One dead in West Bank shooting accident

By Netta Geist, November 11, 2011

The IDF accidently killed one man and wounded three others in the West Bank early this morning.

The incident occurred just after 5am when Dan Mertzbach, a 55-year-old rabbi and resident of the Otniel settlement, passed a makeshift IDF checkpoint on the road between Yatta and Hebron.


Netanyahu: Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit days away from freedom

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2011

The Israeli Prime Minister has confirmed that a deal is underway to bring home the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

According to Mr Netanyahu's official Twitter feed, the 25-year-old will be coming home within days.

"We have concluded arduous negotiations with Hamas to release Gilad Shalit. He will be coming home in the next few days," said a message posted on Twitter.


Israeli general to test universal jurisdiction reform

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2011

The Israeli army general whose planned visit to Britain five years ago sparked a campaign to change the law on universal jurisdiction is finally to complete his aborted journey.


Defence cuts 'madness' say IDF chiefs

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 27, 2011

The battle for social justice, demanded by hundreds of thousands on the streets of Israel throughout the summer, is swiftly becoming the battle for the defence budget.


PA security keep the peace in the West Bank

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 22, 2011

"So far, the Palestinians are sticking by our arrangements," said the senior IDF officer as he looked from afar at the small group of Palestinian youths throwing stones and bottles at the Kalandia Crossing, north of Jerusalem, on Wednesday.

The stone-throwing at what has become over years the "traditional" flashpoint between Israeli forces and Palestinian demonstrators, surprised no-one.


IDF prepared for worst, but 'uprising unlikely'

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 15, 2011

"We are preparing for the worst," said an officer in the IDF's Central Command this week, "but we honestly do not believe that there will be an escalation this month."

Tens of thousands of soldiers and police officers have undergone special training for dealing with mass non-violent demonstrations over the past three months and the army and police have stockpiled £13m worth of new riot-control


Underwater home for small sefer Torah

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2011

A sefer Torah is being added to the cargo of an IDF submarine for the first time.

All army bases in Israel are equipped with a scroll, but until now those serving underwater have been mostly secular Israelis and they have not asked for one to go with them.

However with the arrival of a group of Orthodox recruits to the submarine unit, this is set to change.


LA winces as Rachel Corrie play finally comes to town

By Tom Tugend, September 1, 2011

Faced with a play widely lambasted as anti-Israel propaganda, should an American Jewish community stage a public protest? Keep silent in the name of artistic freedom? Or is there another way?

These questions faced Los Angeles Jews with the opening this week of My Name Is Rachel Corrie.


IDF criticised for moving female soldiers for religious recruits

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

The Israeli army is facing criticism after it transferred four female soldiers from a unit because a group of Orthodox male soldiers were set to join.

The women were part of an Artillery Corps battalion and had all recently agreed to complete another year of service.


Anglo-Israeli brings music to IDF bases

By Jennifer Lipman, August 26, 2011

A British Jew who made aliyah as a teenager is celebrating after convincing the IDF to make classical music part of the culture of the army base he serves on.

Benjamin Goodman, who moved to Israel from Oxford in 2004, launched a campaign earlier this year to convince his commanders to allow a piano on the base and have the soldiers put on a concert.