Former head of IDF to speak at Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation AGM, June 6

Gabi Ashkenazi, then the outgoing chief of general staff of the Israel Defense Forces, speaks at the Herzliya Conference, February 7, 2011. (Yotam From)
Gabi Ashkenazi, then the outgoing chief of general staff of the Israel Defense Forces, speaks at the Herzliya Conference, February 7, 2011.  (Yotam From)

Gabi Ashkenazi, then the outgoing chief of general staff of the Israel Defense Forces, speaks at the Herzliya Conference, February 7, 2011. (Yotam From)

Gabi Ashkenazi, chief of general staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from 2007 to 2011, will be the guest speaker at the annual general meeting of the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation.

The Foundation AGM will be held Wednesday, June 6, 7 pm, at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre.

Ashkenazi, whose illustrious military career spanned nearly 40 years – including service as director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Defense – is now chair of the Rashi Foundation. Established in 1984, Rashi is the oldest private foundation in the State of Israel, directing its resources to Israel’s underprivileged, focusing on the young generation and populations with special needs. [Read more…]

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Israeli defense minister bans chief rabbi from military ceremonies

Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef attending a conference in the city of Beit Shemesh, Israel, Jan. 13, 2016. (Yaakov Lederman/Flash90)

Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef attending a conference in the city of Beit Shemesh, Israel, Jan. 13, 2016. (Yaakov Lederman/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – A meeting between Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi and the Israeli army’s chief rabbi was cancelled after the defense minister banned the chief rabbi from military ceremonies.

On Saturday, Avigdor Liberman banned Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef and two other rabbis from the military events after they criticized the Israel Defense Forces mixed-gender units. The meeting scheduled for Monday was canceled a day earlier. [Read more…]

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Israeli army goes to war against smoking

Israeli soldiers smoking during training in northern Israel, June 14, 2009. (Matanya Tausig/Flash90)

Israeli soldiers smoking during training in northern Israel, June 14, 2009. (Matanya Tausig/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Israel Defense Forces is waging a new war – against smoking.

The military announced Sunday that on 65 bases across the country it will stop selling cigarettes and prohibit lighting up in public, creating designated smoking areas instead. The army’s Kiriya headquarters in Tel Aviv are among those where smoking will be strictly prohibited. [Read more…]

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Israeli defense minister says army not pushing ‘feminist agenda’ with mixed-gender units

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaking to the Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee, March 6, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaking to the Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee, March 6, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman rejected accusations that the Israel Defense Forces is pushing a “feminist agenda” with its mixed-gender units.

Liberman made the comments Wednesday at the inauguration of a new army training base in the Negev for mixed-gender border defence units. [Read more…]

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Israeli security experts defend H R McMaster against allegations of anti-Israel bias

(JTA) – A former leader of Israel’s National Security Council defended U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster against claims that the American general is hostile to Israel.

Yaakov Amidror, a reserves major-general of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), offered his backing for McMaster in a Jerusalem Post op-ed published Sunday that he co-authored with Eran Lerman, a former member of the Israeli council and an intelligence specialist. [Read more…]

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