Peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians may have been suspended, but every Tuesday 100-year-old Ruth Dayan sits down for a Skype chat with her best friend, Palestinian poet and activist Raymonda Tawil, mother of Suha Arafat. Fifty years after they first met, both women agree there will be no solution to the conflict without an end to the occupation.
Nechama Duek 23:46 , 22.10.17
As part of a surprising collaboration between the Israel Museum and Artists4Israel organization, people injured in war, military service and terror attacks team up with international tattoo artists, who decorate their bodies as a way to help them recover from their physical and mental scars.
Gil Korotki 23:33 , 21.10.17
After decades of activity on behalf of people with disabilities, Yoav Kraiem is not taking part in their current struggle. His new challenge is to get the public to understand that ‘accessibility is much more than just another ramp.’
Ziv Ardman 11:41 , 20.10.17
After the fifth consecutive day of protests by ultra-Orthodox Jews against army enlistment, Rabbi David Zucker—one of the organizers of the demonstrations—attempts to explain rationale behind their anger; 'We scorn Israel in the strongest possible manner.'
Ynet reporters 11:20 , 20.10.17
After being hunted by the Shin Bet for years, Yahya Sinwar has a new cause for concern. As the person leading the reconciliation process with Fatah, he has gained many enemies—from Iranian intelligence in Beirut to Mohammad Dahlan’s supporters in Gaza. It's no wonder he’s one of the most heavily guarded people by the Egyptians, who see him as their most important investment in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Alex Fishman 23:49 , 18.10.17
Lt. Col. (Res.) Danny Pearl recalls past battles and traumas, friends lost and stories kept, as he, together with some 40 of his comrades, meets the soldiers of today and entrusts them with the long and courageous legacy of protecting the State of Israel.
Dana Peleg 23:05 , 18.10.17
Secret meetings in effort to prevent the suspension of the submarine deal, the changes Israel requested that could indicate capability to launch nuclear missiles from the submarines, and Ya'alon's claims Netanyahu pressed him on the patrol boats deal. Yedioth and DIE ZEIT uncover more details of the affair that complicated Israeli-German ties.
Ronen Bergman, Holger Stark 08:21 , 17.10.17
From his underground office in Tel Aviv’s Kirya Base, Brig.-Gen. Turgeman oversees hundreds of secret military activities a year as head of IDF's Operations Division. In a special interview, he explains why Hamas isn’t interested in a conflict with Israel, says Israel’s biggest threat is in the North and reveals that the IDF helped thwart a terror attack against Russian forces in Syria.
Yossi Yehoshua 23:51 , 14.10.17
The future of combat is now: last month's large-scale military exercise in northern Israel included IDF forces setting up an underground field hospital, remote-controlled trucks, smart parachutes, hovercrafts to evacuate the wounded and robots carrying equipment alongside troops; this is what the next war will look like.
Yoav Zitun 18:48 , 14.10.17
With US President Trump considering decertification of the Iranian nuclear deal, several Israeli security experts are of the opinion keeping it, albeit with some necessary changes and tougher enforcement mechanisms, is the much better option for not only the US but also Israel.
The Associated Press 09:30 , 13.10.17
Mickey Gitzin, who grew up in a national right-wing home, is not quite the natural choice to head the New Israel Fund. Now, after establishing himself in the role, he no longer listens to online commentators and has started instead to focus on the objectives: bring the NIF into the consensus, but also fight back against detractors.
Ziv Nevo 23:48 , 12.10.17
Troops from Egoz, Duvdevan, Maglan, Sayeret Rimon, Sayeret Tzanhanim and the Yahalom Combat Engineering Unit drill urban warfare, preparing for the challenges of both present and future; ‘Seeing the civilian population certainly helps to sharpen soldiers’ sense of commitment to the mission.’
Yehonatan Bnaya 15:50 , 11.10.17
We've asked commanders from different combat units in the IDF to capture in one photo what the commander's spirit means to them.
Shahaf Frenkel, Daniel Dayan 15:37 , 08.10.17
In his first interview since taking office, IDF Chief of Staff Eisenkot tells Ynet about the IDF's covert operations to stop Iranian aid to Hezbollah and Hamas, talks about attempts to get Nasrallah, and discusses both the Azaria case and the submarine affair.
Yoav Zitun, Attila Somfalvi, Gido Ran 12:13 , 06.10.17
IDF Lt. Col. explains how Israel's ability to show a more benign face through humanitarian efforts in treating wounded Syrian children will transform civilians into ambassadors; 'The citizens on the other side realize that Israel saves their children's lives, it’ll will be hard to convince them we want to destroy them.'
