The Palestine conflict history explained in one absurd animation

This animated short by Nina Paley—in the tradition of the best Monty Python music skits—might not be an orthodox history lesson, but it's an accurate depiction of the horrible 6,000-year bloodshed in the region of Palestine, with dozens of tribes and nations fighting each other to claim ownership of that land. » 8/07/14 8:17pm 8/07/14 8:17pm

The destruction of Gaza in before and after satellite images

These before and after satellite images show a small sample of the destruction of several areas in Gaza. The United Nations Operational Satellite Applications Program has also published damage assessment documents with a detailed count of destructed and damaged structures. » 8/05/14 2:35pm 8/05/14 2:35pm

Anonymous Declares Cyber War on Israel, Downs Mossad Site, Many Others

They're Back. Anonymous has launched a full-frontal assault on the Israeli government's web presence over recent events in Gaza. It's alleged that the attacks escalated after the death of Tayeb Abu Shehada, 22, a Palestinian protestor shot wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. Here's the running tally of downed sites: » 8/04/14 8:52am 8/04/14 8:52am

Report: Israel Spied on John Kerry's Phone Calls During Peace Talks

Earlier today, Der Spiegel reported that Israel might have done a little cellular snooping on US Secretary of State John Kerry during peace talks with the Palestinians last year. Apparently, during the height of the peace talks, Kerry made several important phone calls just using a normal telephone beamed via… » 8/03/14 11:27am 8/03/14 11:27am

Watch An Active Protection System Destroy An RPG Fired At Israeli Tank

We have discussed Active Protection Systems many times before, but it is another thing seeing one work operationally. The video below depicts a Merkava IV tank being fired on in Gaza by an RPG, with Trophy intercepting and destroying the explosive projectile before it could plow through the tank's side armor. » 7/23/14 1:41pm 7/23/14 1:41pm

This Stealth Submarine Periscope Can Spy Virtually Through the Waves

On the modern high seas, raising your submarine's periscope at the wrong time is just as bad as raising a flag with a target on it. But thanks to a new optical suite developed by Israel's Technion Institute of Technology, tomorrow's subs will only ever have to break waves when in port. » 5/15/14 12:00pm 5/15/14 12:00pm

Archeologists unearth rare Egyptian sarcophagus and gold seal in Israel

Archeologists have unearthed a rare tomb in Israel with an Egyptian ceramic sarcophagus. Inside, the body of a man who died about 3,300 years ago along with a gold scarab with the name of Seti I, the father of Ramses II—the pharaoh that enslaved Moses and the Jews according to the Bible myth. But the buried man was… » 4/12/14 12:52am 4/12/14 12:52am

This Facial Recognition Software Signals the End of the Security Guard

Minority Report references are old hat in the tech world. In fact, it's often a great way to describe technology that, as the cliche goes, "sounds like something out of a Philip K. Dick novel," yet is destined to remain a fiction. But this futuristic facial-recognition security system is the exception. It exists, and… » 3/20/14 5:20pm 3/20/14 5:20pm

Israel Is Putting Frickin' Lasers on Its Commercial Airliners

It's not just IDF forces and Israeli settlements that come under rocket fire; militant groups have been known to take pot shots at commercial airlines as well—such as when a pair of SAMs narrowly missed an Israeli charter shortly after it took off from a Mombasa, Kenya airfield, in 2002. To protect vulnerable aircraft… » 2/28/14 11:40am 2/28/14 11:40am

Israel's National Missile Shield Could Shoot Satellites Out of Orbit

Israel doesn't get on too well with its Arab neighbors, and the threat of annihilation by ballistic missile is always present. To defend itself against this potential threat, Israel has built an Iron Dome-like defense system that covers the entire nation. But if this system can exo-atmospherically neutralize incoming… » 1/09/14 11:40am 1/09/14 11:40am