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  • 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 · 7 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 · 31 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,...
  • IDF on 4 kids' deaths: Tragic if innocent civilians hurt in incident [Israel]

    07/16/2014 7:33:22 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 14 replies
    YNet News ^ | Thursday, July 17, 2014 | You've Zitun
    The IDF launched an investigation into the incident in which four Palestinian children were killed on a Gaza beach Wednesday afternoon. "The inquiry into the event by the IDF is ongoing at this time. Initial findings show that terror activists were in the area that was attacked and that it served as a launching point for terror activities." The IDF statement said that "it is a tragic event if innocent civilians were hurt in the incident." The military stressed that "it is important to remember the cynical use of Gaza Strip residents by Hamas who hold them as hostages has...
  • Hamas mortar kills 1st Israeli in renewed Gaza conflict

    07/16/2014 4:02:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Israel resumed its heavy bombardment of Gaza on Tuesday and warned that Hamas would "pay the price" after the Islamic militant group rejected an Egyptian truce plan and instead unleashed more rocket barrages at the Jewish state. Late Tuesday, the military urged tens of thousands of residents of northern and eastern Gaza to leave their homes by Wednesday morning, presumable a prelude to air strikes there. Rocket fire from Gaza killed an Israeli man Tuesday, the first Israeli fatality in eight days of fighting....
  • I Hope Bibi Turns Gaza Into a Ditch

    07/15/2014 3:26:52 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 15 July 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Of course it's a shame for civilians, alas they've become all but indistinguishable from actual Hamas members after mass brainwashing of the territory's youth, who are considered military assets... And it's those same ordinary Gazans that democratically elected martially-obsessed Islamists (w/ charter sworn to destroy Israel) to be their leaders in the first place- so you could say they have it coming...  Yeah, that's a bit harsh, and actually some in Gaza are also blaming Hamas for recent escalations, asking why they brought this retaliation/pending invasion upon them, and what exactly did they expect to gain from starting a battle they can't win...
  • 'Growing Stream' of Gazans Flee Homes as IDF Prepares to Strike

    07/13/2014 2:47:22 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/7/14 | Gil Ronen
    The UN's special refugee agency for Palestinians, UNRWA, reported Sunday that about 4,000 residents of northern Gaza have fled their homes after the IDF told them to do so, starting last night. In addition, about 850 Palestinians with foreign nationalities are leaving Gaza through the Erez checkpoint. Three hundred of these had already done so by the early afternoon. Israeli aircraft dropped leaflets on border areas in northern Gaza, calling on the citizens to evacuate their homes before noon Sunday as it prepared to bomb the area. The IDF warned that those who do not obey their instructions will be...
  • Watch: IDF Calls Off Airstrike After Seeing Children Near Target

    07/11/2014 4:38:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    inn ^ | 7/11/2014 | Elad Benari, Canada
    The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit has uploaded a video which shows how the IDF calls off Gaza airstrikes upon realizing that there are innocent civilians in the area. In this video, showing a planned airstrike from Thursday, the airstrike was cancelled when the pilot realized that children were near his target. During the current escalation, Hamas has openly boasted about the "success" of its strategy of using civilians as human shields, and the IDF has published extensive evidence of the practice. Hamas has been encouraging as many noncombatants as possible to "protect" its positions with their bodies.
  • Sunny with Light Missile Cover Here in Tel Aviv

    07/11/2014 8:16:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | David P. Goldman
    Sunny with light missile cover in Tel Aviv this morning. I awoke to muffled thuds in the distance, Iron Dome shooting down Syrian-made missiles launched from Gaza, according to news reports. I attended the obligatory morning mixer for hotel guests at the bomb shelter, which fortunately lasted only five minutes before the all-clear sounded. I’ll write something more comprehensive on this soon — Tablet is scheduled to run my essay next Monday — but the thumbnail version is that Hamas is making a demonstration out of weakness.
  • Seeking Human Shields, Hamas Tells Gazans to Ignore IDF Warnings

