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  • UN confirms 43 UN peacekeepers seized in Syrian Golan (UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF))

    08/28/2014 8:54:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/28/14 | AFP
    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The United Nations said that an armed group captured 43 UN peacekeepers on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on Thursday and that it was doing everything to secure their release. An additional 81 peacekeepers were "currently being restricted to their positions in the vicinity of Ar Ruwayhinah and Burayqah," it added. Israel closed off the area around Quneitra on Wednesday after an officer was wounded by stray fire as Syrian rebels, including fighters from the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra front, stormed the crossing. No details were released on the nationalities of the detained...
  • Mortar from Syria Fired Towards Golan Heights

    07/13/2014 2:45:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    inn ^ | 7/13/14 | Ido Ben Porat
    A mortar shell from Syria was fired on Sunday evening towards the Israeli side of the Golan Heights and exploded near the Druze village of Mas’ade. The mortar shell exploded in an open area, causing no physical injuries or damages. The IDF responded with artillery fire towards Syrian military posts, and the IDF Spokesman said direct hits were identified. The incident marks the third time in recent weeks that fire was opened towards Israel from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. Late last month, an Israeli teenager was killed and several people were wounded after an explosive device was...
  • (ISIS)Anti-Assad rebels said to control 95% of Syrian Golan Heights

    06/27/2014 9:09:31 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 21 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | June 28, 2014 | The Times of Israel Staff
    Almost the entire Syrian side of the Golan Heights is now under the control of rebel forces, including radical Islamist groups, a senior Israeli military commander in the area said Friday. Only the Quneitra border area is still in the hands of forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, Lt.-Col. Anan Abbas, deputy commander of the Golan Brigade, told Israel’s Channel 10. About 95 percent of the Syrian side of the Golan is in the hands of anti-Assad rebels, including radical Islamic groups such as the Al-Nusra Front, affiliated with al-Qaeda, a rival of the burgeoning Islamic State of Iraq and...
  • Syria Asks UN to Take Action Against Israel

    06/22/2014 10:12:28 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/6/14 | Elad Benari
    Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Faisal Mekdad, on Sunday asked the United Nations to take actions against Israel, claiming it violated the 1974 ceasefire agreement in the Golan Heights. According to Syria’s SANA news agency, Mekdad spoke with the Under-Secretary-General of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, who is visiting Syria to inspect the status of the peacekeeping force in Syria. Mekdad reportedly cited Israel’s “direct ties with terrorist groups” and its attack in Syria in March. Syria uses the term “terrorists” when referring to the rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Al-Assad. .....
  • Syrian Muslim Brotherhood Leader: We’ll Take Golan Back From Israel—‘By All Means Possible’

    09/10/2013 7:21:57 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 27 replies
    CNS News ^ | 09/09/2013 | Terence Jeffrey
    Muhammad Riyadh Al-Shaqfa, the leader of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, which is part of the rebel coalition seeking to overthrow the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, said on Dubai TV last year that if the Syrian rebellion is successful it is the intention of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood for Syria to take back the Golan Heights from Israel—even if it means using force to do so. Al-Shaqfa also said the Muslim Brotherhood did not believe a post-revolutionary Syria would ever recognize Israel—which he called a country “which is alien to this region.”
  • Israel Should Ban the Dhimmi Dimwitted EU from its Nation

    07/28/2013 6:28:13 AM PDT · by Amerisraelhere · 6 replies
    Which of course most definitely includes Judea, Samaria, Golan, Gaza, and its liberated capital city of Jerusalem.According to reports the EU's Islamist appeasing Catherine Ashton is concerned about Israel doing just that. As well they should.Ashton and her European collaborators are a bunch of dhimmi enablers of Islamic imperialism.Some key excerpts from the INN article:["Maja Kocijancic, a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, responded to the decision by saying, "The EU is concerned by reports in the Israeli media that the Israeli Minister of Defense has announced a number of restrictions affecting EU activities supporting the Palestinian people."Kocijancic...
  • Ireland, Fiji, Nepal to send peacekeepers to Golan Heights