Noam Barkan 08:59 , 06.10.17
Massoud Barzani fought for his people’s independence for nearly 50 years. ‘Now I can die,’ he tells French Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy the morning after the historic vote. Feeling closer than ever to fulfilling his dream, he is determined to do so despite the warnings issued by Iraq, Iran and Turkey. ‘We’ve been tortured, gunned down, displaced. Nothing could be harsher than what we’ve already endured.’
Bernard-Henri Lévy 23:54 , 02.10.17
The Israeli foreign intelligence service sets precedent with two women appointed to head divisions simultaneously, marking a first in organization's—and country's—history; further appointments to junior managerial positions forthcoming.
Ronen Bergman 10:42 , 02.10.17
He was tortured, ostracized and kicked out of his home, but refused to give up his persistent struggle to convert to Judaism, a crime punishable by death in his Muslim country. In an exclusive interview, Fishel Benkhald talks about the price he paid for his stubbornness and shares his dream of visiting Israel and opening a kosher restaurant in Karachi. ‘After so many years in the dark,’ he declares, ‘I’m coming out and saying: Look at me, I’m a Jew.’
Yaniv Halily 23:46 , 28.09.17
While statistics show that most lone wolf terror attacks are ideologically and religiously motivated, some Palestinians, whether victims of domestic abuse, religious entanglement or simply mental disorders, see the financial benefits of murdering Israelis, or even the escape that Israeli jails can offer.
Associated Press 16:25 , 28.09.17
Former Foreign Ministry Director-General Eytan Bentsur reveals Pyongyang’s repeated attempts to strike a deal with Jerusalem more than 20 years ago and how talks were eventually thwarted by the US. ‘It’s so easy to say there’s no partner,’ he says. ‘There was a window of opportunity, and we missed it. Now, North Korea is threatening world peace.’
Nahum Barnea 23:48 , 26.09.17
As Britain prepares to celebrate 100th anniversary of declaration supporting establishment of Jewish national home in Palestine, Roderick Balfour says his great-great-uncle Arthur James Balfour would have been incredibly proud of what he and his generation set in motion, but would have been disheartened about ‘hopeless situation’ between Palestinians and Israelis.
Yaniv Halily 23:30 , 25.09.17
6,787 Israelis appear on two Chief Rabbinate blacklists—one of people the Rabbinate has found to not be Jewish, and a larger one of people whose Jewish roots are in question; 'We are closing the door and pushing people out and creating a new Judaism,' says former MK Dov Lipman, an Orthodox rabbi himself.
The Media Line 09:43 , 22.09.17
With one accurate gunshot through a closed window, in poor lighting and with perfect composure, Staff Sergeant A. neutralized the 19-year-old Palestinian who murdered three members of the Salomon family in their home last July. In an extensive interview, the Oketz Unit fighter who was awarded a citation for his courage recounts what happened that night and how he saved the life of his former kindergarten teacher.
Yossi Yehoshua, Reuven Weiss 00:52 , 19.09.17
Maj. A. wanted to join the Shayetet 13 frogmen, but ended up in the Air Force Flight Academy, as his fellow Druze take on other senior combat roles; 'The uniforms I wear are a source of great pride for me and for the Druze sector.'
Goel Beno 19:49 , 17.09.17
Yuval had to desert his army post so he could work and help his family ahead of the High Holy Days. Dolly from Bat Yam, a 46-year-old cancer patient and a mother of six, and Bezalel Cohen and his wife, both disabled, are all dependant on aid groups for food. Ahead of Rosh Hashanah, NGOs across Israel are working overtime to distribute as many food packages to needy families as possible.
Amir Alon 23:48 , 16.09.17
One of Eichmann’s assistants survived two letter bombs, gas van's inventor was saved thanks to a woman and a dog, and operation to track down Gestapo chief was a total failure. Israeli secret service’s activity against Nazi war criminals lasted more than 30 years, but produced very poor results. Three new books reveal full list of Nazis targeted by Mossad, most of whom escaped unharmed.
Saar Haas 23:43 , 15.09.17
Israeli consul-general in LA Sam Grundwerg and Hollywoof mogul Adam Berkowitz head up efforts to pitch Israeli television to US markets in a Tel Aviv conference sponsored by Israeli government; 'Israeli shows, with their diverse, real-life problems and not-quite beautiful casts provide them with new ideas,' explains Alon Aranya, a writer whose adaptation of Israeli series 'Hostages' was picked up by CBS. 'They like the grit.'
