JERUSALEM—Even as war rattles much of the Middle East, Israel is in the process of trimming its armed forces because of budgetary constraints and a reappraisal of the military challenges it faces.
In rare public signs of dissension within its upper ranks, Hamas figures, and influential supporters, are expressing doubts about the organization’s wisdom in entering into a 50 day war with Israel this summer.
JERUSALEM—The recent Gaza War has proven the impossibility of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian problem, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon declared this week.
JERUSALEM—Forty-five years after Israeli commandos planted listening devices on Jordanian territory in order to monitor military movements, Israeli experts crossed back into Jordan this week at the invitation of the Jordanian government to uproot the devices and neutralize the explosives attached to them.
JERUSALEM—As an uneasy ceasefire settles over the Gaza Strip, a cascade of anger is coursing through the West Bank and East Jerusalem, raising fears of a third Intifada, or Palestinian uprising.
JERUSALEM—Barely a month after the end of a bloody confrontation with Israel in Gaza, which was touched off by the kidnapping of three Israeli youths, Hamas officials this week called for further abductions in order to leverage prisoner exchanges with Israel.
The officials said they were seeking to repeat the successful abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in 2006, which led five years later to the release by Israel of 1,027 prisoners.
JERUSALEM—For two weeks, they slept on makeshift beds in Gaza’s tunnels, living on water and dates, waiting for the order to ascend to the surface and attack advancing Israeli forces from the rear. They had been trained to wait like that for as long as a month and a half, if necessary.
This testimony from a Hamas fighter captured by Israeli troops during last month’s fighting in Gaza was described in a rare interview on YNet with soldiers from an Israeli field intelligence unit who served in the Gaza war.
JERUSALEM—The Mossad, which has been running an online recruitment page for a decade, appears to be extending its reach in its most recent update to citizens of hostile countries.
JERUSALEM—Two Hamas operatives who set off a cycle of violence three months ago that led to more than 2,000 dead Palestinians and the devastation of much of Gaza were cornered and shot dead early Tuesday by Israeli security forces in the West Bank city of Hebron.
JERUSALEM—A Syrian warplane was today shot down early Tuesday when it penetrated Israeli air space over the Golan Heights.