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The Israel Defense Forces (IDF), commonly known in Israel by the Hebrew acronym Tzahal, are the military forces of the State of Israel. They consist of the ground forces, air force, and navy. It is the sole military wing of the Israeli security forces, and has no civilian jurisdiction within Israel. The IDF is headed by its Chief of General Staff, the Ramatkal, subordinate to the Defense Minister of Israel; Rav Aluf Benny Gantz has served as Chief of Staff since 2011.

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The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) will hold large-scale military exercises in the West Bank and Golan Heights beginning Sunday, the army said in a statement on Saturday.
On Friday, Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem shared a video of a frightened 8-year-old Palestinian boy being dragged from house to house by some fifteen armed Israeli soldiers for more than one hour. Apparently, the Israeli Defense Forces ...
The crisis exacerbated last weekend when Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and Gaby Eisenkot, the chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, threatened to destroy Syrian air defenses and would hold the Lebanese government accountable for any ...
An Israeli teenager arrested on suspicion of making multiple bomb threats to Jewish organisations in the US, began his campaign of terror after he was rejected ...
Beirut, Lebanon (2:11 A.M.) - At least twelve Palestinians were injured after the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) opened fire on a group of protesters marching against the building of new settlements in east of Ramallah on Friday.
An 18-year-old Israeli who has dual citizenship with the US was arrested in Israel on suspicion of making bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States, Australia and New Zealand over the past three months.
Sharansky's "3D Test," which has been adopted by the U.S. state Department, states that criticism is anti-Semitic when it targets Israel with delegitimization, demonization or double standards. The test's validity is ... but inherently illegitimate ...
In order to do this, they send veterans of any religion to Israel to visit holy sites for spiritual therapy, and to meet both American and Israeli veterans from the Israeli Defense Force. Sergio Lopez, one of the veterans who spoke, served as a U.S ...
In its ninth tour, "Between the Lines: Voice of Israel - Stories Untold" features two reserve duty Israeli soldiers who recount their personal experiences in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) upholding its strict moral code, often in the face of an ...
"She had to relive the torture she suffered at the hands of the Israeli Defense Forces, which was vicious and inhumane," Goodman said.
... was filmed by two locals, including one volunteer, occurred on Sunday 19 March. It has caused outrage among Palestinian and liberal Israeli circles, who have condemned it as representative of the Israel Defence Forces' criminalisation of Arab children.
As a result of the war, Israel gained control over Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Golan Heights. To commemorate the war, the Ohio Chapter of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces and the Cleveland Jewish News Foundation are ...
Israeli police have arrested a 19-year-old Jewish man with dual American-Israeli citizenship as the main suspect in hundreds of bomb threats made against Jewish community centers in the US and worldwide.
Chen Ofir, who trains pilots, is one of a growing number of Orthodox Jewish women serving in the Israeli military despite prohibitions by some Israeli rabbis. Photo courtesy of the Israel Defense Forces. Jerusalem (RNS) As an Orthodox Jewish woman, ...
In October 2016, Hen Mazzig, an Israeli writer and activist, tried to meet with a Jewish student group at University College London (UCL) as anti-Israel protesters outside threatened to enter the classroom where he was speaking. ... Mazzig, who is ...
Former Israel Defense Forces commander Hen Mazzig delivered a lecture to students about the struggles of being openly gay in the Middle East.
Chen Ofir, who trains pilots, is one of a growing number of Orthodox Jewish women serving in the Israeli military despite prohibitions by some Israeli rabbis. Photo courtesy of the Israel Defense Forces. Jerusalem (RNS) As an Orthodox Jewish woman, ...
The idea to implement the "Safe Distance" plan is based upon insights gained in Israel's 2014 war with Hamas, which saw civilians living in areas adjacent to Gaza evacuating on their own initiative.
A video shot by the Israeli Defence Forces and obtained by Reuters on Monday (March 20) showed a test interception by Israeli air defense interceptor, David's Sling. Israel's multi-tier air defence anti-missile system will be fully operational early ...
About two-thirds of the Israeli public believes that Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot and former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon mishandled the incident when they condemned the shooting of the wounded terrorist.
A network of child-protection organizations has urged U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to add 11 groups, including the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), to a blacklist of the world's worst reprobates. Other suggested entities include the Popular ...
Israeli officials have vowed that Israel will continue to act in defense of its citizens against threats posed by Hezbollah in both Syria and Lebanon, as tensions over Israeli airstrikes against the group in Syria continued to boil. Israeli warplanes ...
Jerusalem (JTA) - A Syrian man was killed when the truck he was driving in the Quneitra region of the Golan Heights on the road to Damascus allegedly was fired on by an Israeli drone, Syrian media is reporting. The Israel Defense Forces is not ...