Reuters 17:43 , 15.09.17
It was one of the most daring military operations the world has ever known. On the 1-year anniversary marking Shimon Peres' death, Def. Min. releases newly uncovered tapes of him and then-PM Rabin speaking with soldiers, passengers and crew of kidnapped plane; 'Welcome back, rest,' Peres tells Sayeret Matkal fighters who managed prisoners' release. 'We are very proud of you.'
Itay Blumenthal 23:48 , 14.09.17
Eli Koren served on INS Tarshish in the Israeli Navy when he was struck by debilitating illness, rendering him paralyzed; his son, Omer, now set to serve on same ship; the pair board it together for Omer's graduation.
Yoav Zitun 17:40 , 13.09.17
The boycott movement has gone on the defensive despite its activities capturing numerous headlines in Israel and abroad. But do its actions really change our lives or are they merely a media campaign which cause noise but fail to achieve any objectives? The experts answer.
Attila Somfalvi 09:56 , 12.09.17
Five years after teaming up to produce ice cream, Adam Ziv from Kibbutz Sasa and Alaa Sweitat of Galilee village of Tarshiha are now proud owners of successful chain with five stores in northern Israel and Tel Aviv, becoming first Israeli business to win prestigious UN prize.
Shirley Golan 10:02 , 11.09.17
A month before passing away, Shimon Peres completed the writing of an autobiography that provides a rare glimpse behind the scenes of some major chapters in Israel's history and his own: from the construction of the Dimona nuclear reactor to Operation Entebbe, his secret meeting with King Hussein in Jordan and his lifelong passion for innovation.
Yoav Keren 23:28 , 10.09.17
Amid an acrimonious debate raging in Israeli society centering on religionization, and religion's supposedly growing presence in our daily lives, there are quite a few restaurants, cafés and other places of leisure deciding to go kosher—not necessarily because of religion.
Ofer Matan and Eli Mendelbaum 23:43 , 09.09.17
Is the BDS movement a flavor of the new anti-Semitism spreading throughout the world? It appears that the modern discourse on the delegitimization of Israel has given rise to vitriolic rhetoric which unquestionably serves as mask for underlying anti-Semitism.
Attila Somfalvi 09:24 , 07.09.17
Convicted terrorist Rasmea Odeh, set to be deported from the US for hiding her past from the authorities, came a long way from being a security prisoner, to becoming a prominent 'freedom fighter' in the struggle against Israel.
Amir Bogen 14:07 , 02.09.17
This summer, 28 cadets embarked on a journey throughout Israel during which they visited the country's most prestigious sites and were briefed by some of the most distinguished experts in Israel's political and military sphere; in an exclusive interview, the cadets shared with Ynetnews some of their conclusions about the country; ‘It put all the media coverage into perspective.’
Ynetnews 23:53 , 29.08.17
A high-powered attorney and former maintenance man, Eldad Yaniv and Meni Naftali seem an unlikely duo to lead the current assault on PM Netanyahu over his numerous alleged corruption cases. Nevertheless, and despite their recent police arrests, so far the two have persevered.
Associated Press 21:57 , 25.08.17
What has Israel, both its people and government, been doing to stave off the threat posed by the BDS movement and what tangible successes can be registered? Ministry of Strategic Affairs official explains that thanks to concerted efforts, Israel is effectively eroding the potency of BDS’s influence, but it can only continue to do so if Israelis and its supporters play their part.
Mital R. Fishman 00:05 , 25.08.17
Analysis: Israeli defense officials are concerned after a high ranked delegation sent to Washington failed to secure a promise from the Americans that any agreement to end the war in Syria includes the evacuation of Iran and Hezbollah forces from the country. Now, Israel turns its hopes to the Kremlin.
Ronen Bergman 23:52 , 20.08.17
Rabbi Dov Halbertal voices objections to High Court's recent decision to permit women to head the Rabbinical Courts administration; 'Read my lips. There will never be a female rabbi.'
Kobi Nachshoni, Attila Somfalvi and Alexandra Lukash 17:44 , 20.08.17
A group of former Israeli soldiers called Caliber 3 runs an 'anti-terrorism' course for tourists, teaching them 'what we do here in Israel to fight terrorism.' Meanwhile, Palestinians accuse the company of profiting from the conflict and exploiting fears over terrorism.
AFP 13:20 , 16.08.17
Dozens of families evacuated from Gush Katif in the summer of 2005 have yet to receive permanent housing instead of the prefabricated mobile homes that were built as a temporary solution. ‘We have encountered almost every possible bureaucratic barrier,’ one of the evacuees says, calling on the state to ‘conduct a serious self-examination.’
