Most Jews, both in Israel and overseas love the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). We donate to its support services, we say special prayers regularly for the well-being of the soldiers, we feel grief when soldiers are injured and, tragically, killed, and we rejoice when they return safely from their missions.
Social media changes the zeitgeist in ways we couldn't have imagined. As we saw with the recent presidential election, opinions and attacks now travel at the speed of light. And so it should be no surprise that the ongoing Middle East conflict in Gaza between the Palestinians and Israelis has escalated into a Cyber war.
Israeli President Shimon Peres offered a warning to Israel's enemies on the occasion of Israeli Independence Day.
"To those who are now threatening Israel I say, don't repeat the mistakes of your predecessors," Peres said Thursday in a speech at an annual ceremony bestowing honors on 120 soldiers for Yom Ha'atzmaut. "You threaten out of a hunger for conquest. We defend out of an aspiration for peace. The wars, which Israel did not initiate, brought it unexpected gains, causing the aggressors unexpected losses."
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- High-level military officials made mistakes in their handling of the Israeli interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla, but there were "no failures," an Israeli military investigation found.
The official Defense Ministry internal investigation report by a committee headed by Maj.-Gen. (Res.) Giora Eiland, the former head of Israel's National Security Council, was handed over Monday to the army's chief of staff and several high-ranking officers.