... attributed to Islamic State-linked extremist Salafist groups. Nevertheless, the Israel Defense Forces have consistently reacted with strikes at Hamas installations, considering the terror group accountable for any aggressive actions stemming from ...
He tells us that Israeli Arabs - both Christian and Muslim - are risking disapproval from their own communities by volunteering for the Israeli Defence Forces in increasing numbers, disproving the lie that Israel is a racist, apartheid state. (Non-Jews ...
The March 15 request by the United States for Jordan to extradite Ahlam Tamimi, the Palestinian woman involved in the 2001 Sbarro pizzeria suicide bombing, surprised everyone - Hamas, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and to a large extend Israel ...
To date, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency have successfully thwarted such efforts, and many Israeli lives have been saved as a result. Most recently, Israeli security forces this month announced the arrest ...
A Palestinian teen was killed Friday night after being hit by Israeli fire during clashes near the al-Arroub refugee camp in the southern West Bank, Palestinian officials said.
Earlier in the day, the Israeli military told Sputnik that its combat planes were targeted by missiles after they had attacked targets in Syria.
The Hamas targets were hit overnight Thursday after a rocket fired from Gaza struck in an open area of the Sdot Negev Regional Council, located in southern Israel near the border with Gaza. No damage or injuries were reported in the rocket strike ...
religious Zionist rabbis are calling on their followers not to enlist in mixed-gender combat units after the the Israeli Defense Forces announced an initiative to bring more women into combat roles. Several leading religious Zionist rabbis, who are ...
Israel's Shin Bet domestic security service and the Israeli Defense Forces uncovered a terrorist cell affiliated with the al-Aqsa brigades, the militant branch of the Fatah organization, that planned to carry out attacks near the village of al-Ram ...
Christians who promote the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel were chastised last week at the International Christian Media Convention of the National religious Broadcasters (NRB).
If the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the Israeli Air Force had destroyed vital Lebanese infrastructure during the early days of the fighting, the Lebanese government would have probably pressured Hezbollah to stop firing rockets at Israel much earlier.
Israeli soldiers pray atop a tank at an Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) staging area by the central Gaza border. Yannis Behrakis/Reuters.
The parents of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier Elor Azaria, who was last month sentenced to an 18-month prison term after being convicted of manslaughter for the fatal shooting of a Palestinian terrorist last year, pleaded with Israeli lawmakers on ...
The Israel Defense Forces reported a projectile was fired into southern Israeli territory Wednesday night, landing in an open area in the Negev.
In a March 15 statement, IAI said the president and chief executive of the firm has ordered all relevant individuals to "fully cooperate with authorities without hesitation with the Israel police and to act according to directives, with the purpose of ...
Adi Cohen, a previous finalist on Israel's version of "American Idol," is one of two vocalists for Synco Romantico, which will perform in Boca Raton and Delray Beach through March 28 as part of the Spanish River Concerts music series.
Millburn police officer Michael Goldfarb, center, visits the 9-11 Monument near Jerusalem along with, from left, Israeli police Chief Inspector Micky Rosenfeld, former Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren, police Unity Tour Organizer Michael ...
Following the attack, large police forces entered the neighborhood and raided the assailant's home.
Riho Terras were on Friday and Saturday in Lebanon where they also visited the members of the Estonian defense forces serving in the United Nations Interim Force (UNIFIL) in Lebanon as well as the country's leaders.
Israeli and Palestinian security officials: Netanyahu's office dominates Israeli policymaking on issues related to the Palestinians.
More than 800 people attended the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Greater Miami Chapter's recent 2017 Solidarity Gala at The Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood.
Naftali Bennett and Lebanese president agree: There's no line between Hezbollah and Lebanese state. Lebanese must realize another war with Israel means ...
The IRGC are now reported to be present in Syrian-government controlled territory along the 1967 ceasefire line in the Golan Heights, which has seen months of Israeli air strikes met with rockets fired towards the Israel Defence Forces (IDF).
27, the political science Majors Council hosted Miri Eisin, a former spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), to speak about women in intelligence and security professions, what women need to do to advance in these professions and how they ...
Israel Defence Force (IDF) prosecutors have appealed against the "excessively lenient" 18-month sentence given to a soldier for killing a wounded Palestinian attacker.
(JNS.org) A months-long joint operation between the Israel Defense Forces, the Shin Bet security agency and the Israel police to bring down a vast Palestinian terrorist weapons-smuggling network in the West Bank and Gaza concluded Tuesday, with Israeli ...
Jerusalem (JTA) - Israeli troops defused two explosives found near the security fence on the border with Gaza. The devices discovered on Tuesday "were planted in order to attack IDF troops on the border," the Israel Defense Forces spokesman said.


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