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In First Drill, IDF’s Ghost Unit Tests Out New Tactics with Jets, Tanks and Robots

The Israel Defense Forces new multidisciplinary Ghost Unit completed its first major exercise on Thursday, testing a variety of new fighting techniques including a method of having ground troops identify targets for fighter jets, the military said.

The Ghost Unit was created earlier this year as part of the IDF’s multiyear Momentum Plan and is…

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Israel Air Force Opens New Special Forces Wing

The Israeli Air Force on Sunday opened a new Special Force Wing (Wing 7) that will include the Air Force’s special forces, Unit 669 and Shaldag as well as other units to increase the operational effectiveness of the IAF.

The opening ceremony took place at the Palmahim Air Force base in central Israel in the presence of IAF Commander Maj.-Gen….

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Israeli Army Arrests Killer of 21-Year-Old Soldier Following a Month-Long Manhunt

The Israel Defense Forces have arrested the killer of Israeli soldier Amit Ben-Yigal, who died last month in a stone-throwing incident in the West Bank.

“We can confirm that after a large-scale operation with Israel’s security services, our soldiers have arrested the assailant who killed 21-year-old Staff Sgt. Amit Ben Ygal during operational…

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IDF Chief Gives Award to Soldier Who Lost Leg in West Bank Ramming

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi presented a soldier who lost his leg in a car ramming attack earlier this month with an award of excellence on Wednesday, the military said.

Staff Sgt. Shadi Ibrahim, from the Druze town of Sajur in northern Israel, sustained serious injuries when a Palestinian man rammed his car into him outside the Negohot…

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Israeli Soldier Who Lost Leg to Ramming Attack Asks to Be Returned to His Unit – An Israeli soldier who lost his leg after being wounded in a terrorist attack in Judea earlier this month has been released from intensive care.

In a video message sent from his hospital bed at the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva, 20-year-old Shadi Ibrahim, of the Druze town of Sajur in northern Israel, said, “I came out of intensive…

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IDF, Israel Police Thwart Weapons Smuggling From Jordan

Israeli forces early on Wednesday morning shot and lightly wounded a Jordanian arms smuggler attempting to cross the Israel-Jordan border.

Police officers carried out standard arrest procedures after two Jordanian citizens were detected by the Israeli military trying to enter Israel in the northern Jordan Valley, near Kibbutz Gesher, according to…

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Arab Muslim twins from East Jerusalem go from delinquents to Israeli soldiers

Only a few years ago, Fares and Firas Muhammad, Muslim Arab twins from East Jerusalem, had juvenile rap sheets and seemed destined for a life of petty crime and delinquency.

Today both are star members of the Israel Defense Forces’ storied Golani Brigade, and Fares is now training to become a squad commander.
The two brothers’ incredible story…

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IDF Naval Commando Unit Keeps Oxygen Flowing to Civilian Care Centers, Stressing ‘the Need of the Hour’

The Israel Defense Forces’ elite naval commando unit, Shayetet 13, has been making nonstop deliveries of oxygen cylinders to civilian care facilities that were struggling to get hold of supplies in recent weeks as hospitals raced to stock up on their own oxygen tanks.

The Shayetet 13 Unit is the navy’s marine commando unit that operates at sea,…

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Some 270 Lone Soldiers Begin IDF Service as Israel Turns 72

Nearly 270 lone soldiers were drafted into the Israel Defense Forces on Thursday, following Israel’s 72nd Independence Day.

The new recruits included Jewish men and women, ages 18 to 22, from the United States, Canada, Russia, France, Australia, Latin America, Ukraine, England, South Africa, Thailand, Germany, Italy, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia,…

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Ethiopian-Israeli Soldiers Receive Independence Day Letters From Relatives Left Behind

Ethiopian-Israeli IDF soldiers received a pleasant and moving surprise on Independence Day this year, with relatives left behind in Ethiopia writing them letters marking the occasion.

Ethiopian Jews largely came in a wave of aliyah in the 1980s and 90s, and now serve across all levels of the IDF. Many of their relatives, however, remained in the…

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IDF Tech to Convert Simple Breathing Device Into Ventilator

As the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow, Israel’s Health Ministry has placed an order for 1,000 advanced monitors developed by the IDF which will help convert simple breath regulating devices into respirators.

Amid fears that the number of patients needing respiratory assistance may exceed the number of respirators available, the…

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IDF Naval Commandos Give Israeli Coronavirus Patients a Hand

Israel’s elite Shayetet 13 naval commandos are doing their bit to contribute to the country’s battle against the coronavirus pandemic: Aside from sending some of its personnel to help distribute food and medicine at nursing homes in northern Israel, the commandos are now making medical oxygen tanks out of their own diving equipment.

Shayetet 13…

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IDF converts armored vehicle assembly lines to make medical equipment

The Israeli Defense Ministry’s Rehabilitation and Maintenance Center at Tel Hashomer, outside Tel Aviv, is familiar to every member of the Israel Defense Forces’ Armored Corps. The center, a subordinate of the IDF’s Technical and Logistics Directorate, produces Merkava tanks and other armored vehicles, builds command and control centers, and…

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Israeli Soldiers’ New Frontier: Delivering Food to Grandma

As Israel’s defense establishment plays an increasingly important role in the nation’s battle against the coronavirus pandemic, the Israel Defense Forces announced on Tuesday that it will take responsibility for the country’s elderly population, considered to be the highest-risk group for coronavirus infection.
With the encouragement of Israeli…

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In first, Turkey’s Erdogan included as threat in IDF’s annual intel assessment

Despite officially maintaining diplomatic ties, Israel’s military has added the Republic of Turkey to its list of threats in an annual assessment for the coming year, in light of the country’s growing aggressiveness in the region, The Times of Israel learned Tuesday.

This is the first time Israeli Military Intelligence has included Turkey on the…

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Iron Dome defense system notes 85% success rate in 2019, IDF says

The Israeli military on Thursday released data on operational activity on all fronts in 2019, showing that its “campaign between the wars” – an ongoing Israeli military and intelligence effort to disrupt the force buildup of the Iranian-Shiite axis throughout the Middle East – is nowhere near winding down.

The Gaza Strip sector continued to be…

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IDF data shows rocket attacks up, terror attacks down in 2019

(January 6, 2020 / JNS) The Israel Defense Forces released a report on Sunday summarizing Israel’s military activity in 2019.

According to the report, terrorist acts declined in 2019, while rocket fire at Israeli population centers rose—1,295 rockets were launched from Gaza, with 729 landing in open areas and 478 being intercepted by the Iron…

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Israeli military unveils its first combined-arms unit

(January 2, 2020 / Israel Hayom) The Israeli military on Wednesday unveiled its first combined-arms combat unit.

Formed on the orders of Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, the Shiloah Unit will combine infantry, combat engineers, armor and air power. One of its primary missions will be to test new war-fighting techniques,…