Shalit ‘begs for life’ in letter to family

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2008

Hamas has heightened the pressure on Israel by releasing another letter from captured soldier Gilad Shalit.

In the letter, addressed to his parents, First-Sergeant Shalit begged for his life and urged the Israeli government to do everything in its power to secure his release.


Progress in prisoner swap but hopes fade for soldiers

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 5, 2008

The first stage of a prisoner swap between Israel and Hizbollah took place this week amid growing fears that the two IDF soldiers captured two years ago are dead.

Hizbollah surprised Israel with a consignment of body parts, belonging to five soldiers killed during the Second Lebanon War.

The handover at Nakura on Sunday was supposed to be of convicted spy Nassim Nasser who had finished serving his six-year prison sentence in Israel.


Israeli politician who advocates ‘transfer’ of Arabs due in London

By Shelly Paz, May 29, 2008

One of Israel’s most controversial politicians, former deputy prime minister Avigdor Lieberman, has been invited to London next month by Keren Kayemet L’Yisrael and the Israel Business Club, in an attempt to spark  debate that will assist fundraising.

“Many of the members of the Israeli and the Jewish community in London, who are likely to donate money, do actually agree with Lieberman’s opinions,” said Dubi Bergman, KKL’s representative in London.


Hamas poised to agree Gaza ceasefire

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 22, 2008

Israel is poised to agree to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire deal with Hamas, despite the deal not including any assurances regarding the release of captured solder Gilad Shalit and an end to arms smuggling over the Egyptian border.


Film ‘shows IDF did not kill family’

By Simon Griver, May 8, 2008

The IDF has released video footage to back its claim that the deaths of a Palestinian woman and her four small children last week was not caused directly by Israeli fire.

Anatomy of a strike: the IDF says its video footage shows that the Israeli strike
kills a militant while leaving the nearby family home unscathed


IDF shoots itself in foot

By Simon Round, May 8, 2008

The IDF went on the counter-attack after a family of five was killed in Beit Hanoun, Gaza, posting video footage on the internet to show they were not killed by Israeli gunfire as alleged. But attempts by newspapers to spread the word ended with the IDF shooting itself in the foot. It referred requests for pictures to a Jerusalem studio — which offered to release them... for a “handling charge”. Hasbara, anyone?


IDF chief at camp tribute

May 1, 2008

The March of the Living, an annual gathering of young Jews at Auschwitz, will be led by IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi this week in honour of Israel’s upcoming 60th anniversary. Some 10,000 participants will vow to fight all forms of genocide and discrimination at the ceremony, due to take place at the site of the former camp on Thursday.


Israel should not fight polygamy

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 1, 2008

Many Bedouin have been killed while serving in the IDF. Time to show their culture some respect

The Israeli government has recently announced a programme to tackle the “problem” of polygamy amongst its Bedouin citizens.

There is no such “problem”.


Elan and Josh Miller abandon London to volunteer in the IDF

By Candice Krieger, April 24, 2008

The North-London brothers have left their London life behind to join the Israeli Defence Forces — and fulfil a long-standing dream.

Elan and Josh Miller from Hendon, aged 20 and 19 respectively, are volunteering as fighters in the Israeli army. Elan, who arrived in Israel two years ago, is now a qualified tank driver, while Josh, who moved in September 2006, is a foot-soldier in the Golani brigade. They both plan to make aliyah.


Israel must explain a Reuters man’s death

By Alex Brummer, April 24, 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.