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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

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...

November 23, 2017 1:32 pm

Iran Faces Israel’s Game-Changing Air Power

Iran has big plans to create a military outpost in Syria, right on Israel’s doorstep. From there, the Islamic Republic could threaten and attack Israel...

November 16, 2017 1:42 pm

Hezbollah’s Firm Grip Over Lebanon Fuels Region’s Sectarian Strife

Chief Iranian proxy Hezbollah has a firm grip over Lebanon -- and the terror group's bloody intervention in Syria was instrumental in preserving the brutal Assad regime. Yet Hezbollah's...

October 30, 2017 2:36 pm

Hamas Rejoins Iran’s Terrorist Axis

Hamas is deepening its ties with Iran and its radical Shiite axis -- and Iranian cash is once again expected to fund Gaza's war preparations and arms...

October 9, 2017 5:06 pm

Hezbollah’s Nasrallah Escalates Threats as Syria Turns Into Iranian Base

A recent speech by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah contained unusually aggressive statements, calling for the ethnic cleansing of Jews from Israel, and claiming that a future war...

September 20, 2017 11:50 am

IDF’s Underground Gaza Wall May Change Hamas Terror Strategies

Time may be running out for one of Hamas' main weapons against Israel: its cross-border terror tunnels. By 2019, according to Israel Defense Forces (IDF) assessments,...


Dairy, First Fruits, and More: Welcoming Shavuot With Customs of the Season - I’ve often heard, and many rabbis lament, that Shavuot is the only...

Tapping Into the Brilliance of Israel and the Zionist Dream - As Israel celebrates its 70th birthday, the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been propagating the idea of...

Reminiscing: Israel at 70

I celebrated my 12th birthday one week before the birth of the State of Israel. I was about to begin lessons...


Anti-Israel Protesters Shout Down Amb. Nikki Haley at University of Houston

Washington’s ambassador to the United Nations was interrupted by protesters waving Palestinians flags while speaking at the University of Houston in Texas on Tuesday. Less than three minutes after taking the...


Minister Says US May Soon Recognize Israel’s Hold on Golan

Israel is pressing the Trump administration to recognize its sovereignty over the Golan Heights, an Israeli cabinet minister said on Wednesday, predicting US assent could come within months. Interviewed by Reuters, Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz...

Middle East

Syria Says Iranian Withdrawal Not Up for Discussion

The withdrawal of Iranian forces is not up for discussion, the Syrian deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday, after Washington demanded they pull out of Syria's conflict. US...