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Israeli intelligence agencies clash over failure to predict Hamas War

A photo of a June 14 meeting: From right, Mossad head Tamir Pardo, Shin Bet head Yoram Cohen, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kovhavi, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai and, opposite Cohen, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.   Kobi Gideon/ GPO/ Flash 90

Special to Dossier at TEL AVIV — Before being told last week to settle their differences out of the public eye, Israel’s top intelligence agencies had erupted into an open feud over responsibility for the Hamas war in […]

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Czech Republic, Israel sign defense tech accord

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka with Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu.

Special to JERUSALEM — Israel and the Czech Republic have signed a defense cooperation agreement. The two countries signed the accord during a visit by Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka on Nov. 25. Officials said the agreement called for […]

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Israel gets unexpected boost from ancient enemy amid the disturbing decline of top ally

The Israel-Egypt border at Sinai.

Special to By Norman Bailey Various regional developments are proceeding almost unnoticed in the Middle East, even by the Israeli press. Consider President al-Sisi’s isolation of Gaza. As usual, truly important developments are obscured by the daily crush of […]

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Israel investigates bribery charge against former defense minister Barak

Former prime minister Ehud Olmert, left, and his then defense minister, Ehud Barak. / Reuters

Special to JERUSALEM — Israel has launched an investigation into allegations that a former defense minister accepted bribes for arms deals. Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has ordered a police investigation into allegations that former Defense Minister Ehud Barak accepted […]

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Former U.S. officials in letter to Obama hit ‘patently false’ new charges against Pollard

Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey. / AP

Special to WASHINGTON — Four months after its release offer, the United States has renewed charges against former naval analyst Jonathan Pollard. A parole commission asserted that Pollard, convicted to life in prison for relaying classified information to Israel, […]

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Energy firm plans expansion of Israel’s Tamar gas field, with pipeline to Egypt

The Tamar offshore gas field. / Albatross

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel’s offshore Tamar natural gas field could undergo an upgrade to increase capacity and build a new pipeline. The gas field has been prepared for an upgrade of up to $2 billion by Spain’s […]

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U.S. stations general in Israel to coordinate defense assistance in future war

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson in Israel.

Special to TEL AVIV — The United States has deployed a senior commander to help Israel in any future war. The Defense Department has sent a general to command a unit meant to facilitate joint defense missions with Israel. […]

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Israel lays cornerstone for JSF base


Special to TEL AVIV — The Israel Air Force has launched the construction of a base for its forthcoming Joint Strike Fighter. The air force laid the cornerstone for the F-35A base at the Nevatim base near Beersheba. The […]

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Ukraine appeals to Israel, U.S. for assistance on unconventional warfare

Oleh Mahnitskiy in London. / Andrew Winning / Reuters

Special to WASHINGTON — Ukraine has reached out to Israel military for discussions on military training as it faces an unremitting challenge from Moscow-backed rebels. Officials said Kiev has invited Israel to provide training for Ukraine’s military and security […]

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Hamas said activating Jerusalem cells as Israel rocked by synagogue massacre

Israelis near funeral of Aryeh Kopinsky, Calman Levine and Avraham Shmuel Goldberg in Jerusalem, Nov. 18. / AFP

Special to JERUSALEM — Israel has determined that Hamas activated operational cells in Jerusalem in advance of a bloody attack in a Jerusalem synagogue. Officials said the intelligence community has assessed that Hamas was activating operational cells based in […]

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