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Israeli air force strikes terror target in Lebanon

By Zoe Winograd, August 23, 2013

The Israeli Air Force has attacked a terror site in Lebanon.

According to an IDF spokesman, the raid took place early on Friday morning in retaliation to the two rockets launched from Lebanon on Thursday.

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Huge IDF revamp to meet evolving threat

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 15, 2013

Thousands of Israeli men got a phone call in recent weeks that changed their summer schedules. A week of training with their reserve units had been cancelled due to cutbacks.

For some, this signalled the end of their army lives, as the Israel Defence Force closes down a number of reserve units, including an entire armoured brigade.

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US has given ‘yellow light’ for Iran strike, says ex-IDF chief

By Zoe Winograd, August 7, 2013

A former head of Israeli military intelligence has said that America is strengthening its support for an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear programme.

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Netanyahu aims to open army service for Israel’s Christians

By Zoe Winograd, August 6, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to facilitate the entry of Christian Arabs into the IDF.

Mr Netanyahu is to set up a forum to promote the army and civil service among the Christian community.

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IDF defends actions over 'child detention' footage

By Ellis Bolle, July 12, 2013

The IDF has defended its actions following the release of video footage by Israeli human rights group B’Tselem which shows a 5-year-old Palestinian child being detained by IDF soldiers for throwing a stone at a settler car in Hebron.

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Israeli government passes law to enforce universal military draft

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 11, 2013

It took years of controversy, two committees, two landmark Supreme Court rulings and long months of other acrimonious debates but finally, on Sunday, the Israeli government passed the law regulating the national service of Charedi yeshivah students.

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Orthodox soldier attacked by Charedim in Jerusalem

By Zoe Winograd, July 10, 2013

An Orthodox Israeli soldier has been attacked by a group of Charedi men in Jerusalem.

According to police reports, the soldier, who was in uniform, was visiting a friend in the religious suburb of Mea Shearim on Monday. He was attacked by a dozen local residents on the street and was forced into hiding, where he called the police for assistance.

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IDF fears jihadists may ‘sweep the region’

By Stephen Pollard, July 4, 2013

The Syrian civil war could spill over far beyond its borders according to senior Israeli military sources, leading to fears that jihadis could “sweep through the region”.

Military analysts also believe that no end is remotely in sight to the conflict and that it could last for 15 years.

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It’s the Gaza Strip (again): female IDF soldiers post provocative video

By Elliot Miller, June 12, 2013

Amateur video footage of female Israeli soldiers dancing in their underwear has been making waves on social media websites.

The video shows female soldiers spanking each other and using their military-issue rifles as stripper poles.

A censored clip was played on Israel’s Channel 2 news.

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In New York, 20,000 Orthodox protest against draft

By Zoe Winograd, June 10, 2013

Thousands of Charedim gathered in New York yesterday to protest against the Israeli government’s moves to force the Orthodox to join the army.

The New York City police reported that 20,000 Charedim filled Foley Square in lower Manhattan holding banners which read “freedom of religion” and “Orthodox Jews will proudly go to jail rather than join the Zionist army.”

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