Israel aims to stay out of Syria’s civil war, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said, despite its recent attacks on targets inside the country.
“Israel is not getting involved in the civil war in Syria, as long as the fire is not directed at us,” Netanyahu told his cabinet in broadcast remarks on Sunday.
His comments came a week after fierce fighting erupted between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and opposition rebels [...]
Russia has sent advanced antiship cruise missiles to Syria, a move that illustrates the depth of its support for the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad, American officials said Thursday.
Russia has previously provided a version of the missiles, called Yakhonts, to Syria. But those delivered recently are outfitted with an advanced radar that makes them more effective, according to American officials who are familiar with classified intelligence reports and would only [...]
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that Moscow’s sale of a sophisticated missile defense system to President Bashar Assad could push the Middle East into war.
Netanyahu, who flew to meet Putin for emergency talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, told the Russian president that the S-300 had no relevance to Assad’s civil-war battles against rebel groups, and urged Moscow not to deliver [...]
US officials claim ‘game changing’ missiles targeted as Israeli officials confirms attack for AP, saying target was shipment of advanced, long-range ground-to-ground missiles intended to Hezbollah. Rebels, Lebanon also confirm attack
An Israeli official said on Saturday that Israeli warplanes had targeted a shipment of missiles in Syria believed en route to Hezbollah guerrillas in neighboring Lebanon.
The air strike took place on Friday after it was approved in a secret meeting [...]
TEL AVIV – According to informed Middle Eastern security officials, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a strongly worded message to Israel – do not attack Iran.
The officials told WND that Hagel informed the Israeli government the Obama administration will not accept any unilateral Israeli attack against Iran and that Israel must not strike Tehran without coordination with the U.S.
Hagel further told Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cannot decide alone [...]
Israel’s top military intelligence analyst said Syrian government forces have used chemical weapons against rebels, and warned his own country may soon become a target.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry questioned whether there’s hard evidence of chemical arms use, telling reporters that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been unable to confirm the reports in a phone call today.
“I talked to Prime Minister Netanyahu this morning from here,” Kerry said at a gathering of [...]
The Pentagon announced Friday that it has reached a preliminary agreement on a complex $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, in what would represent the latest major weapons sale to U.S. allies in the Middle East.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will attempt to finalize the arms package next
Under terms of the deal, the United States would deliver V-22 Osprey transport aircraft, KC-135 refueling planes [...]
April 18, 2013
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told the BBC that Israel has a right to prevent weapons from falling into the wrong hands in Syria.
He said that if terrorists seized anti-aircraft and chemical weapons they could be “game changers” in the region.
There have been growing calls for the international community to arm rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.
Will Urge Israel to ‘Sit Tight’ And Let US Start War
According to unnamed officials quoted by Israel’s Channel 10, President Obama is planning to inform Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of his intention to attack Iran this summer, with June beginning the “window of opportunity” for his next war.
Secretary of State John Kerry said in a press conference earlier today that time is “running out” for diplomacy, and it seems [...]
Israel has asked Jordan twice in the last two months for a green light to attack chemical weapons facilities in Syria, according to a report by journalist Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sent representatives of the Mossad intelligence agency to Amman twice already, to coordinate the matter with the Jordanians and receive their “permission” for the operation, Goldberg wrote.
(Excerpt) Read more at haaretz.com …
Smooth sailing ahead for nuclear ambitions
In his first news conference after re-election, President Obama said there was still time for a diplomatic solution on Iran’s nuclear program and that Iran could enjoy “peaceful nuclear power” if it meets international obligations.
Diplomacy has failed and international sanctions, though having some effect, have not persuaded the radicals ruling Iran to stop their illicit nuclear program. The economic screws must be tightened.
Iranian leaders did [...]
Egypt announces Hamas-Israel ceasefire, Netanyahu office confirms
Egypt’s foreign minister announced Wednesday that a ceasefire would begin in Gaza at 19:00 GMT. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that a deal had been reached.
The truce announcement was made by Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr during a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“These efforts and contacts have yielded an understanding about a truce and restoration of calm, and [...]
Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshal holds a press conference in Cairo after meeting with Egyptian intelligence officials.
“Whoever started the war must end it,” Khaled Meshal tells a news conference in Cairo.
Meshal says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had requested a ceasefire, Israel denies the statement.
“This is a difficult, but magnificent moment in the history of the Palestinian problem, in our brave journey of resistance and combat, nobility, so deeply rooted in [...]
The top leader of Hamas dared Israel on Monday to launch a ground invasion of Gaza and dismissed diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in the six-day-old conflict, as the Israeli military conducted a new wave of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Palestinianenclave, including a second hit on a 15-story building that houses media outlets. A volley of rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel included one that hit a vacant school.
Speaking at a news conference [...]
Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country will back Egyptian efforts to put an end to the Israeli aggression in the besieged Gaza Strip.
In a telephone conversation with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Friday, Putin said Russia planned to support Cairo’s efforts directed at normalizing the situation in the Palestinian territory, the Kremlin said in a statement.
The remarks come after Egypt’s Prime Minister Hisham Qandil visited the Gaza Strip on [...]
US President Barack Obama has spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, in a bid to de-escalate the conflict in Gaza.
