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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. logo
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Israel can become a target tooAlmost in passing at the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee last July, Israel Defense Forces chief Gadi .... As reported in Haaretz, China showed its bargaining power when it stopped a process in which a former Israeli defense official was supposed to testify on ... Russia
A Palestinian teenager died Saturday of wounds sustained in clashes between Israeli security forces and protesters during the fifth consecutive week of protests on the Gaza border, Gaza's Health Ministry said. Azzam Halal Owaida, 15, was said to have been shot in the head by Israeli forces.
There are close links between Israel's cyber security companies and the Israeli Defence Force (IDF). The majority of firms are employing graduates from Israel's signals intelligence organisation, Unit 8200, which has expertise in protecting cyber infrastructure against attacks from state-sponsored hackers. banks
“It is the Israel Defence Forces which opened fire on peaceful and, crucially, unarmed demonstrators,” added MEMO's senior editor, Ibrahim Hewitt. “To claim otherwise makes a mockery of international law and wastes the court's time. Shurat Hadin's submission and resultant publicity is an attempt to divert ... banks
TEL AVIV — In the early hours of April 9, Israeli fighter jets bombed the Tiyas air force base in central Syria, killing at least seven military personnel. Israel wasn't targeting Syria's chemical weapons program, as the US would do four days later in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical ... banks

An Israeli soldier has been filmed celebrating after shooting a Palestinian protester with rubber bullets. The video ..... After a sniper shooting video was released earlier this month, the Israeli Defence Force released a statement saying the shooting occurred after efforts to disperse a violent riot had failed. banks
Two-meter high “decorative and modern” fences, opaque, but not entirely, will be the Israel Defense Forces' protective equipment to preserve the innocence of female soldiers who join the army. The purity of the male soldiers will be preserved by means of permission to be absent from a place where ... banks
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has warned Gazans that anyone approaching the fence would be putting themselves in danger. According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Hussein was shot even though he was a permissible distance from the border. Israel said Hussein was a Hamas member though ... banks
(CNN) Israel's military destroyed a tunnel originating from Gaza that penetrated tens of meters inside Israeli territory, the Israeli Defense Force announced Sunday. ... Nearly 1,000 Palestinian protesters were injured in Gaza on Friday, largely from live ammunition and tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers.
With international criticism of Israel's response to the Gaza protests growing, video has emerged appearing to show an Israel Defence Forces (IDF) sniper shooting a Palestinian man standing near the border fence. After the Palestinian man falls to the ground, soldiers are heard cheering in the background. soldiers
Last Friday the Israeli Defense Forces have turned to drones again to drop tear gas on protesters along the Gaza border. Police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld told the Times of Israel that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to drop tear gas on protesters was a recent innovation. soldiers
Since the 1960s, the air arm of the Israel Defense Forces (colloquially the IAF) has played a central role in the country's defense. The ability of the Israeli Air Force to secure the battlefield and the civilian population from enemy air attack has enabled the IDF to fight at a huge advantage. At the same time, the ... soldiers
Videos on social media show unarmed protesters being shot at by Israeli sniper fire, but the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have put forward a different narrative. “At least ten known terrorists with track records of terrorist activity were killed whilst carrying out acts of terror during the violent riots along the border ... soldiers
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have traded barbs over deadly clashes on the Gaza border. ... The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said troops fired "towards the main instigators" during rioting in which petrol bombs and stones were thrown. Palestinians accused Israel of ... soldiers
The Israeli military has warned it could take action against "terrorist targets" inside the Gaza Strip. ... Sixteen Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers at the Gaza border. ... The Israel Defense Forces (IDF), which enforces a no-go zone along the Gaza border, doubled its troop presence for the protest. soldiers

The backdrop: 17,000 Palestinians have kicked off a 6-week protest called the Great March of Return, demanding that refugees be allowed to return to homes on the Israeli side of the border. The Israeli Defense Forces say troops fired on "the main instigators" of riots that included "rolling burning tires and hurling stones.". soldiers
Israeli soldiers shoot tear gas from the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border, as Palestinians protest on the Gaza side of the border, March 30, 2018. ... to safeguard the no-go zone fearing a mass break out into Israel, and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) started shooting live ammunition at demonstrators. soldiers
An Israeli drone crashed in the southern part of Lebanon, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed Saturday morning after it was initially reported by Hezbollah's Al Manar Television network reported Saturday morning. IDF said there was no risk of information being leaked, but that it was investigating the ... soldiers
JERUSALEM -- Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered along Gaza's border with Israel on Friday to vent their pent-up frustration in a protest that quickly turned violent, with Israeli forces killing 15 at the border fence. As many as 30,000 arrived early in the day at tent encampments on Gaza's side of ...
