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Is This The World's Dumbest Question?

Jose Diaz-Balart this morning on his daily MSNBC show came up with one of the dumbest questions ever asked on cable television. 

Interviewing one of his network's reporters in Gaza about the breakdown of the Israel-Hamas ceasefire, the capture of an IDF soldier and the ongoing artillery and rocket exchanges playing out in the background, Diaz-Balart wanted to know, "How do you describe the ambiance there?"

Showing Some Skin For The Troops

07/31/2014
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Some support Israel’s troops with prayer; others support them by raising money. But some are supporting the troops by showing a little skin.

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Lone Soldiers Are Far From Alone

Diaspora army volunteers have a home away from home at Lone Soldier Center.

07/30/2014
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In the end, Israel’s lone soldiers who fell in battle in recent days were not alone. Far from it.

The funerals for Max Steinberg, 23, of Los Angeles, Nissim Sean Carmelli, 21, of South Padre Island, Texas, and Jordan Bensemhoun, 22, of Lyon, France, were attended by huge throngs of Israelis — more than 30,000 for Steinberg and 20,000 for Carmelli. In the midst of rocket attacks from Gaza, ordinary citizens came out to the cemeteries to show solidarity with and appreciation for the 6,000 young diaspora Jews who are voluntarily serving in the Israel Defense Forces without parents in Israel.

Gary Rosenblatt

Former Face Of IDF: ‘What Is Israel’s Goal?

Avital Leibovich can hear rockets in her house, and gives her kids a briefing every morning.

07/15/2014
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Avital Leibovich became director of the American Jewish Committee’s Jerusalem office after leaving the Israel Defense Forces in April following a nearly 23-year career. Leibovich served in a wide range of senior media and public relations positions within the IDF, including as the face of the IDF for the international community during two prior wars with Hamas in 2008 and 2012. She spoke to The Jewish Week Tuesday morning about the latest Gaza conflict.

Avital Leibovich: “The age of traditional war is mostly gone.”

Israel Launches Operation To Stop Gaza-Based Rocket Fire

07/08/2014
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JERUSALEM — The Israeli government launched an operation aimed at ending rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

Israel Launches Strikes After Rocket Fire

Hamas claims 7 killed, 25 wounded in assaults on Israel-identified terrorist targets.

07/08/2014
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Israel launched an air and sea assault on terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip shortly before dawn today in a bid to quell persistent rocket fire on southern Israel from Hamas and other terrorist groups. Eighty rockets were fired on Monday alone.

The Iron Dome air-defense system fires to intercept a rocket over the city of Ashdod on July 8. Getty Images

U.S., U.N. Call for ‘Transparent’ Probe Of Fatal Nakba Day Shooting

05/21/2014
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The U.S. State Department and the United Nations Security Council called on the Israeli government to launch an investigation into the killing of two Palestinian teens by Israeli soldiers.

'Great In Uniform'

The man who created the IDF's amazing inclusion program writes about how it came to be.

IDF Life

What's It Like In The IDF?

Our video blogger chats with former paratrooper Eitan Knaiz during his visit to White Plains.

Hey, Jewish Orgs: #ResistFads

The Jewish community needs to consider the possibility that social media is a bad investment.

05/06/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
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Last week, in the run-up to Yom HaShoah the Israel Defense Forces' Interactive Media Branch called on their followers to "contribute to Holocaust remembrance" by posting "a photo of yourself together with a Holocaust survivor on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #WeAreHere."

Russel Neiss
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