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Likud pushing bill to annex Jordan Valley

Likud pushing bill to annex Jordan Valley

By LAHAV HARKOV Photo: Courtesy Knesset Likud ministers and lawmakers are trying to limit Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s freedom in peace talks, with MK Miri Regev submitting a bill on Thursday to annex the Jordan Valley. If Regev’s bill becomes law, Netanyahu would be unable to accept the American offer to put the Jordan Valley and border crossings into Jordan under Palestinian control, with IDF soldiers posted at the border and the US providing additional security. 

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IDF: Christian arab recruitment on the rise

IDF: Christian arab recruitment on the rise

by: Ahuva Balofsky “And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not do him wrong.” (Leviticus 19:33) IDF: Rise in Christian Arab Recruitment Soldier of the Armored Brigades Reconnaissance Unit (Photo: Israel Defense Forces) The IDF has released some numbers on the Christian community: it has reported a significant rise in the number of Christian Arab recruits in the past year.  Since June, 84 Christians have volunteered for army service. Normally, the average is 50 per year. “The last recruitment cycle is the largest observed in recent years,” an army source told The Jerusalem Post. “The…

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IAF and paratrooper Elite Recon inaugurate new base in unique maneuver

IAF and paratrooper Elite Recon inaugurate new base in unique maneuver

New Base part of budget cuts and efficiency Plans By Yissachar Ruas Tazpit News Agency It is a hot summer morning in the Negev Desert and we are on our way to visit one of the IDF’s smaller but most exceptional units – The Paratrooper Reconnaissance Unit. The IDF’s Paratroopers originated from a unit founded during the Second World War when the Haganah, Israel’s largest underground paramilitary entity, tried to put forth an effort to save Europe’s Jews. 12 people were allocated for Paratroop training in the Ramat David base, under the guidance of the British Military. One of them…

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Weapons cache uncovered in overnight IDF raid in Shechem

Weapons cache uncovered in overnight IDF raid in Shechem

By Aryeh Savir Tazpit News Agency IDF soldiers have uncovered a weapons cache during a special raid conducted last night in Shechem. The cache included two pistols, parts of an M16 rifle, over 100 ammunition clips, different kinds of ammunition, and other military equipment. Over the past two months the IDF has recovered more than 100 bullets, IDF military equipment, a variety of improvised weapons, more than 100 ammunition clips, several Molotov cocktails, three pistols, five rifles, and three knives in ten different incidents. Six shooting attacks have been executed against Israeli civilians by Palestinian terrorists over the past two…

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All set with Iron Dome, IDF awaits Magic Wand

All set with Iron Dome, IDF awaits Magic Wand

IDF finishing preparations for sixth missile interception system. It will happen within two months – perhaps as early as July. Meanwhile, ‘Magic Wand,’ supposed to intercept missiles from longer distance, presented at Paris Air Show By Yoav Zitun The Air Force is finishing up the preparations for the absorption of a sixth Iron Dome battery. The battery is expected to arrive from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems within two months, and it may happen as early as next month. Within the aerial defense system, troops have completed staff preparations.   The battery will have similar capabilities to those of the fifth…

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Turks expect ‘Tens of Millions’ in compensation from Israel

Turks expect ‘Tens of Millions’ in compensation from Israel

Tzippy Livni discussed with Turkish officials the possibility that Israel would compensate families of the Maramara dead David LevJustice Minister Tzippy Livni on Sunday spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, discussing the possibility that Israel would pay reparations to the families of nine Turkish supporters of Hamas who were killed in 2010 aboard the Mavi Marmara, after they attempted to attack and murder IDF soldiers as part of the Gaza flotilla. Turkey's vice-premier, Bulenbt Arink, told Turkish media Sunday that a meeting and discussion in compensation had taken place, but gave no details. Turkish media reported Sunday that the…

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Residents of Judea and Samaria respond to terror on the roads, take security into their own hands

Residents of Judea and Samaria respond to terror on the roads, take security into their own hands

By Aryeh Savir Tazpit News Agency Following the recent deterioration of the security situation in Judea and Samaria, local residents have decided to take their security into their hands, reinitiating the civilian based recon unit which was operative during the second Intifada. In recent months there has been a sharp upsurge in terrorist attacks against the residents of Judea and Samaria. The number of stone and fire-bomb attacks on the roads has increased dramatically. To contend with this reality the local security councils have decided to reestablish the civilian security patrols on the roads. The IDF has lately decreased the…

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3,000 ultra-Orthodox receive IDF draft notices, to be called up by August

3,000 ultra-Orthodox receive IDF draft notices, to be called up by August

F120701YS02-635x357By Asher Zeiger Some 3,000 ultra-Orthodox Israelis have received call-up orders to the IDF and will be enlisted for active service by August 2013, the army announced on Thursday. The young men who were slated to join the military had until recently deferred their service due to their religious beliefs, Maj. Gen. Orna Barbivai, the head of manpower in the IDF, told Israel Radio. 2013 will be the first year in which the number of ultra-Orthodox draftees will be in the thousands, she said. Barbivai also expressed concern regarding the inordinate number of Ethiopian soldiers currently serving out sentences in…

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Israeli priest hounded for his support of Israel

By Aryeh Savir Tazpit News Agency Last weekend, Father Gabriel Nadaf (39), a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth, challenged a boycott against him and attempted to enter the Church there to recite a prayer and light a candle. He was accompanied by Israeli Border Police officers and supporters, who came to ensure his safe passage into the church. Nadaf was excommunicated by the Orthodox Church Council after he expressed his belief that Christian youth in Israel should fully integrate into Israeli society, serving in the IDF or in the National Service. Since then, he and others, like Father André Alamiya,…

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US to give Israel thousands of “bunker buster” bombs

US to give Israel thousands of “bunker buster” bombs

Pentagon asks Congress to increase military aid to Israel by $647M with aim of replenishing IDF munitions following recent Gaza campaign Ynet Published Israel News The Pentagon has appealed to Congress in a bid to increase the United States' military aid to Israel by $647 million, Ynet learned Tuesday. According to a Bloomberg report, in wake of Operation Pillar of Defense, the Pentagon wants to arm the IDF with a tail kit system used to convert free-fall bombs (Photo: AP)into satellite-guided ordnance, as well as with missiles that can be mounted on F-15 and F-16 fighter jets and are capable…

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