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Israel to reduce arms production in U.S. after Obama’s weapons suspension during Gaza War

U.S. Navy aviation ordnancemen with a Hellfire missile. / U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott A. Raegen

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to reduce military coproduction with the United States. A leading Israeli analyst asserted that the Defense Ministry and the military agreed to reduce production of Israeli weapons […]

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UN peace-keeping force in Syria’s Golan Heights has essentially vanished

U.N. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) vehicles leaving Golan Heights for Israel on Aug. 28. / Ronen Zvulun /  Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United Nations has acknowledged that little was left of its peace-keeping mission on Syria’s Golan Heights. Diplomats said attacks by Sunni rebels forced virtually all of the UN Disengagement Observer Force to abandon their […]

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Israel eyes Golan as U.S. increases pressure to join fight against ISIL

Israeli soldiers stand atop tanks in the Golan Heights near Israel's border with Syria.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has been examining options to stop Islamist militias on the Golan Heights. Israeli sources said the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was consulting with the military and intelligence community to determine measures […]

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Germany subsidizes sale to Israel of world’s most advanced non-nuclear submarine

Dolphin Mk-2 electric-diesel submarine.

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has acquired its most advanced submarine. On Sept. 23, the Israel Navy took delivery of the Dolphin Mk-2 electric-diesel submarine from Germany. The platform, produced by ThyssenKrupp Systems, was said to represent unprecedented […]

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Report: Hamas developed tunnel warfare with help from Egypt’s Morsi, Iran and North Korea

Hamas tunnel.

Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — Israel has concluded that Hamas, aided by Iran and Syria, was perfecting underground warfare using tunneling technology developed by North Korea. A report by a leading Israeli think tank asserted that Hamas was employing a […]

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Israel fires on Hizbullah positions in Lebanon after bomb injures IDF soldiers

An Israeli tank patrols the Shebaa area near the Lebanon border.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel and Hizbullah have come to blows along the Lebanese border. On Oct. 7, two Israel Army soldiers were injured in a bomb planted in the Shebaa Plateau. The military blamed Hizbullah as well […]

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Israel: Hizbullah raising profile, using Lebanese soldiers to test Israeli defenses

Lebanese soldiers near the Israel border fence.

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Hizbullah has been using the Lebanese Army to threaten Israel. Military sources said Hizbullah was sending Lebanese soldiers to the Israeli border in an effort to stage a provocation. The sources said Hizbullah was […]

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Obama finally approves Israel’s 2008 request for tactical rockets

M-72 Light Assault Weapon.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — After six years, the United States has responded to an Israeli request for rockets. The administration of President Barack Obama has approved the implementation of an Israeli request for U.S.-origin tactical rockets. On Sept. 24, […]

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Israel: Hamas has begun testing extended-range rockets

M-302 rockets.

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has been monitoring renewed rocket tests by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Israeli military sources said Hamas has renewed the testing of extended-range surface-to-surface rockets. The sources said Hamas engineers have overseen the […]

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Israel owes contractors, bought Iron Dome ‘on credit’

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel owes nearly $1 billion to its defense industry. Officials said the Defense Ministry owes $810 million to Israeli defense contractors. The officials said the debt was largely to the top three defense firms […]

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