British mothers battle stress of having children in IDF

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2014

Twenty-one British mothers have banded together to help each other cope with the stresses of having children who serve in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) .

Camille Compton, former Emunah charity chair, co-founded Mahal Mums after her 19-year-old son, Max, volunteered for the IDF after leaving Immanuel College last summer.


Israeli airlines get laser defence shields

By Sandy Rashty, March 5, 2014

Israeli commercial planes will be fitted with military lasers in a high-tech bid to combat attempted terrorist attacks.

Israel’s Ministry of Defence approved the use of SkyShield, a defence system, for commercial purposes on Wednesday.


Amnesty shoots itself in the foot over Israel-West Bank report

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2014

Amnesty International’s claims that Israeli forces in the West Bank are “trigger-happy”, shoot Palestinians with impunity and may be guilty of war crimes have been met with outrage and widespread criticism.

A report published by the charity on Thursday highlighted what it said was a “harrowing pattern of unlawful killings and unwarranted injuries of Palestinian civilians”.


Charedi battle to stay out of the IDF is ripping Israel apart

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 13, 2014

The new national-service law, now in its final legislative stages, is causing tension both within the coalition and the strictly Orthodox community.

A committee headed by Habayit Hayehudi MK Ayelet Shaked began voting this week on clauses including the quotas of Charedim required to join the army and the length of service for other sections of the population.


IDF soldier killed by friendly fire

By JC Reporter, February 6, 2014

An IDF officer was killed by friendly fire on Monday night on the northern Gaza border.

According to reports, Captain Tal Nahman, 21, was commanding forces nearby when he was mistaken for a terrorist by soldiers of Givati — an IDF infantry brigade.

The IDF said in a statement that the incident was being investigated.


High Court push to speed up IDF draft law

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2014

The Israeli High Court order on Tuesday to prevent the government from funding Charedi yeshivahs for students whose IDF draft has been deferred has added extra urgency to the move to pass a new national service law in the Knesset.

The 8-1 ruling by the nine Supreme Court judges came following a petition by the Hiddush lobby group against the state for not drafting the students.


Israeli pilots jailed over maps leak

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2014

Fourteen Israeli combat pilots have been disciplined for storing secret maps and operational documents on their smart-phones. Two received short military prison sentences and the rest received suspended sentences and fines.


IDF officer shot and killed by friendly fire

By Charlotte Oliver, February 4, 2014

An IDF officer was killed by friendly fire late last night along the northern Gaza border, an army spokesperson has confirmed.

According to reports, Capt. Tal Nahman, 21, was commanding forces near the border when he was mistaken for a terrorist by Givati soldiers - an infantry brigade of the IDF.

Thought to be a suspicious figure, Mr Nahman was shot and killed on sight.


Did Al Jazeera host really praise IDF?

By John R Bradley, January 24, 2014

An episode of The Opposite Direction, Al-Jazeera’s flagship live discussion programme, caught the attention of Western commentators this week for apparently backing Israel’s military tactics over those used by Syrian armies.


Israeli embassy criticises British MPs over Gaza letter

By Marcus Dysch, January 2, 2014

The Israeli embassy in London has hit back at a group of parliamentarians who blamed Israel for the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

In a letter published in the Guardian on December 27 - marking the fifth anniversary of Operation Cast Lead - more than two dozen MPs and peers called for the British government to "to take immediate action to bring an end to the blockade on Gaza".