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MPs get free lessons in krav maga after Jo Cox killing

By JC Reporter, August 14, 2016

Krav maga, the self-defence technique used by the Israeli army, is being taught to MPs in the wake of the killing of Jo Cox.

Two MPs and 18 aides attended the first training session in Westminster last week.

The free lessons are being offered following the fatal attack on Ms Cox, who was stabbed and shot outside her constituency office.

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Rape trial for IDF man

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 28, 2016

One of the IDF's most prominent combat commanders has been charged with rape and sexual assault.

Brigadier-General Ofek Buchris will face trial after being accused by two female soldiers, one a mid-rank officer, who served under him in the past.

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Family's agony over plight of missing soldier

By Sandy Rashty, July 28, 2016

On a main road adjacent to Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem, protestors have gathered.

Around 20 people are standing near the Israeli Prime Minister's residence, calling for the government to retrieve the body of Sergeant Oron Shaul, of the Golani infantry brigade, who went missing in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge two years ago last month.

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Hebron soldier 'betrayed'

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 28, 2016

Sergeant Elor Azaria, the soldier charged with manslaughter after shooting dead a wounded Palestinian attacker in Hebron, gave evidence this week at a military court in Jaffa.

During his three days of testimony, Sgt Azaria accused his commanding officers of abandoning him following the incident earlier this year.

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Why many Israelis agree with this IDF refusenik

By Nathan Jeffay, July 21, 2016

To many Israelis, Tair Kaminer has done the unthinkable. But her parents are kvelling.

The Israeli military has just agreed to release the 19-year-old from prison later this month, when she will have served more than half a year for refusing her draft order and become the longest-serving military objector.

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Rape comment controversy returns to haunt IDF chief rabbi nominee

By Daniel Sugarman, July 13, 2016

Rabbi Colonel Eyal Karim, who has been nominated as the new Chief Rabbi of the Israeli Defence Forces, is under scrutiny for comments he made about rape during wartime.

In 2012, revelations emerged regarding comments Rabbi Karim had made almost a decade previously, prior to joining the IDF.

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IDF retaliates after rocket attack strikes Israeli kindergarten

By Josh Jackman, July 3, 2016

The IDF has responded to a rocket attack on a kindergarten in Sderot by hitting four military sites in Gaza.

Israeli pilots targeted “components of Hamas’s operational infrastructure,” IDF spokesman Peter Lerner reported.

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Super-jet delivery imminent

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2016

The first F-35 fighter-jet made for the Israeli Air Force was rolled out in Fort Worth in Texas on Wednesday at a ceremony attended by Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

The stealth jet is the first of 33 ordered by Israel, which intends to eventually purchase 75 planes.

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Israel grappling with tribal threats at home and abroad

By Orlando Radice, June 16, 2016

As they say in the Israeli intelligence community, in order to see into the future, one has to first penetrate the fog of the present. And the consensus right now is that the fog is very thick in the Middle East.

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Breaking the Silence in the dock

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2016

The Israeli government is demanding that Breaking the Silence - the organisation that records testimonies from IDF soldiers on alleged human-rights offences - reveals the names of soldiers who spoke to the organisation's researchers.

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