Blue and White’s focus shifts to unity government option after exit polls

September 18, 2019 by  

As the clocked counted down the minutes to the initial exit polls at Blue and White Party headquarters, its leaders headed out into the “field,” taking to beaches and shopping centers across central Israel urging potential voters to the ballot box. Read more

IDF foils Hezbollah’s risky attacks and its attempts to secure guided missiles

September 3, 2019 by  

Hezbollah launched a dangerous attack on an Israel Defense Forces’ base in northern Israel on Sunday—an attack that could have resulted in a rapid deterioration into a larger conflict. Read more

Israel’s campaign to disrupt the Iranian war machine in Syria continues

August 27, 2019 by  

Israeli Minister Tzachi Hanegbi: There is a “deep struggle” underway in Iran over the country’s ongoing efforts to entrench itself in Syria, and Israel publicized the latest strike to strengthen these voices. Read more

Power struggles over ‘day after Abbas’ rage largely under the surface, for now

In the West Bank, a number of factions, militias and armed terror organizations have been thinking for a while now about the day after the leadership of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas comes to an end. Read more

Iran is dragging the Middle East into a dangerous standoff

In recent weeks, Iran and its proxies have begun operating under a new directive best described as a policy of controlled escalation. Still, the potential for miscalculation and regionwide conflict has grown considerably. Read more

Nurses on the front line: IDF pilot program aimed at improving battlefield medicine

The Israel Defense Forces’ Medical Corps is in the midst of a pilot program that places nurses and male nurses in combat battalions, as part a series of changes designed to improve the military’s medical services. Read more

Gaza remains highly flammable, despite reports of Israel’s ‘new understanding with Hamas’

According to a report by Israel’s Channel 12 that was aired on Tuesday evening, Israel and Hamas have reached informal new understandings, designed to allow calm to prevail in the next six months. Read more

Gaza and Israel enter shaky ceasefire; many predict it to be short-lived

An ultra-violent yet brief conflict that erupted between Gazan terror factions and Israel came to an abrupt end early on Monday morning, as an unstable ceasefire took hold. Read more

Gantz’s plan for Gaza: After creating deterrence, a regional push to rehabilitate the Strip

Blue and White Party leader and former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz laid out his own alternative plan for dealing with the Gazan threat during a visit to Israel’s rocket-stricken south on Sunday. Read more

Palestinian Islamic Jihad started a fire in Gaza

The Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror organization – the second largest armed faction in Gaza – is responsible for the latest escalation in Gaza and Israel. Read more

‘Your opportunities are limitless,’ NASA astronaut tells Israel Air Force personnel

As NASA astronaut Richard R. (“Ricky”) Arnold projected slides showing images of his time on board the International Space Station, a lecture hall filled with young Israel Air Force personnel sat spellbound, absorbing his every word. Read more

Hamas ‘war of attrition’ against Israel’s south could resume on ‘Land Day’

Hamas is set to hold a mass march this Saturday to the Gazan-Israeli border to mark “Land Day,” an event that has the potential to transform into mass disturbances, which, in turn, could reignite Gazan rocket fire and Israeli military strikes. Read more

IDF pummels Hamas after one rocket attack too many

The Hamas rocket that shattered a village home in the Sharon district of central Israel, north of Tel Aviv early on Monday morning, is an attack that for Israeli leadership represents a step too far. Read more

Rockets on Tel Aviv an escalation that could cost Hamas dearly

Thursday night’s twin rocket attack on greater Tel Aviv from the Gaza Strip marks a dramatic escalation of the security situation that could prove to be highly costly for Hamas. Read more

Can Israel defeat Hamas without toppling it?

