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‘Black day’: Romania crash survivors unlikely

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2010

Israeli officials have said they do not think they will find any survivors in the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed in Romania on Monday night.

The six Israelis and one Romanian are still considered missing and a specialist team from Israel has arrived to help with the search and rescue effort.

But Brigadier General Relik Shafir said: "We have reason to believe that all seven crew are dead.

"It's been a black day for all of us."

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Israeli soldiers feared dead in Romania air crash

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2010

Israel has sent a specialist search and rescue team to help find any survivors from a helicopter which crashed into a mountain in central Romania, killing at least four of the seven soldiers on board.

The CH-53 military transport helicopter was carrying six Israelis and one Romanian on an aviation training exercise near the town of Zarnest when it is thought to have encountered bad weather.

Officials have not confirmed that the wreckage has been found, but it is believed all those on board have been killed.

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Hall of Fame: Corporal Elinor Jozef

July 26, 2010


"I believe in what I am doing. In my eyes, I am here for a mission.


"At the end of the day, this will always be my home too. I still believe that peace will come.”









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Early release for Tom Hurndall killer

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2010

A former Israeli soldier imprisoned for killing a British activist in the Gaza Strip in 2003 is to be released before his sentence is up.

Taysir-al-Heib was sentenced to eight years for the "unlawful killing" of Tom Hurndall, a 22-year-old volunteer for the International Solidarity Movement.

But an army committee said he was no longer a threat and has agreed to release him 18 months before his sentence expires. His lawyer said Mr al-Heib had changed and added that he planned to get married.

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Analysis: No end in sight for IDF Gaza probes

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 8, 2010

Eighteen months after Operation Cast Lead in Gaza and there still is no end in sight to the investigations and court proceedings.

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Dancing soldiers escape trouble

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2010

A group of Israeli soldiers will not face disciplinary action after footage of them dancing in uniform to a pop song appeared online.

Six soldiers from the Nahal brigade uploaded a video of them in Hebron performing a routine to the Ke$ha song Tick Tock.

In the “Batallion 50 Rock the Hebron Casbah” video the armed soldiers are patrolling to the sound of the Muslim prayer call, before breaking into the dance sequence when the pop song starts.

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Soldier to be charged for Gaza death

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2010

The Israeli military has said it is charging a soldier with manslaughter for an incident during Operation Cast Lead.

His will be the third case of a soldier going on trial for offences during the January 2009 incursion into the Gaza Strip.

The soldier, named only as First Sergeant S, is from the Givati regiment.

Investigators said he broke Israel’s rules of engagement in firing at two Palestinian women, killing both. The troops been ordered only to fire warning shots at combatants in the crowd.

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Noam Shalit: government giving up on Gilad

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2010

The Israeli government has been accused of abandoning its fight to bring back kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit following the decision to ease the land blockade of Gaza.

The then teenager was captured during a border raid by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip in June 2006, and four years later the campaign to bring him home is still strong.

But speaking in the Knesset, Gilad's father Noam said the government needed to do more to ensure his return.
Mr Shalit said: "We are asking where Gilad stands in this equation. We are asking where is Gilad, our son?".

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Soldier faces charges over Cast Lead

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 17, 2010

The IDF's Military Advocate General, Major General Avichai Mendelblit, will hold a hearing next week for a soldier suspected of double manslaughter in last year's Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.

The solider allegedly shot and killed two Palestinian women who were in a group of civilians holding white flags. This is the third and most serious case in which charges are being brought against soldiers involved in the operation.

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Royal honour for Israeli WW2 veterans

By Jennifer Lipman, June 16, 2010

Israeli war veterans who were injured fighting for Britain during the Second World War are to be royally honoured.

The 32 disabled soldiers will receive British Ministry of Defence medals on behalf of the Queen at a ceremony in Tel Aviv. The newly knighted Sir Tom Phillips, the outgoing British ambassador, will make the awards.

Some of the soldiers, who served in the Jewish Brigade, went on to fight for Israel during the war of independence in 1948.

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