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Remembering Israel’s Fallen Throughout The Years

These photos offer a glimpse into Remembrance Day in Israel since the 1950s.

04/22/2015
Contributing Editor

Yom Hazikaron, or Israel's Remembrance Day, collectively commemorates all the men and women who lost their lives defending Israel.

Women soldiers marching in a Yom HaZikaron parade in 1968. JTA

In Israel: Taking Inclusion To A Larger Level

On a recent visit to a Pikud HaOref, Home Front Command base in Ramle, 14 miles southeast of Tel Aviv, a soldier tells me a very animated story about his role in Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s military operation in Gaza: “My job was to copy the papers for our soldiers to drop from planes over Gaza this summer!” The soldier, in uniform with his bright orange beret on his shoulder, happens to have Down Syndrome. 

He is very excited about his job in the base print shop. Another soldier with a visible disability proudly recounts the visit to the base the previous day by IDF Chief of Staff, Benny Ganz.  “We saluted him and gave him a present — olive oil that we made on the base!” 

Twenty five other soldiers with disabilities perform similarly important jobs each day on the base. If Tiran Attia and other visionaries have their way, Tzahal, or the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), may become a “game changer” in Israel for inclusion and for shaping attitudes about people with disabilities.

IDF Soldiers. Courtesy of Howard Blas

In Indirect Message, Hezbollah Asks Israel To Avoid Escalation

01/29/2015

Tel Aviv — Hezbollah has sent a message to Israel requesting that the sides avoid an escalation of tensions on the Israel-Lebanon border.

2 Soldiers Dead, 7 Wounded As Hezbollah Hits Israeli Tank

01/28/2015

Tel Aviv — Two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven were wounded when a Hezbollah anti-tank missile struck an Israeli patrol on the Israel-Lebanon border.

A Bite Of Tradition For Israeli Soldiers

12/16/2014
Staff Writer

Chanukah, which began at sundown on Dec. 16, is considered a minor holiday in Judaism, but Israelis have adopted several traditions to make sure it is observed.

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‘Struggling’ With IDF Proportionality Issue

Israeli expert on military ethics praises army’s actions in Gaza while condemning settlements.

12/02/2014
Jewish Week Correspondent

Claiming that Israel “indiscriminately, callously, carelessly or indifferently” killed civilians in Gaza last summer is “nonsense,” an author of Israel’s military code of ethics told an audience late last month at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Moshe Halbertal, left, and JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen at recent event.  Courtesy of JTS

Is There A Place For God In The Israeli Army?

10/29/2014

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.

New Calendar Features Women Of The IDF

Creators say sexy photos of female soldiers show another side of Israel; critics cry foul.

10/24/2014
Staff Writer

A pair of entrepreneurs say they’re helping Israel shed its negative image with their calendar of sultry, scantily clad female Israeli soldiers.

Miss February, aka Jenny, of MTKL's 2015 calendar. Courtesy MTKL

2 Israeli Soldiers Hurt In Attack Launched From Egypt

10/22/2014

Jerusalem — Two Israeli soldiers were injured when troops came under fire on the border with Egypt.

Dershowitz: Carter, Tutu Have Gaza ‘Blood On Their Hands’

In Jewish Week interview, ex-Harvard Law professor charges that former president, South African archbishop ‘encourage’ Hamas’ ‘dead-baby’ strategy.

10/01/2014
Contributing Editor

In his new book, “Terror Tunnels: The Case for Israel’s Just War Against Hamas,” former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz defends Israel’s decision to launch Operation Protective Edge this summer to destroy tunnels Hamas planned to use to kidnap Israelis. The just-released e-book (RosettaBooks with Gatestone Institute), which will come out in hard cover in November, argues that the larger death toll on the Palestinian side in the war was the result of a deliberate strategy on the part of Hamas. It opens with a dedication “to all the innocent victims of Hamas’s dead baby strategy — Palestinians and Israelis alike” as well as to the IDF soldiers who died in the war. With chapter titles like, “Hamas’s Threat to Israel’s Airport Threatens a Two-State Solution” and “ISIS is to America as Hamas is to Israel,” the book combines chapters penned as the conflict raged, along with older writings. Prior to Rosh HaShanah, Professor Dershowitz spoke with The Jewish Week about what he terms Hamas’ “dead baby strategy,” his views on Jimmy Carter and J Street, and Israel’s methods in fighting Operation Protective Edge.

Former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz's new book makes the case for Israel's Operation Protective Edge.
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