IDF Forms Intelligence Unit that Includes Autistic Soldiers

Spokesman: Autistic soldiers have remarkable visual, analytic capabilities
IDF soldiers set up a drone  / AP

The Israeli army has formed a specialized intelligence unit that includes soldiers diagnosed with autism, a neurological disorder involving impaired social interaction and communication problems.

Iran Nuke Head Admits to Hiding Info from IAEA

Intel agencies used IAEA reports to sabotage nuke program
Aerial view of a heavy-water production plant in the central Iranian town of Arak

JERUSALEM—The former head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization revealed that Iran concealed information from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) because it believed intelligence agencies were using the reports to sabotage its nuclear program.

Full Collapse

Tunnel from Gaza into Israel uncovered following heavy rainstorm
Military spokesman for al-Qassam Brigades and Hamas / AP

JERUSALEM—A tunnel from the Gaza Strip extending half a mile into Israel has recently been uncovered, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

IDF Continues to Prep Iran Strike

Israeli defense minister: ‘We have to look out for ourselves’
Israeli soldiers

JERUSALEM—Israel’s political leadership has ordered the Israel Defense Forces to continue preparations for a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities despite the interim agreement arrived at last November between Teheran and Western nations, Ha’aretz reported today.

Duck and Cover

Study: Effective civil defenses in Israel town have greatly reduced deaths via terrorist rocket attacks
Hamas members hold up a replica of a Qassam missile in a demonstration / AP

JERUSALEM —An effective civil defense system has cut casualties in Israeli towns near the Gaza Strip by 86 percent, according to a study led by professor Edward Kaplan of Yale University’s School of Management.

Netanyahu Warns of Retaliation for Rocket Attacks

29 targets hit in Gaza Strip following terrorist attacks
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a joint press conference

JERUSALEM—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of powerful Israeli retaliation following the firing of 60 rockets into Israel by Palestinian Islamic Jihad Wednesday.

Shadow War

Inside the long-running operation to seize Iranian weapons
An Israeli naval warship escorts the seized Klos-C cargo ship  / AP

JERUSALEM—The interception last week by the Israeli navy of a ship in the Red Sea carrying rockets apparently destined for Gaza was part of an ongoing battle to block Iranian arms shipments that is usually waged out of the public eye, security officials in Tel Aviv said over the weekend.

Israelis Fear Palestinians Fighting in Syria Will Bring Terror Home

Al Qaeda affiliated militias in Syria training Palestinian recruits
al Qaeda

JERUSALEM—Concern in Jerusalem over possible spillover of the Syrian civil war across Israel’s northern border is being supplanted by concern over the return of local Arabs who have fought in the ranks of al Qaeda affiliated militias in Syria and been radicalized.

Laser War

Israel unveils laser defense system to shoot down short-range rockets
An Israeli soldier is seen next to an Iron Dome rocket interceptor battery / AP

JERUSALEM—Israel has unveiled a laser defense system that it says will be able to shoot down rockets and artillery shells with a high-energy beam.

Israel, Jordan Consider Involvement in Syria to Stymie al Qaeda

Local militias considered a barrier to prevent al Qaeda from establishing foothold in Syria
Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) try to calm civilians demonstrating against the rebel infighting in Aleppo

JERUSALEM—As Israel steps up humanitarian assistance across its border in southern Syria, a leading Israeli analyst has raised the prospect that Israel and Jordan, which also borders the area, may consider active involvement in order to prevent al Qaeda from establishing bases in the area adjacent to their borders.