‘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

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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