Obama stressed to both leaders that Israel had the right to self-defence following a volley of rocket attacks on its territory by Gaza-based militants. He also asked Netanyahu to try to avoid civilian casualties in reprisal strikes.
Obama intervened amid rapidly rising fears of a new [...]
November 11, 2012
Israeli leaders have concluded that conventional air strikes would be insufficient in curbing Iran’s nuclear program, leaving only a deployment of either tactical nuclear weapons or ground forces, according to a report in the British Sunday Times.
Western “defense experts” quoted by the report pointed at the Iranian Fordo facility, which is located deep underground near the city of Qom, as a site that was immune to conventional [...]
TEL AVIV — The state of Israel will not capitulate before President Obama, whose “naive” leadership has hurt the U.S., stated Danny Danon, deputy speaker of Israel’s Knesset.
Danon, a Knesset member from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party, was reacting to the reelection of Obama.
Danon told KleinOnline: “Obama’s victory demonstrates that the state of Israel must take care of its own interests. We cannot rely on anyone but ourselves. [...]
The Sudanese government is blaming Israel for carrying out the attack Wednesday on a weapons factory outside its capital Khartoum. Israeli officials are mum. But one prominent analyst points out that if Israeli Air Force (IAF) jets were behind the bombing, Israel will have carried out its longest distance bombing run ever. This would imply that, contrary to the assessment of skeptics, Israeli fighter aircraft would have the ability to [...]
THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has scheduled a phone call for late morning Friday with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
President Obama refused to meet with Netanyahu on his trip to the United States, and the Israeli government presumably thought a meeting with the opposition candidate in the absence of one with the sitting president would be too provocative. But there was apparently an eagerness [...]
President Barack Obama is due to speak to Benjamin Netanyahu by telephone on Friday – a day after deputing Hillary Clinton to stand in for him by meeting the Israeli premier in New York.
Jay Carney, Obama’s press secretary, confirmed that the two leaders would converse as Netanyahu prepared to speak at the United Nations in New York. Obama left the U.N. before he arrived and is spending most of Thursday [...]
September 25th, 2012
While President Ahmadinejad threatens to eliminate Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to take unilateral actions against Iranian nuclear facilities, the Chinese deploy a fleet of ships to meet Japan head on in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, protests erupt across the middle east on the heels of the killing of an American ambassador, tens of thousands of people lose their lives in uprisings in [...]
NEW YORK — When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met the chieftains of the American media Monday morning, it only took a few minutes before he was asked about the U.S. presidential campaign, one in which the threat of nuclear weapons-building by Iran has figured so prominently.
Since Republican candidate Mitt Romney has been outspoken in declaring he would support Israeli military action against Iranian nuclear facilities, asked CNN correspondent Erin Burnett, did that mean [...]
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 [...]
September 17, 2012
Former US Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk predicts that the United States will go to war with Iran as early as 2013. “I’m afraid that 2013 is going to be a year in which we’re going to have a military confrontation with Iran,” he said in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
During the interview, Indyk pointed out that the time has not come, yet, for the [...]
The Israeli government on Wednesday accused the White House of lying by denying that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had requested to meet US President Barack Obama later this month in the US.
The accusation will likely serve to further escalate diplomatic tensions between the two countries, which have ramped up in recent days.
War is imminent:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel’s “biggest interest is preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear power.”
In regards [...]
WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is making it clear that Israel will not wait to take out Iranian nuclear facilities.
In heated comments toward the United States, the Israeli prime minister said that it’s becoming clear that diplomacy will not work with Iran.
“The world tells Israel, `Wait. There’s still time,’” Netanyahu said Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. “And I say: `Wait for what? Wait until when?’ Those in the [...]
NEW INTELLIGENCE ON IRAN NUKE WORK
VIENNA (AP) — Diplomats say the U.N. atomic agency has new intelligence that Iran has advanced its work on calculating the destructive power of a nuclear warhead, a STEP toward building such a weapon.
The diplomats say the information – from the U.S., Israel and at least one other country – alleges the research was done within the past three years.
AP EXCLUSIVE: NEW INTELLIGENCE ON IRAN [...]
(Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel and the United States were in talks on setting a “clear red line” for Iran’s nuclear program, but the two allies remained at odds on Monday over whether to spell out a clear threshold for military action against Tehran…
Rep. Mike Rogers, the Michigan Republican who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, says that his much-discussed meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem late last month did, in fact, devolve into an sharp confrontation between Netanyahu and the American ambassador to Israel, the former National Security Council official (and former Obama campaign Jewish liaison), Dan Shapiro.
READ MORE: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/09/intelligence-committee-chair-describes-explosive-confrontation-between-netanyahu-and-american-ambassador/262056/
* U.S. has urged Israel not to attack Iran but give diplomacy more time
* Netanyahu’s remarks signal growing impatience
* Israel wants stronger language from Obama, says Iran pushing ahead
* Iranian general: Israeli officials would be targets if Israel attacked Iran
By Jeffrey Heller
JERUSALEM, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged world powers on Sunday to set a “clear red line” for Tehran’s atomic programme that would convince Iran they were [...]
Two new signs point to the deepening rift between the Obama administration and the Israeli government over how to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons efforts: a reported confrontation between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the U.S. ambassador to Israel and a statement by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey that he doesn’t want to be “complicit” in an Israeli strike on Iran.
The Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot headlined [...]