Two mortar shells struck Israel’s Golan Heights on Monday in the early evening local time. Though the IDF described the mortars as accidental spillover from fighting across the border in Syria, they are bound to deepen fears of escalating violence in the region.
On Friday and Sunday Israel reportedly struck Iranian and Hezbollah assets based in Syria. The Israelis have subsequently made extensive efforts to dampen tensions – IAF jets had conducted the [...]
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) “urgent bulletin” being sent to Embassies around the world today is advising both Russian citizens and companies to begin divesting their assets from Western banking and financial institutions “immediately” as Kremlin fears grow that both the European Union and United States are preparing for the largest theft of private wealth in modern history.
According to Kremlin sources, though, President Obama’s sudden visit to Israel this [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is playing down expectations for a Mideast peace breakthrough during his upcoming trip to Israel, telling American Jewish leaders that he won’t be carrying a “grand peace plan” when he arrives in the region later this month.
Obama’s 2009 Nobel Peace Prize connects to his June 4, 2009 Cairo speech…
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The armed militant groups in Syria say they have started to attack the positions of Hezbollah resistance movement in neighboring Lebanon since February 21.
The self-proclaimed Free Syrian Army said its militants launched the attack less than a day after they accused Hezbollah of shelling militant bases in Syria’s Homs province on February 20.
“We have bombed the territories of Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria. The Free Syrian Army will continue bombing [...]
“The Foreign Office went on to again urge the Israelis to drop the settlement plan announced by prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying: “We deplore the recent Israeli government decision to build 3,000 new housing units and unfreeze development in the E1 block. This threatens the viability of the two-state solution.”
Earlier, officials described Israeli press reports that Britain – together with France – was planning to recall its ambassador from Tel [...]
Leave it to legendary Walter Pincus from the Washington Post to flesh out a Request for Proposal construction project planned for Israel called Site 911.
The oddly named project will cost up to $100 million, take more than two years to complete, and can only be built by workers from specific countries with proper security clearances. Palestinians need not apply.
When complete the well-guarded compound will have five levels buried underground and six additional outbuildings on the above grounds, within [...]
“The terrorist group Islamic Jihad, which answers to Iran, has launched a massive cyber attack on the Israeli army in the wake of fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
According to Mashregh, an Iranian media outlet run by the Revolutionary Guards, Islamic Jihad’s Beitol Moghadas (Jerusalem) unit obtained detailed information on 5,000 high-ranking Israeli military personnel. The information includes names, telephone numbers, addresses, emails and rankings, even within [...]
CAIRO — Egypt asked the United States on Thursday to immediately intervene to stop the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip, warning that the violence could spiral “out of control,” the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.
Egypt “will stand with all of its resources to end this aggression and to stop the recurring killing and bloodshed of Palestinians,” President Mohamed Morsi said on national television. “The Israelis must understand that we [...]
Air raid sirens sound in Tel Aviv, explosions heard – witnesses
Two booms heard in Tel Aviv following warning siren
Three Israelis killed in Kiryat Malachi; rocket falls in Eshkol wounding 3 IDF soldiers as rockets continue to fall on South; IAF strikes nearly 200 targets in Strip; 15 Palestinians killed in strikes.
Two booms were head in Tel Aviv following an air raid siren Thursday evening, just an hour after rocket from [...]
Militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip killed three Israelis on Thursday in a rocket attack likely to deepen a bruising Israeli air, naval and artillery offensive, the most intense assault on the Palestinian territory in four years.
Three Israelis killed by Gaza rocket as violence escalates
Violence between Israel and militants in Gaza escalates
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Three people have been killed as rockets fired from Gaza struck southern [...]
As made obvious by the third-party presidential debates, Romney and Obama’s foreign policy is virtually identical.
They both favor elective, preemptive wars of aggression. They both want to force regime change in Syria, and they both characterize Iran as the “biggest threat” to the U.S.
Forbes’ Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry writes:
The debate could not plausibly be a real debate because of the following parameters: Barack Obama has essentially pursued the same foreign policy as the Bush Administration, and Romney [...]
A major air defense drill called Austere Challenge 2012 started Sunday and includes more than 3,500 Americans and 1,000 Israelis. The militaries are practicing their ability to work together against a range of threats facing Israel, the main U.S. ally in the Mideast.
JERUSALEM – Palestinian militants from Gazafired a barrage of rockets and mortar shells into Israeli territory on Monday, causing no casualties but some property damage, after an Israeli airstrike wounded at least 10 Palestinians in southern Gaza on Sunday.
