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  • Religious Soldiers: Stop Provoking Us

    01/24/2012 4:25:47 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/1/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee hosted Major General Orna Barbivai Monday and discussed the Tal Law and the need to enlist hareidim to the army. However, an NGO that advocates for the rights of religious soldiers says that elements within the IDF are purposely provoking kippah-wearers. According to Eliyahu Lax, Chairman of the Organization for the Religious Soldier, public promises to make army service more religious-friendly do not materialize on the ground. Lax said that in Bahad 1, where the Officer's Training Courses are held, "they did not give cadets time for prayer, there has been women's singing...
  • The Work Accident Team

    09/05/2001 7:19:53 PM PDT · by Askel5 · 57 replies · 1,162+ views
    PA ADMITS TO ‘WORK ACCIDENT’ Even the PA has now admitted: A "work accident" led to the death yesterday of Muhammad Yassin, 24, in Gaza. He was in the midst of preparing a bomb in his parents’ apartment when the explosive went off, killing the would-be terrorist and destroying the entire apartment building. The Work Accident Team One car after another went through the checkpoint, just like yesterday and the day before. The IDF (Israeli Defense Force) had been manning these inspection points long enough now that the delay and inconvenience were becoming routine. Inconvenience was now part of ...
  • 'Terrorists must understand kidnappings don't pay'

    01/03/2012 2:02:39 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/3/12 | GIL HOFFMAN & Staff
    Noam Schalit said Tuesday that Israel must be heavy handed in its approach to preventing future kidnappings, and should use "deterrence and not legislation." "The terror organizations need to know that kidnappings don't pay off for them," Schalit told a Knesset conference on the price for future kidnappings. Schalit said that terror organizations seeking to carry out the same kind of kidnapping operation that resulted in the capture of his son, Gilad, in 2006, and his captivity until 2011, will be punished. "These terror organizations need to know that kidnappings will result in strikes against the organizations and their leaders,"...
  • IDF confirms preparations for extensive future Gaza military action

    12/28/2011 8:58:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 12/28/11 | Yanir Yagna and Gili Cohen
    Four rockets were fired Wednesday from Gaza into Israel, with two landing in open areas in the Eshkol region and another landing in the Sha'ar Hanegev region without exploding. There were no reported injuries or damage. The strike followed a targeted killing in which two sorties by the Israel Air Force killed three terrorists and wounded another nine overnight Tuesday in communities surrounding the Gaza Strip. The rocket fire comes as the Israel Defense Forces' Gaza Division is preparing for a possible large-scale incursion into the Gaza Strip, now three years after Operation Cast Lead. "We are preparing and in...
  • 'Drive to kidnap IDF soldiers up since Schalit deal'

    12/28/2011 6:12:31 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/28/11 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Warning Hamas it will be hit hard in a future conflict, a senior IDF commander said on Wednesday that motivation to kidnap Israeli soldiers has significantly increased since the prisoner swap for Gilad Schalit. According to Col. Tal Hermoni, commander of the Gaza Division’s Southern Brigade, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip are working to abduct Israeli soldiers and are digging tunnels that could be used in such an attack. “We believe that since there are additional Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails that these groups are working to kidnap soldiers,” Hermoni said during a briefing...
  • IDF troops are not 'Nazis'

    12/16/2011 12:51:02 AM PST · by Ynetnews · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Op-ed: Use of Nazi terminology by rightist extremists against IDF soldiers is unforgivable Some 35 years ago, when the Yarkon Park was inaugurated in Tel Aviv, we started to play soccer there. Dozens of soccer fans, who were not so young anymore and who previously used to play on the asphalt of city schools, invaded the park’s lawns on Friday afternoons. Later the dozens turned into hundreds and became an inseparable part of the park.
  • Op-Ed: Army Base Incident: Media Reports are Exaggerated

    12/14/2011 1:57:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/12/11
    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed makes clear in response to an inquiry that the media reports concerning violent incidents in the Shomron are an example of the media's notorious hyperbole. Question: Rabbi, what is your reaction to the violent incidents which took place Monday night in the Shomron against the Brigadier Commander, Deputy Brigadier Commander, and soldiers? Answer: I don't know exactly what happened, but of one thing I am sure: Whatever the media reports is extremely exaggerated. The mainstream media and IDF spokesmen's reputation for this - and I do not mean the soldiers themselves and their dedicated field officers -...
  • Gantz Condemns Riot at Base: IDF Attacked by Its Own People

