February 28, 2015 |
American kids often have a raised-eyebrow reaction when they find out Israel has conscription: All citizens over 18 must serve with the Israel Defense Forces. Men for three years, women for two. Although there are ways around it, military service is a fact of life there, so it's natural it would figure in dozens of home-brewed books, movies, and TV shows. The two men who return home after nearly two decades of imprisonment in Prisoners of War , the international hit that yielded Showtime's Homeland , were new, young conscripts when they were taken.
July 30, 2014 |
THE WORDS comfort Harriet Levin, expressed in letters sent to her Bucks County home, or in emails, or in person when she kneels beside her son's grave at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Israel. There's almost always a crowd there, she said, paying respects to Staff Sgt. Michael Levin, his memorial covered in Phillies and Eagles gear. "Because of Michael," the visitors tell her. "Everybody just wants to leave a piece of themselves there," Levin, 63, said Wednesday from her home in Holland, Bucks County.
July 27, 2014 |
Bursting with anger at the growing death toll in the Gaza Strip, 300 pro-Palestinian demonstrators hurled invective through bullhorns Friday outside the Center City office tower that houses the Israeli consulate in Philadelphia. "Israel, Israel, what do you say?" they chanted. "How many kids have you killed today?" For nearly three weeks, Hamas militants in Gaza have rained incessant rocket fire on Israel, and the Israel Defense Forces have bombed Gaza and invaded the coastal strip.
May 7, 2014 |
Country and duty were one and the same for Yael Shamir. At 18, while her girlfriends were getting ready to leave for college, Shamir moved from her comfortable Voorhees home to her native Israel to join the army. Now she's a tank instructor. "I teach combat soldiers different shooting techniques, so when they go into battle, they'll be able to defend themselves," she said last week from her base in southern Israel, where the desert temperature topped 100 degrees. On Tuesday, Cpl. Shamir will be among 120 soldiers and officers in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)
November 13, 2013 |
TEL AVIV - Mayor Nutter's whirlwind 10-day trade trip to London and this city came to an end Monday with an announced collaboration among Drexel University, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as the possibility of a similar mission to Philadelphia by Israeli entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. The partnership of Drexel, Children's, and Hebrew University had been set in motion prior to Nutter's trip, but the discussed visit to Philadelphia by Israeli entities arose serendipitously during a meeting Sunday of the Philadelphia delegation and Israeli start-ups organized by Pitango Venture Capital group in Herzliya, a suburb of Tel Aviv.
May 6, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Israeli forces have carried out an air strike against a shipment of sophisticated missiles bound for the Lebanese political and military organization Hezbollah, officials in Washington, Lebanon, and Israel told reporters Saturday. The strike took place about 4 a.m. Friday at an air defense facility on the periphery of Damascus International Airport, according to a Lebanese security official who was in the Syrian capital at the time. The airport is known to be the destination for weapons flown in from Iran both for the Syrian government and for its ally Hezbollah.
September 4, 2012 |
On a recent morning in Cherry Hill, the biggest threat to personal safety seemed to be sun glare. But inside a former warehouse renovated to look more like a gym, about a dozen men and women were training as if their lives depended on it. Literally. They were learning how to spin out of a choke hold, overpower a carjacker, and punch a gun or knife out of an attacker's hands. An unusual fitness trend, for sure - one with Israeli roots and where motivation comes from a sense of insecurity rather than concern over love handles or jiggly thighs.
July 13, 2008 |
Was this really me, committing to two weeks in Israel as a volunteer working on an Israel Defense Forces base? Completely out of character, but I was leaving my husband, children and grandchildren for an experience beyond anything I could have imagined. It started when friends spoke at our synagogue about Volunteers for Israel. I attended, thinking it would be an interesting morning, and perhaps a few members would investigate the program for themselves or their teenage children.
February 5, 2007 |
On the job, they don't speak Philly at this small army base, or Brooklyn, or French, or any of the other "languages" that may pass for a native tongue. It's Hebrew, and for the soldiers who have come from all over the world to serve in the Israel Defense Force, the faster they learn it, the less time they spend in a befuddled daze. "What you do is, you watch and see what the others are doing, and you do it, too," said Menachim Best, 23, from the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.
July 30, 2006 |
While the fighting along the hilly border between Lebanon and Israel may seem like just the latest chapter in the incessant conflict that has marked the region for so many years, experts here say its ramifications reach far beyond those two countries. These experts say that if the outcome of this war in either reality or perception is that Hezbollah won, it will strike a powerful blow for radical Islam, firing passions across the world. "If Israel is perceived to have lost this battle, then the whole struggle against radical Islamic terrorism is lost," said Amatzia Baram, professor of Middle East history at Haifa University.