    07/10/2014 2:43:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/7/14 | Yosef Berger & Ari Soffer
    Hamas has instructed Gaza residents to ignore text messages and phone calls urging them to evacuate buildings, in an apparent effort to grow its supply of "human shields." The calls and messages are sent by Israeli military officials in order to give civilians time to evacuate the area, and are communicated before the IDF targets a house terrorists were using as cover for firing missiles at Israel or for other military purposes. The Hamas-run Palestinian Authority Interior Ministry said in a message to Gaza residents that the messages "are designed to weaken our resolve and to sow panic and fear...
  • IDF kills 5 Hamas terrorists attempting to infiltrate from the sea

    07/09/2014 8:27:16 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 7 replies
    JerusleumPost ^ | 07/08/2014 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    IDF units intercepted a Hamas commando unit that sought to infiltrate Israel from the sea at Zikim Beach, just north of the Gaza Strip, on Tuesday. Soldiers killed several terrorists, and pursued at least one more, security sources said, stressing that they were speaking as the incident continued to unfold. A senior security official said an IDF detachment was dispatched to Zikim Beach after the military detected suspicious movements in the area. The unit engaged the terrorists, and shot and killed five of them. One soldier was lightly wounded in the exchange of fire.
  • Israeli Military Spox: Beyond Point Of No Return, We Will Paralyze Hamas

    07/09/2014 5:54:37 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 27 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 9,2014 | Breitbart TV
    Tuesday on CNN's "The Situation Room," host Wolf Blitzer asked Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, the Israeli Defense Forces spokesman if Hamas stopped their aggressions if further military action could be avoided.
  • HAMAS Terrorists Attempt Amphibious Assault on Israel [Bad Ending]

    07/08/2014 2:28:20 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/8/2014 | Yaakov Lappin
    Israel came under a heavy barrage of rocket fire on Tuesday night, with code red sirens sounding off in central Israel, the Jerusalem area and as far North as Binyamina. More than 40 rockets were fired into Israel in the biggest ever salvo of long-range fire from Gaza. The Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepted a number of rockets and no significant injuries have been reported in the attacks. Meanwhile, 5 Hamas gunman attempted to infiltrate Israel at Zikim beach, near Gaza where they exchanged fire with IDF forces. All five terrorists were killed...
  • Family relieved at Israel release of Tampa teen

    07/07/2014 4:01:54 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 7/6/14 | GEOFF FOX
    The family of Tariq Abu Khdeir, the 15-year-old Tampa boy whose brutal beating at the hands of Israeli police has made global headlines, was relieved to learn Sunday that he was released from jail. Tariq was sentenced to nine days of home detention while police investigate his involvement in violent protests that started after his cousin, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, was abducted and burned alive last week in Jerusalem. Tariq’s aunt, Sanah Abu Khdeir, of Tampa, said Sunday she hopes that the boy and his parents will be home by July 16. Tariq is an American citizen of Palestinian descent....
  • Netanyahu Makes Good On Promise To Punish Hamas As IDF Jets Light Up Gaza

    06/30/2014 8:55:13 PM PDT · by blueyon · 44 replies
    Now The End Begins ^ | 6/02/14 | NTEB News Desk
    According to reports, sites in Khan Younes, Rafah and Beit lahia were hit Air force hits Hamas, Islamic Jihad structures; 4 reported wounded; 2 rockets explode in Israel causing damage, hours after discovery of kidnapped teens’ bodies. The Israeli Air Force struck 34 targets in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, carrying out “precision strikes” against Hamas and Islamic Jihad structures, the IDF said in a statement early Tuesday
  • IDF Hits More than 30 Terrorist Targets in Gaza

    06/30/2014 6:38:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 6/30/14 | Elad Benari
    The IDF launched extensive airstrikes in Gaza on Monday night, hitting more than 30 targets in the Hamas-controlled region. The IDF said in a statement that 34 terrorist targets throughout the region were targeted in the strikes. The statement noted that the airstrikes were in retaliation for rocket fire on southern Israel. “The IDF will continue to act decisively and as necessary against any party, until peace and the normal lives of the residents of the State of Israel are restored,” said the statement, which placed the responsibility for the rocket fire on Hamas and its different branches. Earlier Monday...
  • IAF strikes 7 Gaza terror sites in response to rocket fire on Israel

