After reports of Israeli strikes in Syria, Ya’alon issues warning

By Yaakov Lapin, Jpost— Israel will respond with zero tolerance to cross-border artillery fire from Syria, weapons trafficking to terrorists, and the distribution of chemical weapons to terrorists, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on Tuesday. Ya’alon spoke at a kibbutz leadership conference at Kibbutz Ma’aleh Hahamisha outside Jerusalem. The defense minister’s comments came three days…

Christians Joining Israel Defense Forces At Record Rates; Military Training Includes Visits To Jerusalem

By Sarah Berger, International Business Times— The number of young Israeli Christians enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces is expected to set a new record next year, jns.org, a nonprofit wire service that covers Jewish and Israel news, reported Thursday. Last year, Christian enlistment in the Israel Defense Forces rose to more than 100 soldiers due…

Blast heard as security forces surround Hebron house in search of Israeli teens

By REUTERS— Gunfire and a blast were heard as Israeli troops searching Hebron for three Israeli teenagers abducted by terrorist surrounded a house on Sunday, witnesses said. Witnesses also reported that IDF forces fired a rocket at the house. Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported that three Palestinians were injured in the incident after the IDF…

‘A new chapter of hope between Jews and Christians’ in Israel

By ISRAEL TODAY— The Israeli defense establishment this week decided to begin actively recruiting local Christians into the Israeli army. The move comes after years of encouragement by the Nazareth-based Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum for young Arabic-speaking Christians to voluntarily join the IDF so as to better integrate into Israeli society. Israel Today has repeatedly…