    07/22/2013 6:20:51 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    Xinhau Net ^ | 2013-07-23 07:32:51 | Editor: Hou Qiang
    JERUSALEM, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Ireland, Fiji and Nepal will send hundreds of troops to bolster the UN peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights, Israeli daily Ha'aretz reported Monday. The latest development comes weeks after Austria withdrew its 380 troops from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force ( UNDOF), citing deterioration of security situation due to the escalation in Syria's unrest. According to the report, Ireland agreed to send a 150-strong well-trained and equipped infantry unit, which was previously part of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali; Fiji would dispatch about 500 peacekeepers; and Nepal would redirect some 50 peacekeepers,...
  • Another 360 bound for Golan Heights (Fiji supplies 540 UN Peacekeepers to Golan)

    07/01/2013 10:31:41 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    Fiji Broadcasting Corporation ^ | 13:18 Mon Jul 01, 2013
    Another 360 soldiers will head for the Golan Heights on the border of Syria this month. This was confirmed to FBC News by Military Land force Commander Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga. Tikoitoga says the 360 are all military personnel. He has also confirms that the first batch of 182 that left last week have already reported for duty and have started work as peacekeepers on the border between Syria and Israeli occupied Golan Heights.
  • Manila: Golan troops need defence against chemical arms

    06/20/2013 10:02:17 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    AFP via Global Post ^ | June 20, 2013 09:33 | Agence France-Presse
    President Benigno Aquino threatened Thursday to withdraw Philippine troops from the UN peacekeeping force on the Golan Heights unless they receive anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons, and are protected against chemical arms. Aquino said the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), now made up of just over 500 Filipino and Indian troops, needed revised rules of engagement as Syria's civil war heats up. Manila pledged on Wednesday to keep its troops in the volatile strip of land between Syria and Israel until at least August 3, but said their continued presence would depend on the UN beefing up security. ... The Philippines...
  • Fiji offers more than 500 troops to Golan force

    06/19/2013 9:32:37 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    AFP via GlobalPost ^ | June 18, 2013 20:33 | Agence France-Presse
    Fiji has offered more than 500 troops to the UN Golan Heights peacekeeping force after several countries withdrew because of the spillover from the Syria conflict, diplomats said Tuesday. Fiji will supply 170 troops this month to replace Japanese and Croatian soldiers who have left in previous weeks. Diplomats said it has also offered to replace the 370 troops that Austria is withdrawing. ... Lyall Grant, UN Security Council president for June, said the UN Disengagement Observer Force would also get "some heavier weapons", extra body armor and see observation posts reinforced. In the growing fallout from more than two...
  • Report: Fijians to reenforce depleted UNDOF on Golan

    06/17/2013 6:28:34 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/17/2013 09:32 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    The Pacific Ocean island nation of Fiji will be replacing some of the UN Peacekeepers that have withdrawn from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) mission in the Golan Heights, according to the Fijian online newspaper The Fiji Times. According to the report, The United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations' military adviser at the Office of Military Affairs, Lieutenant-General Babacar Gaye told the paper that Fiji would be sending 170 individuals to the mission. Gaye said, a three member team from Fiji visited UNDOF last month and that the Fijians are expected to be deployed to the mission by the...
  • Race to Complete Border Security Fence Nearing Finish

    06/16/2013 7:55:14 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Israel National News ^ | Sunday, June 16, 2013 | Chana Ya'ar
    The race between the deteriorating security situation north of Israel’s border, and the need to complete the border fence, is tightening. But the fence and systems are nearly in place. As the raging civil war between loyalists to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and various rebel factions continues to spill over into the Golan Heights, workers are moving to replace border installations. Several countries have pulled their troops out of the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Golan demilitarized buffer zone as the situation has become increasingly dangerous, including Austria, which began withdrawal of its troops last week. Elbit Systems' "MSS...
  • Could Syria ignite World War 3? two Muslim ideologies suck in the world's superpowers

    06/13/2013 10:43:00 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 61 replies
    DailyMail ^ | June 13, 2013 | Micheal Burleigh
    The crisis in Syria ...a deadly power struggle between two bitterly opposed Muslim ideologies, Sunni and Shia. Already, the war inside Syria has resulted in 93,000 dead and 1.6 million refugees, with millions more displaced internally SNIP On one side are those who follow President Assad, who belongs to the Alawites — a splinter sect from Shia Islam. On the other are ...insurgents drawn from the majority Sunni population, some of whom have close links to the Sunni jihadists of Al Qaeda. SNIP The main pillars of the current Assad regime are the army, the intelligence services and the Ba’athists,...
  • Austria starts withdrawal from Golan Heights