Six Palestinian citizens of Israel were killed protesting the seizures at the time. Prior to Friday's protest, organizers said the march would be nonviolent, but warned of possible military fire from Israeli forces. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement that thousands of Palestinians were "rioting ...
Seven Palestinians were killed, including a 16-year-old teenager, and some 500 were lightly or moderately injured the Palestinian healthy ministry reported Friday afternoon, as Israel Defense Forces clashed with some 17,000 protesters along the Gazan border and in the West Bank. Palestinians took part ...
Much of Eisenkot's stint has been devoted to consolidating a multi-year plan called “Gideon,” the aim being to make the Israel Defense Forces better prepared for the next war. Eisenkot claims that with its combined upgraded abilities – in intelligence, in the air and on the ground and sea – the IDF will be ...
Palestinians in Gaza have marched in their thousands to the Israel border at the start of a six-week-long protest. The Palestinian health ministry says at least five people have been killed and 350 wounded, many of them by Israeli gunfire. The Israeli military reported "rioting" at six places and said it was ...
As Palestinians in the Gaza Strip prepare to stage mass demonstrations on the border with Israel, the Israeli Defense Forces is deploying 100 sharpshooters to man the area, an Israeli general announced Wednesday. The army has been authorized to open fire on protesters in cases of extreme danger.
One of the first Israeli container housing projects was established during the 2014 Gaza war, when Israel's communities in the south suffered daily rocket fire. When Sderot, a city in the western Negev Desert, was repeatedly targeted, turning it into a ghost town, the Ayalim Association, which is dedicated to ...
A week earlier, senior Saudi, Emirati, Qatari and Omani officials all sat around the table with Israeli counterparts at a one-day summit in the White House to ... Only last year there were attempts to keep under wraps the fact that both the Israel Defense Forces' chief of staff, Gadi Eisenkot, and his Saudi ...
The State Archives and the archives of the Israel Defense Forces, police and Shin Bet security service (to which access is completely blocked, as reported by Ofer Aderet and Jonathan Lis in Haaretz ... This tendency is even more acute when it comes to archival materials related to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
The relations between Israel and Palestine have been pretty tense through the years. Palestinians seek to create an independent state in the West Bank. The Gaza Strip, along with the Golan Heights, the West Bank and the Sinai Peninsula were seized by Israel as a result of the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War in ...
A television personality and Israeli advocate, Aynaw will appear alongside David Broza and friends at JUF's Israel@70 Yom Ha'atzmaut Community ... She later served in the Israel Defense Forces as a Company Commander with the rank of Lieutenant and then joined the Military Police, with 300 men and ...
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (R) sits next to Defense Minister Ehud Barak before issuing a statement at the end of a meeting of Israel's Security Cabinet in ... On March 21, Al-Monitor and the Israeli press broke the story of Israel admitting that jets from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) had destroyed the ...
The removal of censorship restrictions on Israel's attack on the Syrian nuclear reactor more than a decade after it happened revealed a serious deficiency in public oversight of the Israel Defense Forces. Since the nighttime bombing on September 6, 2007, Israel has been “ambiguous” about air force ...
