Israel names first female major general

By Jennifer Lipman, May 27, 2011

The Israeli army has appointed its first ever female major general.

Brigadier Orna Barbivay will begin her role as the commander of the IDF's Manpower Branch next month. The mother-of-three has served in the IDF since 1981.

Likud leader Tzipi Livni praised the decision. She said: "There is no rank that is too heavy for a woman's shoulders.


Happy days for soldiers

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

A former Hasmonean pupil now serving as an officer in the Israeli army is seeking British support for a scheme she has launched to boost the morale of fellow soldiers.

Lieutenant Keren Hajioff wants community members to "make a soldier smile" by sending letters of motivation and gratitude to young Israelis training to be officers.


IDF reinforces West Bank units ahead of Palestinian 'day of rage'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 12, 2011

The IDF is preparing for every eventuality during the Palestinian "days of rage" over the weekend and reinforcing its units accordingly.

While preparing for a worst-case scenario, the army believes that the Palestinian security forces will "contain" the demonstrations and prevent them from clashing with Israeli troops.


Iron Dome: a rocket shield or rust bucket?

By Nathan Jeffay, March 31, 2011

On paper, southern Israel has never been safer. On Sunday, for the first time, the Israel Defence Forces deployed its cutting edge missile defence system which is meant to be able to block rockets fired by militants in Gaza.


Israeli army braces for Arab Spring

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 24, 2011

A renewed push towards unity between the two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, is causing concern in the Israeli military.


After rocket barrage, IDF strike Hamas sites

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2011

The Israeli army has confirmed that it struck several terror sites in the Gaza Strip overnight, in response to the barrage of rockets fired at southern Israel by Hamas.

Hamas has fired more than 130 rockets and mortar shells across the border since the beginning of the year, including 56 in the last week.


Weapons found on Victoria ship

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011

What the Israeli Navy found on board a ship sailing near the Gaza Strip



Israel seizes ship with tons of weapons near Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011

A freighter carrying a significant amount of weaponry believed to be for use by terrorists in the Gaza Strip has been intercepted by the Israeli navy.

The Victoria, which set sail from Syria and went via Turkey, was bound for Egypt but intelligence suggested it was carrying weapons from Iran for Hamas to smuggle across the border.


IDF prepares for popular uprising in West Bank

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 10, 2011

The Israeli military is worried about the effect the revolutions currently sweeping the Arab world may have on the Palestinian population.

Contingency plans have been adapted to take into consideration the kind of demonstrations recently seen on the streets of Cairo and Tunis, although most officers do not believe there is much chance of seeing similar scenes soon in Ramallah.


Missing IDF man evidence is 'destroyed'

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 3, 2011

The Ministry of Defence has said it may have destroyed a report on the last sighting of three missing Israeli soldiers which could scupper finding their whereabouts.

It is the latest in a series of setbacks in investigations by Manchester lawyers representing the mother of missing soldier Zachary Baumel, who has not been seen since capture in Syria in 1982.