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Olivier Dassault. Credit: Gabriel Erem.

Killed in helicopter crash in France, Olivier Dassault, 69, leaves personal legacy upon family...

On Sunday afternoon, March 7, my phone rang. The call came from a friend in Paris telling me about a fatal helicopter crash in which one of the victims was my dear friend, Olivier...
Tanker jet manufactured by Boeing, which the Israeli military will be acquiring. Credit: Boeing.

IDF approves procurement of two KC-46 Pegasus tanker jets

Israel formally approved plans over the weekend to procure two KC-46 Pegasus tanker jets, the government announced on Monday. The Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) signed by Israel Defense Forces Brig. Gen. (res.), Mishel Ben-Baruch...
IDF Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi (left) and IAF commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin (right) promote 105-year old IAF founding member Alex Ziloni to the rank of colonel, Feb. 19, 2021. Source: IDF Twitter.

105-year-old IAF founding member promoted to colonel

Israel’s top military brass was on hand Friday for the promotion of Alex Ziloni, 105, to the rank of colonel in honor of his “many decades of dedication to the State of Israel,” the...
Boston native Lt. O, the first American woman to complete the Israel Air Force's pilot course. Credit: IAF.

Boston native makes history as first American woman to complete IAF pilot course

A “lone soldier” from the United States made history on Wednesday, when she became the first American woman to complete the Israeli Air Force’s prestigious pilot course, the U.S.-based NGO Friends of the Israel...
Israeli Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin speaking in 2017. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Israeli Air Force appoints first Druze colonel

The Israeli Air Force on Tuesday promoted Awad Suleiman to the rank of colonel, making him the first Druze to attain this rank in the IAF. IAF Commander Amikam Norkin also named Suleiman head...
U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz sign an agreement that Gantz said will “ensure the quality edge of the Israeli defense establishment and the IDF in the coming decades.” Credit: Israeli Ministry of Defense.

Israeli and American defense establishments agree on accelerated defense deliveries

Days after Benny Gantz returned to Israel from the United States to hammer out a new procurement arrangement ahead of an imminent announcement by the United States over the sale of F-35 stealth fighter...
Israel's version of "Air Force One," a customized Boeing 767 jet. Credit: Israel Aerospace Industries.

Israeli ‘Air Force One’ ready for takeoff within two weeks

The first-ever plane for exclusive use by Israel’s prime ministers and presidents on official trips abroad is expected to be ready for takeoff within two weeks, Channel 12 reported on Wednesday night. The customized Boeing 767, which has informally...
Israeli soldiers patrol near the northern border with Syria on Aug. 3, 2020. Photo by Basel Awidat/Flash90.

Israel strikes key Syrian military sites in response to earlier attack in Golan

The Israel Defense Forces has carried out several airstrikes on Syrian military targets late Monday in response to an earlier attempted IED attack in the Golan Heights. “IDF aircraft have struck various military targets belonging...
An Israeli F-15I fighter jet releases flares during a graduation ceremony of new Israeli Air Force pilots at the Hatzerim Air Force base near the southern city of Beersheba, Dec. 27, 2012. Photo by Flash90.

Israel strikes dozens of Syrian targets after rocket attack, preps for reprisals

Israel struck dozens of targets in Syria early on Wednesday in retaliation for the firing of four rockets from Syria at the Golan Heights and Galilee by Iranian forces the day before, according to the Israeli...
Harold “Smoky” Simon displaying his Nefesh B’Nefesh’s Sylvan Adams Bonei Zion Lifetime Achievement Award on Sept. 24, 2019. Source: Nefesh B'Nefesh via Facebook.

Saluting one of the last living heroes of Israel’s fight for independence

Nothing really prepares you for the Smoky smile and the twinkle in an eye undimmed by nearly a century on earth. And when Harold “Smoky” Simon grins at you, it’s hard to remember that, at...