    12/13/2011 10:07:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/12/11 | Elad Benari
    IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz condemned on Tuesday the incident at the Ephraim base in Samaria on Monday night. Speaking to graduates of the National Security College, Gantz also mentioned the incident in which right-wing activists jumped the fence near Qasr Al Yehud to protest Jordan's interference on the Temple Mount. He said both incidents were serious. “These initiated disturbances are violent,” Gantz was quoted by Channel 10 News as having said. “The IDF, which protects its people, found itself defending itself from them. It’s absurd and unbelievable, and I hope that justice is done with the perpetrators.” He...
  • Netanyahu Vows to End Violence Against IDF

    12/13/2011 7:47:28 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/12/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu instructed senior security officials to prepare an emergency plan to deal with settler violence against the IDF during an 'emergency session' of the cabinet on Tuesday. The meeting was held the morning after a night raid by scores of angry youth on an IDF base in Samaria that resulted in clashes with soldiers and damage to IDF vehicles. Police reinforcements were required to chase the youth from the base. “No one can break the law. No one can raise a hand against the IDF or the police," Netanyahu said. "This is the foundation of democracy. Land...
  • Nationalists’ Anger Spills Over into IDF Base

    12/12/2011 11:52:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/12/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Dozens of youths from Judea and Samaria entered an IDF base in Samaria late Monday night following rumors of an imminent destruction of a Jewish community. Several were arrested. Clashes broke out between soldiers and the protesters, who burned tires and damaged some military vehicles. Police reinforcements helped chase the youth from the base while carrying out several arrests. In the background to the incident were reports of another government attempt to destroy a Jewish community, while officials from the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria and from the government tried to hammer out an understanding on the...
  • UNIFIL to probe Katyusha fire at western Galilee

    11/29/2011 12:50:18 AM PST · by DYngbld · 5 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 11.29.11 | Maor Buchnik
    Two Katyusha rockets fired from Lebanon at western Galilee overnight located. IDF's Northern Command placed on high alert; UNIFIL to investigate incident The IDF confirmed Tuesday that two Katyusha rockets were fired at the western Galilee from Lebanon on Monday night. No injuries were reported, but several structures sustained damage. The IDF's Northern Command has been placed on high alert following the fire. The military stressed that Israel holds the Lebanese government responsible for the indicent.
  • Meretz MK Seeks to Ban Visiting Clergy from IDF, Police Activity

    11/26/2011 1:18:48 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/11/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) on Sunday will introduce a bill aimed at limiting the activities of religious leaders interacting with the IDF and Israel Police. "People of different faiths, as well as the secular, serve in the Israel Defense Forces and Israel Police, and any ceremony or event attended by a clergyman may amount to religious coercion, or the appearance of coercion," Horowitz wrote in his explanatory notes for the bill. "This act would restrict access to soldiers and police by any rabbi, imam, priest, or any other person who has authority or role in one of the religious communities,...
  • IDF to Take Offensive in Gaza If Missiles Attack Resume

    11/15/2011 5:27:14 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/11/11 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    The IDF’s “tit-for-tat” response will be replaced by an offensive in Gaza if missiles attacks resume, Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee Tuesday. He told the Knesset Members on the panel that if Hamas and allied terrorists initiative a new round of fighting, “We will need to shorten the length of fighting as much as possible.” Improved intelligence has enabled the military to pre-empt dozens of terrorists’ missile attacks on southern Israel. The Air Force on Monday successful targeted a terrorist cell trying to launch advanced long-range missiles. At least one...
  • Former IDF Boss Halutz: Smash Hamas

    10/30/2011 4:05:15 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/10/11 | Gil Ronen
    Former IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. (res.) Dan Halutz, thinks Israel should mount a crushing offensive against Gaza. He called for a "mortal blow" to be dealt to Hamas's civilian and "military" leadership. In an interview with IDF Radio, Halutz said, "We must bring back our deterrence vis-à-vis Gaza. It has not existed for even one moment since Operation Cast Lead and to this day." Halutz said that in the end, Israel will have to conduct an extensive operation of this kind, and there is no reason to wait. "A rocket struck an empty school on the Sabbath," he...
  • Op-Ed: Why the Schalit Decision Makes Military Sense

