews on buses in the dead of night evidently turned into a target for Arab rioters in the pre-dawn nighttime hours of Thursday morning. [] According to the 1993 Oslo Accords, Josephs Tomb was supposed...
  • Barak-8 on Target

    06/15/2015 9:18:13 PM PDT · by cold start · 12 replies
    ainonline.com ^ | 15 June 2015 | David Donald
    Barak-8 eight-round launchers can be rapidly deployed on land to provide point defense for critical locations, and in networked groups for area defense. Following successful trials late last year, IAIs Barak-8 medium-range surface-to-air missile is being delivered to customers, and is also now fielded with the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). The company does not discuss its customers, but acknowledges that the missile has been procured by Israel and India, plus others. Non-Israeli sources state that the Barak-8 has been adopted by the Indian Navy, which already employs the Barak-1, for service aboard its latest frigates, destroyers and aircraft carriers. Following...
  • NYT rages against Bibi's pick of Dore Gold for Foreign Minister

    05/27/2015 7:45:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/27/2015 | Leo Rennert
    In a lengthy May 26 article, Jodi Rudoren, the New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief, goes apoplectic over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus selection of Dore Gold to run Israels foreign ministry. The headline and the lead paragraph immediately signal to readers that Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, is disastrous for Israels diplomacy Netanyahu Appoints Hawkish Ally to Run foreign policy buttressed by Rudorens own depiction of Gold as a Bibi confidant who is hawkish on Iran and the Palestinian issue.
  • BREAKING: Southern Israel Attacked By Rockets, IDF Retaliation Expected

    05/26/2015 11:08:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 26, 2015 | Yochanan Visser
    A spokesman said Israel holds Hamas responsible for the attack. One hour ago, sirens went off in southern Israel, causing people to seek shelter in their security rooms and in public shelters. In Israel, most houses have a specially built security room that can survive chemical attacks and all sorts of conventional attacks. A short time later, a rocket probably a home-made M-75 missile with a range of 75 km or a Grad missile landed in the city of Gan Yavne, east of the coastal city of Ashdod.
  • Plenty to Celebrate on Jerusalem Day [miraculously historic events in May 1967]

    05/18/2015 8:45:12 AM PDT · by rhema · 2 replies
    Israel International News ^ | 5/17/15 | Hillel Fendel
    Confusion again reigns today in many Jewish circles, particularly in Israel: Some of us joyfully celebrate a festive holiday, while others watch from the side, not sure what to make of it. Some recite the usual Tachanun penitential prayer and bemusedly ask, "What, another religious-Zionist holiday?" as their neighbors recite the joyous Hallel prayer instead. A quick review of the miraculously historic events of this month 48 years ago may help clear up some of the confusion. A brief synopsis: As on Purim, Passover, and other holidays, our enemies set out to destroy us literally and G-d came...
  • Germany subsidizes sale of four warships to Israel

    05/11/2015 6:26:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 11, 2015
    May 11 Israel bought four German-made corvette warships on Monday to help secure its Mediterranean gas rigs, with Berlin heavily subsidizing the deal, Israel's Defence Ministry said on Monday. The ships, worth 430 million euros ($480 million), will be built by Thyssen Krupp and delivered within five years, providing significantly more fire power to Israel's navy. The German government will pay 115 million euros towards the cost. As part of its atonement for the Nazi Holocaust, Germany is committed to Israel's security and has often helped pay in the past for the cost of military equipment such as submarines. Thyssen...
  • The Amazing Saga Of How Israel Turned Its F-15s Into Multi-Role Bombers

    05/08/2015 7:41:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 05/08/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    When the F-15 was created, it was created to be a pure air-to-air fighter, with the philosophy of not a pound for air-to-ground guiding designers. So how did Israel end up turning their F-15s into deadly long-range multi-role strike aircraft well before the F-15E Strike Eagle became a reality? Heres how. In Need Of A Game Changing Fighter Israels love affair with the F-15 began out of the need to procure a fighter that could trump the increasingly complex fighters that surrounding Arab states were amassing from Russian and French sources. Both the F-14 Tomcat and the F-15 Eagle were...
  • Netanyahu Shines When Asked By Fatherless Girl: How Did It Feel When Your Brother Passed Away?

    05/08/2015 7:18:17 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 15 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 5/8/15 | KARA PENDLETON
    The Jewish Standard shared this earnest exchange between Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a little girl on its Facebook page: he girl asked the Prime Minister about losing his brother Yonatan. Tablet writes that Netanyahus older brother Yoni was killed commanding 1976s Operation Entebbe, in which an attempt was made to rescue hijacked hostages. Netanyahus response to the girl highlights the softer, sensitive side of the world leader: I felt like someone took an axe and chopped my hand off. Not only the hand. Somebody took an axe and chopped off my leg. Maybe both legs Thats how I...
  • Israel Defense Forces Humanitarian Aid Mission Arrives In Nepal

