Tag Archives: Israel

Syria: Israeli jets strike military facility in Hama

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

"Israeli fighter jets have struck a military facility in western Syria, killing two people, according to a Syrian commander quoted by the state-run news agency SANA. The army statement said the air strike caused material damage near the town of Masyaf and warned against the 'dangerous repercussions of this aggressive action to the security and stability of the region.' The air raid was carried out from Lebanese airspace and two people were killed at the site, SANA said, adding that it would embolden 'terrorists' in Syria fighting the government." (09/07/17)


Israel: Regime forces prepare largest military drill in nearly 20 years along Lebanon border

Source: Ynetnews [Israel]

"The IDF is gearing up to hold its largest military drill in nearly 20 years — a combined arms exercise along its border with Lebanon — at a time of rising tensions with Iran and Hezbollah. A military official said Monday that the joint exercise, which will begin Tuesday and involve thousands of ground, sea and air force vehicles and personnel, will prepare soldiers for 'preserving the current stability in the northern sector.'" (09/04/17)


Iran, again

Source: LewRockwell.com
by Philip Giraldi

"Israel has two strong motives to begin a war with Iran, one political and the other ostensibly linked to national security. Ironically, however, it also knows, and has even admitted, that Iran does not actually pose any threat against a nuclear armed Israel that has complete air superiority over any or even all of its neighbors. The often-cited land bridge threat is also a bit of a chimera, as whether it could potentially exist or not depends on effective interaction with Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, all of which have their own political dynamics and are somewhat wary of Iranian involvement. If there is any actual threat against Israel it comes from Hezbollah in Lebanon, which is an independent player even though it has strong ties to Tehran, but even in that case the threat is not as serious as fear-mongering government leaders have claimed." (08/30/17)


Israel: Regime moves to ban al-Jazeera

Source: Antiwar.com

"Israeli Communications minister Ayoub Kara has announced his intention to see a total ban of the al-Jazeera news network within Israel, including the revocation of all affiliated journalists' credentials. … Kara said he expects Israel's parliament to move quickly on such a ban, and called on the Press Office to work quickly with him to impose the ban 'as quickly as possible.' Analysts, however, say it's not likely to be so easy." (08/06/17)


AIPAC still our biggest foreign agent

Source: Antiwar.com
by Grant Smith

"During the course of the 1960s Senate and Justice Department investigations, it was revealed that Israel was funneling millions of dollars to unregistered foreign agents in America to lobby for foreign aid to Israel, set up think tanks, engage in Madison Avenue public relations, fund lobbying newsletters, and establish an umbrella organization called the American Zionist Council (AZC). Within the AZC was an unincorporated unit that lobbied congress called the 'American Israel Public Affairs Committee.' On November 21, 1962, the Department of Justice ordered the AZC to begin registering as an Israeli foreign agent. This touched off an intense battle between the Justice Department and the AZC which outlasted both JFK and RFK. The bloodied and bruised Justice Department hid away its files on the affair until they were finally declassified and released in 2008. The effort to register Israel’s foreign agents clearly failed. Just 42 days after the Justice Department order, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee incorporated itself in Washington and took over the AZC’s functions." (07/18/17)


France: Macron urges resumption of Israel-Arab peace talks

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

"French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a resumption of long-stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestine based on a two-state solution. Macron said on Sunday that France was ready to apply diplomatic levers towards renewed negotiations, but gave no specifics. He did not indicate any eagerness for France to spearhead such negotiations after a fruitless French diplomatic effort early this year." (07/16/17)


Israel: Olmert released from prison

Source: CBS News

"Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert left prison early Sunday days after a parole board granted him early release from his 27-month corruption sentence. Prison Service spokesman Assaf Librati said Olmert, 71, was whisked away by security and driven home after serving 16 months. … Olmert was convicted in 2014 in a wide-ranging case that accused him of accepting bribes to promote a real-estate project in Jerusalem and obstructing justice. The charges pertained to a period when he was mayor of Jerusalem and trade minister before he became premier in 2006." (07/02/17)


Israeli, Gaza regimes in talks over prisoner swap

Source: Newsweek

"Israel and Hamas are in indirect negotiations for the release of Israeli nationals held hostage in the Gaza Strip by the militant group. According to Israeli media reports, a visit to Egypt by Hamas'[s] new leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, known for his hardline views, has been followed by an uptick in activity between the two sides." (06/27/17)


Israeli regime forces strike Syrian regime forces near Golan Heights

Source: CNN

"Israel launched strikes on Syrian military positions Saturday, close to the two countries' disputed border in the Golan Heights, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The action was a response to what the IDF said were more than 10 projectiles fired into Israel from inside Syria. The IDF described the projectile fire as 'errant,' blaming it on internal fighting. Israeli aircraft targeted three positions from which the projectiles were fired, the IDF said. The strikes included hits on two tanks belonging to the Syrian regime." (06/24/17)


Israel vs. the United Nations: The Nikki Haley Doctrine

Source: Antiwar.com
by Ramzy Baroud

"The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, seems to be championing a single cause: Israel. When Haley speaks about Israel, her language is not merely emotive nor tailored to fit the need of a specific occasion. Rather, her words are resolute, consistent and are matched by a clear plan of action. Along with Haley, the rightwing Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu is moving fast to cultivate the unique opportunity of dismissing the United Nations, thus, any attempt at criticizing the Israeli Occupation." (06/22/17)