The IDF represents Israel’s multicultural nature but underneath the wrinkled green uniform is a special army preparing for the very special war that precedes the Messianic era. Three rabbis weigh in on how this prophetic mandate affects every aspect of the IDF and Israel’s wars.
An IDF officer was killed on Sunday night while his unit was operating undercover inside Gaza. The flare-up comes while Israel and Hamas are engaged in difficult ceasefire negotiations intended to calm violence on Israel’s southern border, caused by weekly Hamas-led riots and incendiary aerial devices.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Sunday presented Deputy Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, as the candidate to serve as the next IDF Chief of Staff to the Goldberg Committee, which vets senior public service appointments. After approval by the Committee, the appointment will have to be approved by the government.
The Security Cabinet has instructed the IDF to escalate its response to attacks from Gaza following an incident in the early hours of Wednesday morning in which two rockets were fired at Israel, one scoring a direct hit on a house in Beer Sheva and the other landing off the coast in the central region.
Israel and the Hamas-run Gaza strip are about as close to outright war as they have been since the cessation of 2014’s Operation Protective Edge. Tensions have been high for several weeks, but the temperature was raised significantly earlier today following the launch of two rockets just before 3:40 a.m., including a long-range missile, fired… Read more »
The IDF announced they destroyed a Hamas tunnel from Gaza on Thursday morning that crossed over the border. The tunnel, more than half a mile long, infiltrated more than 200 yards into Israel. The purpose of such tunnels is to launch attacks from inside against Israeli civilians. This is the 15th such tunnel the IDF destroyed this year.
Lt. Bar Vaknin of the elite Givati Brigade who was shot in the stomach by a Hamas sniper in July said in an interview that he was, “saved by a miracle.” Vakhnin was stationed on the security fence separating Israel from Gaza, protecting Israel from the Hamas-led ‘March of Return’ that has brought tens of… Read more »
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced Thursday that its soldiers had detonated a large improvised explosive device (IED) planted on the Israel-Gaza border fence. The army claimed that it had been placed there during a recent violent Palestinian protest. The discovery of the IED as Israel reopened the sole pedestrian crossing with the Gaza Strip,… Read more »
Israel has announced that within a few years it will have a remote firing missile system that could precisely hit targets anywhere in the entire region. Intended to counter Hezbollah’s vast arsenal of mid to long range rockets, at least one military analyst thinks Israel’s new missiles are a significant game-changer.