Aviv Kochavi became the 22nd Chief of Staff of the IDF. As he assumes one of the most demanding jobs in the world, here’s a look at some challenges ahead of him.
After Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, hundreds of thousands of Jews were exiled from their homes in Arab and North African countries. Those who remained suffered heavy persecution. But in Tunisia, a North African country recently democratized during the 2011 Arab Spring, there is now a Jewish minister in the cabinet.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took the opportunity, while speaking in Cairo on the American presence in the Middle East, to criticize former President Obama’s policies in the region. Was he right in doing so? Was Pompeo fair in his assessment of the Trump administration’s efforts in the region?
Visits by Iraqi officials to Israel announced by the Jewish state stirred controversy Monday in Iraq, where the deputy parliamentary speaker demanded a probe to identify those who crossed a ‘red line’. Israel’s foreign ministry said on Twitter on Sunday that three Iraqi delegations visited Israel in 2018, and details were also later released by… Read more »
Egypt has closed the Rafah Border Crossing to Palestinians, following the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) withdrawal of its personnel from Gaza. Hamas forces have taken over from the PA, which protested the detainment of approximately 500 employees in Gaza. Hamas says it will be ‘forced to act against Israel’ if PA doesn’t ease pressures.
Rahaf Mohammed Al-Qunun has managed to escape what she claims is death at the hands of her family in Saudi Arabia. There are also allegations that a Saudi official tried to take away her passport while she hid in her hotel room in Bangkok airport. What does this say about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record?
The growing use of unmanned technology in field intelligence units seems to be the way forward on the modern battlefield in many militaries around the world, and the I.D.F. is no different. In fact, it is a world leader in this field. How does unmanned technology fit into this world of warfare? IDF drones have… Read more »
Israel’s Attorney-General Avichai Mandelbilt has some tough decisions to make in the near future. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing a possible indictment on bribery charges, but the final decision on whether or not to indict is up to Mandelblit. Mandelblit is currently examining police recommendations for Netanyahu’s indictment for bribery and corruption in at… Read more »
Year-end data published by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Monday showed the number of terror attacks committed in the West Bank dropping for the fourth consecutive year, while the amount of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip increased dramatically — with more projectiles launched at Israel in 2018 than in the past three years… Read more »