    04/28/2015 4:33:33 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 8 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | April 28, 2015 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel April 28, 2015 Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this afternoon at his Jerusalem office, held a consultation on Israels rescue efforts in Nepal. Israel Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Interior Minister Gilad Erdan, Foreign Ministry Director General Nissim Ben-Shetrit, GOC Home Front Maj.-Gen. Yoel Strick and MDA Director General Eli Bein, as well as representatives from the Justice and Public Security ministries, were also in attendance. We are focusing on two efforts, said Netanyahu. Our first effort is to locate and rescue Israelis who are in distress in Nepal and enable their...
  • Israels True Face 260 Search, Rescue, Medical Professionals Leave For Nepal

    04/26/2015 6:19:10 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 12 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | April 26, 2015 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel April 26, 2015 Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today spoke to the commander of the Israeli delegation to Nepal, Col. Yoram Laredo. The Prime Minister was informed that the rescue mission to Nepal includes an IDF field hospital and that its goals were locating Israelis, rescuing people who were trapped and treating the injured. IDF Col. Laredo told Prime Minister Netanyahu that an advance team had already landed and was preparing the infrastructure for the arrival of the humanitarian mission. You are being sent on an important mission. This is the...
  • Netanyahu: The IDF is a response to regional threats [Zech 12]

    04/23/2015 8:07:29 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/20/2015 | TOVAH LAZAROFF
    Israel has a right to use its military to defend itself against regional threats, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday as he continued his diplomatic battle to stop Russian-made arms from flowing into the hands of Israels enemies. The meaning of independence, in my view, is, first of all, the ability to defend yourself, Netanyahu before he met with the IDF General Staff. To the growing threats around us we have a response, which is found in this room. I rely on you, chief-of-staff, and I rely on the IDF. The people of Israel rely on you. Publicly, Netanyahu...
  • Left Creates More 'Mixed Gender' Mayhem in IDF

    04/20/2015 9:21:53 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 04/20/2015 | Gil Ronen
    The IDF is poised to establish one or two new mixed-gender battalions, which will be permanently based along Israel's borders on routine patrol and observation missions, according to Army Radio. However, the Head of the IDF Fortitude Forum, Col. (res.) Raz Sagi, told Arutz Sheva there is a lot of bluffing and leftist meddling behind the changes announced. The idea of creating specialized units for the softer combat routine of patrolling and observation along peaceful borders, so as to let the fighting combat battalions spend more time training, is not a bad one, he opined. But it also means that...
  • Meet 'Morty' - IDF's new and improved mortar

    04/15/2015 6:50:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    ynetnews.com ^ | 04/14/2015 | Yoav Zitun
    Could this be the answer to rocket launching terror cells in Gaza? The IDF is set receive a new model of a GPS-guided mortar shell, developed by Israel Military Industries. The weapon is designed to deliver a quick strike against terrorist cells, especially those in the Gaza Strip, and was given the original name "Morty" (Patzmi, a play on the Hebrew acronym for mortar). "Mortar shells were always considered an inaccurate weapon that hit only the target area and not the target itself," a security source told Ynet. "Turning the mortar shell into an accurate weapon with the help of...
  • IDF General: 'Dramatic Steps' Possible on Iran

    04/04/2015 2:48:27 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 19 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 4/4/2015 | Gil Ronen
    Maj. Gen. Nimrod Sheffer, the head of the Israel Defense Forces Planning Directorate, told Israel Hayom in a weekend interview that when Israeli leaders say all options are on the table with regard to Iran, they mean it. If someone builds a nuclear bomb and at the same time declares that the State of Israel has no right to exist, then we have to think about how to respond, he said. It goes beyond a simple challenge." When asked if Israel might take dramatic steps in defiance of the American position, Sheffer answered positively: "When it comes to our national...
  • Top IDF Commander: Hamas Again Digging Tunnels into Israel

    04/03/2015 12:32:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 4/2/2015, 12:24 PM | Yaakov Levi
    In a weekend interview with Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot, IDF Southern Command head General Sami Turgeman said that Hamas is back at itattempting to dig tunnels into Israel. While the IDF destroyed most, if not all, of the tunnels Hamas had dug into Israel in previous years during Operation Protective Edge, it appeared that the terror group was using the resources that are now pouring into Gaza to rebuild homes and businesses to instead rebuild its terror network, said Turgeman. We are keeping a close eye on Hamas, Turgeman said. It is clear that they have gone back to digging...
  • IDF Sources: ISIS Accumulating Support Near Israel-Jordan Border

    03/29/2015 4:03:26 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 9 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 3/29/2015 | Cynthia Blank
    Islamic State has recently found a following among Bedouin tribes in southern Jordan, tens of kilometers away from the border with Israel, sources from the IDF's Southern Command claim, according to Walla! News. Sympathy for the terror organization, IDF sources fear, may spur terror cells to be established along the border, from where terrorists will infiltrate into Israel's Aravah region and carry out attacks. Concern is only amplified by the fact that there is no border fence between Jordan and Israel in that region, and the Aravah Division of the IDF, responsible for border security, suffers from low manpower.
  • IDF warns: Freeze in Palestinian funds could fuel West Bank unrest