    06/11/2013 6:53:38 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 11 Jun 2013 13:42
    Austria has begun withdrawing some of its 378 UN peacekeepers from the demilitarised zone on the ceasefire line with Syria and the Israel-occupied Golan Heights. Tuesday’s decision comes after opposition rebels briefly seized the Quneitra crossing late last week in an incident that injured two of the peacekeepers. The crossing lies in the demilitarised zone on the Israel-Syria armistice line and is monitored by about 1,000 UN peacekeepers, including the Austrians. Al Jazeera’s Sue Turton in the Golan Heights witnessed armoured personnel-carriers transporting the Austrians to the main UN base on the Israeli side of the ceasefire line. She said...
  • UN: Russia Can't Take Part in Golan Heights Force

    06/08/2013 2:45:10 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/6/13 | Elad Benari
    The United Nations said on Friday that Russia cannot send troops to the Golan Heights peacekeeping force, after President Vladimir Putin said he was ready to bolster the force, AFP reported. Putin offered troops after Austria decided to withdraw its 377 soldiers from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) between Syria and Israel because of growing spillover from the Syria conflict. However, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said later on Friday that Russia was banned from taking part in the force because it is one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council. "We appreciate the consideration that Russia has...
  • UN: Russia Can't Take Part in Golan Heights Force

    06/07/2013 6:48:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    inn ^ | 06/07/13 | Elad Benari, Canada
    The United Nations said on Friday that Russia cannot send troops to the Golan Heights peacekeeping force, after President Vladimir Putin said he was ready to bolster the force, AFP reported. Putin offered troops after Austria decided to withdraw its 377 soldiers from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) between Syria and Israel because of growing spillover from the Syria conflict. However, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said later on Friday that Russia was banned from taking part in the force because it is one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council. "We appreciate the consideration that Russia has...
  • UN Rejects Russian Offer of Peacekeepers for Golan Heights

    06/07/2013 3:42:44 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    Voice of America ^ | June 07, 2013
    The United Nations on Friday thanked Russia for offering to replace peacekeepers from Austria along the border of Syria and Israel but said such a substitution is not possible. President Vladimir Putin offered to send Russian troops to the Golan Heights after Austria decided to withdraw its 377 soldiers from the U.N. peacekeeping force because of growing spillover from the Syria conflict. But U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said Russia was banned from taking part in the force because it is one of five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.
  • Putin volunteers Russian soldiers for Golan Heights

    06/07/2013 12:47:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    UPI ^ | 67/13 | UPI
    Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday offered Russian replacements for the peacekeeping force Austria wants to withdraw from the Golan Heights. Austria said it was concerned about the safety of its 370 soldiers because the conflict in Syria has spread to a strategic border crossing. Security conditions have deteriorated in the area around the U.N. Golan Heights headquarters since the Quneitra crossing became the site of a clash between Syrian and rebel forces, CNN reported Friday. Austria's announcement it will remove its soldiers slashes the number of U.N. troops in the Golan Heights by one-third. Filipino and Indian peacekeepers will remain...
  • Austria to pull peacekeepers from Golan Heights

    06/06/2013 7:50:36 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    Reuters via The Virginia Gazette ^ | 9:08 a.m. EDT, June 6, 2013 | Reuters
    VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria will withdraw its peacekeepers from the U.N. monitoring force on the Golan Heights given worsening fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels, it said on Thursday. Austrians account for about 380 of the 1,000-strong U.N. force monitoring a ceasefire between Syria and Israel, and their departure will deal a serious blow to the mission. ... It came hours after Syrian rebels seized a U.N.-manned border crossing linking Syria and Israel on Thursday. Israeli security sources later reported Syrian troops had retaken it after heavy fighting.
  • Syria rebels seize crossing near Israeli border: activists (Golan)

    06/06/2013 1:17:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jun 6, 2013 8:48am BST | Erika Solomon in Beirut and Maayan Lubell in Jerusalem
    Rebels seized a U.N.-operated border crossing on the demilitarized zone linking Israel and Syria on Thursday, activists said, following heavy clashes between the opposition and President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. It is the only crossing between the two countries and it was the first time Syrian rebels had managed to take the place. However, it was unclear if they could hold it for long, with fighting still raging in the area. Israel is worried that the Golan, which it captured from Syria in 1967, will become a springboard for attacks on Israelis by jihadi fighters, who are taking part in the...
  • Austria says peackeepers may quit Golan if EU arms rebels

