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Yaakov Lappin is the Jerusalem Post's military and national security affairs correspondent, and author of The Virtual Caliphate (Potomac Books), which proposes that jihadis on the internet have established a virtual Islamist state.

ARTICLES BY: Yaakov Lappin

July 19, 2018 12:26 pm

The Terrorist Semi-States of Hamas and Hezbollah

The terrorist threat that Israel faces is an unusual one because the terrorist organizations seeking to destroy it control their own territory, making them a...

July 15, 2018 11:36 am

Israel’s Active Defense Campaign in Syria: The Next Phase

Tehran’s recent decision to attempt direct clashes with Israel resulted in a resounding defeat on May 10, when the IDF destroyed 50 Iranian military targets...

June 25, 2018 9:06 am

Israel’s Deceptive Quiet

Earlier this month, Israel's domestic intelligence agency chief Nadav Argaman released sobering figures on the scale of the ongoing terrorist threat facing Israelis. The figures...

June 6, 2018 9:55 am

Gaza’s Economy Is Hostage to PA-Hamas Rift as Israel, Egypt Weigh Easing Restrictions

In 2007, Hamas seized power in the Gaza Strip in a violent coup, overthrowing the Palestinian Authority and creating a rift between the two main...

May 28, 2018 7:14 am

Israel’s Invisible Enemies

Radical sub-state actors are able to exercise full control of the territories that they govern, yet make themselves almost invisible when they choose to do...

May 16, 2018 8:28 am

Hamas Is Destroying Gaza’s Economy to Advance Terror Aims

Gaza's dire economic situation is one reason observers cite for the ongoing, violent Palestinian protests at the border with Israel. But the blame for Gaza's dark...

May 1, 2018 7:56 am

Tensions Intensify as Israel Tries to Keep Iran From Establishing a Second Proxy State on Its Border

Tensions between Iran and Israel have risen significantly following a military strike on an airbase in central Syria in April that targeted an Iranian military...

April 27, 2018 2:32 pm

New Israeli Military Intelligence Chief Arrives at Critical Juncture

At the end of March, Maj. Gen. Tamir Heiman, who had been head of the IDF National Defense College since 2015, became the IDF’s new...

April 13, 2018 12:37 pm

Hamas’ Re-Entry Into Iran’s Orbit Contributes to Its Isolation

Following a split with Tehran due to differences over the Syrian civil war, Hamas recently decided to patch up its relationship with Iran, and Iranian...

February 21, 2018 1:39 pm

How the IDF Is Preparing for a Multi-Front War

An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) plan designed to prepare it for the challenge of multiple-front warfare is now entering its third year. The ability to operate effectively...

February 16, 2018 5:16 pm

Shin Bet Investigation Exposes Depth of Turkey’s Hamas Support

Hamas is operating freely on Turkish soil, gathering terrorist finances and looking for ways to upgrade the capabilities of its armed wing in Gaza, an Israeli...

January 10, 2018 12:37 pm

Iran’s Ongoing Attempt to Set Up a West Bank Terrorist Outpost Exposed

Israeli security forces have uncovered a significant Iranian attempt to infiltrate the West Bank -- and use it as a base for launching terrorist attacks...

December 19, 2017 12:14 pm

War Prevention Is a Top IDF Goal

At the end of October, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman addressed graduates of a military officer’s course at Training Base 1, deep in Israel’s Negev...

December 14, 2017 12:21 pm

Iran Looks to Seize Opportunity as Rivals Fall

As it approaches victory in Syria with the help of Russia, Iran and its terrorist axis members are turning their attention to Israel -- and trying to...


A Brilliant ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in Yiddish

Why is this Fiddler different than all others? I’ll tell you. Fiddler on the Roof is arguably the most important Jewish contribution to musical theater....

Israel Gets Set to Land Its First Spacecraft on the Moon - "Houston, the Eagle has landed” will soon be a common refrain for Israelis. While famed entrepreneur Elon Musk sent...

The Integration Between Israeli and American Jews in New Jersey - Rather than a classroom setting, New Jersey middle and high school students participating in the Israeli-American Council’s (IAC)...


Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Draws Fire Over Holocaust Remarks

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg came under fire on Wednesday after saying that posts by Holocaust deniers should not be deleted from his social media platform. In an interview on the "Recode...


Israeli Knesset’s Approval of ‘Nation-State’ Law Draws Mi...

The Israeli Knesset’s passage on Thursday of controversial legislation known as the “nation-state bill” drew mixed reactions from Jewish groups...

Middle East

Pro-Assad Villages Evacuated in Deal With Syrian Insurgents

Two pro-government villages in northwestern Syria were evacuated on Thursday, state television reported, in an agreement between the Damascus government and insurgents who had laid siege to them for several...