    10/29/2011 1:45:32 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/10/11 | Stuart A. Cohen
    ..... In essence, however, the obligations which the terms of those contracts impose on armed forces and the societies that they swear to defend have remained remarkably consistent and span religions and cultures. ..... On the other side of the coin, governments that raise and maintain armies (and with very minor exceptions, all governments have felt it necessary to do so) likewise enter into a set of parallel obligations vis-à-vis their soldiers. For one thing, they undertake not to place the soldier's life at unnecessary risk by embarking on military adventures that are avoidable and/or redundant. Second, they undertake not...
  • Saudi Cleric: $100,000 to Kidnap IDF Soldiers

    10/26/2011 3:41:46 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/10/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    Saudi Arabia's controversial Islamist and preacher, Sheikh Awad al Qarni, offered a bounty of $100,000 for the kidnapping of any IDF in 'Palestine' who can be used as leverage to force Israel to release more terrorists from its prisons. Qarni said on his Facebook page, "This award is in response to the allocation of funds to settlers who kill Palestinians prisoners released." Qarni claimed his initiative, highly praised by many in Saudi Arabia, was a response to reports in Israel's media that funds had been allocated by 'settlers' to kill terrorist Mustafa Muslimani, who was released under the deal for...
  • IDF: Maritime Terror ‘Daily Occurrence’

    10/25/2011 6:09:59 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/10/11 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    The IDF’s Ashdod-based Navy unit deals with terrorist activity on a daily basis, security reconnaissance commander “D” said in the military’s Mahane magazine. .The routine security reconnaissance company of the Ashdod base was assigned the responsibility to maintain Israel's maritime closure on Gaza since the completion of Operation Cast Lead. Israel clamped the embargo on Hamas-controlled Gaza to prevent the smuggling of more advanced weapons and terrorists. Captain “D” explained that the soldiers train with mock ships attempting suicide against IDF vessels, terrorist boats out at sea, and even terrorist activity on shore. "Our threat is constant. We deal with...
  • Report: IDF to Recommend Concessions to PA

    10/24/2011 10:08:33 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/10/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    According to reports in Israel’s Hebrew-language media, the IDF is expected to recommend Israel make 'gestures' to the Palestinian Authority in order to bolster its stature following last week's deal with Hamas to free 1,027 terrorists for Gilad Shalit. The Shalit deal was widely hailed as a stunning victory for Gaza's ruling Hamas terror organization, launching them back to the fore of the Israeli-Arab milieu and rendering them stratospherically ascendant over rival PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement. Some analysts have suggested Israel's leaders timed the Shalit deal in such a way as to punish Abbas for his September statehood...
  • Israel offers aid to Turkey following quake

    10/23/2011 5:08:43 PM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Ynet ^ | 10-23-11
    IDF standing by to send assistance after 7.2-quake hits Turkey's southeast; Turkish President Abdullah Gul tells Peres he hopes local rescue forces can handle situation Israel is preparing to send aid to Turkey in the wake of a powerful earthquake that hit the east of the country. The Foreign Ministry said that the scope of the assistance depends on Ankara's willingness to accept it. According to reports, up to 1,000 could be dead due to the 7.2-magnitue quake that struck the Van province Sunday. Turkey's deputy prime minister said that around 45 buildings have collapsed in the town of Ercis...
  • No Victory But Defeat

    10/22/2011 9:55:03 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 9 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    The most common justification for the Shalit deal is to wear it as a perverse badge of moral nobility. "What other country would exchange a thousand terrorists for one man." This is a close cousin of the argument that says the United States treating terrorists with kid gloves proves that it is nobler than them. Both of these insufferable arguments are symptoms of the moral decline of civilization. If the life of a single soldier is more important than the battle, then why have battles or soldiers at all? We don't send soldiers out to fight because we think that...
  • Marketing Gilad Schalit

    10/21/2011 10:51:22 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Caroline Glick
    Gilad Schalit is home. And that is wonderful. The terrorists Israel released in exchange for the IDF soldier held hostage by Hamas for more than five years are running around Judea, Samaria and Gaza promising to return to terror. And that is a nightmare. But so far, the Israeli public is happy with the outcome. Indeed, the polling data on the government’s decision to swap 1,027 terrorists for Schalit are stunning. According to the New Wave poll carried out for Makor Rishon, for instance, 75.7 percent of the public supported the deal and only 15.5 percent opposed it. In a...
  • Hamas Beefs Up Border Presence