“Juniper Cobra 2018 proved to be an incredibly challenging and realistic scenario, requiring trust, communication and collaboration with our Israeli ... “This exercise gave us, as a Marine unit, an opportunity to integrate, train and work bilaterally with the Israel Defense Force,” said U.S. Marine Corps Capt.
With more than three decades of security service each, we know that the Israel Defense Forces can handle any challenge, providing our leaders with the space needed for a bold initiative ... The writer, a retired Israeli major general, is the founder and chairman of Commanders for Israel's Security, an N.G.O..
The international community, aside from Iran and North Korea, kept silent and did not condemn the Israeli air strike as it had in 1981, with Iraq. One may assume that ... The cabinet and the Israel Defense Forces say nothing beyond making general statements lacking any details. During Olmert's tenure this ...
A 20-year-old Israeli soldier from a prestigious combat died after being lethally wounded in a friendly fire incident in a military base in central Israel on Tuesday. To really understand Israel and ... The accident took place at the Central Command of the Israel Defense Forces. After being wounded by another ...
According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), during the night between September 5 and September 6, 2007, four Israeli F-16 jets destroyed a nuclear ... The IDF said that this operation had helped them eliminate a nuclear threat, not only to Israel, but to the entire region as a few years later, the Daesh* ...
The Israeli military confirmed Wednesday it carried out the 2007 airstrike in Syria that destroyed what was believed to be a nuclear reactor, lifting the veil of secrecy ... "The motivation of our enemies has grown in recent years, but so too the might of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces)," Defense Minister Avigdor ...
They then hijacked two buses and, in the ensuing carnage with Israeli security forces, 38 Israeli civilians, including 13 children, were killed and 76 wounded. Three days later, on March 14th, Israel invaded Lebanon to clear out their enemy, from the Israel/Lebanon border north to the Litani river. The UN ...
Israeli forces on Monday made assessments of the home of a Palestinian assailant who fatally stabbed an Israeli security guard in Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday afternoon ahead of its expected demolition, the army said. Israel Defense Force (IDF) troops, together with the Shin Bet security service and ...
The attack comes two days after two Israeli soldiers were killed in a West Bank car-ramming attack. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Saturday that Israel would demolish the home of the Palestinian responsible for the attack. Following the attack, the IDF may recommend to the government to ...
The Israel Defense Forces field a wide variety of American military equipment, due to significant amounts of American military aid to Israel. However, American equipment ... As a result, American equipment in Israeli service is often extensively modified to fit the IDF's unique mission. Here are some unique ...
Israeli security forces arrested Sunday the assailant who stabbed a man to death near the Ariel settlement in the West Bank last month. The assailant, Abed al-Hakim Asi, was apprehended in Nablus along with several other suspects in a joint operation of Shin Bet security, Israeli Defense Forces and Israeli ...
Israel, or "Startup Nation" as some call it, has become a world leader in cyber security. And the nation's military is fueling its supremacy. Although Israel makes no cars of its own, the world's top auto-security companies are all Israeli. The country also receives roughly one-fifth of the world's global private ...
Palestinians have called for protests in response to the US administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to move the US embassy to the city. During one of the recent protests, an IED device exploded and injured four Israeli Defense Force soldiers. In response to the attack, Israeli ...
The Israel Defense Forces launched a large-scale military drill Sunday evening, which will continue seven days throughout the country, in order to ... On March 4, the Israeli army launched another joint drill with the U.S. military against a "possible attack" that could come from Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
School security in Israel is an extension of the comprehensive approach authorities there take to protecting all public places. According to National Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, police work with the Israeli Defense Force and the private security companies that protect such places as malls, bus ...
Tiyas is one of ten bases occupied by the Revolutionary Guard, according to research by the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (Bicom), which it said had been verified by the Israeli Defence Forces. Tiyas was one of two bases in Homs province alone — the other, Shayrat, was also struck ...
The Israeli army took down a video from the internet encouraging equal military service for men and women. The video went viral after it was posted on the Israel Air Force website on Thursday to mark International Women's Day. The religious Zionist website Srugim said the “defiant” video was removed at ...


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