February 24, 2019 by  

So far, Israel’s objectives in armed conflicts with Hamas have been limited so as to avoid the need to reoccupy Gaza or to send it down the “Somalia model” path of chaos. But there might be a third option. Read more

As its popularity is challenged, Hamas keeps watchful eye over its Palestinian rival in Gaza

January 27, 2019 by  

Tensions between Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip have sparked a number of armed conflicts and smaller scale flare-ups in the last decade. Yet within Gaza there is a web of internal tensions and simmering rivalries between Palestinian factions. So far, these have not posed a threat to Hamas’s iron grip on its enclave, but as its popularity is questioned, that might change one day. Read more

Six years after completion, Israel’s border fence with Egypt has transformed the south

January 13, 2019 by  

This time six years ago, Israel completed its high-tech border fence with Egypt, marking the start of a transformation in the situation along this restive frontier…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

A new Mideast order is taking shape, says ex-senior Israeli intelligence officer

The era of chaos in the Middle East is drawing to a close, and a new phase, which contains its own set of dangers, is taking shape, a senior former intelligence official has told JNS…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

Is the IDF ready for all-out war? In Israel, the debate rages on

The question of just how ready the Israel Defense Forces is for war has dominated Israel’s headlines in recent weeks…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

With SpaceIL launch, Israeli children can dream about ‘reaching the moon’ and beyond

In 2019, a team of Israelis will make history when an unmanned spacecraft they built will launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., destined for the moon. Read more

Russia struggling to stop the Iranian-Israeli shadow war in Syria

December 28, 2018 by  

It didn’t take long for the recent Israeli Air Force strikes on Iranian or Hezbollah targets in the Damascus area to receive Russian condemnation…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

Widening the Iranian corridor to Syria

December 21, 2018 by  

In responding to U.S. President Trump’s surprise announcement of a withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Syria on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu issued a brief statement that contained two messages…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

IDF’s nightly battle against the proliferation of West Bank guns

December 19, 2018 by  

On many occasions in the Israel Defense Forces’ ongoing battle against illegal guns in the West Bank, security forces seize such weapons before the terrorists can even arm themselves with them. But not always…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

In Israel, the deception of quiet has been shattered. Now what?

December 16, 2018 by  

The succession of deadly Palestinian terrorist attacks in the West Bank in recent days is a painful reminder of a bigger truth, and that is that the security quiet that prevailed until recently was little more than an illusion…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

Through rapid raids, IDF’s special forces to play critical role in future war with Hezbollah

December 9, 2018 by  

At the end of November, the Israeli military’s Commando Brigade held a secretive war exercise, which sheds light on how Israel is preparing new capabilities against Hezbollah and Hamas. Read more

Amid Hezbollah counter-tunnel operations, IDF must be ‘ready for deterioration,’ says ex-defence official

December 7, 2018 by  

As the Israel Defense Forces plough ahead with an operation to expose and destroy a network of Hezbollah tunnels snaking their way into northern Israel from Lebanon, the military must also be prepared for the risk of a sudden escalation with the powerful Shi’ite terrorist organization, a former senior defence official told JNS. Read more

Lieberman’s sudden resignation exposes deep rift over Gaza strategy

November 16, 2018 by  

For several weeks, Israel’s outgoing Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman had made his dissatisfaction with Israel’s approach to Hamas in Gaza public—very public. Read more

Hamas ‘raises the stakes’ with mass rocket assault on Israel’s south

November 13, 2018 by  

Hamas and other armed Gazan factions launched a widespread rocket and mortar assault on southern Israel as evening descended on Monday, in an assault seen by the terror organizations as a calculated risk. Read more

New IDF chief of staff, who takes nothing for granted, faces an explosive region

November 6, 2018 by  

The recent appointment of Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi as the next Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces means that the Israeli military will soon be led by a general who takes nothing for granted, and whose mission will be to navigate an increasingly complex and explosive Middle East. Read more

As Gaza approaches combustible levels, West Bank’s deceptive quiet faces tests

October 19, 2018 by  

As tensions mount in the Gaza Strip and Israel following a severe security escalation, the question of whether the West Bank will also flare up remains relevant. Israel’s defence establishment is working quietly around the clock to prevent large-scale terrorist attacks that are being planned by Hamas and other Palestinian factions…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

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