    10/17/2011 5:46:31 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/10/11
    Reports said that Hamas had beefed up its forces along the Gaza border fence Monday night. Terrorists belonging to the Izzadin al-Qasam brigades had taken up positions near the border fence as a precaution against an Israeli attack before the release of terrorists in exchange for Gilad Shalit. Reports said that IDF planes and drones have been hovering in the skies over Gaza for several days, and that Hamas fears an Israeli “trick”to rescue Shalit without releasing terrorists.

    10/16/2011 8:23:01 PM PDT · by Eliana Benador · 7 replies
    Goodwill Ambassador Eliana Batsheva Benador ^ | October 16, 2011 | Eliana Benador
    In a fatal decision made by the Israeli government, unless opponents get the Highest court in Israel to overturn the leadership move, 1,027 terrorists will be freed... It doesn't matter where those terrorists are going to live, but the fact of the matter is that they will continue doing, planning evil, and will not stop until they get the price for their liberty paid in Jewish blood. No matter how many times one has read that the Netanyahu government has reached an agreement under the auspices of Egypt and that they will swap IDF soldier Gilad Shalit for 1,027, reading...
  • IDF's Hannibal Protocol

    10/16/2011 4:22:35 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 18 replies
    This is the consequence of the lopsided trade that Israel is about to conclude with Hamas for Gilad Shalit, There will be no more IDF soldiers captured by Hamas. Even if the IDF has to kill them itself. This is known as the IDF's Hannibal Protocol.
  • A pact signed in Jewish blood

    10/14/2011 2:24:30 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Caroline Glick
    No one denies the long suffering of the Schalit family. Noam and Aviva Schalit and their relatives have endured five years and four months of uninterrupted anguish since their son St.-Sgt. Gilad Schalit was abducted from his army post by Palestinian terrorists and spirited to Gaza in June 2006. Since then, aside from one letter and one videotaped message, they have received no signs of life from their soldier son. There is not a Jewish household in Israel that doesn’t empathize with their suffering. It isn’t simply that most Israelis serve in the IDF and expect their children to serve...
  • Hamas: Israel Promised No Revenge, We Promised More Kidnappings

    10/14/2011 4:14:21 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/10/11 | Maayana Miskin
    Hamas leaders are telling Arabic media that Israel agreed to release terrorists in exchange for Gilad Shalit without a commitment from the terrorist group to stop kidnapping soldiers. Israel tried to get a commitment, but agreed to go ahead without one, according to sources quoted by the pan-Arabic paper Al-Hayat. Hamas also claimed that they managed to extract a promise from Israel not to harm the more than 1,000 terrorists to be released in exchange for Shalit in any way. The report contradicts what Shin Bet head Yoram Cohen said about the planned prisoner release. Cohen told journalists that the...
  • Police, IDF Destroy Jewish Outpost

    10/05/2011 5:54:05 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/10/11 | Gil Ronen
    Forces from the Israel Police and IDF Civil Administration raided the outpost of Givat Gal Yosef, not far from Shilo in the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem, Wednesday evening. Jewish residents were not caught by complete surprise, as large forces had been seen leaving the Shaar Binyamin police station in the direction of Hizme and other junctions in the Binyamin area. These forces were apparently put in place in order to prevent Jewish reinforcements from joining the residents of Givat Gal Yosef and making the demolition more difficult. MK Michael Ben Ari (National Union) reacted to the destruction and said...
  • Egypt Fears Israel Plans to Seize Control of Sinai

    10/02/2011 7:54:51 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/10/11 | Chana Yaar
    Egyptian officials are expressing fears that Israel may seize control over the Sinai Peninsula. The warning came from Egyptian Ambassador Yasser Othman, Cairo's representative to Ramallah, who told the Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency that recent remarks by Jerusalem officials indicate “the presence of an Israeli plan aimed at controlling the Sinai.” Othman added, “We should be ready for the Israeli plan to take Sinai in the coming period.” The Egyptian envoy's remarks followed interviews by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak on the eve of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, in which both characterized the situation...
  • The invisible war against Israel has already begun