IDF responds to 30 mortar shells bombing Hamas terror targets in Gaza; escalation follows air strike on 2 terrorists in Rafah.
The IDF struck targets in Gaza Monday in response to a barrage of more than [...]
As the United Nations General Assembly gets underway and leaders from around the world begin to congregate in New York City, President Obama seemingly downgraded Israel’s traditional status as the closest U.S. ally in the Middle East. In a “60 Minutes” interview Sunday night, Obama simply called Israel “one of” America’s closest allies in the region.
Responding to a question about Israel’s request that he explain his “red lines” on the [...]
AFP - Iran could launch a pre-emptive strike if Israel prepares to attack it, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander told broadcaster Al-Alam on Sunday, a day after his boss warned that conflict was inevitable.
Should Israel and Iran engage militarily, “nothing is predictable… and it will turn into World War III,” Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh told Iran’s Arabic-language television network.
Hajizadeh, who is in charge of Revolutionary Guards missile systems, said: “In [...]
JERUSALEM — Jews around the world are observing Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. In Israel, the mood is sober.
Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days and is a time of reflection and prayer. Israelis ushered in the New Year with a sense of uncertainty amid tensions with Iran that have heightened fears of war.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had this message for Jews in Israel and around [...]
Seriously, he’s not being facetious :
“Is Ron Paul too old? Not for me. Konrad Andenauer , Germanys greatest leader of the last two centuries was in power at age 87. Michelangelo began painting the Sistine Chapel at age 71, he was still at it when he died at age 89. The Biblical account of Moses has him beginning his long journey, leading the Israelis from slavery, at age 80. Let [...]
Barack Obama cares about Barack Obama far more than he does about either Israel or Iran. And as far as Barack Obama is concerned, delaying the coming war between Israel and Iran until after the election is what is best for Barack Obama. Just think about it. If Israel attacked Iran right now, who would that please? It would mostly please hardcore Republicans, and they are not going to [...]
There is going to be war in the Middle East. It is just a matter of time until it happens. Israel has decided that there is no way that it can ever allow Iran to develop the capability to build nuclear weapons. Iran has gone “all-in” on developing a nuclear program and it has become a matter of national pride at this point. Iran does not fear an Israeli [...]
August 31, 2012
Larissa, a 66-year-old manager at an Israeli investment company, waited in line last week at a Tel Aviv youth centre to get a gas mask, one of tens of thousands of Israelis rushing to pick up such protective kits in recent weeks.
Amid media speculation that Israel may carry out a strike on Iran’s nuclear sites and possibly prompt a regional war, the number of Israelis collecting state-funded gas [...]
Israel historically only attacks weaker countries that it can steamroller over or countries where it can be assured that the U.S. will do the fighting and dying on its behalf. Gaza and Lebanon readily come to mind – although the “supertroops” scuttled back out of Lebanon as fast as they could when Hezbollah put up an incredibly brave and unexpected defednse of that coountry, destroying Israel’s vaunted armour virtually at [...]
(Reuters) – For Israel to carry out a long-threatened strike on Iranian nuclear sites, it would have to overcome dissent within its governing coalition reflecting public fear of igniting an unprecedented missile war.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that scenario would be “dwarfed” by the prospect of an Iranian bomb, which he describes as tantamount to a second Holocaust – language that seems to herald a Jewish call to arms.
Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/13/us-iran-nuclear-israel-resilience-idUSBRE87C0LB20120813
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Fears increase as Syrian is shot trying to enter Israel
A SYRIAN was shot by Israeli troops as he tried to cut through the border fence to enter the Jewish state.
It was the latest example of how the Syrian civil war is impacting on the Jewish state.
The Syrian [...]
Israelis will tell Panetta that U.S. can’t prevent an attack on Iran: report
A senior government official was quoted by Haaretz as saying that even if Israel attacks Iran over Washington’s objections, he doesn’t think the United States will turn its back on Israel. Israel must retain sole responsibility for its security, he told the newspaper.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is warning that Iran must either negotiate acceptable limits on its [...]
One must ask, what the fuck does Israel have to do with the US presidential elections? (Of course, we know, but why is this glossed over by everyone?)
“Mr Romney, a long-time friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is expected to play up his critique of Mr Obama’s posture toward the Jewish state and his handling of Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons ambitions.
Israeli political scientist Abraham Diskin says Mr Romney can [...]