Mossad ‘defied Bibi order to prepare Iran strike’

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered military heads to prepare for a strike on Iran in 2010, according to a Channel 2 television investigation aired in Israel.

The investigation claims that Mr Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak ordered military heads from the Israeli Defence Force and Mossad to get ready for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.


We can't just agree to disagree with these rabbis

By Sahar Zivan, October 31, 2012

For those championing women's rights, there are issues that no longer need addressing; issues that over time have ceased to be issues, at least in the Western world. Take suffrage. First granted to women in a modern nation in New Zealand in 1893, since then it has been extended to the whole western world.


Iran claims drone took photos of Israeli bases

By Hadas Haimov, October 29, 2012

The chair of the Iranian parliament's defence committee claimed today that the drone that was spotted over the Israeli sky earlier this month collected important data about military bases. Israeli officials refused to comment since the investigation is still under way.


Israeli police ordered offline over cyber attack fear

By Anna Sheinman, October 25, 2012

Israeli police officers have been ordered to disconnect their computers from the internet following fears of a possible attack on their computer system.

Following an intelligence tip-off indicating that a virus attack would be carried out using a CD or USB stick, an order was issued at 10.30 this morning to avoid inserting any hardware into computers, and all computers were taken offline.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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”.


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.