Benny Gantz

Is There A Place For God In The Israeli Army?

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Israel Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon and Chief of Staff Benny Gantz recently expressed cautious reservations about the religion-infused letter that the commander of the Givati Brigade, Col. Ofer Winter, wrote to the officers under his command at the outset of Operation Protective Edge this past summer. The commander’s letter defined the mission of his troops in religious terms: to defeat a “blasphemous” enemy who defames God’s name.

IDF, Fellow Reservists Rip Refusal Letter By Intelligence Corps Members

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Jerusalem — The Israel Defense Forces said it will take disciplinary action against dozens of Israeli intelligence corps reservists who signed a letter vowing to stop collecting information on Palestinians.

Netanyahu: 'All Signs Point To Iran'



The Burgas, Bulgaria attack, which Israel’s government is blaming on Iran, comes on the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires that left 85 people dead. Israel, Argentina and many other governments blame Iranian agents for that incident; Tehran denies the allegations.

Shin Bet Recommends Razing Homes Of Fogel Killers


Israel's Shin Bet security service has recommended that the family homes of the two Palestinian cousins who killed five members of the Fogel family be razed.

Government legal advisors must agree to the recommendation to destroy the homes of Hakim and Ajmad Awad of the West Bank town of Awarta, according to Army Radio, because of a 2005 Defense Ministry decision that ended the policy of home demolitions in order to punish Palestinian terrorists. The decision said demolitions were not preventing future attacks.

IDF Chief: Iran Has Not Yet Decided To Build A Nuclear Bomb


IraIran has not yet decided whether to manufacture a nuclear bomb, the head of Israel's military said.

The Islamic Republic "is going step by step to the place where it will be able to decide whether to manufacture a nuclear bomb," Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz told Haaretz in an Independence Day interview. "It hasn't yet decided whether to go the extra mile."

Gantz said this year is critical in Iran's nuclear development but "not necessarily 'go, no-go,' " for an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear sites.

IDF Demotes Commander In Rifle-Butt Incident During Protests


Israeli soldier Lt.-Col. Shalom Eisner has been dismissed from his post following an investigation into an incident in which he hit a Danish pro-Palestinian activist in the face with his rifle.

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz dismissed Eisner from his position as Deputy Division Commander on "moral grounds," according to the IDF spokesman.

Israel: Time Of Iran Reckoning Is Closer


Israeli officials said the time was near to consider a military strike on Iran.

"Today, unlike the past, the world has no doubt that Iran’s nuclear program is steadily nearing readiness and is about to enter an ‘immunity zone," Ehud Barak, the defense minister, said Thursday at the Herzliya Conference at the Interdisciplinary Center's conference, in remarks reported by Bloomberg News.

The 'immunity zone' refers to the point beyond which military experts believe it will be impossible to slow Iran's nuclear program with a strike.

Iran Blames Israel For Another Nuclear Scientist's Death


Iranian officials are blaming Israel for an attack in Tehran that killed a nuclear scientist.

Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, 32, was killed Wednesday when a bomb placed on his car by a motorcyclist exploded. Roshan reportedly was a supervisor at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, in addition to being a professor at Tehran's technical university.

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