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Settlers Battle Security Forces During Outpost Razing

Police, IDF forces evacuated HaSruga near Yitzhar early Thursday morning

11/01/2012

Israeli settlers rioted and battled security forces during the razing of a West Bank outpost.

The settlers threw stones and rolled burning tires at police and Israel Defense Forces soldiers during the early Thursday morning evacuation of the HaSruga outpost located near the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar, south of Nablus.

Some settlers reportedly also entered Palestinian villages in the area.

Israeli Officer Seriously Wounded In Gaza Border Blast

10/23/2012

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) – An Israel Defense Forces company commander was seriously wounded on Tuesday when an explosive device detonated along the border fence in central Gaza, near the Kissufim crossing, the IDF said.

According to the report, the officer opened a gate as part of a routine checkup to ensure there were no explosives or terrorists along the border, and precisely then the device was detonated. There were no exchanges of fire following the blast.

Israel Hits Terror Groups In Gaza

10/14/2012

Israeli air strikes targeted and killed a leader of an al-Qaida-linked terror group in Gaza and also struck a terror cell preparing to launch rockets at during a weekend of attacks on both sides.

Two rockets fired from Gaza struck southern Israel early Sunday morning. The rocket strikes were fired after an Israeli air strike hit two Palestinian men in Gaza as they were preparing to launch a rocket attack on Israel, according to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces.

Rocket Barrage Follows IDF Strike In Gaza

10/10/2012

(JNS.org) — Gaza terrorists fired a Qassam rocket toward Israel on Tuesday after having fired more than 55 rockets and mortar shells into Israel the previous day. The rocket exploded inside Palestinian territory near the border fence, causing no injuries or damage, Israel Hayom reported.

In Harm’s Way

08/28/2012
Editorial

Ever since the tragic death more than nine years ago of Rachel Corrie, the 23-year-old American woman who had come to Gaza to support the Palestinian cause, harsh critics of Israel have insisted that the driver of the Israel Defense Forces bulldozer that crushed her acted deliberately. This week’s ruling in Haifa that the death was accidental will do nothing to change that point of view, though the facts suggest otherwise.

On Haredi Service, Half A Great Idea

07/17/2012
Editor And Publisher

A yeshiva rebbe in Bnei Brak, the largest haredi city in Israel, has come up with a great plan for making army duty more equitable in the Jewish state.

Well, make that half a great plan and half a potential disaster.

Rabbi Simcha Avraham Halevi says that for the sake of fairness, with the government pushing to end army exemptions for haredi young men who are full-time yeshiva students, all secular young Israelis should be required to study Torah.

Gary Rosenblatt

Civic Service In Israeli Life

07/17/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

National service is in the news, given the finding by Israel’s Supreme Court that the Tal Law, which grants army exemption to ultra-Orthodox young men of draft age, is not constitutional.

As a new draft law is being hammered out, Israel is grappling with the fact that 400 Torah scholars who benefited from Ben-Gurion’s exemption in 1949 have become 58,000 today.

Nessa Rapoport

That's Why They Call It The Bubble

I just got back from Israel. I went as a kind of pre-state pilgrim, but the circumstances and the trappings of the trip were hardly old-fashioned, or pious. My ever-generous in-laws wanted to show off their grandchildren at a wedding thrown by olim relatives, so the grandchildren’s parents got to come along.

Bubbles are so beautiful

West Point Cadets Train With The IDF

07/03/2012

A delegation of five cadets and an officer from the United States Military Academy at West Point visited Israel for a weeklong training seminar at the Israel Defense Forces’ Tactical Command College, located five miles north of Tel Aviv.

The U.S. delegation, which departed from Israel June 30, toured the country with trainees from the IDF College and their commanders, and learned about the Israeli soldiers’ expertise in counter-terrorism.

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