IDF

An odious, sick comparison

By Simon Johnson, September 11, 2014

Security commentators estimate that some 600 British citizens have travelled to the Middle East, via training camps in Turkey, to fight for Islamic State (IS).

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Huge rocket attack from Hamas as truce talks continue

By Sandy Rashty, August 26, 2014

Israelis rushed into bomb shelters this morning as dozens of rockets were fired into Tel Aviv, Ashdod and Ashkelon.

More than 25 rockets were fired into Moatza Ezorit Eshkol, in the south.

The wave of attacks came as Israeli forces bombed two evacuated building in Gaza City today.

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In south, two quiet years are a 'miracle'

By Noga Godein, August 21, 2014

This time, Ashkelon mayor Itamar Shimoni did not wait for instructions.

As the five-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was breached on Tuesday afternoon, he ordered his city to return to an emergency footing, including opening public bomb shelters and closing the beaches.

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Charedim back IDF - spiritually

By Nathan Jeffay, August 14, 2014

The Gaza conflict has spurred an outpouring of support for the army from Charedim - in the midst of their fight against the IDF draft.

Some of the most vehement opponents of army service - most notably the revered rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman - have called on their followers to pray for troops and carry extra religious rites in their honour. He described the soldiers as "our brothers".

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Cabinet row over move to suspend Israel arms licences

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2014

The government’s decision to suspend a series of arms export licences to Israel if hostilities resume in Gaza was the cause of a major row between the coalition parties, the JC understands.

Business Secretary Vince Cable holds sole responsibility for issuing arms licences, with legislation stating that even the Prime Minister cannot overrule the Secretary of State’s decision.

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UK 'will suspend 12 arms export licences to Israel if war restarts'

By Marcus Dysch, August 12, 2014

The government has identified 12 arms export licences for equipment to Israel which it says it will suspend if the current ceasefire with Gaza collapses.

A review of licences conducted by the Business, Innovation and Skills department has concluded that the vast majority are not for items that could be used by the Israel Defence Force in operations in Gaza.

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IDF prepares for war crimes accusations

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 7, 2014

Two IDF teams are collecting evidence to respond to possible war crimes accusations in the wake of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

One team, headed by Major General Noam Tibon, commander of Northern Corps, has been investigating cases in which IDF fire caused civilian casualties, and is preparing a number of reports.

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Israel in tears over soldier who was abducted - then wasn't

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 7, 2014

For long hours on Friday, the IDF believed Hamas may have succeeded in capturing Lieutenant Hadar Goldin and spiriting him away through a tunnel to Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

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IDF support served up with extra cheese

By Sandy Rashty, August 7, 2014

Diaspora Jews have been quick to support Israel at a time of conflict, but as well as the traditional appeals, some more unusual relief projects have emerged.

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Ed Davey condemns targeting of synagogue

By Marcus Dysch and Daniel Easterman, August 6, 2014

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has condemned an antisemitic incident at a synagogue in his constituency.

A sign stating “child murderers” was fixed to the front door of Kingston Synagogue in Surrey last week.

It prompted the shul’s rabbi, Samuel Landau, to say he felt less safe in the area.

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