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IDF respond to rocket fire from Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2011

Israel targeted two sites in the northern Gaza Strip early this morning following two instances of rocket fire into the south of Israel on Tuesday. A house was damaged by one of the rockets.

The Gaza targets were both weapon manufacturing sites.

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On this day: Goldwasser and Regev captured

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2011

As the Second Lebanon War went on, less and less appeared in the newspapers about the two men whose kidnapping led to the conflict.

Eldad Regev was 25 when he was captured during an attack on their patrol at the Israel-Lebanon border in 2006, Ehud Goldwasser, at 30, was older and married.

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Israeli intelligence chief warns on Iran and Arab Spring

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

The IDF intelligence chief has accused Iran of supporting attempts by groups of Palestinian protesters to breach Israel's northern border in May and June which led to bloody and fatal clashes.

Major General Aviv Kochavi, speaking during a knesset hearing, also said the Iranians were exploiting the Arab Spring in order to consolidate power in the Middle East.

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Al Jazeera hosts IDF Briton

By Jennifer Lipman, June 30, 2011

A British-born Israeli army reservist, attacked as a terrorist and a liar while participating in a debate on Al-Jazeera TV, has said it was worth it - and that he would like to do it again. Josh Mintz, 26, is one of the founders of friendasoldier.org, set up last October to show the world the IDF's human side.

Last week, Al-Jazeera invited Mr Mintz onto its show, The Stream.

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Israel's missing in action soldiers

By Deborah Weitzmann, June 24, 2011

Full coverage and news about Gilad Shalit and Israel's MIAs here

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Calls for Hamas to free Shalit after five years

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011

Human rights groups and Jewish organisations have reiterated calls for Hamas to release an Israeli soldier kidnapped five years ago.

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Israelis train for attack

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2011

Israel this week completed a five-day national emergency exercise designed to test the co-operation between the IDF, civilian emergency services, government departments and local authorities in the case of missiles being fired on Israeli cities.

The scenario for the annual exercise was a war in which missiles are fired on Israel from Lebanon, Syria, the Gaza Strip and Iran.

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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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