    05/22/2013 5:08:28 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | May 21, 2013 | Michael Shields
    VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria may pull its peacekeeping troops from the Golan Heights, evacuating the U.N. buffer zone, its defence minister warned on Tuesday, as Syria and Israel exchanged fire across a long dormant frontline now inflamed by civil war. Vienna's warning was aimed at Britain and other allies which want to help Syrian rebels by lifting an EU arms embargo - doing so, minister Gerald Klug told Reuters, would rob Austrian troops of their neutrality in a Syrian conflict that has already seen foreign peacekeepers come under fire and some even held hostage. He stopped short of saying an...
  • Syrian Minister: We Have the Right to Enter the Golan Anytime

    05/12/2013 10:44:28 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/5/13 | Elad Benari
    Syria’s Information Minister, Omran al-Zoubi, warned Israel on Sunday that his country had a right to launch an operation against the Jewish State from the Golan Heights. Speaking at a public symposium and quoted by the state-run SANA news agency, Al-Zoubi said that Israel committed an aggression against Syria recently by raiding military sites near Damascus. With these acts, he said, Israel violated international commitments. He added that Israel has allowed terrorists to operate inside the demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights and kidnap the UN observers stationed there. "Accordingly, Syria has the right at this time and at any...
  • Philippines may pull peacekeepers from Golan

    05/10/2013 4:39:52 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    AFP via Google ^ | 5/10/2013 | Cecil Morella (AFP)
    MANILA — The Philippines said Friday it may quickly withdraw from a United Nations peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights because of security concerns, following the abduction of four Filipino troops. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said he had made a recommendation to President Benigno Aquino to pull out the more than 300 troops from the area. "As soon as he says go, we will undertake to do that as soon as possible," del Rosario told reporters. Syrian rebels seized the four Filipino peacekeepers at an observation post in the Golan Heights on Tuesday, two months after 21 Filipino...
  • UN Forces Abducted near Golan Heights

    05/07/2013 3:17:13 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/5/13
    NDTV reports an armed Syrian group on Tuesday abducted four UN peacekeepers from the Philippines in the Golan Heights, which has been hit by a mounting spillover from the Syrian civil war, the United Nations said. The four were patrolling near the Al Jamlah locality in the ceasefire zone between Israel and Syria where 21 Filipino peacekeepers were seized by Syrian rebels in March...
  • Shots from Syria Fired at Golan Heights A barrage of shots from Syria were fired near an IDF force

    04/12/2013 6:37:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 4/13/13 | Elad Benari
    The ongoing civil war in Syria spilled into Israeli territory again on Friday evening. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement that , shortly after 8:00 p.m., a barrage of shots from Syria were fired near an IDF force in the Golan Heights. There were no casualties or damage, said the statement. The soldiers responded by firing missiles at the source of fire. A direct hit at the target was identified, said the IDF Spokesperson. Ten days ago, a mortar shell fired from Syria fell on the Golan Heights. No one was injured and no damage was reported. IDF...
  • Gunfire from Syria Hits IDF Jeeps in Golan

    03/23/2013 5:13:13 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/3/13 | Gil Ronen
    Someone on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights border fired a burst of automatic fire at IDF soldiers Saturday. The bullets struck patrol vehicles near Tel Fares in the central part of the Golan Heights, but caused no casualties. It is still not clear if the gunfire was deliberately aimed at the soldiers, or whether it was meant to hit one of the sides in the Syrian civil war and unintentionally "spilled over" into Israel. .....
  • Training Syrian Rebels to Conquer Golan Heights and Shoot Down Israeli Aircraft

    03/13/2013 12:44:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3/13/13 | Shoshana Bryen
    No, they don't say it quite like that. But after years of hypocrisy, the Obama administration has admitted that while it declined to arm Syrian rebels directly for fear that weapons would end up in the hands of al-Qaeda forces, it has been quietly vetting and training anti-Assad forces while others provided weapons all around. Now the training is out in the open, and Secretary of State Kerry has pledged $60 million in "non-lethal aid" to the rebels. (Plus $250 million to Egypt, while Israel may take a hit of $150 million from sequestration -- makes you wonder.) American assistance...
  • Syrian rebels fire shots on Golan border

