IDF Cuts Mandatory Service Time for Men

The Israeli military has reduced the mandatory service for male draftees Wednesday, effective immediately. The change, which was announced Wednesday, comes as part of the army service reform plan, which was passed into law in December 2016.

El Al Cancels Cargo and Passenger Flights

El Al canceled two passenger flights and four cargo flights scheduled for Wednesday. According to Globes, El Al CEO Gonen Usishkin ordered all the company’s planes to return to Israel, including those which are doing cargo distribution abroad.

Israeli Arms Sales Topped $7.2 billion Last Year

Israel’s defense exports amounted to $7.2 billion in 2019, slightly down from $7.5 billion the previous year, the government said Monday. As in 2018, the bulk went to Asia and the Pacific region, according to a defense ministry statement.

Israel Captures Terrorist who Murdered IDF Soldier Amit Ben Yigal

Military censors have cleared for publication the arrest, which took place several weeks ago, of Nizmi Abu Bakr, a 49-year-old Palestinian Authority resident of the town of Ya’bad, west of Jenin, in northern Samaria. Abu Bakr is suspected of dropping a block on 21-year-old IDF soldier Amit Ben Yigal from the roof of his building in Ya’bad, during an arrest operation.