Israel-Daesh clash is tip of iceberg

By John R Bradley, December 1, 2016

This week's unprecedented clash between the IDF and Daesh, which left four jihadis dead after they fired rockets from the Golan at an army patrol, signals a dramatic escalation between Israel and the terror outfit.


IDF orphans' mass bar- and batmitzvah

By Nathan Jeffay, October 13, 2016

Dozens of Israeli military orphans were due to celebrate their barmitzvahs and batmitzvahs at a single event on Mount Herzl yesterday.

The IDF Widows and Orphans Organisation was due to hold ceremonies for 45 youngsters, followed by a festive meal attended by President Reuven Rivlin and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot.


Israel braces for worst in national exercise

By Daniel Sugarman, September 18, 2016

Preparations for a week-long nationwide drill in Israel, starting today, have come amidst grim warnings of potential casualties in the event of another conflict.

The IDF’s Home Front Command has released information on its worst case scenario, where Israel would be attacked simultaneously by Hamas, Hizbollah, Syria and even Iran.


'Man who most damaged Israel' gives first interview

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 8, 2016

Amos Levinberg, a former Israeli intelligence officer who was a prisoner of war in Syria nearly 43 years ago and has been described as "the man who caused the greatest damage to Israel", gave his first interview last week.

In an emotional interview on Channel Two, Mr Levinberg admitted that he had disclosed many secrets under interrogation, but blamed his superiors for having stationed him on t


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.