JERUSALEM—The last time I saw Hossein Derakhshan, he was wearing an “I Love Teheran” T-shirt as he sat opposite me in a Jerusalem cafe. In that interview eight years ago, the 32-year-old Iranian exile (self-imposed), who is credited with introducing the blogging culture to Iran, described himself as a man with a mission.
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—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.