    06/25/2014 12:10:44 PM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    JPost ^ | 6/24/2014 | Staff
    The Israel Air Force struck seven terror sites in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday night in response to a volley of rockets fired at southern Israel earlier in the evening. The IDF targeted five underground rocket launchers in the northern Gaza Strip, one terror activity site in central Gaza and a weapons manufacturing site in south Gaza, according to the IDF Spokesman's Office. "The Hamas terror organization and its offshoots are responsible for what happens in its jurisdiction," the Spokesman's Office said. Palestinian terrorists fired several rockets from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel on Tuesday evening. The Iron Dome...
  • New study by IDF reserve colonel says women don't belong in combat

    06/11/2014 9:47:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 6/11/14 | Carl In Jerusalem
    A new book by an IDF reserve colonel that studied women's role in combat units says that the women shouldn't be there. "The study found that a particularly high percentage of women who served in combat roles suffered physical harm during their service and will suffer for the rest of their lives from ruptured discs, stress fractures in the pelvis, uterine prolapse and more,” Sagi told Maariv/NRG. While men also suffer injuries during their military service, he said, studies prove that the female rate of injury is much higher and that the seriousness of the average injury is greater,...
  • Israeli Air Force Quadruples Firepower: 'Second Only to That of the United States'....

    06/04/2014 6:10:06 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 12 replies
    Reaganite Republican/Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 1, 2014 1:56 pm | Abraham Rabinovich, Washington Free Beacon
    Faced by threats from Iran and her proxies, the Israelis can't even count on the standard logic of deterrence, which is built upon the assumption of self-preservation. That might work if your enemy is North Korea -who's elite are enjoying life/perks- but Israel's enemies are mostly genocidal kooks who can't wait to die for the cause, from Tehran all the way down to the ground in southern Lebanon/Gaza... But what they can do is ensure they possess the capability to smash any foolishness from Hezbollah and/or Hamas promptly, since these groups lack the infrastructure for any sort of mass attack on...
  • TED Publishes Anti-Israel Lies in Interview With Arab Photographer

    05/22/2014 7:05:00 PM PDT · by Zionista Feminista · 1 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | May 22, 2014 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    Home » News & Views » Israel » IDF » TED Publishes Anti-Israel Lies in Interview With Arab Photographer On the TED blog, Mohammed was allowed to caption her own pictures. In those captions and during brief sections of the interview, Mohammed provided wildly inaccurate accounts of the activities, ethical standards, and operating procedures of the Israel Defense Forces. By: Lori Lowenthal Marcus Published: May 23rd, 2014 You are currently on page: 1 2 All Pages print The TED Universe. The TED Universe. Photo Credit: Facebook Who doesn’t love TED? For those who don’t know, TED is the phenomenally popular...
  • IDF Says Footage of Nakba Day ‘Killings’ is Misleading

    05/22/2014 10:55:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    INN ^ | 5/20/2014, 12:59 PM | Gil Ronen
    Palestinian Arab activists and radical leftists have uploaded an edited video that claims to show security camera footage of the IDF shooting two Arab youths, in an incident that took place last Thursday, on “Nakba Day.” The youths hurled rocks at IDF soldiers at the Bitunia checkpoint, not far from Beit El. The footage appears to show them dropping to the ground as they walked away from the IDF position. The IDF said that the video is heavily edited in order to give a false picture of what really took place. “On Thursday, a violent and illegal disturbance took place...
  • Top court hears appeal on American activist’s death

    05/21/2014 7:59:16 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 46 replies
    Almost two years after a Haifa court ruled that Israel was not negligent in the 2003 death of American activist Rachel Corrie during a protest against IDF operations in the Gaza Strip, the Supreme Court heard her family’s appeal of the verdict Wednesday afternoon. Speaking before the hearing in Jerusalem, Craig Corrie, the activist’s father, said the lower court’s ruling had given the army “immunity and impunity.” “I think that’s very dangerous,” he said. “I hope the Israeli high court will change the findings, but if they don’t, I hope the world and the world press will bring it into...
  • Defense Chief Says Missionaries Free to Convert the Jewish Army

    05/18/2014 9:49:14 PM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 35 replies
    The Jewish Independent ^ | May 19, 2014 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The IDF has ruled that the army has no reason to prevent a soldier preaching Christianity if he is meeting with soldiers in an informal and routine social activity.
  • Catholic Mom and Haredi Convert Son Reunited by IDF

