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Israel shoots down drone near Haifa

By Zoe Winograd, April 25, 2013

The Israel Air Force shot down an drone near Haifa on Thursday afternoon.

According to sources, the IAF launched fighter jets to bring down the unmanned aircraft believed to have been operated by the Lebanese terrorist organisation Hizbollah.

The Israel Defence Force is investigating exactly where the plane originated from and whether it was holding surveillance equipment or weaponry.

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Assad ‘has used chemical weapons’

By Zoe Winograd, April 23, 2013

According to Israeli military intelligence, Syrian President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons against civilians.

Head of the research division, Brigade General Itai Brun, announced his team’s findings at today’s conference of the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv.

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Gilad deserves better than this

By Chas Newkey-Burden, April 5, 2013

When details of Gilad Shalit's conversations with military investigators were published last week, a vocal minority criticised him. One Israeli commentator even called for Gilad to stand trial for "negligence". I was disappointed but not surprised by these responses. During the years I spent campaigning for Gilad's freedom, I encountered relentless negativity from some friends of Israel.

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Israel hit by second round of Gaza rockets

By Anna Sheinman, April 3, 2013

More rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel this morning after Israel launched an air strike on Gaza on Tuesday in response to a Hamas mortar attack.

Sirens sounded in Sderot at 7.33am this morning and two rockets exploded. They hit open ground and no one was hurt, Ynet reported.

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Warsi warns IDF on deaths

By Marcus Dysch, March 21, 2013

The British government has warned Israel about its use of live ammunition following the deaths of a number of Palestinian civilians in Gaza and the West Bank.

Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi said there were “long-standing concerns about the manner in which the IDF polices the buffer zone between Israel and Gaza”.

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IDF blasts Refaeli publicity campaign

March 21, 2013

The decision to make supermodel Bar Refaeli the face of a Foreign Ministry campaign to promote Israeli innovation worldwide has been criticised by the IDF and the Charedi community.

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Palestinian rocket may have killed family of BBC journalist, says UN report

By Sandy Rashty, March 12, 2013

A United Nations report yesterday announced that a misfired Palestinian rocket may have killed family members of a BBC journalist during the Israel-Gaza conflict last November.

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The media, military and modern Israel

By Yoel Cohen, March 4, 2013

The odds were against it. At the outset, November's Operation Pillar of Defence appeared similar to previous IDF operations, including Cast Lead in 2008, and the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident. In both, the Palestinians were cast as the underdog and the instinctively sympathetic Western media had the script written as soon as the first shots were fired.

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Sisters in step: feisty, funny female fighters for Israel

By Amanda Craig, February 27, 2013

What is it like to be a woman soldier in the Israel Defence Forces? The 25-year-old Israeli novelist Shani Boianjiu has personal experience of it, and her answer is: a mixture of boredom, fear and sexual frustration.

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Plan for UK reservists in case of war in Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 18, 2013

The several thousand IDF reservists living in the UK will be given preferential seats on El Al flights in case of war as part of a new contingency plan being prepared by the Defence Ministry and Israel’s national carrier.

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