    03/09/2013 5:46:41 PM PST · by Lera · 16 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 3/9/13 | Roi Kais
    Taking advantage of UN peacekeepers' absence, Assad's opponents release videos shot not far from border with Israel, vow to 'return the Golan to the free Syrian people' "We are now in front of the occupied Golan, the blessed land sold by Hafez Assad," he says in the clip. "For 40 years, not a single gunshot has been fired on this land. For 40 years, not a single gunshot has been fired towards Israel." He goes on to declare that from now on, the rebels will fire on this land, and the men in the car with him fire in the...
  • Haredi Battalion in First Exercise in Golan

    12/20/2012 1:57:26 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    The haredi Netzach Yehuda battalion in the Kfir Brigade held an intensive training exercise in the Golan Heights during the Hanukkah holiday – its first ever in the Golan. video ......
  • Israel Army Scores 'Direct Hits' On Syrian Source Of Mortars Fired Into Golan Heights

    11/12/2012 7:32:30 AM PST · by blam · 11 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-11-2012 | Agence France Presse
    Israel Army Scores 'Direct Hits' On Syrian Source Of Mortars Fired Into Golan Heights Agence France PresseNovember 11, 2012 Israeli troops fired tank shells into Syria on Monday in retaliation for a mortar round that struck near an army post in the Golan Heights, scoring "direct hits" on the source of the fire, the army said. "A short while ago, a mortar shell hit an open area in the vicinity of an IDF (army) post in the central Golan Heights, as part of the internal conflict inside Syria, causing no damage or injuries," it said. "In response, IDF soldiers fired...
  • Israel drawn into Syria fighting for first time

    11/11/2012 8:08:32 AM PST · by Perdogg · 41 replies
    Israel was drawn into the Syrian civil war for the first time on Sunday, firing warning shots into the neighboring country after a stray mortar shell from across the border hit an Israeli military post. The Israeli military said the mortar fire caused no injuries or damage at the post in the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war and then annexed. But in recent weeks, incidents of errant fire from Syria to the north have multiplied, leading Israel to warn that it holds Syria responsible for fire on Israeli-held territory.
  • IDF fires warning shots into Syria after shell hits Golan

    11/11/2012 4:36:39 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 13 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 11/11/2012
    The IDF fired warning shots into Syrian territory on Sunday after a mortar shell fired from Syria hit an IDF outpost in the Golan Heights. The incident follows a similar spillover from Syria on Thursday, when a shell from Syria exploded in Moshav Alonei Habashan. "Further attacks [from Syria] will illicit a vigorous response," the IDF Spokesman's Office stated. The military also sent a letter to the United Nations warning Syrian forces to be careful in avoiding fire into the Golan. Just hours earlier, Defense Minister Ehud Barak threatened that Israel would respond should stray Syrian ordnance continue to strike...
  • Stray Syrian Bullet Cause of Golan Fire

    11/06/2012 12:11:43 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/11/12
    The IDf Spokesperson's Unit announced that a stray bullet shot from Syria was the cause of a fire that broke out on Tuesday in the Golan, in a forest near the Syrian border. .....
  • Syrian Rocket Hits Golan Heights in 2nd Attack

    09/26/2012 1:49:52 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/9/12
    For the second time in two days, a Syrian rocket has hit Israel. The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon. The rocket hit an open area in the Golan Heights near the border with Syria. No injuries or property damage was reported. The Israel Defense Forces deduce that the rocket was the result of stray fire from the on-going Syrian civil war. On Tuesday, two mortar shells landed in the Golan Heights from Syria. No injuries or property damage was reported. The IDF submitted an official complaint to the United Nations ...
  • Mortar Shells Fired at Golan Heights; Damage, No Injuries

    09/25/2012 1:20:17 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/9/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Several mortar shells from Syria was fired on the Golan Heights Tuesday morning, causing damage but no injuries. The IDF is on high alert. At least one of the shells exploded in a community in the northern Golan Heights. "Earlier this morning several mortar shells landed in the Golan Heights, causing no damage or injuries," an IDF spokesman said. "The shells were aimed at villages inside Syria and are part of the ongoing internal conflict." He added that the Israeli military had filed a complaint with United Nations forces responsible for the border area, "saying that fire from Syria leaking...
  • Shalom: Israel Will Never Cede the Golan

    05/15/2012 1:47:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/5/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom today toured the Golan Heights and said Israel will never cede the Golan Heights. "We have been in the Golan Heights forever and shall remain eternally," Shalom, who is also Minister of Negev and Galilee Development, said during a wine opening at the Lane School. "There has been an almost continual Jewish presence in the Golan Heights for thousands of years and we will never leave," he added. Shalom told those present that the Golan needed investment to nurture and develop the excellent soil so Israel could build "a luxurious wine empire." The Lane School...
  • Israel to Search for Oil on the Golan Heights

