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How an addiction to the Iron Dome doctrine has eroded Israel’s deterrence

It was once believed that the Iron Dome would buy Israel the time to make rational decisions rather than be plunged into wars in haste.

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IDF releases Oct. 7 probe, details failings leading to Be'eri massacre

IDF Chief of Staff: "Probe demonstrates the enormity of the disaster which befell the residents of the South when the IDF was not there to protect them."

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‘Serious’ errors let Hamas infiltrate kibbutz on Oct. 7, per internal IDF probe

The investigation shows that “the security forces did not provide sufficient warning to the residents of Be’eri about the infiltration of terrorists during the first hours of the terrorist attack.”

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Soldier killed in Gaza, raising IDF toll since Oct. 7 to 679

The slain soldier was named as Staff Sgt. Eyal Mimran from the Paratroopers Brigade.

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Hezbollah drone and rocket barrage pounds Golan, Galilee

"We launched more than 20 drones at many Israeli positions in the Galilee and more than 200 rockets of various types," a Hezbollah source said.

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Has Israel’s security apparatus learned nothing from Oct. 7?

The quiet release of Shifa Hospital director Mohammed Abu Salmiya to Gaza is a travesty that must not go unpunished.

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Netanyahu cites ‘dramatic drop' in US arms supplies

"After months with no change in the situation, I decided to express my concerns publicly," said the Israeli leader.

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In conference, ex-hostages recount beatings, fears during Hamas captivity

Former hostages open up about their experiences in Hamas captivity to a crowd of journalists and social media influencers in Sderot, at a conference organized by the Hostages and Missing Families Forum.

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Outrage after IDF announces daily ‘humanitarian pauses' along south Gaza route

The move came a day after eight troops were slain in the Strip's southernmost city of Rafah.

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19,000 Rockets Launched at Israel Since Hamas’s October 7 Atrocities

Hamas and other terrorist groups have launched more than 19,000 unguided rockets at Israel since the October 7 massacre in southern Israel, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on...

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The inside story of Israel’s dramatic Gaza hostage rescue

The JC can reveal previously unknown details of the daring mission, which was the result of weeks of intelligence work culminating in a 45 minute shoot-out with Hamas terrorists

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Israeli Yamam officer Arnon Zamora dies after rescuing hostages in Gaza - The Jerusalem Post

Arnon Zamora was fatally wounded during the rescue operation, which brought back four hostages from Hamas captivity.

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'Operation Arnon’: How 4 hostages were freed from Hamas captivity in central Gaza

Daylight mission to surprise captors; special forces concurrently raid two buildings where hostages held by Palestinian families; rescue vehicle breaks down after coming under fire

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The Middle East's fateful moment

As northern Israel burns, America is leading the world into a terrible war.

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Israel Ready for Offensive Against Hezbollah, Army Chief Says

Israel is ready for an offensive along the northern border with Lebanon and is nearing a decision, the chief of staff said on Tuesday, as the Hezbollah movement said it was not seeking to widen the conflict but was ready to fight any war imposed on it.

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The Policies That Are Killing Israeli Soldiers

Three soldiers from Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were killed on May 28, when they encountered a Hamas booby trap in a building in Rafah. In a separate incident, three other soldiers

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IDF in control of Philadelphi Corridor, 20 tunnels found

Soldiers have so far located around 20 tunnels along the 8.7-mile-long border area between Gaza and Egypt.

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Netanyahu slams Gallant demand for Palestinian control of post-war Gaza

"I am not willing to exchange Hamastan for Fatahstan," Netanyahu said in a video statement responding to his defense minister.

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“Both Sides” and “Innocent Civilians”: The Psychological Effect of Language in the Gaza War

Why the U.S. diplomatic concept of “evenhandedness” is morally wrong - “Both Sides” and “Innocent Civilians”: The Psychological Effect of Language in the Gaza War

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"If they're at the beach, the war is over. And if the war is over, let's admit the war is over."

Watch now | That, more or less, is what some Israelis dumbstruck by the photos of Gazans at the beach are now saying. We share portions of one such column by a well known and highly regarded Israeli journalist.

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Sleepless nights: Israelis' striking resilience as rockets rain above

"On October 7, as Israelis mobilized spontaneously to save Israel, we realized what we were willing to die for, and thus what we want to live for," writes the author.

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What Is Israel’s Innovative Air Defense System? 

Israel’s air defenses today are multi-tiered - providing layers of protection that are an overwhelmingly successful answer to the threat

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Israel strikes deep inside Iran

Iranian media denied any Israeli missile strike, writing that the Islamic Republic was shooting objects down in its airspace.