    10/01/2011 9:09:17 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 31 replies · 1+ views
    The Jerusalem Prayer Team ^ | 10/1/11 | Mike Evans
    The invisible economic war against Israel has already begun. Some countries are planning to impose new sanctions against Israeli products, while others will raise tariffs and make trade more difficult. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called this week for the nations of the world to “put pressure” on Israel to force them to make concessions in the name of peace. This is a deliberate attempt to destroy Israel’s economy. This is new warfare for the modern age—before the rockets fly and the tanks roll, and the boycotts and economic sanctions fall. The OPEC nations are using their vast oil wealth...
  • IDF Confronts Terrorism, Islamic Jihad in Israel As Abbas Declares Palestine At UN

    09/23/2011 1:26:56 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 2 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | September 23, 2011 | Joel Leyden
    IDF Confronts Terrorism, Islamic Jihad in Israel As Abbas Declares Palestine At UN (photo) The PLO's ambassador wants an Apartheid Palestine. No Jews or Christians, a state based on Islamic Sharia law. By Joel Leyden Israel News Agency New York --- September 23, 2011 .... Dozens of Palestinians, awaiting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' speech to the UN, have attacked an Israel security checkpoint between Jerusalem and Rahmallah. The IDF has responded with the use of non lethal tear gas to disperse the demonstrators at Kalandiya. The IDF and ISA have intercepted several suicide bombers at this security checkpoint in...
  • Rabbis Asked to Intervene in IDF’s No-Fire Orders

    09/23/2011 7:43:29 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/9/11 | Maayana Miskin
    Frustrated by the restrictive no-fire orders handed down by IDF attorneys, local rabbis and leaders are asking the Chief Rabbis of Israel to take the rare step of issuing a direct contradiction. While the Rabbinate avoids involvement in military affairs, the rabbis said that in this case, the orders are a case of “pikuach nefesh,” life and death. A letter from Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpe, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, and Professor Hillel Weiss reads: To the Honorable Chief Rabbis of Israel, Rabbi Shlomo Amar, And Rabbi Yona Metzger As the new year begins, we wish you a good and sweet year,...
  • IDF’s ‘Skunk’ to Go Aerial to Prevent Violence

    09/20/2011 2:13:58 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/9/11 | Maayana Miskin
    As part of its preparations for possible mass riots among Judea and Samaria Arabs, the IDF is taking one of its more effective riot control methods and helping it go airborne. The “Skunk” crowd control substance can now be sprayed on violent mobs from above. By bringing the Skunk to the skies, the IDF is hoping that mobs that attempt to storm Jewish communities or IDF checkpoints can be turned back before coming within weapons range of their target, thus averting violence. The Air Force has already conducted a successful practice run, which it termed “Flying Skunk.” The Skunk went...
  • Reservists Called Up, Instructions Unclear [Israel IDF]

    09/18/2011 2:36:26 PM PDT · by Just4Him · 136 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/18/2011 | Gil Ronen
    The IDF has called up a relatively large number of reservists over the week's end, for an open-ended period of duty, in anticipation of possible large scale violence after the expected rejection of a Palestinian Authority bid for United Nations recognition as a state. Arutz Sheva has learned that the reservists have been instructed to maintain "restraint and alertness" but have not been given specific instructions regarding scenarios that could unfold. For example, reservists reported asking what to do if an Arab woman carrying a baby tries to break into a community. "Do we open fire?" They were told: "Open...
  • Israel says offshore gas secure after Turk challenge

    09/12/2011 6:53:24 PM PDT · by Flavius · 7 replies
    daily star ^ | 9/11/11 | Dan Williams
    HERZLIYA, Israel: Israel will develop and defend gas platforms recently discovered in its waters, Energy Minister Uzi Landau said on Sunday after Turkey vowed to boost naval patrols in the eastern Mediterranean in a deepening diplomatic feud.
  • Migron Thanks Soldier who Refused Orders

    09/06/2011 3:31:18 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/9/11
    Several residents from Migron have signed a petition thanking a soldier who refused orders to demolish homes in the town. They called on other soldiers to do the same. The petition accused the government of turning the IDF “from the Israel defense army to a political army, thus dealing a blow to human rights and our rights as citizens.”
  • Arab MK Aghast: IDF Trains Yesha Settlers for September

