In an open dialogue with new recruits, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained his controversial decision to show restraint in the military response to the rocket attack from Gaza two weeks ago.
On August 15, 2005, Israel unilaterally withdrew from the Gaza Strip. Known as the “Disengagement” it was one of the most painful episodes in the country’s 57-year history. It threatened to tear the country in two. Then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s justification was that it would bring peace with the Palestinians closer. In the intervening… Read more »
Weekly riots on Israel’s southern border have resulted in hundreds of Palestinians killed. Accompanied by incendiary aerial devices, the riots have destroyed massive amounts of farmland and nature preserves in southern Israel. Accented by sporadic rocket fire by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the hostilities led Israel to take part in Egyptian-brokered ceasefire talks, leading to a transfer of $15 million by Qatar to pay beleaguered Gaza civil workers.
The IDF special forces officer who was killed in a raid in the Gaza Strip on Sunday was laid to rest yesterday. The 41-year-old soldier has been identified in the media only by his Hebrew initial, ‘mem.’ He was from a community in northern Israel. President Reuven Rivlin attended the funeral at which he gave… Read more »
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.