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18 Israelis wounded in Hezbollah attack from Lebanon

The Iranian terror proxy said it launched a combined assault with guided missiles and drones.

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Six months of valor and suffering

The world’s democracies think they cannot defend themselves; Israel is proving them wrong.

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‘Hamas counting on victory through Biden,’ warns former intelligence official

Six months into the war, Hamas’s fanatical goals of emerging as the ultimate victor remain in place, Israeli observers tell JNS

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Ben-Gvir, Smotrich lash out over Gaza military withdrawal

“If the prime minister decides to end the war without a large-scale offensive in Rafah to defeat Hamas, he will not have a mandate to continue serving,” said Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir.

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Netanyahu reiterates: IDF forces will enter Rafah and achieve victory

"There is no victory without entering Rafah; there is no victory without destroying the Hamas battalions there," stated the premier.

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Israel Has Created a New Standard for Urban Warfare. Why Will No One Admit It?

All available evidence shows that Israel has followed the laws of war, legal obligations, best practices in civilian harm mitigation and still found a way to reduce civilian casualties.

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Netanyahu cancels White House talks on Rafah after U.S. allows cease-fire resolution to pass at U.N.

The U.S. abstained from a U.N. Security Council resolution that called for a cease-fire through Ramadan, while calling for release of Israeli hostages

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Netanyahu cancels White House talks on Rafah after U.S. allows cease-fire resolution to pass at U.N.

The U.S. abstained from a U.N. Security Council resolution that called for a cease-fire through Ramadan, while calling for release of Israeli hostages

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    Netanyahu: Israel will not cave to demands Hamas survive

    The PM called out the international community's moral blindness, asking, "Is your memory so short?"

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    All Rafah terrorists must be purged

    The only path to victory for Israel in this fight hinges on uprooting Hamas from Rafah.

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    Where is the ‘humanitarian aid’ for the hostages?

    The world is pressuring Israel about the crisis in Gaza, while ignoring the men, women and children who are being abused and starved in Hamas captivity.

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    IDF striking ‘deep inside Lebanon' after Hezbollah downs drone

    An Israeli was wounded when a rocket fired from Lebanon hit a chicken coop in the border village of Shtula.

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    IDF detected Hamas terrorists switching to Israeli SIMs ahead of Oct. 7

    Further details surrounding the issue have not been cleared for publication.

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    Understanding the failures of IDF Intelligence Unit 8200 on October 7

    The IDF's main intelligence unit was shocked on Oct. 7. Two commanders recall events on Oct. 8.

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    IDF official warned of fatal intel failures just before Hamas's massacre

    IDF intelligence unit commander's Yom Kippur message on maintaining military readiness, two weeks before the country's largest intelligence failure on October 7, is haunting in retrospect.

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    US man came to Israel for his son’s birth but joined the IDF instead

    He hadn’t been on reserve duty since he left for the US, but he called his officer. They were both in shock. On October 8, Elimelech joined his tank unit, attached to a mandatory service brigade.

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    'My life was given back to me': Pregnant woman wounded in terror attack speaks out

    Adi Zohar describes being shot and crawling on the ground begging for help, says doctor told her she and her baby were saved by her maintaining consciousness

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    Palestinian Authority Security Forces Behind Dozens of Recent Attacks on Israelis, Watchdog Finds

    Officially, the Palestinian Authority works with Israel to crack down on terror groups in the West Bank. But off-duty PA security forces have carried out dozens of attacks on Israelis, according to a watchdog group. An investigation by Palestinian Media W

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    Hezbollah rocket kills one, wounds eight in Safed

    A dead woman was found during searches of the damaged building.

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    IDF troops put in danger to retrieve millions for PA in Gaza

    Some $55 million were seized and loaded into armored vans as part of the operation, military sources say.

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    IDF spokesman reveals details of dramatic hostage rescue

    'We prepared for this operation over the course of time, waited for conditions which would allow it to be carried out,' IDF spokesman Hagari says.

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    IDF finds Khan Yunis dungeon where hostages were held

    Around a dozen captives were kept there, the Israeli military said

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    Inside Khan Yunis with the IDF Commando Brigade

        At the beginning of the summer, Colonel Omer Cohen was appointed head of the Commando Brigade, which incorporates

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    Vowing 'total victory,' Netanyahu declares Israel has destroyed half of all Hamas forces

    Israeli premier says half of Hamas terrorists are dead or wounded, vows strike a 'mortal blow' against 'axis of evil' led by Iran.

