Dinner with top IDF brass

February 16, 2015

The IDF’s first woman major-general, Orna Barbivai, discussed her role in the return of Gilad Shalit at the British Friends of Migdal Ohr dinner in central London on Monday.

It was “inspirational to see a whole nation come together to bring home one single soldier,” she told 270 supporters of the charity, set up to help “at risk” children.


Israeli court absolves army over Corrie death

By Josh Jackman, February 13, 2015

Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled the army was not responsible for the death of American activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed in Gaza by a military bulldozer in 2003.

The court upheld the ruling of the lower Haifa District Court three years ago that the Israeli Defence Forces were not liable for the victim while she was in a war zone.


Border clashes as IDF pair killed in ambush

January 29, 2015

Israel has reinforced its units on the northern borders with Syria and Lebanon after a missile attack on army vehicles killed two soldiers on Wednesday.

Hizbollah fired at least five anti-tank missiles at an IDF convoy outside the village of Ghajar, killing Captain Yohai Klangel, 25 and Sergeant Dor Nini, 20. Seven others were wounded.


Israel on edge after IDF kills Hizbollah commander

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 22, 2015

An Israeli strike on a group of senior Hizbollah and Iranian officers could lead to an escalation on Israel's northern border, but for now seems to have wiped out a significant part of the Lebanese movement's military command.


Israelis brace for Hizbollah revenge attack

By Sandy Rashty, January 21, 2015

Israeli civilians living in the north have been advised to stay in their homes today, after the region was put on high alert for a possible terrorist attack.


Germany and Israel in £470m gunboat deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 31, 2014

Germany is to supply the Israeli Navy with four missile boats in a new arms deal worth 900m euros (£470m).

The German government will finance a third of the deal as part of its ongoing commitment to Israel’s security.
The IDF has been looking to buy new warships to modernise its navy and improve its ability to defend its offshore gas fields discovered in recent years.


US signs deal to hold more weapons in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, December 22, 2014

President Barack Obama has signed an agreement that is set to strengthen US-Israel ties.

The United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, which was signed in Washington last Friday, confirms Israel’s status as a “major strategic partner” and America’s “unwavering support” for the country as a Jewish state.


Palestinian minister dies after West Bank protest

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2014

A Palestinian minister has died after clashing with Israeli soldiers at a protest in the West Bank today.

Ziad Abu Ein, a minister without portfolio, appeared to be arguing with IDF soldiers near the Turmusiya village.

One witness claimed he was pushed by soldiers. Others claimed that he was suffocated by tear gas.

Mr Abu Ein died before reaching a hospital in Ramallah.


Israel rejects Amnesty war crime claim

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2014

Amnesty International has claimed that Israeli air strikes against four high-rise buildings in Gaza during the summer amounted to “war crimes”.

The al-Basha Tower complex – which housed around 30 flats, TV and radio stations – was flattened during the strikes. There were no fatalities.

Amnesty called for an investigation into the strikes in a report into the incident.


Gantz to step down as IDF gets new chief

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 4, 2014

The cabinet is expected to approve the appointment of Major General Gadi Eisenkot as the next chief of staff of the Israel Defence Force on Sunday.

Maj-Gen Eisenkot, 54, is currently the deputy chief of staff and served most of his 36-year army career as a combat officer in the Golani infantry brigade.