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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 protesters respond by burning tires and throwing rocks. Has our army come to the point of enlisting civilians for detective work that endangers the lives of the Kafr Qaddum protesters? The Israel Defense Forces Spokesman's Office told Haaretz in response to a query: "Operating drones in the area of ...
Israel and the US, in a joint effort to combat the Iranian nuclear threat, successfully tested the Arrow 3 long-range missile interceptor on Monday morning. The test was well received allowing for it to further be tested against an actual missile in Alaska, after having been delayed twice in recent months.

Earlier this month Syrian Air Defense Forces launched a strike against an Israeli f-16 fighter in response to the IDF's downing of a UAV, allegedly belonging to ... The downing of the Israeli F-16 fighter by the Syrian Air Defense Forces shows "an important shift in the rules of engagement imposed by Syria," ...
The four soldiers were a combination of infantry and explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) forces, sent on foot to investigate a Palestinian flag placed along the border, Israel Defence Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told CNN. Conricus said the flag was placed along the border during Friday ...
Suddenly the Golan Heights were in Israeli hands, as were Judea and Samaria and the Sinai Peninsula. ..... There would be little consequence for Israeli security, because the Israel Defense Forces would retain a presence on the ground and the work of the Shin Bet security service would remain ...

That near-lynching was perpetrated by Israel Defense Forces soldiers on Mabruk Jarrar, a 39-year-old Arabic teacher in the village of Burkin, near Jenin, during their brutal manhunt for the murderer of Rabbi Raziel Shevach from the settlement of Havat Gilad on January 9. And if that wasn't enough, a few ...
Conricus said the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) knew from the drone's flightpath that it had a particular mission, but he wouldn't give any details, nor would he tell CNN if the drone had been armed. He confirmed that it was the first time an Iranian drone had crossed into Israeli airspace since the start of the ...
An Israeli f-16 fighter jet was hit and went down Saturday in northern Israel after coming under "massive anti-aircraft fire" from Syrian forces, ... after an Israeli combat helicopter successfully intercepted an Iranian unmanned aerial drone that had been launched from Syria, the Israel Defense Forces said.
On Dec. 19, while many of us were spending time at home with our families and loved ones, Israel Defense Forces troops were raiding the home of Ahed Tamimi in order to arrest her. Her crime? A slap in the face of an Israeli soldier who represents the occupying force that has dictated every aspect of her ...
In his recently published book, Rise and Kill First, Ronen Bergman offer the first authoritative history of the special operations of Mossad, the Shin Bet, and the Israeli Defense Forces' targeted assassinations. Berman's book examines Israel's legacy of "targeted killing operation." Since the Second World War ...
On Wednesday, the Israel Defense Forces started building part of a wall meant to stretch along the Lebanese border near Rosh Hanikra. Work will soon start on another section near Metula; construction is planned for an 11-kilometer (6.8-mile) stretch and will take several months. Lebanon keeps warning ...
Israeli security forces are searching the area for the Palestinian assailant in the Monday afternoon attack, the Israel Defense Forces spokesman said. An IDF officer who identified the attacker began to pursue him in his vehicle and hit him, but the attacker still was able to flee, according to the IDF.
A supporter of Israel holds an Israeli Defense Force flag as he walks past a line of anti-Zionist ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Naturei Kartra movement during a protest outside the Capitol Hill where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress in Washington, DC, on March 3 ...
The more the situation deteriorates, Israel Defense Force officials said, the more Gazan protesters will demonstrate at the border fence with Israel. The number of demonstrators has already increased in recent weeks, and Israeli army sources expressed concern that an incident along the fence could spark ...
Built on a foundation of pre-independence militias, supplied with cast-off World War II weapons, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have enjoyed remarkable ... The Israeli Air Force has flown variants of the f-15 since the 1970s, and has become the world's most versatile and effective user of the Eagle.
Armed by Iran, Yemen's Houthi rebels now threaten one of world's busiest shipping routes, a top Israeli naval official said. .... Nevertheless, senior Israel Defense Forces officer told Haaretz, "our intelligence assessment is that even if Hezbollah currently has this capability, we don't see it taking such an ...

