Israeli coalition crisis as Mofaz threatens to walk out over universal draft

By Ben Hartman, July 12, 2012

The future of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s 94-seat coalition could be in danger as talks on the universal draft broke down on Wednesday, with Kadima head Shaul Mofaz saying he would leave the government if a solution is not reached by Sunday.


Former soldier decides to live in West Bank as he 'hates Zionism'

By Josh Jackman, June 15, 2012

A former Israeli soldier has renounced his citizenship in order to live in the West Bank as a Palestinian.

Andre Pshenichnikov, a 23 year-old Jewish immigrant from Tajikistan who recently left the IDF after four and a half years of service, was arrested on Thursday in the Deheishe refugee camp, near Bethlehem, on charges of living illegally in the Palestinian territories.


Mother of missing Israeli soldier Baumel in fresh FCO plea

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 14, 2012

The mother of Israel's longest missing-in-action soldier is to lobby the British government to release secret files to help trace her son after 30 years.

This Monday marked the 30th anniversary of the Battle of Sultan Yacoub during the 1982 Lebanon war, when Zachary Baumel, Tzvi Feldman and Yehuda Katz went missing. Miriam Baumel spoke of her son at a special ceremony in Jerusalem this week.


Israeli soldier killed on Gaza border

By Marcus Dysch, June 1, 2012

An Israeli soldier has been killed after a Palestinian gunman crossed the border from Gaza early this morning.

The Palestinian was also killed after Israeli forces responded to his infiltration, which may have been made in an attempt to kidnap an IDF soldier.


Test for Israeli coalition over IDF law

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 17, 2012

The new Netanyahu-Mofaz coalition got off to a rocky start this week with major disputes over a new law on national service for yeshivah students and the future of settler outposts in the West Bank.


Ex-security chiefs cast doubt on Iran strategy

By Ben Hartman, May 3, 2012

Comments about Iran made by former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin last Friday have shaken up the Israeli political establishment.

In recent months, a number of security officials have expressed doubts in the ability of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak to lead Israel in any potential military showdown with Iran.

Mr Diskin said he had no trust in them, calling th


Lapid outlines plans for strictly Orthodox national service

By Jennifer Lipman, May 2, 2012

The journalist turned politician Yair Lapid has unveiled his vision for Israel and his plan to bring more strictly Orthodox Israelis into the IDF.

Mr Lapid, whose newly established party is called "Yesh Atid", which translates as "there is a future" announced earlier this year that he planned to mount a challenge to the existing Israeli government.


IDF soldiers come to aid of Palestinian baby

By Jennifer Lipman, April 25, 2012

Israeli soldiers have rescued a 12-day old Palestinian baby in a potentially life-threatening condition.

The infant's panicked mother took her to an IDF post in the Binyamin region of the West Bank on Sunday evening, concerned by the girl's poor breathing.

"She was suffering from severe breathing difficulty and was simultaneously vomiting," said battalion doctor, Captain Michael Findler.


Our Brothers, Our Home

By Jennifer Lipman, April 25, 2012

To mark Yom Hazikaron and Israel's 64th birthday, Israeli filmmaker Aviv Vana created a tribute to the young soldiers who defend the Jewish state.


Deal in works to reveal fate of missing Israeli soldier Madji Halabi

By Jennifer Lipman, April 24, 2012

Israel is believed to be a step closer to determining the fate of a Druze soldier who went missing nearly seven years ago.

IDF soldier Majdi Halabi was 19 when he was last sighted on May 24 2005, attempting to hitchhike near Mount Carmel. His parents and others believe Private Halabi was kidnapped, and he appears on the Foreign Ministry's official list of missing in action soldiers.