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    Israeli Hostage Families Block Border, Demand No Gaza Aid Until Relatives Freed

    Relatives and supporters of Israeli hostages being held by Hamas have attempted to block humanitarian aid entering Gaza over the past week.

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    Ben-Gvir threatens to topple government over hostage deal

    Lapid pledged that his Yesh Atid Party would give complete support to an agreement with Hamas.

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    Israel’s isolated generals

    The Israeli public has made clear that it opposes cutting a deal for the hostages that will enable Hamas to survive the war. Its leaders should listen.

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    Netanyahu Rejects Biden Surrender Plan

    Netanyahu firmly rejected a Biden administration-backed plan Sunday to end the war in Gaza with Hamas still holding weapons and power.

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    Hamas fired rocket at soldiers from inside Khan Yunis hospital

    “The terrorist organization systematically operates in Gaza’s hospitals and nearby areas, using civilians as human shields," the IDF said.

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    Victory is more important than US support

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ministers must remember that Israel is not an American vassal state.

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    How the IDF is redefining counterterrorism after October 7

    Advanced tech, precise mortars and stealth drones mark the Multidimensional Unit that lost its commander, Lt. Col. Roi Levy, in the Hamas attack; despite this, it continues to fight and notch victories

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    A visit to the heart of cruelty: Israel Hayom gets access to Hamas’ secret rocket factory

      It is easy to see that the dirt field and ruins located at the edge of the Al-Bureij refugee

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    Singer And 'Fauda' Star Idan Amedi Seriously Injured In Gaza Fighting

    Despite the severity of his injuries, Amedi's father assured Israeli news channels that his life is not in immediate danger

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    “Every Shabbat, I Host Dozens of IDF Soldiers at My Home" - Chabad

    Born in the Golan Heights, Batsheva Cohen was inspired by the teachings of Chabad. She established Chabad in downtown Chevron together with her husband Rabbi Danny, and literally "cooks for an army" as they host large groups of soldiers and civilians. Eve

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    Do You Have Any Other Place to Live? - Tablet Magazine

    The mother of a fallen IDF soldier underscores the divergent worldviews of Israel’s patriotic citizens and its privileged elites

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    “I Am Calling You From Gaza” - Chabad

    Ezzy Morgenstern, serving in an elite unit of the IDF, shares how he and his friends feel after two months of war, and what keeps them going.

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    How Hamas covered its tracks in Gaza's Shifa Hospital before IDF's raid

    A New York Times report uncovered evidence that Hamas cleared out documents and transferred hostages away from the complex ahead of the IDF's raid of Shifa Hospital.

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    US intelligence confirms Shifa hospital was Hamas command centre

    A US official expressed confidence in the assessment based on information gathered independently by both Israeli and American intelligence

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    In Israel, it's not January 1st, it's October 86th

    The best we can do is raise a toast in the hope that October 86th will soon make way for a date in January or February to be determined.

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    Israel building biggest case against Hamas since Eichmann trial

    Investigators and prosecutors are compiling a massive amount of evidence against the captured terrorists who perpetrated the Oct. 7 massacre.

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    Amid Gaza push, IDF finds explosive devices planted in kindergarten

    Fourteen terrorists killed in Gaza City, Beit Lahia and Khan Yunis • IDF Bedouin Battalion uncovers tunnels in southern Gaza • Hamas targets Israeli forces from school where civilians were sheltering • Two more soldiers slain.

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    I Just Sent Five of My Children to War

    For the first time in my life I drove on Shabbat, taking my son to defend our people. The scene repeated itself three more times as I sent my other sons off to war.

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    Netanyahu: ‘I will not replace Hamastan with Fatahstan'

    Israel rebuffs U.S. call to hand over the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority.

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    IAF destroys Jabalia launch site firing rockets at Sderot

    IDF soldiers found 250 rockets, shells, and rocket-propelled grenades during a raid on a Hamas compound.

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    IDF slays dozens of terrorists in Gaza Strip

    Gallant says Hamas underestimated Israel's response to the Oct. 7 massacre • Names of four fallen soldiers published.

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    The Woman in the Hamas Video Is My Daughter

    There are 17 young females still being held hostage. One of them is my girl, Naama. And time is running out.

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    Images circulate of dozens of Hamas terrorists surrendering in Gaza

    Photos and videos of Hamas detainees, stripped of their clothes, have been circulating on social media.

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    Terrorists fire rockets from humanitarian zone in Gaza

    "The rockets were launched near the tents of Gazan citizens who were evacuated to the south of the Gaza Strip for their protection."

