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  • 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 Göteborg 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 Joseph’s 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, Joseph’s 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, IAI’s 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 Netanyahu’s selection of Dore Gold to run Israel’s 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 Israel’s diplomacy –“Netanyahu Appoints Hawkish Ally to Run foreign policy” – buttressed by Rudoren’s 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? Here’s how. In Need Of A Game Changing Fighter Israel’s 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 Israel’s 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 Netanyahu’s older brother “Yoni” was killed commanding 1976’s Operation Entebbe, in which an attempt was made to rescue hijacked hostages. Netanyahu’s 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… That’s 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 Israel’s 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...
  • “Israel’s 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 Israel’s 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 it—attempting 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 Nadaf’s 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 [Netanyahu’s] 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 Spokesperson’s 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. “It’s very clear. Because whenever we make advances in some place, they attack in order to undermine the army. It’s very clear,” Assad told the American Foreign Affairs magazine in excerpts of an interview that will be published in full on Monday. “That’s why some in Syria joke, how can you say that Al-Qaeda doesn’t have an air force? They have the Israeli air force,” he added.
  • Bibi Accepts Boehner Invitation, But He Won’t 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.”
  • Massive IDF movement reported in Israel’s north

    01/22/2015 5:57:36 AM PST · by McGruff · 31 replies
    YNet news ^ | 01.22.15 | Yoav Zitun
    Massive IDF movement was report Thursday in Israel’s northern communities in wake of recent tensions in the area.
  • IDF to Pull Forces from Some Gaza Belt Communities

    12/29/2014 5:09:57 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/12/14 | Kobi Finkler & Elad Benari
    The IDF will on Thursday pull out its security forces from Israeli communities that are not located near the security fence with Gaza, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced on Monday evening. The move was made after evaluating the security situation, with the understanding that the IDF provides optimal security to the communities in the Gaza Belt, in coordination with the heads of the communities, the statement said. “IDF forces are deployed in the area and are prepared for any scenario,” stressed the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. Responding to the decision, the heads of the local communities in the Gaza Belt called...
  • Israel buying 4 new warships from Germany, PM confirms

    12/26/2014 4:03:13 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 44 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | December 25, 2014 | Ilan Ben Zion
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday confirmed that Israel had acquired four new Sa’ar-class warships from Germany, reportedly to help protect off-shore gas extraction facilities. ... A spokesperson from the Prime Minister’s Office said that for the time being the deal remained an understanding, and that Germany would be footing a “nice” part of the cost. He refused to detail the cost of the ships.
  • Israel may trim second order of F-35 fighters - newspaper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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