    05/13/2012 1:50:43 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/5/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    Israel has decided to search for oil on the Golan Heights after 20 years of delay due to objections from Syria. After Israel formally took sovereignty over the strategic area in 1980, the Petroleum Act was applied to the area, allowing for the search for oil. If Israel were to discovere oil on the Golan Heights, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad would undoubtedly launch an international crisis. The international community, including the United States, does not recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan, despite the absence of any communities in the area when it was under Syrian occupation. The exploration licenses were...
  • 'Israel Paid Syria $100 Million for Golan,' says Sadat Aide

    11/14/2011 6:11:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Tzvi Ben Gedalia ^ | 11/14/11 | Baltimore Jewish Life
    Israel paid Assad’s grand-uncle $100 million for the Golan Heights before the Six-Day War in 1967, says a former close friend of Sadat. Israel paid Syrian President Bashar Assad’s grand-uncle $100 million for the Golan Heights before the Six-Day War in 1967, says a former close friend to assassinated Egyptian president Anwar Sadat. Dr. Mahmoud Jame’ said Sadat was briefed on the deal, according to the Jordanian-based Albawaba website. Jame’, a member of the first Consultative Council in Egypt, said, “One morning Sadat took me with him in private and without a guard to the (Syrian part of the) Golan...
  • ‘Israel Paid Syria $100 Million for Golan,’ says Sadat Aide

    11/14/2011 9:30:12 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/11/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedaliahu
    Israel paid Syrian President Bashar Assad’s grand-uncle $100 million for the Golan Heights before the Six-Day War in 1967, says a former close friend to assassinated Egyptian president Anwar Sadat. Dr. Mahmoud Jame’ said Sadat was briefed on the deal, according to the Jordanian-based Albawaba website. Jame’, a member of the first Consultative Council in Egypt, said, “One morning Sadat took me with him in private and without a guard to the (Syrian part of the) Golan Heights, and I swear by the Almighty G-d that he put his hand on my shoulder and as we were standing on the...
  • IDF Plants Mines Along Syrian Border

    08/13/2011 3:54:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/8/11
    As reported in B'Machana, the Israeli Defense Force has planted mines along the border with Syria. The preparations are being made in case residents of Syria use the Palestinian Authority's bid for statehood in September as an opportunity to storm the borders. Mines were laid across the perimeter fence, within the Israeli side of the border. Maj. Ariel Illouz of the engineering corps stated that the mines, combined with IDF troops, would prevent border crossing by masses of people.
  • Syrian Opposition Leader: Israelis Can Remain in Golan

    08/04/2011 10:21:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/8/11 | Hillel Fendel
    Farid Ghadry, leader of the opposition Reform Party of Syria (RPS) that has never had a chance to actually strike roots in Syria, says that Israelis should remain in the Golan even though it must return to Syria. Ghadry, 57, has not lived in Syria since he was 10; his family moved to Lebanon in 1964, and then to the U.S. in 1975. He and other Syrian-Americans started the RPS in 1991, formulating a comprehensive program to bring regime change to Syria based on democracy, prosperity, freedom of expression, human rights and open borders with all neighboring countries including Israel....
  • Major Fire in Jerusalem Forest; Homes Evacuated

    07/19/2011 4:12:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/7/11 | Maayana Miskin
    A major fire broke out on Sunday in the Jerusalem Forest, near the Har Herzl military cemetery and the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial project. Some 150 dunam of forest were destroyed before the blaze was under control and the flames were stoped several hundred meters before reaching the Pi Glilot fuel storage facility. Video The fire spread quickly through the woods due to the heat. Eight firefighting squads were working to extinguish the blaze all afternoon. They requested planes to help as well. Five people suffered mild injuries due to smoke inhalation. Police closed some roads in the area, including...
  • Syria Fails to Deflect Criticism Onto 'Israeli Occupation'

    07/01/2011 8:41:20 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/7/11 | Gavriel Queennan
    Syria attempted to shift international focus from President Bashar Al Assad's brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters in his country by raising Israel's 'occupation' of the Golan Heights. "The real role of the Security Council is to end the illegal occupation of Israel and the Golan," Syrian ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari argued after Western ambassadors raised Assad's repressive tactics during the council's biannual meeting to renew the mandate of the UN separation force in the Golan. "We know there is an attempt to involve the Security Council in our internal issues, which have no relation to the UN...
  • Document Exposes Syrian Planning for Marches on Golan Heights

