IDF heads to Philippines to help storm survivors

By Sandy Rashty, November 12, 2013

Israeli rescue forces and Jewish aid groups have been dispatched to the Philippines to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

The storm swept through the eastern seaboard of the Philippines, before heading west and hitting six central Philippine islands. At least 10,000 people are believed to have been killed.


Israeli jets in fresh strikes on Syrian missile base

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 7, 2013

Israeli Air Force planes attacked a Syrian base in the early hours of Thursday last week, destroying the advanced missiles that were stored there.

American officials confirmed that the explosions heard in the area were the result of an Israeli strike.


The ex-JFS pupil shooting the Israeli army: Photos

By Sandy Rashty, November 7, 2013

Former JFS student Morris Wald takes photos from inside the Israeli army.

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The ex-JFS pupil shooting the Israeli army

By Sandy Rashty, November 7, 2013

Standing on the Gaza border in his khaki uniform, Morris Wald had finally fulfilled his dream of joining the Israel Defence Forces.

But it was not a rifle the 19-year-old north-west Londoner was holding as he gazed out over the troops and tanks crossing the landscape, but a camera.


IDF has the X Factor for Simon Cowell

By Marcus Dysch, October 24, 2013

Music mogul Simon Cowell has boosted the Israeli Army with a sizeable donation at a gala dinner in Los Angeles.

The X Factor chief gave a sum thought to be in the region of £150,000 at the annual fundraising event hosted by the American Friends of the IDF.


Palestinian killed after ramming tractor into IDF base

By Charlotte Oliver, October 18, 2013

A Palestinian man was shot and killed last night after ramming a tractor into an IDF base, in what the army is describing as a suspected terror attack.

The incident happened at the IDF’s Rama Base, which is just just north of Jerusalem, next to the Palestinian neighbourhood of Al-Ram.


Hamas tunnel: a key element in its new strategy

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2013

A 1,800m tunnel leading from under the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, discovered by the IDF last week, was to be used at a future date by Hamas to carry out a terror attack or kidnapping.

The last 300m of the tunnel end near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha. According to Israeli intelligence, it was almost certainly excavated by Hamas and took over 18 months, ending this June, to build.


Retired IDF colonel battered to death

By Charlotte Oliver, October 11, 2013

A retired senior IDF officer was killed outside his home last night in the Jordan Valley, in what President Shimon Peres has called an “extremely shocking murder”.

Colonel Sariya Ofer and his wife Monique Ofer were attacked in front of their house in the settlement of Brosh Habika in the middle of the night. Initial police investigations suggest it was a terror attack.


Assad will remain for years says senior member of IDF

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 24, 2013

A senior member of the IDF has argued that Syrian President Bashar al Assad is unlikely to be ousted any time soon.

In an interview last week with Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot, Major-General Yair Golan, head of the IDF’s Northern Command, predicted that “he will remain for years. I don’t see a force that can topple him tomorrow morning”.


British minister condemns murder of Israeli soldiers

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2013

The murder of two Israeli soldiers over the weekend has been condemned by Britain's Middle East minister.

Alistair Burt said the deaths of Gavriel Kobi and Tomer Chazan were "tragic".

Sgt Gabriel Koby, 20, was shot by a sniper while on patrol in Hebron on Sunday.

His death came after Tomer Chazan, also 20, was lured to a West Bank village by a Palestinian and killed on Friday night.