    03/23/2015 4:36:53 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    YNetNews ^ | Monday, March 23, 2015 | Yoav Zitun, Elior Levy
    IDF fear that if Israel continues to sanction Palestinians economically, it could backfire, leading to riots if not new uprising in West Bank. Economic sanctions implemented by Israel against the Palestinian Authority could backfire, top IDF officials warned Monday, saying the pushback from the Palestinian street could lead to unrest, or even an uprising in the West Bank. Israel is currently holding NIS 2.5 million in Palestinian Authority tax funds, a move it took in retribution for unilateral Palestinian actions in the diplomatic arena, like their attempt to attain statehood through a UN Security Council resolution and their accession to...
  • Fearing uprising, IDF eases restrictions for West Bank Palestinians

    03/23/2015 3:57:01 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 3 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Monday, March 23, 2015 | Staff
    The Israel Defense Forces is taking a series of measures to prevent an escalation of violence in the West Bank, including holding large-scale surprise drills and easing entry restrictions on Palestinians, as some officials warn the dead-end in peace talks could lead to new fighting. An unnamed military source indicated that an explosive confrontation in the region taking into account the election results was possible, but stressed that the army and the Palestinian Authority were engaged in various preemptive measures to stymie the eruption of a Third Intifada, the army weekly Bamahane reported. As of today, the Palestinian...
  • Father Nadaf shows continued support for Netanyahu in 4th term [Israel & Christians]

    03/19/2015 4:26:32 PM PDT · by Star Traveler
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Thursday, March 19, 2015 | Ariel Cohen
    Nadaf expresses his hopes that Netanyahu will continue to support Christian participation in the IDF and integration into Israeli society. Father Gabriel Nadaf sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulating him on his recent victory in the Israeli elections on Tuesday. According to Nadafs Facebook page, the Christian leader wrote to Netanyahu that he was confident and sure that the new government that is going to be established with [Netanyahus] leadership will continue to support the Israeli Christians Recruitment Forum, lead by Father Gabriel." Nadaf also expressed hopes that Netanyahu will work to integrate the Christians into Israeli...
  • How Do IDF Soldiers Vote?

    03/16/2015 11:53:29 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/17/2015, | Koby Finkler and Cynthia Blank
    While Israeli citizens only began voting Tuesday morning, IDF soldiers across Israeli have been casting their ballots since Saturday night. For elections, the IDF distributed polling stations to seven command centers: Central Command, Southern Command, Northern Command, Home Front Command, the Technology and Logistics Division, the Navy, and the Air Force. The command centers were divided into over 60 areas, each with an elections authority officiating. In total 688 ballot stations were set up for soldiers across the Jewish state. The first to vote on Saturday night were Air Force officers in the Sde Dov airport, before traveling abroad as...
  • Israel says 2 soldiers killed in Hezbollah strike near Lebanese border

    01/28/2015 8:02:28 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-28-2015 | Fox News
    Israel's military says two of its soldiers were killed and another seven were wounded in a Hezbollah strike Wednesday on an army convoy near the Lebanese border. Israel's military responded to the anti-tank missile strike on the convoy with aerial and ground attacks on Hezbollah positions in Lebanon. Lebanese security officials told the Associated Press that Israel fired 25 shells across the border. The Israeli Defense Forces said that residents of the area had been ordered to remain in their homes. The Lebanese terror group Hezbollah earlier claimed responsibility for the attack and said it destroyed a number of Israeli...
  • BREAKING: IDF Strikes Multiple Targets In Syria Following Rocket Fire Into Northern Israel

    01/27/2015 3:41:22 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 79 replies
    Breaking 911 | 11-27-2015 | Breaking911 Newsroom)
    The IDF Spokespersons Unit says that the Israeli Air Force was striking multiple artillery positions belonging to the Syrian army, and that direct hits were identified. The air strikes came minutes after residents in the northern Golan Heights reported hearing air raid sirens around 12:30AM (Wednesday). No casualties or damages have been reported in Northern Israel. On Tuesday morning two rockets exploded in the northern Golan Heights.
  • Assad: Al-Qaeda Has an Air Force - the Israeli Air Force

    01/25/2015 3:51:36 PM PST · by Dave346 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/26/2015, 1:13 AM | Elad Benari
    Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on Sunday accused the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) of conspiring with the Al-Qaeda terrorist group. Its very clear. Because whenever we make advances in some place, they attack in order to undermine the army. Its very clear, Assad told the American Foreign Affairs magazine in excerpts of an interview that will be published in full on Monday. Thats why some in Syria joke, how can you say that Al-Qaeda doesnt have an air force? They have the Israeli air force, he added.
  • Bibi Accepts Boehner Invitation, But He Wont Be Welcomed by White House

    01/23/2015 8:15:21 AM PST · by rktman · 32 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 1/23/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    But President Obama will not be meeting with Netanyahu when he visits. As a matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections, so as to avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election in a foreign country, White House National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement today. Accordingly, the president will not be meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu because of the proximity to the Israeli election, which is just two weeks after his planned address to the U.S. Congress.