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If only Gilad Shalit's freedom had changed the Middle East

By Jamie Slavin, October 18, 2012

From Isaac Newton being hit on the head by an apple to the self-immolation of Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi last year, history is littered with examples of seemingly insignificant events that have proven to be catalysts for much larger developments.

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Remains of missing Israeli soldier Majdi Halabi found

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2012

The body of an Israeli soldier has been found more than seven years after he went missing while on a hike.

Majdi Halabi was 19 when he was last seen on May 24 2005, near Mount Carmel.

Remains found in nearby Daliyat al-Karmel three weeks ago were forensically tested, and DNA evidence has now confirmed they are those of Private Halabi.

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Huge barriers to universal conscription

By Nathan Jeffay, September 20, 2012

A Charedi draft is an easy thing to call for, and it is perhaps the most emotive rallying cry for Israeli politicians. But what are the practicalities?

Beyond the talk in the Knesset of the “national burden” and the resentment of Israelis who serve towards those who do not, there are serious, unresolved issues about how a Charedi draft would actually work.

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Charedi Rabbi backs army draft

By Nathan Jeffay, September 20, 2012

In the Charedi community, advocating for an army draft is a taboo that most rabbis will not break. But in the Charedi stronghold of Beit Shemesh, one rabbi is declaring loudly and proudly that things must change.

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Zeev Raz explains the mind-set of Israeli pilots

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 13, 2012

If the Israeli Air Force is ever sent to bomb Iran’s nuclear installations, many of the commanders planning and leading the operation will have been students of Zeev Raz.

In the late 1980s, the former fighter pilot was commander of the Iraeli Air Force (IAF) Flight School and he has no doubt that “if they are sent, they will execute it perfectly”.

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Why Israel is unlikely to act alone against Iran

By Tim Marshall, September 6, 2012

An Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear programme would be… challenging, which is putting it mildly. A joint Israeli-US attack on Iran’s nuclear programme would be… devastating, and that’s also putting it mildly.

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Showdown looms as IDF plans Charedi call-up

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 30, 2012

A first showdown between the IDF and the Charedi community is expected next week as the army plans to summon thousands of 17-year-olds for the first round of interviews before their induction into military service.

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Lessons from Shalit to help Israeli soldiers in the future

By Jennifer Lipman, August 20, 2012

Nearly a year after IDF soldier Gilad Shalit was freed in a prisoner exchange deal with Hamas, Israeli military leaders are hoping to draw lessons from his experience.

According to a report in Ha'aretz newspaper, the army is now training soldiers from elite units about what to expect should they be taken captive, using information given to them by Sergeant Shalit.

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Israel's draft exemption law expires

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2012

Charedim can be drafted into Israel’s army from now following an overhaul of the military exemption law.
Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak made the order as the Tal Law, a controversial piece of legislation that has been in place for a decade, expired on Wednesday.

The Israeli Supreme Court had ruled against an extension to the draft exemption.

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IDF dismisses false Press TV report about goat theft

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2012

The IDF has firmly dismissed a report in the Iranian media that its soldiers stole 1,000 goats from Southern Lebanon.

According to Press TV, in a story that was also repeated in the Arab media, 20 Israeli soldiers crossed the border. After failing to kidnap two shepherds, the Iranian government mouthpiece reported that "the Israeli forces then stole 1,000 goats in the area".

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