Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

 

Netanyahu: Hariri’s resignation a ‘wake-up call’ on Iran threat to the region

editor 9 November 2017

By TOI Staff and Agencies..  PM Netanyahu calls on international community to address ‘Iranian aggression’ after Saad Hariri steps down, citing Islamic Republic’s ‘grip’ on Lebanon. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday (November 4, 2017) warned that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s resignation should be a “wake-up call” to the international community to the threat posed by Iran’s regional ambitions, which he said endanger not only Israel but the entire Middle East. [Photo top right: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discusses Israel’s foreign policy at Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, in London, on November 3, 2017. (AFP Photo/Adrian Dennis)](more…)

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Golan Heights Residents on Edge After Latest Cross-Border Exchange of Fire; ‘After Syria Civil War Ends, Guns Will Be Turned on Israel’

editor 26 October 2017

By Barney Breen-Portnoy.. Residents of Israel’s Golan Heights region are on edge following the latest exchange of fire on the border with Syria. Early Saturday morning (October 21, 2017), five rockets were launched from Syria into Israel, hitting open areas, causing no injuries or damage. This prompted an IDF strike later in the day on three Syrian artillery pieces. [Photo top right: An IDF soldier looks into southern Syria from the Israeli side of the border. Photo: IDF via Wikimedia Commons](more…)

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Mossad chief: Iran ‘closer than ever before’ to Israel’s borders

editor 4 October 2017

By Judah Ari Gross.. At event honoring espionage service, top spy Yossi Cohen says agents conduct ‘thousands of operations,’ some deep in enemy countries. The head of the Mossad intelligence service warned on Monday that Iran, through its proxies, is operating closer “than ever before” to Israel’s borders with Lebanon and Syria, though he also said Israel was operating deep in enemy territory. [Photo top right: Mossad chief Yossi Cohen speaks at an event honoring agents from the security service on October 2, 2017. (Screen capture: Government Press Office/YouTube)](more…)

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Ending the War in Syria Could Be a Disaster for Europe

editor 21 September 2017

By Mordechai Kedar.. Blinded by the smokescreen of the war against ISIS, the world failed to notice that Tehran was taking over considerable parts of Syria — particularly in the sparsely populated center and east of the country. This Iranian takeover is being implemented by Shiite, Iraqi, Afghani and Iranian militias — but primarily by Lebanese Hezbollah. That group has been given a free hand to do whatever its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, pleases in western Syria, which is the more fertile part of the country and home to most of the population. (more…)

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Stormclouds over Syria

editor 26 August 2017

By Jonathan Spyer.. In the past five weeks, U.S. forces in Syria have struck directly at the Assad regime and its allies in Syria no less than four times. On May 18, 2017, U.S. warplanes struck regime and allied militia forces that breached a 34-mile exclusion zone around a U.S. outpost in southeastern Syria. Then on June 8 and June 20, 2017, the United States shot down Iranian-made drones as they approached the outpost. (more…)

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Why Trump’s Syrian Cease-fire Makes Israel Nervous

editor 26 July 2017

By David Makovsky.. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tepid reaction to the deal was telling, and it’s because of one thing: the rising threat of Iran. Israel has done all it could over the past six years to stay out of the maelstrom next door in Syria, where Bashar Assad’s regime has struggled for six years to beat back a peaceful uprising that became a bloody civil war. (more…)

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The Iranians are at the borders

editor 21 July 2017

By Avi Issacharoff.. With its ascendancy in Syria, the Islamic Republic is seeking to consolidate its position against Israel and the US. Eleven years have gone by since the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War, which began with the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. It ended 34 days later with a trumpet blast from Hezbollah, which had lost approximately 700 of its troops. [Photo top right: Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah addresses supporters in Beirut, Lebanon, on November 3, 2014. (AFP/STR)](more…)

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Iran leases air, land and sea bases in Syria

editor 20 July 2017

By Alex Fishman.. The leases are part of Iranian plan to permanently base fighter aircraft and roughly 5,000 militiamen capable of striking Israel; plan part of larger Iranian strategy to forge territorial and maritime contiguity in the Middle East. Iran has leased a military airfield from the Syrian government in the center of the country in order to station fighter aircraft. Iran is also negotiating with the Syrians to establish a land base for Shiite militiamen and a port in the city of Tartus. [Photo top right: Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Photo: Motti Kimchi)].  (more…)

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Netanyahu Warns Iran Over Syria Involvement After Golan Exchange

editor 29 June 2017

By Herb Keinon.. Day after spillover from Syria prompts retaliatory IDF strike, PM stresses that Israel will not allow the Islamic Republic to establish a permanent presences on the Golan. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran on Sunday (June 25, 2017) that Israel “views gravely” its attempts to set up a military presence in Syria and to arm Hezbollah with advanced weaponry via Syria and Lebanon. His comments at the weekly cabinet meeting came a day after the IDF responded to mortar fire from Syria by attacking Syrian army targets across the border. (more…)

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Can you cry for your enemy?

editor 27 May 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. Have you ever felt sick to your stomach? I mean that in a very literal sense. My throat feels clogged, my eyes are stinging. I almost can’t breathe. I’m not being dramatic. My son sits there reading from the computer and asks me if I had heard this news? He uses a Hebrew word, but I don’t recognize it. “Meesrepha” – “srepha” is a fire. I tell him I don’t know what that is, already feeling pressure inside. I can tell it’s bad from his face. “It’s what they used in the Holocaust,” he says, “to burn the bodies.” (more…)

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