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Boycott leader defends Fogel killers

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

The councillor behind West Dunbartonshire Council's boycott of Israel has caused fresh controversy this week after suggesting that the murderer of the Fogel family in Itamar was seeking to avenge "Palestinian children slaughtered by the IDF".

Jim Bollan, a Scottish Socialist Party councillor, made the comments in an email to a British pro-Israel activist who had contacted him about the boycott

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On this day: The Osirak Nuclear Reactor strike

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2011

It was late on Sunday afternoon when 16 Israeli fighter jets swept into Iraq to make a covert strike on a nuclear facility 18 miles outside of Baghdad.

The Osirak reactor, which was being constructed by French workers, was destroyed in the hit and the Israeli planes flew home unharmed. It came after diplomatic efforts to prevail on France to stop supporting the project failed.

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Deadly clashes on Syria-Israel border

By Jennifer Lipman, June 6, 2011

The United States has called for an end to "provocative actions" on the border between Syria and Israel.

The comments by a spokesman for the US State Department followed Sunday’s deadly clashes. Up to 20 people were killed when Syrian protesters attempted to storm the border with the Golan Heights.

An IDF spokesman said shots were fired only after numerous verbal warnings.

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Israel names first female major general

By Jennifer Lipman, May 27, 2011

The Israeli army has appointed its first ever female major general.

Brigadier Orna Barbivay will begin her role as the commander of the IDF's Manpower Branch next month. The mother-of-three has served in the IDF since 1981.

Likud leader Tzipi Livni praised the decision. She said: "There is no rank that is too heavy for a woman's shoulders.

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Happy days for soldiers

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

A former Hasmonean pupil now serving as an officer in the Israeli army is seeking British support for a scheme she has launched to boost the morale of fellow soldiers.

Lieutenant Keren Hajioff wants community members to "make a soldier smile" by sending letters of motivation and gratitude to young Israelis training to be officers.

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IDF reinforces West Bank units ahead of Palestinian 'day of rage'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 12, 2011

The IDF is preparing for every eventuality during the Palestinian "days of rage" over the weekend and reinforcing its units accordingly.

While preparing for a worst-case scenario, the army believes that the Palestinian security forces will "contain" the demonstrations and prevent them from clashing with Israeli troops.

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Iron Dome: a rocket shield or rust bucket?

By Nathan Jeffay, March 31, 2011

On paper, southern Israel has never been safer. On Sunday, for the first time, the Israel Defence Forces deployed its cutting edge missile defence system which is meant to be able to block rockets fired by militants in Gaza.

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Israeli army braces for Arab Spring

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 24, 2011

A renewed push towards unity between the two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, is causing concern in the Israeli military.

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After rocket barrage, IDF strike Hamas sites

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2011

The Israeli army has confirmed that it struck several terror sites in the Gaza Strip overnight, in response to the barrage of rockets fired at southern Israel by Hamas.

Hamas has fired more than 130 rockets and mortar shells across the border since the beginning of the year, including 56 in the last week.

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Weapons found on Victoria ship

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011

What the Israeli Navy found on board a ship sailing near the Gaza Strip

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