Yehonatan Bnaya 19:48 , 10.08.17
Christian convert Sandra Solomon from Ramallah recalls jubilation in Arab society during the intifada 'even when children were killed'; says prevalence of hateful education and vilification of Israel convinces her 'Palestinians don't want peace.'
Elior Levy 13:57 , 10.08.17
Zalman Schwartz, 20, is just one of 153 foreign volunteers in the IDF's July-August conscription class. However, Schwartz stands alone in that he was raised in the most anti-Zionist ultra-Orthodox community.
Kobi Nachshoni, Alexandra Lukash and Attila Somflavi 18:23 , 09.08.17
The two sisters of Zemenech Bililin were not permitted to immigrate to Israel together with the whole family because they were already married. Twelve years have passed since then, and Bililin, now a combat soldier in the IDF, expects the state to help; 'My sisters have to be here, not alone in Ethiopia. They suffer there.'
Ynet 19:04 , 08.08.17
Shuafat, a Palestinian neighborhood in east Jerusalem, suffers from mounting uncollected garbage, rampant crime and a general lack of access to municipality services, as its residents—while officially part of Greater Jerusalem—are stuck between Israel and the PA.
Linda Gradstein/The Media Line 22:43 , 07.08.17
Ten years after leaving Gaza, the former head of the Palestinian Preventive Security Force may return to the strip a leader, as part of a move being devised by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, the US and Israel. The plan, an Israeli expert says, is Dahlan’s dress rehearsal, as he strives to conquer the Muqata’a and take Abbas’s seat.
Smadar Perry 17:10 , 07.08.17
In a single week, the Salomon family got tossed from pure happiness to a complete nightmare, from the joy over the birth of a new grandson to a horrible massacre around the Shabbat table. As they celebrate the newborn’s circumcision while mourning their three loved ones who were murdered in Halamish, the family members recall that terrible Friday night and explain why they've decided to choose life.
Yifat Erlich 23:46 , 05.08.17
Since 2003, hundreds of Palestinian and Israeli girls aged 15-17 have visited a summer camp in Santa Fe, New Mexico; for three weeks, the girls create joint experiences and are able to listen to and understand the opposite side.
AFP 11:53 , 05.08.17
Three years after an Israeli theater troupe was thrown out of Edinburgh's high-end theater festival, and with recent pressure and threats from BDS movements looming in the background, the Scottish capital will host the second Shalom Festival, showcasing theater, dance and music performances.
Yaniv Halily 10:23 , 03.08.17
Newly constructed Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design campus hopes to add new cultural life into downtown Jerusalem with a 37,100 square meter building adjacent to Russian Compound; campus to contain library, galleries, workshops, classrooms, studios, auditoriums and gift shop.
TPS/ Andrew Friedman 19:29 , 02.08.17
According to Chief of Staff Eisenkot’s plan, in three years from now the IDF will resemble the US Special Operations Command—a functional command training and operating ‘a different army,’ which doesn’t think and act like a conventional army. The combat system will be comprised of four different armies, and elite units will operate under the Depth Corps’ umbrella as an all-purpose professional army.
Alex Fishman 23:19 , 30.07.17
Six-year-old Angelica was nearly killed from shrapnel in her bed; Victoria and her mother Sofia were trapped in their apartment building after it was hit by five shells; and 18-year-old Nikita convinced his parents to come to Israel with him after a rocket killed an entire family they knew. Jewish families from Ukraine’s conflict zones share their stories as they wait to make aliyah at a ‘transit camp’ near Dnepropetrovsk.
Itamar Eichner 23:48 , 29.07.17
Last month, a ‘Fun Day’ was held for some 6,000 lone soldiers serving in the IDF. In a conversation with Ynet, they talk about their decision to leave everything behind, put on a uniform and even make Aliyah; ‘I wanted to do something meaningful with my life,’ says Oren, who made Aliyah from the US, and who plans on developing his life here ‘like every Israeli.’
Ynet 23:57 , 26.07.17
Ravit Dom, CEO of the Amal educational network, which operates 120 schools across Israel, has succeeded in reducing the network’s deficit, created a program encouraging girls to study science and brushes off criticism of her relationship with former Histadrut leader Ofer Eini.
Ifat Manhardt 15:21 , 19.07.17
With only 3-4 hours of electricity a day, hospitals in the strip have to use generators operating on expensive fuel, while many homes do without; 'I blame all sides,' says mother of six, as she held her youngest at Al-Rantissi Hospital for Children. 'Are these children at fault?'
