Hamas tunnel: a key element in its new strategy

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2013

A 1,800m tunnel leading from under the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, discovered by the IDF last week, was to be used at a future date by Hamas to carry out a terror attack or kidnapping.

The last 300m of the tunnel end near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha. According to Israeli intelligence, it was almost certainly excavated by Hamas and took over 18 months, ending this June, to build.


Retired IDF colonel battered to death

By Charlotte Oliver, October 11, 2013

A retired senior IDF officer was killed outside his home last night in the Jordan Valley, in what President Shimon Peres has called an “extremely shocking murder”.

Colonel Sariya Ofer and his wife Monique Ofer were attacked in front of their house in the settlement of Brosh Habika in the middle of the night. Initial police investigations suggest it was a terror attack.


Assad will remain for years says senior member of IDF

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 24, 2013

A senior member of the IDF has argued that Syrian President Bashar al Assad is unlikely to be ousted any time soon.

In an interview last week with Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot, Major-General Yair Golan, head of the IDF’s Northern Command, predicted that “he will remain for years. I don’t see a force that can topple him tomorrow morning”.


British minister condemns murder of Israeli soldiers

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2013

The murder of two Israeli soldiers over the weekend has been condemned by Britain's Middle East minister.

Alistair Burt said the deaths of Gavriel Kobi and Tomer Chazan were "tragic".

Sgt Gabriel Koby, 20, was shot by a sniper while on patrol in Hebron on Sunday.

His death came after Tomer Chazan, also 20, was lured to a West Bank village by a Palestinian and killed on Friday night.


Succot worshippers evacuated after IDF soldier shot dead

By Charlotte Oliver, September 23, 2013

An Israeli soldier was killed yesterday by a Palestinian sniper in Hebron, according to the IDF.

Sgt Gabriel Koby, 20, was on patrol at a West Bank checkpoint in the city when he was hit in the neck by a bullet. The soldier was immediately rushed to a Jerusalem hospital, where he died of his wounds.


Israeli soldier lured to his death

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2013

The funeral of an Israeli soldier murdered after being lured to a West Bank village by a Palestinian colleague is due to take place today.

Tomer Hazan, a 20-year-old from Bat Yam, was attacked by Nidal Amar on Friday night. The two men had worked together in a restaurant in Israel.

Amar was arrested by Shin Bet security officers who said he had later confessed to killing Sgt Hazan.


Yomtov bomb plot is foiled

By Ben Hartman, September 3, 2013

The Shin Bet, the IDF and Jerusalem Police combined last week to arrest members of a Hamas cell planning to bomb Jerusalem’s Mamilla mall during the High Holy Days.

The cell included two East Jerusalem residents who worked at the mall. They were recruited by Ramallah resident Hamdi Romana to place a bomb inside the shopping centre, the Shin Bet said.


Gangnam style: now I get it

By Orlando Radice, August 29, 2013

There was only one thing worse than watching the world become virally infected with a gormless South Korean dance, and that was discovering the world leaders, from Ban Ki-moon to Barack Obama, were also doing Gangnam Style for TV.


Israeli air force strikes terror target in Lebanon

By Zoe Winograd, August 23, 2013

The Israeli Air Force has attacked a terror site in Lebanon.

According to an IDF spokesman, the raid took place early on Friday morning in retaliation to the two rockets launched from Lebanon on Thursday.


Huge IDF revamp to meet evolving threat

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 15, 2013

Thousands of Israeli men got a phone call in recent weeks that changed their summer schedules. A week of training with their reserve units had been cancelled due to cutbacks.

For some, this signalled the end of their army lives, as the Israel Defence Force closes down a number of reserve units, including an entire armoured brigade.