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

Israel has reached decision time on Gaza

October 18, 2018 by  

Events in Gaza are moving quickly, and Israel has now reached a critical fork in the road with two main paths: a significant military escalation, which has the potential to gain momentum and turn into a broader armed conflict; or a long-term arrangement, designed to restore calm to the area…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

After exposure of Beirut missile sites, Hezbollah and Lebanon conduct some damage control

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision last week at the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York to reveal the location of secret missile sites in Beirut, including one near the city’s international airport, could turn up the pressure on the Lebanese state, and certainly sends a clear warning to Iran and Hezbollah. Read more

How feasible is a long-term truce with Hamas?

September 17, 2018 by  

The prospect of a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas brings with it both risks and opportunities…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

Hamas is taking the region to the brink of war

The security escalation in southern Israel and the Gaza Strip over the last 24 hours shows that Hamas is prepared to take the region to the brink of war, and that it believes it can force new rules of conduct on Israel while paying a minimal price for its aggression…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS/military correspondent. Read more

Hamas-Israel truce would be like a ‘painkiller, not an antibiotic,’ say observers

August 8, 2018 by  

Intensive efforts are underway to reach a long-term, comprehensive truce arrangement between Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Israel. Former members of the Israeli defense establishment, however, have expressed skepticism about the feasibility of such an outcome…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

Patient preparedness: Israeli hospitals drill the transition from ‘routine to war’

Under the expert guidance of IDF Home Front Command, Israeli hospitals across the country are shoring up their ability to shift into war mode should a sudden conflict erupt without prior warning…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

A failure at state-building, Hamas sticks to military build-up in Gaza

July 24, 2018 by  

Tensions between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip remain high, following a period when Gazan terror factions fired large numbers of projectiles at southern Israeli regions, drawing return Israeli airstrikes. Mass arson attacks targeting Israeli farms and villages that were orchestrated by Hamas appear yet to have stopped, and an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire looks uncertain. Read more

‘Steering wheel of the military’: IDF intelligence officers provide rare glimpse into their secret world

As Israel’s enemies build up their military force while hiding themselves in civilian population centres, the intelligence officers of the Israel Defense Forces keep a close eye on them and prepare the military accordingly…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

Palestinian Islamic Jihad prompts dangerous escalation in southern Israel

It launched a large-scale mortar-shell attack two days after losing three of its armed members to an Israeli airstrike in response to a gun attack on an IDF unit patrolling the Gazan border. Is Palestinian Islamic Jihad responding to the killing of its operatives or acting under Iranian instructions?…asks Yaakov Lappin/JNS.

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Israeli home front needs bolstering to fend off Hezbollah’s growing arsenal

The Israeli home front remains unprepared for the large-scale threat posed by Hezbollah’s mammoth and expanding arsenal of projectiles, a former senior military commander has warned.,,writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS.
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Israel unleashes stunning strike capabilities after Iran hits first

May 11, 2018 by  

In striking more than 50 Iranian military targets within 90 minutes early on Thursday morning, the Israel Defence Force displayed just a sample of its advanced, intelligence-fueled precision firepower, dealing a crushing blow to Iran’s assets in Syria…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

The IDF’s Unit 9900: ‘Seeing’ their service come to fruition

A program designed to integrate young people on the autistic spectrum into the military—in fields where they have a relative advantage—is proving to be a “win-win” for all involved…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

Analysis: Stopping the formation of the Iranian war machine

If Israel was behind the latest reported air strikes in Syria, targeting two bases that appeared to contain Iranian weapons depots, this would seem to be the latest sign that Jerusalem’s determination to stop Iran from building a war machine in Syria remains absolute and unshakable…writes Yaakov Lappin. Read more

Middle East braces for a tense May

The coming month of May looks set to contain an unusual number of potential escalation points that could converge to create a highly explosive month…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

Flyby a reminder ‘that we are standing watch,’ says Israeli squadron commander

Minutes before his fighter jets took off to take part in a historic flyby marking Israel’s 70th year of Independence, the commander of  the 101 Squadron of the Israeli Air Force told JNS that he viewed the event as an important mission—one that carries a powerful message…writes Yaakov Lappin. Read more

The Israeli air force legend who influenced generations

On Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers, the family of Lt.-Col. Ohad Shadmi—a legendary and highly influential air force pilot and squadron commander—turn their thoughts to his lasting legacy…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

Walking in the footsteps of those who battled in 1948

April 17, 2018 by  

Members of the Israel Defence Forces and Israeli civilians are jointly commemorating the decisive battles of the 1948 War of Independence ahead of national celebrations of Israel’s 70th year of Independence…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

Analysis: Minimal strike on Assad shows extent of Russian deterrence

The missile strikes on three chemical weapons sites in Syria represent relatively small-scale action against Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, and underline the extent of Russia’s deterrent posture…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

Israeli military gets set for the mammoth task of prepping for Passover

Despite its many round-the-clock security missions, the Israel Defence Forces believes that bringing the holiday spirit to its personnel is an imperative. Read more

Under shadow of Hezbollah’s growing arsenal, Israeli home front gets busy

With Hezbollah pointing more than 120,000 projectiles at Israeli cities, towns and villages, it is clear to emergency and defence planners that any eruption of a new armed conflict will not resemble previous wars…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

Analysis: Downing of Israeli F-16 is no victory for Iranian axis in escalating ‘war between wars’

February 13, 2018 by  

A day after Israeli, Syrian, and Iranian forces were involved in a major military confrontation—that left an Israeli F-16 shot down, along with an Iranian drone, and multiple Syrian air defenses destroyed—the dust has begun to settle and the bigger picture is emerging…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Read more

New elite military unit ready to defend Israel from Gaza terror threat

A new elite IDF infantry unit is about to take up its position along Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip.  Read more

Hamas ‘just waiting for Abbas to die’ as Palestinian unity deal falters

December 24, 2017 by  

Hamas’s latest effort to join a Palestinian unity government is little more than a facade, and the terror group’s top immediate objective is to seize control of Judea and Samaria and turn it into a second Gaza, according to the assessments of defense experts…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS.org. Read more

Israel’s F-35 jet, now combat capable, is ‘not just a plane’

December 20, 2017 by  

After they were deemed combat capable earlier this month, the F-35 “Adir” stealth fighter jets promise to create system-wide change in the Israeli Air Force (IAF). Read more

Israel’s terror tunnel discovery spotlights the ‘real proxy of Iran’ in Gaza

November 5, 2017 by  

When it comes to terrorism emanating from the Gaza Strip, most public attention usually focuses on Hamas, the group that rules the coastal enclave…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS.org. Read more

Building on ‘strong’ bond, U.S. opens first-ever permanent military base in Israel

September 25, 2017 by  

Amidst Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s declaration that the U.S.-Israel alliance has “never been stronger,” the two countries recently made history by opening of the first permanent American military base on Israeli soil. Read more

As Israel faces growing threat from enemy drones, science fiction comes to life

A quadcopter from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel earlier this month, and the IDF released a short message, saying a unit had arrived to take it away for checks….writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS.org. Read more

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