As Knesset committee votes to shorten men’s IDF service to 32 months, the question remains—Should women serve longer in the IDF?
The eldest casualty: The story of Said Ali, 89, killed by the IDF. Ali, who lived through British, Jordanian and Israeli rule over this land, died last week of asphyxiation from tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers.
Oil traders razor-focused on signs of escalating violence in the Middle East were jolted on Thursday by a Twitter posting from the Israeli military that, at first glance, suggested they had just bombed Syrian airports. The Tweet was true, but it wasn’t news. The posting referred to an attack 40 years ago in the Yom Kippur war.
To tweet or not to tweet: Which terror attacks are “classic” and “shocking” and which deserve only minor mention? Which military operations shouldn’t be discussed, since they sparked “a lot of criticism” of the Israel Defense Forces, and which are “worth commenting on”? Internal documents from the IDF Spokesman’s Office that were obtained by Haaretz reveal the office’s considerations in deciding what to mention on social networks.
The social networking activity of Hamas during Operation Pillar of Defense was more effective than that of the Israel Defense Forces, a study by an Israeli researcher has shown.
The study found that the IDF refrained almost entirely from engaging in Twitter discussions, and in doing so failed to dominate the online discourse and the messages being transmitted.