    09/01/2011 1:44:50 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/9/11 | Gil Ronen
    The IDF has begun training Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria in advance of an expected Arab onslaught in September, ultra-leftist paper Haaretz reported Tuesday. Arabs are expected to try and march en masse on Jewish communities, hoping to overwhelm the Jews and provoke them into shooting at the Arabs. Video of Jewish settlers shooting into an Arab crowd can then be used for propaganda purposes to portray Israel in a demonic light, in the classic cat-and-mouse-and-videocam manipulative tactic used by Arabs against Israel to great effect for many years. The mass marches are to be part of a Palestinian...
  • Report: Israel sends 2 warships to Egyptian border

    08/30/2011 8:37:54 AM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 12 replies
    via DRUDGE ^ | 8/30/2011 | ynetnews
    Military sources tell AP Israeli Navy dispatched two additional warships to maritime border with Egypt following intelligence indicating viable terror threat.
  • IDF Responds to Terror Warning as Tension Continues

    08/29/2011 9:02:41 PM PDT · by Tzfat · 2 replies
    The Mideast Update ^ | August 29, 2011 | Staff
    Less than two weeks after a multi-pronged terror attack on August 18 that killed multiple Israelis, the IDF is bolstering the defense on the Israel-Egypt border and near the southern Gaza Strip due to intelligence regarding another terror attack. According to a report on the IDF website, there is a “concrete warning” regarding a planned attack in the region from Palestinian terror group Islamic Jihad. As a result, early Monday morning the head of the IDF, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, ordered the reinforcement of IDF forces in the area.
  • IDF arming and training Israeli settlers as 'mass disorder' expected in September

    08/29/2011 7:50:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 8/29/11 | Chaim Levinson
    The IDF has conducted detailed work to determine a “red line” for each settlement in the West Bank, which will determine when soldiers will be ordered to shoot at the feet of Palestinian protesters if the line is crossed. It is also arming settlers with tear gas and stun grenades as part of the defense operation. The IDF is currently in the process of finalizing its preparations for Operation Summer Seeds, whose purpose is to ready the army for September and the possibility of confrontations with Palestinians following the expected vote in favor of Palestinian statehood at the UN General...
  • Losing Malmo

    08/27/2011 7:49:28 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Do you remember the jihadist terror campaign that ravaged Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city? Do you recall the bombings, the suicide-hijackings, and the random assassinations that finally coerced the city to surrender to Islamization? No? Funny, I don’t remember them either. Yet there is no question that Malmo has surrendered. Large enclaves of the city, like similar enclaves throughout Western Europe, have earned the dread label “no-go zone.” They are unsafe for non-Muslims, particularly women who do not conform to Islamist conventions of dress and social interaction. They are especially perilous for police, firefighters, and emergency-medical technicians. Why would a...
  • Islamic Jihad Enraged Over Death of Commander, Vows Revenge

    08/24/2011 1:38:39 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/8/11 | Chana Yaar
    The Islamic Jihad terrorist group is enraged over the death of a local commander in its Gaza division following an air strike overnight by the Israel Air Force. An IDF spokesperson confirmed that 34-year-old Ismail al-Asmar was killed in a targeted air strike on a car in which he was traveling late Tuesday night. Two other terrorists in the car were wounded, according to local medical sources. They were traveling near Rafiah, the city that straddles the Gaza border with Egypt. Senior Islamic Jihad member Ahmad al-Mudallal told reporters in response to Al-Asmar's assassination, “This crime was meant to underline...
  • What has happened to Israel?

    08/23/2011 7:42:19 AM PDT · by dervish · 59 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/22/11 | George Rooks
    Something has gone horribly wrong here in Israel. How did we ever get to a point in this country where the South, including Beersheba, Sderot, Ashkelon, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi, Be’er Tuvia, Ofakim, Azrikam, Gan Yavne, Gedera and Ashdod were hit by more than 100 Grad rockets this past weekend? How did we ever get to a point in this country where we put the safety of our citizens at the mercy of international approval – with an Israeli defense official proclaiming on Monday morning that “lack of international support” was a reason that “Israel could not open a larger...
  • Ramat Migron Outpost Demolished

    08/20/2011 5:39:34 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/8/11
    Security forces are now demolishing the Ramat Migron outpost in Benjamin.
  • Gaza Rocket Reaches North of Major Israeli City; IDF Responds

