Israeli Military

Doubts in Israel over a ground assault on Gaza

A Hasidic Jewish man dances with Israeli troops during a visit to support the soldiers near the border with the Gaza Strip. Photo: Reuters

The olive orchards and wheat fields lining the Gaza Strip border with Israel were always sparsely populated, but the area is now a virtual no man's land.

Fearing an Israeli ground invasion of the coastal strip, hundreds of families have fled.

Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 3:05am

Israeli military blocked anti-Iran move by Netanyahu, says reporter Dayan

A demonstrator takes part in a rally outside Tehran's former US embassy on Thursday, to mark the 33rd anniversary of compound's seizure by Islamist students. Photo: AFP

An Israeli news channel reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak asked the military in 2010 to prepare for an imminent attack on Iran's nuclear programme, but that their efforts were blocked by concerns over whether the military could do so and whether the men had the authority to give such an order.

6 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Israel upgrades its missile defence system

A rocket is launched from the Israeli "Iron Dome" missile defence system. Photo: AP

The Israeli air force has successfully tested an upgraded version of its "Iron Dome" missile defence system, the defence ministry said.

Defence Minister Ehud Barak said in a statement: "Israel has invested an enormous budget to finance the different missile defence systems that should allow us to protect the whole of our territory within a few years."

6 Nov 2012 - 3:27am