    06/14/2011 10:40:53 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/6/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    A London journalist has exposed a Syrian document revealing what Israel has claimed: Syria was behind the May 15 "Nakba Day" march on the Golan Heights and authorized ”shots in the air". Michael Weiss, who blogs for the London Telegraph and monitors British media coverage of the Middle East, wrote that he was forwarded the document, which included the official government emblem and was dated May 14, 2011. The following day, several hundred Syrians marched on the border, and approximately 200 of them infiltrated into the nearby Druze village of Majdal Shams in Israel. Thirteen people were killed in the...
  • Israeli Troops Fire at Protesters on Golan, At Least 14 Killed

    06/05/2011 10:49:20 AM PDT · by robowombat · 34 replies
    VOA ^ | June 5, 2011 | Luis Ramirez
    Israeli Troops Fire at Protesters on Golan, At Least 14 Killed Luis Ramirez | Jerusalem June 05, 2011 "We want to prove to the whole world who is using violence. It is obvious. You know who is using violence right now. Look at me. Do I have anything on me? No. We are trained on methods like (those of) Ghandi, like Martin Luther King, Mandela. We believe in that and we are going to stay using our nonviolent methods until the world sees who is the real oppressor," said Sari, a student from Ramalla Israeli troops have opened fire on...
  • Golan: Israel troops fire on pro-Palestinian protesters

    06/05/2011 3:23:51 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 37 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 5 June 2011 | BBC
    Israeli soldiers have opened fired on pro-Palestinian protesters in Syria as they marched on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
  • UNHRC condemns Israel on Golan, okays Iran rapporteur

    03/24/2011 9:13:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 3/24/11 | JORDANA HORN AND TOVAH LAZAROFF
    A resolution calling for an immediate cessation of any “settlement” construction in the Golan is the first of six resolutions on Israel. The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday denounced the Israeli presence in the Golan Heights and created the post of a special investigator into human rights issues in Iran. The resolution on the “Syrian Golan,” which calls for an immediate cessation of any “settlement” construction in the Golan, is the first of six resolutions on Israel. The UNHRC is expected to approve the remaining five resolutions when it wraps up its 16th session on Friday.
  • Defensible Borders on the Golan Heights

    05/06/2010 3:51:57 AM PDT · by JCPA-JerusalemCenter · 8 replies · 303+ views
    Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ^ | Maj.-Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland
    In the years 1999-2000, Israeli-Syrian negotiations reached the stage of discussion over details that included security arrangements intended to compensate Israel for the loss of the Golan Heights. When indirect Israeli-Syrian negotiations were renewed in 2008 under Turkish auspices, they were conducted under the assumption that there was a military solution that would compensate Israel for the loss of the Golan. The idea of security arrangements was intended to bridge the gap between conceding the Golan and creating a situation that would guarantee that in case of war, IDF forces could return to the place where they are currently stationed....
  • 'Netanyahu agreed to Golan pullout'

    09/09/2009 11:29:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 466+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/9/09 | staff
    Danny Yatom, who was head of Mossad during Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's first term, said Thursday that the premier then agreed to withdraw from the entire Golan Heights in a future peace deal with Syria. President Shimon Peres and... Yatom told Israel Radio that although Netanyahu's agreement didn't bind him now, "he has to admit" that he did agree to withdraw from the territory. Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) told the radio station that the prime minister had said numerous times that he would not agree to such a pullout, and that anyway, there
  • Syria Forfeits Golan on 'Silver Platter' and demands it Be Served on Gold Platter

    07/07/2009 8:12:33 AM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 4 replies · 437+ views
    Israel National News ^ | July 7, 2009 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    IsraelNN.com) Foreign Minister Walid Muallem sarcastically agreed with President Shimon Peres’s statement Monday that Israel will not hand over the strategic Golan Heights to Damascus on a “silver platter.” He responded Tuesday morning that “silver” was not good enough and demanded, "We want to receive the Golan on a gold platter.” Powered by WebAds His comments have sent the prospects of a rapprochement with Syria further back in the deep freeze as Syria increasingly hardens its stand in tandem with overtures from the Obama administration to make it part of the peace process.