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‘Bombs would have destroyed buses, cafes,’ says battalion commander who raided Hamas terror cell
The Shin Bet Israeli security service has detected and broken up approximately 250 large-scale terrorist cells since the start of 2018 alone, giving an indication of the scale of violence it has spared Israel’s cities and civilians.
Amid F-35 expectations, the F-16 remains the backbone of Israel’s air power
Although the F-35 remains vital in its importance, the IAF still needs to have hundreds of combat aircraft at its disposal, including older F-16 and F-15 jets.
Naval arms race between Israel and Hamas picks up steam
At the Israel Navy Erez Arena Control Center just north of the Gaza Strip, officers and soldiers turn an array of high-tech sensors in the direction of Gaza, aware that any blind spot could end up carrying a heavy price tag for the Israeli civilian communities all around them that they protect.
Hamas in Gaza fails to ignite similar violence in the West Bank
Hamas is not the only entity trying to set things on fire. Iran and its proxies, such as Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah, have sought to infiltrate the West Bank and create armed cells there.
Iron Dome serves Israel well, attested to by downed projectiles and grateful residents
Crews sprang into action, intercepting mortar shells headed to Israel’s southern areas to save lives, many of them putting their training into practice for the first time in their military service.
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?
As Gazans attack border crossing, it’s Israel (not Hamas) coming to their economic aid
The Kerem Shalom crossing was attacked by mobs three times this past month acting under instructions by Hamas. According to Israeli intelligence assessments, these actions are part of a wider effort by Hamas to ramp up the pressure on Israel and the international community to get them fresh funds for the collapsing Palestinian economy.
Half of Syria’s air defenses destroyed by IAF in recent months
“The risks are all around us—whether it is instability in Syria or in Lebanon, where Hezbollah is a forward [Iranian] division, or Hamas, which gets its support from Iran. Iran is all over, offensively trying to operate against Israel, and we have to weigh and asses the risks constantly as we operate against this aggression,” a senior IDF source said.
Israeli home front needs bolstering to fend off Hezbollah’s growing arsenal
While Israel Defense Forces’ soldiers sit in armored vehicles able to withstand projectile fire, civilians in towns and cities throughout the Jewish state are exposed to enemy fire, senior ex-commander says
IDF’s first wheeled armored personnel carrier enters service
The Eitan vehicle carries infantry soldiers rapidly from base to battle zone, and ‘will increase our independence,’ army officer tells JNS
Analysis: Trapped in its own paradox, Hamas is buying time with Gaza protests
The escalating tensions along the Israel-Gaza border, which have led to the largest number of Palestinian deaths since the 2014 “Operation Protective Edge,” is not a show of strength by Hamas, but a desperate move by a terror organization with dwindling options.
Israel unleashes powerful strike capabilities after Iran hits first
Iran tried to force Israel to accept its presence in Syria, and the effort failed. It ended up losing more than 50 military targets, and Israel’s message to Tehran—to exit Syria immediately—received a powerful boost.
As deal with Palestinians remains unlikely, Israel should defend its own interests, says former Shin Bet head
It’s risky, to be sure, but optimism lingers. “An arrangement will discernably minimize our control of Palestinians [and] decrease hostility, and suitable security arrangements can be made,” Yoram Cohen told participants at the Annual Herzliya Conference.
‘Hezbollahstan has 120,000 rockets pointed at Israel’
Providing an alternative view to PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s support for America’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, Maj.-Gen. (Res.) Amos Gilead says at the annual Herzliya Conference. “In Israel, we supported the cancellation of the deal, and everyone is satisfied. Why are we satisfied? What are the options?”
The IDF’s Unit 9900: ‘Seeing’ their service come to fruition
The secretive and sensitive Unit 9900, which specializes in visual intelligence and plays an essential role in the activities of the Israel Defense Forces, has received some 100 autistic volunteer soldiers so far.