According to Palestinian reports, Israeli soldiers raided the town of Kifl Haris near Ariel. Security forces suspect the terorrist fled to the town and are searching Kifl Haris and other neighboring villages. The head of the local council of the town, Abd al-Rahim Buzaya, told Haaretz that the army blocked all the ...
Per the terms of the deal, Lockheed Martin will procure Israel-unique weapons certification, modification kits, and electronic warfare analysis in support of the F-35 Lightning II Israel system design and development. This will offer 3F+ fleet to the government of Israel under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) ...
Israeli officials said that the facility was built without the necessary permits; the Israeli Defense Forces did not issue any comments on the incident. The school was the only facility providing education to the children of the Abu Al-Nawwar community, who otherwise had to cross a highway and travel to school ...
Defense minister Avigdor Lieberman has instructed the Israel Defense Forces to establish a new force of ground-to-ground missiles with a range of up to 300 kilometers, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported on Friday. This unit will be part of the army's ground forces. Lieberman has approved an initial ...
CNN asked if Tamimi was a Palestinian heroine or dedicated troublemaker. Ahed became a Palestinian symbol who turned the spotlight on the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and on the military court system it operates there. Now there is no way that Israel can emerge from this affair with the upper ...
"I thought that hitting him would have changed the course of history, " said former Israel Defense Forces special ops expert Meir Dagan, who called Arafat a "kind of ... On one occasion, Israeli soldiers entered a house where Arafat was based to find his food still warm but the leader nowhere to be found.
Only a decade ago, it would have been unthinkable for the Israel Defense Forces chief of general staff to give an exclusive interview to Saudi media, ... that now lies before Israel and the Sunni Arab world, we must first examine their relationship in the broader historical context of Israeli-Arab relations, in the ...
Much of the industry's growth has been fueled by Israel's need to counter cyberattacks from rival nations, which led to the creation of the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) 8200 elite cyber Intelligence Unit. Many of Israel's top cybersecurity experts cut their teeth in Unit 8200. Some of those experts subsequently ...
Israeli intelligence believes that Hamas is focusing on greatly improving its drone capabilities in the Gaza Strip, in light of Israel's success in intercepting .... For a couple of years now, Israel Defense Forces officers stationed there have reported a major increase of small quadcopters hovering over them.
The most current document outlining the strategy of the Israel Defense Forces, distributed within the army about two months ago, described the Palestinian arena as ... The current U.S. administration is the most pro-Israeli ever, as was underscored by the visit this week of Vice President Mike Pence.
"Foxtrot" tells the fictional story of an army checkpoint where bored Israeli troops shoot Arab passers-by after mistaking a soda can for a weapon, and then ... told Army Radio that they had "saved us from bitter disappointment and a false presentation of the Israel Defense Forces internationally", while adding ...
The UTJ reaction to Lieberman's visit was published in three of its mouthpieces: the dailies Yated Ne'eman, Hamodia and Hamevaser. "Something has happened in Israel," it read. "A senior cabinet member chose to openly defy Shabbat, accompanied by other government officials, using government cars ...
Speaking during a tour of the Gaza border region, where he received a review of the current challenges in the field from members of the Israel Defense Forces, Rivlin said that "the time is coming near when the infrastructure in Gaza will collapse, leaving many civilians in distress, with no sanitary conditions, ...
The religious explanation for seismic events appeared in a booklet handed out by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) at a class given by the country's Home Front Command. In a chapter on ... The religious content reinvigorated an ongoing debate in Israel over the proliferation of religious material in schools.
Rubin was born in Moshav Bustan Hagalil in northern Israel in 1944 and joined the Israel Defense Forces Paratroopers Brigade in 1963. During his 25-year career in the army he served as commander of the 202nd Paratroopers Battalion, the officer training school, the Paratroopers Brigade, the 500th ...
Last October, under the nose of an Israel Defense Forces observation post that remained at the site that had been the crossing, the army uncovered a tunnel that the Islamic Jihad had dug into Israel. The invasive tunnel was located slightly south of the position, some 200 meters into Israeli territory. Its exit ...
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed that one soldier was moderately injured in what is suspected as a car-ramming attack in the Jordan Valley on Friday. According to the statement, a Palestinian man ran into a group of soldiers with his car after being refused entry into a popular tourist site in Qasr ...
