Juniper Falcon, a week-long exercise between American and Israeli armed forces, has just come to a close. After 18 months of planning, soldiers were put to the test — focusing on rapid deployment of U.S. troops and coordination with the Israeli military. It was a dynamic effort where various different military branches were employed. From air, land, sea and even the cyber realm. According to one of the Israeli commanders, the exercise focused on ‘three C’s’: Common Language, Confidence and Capability.
Around two years into his role as the IDF’s chief West Bank prosecutor, Lt.-Col. Asim Hamed, the first Druze to hold the top post, has managed to keep a low profile at one of the hottest desks in the IDF.
The scope of the myth of Israel as an occupying power over Palestinian land is far-reaching and few know the historical truths. In order to start an Israeli-Palestinian peace process from an informed frame of reference, it is important to debunk the myth that Israel is an illegitimate colonial “occupier” and to clarify that “Palestine” is a geographical area, not a nationality.
The Israeli army underwent a massive simulation within the past week to train troops for combat missions in conditions similar to those in Lebanon, announced the Israel Defense Forces on Friday, February 15.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that the IDF indeed conducted military strikes against sites in Quneitra, Syria. It resulted in the destruction of two Syrian army garrisons and a hospital. Some reports suggested Iranian operatives were also in the area.
This week, Israel and the Jewish people mourned the loss of a beautiful soul, gone far too soon. On Thursday February 7, a Palestinian terrorist left his home in Hebron carrying a knife with the intent to murder in the name of Palestinian ‘liberation.’ From his home, he traveled to the Palestinian village of Beit Jala and began walking toward the Ein Yael forest in southern Jerusalem, where he saw 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher. There, he attacked, raped and killed her, claiming he wanted to be a “martyr” for the Palestinian cause.
Some 3,350 lone soldiers serve in the IDF, having left their countries of origin and families in order to serve the Jewish nation. Each lone soldier whose family resides overseas is eligible once during their service for flight funding to visit his/her family in the soldier’s country of origin. American Friends of LIBI donated $10,000 in 2018 for flights of lone soldiers visiting their families. American Friends of LIBI‘s donation funded flights of 12 lone soldiers: five soldiers from the USA, four from the Russian Commonwealth and three from Europe.
In honor of #DoppelgangerWeek the IDF found some of their own.
Two Palestinian teenagers were shot as they attacked a group of Israeli soldiers at an army post in the northern West Bank on Monday night, the military said.
For years, we have heard various claims from Israeli officials positing that the global movement to boycott Israel, known as the BDS Movement, is tainted and controlled by extreme anti-Israel individuals who are unconcerned with the human rights of Palestinians which they claim to champion.
However, until this week, no incriminating evidence had ever been provided.
All that changed when a report by Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs provided conclusive evidence that the energy of terrorists and their organizations has infiltrated, and is even driving, the BDS activities.