Articles written by Yaakov Lappin

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 By Yaakov Lappin    News    May 17, 2024

In seizing Rafah crossing, Israel turns tables on Hamas's stalling tactics

(JNS) — The decision by Israel’s War Cabinet to order the Israel Defense Forces to seize Rafah Crossing is strategically significant, as it will negatively impact Hamas’s ability to smuggle weapons and people back and forth from neighboring Sinai...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    February 2, 2024

Hamas is weakening, but the campaign against it will be lengthy

(JNS) — While the Israel Defense Forces is gaining ground against Hamas by the day, destroying it as a military force will take time, according to former IDF officers. Professor Gabi Siboni, a senior fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy a...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    February 2, 2024

The IDF's systematic approach to dismantling Hamas

(JNS) — On the eve of the war, Hamas possessed an estimated 30,000 armed terrorists, divided into five territorial brigades and 24 battalions across the Gaza Strip. It had a sprawling weapons production industry, much of it underground, and distribut...

 

50,000 Gazans have moved south along Israel's evacuation corridor

(JNS) - The Israel Defense Forces saw some 50,000 Gazan civilians move from northern to southern Gaza on Wednesday via an Israeli evacuation corridor, a military spokesman said, adding that these are...

 

Update: Operation Swords of Iron IDF: 'We are working on one tunnel after another, demolishing them'

(JNS) - The Israel Defense Forces is intensifying its maneuvers in Gaza City against Hamas, military spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari stated on Nov. 6, adding that the growing number of Hamas...

 

IDF ground forces take over Hamas stronghold in northern Gaza

(JNS) — Israel Defense Forces’ ground forces made significant gains in northern Gaza on Oct. 31, as Israeli Air Force fighter jets, acting on Shin Bet intelligence, launched a large-scale strike on Hamas’s Jabaliya Battalion and killed its comma...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    October 27, 2023

IDF hits Gaza tunnels; ground forces conduct raids

(JNS) — The Israeli Air Force struck hundreds of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza in recent hours, including tunnels with terrorists in them, while infantry and armored corps conducted raids on the ground in the enclave in p...

 

Israel is facing a prolonged escalation in Judea and Samaria

(JNS) — Monday’s murderous terrorist attack on Route 60 in Hebron, in which an Israeli woman was shot dead and a man seriously injured, is just the latest indication of the sad fact that Israel is in the middle of a prolonged security escalation in...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    August 25, 2023

Israel is facing a prolonged escalation in Judea and Samaria

(JNS) — Monday’s murderous terrorist attack on Route 60 in Hebron, in which an Israeli woman was shot dead and a man seriously injured, is just the latest indication of the sad fact that Israel is in the middle of a prolonged security escalation in...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    August 25, 2023

Israel is facing a prolonged escalation in Judea and Samaria

(JNS) - Monday's murderous terrorist attack on Route 60 in Hebron, in which an Israeli woman was shot dead and a man seriously injured, is just the latest indication of the sad fact that Israel is in...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    August 11, 2023

Hezbollah could take possession of Syrian chemical weapons

(JNS) — Iran is working to seize control of an extensive network of Syrian military industry facilities, collectively known by their French acronym of CERS, or the Scientific Studies and Research Center in English, according to a report released o...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    July 21, 2023

As PA forces enter Jenin, Israel watches cautiously

(JNS) — Palestinian Authority security forces have begun entering Jenin in recent days, following the Israel Defense Forces’ intensive security operation to degrade the terrorist presence in Jenin camp on July 3 and July 4. Israel is watching closely...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    July 14, 2023

Jenin operation achieved most of its goals, but the IDF will be back

(JNS) — A day after the Israel Defense Forces completed its extensive security operation, it appears the goal of squashing Jenin’s image as a terrorist safe haven has been accomplished, with some caveats. The IDF, backed by Shin Bet intelligence and...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    June 30, 2023

How social media boosts terrorists' recruitment of minors

(JNS) — Social-media networks are being exploited by Palestinian terror factions to boost the recruitment of minors, an Israeli military source has told JNS. The source noted that although the trend of recruiting minors is not new, its current f...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    March 3, 2023

Israel, US signal unprecedented cooperation in military preparations against Iran

(JNS) - On Jan. 26, the historic five-day joint Israeli-American military exercise called "Juniper Oak" came to an end. The exercise saw unprecedented levels of cooperation between the U.S....

 

The IDF versus drug dealers: How an inter-agency effort is denting the flow of narcotics

(JNS) - The Israel Defense Force's Paran territorial defense brigade is in charge of defending 170 kilometers of the Israeli-Egyptian border and large sections of the Negev desert. As such, dealing...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    October 28, 2022

The US is pressing the PA to increase security coordination with Israel

(JNS) - The United States is applying pressure on the Palestinian Authority to increase security coordination with Israel, as part of a larger effort to reduce violence in Judea and Samaria, commonly...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    October 28, 2022

Local Nablus terror group 'going on the offensive'

(JNS) — The Lions’ Den terror group, recently formed in Nablus, comprises dozens of gunmen and is not very well organized. Nevertheless, the group’s activities serve the purposes of established terror factions like Hamas and Palestinian Islam...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    October 21, 2022

Russia deploying Iranian-made suicide drones in Ukraine

(JNS) - Russia is deploying Iranian-made unmanned aerial vehicles in its war against Ukraine, and although it is not yet possible to determine their exact operational effectiveness, the weapons could...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    May 13, 2022

'Nuclear deal on the table must not be signed,' urges ex-Israeli national security adviser

(JNS) — The current draft of the Iran nuclear deal should “not be signed under any circumstances,” a former Israeli national security adviser has warned. Brig. Gen. (res.) Professor Jacob Nagel, who served as acting national security adviser to fo...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    May 13, 2022

Despite break in terror attacks in Israel, tense days lie ahead

(JNS) — Israel’s security forces worked in an intensive, integrated manner to disrupt the wave of terrorist violence that had afflicted Israel beginning in March and lasting through the first week of April. A number of factors have now led to the...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    April 22, 2022

America's Plan B in case of failure

(JNS) - Despite Israeli requests for an American-led preparation of a "Plan B" in case of failure of talks to lead to a new Iran nuclear agreement, Washington has yet to formulate such an alternative...

 

Bringing Saudi Arabia into Abraham Accords a strategic goal for US, Israel

(JNS) - In its annual strategic survey released in recent days, the Tel Aviv-based Institute for National Security Studies pointed to a central understanding that has rippled through the region. The...

 

Israeli-made military robot set to play diverse battlefield roles

(JNS) - A new autonomous unmanned ground vehicle introduced by Israeli companies Elbit Systems and Roboteam, called "Rook," can carry out a remarkable number of roles on the battlefield. Elad Levy,...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    December 3, 2021

In unstable Lebanon, Hezbollah's amassing of force continues

(JNS) - Lebanon, the least stable country in Israel's environment at this time, is home to Iran's strongest proxy, Hezbollah, which continues to get stronger despite the many crises plaguing its host...

 

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