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Debate Over Role of 'People's Army' in Israel Reflects Wider Fissures

New York Times - ‎11 hours ago‎
JERUSALEM - In a politically fractious country troubled by monumental security challenges, Israel's military has long served as an equalizer and unifier, a “people's army” that, at least in the eyes of the Jewish majority, reflected the general ...
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How Israel Lost Its Latest Chance for a Peace Process

The New Yorker - ‎May 26, 2016‎
His appointment served as a climax to parallel dramas: a public dispute between Netanyahu's most conservative ministers and the Israel Defense Forces, which Lieberman's appointment will inflame, and a secret peace initiative prompted by Tony Blair, ...
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Is new defense minister dangerous for Israel?

Al-Monitor - ‎May 24, 2016‎
Now Netanyahu intends to appoint this very same person - who is allegedly unqualified to be a military commentator - to the post of defense minister after pushing Moshe Ya'alon, a former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) chief of staff, from the position.

Israel Defense Forces says air siren heard in southern Israel was false alarm - Times of Israel - ‎May 18, 2016‎
Israel Defense Forces says air siren heard in southern Israel was false alarm - Times of Israel. Read more on timesofisrael.
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Saying It With 'Flowers': Revisiting Israel's Painful, Nameless War in Lebanon

Haaretz - ‎May 23, 2016‎
By the time Friedman, a Canadian-born immigrant to Israel, was deployed to southern Lebanon as a soldier in the late 1990s, being shipped off to an Israel Defense Forces outpost on a hill was par for the course. Able-bodied young Israeli males were ...
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Former IDF General: Army Must Protect Israelis Before Palestinian Civilians

Breaking Israel News - ‎May 18, 2016‎
Members of the Israel Defense Force (IDF) have an obligation to put their own safety ahead of the safety of Palestinian civilians, says former IDF Brigadier General Shmuel Zakkai. Speaking to Israel Army Radio, he noted, “Anyone who thinks it necessary ...
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Avigdor Lieberman named as Israel's defence minister

BBC News - ‎May 25, 2016‎
Mr Lieberman served as foreign minister in the past, where he was generally perceived to cut a sometimes undiplomatic figure. At the defence ministry he will be in charge of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), one of the most revered institutions in ...
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Resignation Speech: Israeli Defense Minister Steps Down, For Now - ‎May 20, 2016‎
He flagged potentially “disastrous” trends, threatening Israeli society and the rule of law, and called on the Israeli military to continue to resist “illegitimate moral phenomena.” This unofficial translation of remarks delivered Friday morning at ...
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Parents of Only Children in IDF Can No Longer Void Combat-duty Consent

Haaretz - ‎4 hours ago‎
A prospective Israel Defense Forces recruit who is an only child, or whose family has lost a member in military service in the past, must obtain the consent of his or her parents in order to be assigned to a combat unit.
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IDF New Unit to Face Threats on Syrian Borders

Asharq Alawsat - ‎3 hours ago‎
Tel Aviv- Beirut- The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Sunday the formation of a special new unit charged with developing ties with Syrians living near Israel's northern border.
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WWII Vet Reunites With Man He Saved From Concentration Camp 71 Years Ago

ABC News - ‎May 17, 2016‎
"Sid tells the story that his convoy was stopped by a Jew named Marcel," Peter Weintraub, president of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, who sponsored the trip, told ABC News. "Marcel tells him in Yiddish that 'You have to leave your route and ...
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Defense Minister Ya'alon's Ouster Is a Turning Point in Israeli Political History

Haaretz - ‎May 22, 2016‎
He is by far the most important minister, shouldering direct responsibility for Israel's security, the personal security of Israel's citizens, and the lives of their children serving in the Israel Defense Forces. Defenders of the murky deal to oust an ...
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Israeli Ex-Generals Push 'Security First' Plan for West Bank, Gaza - ‎17 hours ago‎
On Sunday, Commanders for Israel's Security (CIS), a group of more than 200 retired generals from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Mossad and Shin Bet, delivered to government ministers, deputy ministers and lawmakers its “Security First” plan for ...
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Why some Palestinians are siding with the IDF

Al-Monitor - ‎May 19, 2016‎
“Surprised and not surprised” is how Fatah member Qadura Fares described the reaction of the Palestinian leadership to the tensions in Israel between top military and defense officials and the political leadership following the May 4 remarks by Israel ...
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A shipborne Iron Dome anti-rocket system launching an anti rocket missile (IDF)

Natural Gas Europe - ‎May 27, 2016‎
During the last Gaza war in 2014, the Palestinians tried to shoot at Israeli gas assets, according to Israeli military sources, but missed.
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Israel: B'Tselem rights group gives up on army complaints system

i24news - ‎May 24, 2016‎
A leading Israeli rights group announced Wednesday it was giving up taking complaints over soldier conduct to the military, after years of going through official channels brought few prosecutions.

IDF soldiers arrest 21, seize guns in large West Bank raid

The Times of Israel - ‎May 25, 2016‎
Israel Defense Forces soldiers and border police arrested 10 Palestinians and seized guns, ammunition and “military equipment” in a large-scale raid in the West Bank village of Kufr al-Dik, east of Tel Aviv, early Wednesday morning, the army said.
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Netanyahu's Difficult Political Choices

FrontPage Magazine - ‎5 hours ago‎
Netanyahu acceded to Lieberman's demand to receive the Defense portfolio, even though he has had little military experience and served as a corporal in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). He is to replace former Chief-of-Staff Lt-General Moshe “Bogie” ...

Israeli rights group accuses military of whitewashing soldiers' abuses

Reuters - ‎May 25, 2016‎
JERUSALEM B'Tselem, one of Israel's leading human rights groups, said on Wednesday it would no longer refer complaints of abuse carried out by Israeli soldiers to Israeli military courts because the system was biased and set up to whitewash cases.

As new Gaza commander comes in, IDF says its finger is on the trigger

The Times of Israel - ‎May 20, 2016‎
Incoming head of the IDF Gaza Division Yehuda Fuchs (left) shakes hands with Southern Command chief Eyal Zamir (center) during a ceremony marking the exit of Brig.