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.


Israeli baby injured as rocket fire from Gaza continues

By Jennifer Lipman, August 25, 2011

A nine-month-old baby was injured yesterday as the latest round of rocket fire from Gaza caused damage to southern Israel.

Seventeen rockets were fired across the border by terrorist groups on Wednesday night, wrecking property. A rocket aimed directly at the densely populated city of Beersheva was intercepted by the Iron Dome system.


Rockets hit southern Israel

By Robyn Rosen, August 19, 2011

More than 10 rockets have been fired at Ashkelon, Beersheva and Kiryat Gat after Palestinians mounted a series of terrorist attacks in southern Israel.


Eilat terror 'most severe' in area in years

By Robyn Rosen, August 18, 2011

The Israel Defence Force says it has the situation under control after a series of terrorist attacks in southern Israel which have left five people dead.

Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibovich, an IDF spokeswoman, confirmed there were multiple attacks – two on civilian buses, one on an IDF patrol vehicle and one on a civilian tractor.


10 wounded in Eilat bus attack

By Robyn Rosen, August 18, 2011

Five people have died and at least 10 left wounded after three Israeli buses were shot at, it has been reported.

The initial shots, reportedly from the Egyptian side of the border, were fired at a bus travelling 20km from Eilat, in southern Israel.


On this day: Gaza settlements evacuated

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2011

As Israeli soldiers began removing Jewish Gaza residents from their homes, pictures of clashes, stories about the settlers and why they did not leave and musings about what Gaza would be like after appeared in newspapers around the world.