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    Israel is now attacking the true Hamas

    After a Hamas rocket launch broke the seven day ceasefire, Israel has now returned to the fight, bombing terrorist targets in Gaza and attacking on the ground. Unless the humanitarian truce is resumed, the IDF has unfinished business to complete in Gaza City and is also attacking Khan Yunis further south.

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    Innocents in Gaza? Don’t be naive

    Some will say Gazans are too afraid of Hamas to voice condemnation, but it’s clear there is massive support for the terror group

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    Truce fell apart after Hamas refused to release more female Israeli hostages

    Israeli official says Hamas doesn’t want to release remaining women because it doesn’t want them speaking publicly about what they endured on Oct. 7 and in their time in captivity

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    Why Anything Short of Total Eradication of Hamas Is Insufficient

    Israel must regain the upper hand in its conflict with Hamas immediately, as it is necessary to deter Hezbollah and the Iranian regime.

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    Hamas exercised 'the perfect deception' before Oct. 7 - defense official

    "No one understood this, not the Intelligence Corps, not the Shin Bet, nor the Mossad. Otherwise, they wouldn't have left the border unguarded."

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    IDF resumes combat in Gaza after Hamas violates ceasefire

    The Israeli military was conducting a wave of airstrikes after Palestinian terrorists fired rockets at the Jewish state.

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    IDF Finds Dozens of Rockets in Gaza Home Under United Nations Boxes

    The IDF revealed it found dozens of rockets in a home in Gaza underneath boxes labeled for UNRWA, the institution for Palestinian refugees.

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    The Red Cross has Jewish blood on its hands- and it couldn't care less

    After ignoring a family’s pleas to provide their elderly mother with her medication, refusing to act or try to meet hostages during deal, the Red Cross proves that it views Jewish blood as cheap. Op-ed.

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    At the end of the Gaza war’s first half, Israel’s position is strong

    The pause in Israel's war against Hamas provides an opportunity for assessment. While the IDF has been forced to fight Hamas on its own turf, Jerusalem has responded with overwhelming military precision and force, diplomatic support, and most importantly,

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    ‘I'll stay in Gaza as long as needed—a month, a year; until we finish the job'

    "Israel Hayom" reporter visits the troops on the frontline, who want Israelis to know that the war has only just begun.

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    IDF soldier freed from Hamas in daring Gaza raid speaks out

    “I hope everyone comes back, and they will come back, God willing," said Pvt. Ori Megidish.

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    WATCH: Emotional Reunion Between Emily Hand And Dad After Release From Hamas Captivity

    After the Irish-Israeli 9-year-old Emily was released, Ireland's Prime Minister released a highly criticized tweet over a little girl being 'found' - Click the link for more details.

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    Video of Massive Terror Complex Under Al Shifa Hospital Makes Media Look Ridiculous

    The Israel Defense Forces brought cameras into the tunnels under Al Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip this week and exposed not just Hamas's sprawling operations there but also the terrorist group's enablers in the media. The footage, taken by Fox News as

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    13 Israeli hostages released after 7 weeks in Hamas captivity: Watch

    The hostages were being brought to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula through the Rafah crossing before flying to Hatzerim Air Base near Beersheva.

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    Givati Brigade raids upscale neighborhood of Hamas elite in Gaza

    (i24) During the search, the brigade found small models of Israeli Defense Force tanks and the Gaza border wall The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Givati Brigade’s combat team executed a targeted raid on the headquarters of Hamas’ the northern brigade. The

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    Netanyahu: I instructed the Mossad to act against Hamas

    Netanyahu said that Israel's Mossad will act against Hamas leaders "where they are” – signaling a potential willingness to target them outside of Gaza.

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    A Chaplain’s Gaza Notebook

    Morale is high. Our troops are motivated to root out evil and are not afraid to do what it takes to secure the safety of their country.

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    Bibi Capitulates to Organized Pressure on Partial Hostage Release, Hamas Wins

    From this point on, we can count on Bibi to be a crowd-pleaser and not a leader.

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    Israel to ‘complete the elimination of Hamas' after ceasefire

    “We are at war, and we will continue the war. We will continue until we achieve all our goals," said Netanyahu • Hamas says truce will enter into force at 10 a.m. Thursday.

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    Iron Beam laser intercepts Hamas rocket from Gaza

    The system's interception of a rocket fired by terrorists in Gaza is the first-ever operational use of a laser defense system.

