IDF

Israel Strikes Gaza Targets As Concern Over Sinai Grows

08/18/2011
Staff Writer

Israeli warplanes attacked suspected terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip today, just hours after terrorists infiltrated into southern Israel to carry out a series of coordinated attacks that killed seven Israelis and wounded dozens of others.

As many as six Palestinians – including the chief of the Popular Resistance Committees – were reportedly killed in the Israeli attack on the Gaza city of Rafa. IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Ganz that Israel targeted that area because it is “where we believe the planners of the attack are based.”

Record 104 North American Recruits Join IDF

08/15/2011

Israel's army is getting a planeload of reinforcements from North America.

A group of 104 young men and women who will be joining the Israel Defense Forces in the coming months were aboard a 747 El Al charter flight to Israel that departed Monday from New York, a record for a single flight. The plane, sponsored by Nefesh B'Nefesh,  the Jewish Agency and Friends of the IDF, is carrying a total of 360 North Americans who are moving to Israel.

New recruits.

Israeli Soldiers On Birthright Speak Out

Mifgashim discuss their perspective on American counterparts and the success of program.

1,600 Israelis Visit Joseph’s Tomb, Accompanied by Soldiers

05/30/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Some 1,600 Jewish worshipers escorted by Israeli soldiers visited Joseph's Tomb for late night prayers, but the event was overshadowed by others who refused to leave the West Bank holy site.

The worshippers entered the site in the West Bank city of Nablus early Monday morning in coordination with the army. The visit came five weeks after a Jewish man who entered the tomb without permission was shot dead by a Palestinian policeman.

Looking To Bibi, As The World Closes In

05/17/2011
Editor And Publisher

 Can you feel the world closing in on Israel?

Other issues on the Jewish agenda pale before a series of looming showdowns for Jerusalem, from major addresses by President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu on the Mideast, to another flotilla setting sail soon for Gaza, to the Palestinian drive for statehood at the United Nations this fall.

Gary Rosenblatt

Israelis Observe National Memorial Day

05/08/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- With a minute-long siren and moment of silence in memory of its war dead, Israel began its observance of Memorial Day, or Yom Hazikaron.

The annual observance of Remembrance Day for Israel's Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism is in memory of the nearly 23,000 men and women who have fallen in battle for the State of Israel and the some 2,500 other Israelis who have been victims of terrorist attacks.

IDF Closes West Bank for Passover

04/18/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Israel Defense Forces have imposed a general closure on Palestinians in the West Bank during Passover.

The closure went into effect Sunday night at one minute to midnight and will remain in place until late on April 26, following the close of the holiday, according to the Israeli military.

Two Palestinians Teens Arrested in Fogel Family Murder

04/17/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Two teenage Palestinians from a West Bank village have been arrested for the murders of five members of the Fogel family of Itamar.

The Israeli military announced Sunday that Israeli security services - including the Israel Defense Forces, the Shin Bet security service and police - had arrested two teens from the nearby village of Awarta in connection with the brutal Sabbath eve murder in March.

Making Hay On Goldstone Seen Tricky For Israel

Debate over campaign in wake of Gaza war retraction.

04/05/2011
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Richard Goldstone’s admission that Palestinian “civilians were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy” by the Israel Defense Forces during its war with Hamas in the winter of 2008-2009, has generated an agonizing dilemma for the Netanyahu government: What to do with his mea culpa?

South African jurist Richard Goldstone: Mea culpa. Getty Images

Tim Boxer: An IDF Mother’s Story

03/25/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

This is a mother’s story. Her name is Miriam Peretz. She was born in Morocco. In 1964, in the dark of night, she was spirited out of the country and brought to Israel by the Jewish Agency.

She met Eliezer Peretz and settled into a new happier life. Through the years they were blessed with four sons and two daughters. Their sons became officers in the Israel Defense Forces. Their daughters married combat soldiers.

Defense Minister Ehud Barack and wife Nili Priel-Barak with Eugen Gluck at IDF dinner. Photo by Tim Boxer
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