Reuters 11:30 , 19.07.17
Rotem Bides, whose grandparents survived the Holocaust, says she took several relics from the death camp for her final project at the Beit Berl College’s Faculty of Art, including a sign warning visitors not to remove anything from the camp’s grounds. After learning of the theft, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum says it plans to file an official complaint against her with the Polish public prosecutor general.
Yehuda Shohat, Ariela Sternbach 23:42 , 18.07.17
An aggressive campaign against joint service of men and women in combat units has been taking place in the past year on Israel streets and on social media under the slogans ‘Saving the IDF’ and ‘Stop the Madness.’ Yedioth Ahronoth uncovers people and organizations behind campaign, which was launched by anonymous group called Brothers in Arms, as well as the generous public funds received by some of these organizations.
Guy Lieberman 11:33 , 17.07.17
'We are the flesh and blood of the religious community,' says Helen Albom, during a photo shoot with her son's partner. 'The world will be a better place when parents accept their children as they are.'
Liron Nagler-Cohen 23:00 , 13.07.17
WATCH: With hundreds of lonely soldiers' families living abroad, the Friends of the IDF organization sets out to reunite them with their loved ones as they continue their dream of serving in the Israeli army.
Ynet and the FIDF 20:28 , 13.07.17
One of Israel’s most important and difficult battles is being waged from the 29th floor of a Ramat Gan tower. With a biennial budget of NIS 250 million, Ministry of Strategic Affairs now stands at forefront of the war on delegitimization, adopting methods from the fields of intelligence and technology.
Itamar Eichner 19:14 , 12.07.17
A 57-year-old aerospace engineer from Ramat Gan, a 100-percent disabled man from Nahariya, a midwife from the Soroka hospital in Be’er Sheva and a former Air Force pilot from Yavne are just some of the Israelis who have had enough of bottling up their criticism against governmental corruption and the attorney general’s handling of the Netanyahu investigations. Instead of being discouraged by the arrests and clashes with the police, more and more citizens are leaving their comfort zone and taking their protest to the street.
Oded Shalom 23:40 , 10.07.17
With the quiet surrounding Gaza since Operation Protective Edge always on the verge of ending, communities surrounding the Strip make efforts to implement the lessons learned following the operation, and do their best to prepare themselves for the all-but-certain reoccurrence of war.
Matan Tzuri 21:14 , 08.07.17
In a farewell interview, Dave Sharma, Australia's ambassador to Israel, talks about the security ties between the two countries and the need for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement both sides would benefit from, and announces that 'by the end of 2018, it will be possible to fly from Tel Aviv to Sydney directly.'
Itamar Eichner 21:16 , 06.07.17
Yana Sofovich and Ronen Bergman take James Bond’s flagship car for a wild ride on Israel’s roads, leaving the stunned drivers behind them in the dust. On the way, they look back at the slightly less heroic cars that have starred in the real world of Israeli intelligence. Here’s what they can reveal, for your eyes only.
Yana Sofovich, Ronen Bergman 20:46 , 05.07.17
Amid threats to withdraw donations to Israel following the government’s approval of the Conversion Bill and decision to freeze the plan for an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall, visiting leaders of America’s Jewish organizations say Prime Minister Netanyahu must decide ‘if he wants a pluralistic state or a halachic state.’
Nechama Duek 23:26 , 04.07.17
From Israel’s largest organic farm, run by the ‘inventor of outposts,’ to Jericho, where residents are letting go of the dream to become the next Dubai; from the pre-army academy in Eli, to the crowded crossings, where thousands of Palestinian laborers shove their way into Israel; and between Palestinian stone throwers and soldiers who just want to get back to their base.
Oded Shalom 23:40 , 03.07.17
After finding out that her uncle had been an officer aboard a UK destroyers that forced Holocaust survivors sailing to Israel aboard the Exodus to return to Europe, violinist Verity Steele seeks to make amends by accompanying Shuli Natan as she sings Jerusalem of Gold during ceremony commemorating 70 years since freedom in to-be Israel was denied to the Nazis’ victims.
Yaniv Halili & Israel Moskowitz 19:04 , 03.07.17
A study of almost 100 textbooks used in ultra-Orthodox education institutions finds exclusion of women and noticeable absence of Mizrahi Jews, even at Shas schools, while the leftists are to blame for the security situation and Zionists and Reformists are seen as the enemy.
Itay Ilnai, Yehuda Shohat 23:37 , 01.07.17
Israel offers incentives to adopt its curriculum; officials acknowledge gaps between east and west Jerusalem; many east Jerusalem schools badly need funding; 'Palestine, Israel—I don't care. I just want to go to university.'
