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Can Israeli jets also clash with Russian aircraft that are flying over Syria?

The furious confrontation now raging between Russia's Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recepp Erdogan has raised this nightmare in Jerusalem. A senior Israeli Air Force officer has said he does not know what caused the Turkish jet to shoot down the Russian aircraft along Turkish-Syrian border, but indicated that chances are slim this could happen between Israeli and Russian jets. Israel and Russia have been operating an online communication network to prevent such an incident. At the end of a major Israeli Air Force exercise that has been conducted over northern Israel, the IAF officer said:

      "We refrain from flying close to one another in order to prevent the pilots from having any question marks about the other's intentions. The intention is not to shoot down any Russian aircraft. Russia is not the enemy. We try to prevent any friction with the Russian aircraft, and their pilots refrain from any friction with us."

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau

Has Canada chickened out against Daesh (ISIS)?

In Paris, President Francois Hollande calls it a 'war' against Daesh (ISIS).

The French leader has ordered his sole aircraft carrier to head urgently for Syria to reinforce the French jets that carried out the first coalition air strike against the Daesh oil facilities. Income from the oil funds 50% of its operations in Syria, Iraq, Sinai, and Europe. But the response of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was to abort Canada's combat role against Daesh in the Middle East. At a time when the Free World nations should rally to the aid of France, Trudeau has declared: 'Count Canada out!'


Night of the Hang-Gliders

Four terrorists were sent on a suicide mission to fly 80 kilometers on motorized hang-gliders into an IDF army base next to the city of Kiryat-Shemonah. One of the attackers reached his target,  killing 6 IDF soldiers.


Rafael Eitan (1929-2004)

Rafael "Raful" Eitan was an Israeli general, former Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces and later a politician, a Knesset member and government minister. Born in Afula during the Mandate era, Eitan was raised in Moshav Tel Adashim, where he spent most of his life.


David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973)

On the anniversary of the death of Israels first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, IsraCast brings you Ben-Gurion's biography, two audio interviews from Canadian radio stations in the year 1961, and a transcript of highlights from the Decleration of Independence - read by him on May 14th, 1948.


Abba Eban (1915-2002)

A brilliant orator, Eban served as diplomat, government minister and Member of Knesset. As Minister of Foreign Affairs, he sought to consolidate Israel’s relations with the United States and secure association with the European Economic Community. Before and after the Six-Day War, he led Israel in its political struggle in the UN.



If this is not a 'clash of civilizations' it comes quite close.

ISIL's writing was on the wall, or should have been - but no one was really ready to see it! After the targeted killing of ‘Jihadi John’, Britain had better be on very high alert. ISIL has escalated its murderous campaign beyond the borders of Syria and Iraq. First Russia, and then the West, stepped up their operations in Syria, and ISIL has hit back hard.

First came the blowing up of the Russian airliner over Sinai, then the horrific suicide bombings in the Hezbollah quarter of Beirut, and now the killing spree in Paris. After blowing the Russian airplane to smithereens, ISIL then issued a video threat to Israel:

       'Don't think that because we are fighting in Syria and elsewhere that we have forgotten about you... we are coming to get you in Eilat!'


Bnei Menashe - The Long Way Home

 The Bnei Menashe (sons of Manasseh) community are a group of people from India's North Eastern regions who trace their ancestry to a distant forefather named Manmasi, who is believed to have been Menashe, son of Joseph, son of Jacob, making them descendents of one of the lost ten tribes of Israel.


Hannah Szenes (1921-1944)

Szenes was one of 37 Jews living in Palestine, now Israel, who were trained by the British army to parachute into Yugoslavia during World War II in order to help save the Jews of Hungary, who were about to be deported to the German death camp at Auschwitz. Szenes was arrested at the Hungarian border, imprisoned and tortured, but she refused to reveal details of her mission, and was eventually tried and executed by firing squad.


Israeli technology has saved more American lives than all of Europe!