    08/17/2011 5:13:50 AM PDT · by Tzfat · 7 replies
    The Mideast Update ^ | August 16, 2011 | Joshua Spurlock
    The Gaza rocket attacks took an unexpected escalation Monday night as a grad rocket was fired north of the Israeli city of Beersheba, roughly 40 kilometers from the Gaza Strip, according to the IDF Twitter page. Beersheba is one of the largest cities in Israel’s south and one of the farthest locations reached thus far by Gaza rocket fire. The IDF Twitter feed did not report any injuries or damage. It was the first time since April that a Gaza rocket had reached the vicinity of the city...
  • Army Makes Arrests in Jewish Hevron

    08/09/2011 2:42:16 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/8/11
    The army and police arrested several Jewish worshipers on Tuesday evening after they broke through a barrier in order to pray at the tomb of Biblical leader Otniel Ben Kenaz. Worshipers said they broke through in protest when it became clear that the army did not intend to respect their right to pray at the site. The IDF usually allows prayers at the tomb on Tisha B'Av. However, this year Jews were barred from the grave due to the Ramadan holiday.
  • IDF Nabs Hamas and Islamic Jihad Leaders

    08/07/2011 1:13:00 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/8/11 | Chana Yaar
    Israeli forces have been busy rounding up terrorist leaders from the Hamas and Islamic Jihad organizations in Judea and Samaria over the last several days. The arrest of a major Hamas figure on Saturday followed another, when a top Hamas political leader was taken into custody two days earlier. Hamas spokesman Khaled Al-Haj, 45, was arrested Saturday as he approached a checkpoint at the entrance of Araba, about 13 kilometers southwest of the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Jenin. Al-Haj, a prominent Hamas political leader in Jenin, was first imprisoned during the first and second intifadas for nearly 11 years, according...
  • 'Clashes between IDF, LAF soldiers on Lebanon border'

    07/31/2011 11:32:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 1+ views ^ | 7/31/11 | REUTERS AND YAAKOV KATZ
    IDF sources say army forces were patrolling border when Lebanese soldier opened fire on them and they returned fire; No Israeli soldiers wounded; Lebanese media says 1 LAF soldier hurt. Israeli troops opened fire across the border with Lebanon on Monday at a Lebanese soldier who shot at them, Israeli military sources said. The sources said army forces were working along the border when the Lebanese soldier opened fire on them. No Israeli soldiers were wounded in the incident. Lebanese media reported one LAF soldier was injured from gunfire.
  • Security & Defense: Sailing on stormy seas

    07/29/2011 9:12:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/29/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Security & Defense: Sailing on stormy seas By YAAKOV KATZ 29/07/2011 A battle is raging within the IDF over the force’s raison d’être and the role it is supposed to play both in times of war and in times of peace. By far the smallest branch in the IDF, the Israel Navy has made an impressive leap in its capabilities in recent years, turning into a major player in the country’s military operations. But at the same time, its future hangs in the balance as the IDF General Staff deliberates whether to approve an ambitious plan to purchase two new...
  • Court Rules Anti-IDF Filmmaker Lied, But Won’t Pay Damages

    07/27/2011 2:30:55 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/7/11 | David ben Yakov
    Judges of the High Court of Justice have ruled that Arab film director Mohammed Bakri will not have to compensate the IDF fighters for the defamatory and false content of his film 'Jenin Jenin’. The film portrays IDF fighters as vicious war criminals, presenting falsified testimony claiming that IDF soldiers cracked the skulls of women, children and elderly people during the bloody house to house battle in Jenin during Operation Defensive Shield in April 2002 Thirteen IDF soldiers were killed in that battle, because the IDF refrained from air strikes to flush out terrorists so as to avoid hurting civilians,...
  • IDF to replace outdated howitzers after decades of service

    07/17/2011 8:58:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/17/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    IDF to replace outdated howitzers after decades of service By YAAKOV KATZ 17/07/2011 American M109 howitzers have undergone a series of upgrades since they debuted in the Yom Kippur War. The IDF is looking to replace its aging M109 155 mm. self-propelled howitzers, after decades of service and participation in a number of wars. Israel received the American M109 howitzers in the 1970s and they debuted in the Yom Kippur War. They have since undergone a series of upgrades and today are fitted with air purification systems so crews can continue operating in the event of a chemical or biological...