Reuters 11:11 , 30.06.17
Salim Hudaifah was an officer in the Syrian regime's army and 27 years ago defected to the West. 'Israel can help us more,' he says. 'The treatment of the wounded has improved its image, but it is limited because the Arab media does not report it.' Assad and ISIS, he is sure, are cooperating behind the scenes.
Itamar Eichner 23:23 , 27.06.17
As he marks his 80th birthday, Israel’s former chief rabbi is officially retiring after 56 years of activity, including two terms as the Tel Aviv city rabbi. In a special interview, he talks about the Shabbat wars in his city, the Pride Parade, the religionization of the IDF and his memories from Buchenwald, which follow him wherever he goes.
Amira Lam 23:33 , 24.06.17
20 years later, the IDF finally confirms Hezbollah was able to intercept intelligence while being transmitted from Israeli drone, giving it advance knowledge of naval commando operation deep inside Lebanon. The Shayetet 13 force was ambushed by the terror group, losing 11 soldiers.
Alex Fishman 23:48 , 21.06.17
From a monk’s simple and enchanting illustration, through the French diplomat who omitted all Muslim sites from his ‘accurate’ map, to the Spanish Jesuit scholar who sketched elements that were archaeologically confirmed later on: Dr. Milka Levy-Rubin of the National Library of Israel explores Jerusalem’s different transformations as they were seen by Christian pilgrims, researchers and scholars.
Tali Farkash 18:24 , 19.06.17
Analysis: ISIS and Hamas contended for responsibility for the Friday attack in Jerusalem, but all the signs show that this is a spontaneous local terrorist cell; Israel responds in a measured manner with the main goal being to isolate the terrorists and their families and not to harm the population; Maybe not a full-blown intifada, but Israel is still suffering from a wave of terror.
Ron Ben-Yishai 19:34 , 17.06.17
As children bathe in a natural pool on the Israeli side of the southern Golan Heights, an Islamic State fighter teaches Syrian kids on the other side how to fire an assault rifle. Ynet’s correspondent joins a Givati patrol unit as it crosses the fence in the most dangerous and explosive region, where the IDF is preparing for the possible infiltration of dozens of ISIS terrorists.
Yoav Zitun 23:42 , 15.06.17
After two relatively quiet years, a collaboration between radical Yitzhar settlers and groups of teens living in outposts in the Binyamin region has led to the renewal of violent attacks against Palestinians, left-wing activists and members of the security forces. If the political echelon and settler leadership fail to act soon, Shin Bet officials warn, a second Duma murder is only a matter of time.
Alex Fishman 10:34 , 14.06.17
'The Temple Mount is in our hands!' are the immortal words uttered in the Six-Day War by the then-commander of the Paratroopers Brigade; 50 years on, that unit is more respected than any other infantry brigade; however, despite their training for it, the only time they've actually parachuted into battle was in 1956; commanding officers argue the training has psychological importance for the troops.
The Media Line 10:18 , 10.06.17
She comes from a former Israeli anti-Orthodox family, he grew up in an assimilated family, and together they embarked on a different kind of journey to connect to their Jewish roots. After years of criticizing Israel’s policy in the territories, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman—the supercouple of the American world of literature—are now trying to cope with a new reality in the United States.
Elad Zeret 12:08 , 09.06.17
When the relatives of a Palestinian baby whose mother was seriously injured in a road accident sought nurse Ula Ostrowski-Zak’s help in finding someone to breastfeed him, she didn’t think twice and offered to do it herself. Later on, she used Facebook to enlist dozens of other Jewish women who volunteered to hug the nine-month-old boy and care for his family. ‘It was very natural and felt like the right thing to do,’ she says.
Yael Friedson, Elior Levy 20:04 , 07.06.17
His name was Zalman Shapiro, a member of a family of Holocaust survivors living in America; only now, a year after his death, did his great secret see the light of day: nuclear batteries he invented were used to operate secret listening equipment the IDF planted in enemy territory.
Ronen Bergman 23:30 , 06.06.17
Fifty years after the Six-Day War, the IDF Archive releases pictures taken during and after the battles, as well as segments from the Central Command chief’s journal and aerial shots of the battle zones before the war.
Yaron Druckman 23:29 , 05.06.17
New details emerge about a last-resort contingency plan prepared by Brig. Gen. Yitzhak Yaakov to detonate a nuclear device in the middle of the Sinai desert as a warning to Egyptian President Nasser; 'The goal was to plant a nuclear device on a hilltop in the Abu-Ageila area, and to blow it up when the prime minister gives the order to do so,' Yaakov says in series of interviews that were banned for publication by Israeli Military Censorship, but excerpts of which have been made public by a US think tank.