    05/15/2014 12:36:09 PM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 4 replies
    The Jewish Independent ^ | May 15, 2014 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Diego Tafiah, a convert from Colombia who now is a Haredi soldier, in the IDF, met his Catholic mother and sister for the first time in six years Wednesday night after they were flown in to Israel for a ceremony marking the end of his combat unit’s basic training course.
  • Israel navy has new weapon to counter Hezbollah

    05/12/2014 8:34:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    ynetnews.com ^ | 05.08.14 | Yoav Zitun
    IAI-developed radar has greater range than its predecessors, can distinguish between enemy and friendly ships, detect multiple targets simultaneously. Israel's navy has a new weapon in the fight against threats from Syria and Hezbollah. Its newly installed "MF-STAR" radar system is designed to counter the Yakhont (S-800) anti-ship missiles used by both. The IDF says that the radar, manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), has a greater range in comparison to the previous generation of systems, can mark more targets at once, and detect enemy ships hiding among dozens of friendly or non-combatant vessels. The radar, installed on one of...
  • IDF facing budget disaster; Ya’alon: ‘The money is gone’

    05/08/2014 3:43:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 05.09.14, 01:13 | Alex Fishman
    Chief of Staff Benny Gantz is being careful of voicing the facts publicly, but Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has stepped up to the plate and told the truth of reality for him. “The money is gone. The defense apparatus is in crisis, and we need to loosen up the defense budget now,” Ya’alon said. Military officials have been debating whether or not to go to the media to address the problem. Their fear was not only public confrontation in front of the political leadership, but primarily the possible harm to the IDF’s deterrence capability. …
  • Security and defense: Early alert (IDF's Southern Border Network)

    04/25/2014 8:37:46 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/26/2014 | Yaakov Lappin
    “We’re called the Eitam Battalion because that was the name of the second stop overtaken by [the biblical] Israelites in Sinai, on their way out of Egypt,” Savion said. “We are a strategic combat response to any developments on this border. If we see travelers in this region during the holidays, it’s a sign we are succeeding.” THIS IS how the battalion works: The surveillance towers growing out of the dunes feed control centers with advanced radar and visual imagery, and the data is sent to two regional control centers. From there, controllers scanning their screens direct security forces to...
  • Elite Bedouin Trackers Eliminate Israel's Northern Border Threats

    04/23/2014 5:23:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | April 22nd, 2014 | Hana Levi Julian
    The Northern Bedouin Tracking Unit commanded by Lt. Col. Majdi Mazarib protects Israel from kidnapings, infiltrators and 100,000 rockets. A special unit in the Israeli army comprised solely of Bedouin trackers is keeping Israel’s northern border safe. The Northern Bedouin Tracking Unit commanded by Lt. Col. Majdi Mazarib protects Israel from kidnapings, infiltrators and 100,000 rockets, among myriad other threats emanating from Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist organization. Speaking in Arabic, Lt. Col. Mazarib tells an interviewer in a video piece on his unit, “From Israel’s founding, the Bedouin community has chosen to volunteer and serve in the IDF, and actively participate...
  • Violent clashes between IDF and Palestinians break out in Hebron

    04/17/2014 8:12:43 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/17/2014 | TOVAH LAZAROFF
    As thousands of Jewish visitors stream in to visit the Cave of the Patriarchs to celebrate Passover holiday, dozens of rioters throw stones at soldiers in West Bank city. For the second day in a row violent clashes broke out between the IDF and Palestinian activists in Hebron by the Policeman’s Checkpoint in the West Bank city. On Thursday the clashes occurred on the sidelines of a Hebron demonstration to mark Prisoner Security forces responded with riot dispersal means, including tear gas. The checkpoint separates the section of the city that is under control of the Palestinian Authority from the...
  • IDF, far-right settlers clash during razing of illegal structures in West Bank

    04/08/2014 4:24:57 AM PDT · by zoharm · 3 replies
    IDF, far-right settlers clash during razing of illegal structures in West Bank
  • More excuses: IDF officers, young Israelis routinely denied visas to the US

    03/26/2014 8:50:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 3/26/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Over the past three weeks, we've heard several excuses for the denial of visas to the United States for Israelis. We've been told that visas were denied in order to remove Israel from the 'white list' of countries whose citizens qualify for longer-term visas. We've been told that the United States has been systematically denying visas to Shin Bet (General Security Service) and Mossad agents, to representatives of the IDF and to executives of companies in Israel's defense industry, and it was implied that was out of a fear of competition in the defense industry. And we've been told that...
  • New Levels Of Cruelty Reached by Arabs in Jerusalem (Muslims Throw Puppies at IDF)