... at the outbreak of the First Gulf War in 1991, Israel was on the verge of bombing Saddam Hussein's Iraq amid fears the Iraqi dictator might deploy chemical weapons. Israel's Ministry of Defense released documents held until recently in their Israeli Defense Force (IDF) Archive which disclose the intentions ...
The £500 million subterranean concrete barrier will run for 40 miles along the entire Israeli-Gaza border and is the first underground border wall of its kind in the world. ... The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) have destroyed three tunnels which infiltrated into Israel from Gaza in the last three months. A senior ...
Keynote addresses presented by former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee, highlight two South Florida events sponsored by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces in January. Bolton spoke about the threat of Iran and North Korea to stability ...
Well, the danger of deterioration - perhaps even to the point of war - has grown significantly, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot stated. The intelligence branch and the chief of staff, who is beginning his fourth and final year at the helm of the army, are concerned about two possible ...
It's impossible to advocate the annihilation of Israel, to strike at it incessantly, and not expect a response from the Israel Defense Forces. The only force in the Middle East capable of dealing with Hamas' military power (and of course, the Salafi groups and Islamic Jihad) and really disarming it is the IDF.
8 (Xinhua) -- A total of 35 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel in 2017, compared with 15 in 2016 and 21 in 2015, according to the statistics from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) issued said on Sunday. Meanwhile, the number of "terror" attacks either in the West Bank or by "terrorists" who came ...
Israel made an agreement in 1957 with France, which helped install a plutonium-based facility in the Israeli city of Dimona. The United States was a close political ally to Israel, but was not prepared to provide Israel with nuclear weapons. The nuclear facility was built under extreme secrecy in the Israeli ...
12, Mangel, a machine gunner who served in the Kfir Brigade, will share his experiences of serving in the Israeli Defense Forces, growing up in an ultra orthodox Jewish family and the stories his grandfather shared of Auschwitz at a shabbat dinner at the Chabad House of Greater Hartford. Last year ...
... is yes, says Michael Oren. The former Israeli ambassador to the United States, now a deputy minister in Israel's Cabinet, tweeted last week that the Israel Defense Forces should change its rules of engagement, such that soldiers should "shoot to kill" suspected terrorists, instead of just incapacitating them.
The need for the long-awaited "air force" for ground forces is visible from Israel's borders with Syria and the Gaza Strip. The signs grew particularly clear in ... Still, the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by the Israeli Defense Force's (IDF) ground troops has not been a given. In fact, the Israeli Air Force, ...
The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said in an emailed statement the teenager was taking part in a "violent riot" in Deir Nidham, around 14 miles northwest of ... The 17-year-old was critically injured when he was shot in the neck, a spokesperson for the Palestinian Red Crescent told The Times of Israel.
The Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson's Unit said at the time that the army "takes a grave view of any incidence of violence toward security forces," and yet the assailant goes on living peacefully at home. The education minister didn't demand that she sit in prison, social media have not exploded with ...
The Israeli military has warned the Islamist group Hezbollah that it risks starting a third Lebanon war if it fires its rockets at offshore natural gas platforms in the Mediterranean. Senior Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) officers told Haaretz newspaper they were aware the Iran-backed, Shiite paramilitary group ...
Israeli defense officials don't rule out that the organization's members are hiding their group's involvement in the attacks from Hamas. One way or the ... On Monday, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot stressed this very point in a speech at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. On Tuesday ...
Some 16 soldiers committed suicide in the Israel Defense Forces in 2017, a slight increase from the previous three years. All told, there has been a dramatic decline in IDF suicides over the past decade. Last year's suicides included 13 soldiers, two officers and one reservist. "The figures show a dramatic ...
Hezbollah has the capability to attack Israel's offshore natural gas platforms, having acquired the armaments such as rockets to do so, senior Israel Defense Forces officers said on Monday. Nevertheless, one officer told Haaretz, "Our intelligence assessment is that even if Hezbollah currently has this ...


 

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