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter: 'There's no question that American lives have been saved by Israeli technology - the Israelis have contributed more than Europe'

Senior White House Official says it is unlikely that President Barack Obama will achieve goal of reaching Israeli-Palestinian peace accord

The signals from Washington are unmistakable. With Israel's Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu about to go to the White House, President Barack Obama has decided to bury the hatchet. Despite Netanyahu's intrusive campaign to torpedo the Iranian nuclear deal, Obama now has the Iranian nuclear deal under his belt. Moreover, with the Middle East coming apart at the seams and Russia's military expansion into Syria, Israel is emerging as America's most dependable ally in the region. And with the Presidential election looming, Obama must also consider the Jewish vote after his bashing of the Jewish state over the Palestinian issue. After Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejected negotiating with Netanyahu in favor of seeking an imposed solution at the UN, Obama has called it a day. Despite the dire warnings that Netanyahu has caused irreparable harm to the 'special relationship' between Israel and the U.S., this is apparently not the case. (Granted, Bibi's address to Congress was a bit too much).


Operation Atlas - Poisoning Tel-Aviv Residents

On 1941 the Arab Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini met with Adolf Hitler and discussed ways to 'solve the Jewish problem'. Three years later the Nazis and the Arabs of Palestine planned to poison the drinking water in Tel-Aviv with Arsenic poison.


Yitzhak Rabin (1922-1995)

Yitzhak Rabin was murdered on November 4th, 1995 by a Jewish assassin, Yigal Amir. He was the fifth Prime Minister of Israel from 1974 until 1977 and again from 1992 until his assassination in 1995. Rabin played a leading role in the signing of the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians and the peace treaty with Jordan, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize For Peace in 1994. Read More...


Joint Operation of Britain, France and Israel against Egypt

 On October 29, 1956 Britain, France and Israel launched a military operation against Egypt. In a swift, sweeping operation of 100 hours, under the leadership of then Chief of the General Staff, Moshe Dayan, the entire Sinai peninsula fell into Israeli hands, at a cost of 231 soldiers killed. This operation was held in response to the closing of the Suez Canal by the Egyptians and terrorist attacks on Israel that violated the armistice agreement between the two countries.


Port Of Haifa

Throughout the history Haifa bay served as a safe Port for ships in the Mediterranean sea. Benjamin Zeev Herzel recognized the potential and importance of the Port and city of Haifa in the new state, and the British Port was officially opened on October 31st, 1933.


What if Yitzhak Rabin had not been assassinated?

What if Israeli Prime Minister had not been assassinated after that peace rally on Nov.15th, 1995? Would Israel now be living at peace with the state of Palestine on the West Bank and Gaza Strip? Did Yigal Amir, the Right Wing Israeli killer, change the course of history?

Of course, there is no way of knowing. But it is possible to examine what has happened since that cursed night. Today over 90% of Israelis can tell you exactly what they were doing when they heard the news. A night when Israel's vaunted Shabak Security Service failed abysmally to prevent the assassin, armed with a revolver, from casually walking up and firing three shots into Rabin's back while a couple of his body-guards looked on in disbelief - Jews aren't supposed to assassinate their leaders! (The bullets were hollow-point to increase the damage and Rabin never had a chance.


The Suez War (1956)

On October 29, 1956 Britain, France and Israel launched a military operation against Egypt. In a swift, sweeping operation of 100 hours, under the leadership of then Chief of the General Staff, Moshe Dayan, the entire Sinai peninsula fell into Israeli hands, at a cost of 231 soldiers killed. This operation was held in response to the closing of the Suez Canal by the Egyptians and terrorist attacks on Israel that violated the armistice agreement between the two countries.


Jordan and Israel sign a peace treaty

On October 26, 1994 Jordan and Israel signed a peace treaty at Wadi Araba, only the second such agreement, after the Israel-Egypt treaty of 1978, between Israel and its Arab neighbors. The treaty, followed by more than one dozen subsequent sectoral agreements, established a solid framework for bilateral cooperation in the political, economic, and cultural fields.


Kadoorie agricultural school in Tulkarm

Sir Ellis Kadoorie, a Jewish philanthropist, died in the year 1922 and according to his will, two agricultural schools were founded in the land of Israel. One of them is the well-known Kadoorie Agricultural High School for the Jews in the Lower Galilee. IsraCast brings you a sequence of photos which were recently discovered, of the second agricultural school which was founded for the Arabs of Eretz Israel, in the city of Tulkarm.


