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IDF warns next Cast Lead 'urban warfare'

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 29, 2011

Exactly three years after Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, the IDF is preparing for a replay.

"The one thing we can know for certain is that the next major operation or war we will have to fight will be in an urban area filled with civilians," says Colonel Amir Baram, commander of the IDF's Paratrooper Brigade.

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Six arrested over extremist attack on West Bank base

By Jennifer Lipman, December 28, 2011

A group of Jewish extremists have been arrested in connection with an attack on an IDF base in the West Bank.

Six people, including one minor, are being held over the attack on the Ephraim base on December 12. The incident saw some 50 extremists target the base, setting fire to tyres and throwing stones, paint and nails at cars and trucks.

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IDF set for major settler showdown

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 22, 2011

Israel's security forces are preparing to dismantle one of the largest illegal settler outposts, Ramat Gilad, in the West Bank.

Hundreds of Jewish settlers are expected to attempt to physically prevent the evacuation in what is set to be a violent standoff with the IDF.

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West Bank rabbi's passionate appeal to price tag attackers

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2011

A rabbi of a West Bank settlement has written to "the new Hasomeans" in a bid to tackle the rise in extremism.

In the wake of the rash of "price tag" attacks by Jewish settlers on Palestinian mosques, cars and property, Efrat’s Rabbi Shlomo Riskin called on Jews in the West Bank to cease their behaviour before it was too late.

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Settlers hurl block at IDF colonel and attack base

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 15, 2011

The relationship between Jewish settlers in the West Bank and the IDF took another plunge this week after dozens of rioters attacked a brigade headquarters and a jeep in which two senior officers were travelling.

The attacks seem to have been part of a co-ordinated attempt to prevent the army from carrying out eviction orders against illegally-built outposts in Samaria.

The first incident oc

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Netanyahu: Extremist attackers not representative

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

The Israeli prime minister has pledged to devote more resources to investigations into extremist activity in the West Bank as part of a crackdown into the groups behind the rash of so-called "price tag" attacks.

Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that administrative detention orders, usually reserved for Palestinians under suspicion, could now be issued for Jewish extremists.

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Streisand to sing for Israeli soldiers

By Jennifer Lipman, November 30, 2011

Barbra Streisand is to entertain Israeli soldiers for an evening next week.

The globally celebrated star will perform at a gala dinner organised by friends of the IDF in Los Angeles on December 8.

Among the more than 1,000 guests will be the former IDF chief of staff, Gabi Ashkenazi, and Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander.

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Warning over religious coercion in IDF sparks anger

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 17, 2011

A petition signed by 19 former generals cautioning against religious coercion in the IDF is causing uproar in the army.

The petition follows series of flashpoints involving religious soldiers.

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British academic hits out at Israeli uni that docked professor's pay

November 16, 2011

A British academic has stepped into a row over the Ben-Gurion University professor Idan Landau, whose pay was cut this week by the university because he was jailed in May for refusing to perform army reserve duty.

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One dead in West Bank shooting accident

By Netta Geist, November 11, 2011

The IDF accidently killed one man and wounded three others in the West Bank early this morning.

The incident occurred just after 5am when Dan Mertzbach, a 55-year-old rabbi and resident of the Otniel settlement, passed a makeshift IDF checkpoint on the road between Yatta and Hebron.

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