The right wing claimed the recent spate of fires that plagued Israel was the result of arson, while the left called these claims incitement. A report by the Fire & Rescue Authority released two months later indicates that even when fires were labeled as arson, the evidence was not always sufficiently established. On the other hand, the claim all suspects were released is not true either.
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Cadets who have participated in recent years in courses training military rabbis reveal an extremely problematic atmosphere contradicting IDF values. The course’s lecturers, they say, consistently preach against the enlistment of women and non-Jews—Druze, Bedouins and immigrants from former Soviet countries, as well as against the army’s rules of engagement.
Following the failure to implement the agreement signed with them last month, and following Donald Trump’s inauguration as the new US president, the outpost’s residents are demanding a resubmission of the original Regulation Bill, or else ‘the state will have to deal with quite a difficult protest.’
There are about 6,200 security prisoners in eight of the Israel Prison Services’ detention facilities, and 70 percent of them are defined as having blood on their hands. In a joint interview, three intelligence officers serving in Israel’s most dangerous prisons discuss what it is like to be in the same room with eight murderers, how inmates are turned into informants and how MK Ghattas was caught allegedly smuggling cellphones into jail.
31-year-old James Hirshfield doesn’t care that the army told him he was too old or that his family told him he was giving up a successful career: He’s starting his service as ‘the best soldier I can be’ in April, and he loves it here.
63 years after the Lavon Affair, a book is being made public that presents the Egyptian perspective on events; a former NSC head judges the book to probably have been made as Egyptian propaganda to paint Israel as a terrorist state, but considers the confessions it contains by Israelis to be authentic, if probably coerced.
Fadi Qunbar, who murdered an IDF officer and three cadets in the East Talpiot vehicular attack, lived not far from the two cousins who murdered five worshippers and a policeman at a Jerusalem synagogue in 2014. As the villages annexed to Jerusalem in 1967 produce more and more terrorists, there is a growing demand to separate them from the city. But according to local resident Mahmoud Awisat, the solution begins with providing basic services to the neglected neighborhoods.
Every year, hundreds of young Jewish American women choose to leave the Orthodox homes they grew up in and make aliyah in order to defend the State of Israel. ‘It’s a great mitzvah and an honor to serve in the IDF as a religious soldier,’ one explains; ‘I wanted to be part of the huge power defending Israel,’ says another.