The Unique Challenges Israel’s IDF Faces

    On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by a Major in Israel’s IDF to discuss the challenges Israelis face with a war so close to home, an enemy that blends so easily into the background and the role of UAVs in modern warfare.

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    Operation Pillar of Defense: Death Toll Rises in Israel – Hamas Conflict

    In response to a continuous barrage of rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip the IDF has launched a widespread campaign against terror targets in Gaza – Operation Pillar of Defense.  More than 700 rockets have struck Israel since the beginning of the year, and more than 120 since Saturday. The two main goals of the operation are to protect Israeli civilians and to cripple the | Read More »

    Obama, Ardent Anti-Semite.

    If there are any of my Israeli friends who have any vestige of belief that Barack Hussein Obama is harboring any good will at all toward Jews in general, or Israel in particular, Obama’s speech yesterday (if that’s what it could be called) should have ended any such illusions. IDF soldiers guarding the border with Syria. Obama’s servile pandering to the Islamic fundamentalists is leaving | Read More »

    All Is Well. Iran Has Caught Nuclear Spies.

    So says the most prestigious Iranian Intelligence apparatus. So, move along, there’s nothing more to see here… all is well. I’ve always admired the Israeli ability to dissemble, when it comes to secrets. More often than not, the results are all that could be asked for. Israel very seldom tips its hand openly concerning anything, much less national security matters. I had been aware that | Read More »

    Israel Does Not Need A Command Controversy.

    As a matter of fact, it’s about the last thing the country or the IDF needs at this juncture. The Galant document scandal seems to have centered around a fraudulent document scheme, to influence Defense Minister Ehud Barak in his choice of a new chief of staff to succeed Lt General Gaby Ashkenazi, whose term is ending. Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi and Ehud Barak. Apparently, | Read More »

    Israelis Don’t Trust Hussein?!

    Gee, ya think? I guess at this point I’m supposed to ask ‘and why don’t the Israelis trust Barack Hussein Obama?’… other than the fact that he is a liar, an anti-semite, and would destroy this little democratic nation of free people given half a chance. You see, the Israelis long ago figured out just exactly who and what Barack Obama is. The Israelis are | Read More »

    Turkey divided over flotilla violence

    Turkey is divided over the Israeli Flotilla incident last week, according to the Wall Street Journal.  Opposition leaders and news organizations have questioned the government’s handling of the fallout, questioning the motives of politicians even before the event. Opposition politicians and some newspaper columnists have expressed concern that the government has been riding public anger at Israel’s actions. That, they say, puts at risk Turkey’s | Read More »

    They CAN be taught!

    Personally, I would have thought that any group stupid enough to send in a blockade runner named after a useful idiot who tried to play chicken with a bulldozer would be unteachable, but score one for the human survival reflex: Israeli naval commandos seized an Irish-owned aid ship [MV Rachel Corrie] headed for Gaza Saturday morning, officials said. The Israel military said it boarded the | Read More »

    They CAN be taught!

    Personally, I would have thought that any group stupid enough to send in a blockade runner named after a useful idiot who tried to play chicken with a bulldozer would be unteachable, but score one for the human survival reflex: Israeli naval commandos seized an Irish-owned aid ship [MV Rachel Corrie] headed for Gaza Saturday morning, officials said. The Israel military said it boarded the | Read More »

    Israel and the global rush to judgment

    An unseemly haste appeared to accompany the criticisms leveled toward Israel following the confrontation between Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and a flotilla of “humanitarian” vessels attempting to break the Israeli-led blockade of Gaza. As details surrounding the group largely responsible for organizing the flotilla come to light the prematurity of those criticisms becomes ever more apparent. Insani Yardim Vakfi, known by its Turkish initials IHH, helped | Read More »

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    Israeli Response Justified on All Accounts

    Recent accounts attacking Israel for action taken toward “humanitarian activists,” as they like to call them, have been all but factual.  Israel has been victimized by anti-Semitic activists sent to “break” the barrier for the passage of weapons (likely originating from Iran) to the Gaza strip.  With outside help, these terrorist groups, including Hamas and Hezbollah, have been able to launch attacks on innocent Israeli | Read More »

    Israel intercepts Gaza blockade runners: 14 dead.

    The Israelis are very, very serious about maintaining said blockade: At least 14 people were killed and 50 were injured early Monday as the Israeli Navy took over the ships taking part in the aid sail to Gaza, Arab and Turkish media reported. The IDF reported that four soldiers were injured during the takeover from live ammunition and knife stabbing. One of the troops was | Read More »

    Israel intercepts Gaza blockade runners: 14 dead.

    The Israelis are very, very serious about maintaining said blockade: At least 14 people were killed and 50 were injured early Monday as the Israeli Navy took over the ships taking part in the aid sail to Gaza, Arab and Turkish media reported. The IDF reported that four soldiers were injured during the takeover from live ammunition and knife stabbing. One of the troops was | Read More »

    You Gotta Be Kidding Me…

    A HAPPY AND BLESSED HANUKKAH to Israel and all our Jewish friends. Speaking of Israel, we see that Iran’s Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi is calling for Damascus to join with Iran in striking back at Israel for the attack it feels must be coming within a month or so, according to Iranian Intelligence Services. The Syrians tepid response to the Iranian call to action may | Read More »