Israel must explain a Reuters man’s death

By Alex Brummer, April 25, 2008

The IDF’s inquiry into the death of a TV cameraman in Gaza must be open and thorough

Israel’s defence forces are again being accused by human-rights groups of alleged reckless or deliberate use of firepower in Gaza. The death of Reuters TV cameraman Fadel Shana, 23, during the violence which erupted on April 16 is rapidly becoming a cause célèbre.


Bibi: Iran will exploit withdrawals

By Daniella Peled, April 18, 2008

Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu has warned that any Israeli withdrawals from the West Bank will result in a power vacuum that Iran will exploit through proxy organisations.

“The promise of additional Israeli withdrawals today is that if the IDF moves out, Hamas moves in — and so does Iran,” he told a Jerusalem press conference on Wednesday. “We can stick to political correctness and pretend this is not going to be the case but it will be, because of the endemic weakness in Palestinian leadership and society.”


Gaza-trip MPs face Kassam attack

By Jenni Frazer, April 18, 2008

In a week of renewed violence between Israel and Hamas that claimed the lives of three IDF soldiers and reportedly around 20 Gazans, British MPs saw Palestinian rocket fire at first-hand as Kassams were launched from a village near the Gaza Strip.

The MPs — three from the Labour Party and one Liberal Democrat — were on a fact-finding mission to Israel and the Palestinian territories, organised by Caabu, the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding.


Facebook security wall

By Alex Kasriel, April 18, 2008

Israeli military authorities have imposed rules to prevent Israeli soldiers revealing security-sensitive information on Facebook and other social networking sites. Soldiers will still be able to create pages provided they do not disclose they are in the IDF or describe their work. Not so easy to impress potential dates now, is it?


Debate grows over how to defend Sderot

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 19, 2008

An intense political, financial and media battle is raging within the Israeli defence establishment over what system should be bought to counter the missile threat to Sderot and Ashkelon.

According to one senior defence ministry official, a number of retired Israeli generals are on retainer as consultants of American defence firms, interested in selling their system to Israel.