State of Israel-Palestinian clash

The Palestinian 'Intifada of Knives' has entered a new phase. It has broadened to include more cases of Palestinian drivers deliberately trying to harm Israelis by running them over. After the initial shock of coping with young Palestinian killers armed with knives and meat cleavers, Israel launched a series of preventative steps. The current wave of sporadic but deadly Palestinian attacks was 'inspired' by President Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas, and the Palestinian media. They whipped up a Muslim rage over false charges that Israel was planning to take control of the al Aqsa mosque on Jerusalem's Temple Mount.


Where should Israel go from here?

   "What would you do in New York, Washington, London or Paris if terrorists were attacking people in the streets with knives and meat cleavers? Your policemen would act immediately to prevent it, and that's what Israeli policemen and doing now!"

That was Netanyahu's response to the insinuation by U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby:

    "We have seen some reports of (Israel's) security activity that could indicate the potential excessive use of force."

Moshe Dayan (1915-1981)

Moshe Dayan was an Israeli military warrior who became a crusader for peace. He was skilled in both battle and diplomacy, and played a key role in four wars, but also helped negotiate the historic Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty.


Ron Arad, Missing in Action Israeli Soldier

Ron Arad was captured after answering a call for reserve duty as a navigator in the Israeli air force. He was forced to bail out of his plane over the city of Sidon in Lebanon and was captured by members of the Iranian backed Shiite Amal organization. Since then, Ron has been held captive by several groups, all of them extremist Shiite groups, backed by Iran.


Rechavam Zeevi (Gandi, 1926-2001)

Tourism Minister Rechavam Ze'evy was assassinated by two shots to the head outside his room at the Jerusalem Hyatt Hotel on October 17, 2001. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the attack.


Sarah Livni (1922-2007)

Sarah Livni, the mother of Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was a member of the Irgun, a pre-state paramilitary organization, and was arrested by the British and imprisoned in Bethlehem.


Israel will suppress terrorism but will not punish Palestinian population

Palestinian brand of 'do it yourself' terrorism...

A young Palestinian wakes up in the morning, or maybe on the spur of the moment, and decides to attack Israelis. He, or she, takes a butcher knife or a sharpened screw-driver or makes a Molotov cocktail and then goes looking for some Israelis to kill. Their preferred target is an Israeli soldier in uniform or an ultra-orthodox Jew dressed in black or wearing a skull-cap - that's to prevent the terrorist from attacking another Palestinian by mistake. The less ambitious rely on forming a gang of ten, twenty or more who hurl big rocks to smash and stop Israeli cars and maybe lynch the driver. In one case, they almost succeeded before a lone woman, although injured, managed to get away - in this case driving for her life! These lone-wolf attacks have suddenly escalated into eight or more on the same day. Naturally, Israeli and Palestinian radio and TV stations carried vivid accounts of the almost hourly attacks. This may have led to a 'copy-cat' phenomenon among teen-age Palestinians, while arousing alarm among Israelis. But the main source is to be found elsewhere.


Netanyahu warns Israel will act if Iran is allowed to violate nuclear deal

Israel has no intention of becoming the Czechoslovakia of the 21st century - that was the message of Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to the diplomatic representatives of the world's nations gathered at the UN General Assembly in New York.

The nuclear accord negotiated by the world powers, the 5P+1, may be a done deal, but for Israel, this was only act one. The second act was now coming up. Netanyahu left no doubt that if the international community did not keep 'Iran's feet to the fire' by honoring the terms, then Israel would go it alone and attack Iran's nuclear weapons sites:

      "I'll say it again. The days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies - those days are over.”

      "Israel will not allow Iran to break-in or sneak-in, or walk into the nuclear weapons club."

      "No one should question Israel's determination to defend itself against those who seek our destruction."

68 שעות הלחימה של מעוז בתעלה

כתבה בעיתון "מעריב" של ה-9 בנובמבר 1973

סיפורו של מעוז פורקן

 קראו את הכתבה המלאה כאן:


There's a strong leader around, and his name isn’t Obama

Russian President Putin understands what the free world does not: Whoever won’t fight jihad outside his home will be forced to fight it inside his home.