Ronen Bergman 20:46 , 05.06.17
They emigrated from the Soviet Union to Israel but were frightened by the economic and financial difficulties; some 70,000 Russian-speaking Jews now live in Canada, where they are connecting to Judaism, which had been previously left behind.
Lori Stadtmauer 23:26 , 04.06.17
While the IAF was welcoming new F-35 aircraft, the old tried-and-true F15I was returning from another operation against Hamas and Hezbollah; from carrying out assaults in Gaza without harming a single civilian to flying sorties over the northern skies. Here's a look at the IAF's 69th Squadron.
Yoav Zitun 15:32 , 01.06.17
Manuel Noriega, who died earlier this week, had close ties to senior Mossad officials and the agency's special ops commander Mike Harari. For years, the despot leader aided in countless top secret Israeli intelligence operations, which would not have gone ahead without his help.
Ronen Bergman 14:15 , 01.06.17
As the Six-Day War's 50th anniversary nears, declassified documents outlining the post-war debate in Israel reflect that very little about the discourse on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has changed.
Reuters 23:30 , 31.05.17
Yedioth Ahronoth publishes the story of the 'reconciliation document' agreed upon and signed between Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres just before the former's assassination; the two quarreled constantly about power sharing arrangements and policy before brokering agreement via Giora Eini.
Shimon Shiffer 22:29 , 31.05.17
On Saturday, Abera Mengistu will have spent 1,000 days in Hamas captivity in Gaza. His family still knows nothing of his situation. Soccer player and social activist Imaye Taga met with Abera's family for a heartbreaking interview about the ceaseless worrying and the hurt they feel at the fact both the government and majority of the public seem to have forgotten all about their son.
Imaye Taga 23:33 , 30.05.17
The theme of almost every sentence from the secret cabinet meetings on the future of the territories following the stunning Israeli victory echo in today’s political discourse; ‘We must not return an inch of land,’ Minister Begin stated, while Defense Minister Dayan called for a military rule in the West Bank; Minister Sapir’s comment reflected the dilemmas that remain in the heart of Israel’s political debate 50 years later: ‘We can win a war and then be in a constant battle which is worse than a war.’
Amir Alon 23:19 , 28.05.17
Within a month, there were five hate crimes against Arabs, the last in Wadi Ara, when at the same time, restraining orders were issued against more than 20 hilltop youths; the settlers rush to say that they are being harassed while the Shin Bet claims that the restraining orders are intended to calm the area.
Elisha Ben Kimon 23:23 , 24.05.17
It looks like a community, it is registered as an independent community in regional council documents, and it sits on an isolated hill. Officially, however, Kerem Re’im is defined as a neighborhood belonging to the Talmon settlement in the Binyamin region. Dozens of other communities are being built in the territories using the exact same successful method.
Oded Shalom, Elisha Ben Kimon 19:37 , 24.05.17
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the capital's reunification, President Reuven Rivlin, Chief Justice Miriam Naor, Actress Mayim Bialik, Philosopher and author Bernard-Henri Lévy, State Comptroller Yosef Shapira and others write about Jerusalem from their own perspective.
Inbal Rechtman-Shalev 23:36 , 23.05.17
After male religious soldiers protested serving side by side with women, female religious combat soldiers decided to lay down the law, and so a unit composed entirely of female soldiers was opened in the Lavi Battalion; 'We did not plan this,' says a senior officer. 'The demand came from the women.'
Yossi Yehoshua 15:47 , 20.05.17
The group Just Beyond Our Border raised over NIS 2 million in crowd funding campaigns to buy medical supplies for children suffering in Syria's civil war; 'This is our time to make a statement that the Syrian people are not our enemies. They're our neighbors, and as people we need to take care of them,' says one member.
Assaf Kamar 23:40 , 18.05.17
Maj. Dana Ben Ezra, who was recently appointed the deputy commander of a co-ed battalion in the Jordan Valley, is the woman with the most senior combat role in the IDF. In an interview, she talks about her best friend who was murdered in a terror attack, explains why she's not worried by Rabbi Levinstein's disparaging comments on women in the IDF, and asserts that women should take the reins in all fields.
Etti Abramov 23:39 , 15.05.17
There was no television, but the radio was very popular; there wasn’t much to eat except for the national dish; people didn’t go on dates and were married at a very young age; between the growing pains and initial exposure to Americanization in the State of Israel’s first years, the young generation made the most of a confusing reality of shortages and new hope.