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    'Welcome to Hell': Israeli Soldiers Troll Hamas From the Ruins of Gaza

    TEL AVIV—There's the Israel Defense Forces's official messaging about its war against Hamas, and then there are the photographs and videos coming from the front line. As Israeli soldiers have laid waste to Hamas's Islamist terror state in the Gaza Strip,

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    Initial Lessons From the October 2023 War

    Essays – As these lines are being written, the war is ongoing and may yet intensify. It is perhaps too early to posit conclusive lessons at this stage. Therefore,

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    How Israel will take the fight into Gaza's maze of tunnels

    The next phase of Israel's war on Hamas will be its most difficult

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    IDF enters Shifa Hospital in 'targeted operation'

    The troops conducting the "precision" operation include medical teams and Arabic-speaking soldiers who have undergone specialized training, according to the IDF.

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    IDF hits 200 targets in Gaza; Troops uncover tunnel shaft in mosque

    Israeli incubators being transferred to Shifa Hospital • Two more IDF soldiers killed in Gaza • Two soldiers seriously wounded on the Lebanon border.

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    Hamas planned 'second phase' for Oct. 7 massacre

    Hamas also gave detailed instructions on "which [terror] commander should rape which [Israeli] soldiers in different places," said Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.

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    On a visit to Israel, I have seen the horror that the world must never forget

    New York Post columnist Douglas Murray witnessed the horrors of Hamas' terror attacks on Israel during a visit to Kibbutz Nir Oz.

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    Southern Israel - my journey into hell

    This was the first neighbourhood in Israel I fell in love with - then came Oct 7. What I saw on my journey into hell.

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    Israel celebrates breaching ground Hamas didn’t foresee as war enters second month

    Israel’s three key political leaders during the war, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Benny Gantz, who joined the “War Cabinet” after the October 7 Hamas attack, gave speeches to commemorate one month since the Hamas at

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    By the Numbers: Israel’s Campaign Demonstrates Incomprehensible Restraint

    As of last week, Israel has struck over 11,000 terror-related targets in Gaza since October 7, according to a new report. In a separate report, the Gaza Ministry of Health claimed that Israeli strikes have killed over 8,500 people in Gaza during the same

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    IDF soldiers pray in ancient 6th century Gaza synagogue for first time in decades

    A number of tweets suggest that soldiers prayed at the ancient synagogue, though IDF rules have reportedly kept soldiers from sharing them for safety.

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    Did Israel's Arrow missile interception transform the Middle East?

    Iron Dome has gotten most of the media coverage for the last decade, but the Arrow is the top tier of Israel's missile shield.

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    Hamas planned for massacre during Passover, Iran forced delay

    The report noted that the information was uncovered during the interrogation of Hamas terrorists who participated in the October 7 massacre.

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    True Sherlock 'Bones'! IDF Video Shows the 'Very Goodest Dogs' Rooting Out Terrorists in Hamas Tunnels

     These pups were sent to clear out the extensive tunnel network Hamas has burrowed under civilian areas. What heroes!

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    The World the Mother of a Hamas Hostage - Bring Hersh and All Our Hostages Home!

    The Goldberg-Polins’ peace-loving son Hersh was last seen seriously wounded, being violently shoved into a Hamas pick-up truck near Kibbutz Re’im in southern Israel, with his dominant, left arm reduced to a bloody stump.

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    Israeli forces 'deep in the Strip, at the gates of Gaza City'

    IDF breaks through Hamas's first line of defense • 17th Israeli soldier slain in Gaza • Israeli FM: Red Cross "has no reason to exist" unless it visits hostages.

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    For reservists, growing a mustache is a symbol of this war

    Looking for some levity and unity in week three of Operation Swords of Iron, soldiers called for duty turn to their upper lips

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    Netanyahu calls civilized world to arms against ‘forces of barbarism’

    "We will not realize the promise of a better future unless we, the civilized world, are willing to fight the barbarians," Israel's prime minister said.

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    IDF sharpens its tools against Hamas’s terror city under Gaza

    Israeli forces, aided by advanced intelligence, are ready to destroy the labyrinth.

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    Elder Of Ziyon - A collection of Arab and Muslim celebrations at the massacre

    Blogging about Israel and the Arab world since, oh, forever.

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    I Watched Hamas Unleash Hell

    At a press conference like no other, Israel broadcast footage that bore testament to an ancient hatred.

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    Three generations wiped out by Hamas in Kibbutz Be'eri

    An estimated 10% of Kibbutz Be'eri's 1,100 residents were killed and an equal number kidnapped during Hamas's Oct. 7 assault on southern Israel.