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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...