    03/22/2014 11:19:57 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    Israellycool ^ | March 18, 2014 | Judge Dan
    New Levels Of Cruelty Reached by Arabs in Jerusalem Update: The source for this post is the “0404 News“, an internet based outlet that report predominantly about Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, IDF. More often than not, they are tipped directly by IDF and Police personnel about items, especially items that do not gain media attention, like rock throwing, firebombs, and other attacks on armed forces and civilians, often accompanied with private photos taken with their cellular phones. While I personally do not doubt the veracity of this report, it should be stated that as of now, no other news outlets...
  • Why Israeli Gals Will NEVER Have to Wear Burkas...

    03/18/2014 11:27:51 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 44 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 18 March 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    IDF.il  More at Reaganite Republican...
  • Israel Prepares for Possible Attack by Hijacked Malaysian Plane

    03/16/2014 5:49:17 PM PDT · by mulder1 · 77 replies
    Breibart ^ | 03/16/2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    According to the Times of Israel, Israel's Channel 2 has revealed that Israeli air defenses have been boosted, and approaching civilian aircraft will be asked to identify themselves far earlier. Though the flight was presumed at first to have crashed, whole or in pieces, into the ocean, passive satellite transmissions from the aircraft suggest that it made a deliberate course change and may have headed north into central Asia. Pakistan has already said that the flight never registered on its radar, but at least one expert has suggested the flight could have landed in Bangladesh, whose air defenses presumably would...
  • Here we go? 50-55 rockets fired by Islamic Jihad, IDF preparing ground response

    03/12/2014 7:37:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 3/12/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    2014 is not continuing the 'no rockets' of 2013. In less than the last hour, Islamic Jihad has fired 50-55 rockets into southern Israel, and the IDF is preparing ground troops to respond. IDF Radio is reporting that between 50 and 55 rockets have landed in Israel so far, after initial reports put the number at closer to 25. Of those, at least five were launched at Sderot; the Iron Dome has stopped some of them from making an impact on Israeli soil, according to the latest updates. No injuries have been reported. The Islamic Jihad terrorist group has claimed...
  • Israel passes law to conscript ultra-Orthodox Jews into military

    03/12/2014 2:29:15 PM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 12 Mar 2014 | AP
    Law passed in Knesset on Wednesday will require army to conscript increasing number of ultra-Orthodox Jews each year Israeli lawmakers passed a contentious law on Wednesday meant to draft ultra-Orthodox Jews into the military – the culmination of a drive for reforms that has resulted in mass protests by the religious community in Israel and beyond. The issue of conscription of the ultra-Orthodox is at the heart of a cultural war in Israel. The matter featured prominently in elections last year that led to the establishment of the centre-right government, which has pushed for the legislation. Wednesday's vote passed 67-1...
  • Gazans bombard southern Israel in massive rocket attack

    03/12/2014 11:56:31 AM PDT · by standingfirm · 52 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 3-12-14 | Adiv Sterman
    Dozens of rockets as well as mortar rounds were fired from the Gaza Strip Wednesday at southern Israeli towns. Hours later the IDF fired tank shells at what it termed “terror targets” in the Strip. Israeli reports put the number of rockets at over 60, and Islamic Jihad, which took responsibility for the attack, said it had fired 90 rockets at Israel. The organization said in a statement that it had launched an ongoing “military operation,” which it termed “Breaking the Silence.” No Israeli casualties were initially reported in the largest attack from the Strip since Operation Pillar of Defense...
  • IDF Shoots Rock Thrower Dead

    03/10/2014 12:31:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    inn ^ | 3/10/14 | Gil Ronen and Ari Soffer
    An IDF force lying in ambush shot dead an Arab terrorist who was preparing to throw rocks at Israeli cars traveling on Road 60, north of Jerusalem. The incident took place near Givat Asaf, in the Binyamin region, on Monday evening. The ambush was placed following an uptick in the number of similar attacks as of late. It is too early to say whether it signals a change in IDF policy toward rock throwers, but the military action appears to be a departure from the policy of the last few years, which has been marked by extreme hesitance to use...