US President Barack Obama delivered an impressive speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday. He knows how to talk. Military power alone will not solve the problem in Syria, he said, and presented a vision of peace and comradeship. He asked Iran nicely not to shout "Death to America," because it won’t bring them jobs, and expressed his hope that those who hope for its extinction will maintain the nuclear agreement and turn the world into a safer place. Just like that. There is no doubt that he is a believer. 


Avraham Adan (1924-2012)

 Avraham "Bren" Adan‎, (5 October 1926– 28 September 2012) was an Israeli general who served in the military between 1947 and 1973. Raised the Israeli "Ink Flag" following the successful Uvda Operation in the 1948 War of Independence, in which the Jordanian outpost in Eilat was captured. 


Sukkot - The Feast of Tabernacles

Sukkot is a Biblical pilgrimage festival that occurs on the 15th day of the month of Tishri. It is one of the three major holidays when historically the Jewish populace traveled to the Temple in Jerusalem.


Israeli-Russian Modus Operandi in Syria

Whatever you think of Israel's Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, you have to admit he has one of the toughest jobs in the world. Just look at what he has on his plate every morning he wakes up …

The U.S.

America, Israel's best friend, has, under President Barack Obama's leadership, has concocted a wacky deal with Iran, Israel's worst enemy. It will enable the Ayatollahs to produce nuclear weapons in 10 to 15 years or whenever. First Obama pressured Democratic Senators to swallow it hook, line and sinker - they do not even know what's in the 'secret clauses'. So now Bibi, who apparently does, must 'grin and bear it'. His only reasonable course of action is to restore his strained relations with the U.S. President and hopefully bolster Israel's security in the wake of Iran's nuclear ascendancy. Barring unforeseen circumstances, Barack will also agree to bury the hatchet, particularly with the American presidential election looming on the horizon. 


EXCLUSIVE! Recording of never-before-played song from the Yom Kippur War

During the war, a portion of the recordings that Avi Yaffe recorded of the war were publicized.  After hearing these recordings, Avi was approached by singer Avraham Pereira and Composer Haim Tzur to record a special set of songs written in lieu of the war in Avi's studio.

במלחמת יום הכיפורים, כאשר חזרתי הביתה, פורסמו חלק מההקלטות שביצעתי בעת המלחמה במעוז פורקן.
בעקבות זאת, פנו אלי הזמר אברהם פררה והמלחין חיים צור וביקשו להקליט באולפני מספר שירים.



Yom-Kippur War Cease-Fire

The Yom-Kippur War began on October 6, 1973 when the combined armies of Egypt and Syria attacked Israel in the Suez Canal area and the Golan Heights. On October 22, the Security Council adopted Resolution 338 calling for "all parties to the present fighting to cease all firing and terminate all military activity immediately."


Exclusive! Gen. Sharon & Yom Kippur Protocols

Arik Sharon: 'I Could Have Rescued Israeli Soldiers Cut Off In Suez Canal Outposts By Egyptian Forces But Was Not Given Approval'

'As A Divisional Commander On Front Line I Contacted Directly Defense Minister Moshe Dayan & Southern Command Headquarters With My Plan'

IsraCast Exclusive: Shortly After Yom Kippur, Maj.Gen.(res.) Arik Sharon Talked To IsraCast's Avi Yaffe Of His Daring Plan That Was Ignored By Dayan & IDF Headquarters

 One of the most controversial issues of the Yom Kippur Protocols were the comments by Defense Minister Moshe Dayan that IDF soldiers, cut off in their fortified outposts along the Suez Canal, would be left to their fate. This flies in the face of the IDF's tradition of not leaving soldiers behind to be killed or captured by the enemy. In an extraordinary twist of fate, IsraCast's Avi Yaffe was doing reserve duty as a radio operator at the Porkan outpost that was surrounded by the Egyptians opposite Ismailiya. Yaffe was in radio contact with Gen. Sharon during the first days of the war including the soldiers daring trek through Egyptian lines back to safety. After the war was over, Yaffe interviewed Sharon who revealed that he could have saved the trapped soldiers in the outposts, most of whom were later captured or killed by the Egyptian forces. In light of publication of the Yom Kippur Protocols, Avi Yaffe has now decided to make public this exclusive and historic interview on his IsraCast website. 



