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Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman visited the IDF Gaza Division Monday morning and held a situation assessment meeting with the Chief of Staff, GOC Southern Command, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the Gaza Division Commander, and a Shin Bet representative. After the assessment, Liberman said, “First of all, I’d like to express my appreciation to the commanders and soldiers who are determined and imbued with the spirit of battle, who perform holy work for the safety of the citizens of Israel. “Since the start of the ‘March of Return’ incidents, Hamas has absorbed 168 dead, 4,348 wounded,…

This week, the fourth of my children visited Poland. Though the immediate threats to Jewish life in Poland today are not what they were 75 years ago, I can’t escape the need to protect her from Poland, our history, and its horrors. I don’t fear for her physical safety, but I do fear her loss of innocence as she will be exposed to the horrors to which our people, and specifically dozens of our relatives, were subject and murdered. I’ve been to Poland and I’ve witnessed concentration camps, death camps, the gas chambers, and the crematoria. I’ve been to cities and…

The IDF raided a Hamas-affiliated television station in the West Bank early Monday, arresting employees and confiscating broadcasting equipment. In total, 20 people were arrested in overnight operations. The army said it arrested four Palestinians suspected of incitement for their work at Al-Quds TV, which was defined earlier this month as a terror organization. The four arrested were named by Palestinian news site Wafa as station head Ala Rimawi and three freelance journalists, Sami Ulwan, Husni Injass and Qutaibah Hamdan. Wafa also said the army seized their cars and their personal computers. The Israeli military in recent years has shuttered a number of…

The IDF struck a Gaza terror cell Monday afternoon for the second time in 24 hours as Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned Hamas that Israel was not afraid to go to war. Last night Israel’s air force also struck a Gaza terror cell which had launched flaming kites and balloons into southern Israel. On Saturday, as part of an Egypt-brokered understanding, Hamas agreed to halt its violent attacks against Israel, which has included rockets, mortars, flaming kites and balloons. There have also been repeated infiltration attempts and violent riots at the Gaza-Israel border. On Friday, a Palestinian sniper killed an…

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the southern Israeli city of Sderot Monday morning, following a weekend of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. Netanyahu met with the heads of the local councils in the Gaza border region, as well as a kindergarten in the city. A house in Sderot suffered a direct hit from a rocket, wounding four. An additional rocket hit the courtyard of a synagogue. Communities throughout the region abutting the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave have suffered fires caused by incendiary balloons and kites launched from Gaza. “Just as we are now finishing putting an end to the tunnels,…

Israeli forces attacked Syrian military positions near the countries’ shared border early Thursday, the ‎IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed Thursday. Syrian state media also confirmed the incident, saying ‎the country’s air defenses “thwarted much of the ‎attack.” The Israeli military posted a video featuring footage of IAF missiles hitting what ‎appeared to be a hut, a ‎two-story structure and a ‎five-story structure ‎amid hilly terrain.‎ Video: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit The Syrian Arab News Agency quoted a Syrian military source as saying that ‎”The attack near Hader at the frontier of the ‎‎Israeli-occupied Golan Heights caused only material ‎‎damages.” Some Arab media…

Syrian civilians being mercilessly bombed by their own regime and turned away by neighboring Arab countries are thanking Israel for showing kindness even to its enemies. The video above shows Israeli soldiers who are part of “Operation Good Neighbor” delivering tons of food, clothing and medical supplies to the Syrian refugees amassing on their nation’s side of the Golan Heights. The refugees began streaming to the border last week when the Syrian regime and its Russian allies began indiscriminate aerial assaults on their homes, which are situated in some of the last rebel-held territory. Israeli officials said they can’t possibly…

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged Israel and the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers to recommit to the cease-fire that ended Operation Protective Edge in 2014, saying the recent escalation of violence in Gaza is “a warning to all how close to the brink of war the situation is.” Israel and Hamas fought a 50-day war in Gaza in the summer of 2014, after three Israeli teens were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas operatives and months of sporadic rocket fire from Gaza into Israel. In a report submitted to the U.N. Security Council, obtained by The Associated Press Monday, Guterres…

I never met Mitchell “Mike” Flint, but before I had even heard of him, I knew about him and his legendary sense of being on the right side of history in the establishment of the State of Israel. When I read about Mitchell, Jewish and Israeli newspapers were filled with accounts of his life in obituaries that heaped praise on his heroism, and that of others like him. There’s a Jewish tradition to comfort the mourning surviving family members of one who dies and I was able to connect with one of Mitchell’s sons, to express my condolences and thanks,…

Each year I try to think of how to depict Memorial Day in Israel in a way that’s meaningful and juxtapose it in relation to how it’s observed in the US. Many thoughts race through my head. And each year I see Memorial Day through a different prism. This year’s prism is through adopting a chayal boded, a lone soldier, who moved to Israel from the US alone. His home is our home, and while we don’t get to see him every day because he’s in the army, his experiences trickle down and provide a perspective through which we look…

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