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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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The future of warfare? Israel to launch a robot that can shoot

By Josh Jackman, May 16, 2016

An Israeli father-and-son team has created a robot that they claim is better at shooting than humans after a family member was injured in combat.

Produced with the help of the Israeli Ministry of Defence and counter-terrorism unit, “Dogo” can tackle any type of terrain - including stairs - and provides 360-degree vision to soldiers before they enter combat situations.

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IDF hawk calls for shift in attitude to Arabs

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 12, 2016

Major General Yair Golan's military CV does not mark him out as an obvious target for Israel's right wing. The thin and austere paratrooper, currently serving as the IDF's deputy chief of staff, was twice reprimanded when he was a senior commander in the West Bank.

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Opinion split as IDF medic set to face trial

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 21, 2016

An IDF sergeant has been charged with manslaughter by a military court following the shooting of a wounded Palestinian attacker in Hebron last month.

The case of Sergeant Elor Azaria has split Israeli society and political opinion. According to polls, a large section of the public believes he should not go on trial.

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IDF discovers Hamas tunnel under Gaza border into Israel

By Josh Jackman, April 18, 2016

The Israeli army has uncovered and destroyed a Hamas tunnel which stretched from Gaza into southern Israel.

The 20km-long underground passageway reached 30 or 40 yards into Israel before its demolition this morning.

The IDF would not reveal its exact location, though it is understood to be near Kibbutz Holit, about 8km from both the southern border of Gaza and Egypt.

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