Recommended Articles

 The IsraCast guide to information on the Yom Kippur War of 1973:  Access to live recordings from the war, exclusive post-war recording of Arik Sharon discussing his part, historical facts you may not have known about the war and its many complexities, insightful analysis of the war and region, and explanation of the Yom Kippur - the holiest day in the Jewish Year.


Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement

On The holiest day of the Jewish year, a surprise joint attack by Egypt and Syria crossing the cease-fire lines in the Sinai and Golan Heights threatened the very existence of the Jewish state. 2,586 Israeli soldiers were killed and thousands more wounded.


Obama & Netanyahu embark on damage control

Obama - let bygones be bygones...

Barack Obama won, Bibi Netanyahu lost - so what happens now? After fighting a rear guard action to the bitter end, the Israeli leader finally threw in the towel. After forging the nuclear deal with Iran, the U.S. President will apparently be able to depart the White House in another 17 months with his grand strategy intact - no new American military involvement in the Middle East (or anywhere else for that matter). The Ayatollahs in Iran have emerged with a win-win victory. They have simply put their nuclear weapons program temporarily in mothballs and will now cash in with a bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars.



Rosh Hashanah (Zikhron Teru'ah)

 Rosh Hashanah is celebrated as the Jewish New Year. However, the term "Rosh Hashanah" does not actually appear in the Torah, but rather is referred to as the Feast of Trumpets, known as "Zikhron Teru'ah" in Leviticus 23:24 - "a memorial with the blowing of horns". It is also referred to in the same part of Leviticus as a penultimate Sabbath or meditative rest day, and a "holy day to God". It is the first of the High Holy Days ("Days of Awe") which usually occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere and consist of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles). The trumpets are meant to serve as a wakeup call, to bring the people to prayer and repentance in preparation for the coming Day of Atonement.


A Walk Through Jerusalem of 1898

A journey to the past, acompanied by a sequence of rear photos taken from the height of the "Church of the Redeemer" in Jerusalem on its opening day.


Russian & Iranian boots on the ground - in Syria!

Senior Israeli official: 'Russia says her troops in Syria do not pose a threat to Israel.'

Senior Israeli official: 'If Iran's Revolutionary Guards now provoke us on Golan Heights, we'll react!'

As if the Iranian nuclear deal were not enough, Iranian and Russian troops have now been stationed in Syria. Their mission is to prevent the fall of their ally, President Bashar Assad, in the four and a half year-old civil war. In addition to fighting a hodgepodge of Syrian rebels, Islamic State forces are also knocking on the gates of Damascus.


Why Italian Planes Bombed Tel-Aviv?

In 1940 and 1941 there were a number of air-raids on Haifa and Tel-Aviv by the Italian air-force. On September, 1940, a residential neighborhood in Tel Aviv was targeted by the Italian planes, resulting in the deaths of over a hundred people.


Israel Tal (1924 - 2010)

 Israel Tal (September 13, 1924 – September 8, 2010), also known as Talik, was an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) general known for his knowledge of tank warfare and for leading the development of Israel's Merkava tank.


Munich Massacre

The Munich massacre occurred during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, when members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage and eventually murdered by Black September, a group with ties to Yasser Arafat’s Fatah organization.


Iran issues new ultimatum to the U.S.

Khamenei: "We insisted that sanctions must be lifted, not suspended."

U.S. President Barack Obama has blocked the move in the U.S. Senate to block the nuclear deal with Iran, but it's not over till it’s over. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has now pulled a new rabbit out of his hat. Khamenei has issued what amounts to a new ultimatum. All the sanctions must be lifted, and not gradually suspended as demanded by Obama. Otherwise, Khamenei is quoted as saying that Iran will not fulfill all its commitments:

      "If sanctions are going to be suspended, then we will also fulfill our obligations on the ground at the level of suspension, and not in a fundamental way."


A tsunami warning for Europe

The refugee crisis in Europe is, strangely, giving new life to old borders. Not long ago, Europeans condemned Israel for building fences; now they are learning from us. In Israel, people complained that there was no policy; this week, Hungary changed its policy on a daily basis.

Before we get to the numbers, the difficulties and the dilemmas, one must remember that these are people made of flesh and blood. They have become victims. The vast majority, if not all of them, are true refugees. The dilemma is not Europe’s, which ultimately, even with all the difficulties, will take them all in. The problem is the refugees’ own.


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