• CIA documents reveal immediate lead-up to Yom Kippur War
The morning of the coordinated attack on Israel, US assessments flipped from presuming war was not on the horizon to frantic attempts to prevent Syria and Egypt from attacking the Jewish state, which was warned off any preemptive strike.
• Palestinians rescue 3 armed IDF soldiers and civilian from Palestinian village
Three soldiers and one Israeli civilian manage to evade a potential harm after they arrive at the Palestinian village of Qusra in the West Bank and began shooting in the air during an altercation with locals; they were extracted by the head of the local council and a local activist; the reason for their being there is still investigated by the IDF.
• Cher, De Niro, Baldwin lead New York rally against Trump
Watch: A list of socially conscious Hollywood A-Listers speak at an anti-Trump rally in New York on Friday, as celebrations for the inauguration are under way in Washington, DC; 'We are the majority. Don't give up. I won't give up,' promises filmmaker Michael Moore.
• Hugo Boss model leaves it all behind to enlist in IDF
31-year-old James Hirshfield doesn't care that the army told him he was too old or that his family told him he was giving up a successful career: He's starting his service as 'the best soldier I can be' in April, and he loves it here.
• Unique book for auction on Israel's 50s' spy ring in Egypt
63 years after the Lavon Affair, a book is being made public that presents the Egyptian perspective on events; a former NSC head judges the book to probably have been made as Egyptian propaganda to paint Israel as a terrorist state, but considers the confessions it contains by Israelis to be authentic, if probably coerced.
• How Jabel Mukaber became a terror incubator
Fadi Qunbar, who murdered an IDF officer and three cadets in the East Talpiot vehicular attack, lived not far from the two cousins who murdered five worshippers and a policeman at a Jerusalem synagogue in 2014. As the villages annexed to Jerusalem in 1967 produce more and more terrorists, there is a growing demand to separate them from the city. But according to local resident Mahmoud Awisat, the solution begins with providing basic services to the neglected neighborhoods.
• Serving faithfully: US religious girls in the Israeli army
Every year, hundreds of young Jewish American women choose to leave the Orthodox homes they grew up in and make aliyah in order to defend the State of Israel. ‘It’s a great mitzvah and an honor to serve in the IDF as a religious soldier,’ one explains; ‘I wanted to be part of the huge power defending Israel,’ says another.
• Report ignored by state could grant Darfur refugees legal status in Israel
A legal opinion issued two years ago stating that any former Darfur resident from a non-Arab tribe is automatically entitled to political asylum in Israel has allegedly been concealed from the courts by the Population and Immigration Authority. Now that the recommendation has been revealed, it can be used by thousands of Darfur refugees to try to gain legal recognition.
• IDF interviews newest female fighter pilot
Lt. Shahar, who became the fourth female fighter pilot in Israeli Air Force history last week, gives an interview on the IDF's new website; she explains that she was not a stereotypical overachiever and that piloting was her first true niche; 'There are a lot of women who have the potential to join the piloting world, but they don't know it.'
• Turkish assembly passes polemic bill to boost Erdoan's powers
The bill could pave way for a referendum that would see Erdoan in power until 2029, transforming the largely ceremonial presidential position to one with the ability to issue decrees, declare emergency rule, appoint ministers and state officials and dissolve parliament; supporters say foreign and domestic threats require the change, while opponents say it erodes balance in distribution of powers.
• Report: Istanbul nightclub attacker who killed 39 caught
The suspect, who has been identified by the media as Abdulkadir Masharipov, and who is believed to have murdered 39 in a New Year's attack, was captured in Istanbul while with his 4-year-old daughter; local television station says he resisted arrest.