Ami Friedman 23:28 , 13.05.17
Peres in his own words: 'You could be dead while you're alive, and you could also live after your death'In the months before Shimon Peres's passing, journalist Amira Lam held a series of meetings with the man who was the last of Israel's founding fathers. During their talk, Peres opens up about the Dimona reactor, his relationship with Rabin, and the settlements.
Amira Lam 23:36 , 08.05.17
Clinical psychologist Dr. Elan Karten tries to turn his patients from gay to straight by using a secret workshop and intense treatment; 'It's not like you're born this way,' he determines; Health Ministry meanwhile dragging its feet with regard to an investigation over a complaint filed against Karten.
Adir Yanko 21:44 , 08.05.17
The left-wing organization collects testimonies from former soldiers that attest to alleged mistreatment of Palestinians; with most of these accounts unverified, the Israeli government believes that BTS is trying to defame Israel and its military.
Associated Press 23:08 , 07.05.17
He declared victory after every conflict with Israel, no matter the result, was dismissed by PA President Mahmoud Abbas for his involvement in the bloody Fatah–Hamas conflict, and claims that the spilling of blood in the fight against Israel is holy and righteous; meet Ismail Haniyeh—the new leader of Hamas in Gaza.
Elior Levy & AP 08:41 , 07.05.17
In a special interview, the former defense minister reveals what happened to his and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s plan for a military operation against Iran’s nuclear program and responds to criticism over the billions invested in preparation for the attack. ‘We must remember,’ he says, ‘that the Iranian project has not disappeared—it has only been postponed.’
Nahum Barnea 00:10 , 07.05.17
They fought in 1967, saw their comrades and commanders killed and managed to take command under fire and save lives; for this, Ehud Aviran, Shmuel Dror and Yossi Shain were awarded the Medal of Distinguished Service.
Assaf Kamar 15:32 , 06.05.17
In a no-holds-barred interview, former defense minister Moshe Ya'alon talks about everything; Netanyahu 'should resign, even before the investigations against him are completed'; Bennett and Lieberman are fearmongering; and the Elor Azaria affair was a 'cynical political exploitation of the hatred of Arabs and leftists.'
Amira Lam 23:26 , 03.05.17
Keren Tendler, who was killed in the Second Lebanon War, had two great loves: her military position as an airborne mechanic and swimming; the special relationship that developed underwater between her and her friend Naama Mashiah was turned into an emotional video by animator Yair Harel.
Itay Ilnai 18:23 , 03.05.17
In an interview with Yedioth's business newspaper Calcalist, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon talks about being optimistic about the housing crisis, the motivation behind his new tax plans, his regrets about recusing himself from dealing with Israel's natural gas monopoly, and his relationship with the prime minister following the IPBC crisis.
Naama Sikuler and Omri Milman, Calcalist 14:36 , 03.05.17
Despite official denials from the Egyptian military, an ISIS-affiliated group in North Sinai has become overt in threatening the local population; Christians are targeted and women are told to cover up or have acid thrown in their faces, while collaborators with Israel are also persecuted.
Reuters 23:07 , 02.05.17
Twenty-six years after making aliyah, Maj. Yaros Shigot—a proud Israeli, an IDF officer and a social activist—returned to Ethiopia for the first time to celebrate Passover and visit her father’s grave. On her way to her old village, she was informed she had been chosen to light a torch at Israel’s official Independence Day ceremony. ‘I’m always looking for ways to contribute to the Israeli society and I don’t expect anything in return. Lighting the torch is a bonus,’ she says.
Itay Ilnai 20:51 , 01.05.17
The hall was full of men and women sitting separately. Outside, someone was handing out religious texts to commemorate fallen IDF soldiers; Inside, huge crowds heard talks given by both secular and ultra-Orthodox soldiers to remember Israel’s heroes and terror victims.
Eliezer Hayon 19:08 , 01.05.17
The confusing message, the persisting pain without official standing, the disparaging remarks; three girlfriends of fallen IDF soldiers talk about life after their loss, about the time that doesn't really heal, and about the new procedures in the IDF that are designed to make it easier for future bereaved girlfriends.
Noam Barkan 15:09 , 01.05.17
The ultra-Orthodox family of Moshe Ze'ev Breuer, an IDF soldier who lost his life in the line of duty, refuses to observe Memorial Day and doesn't visit his grave on that day; students from Amit high school in Modi'in decided to do so in their place.
Isaac Dabush 08:26 , 01.05.17