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  • Mid-East Prophecy Update – May 1st, 2016

    05/01/2016 4:54:36 PM PDT · by Lera · 28 replies
    Calvary Chapel ^ | May 1st, 2016 | JD Farag
    Pastor J.D. talks about the profound prophetic implications surrounding the intensifying situation in the Golan Heights, then ties together the typology of the pre-tribulation rapture with the ancient Jewish wedding customs and the communion.
  • United States 'doesn't consider the Golan a part of Israel'

    04/18/2016 1:20:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    inn ^ | 4/18/16 | Nitsan Keidar
    The United States does not consider the Golan Heights to be a part of Israel, State Department spokesperson John Kirby stressed on Monday, a day after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed the Golan Heights "will forever remain under Israeli sovereignty." "The U.S. position on the issue is unchanged," Kirby told reporters during a daily briefing at the State Department in Washington, according to Haaretz. "This position was maintained by both Democratic and Republican administrations. Those territories are not part of Israel and the status of those territories should be determined through negotiations. The current situation in Syria does not allow...
  • Netanyahu says Israel will never withdraw from Golan Heights

    04/18/2016 7:50:24 AM PDT · by pabianice · 12 replies
    JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday his country will never withdraw from the Golan Heights and the strategic plateau bordering Syria will forever stay in Israeli hands. In a ceremonial Cabinet meeting in the Golan marking the one-year anniversary of his current government's formation, Netanyahu said he doubts Syria will ever return to what it was before the devastating civil war that has gripped it for more than five years. He said he would not oppose diplomatic efforts to stabilize Syria as long as they didn't come at the expense of Israel's security. Netanyahu added that, regardless,...
  • Syria responds to Netanyahu: We will conquer the Golan

    04/17/2016 4:35:41 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/4/16 | Ari Yashar
    It didn't take Syria long to respond to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Cabinet meeting on the Golan Heights Sunday, in which he declared Israel will never surrender the region that was liberated in the 1967 Six Day War. Shortly after the meeting on Sunday, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Al-Mekdad told Lebanon's al-Mayadeen that his regime will "retake the Golan Heights by any means necessary, including using military force." "The Arab Syrian Golan is an occupied territory," claimed Al-Mekdad, referencing UN Security Council resolutions calling the area Syrian. According to the Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister, Netanyahu's Cabinet meeting was a...
  • Syrian official answers Netanyahu: We will use all available means to recapture the Golan

    04/17/2016 1:30:23 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/17/16 | Maayan Groisman
    In a first reaction to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's declaration that "Israel will never leave the Golan Heights," Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad said Sunday that Syria is prepared to use every possible means to recapture the area, including military means. "The Syrian Golan is an occupied Arab land according to the UN Security Council's resolutions, and the presence of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Forces proves this," Miqad said in an interview with the Lebanon-based TV channel al-Mayadeen. "We have never renounced the resistance and we are ready to recapture the Golan in all possible ways, including military ways....
  • Israel Presents red lines to Russia on Golan, Iran [Ezekiel 38]

    03/17/2016 12:27:43 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 3/17/2016 | Staff
    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday ahead of a planned Russian withdrawal from Syria. Rivlin conveyed to the Russian leader Israel's concerns about Iranian activity in Syria, and the active role the Hezbollah terror group has assumed in the Syrian civil war. The Israeli leader also touched on the future status of the Golan Heights, which Syria continues to claim as sovereign territory, despite Israel's annexation of the area in 1981. Rivlin reportedly told Putin that borders of both Syria and Iraq were arbitrarily drawn during the First World War, and...
  • Baker Hired Israeli to Collect Iraqi Debt, Evade U.S. Sanctions

    12/19/2006 4:38:15 PM PST · by Fred Nerks · 20 replies · 911+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 00:24 Dec 20, '06 / 29 Kislev 5767 | by Hana Levi Julian
    Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker used an Israeli businessman to evade American sanctions in Iraq while collecting a debt from Saddam Hussein. According to a report by WorldNet Daily reporter Aaron Klein, Baker hired Nir Gouaz, president of Caesar Global Securities in Israel, to collect a debt from the Hussein regime in 1998. Baker is a senior partner at the Houston-based law firm, Baker Botts, which made some $30 million in fees from the deal which the Israeli businessman mediated. Gouaz said the Iraqi regime owed some $1.65 billion to the Korean Hyundai Engineering firm for a series...
  • Middle East Political Analyst Details How the Obama Admin Has Underestimated World Powers

    02/28/2016 8:25:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    Golan Heights, Israel - Elliot Chodoff, a political analyst who kindly gave our Christian group a tour of the Syrian border this week on our trip to Israel, was not even fazed by the gunfire we heard in the distance. "Welcome to my world," he said casually as "Pop! Pop! Pop!" sounded behind us. He just as calmly added that there were over 50 terror organizations within our field of vision. With all these nearby threats, you would expect Israel would be able to count on her friends to be fully versed on the situation and be ready to protect...
  • ISRAELI DEFENSE MINISTER: I PREFER ISIS TO IRAN ON OUR BORDERS

    01/20/2016 9:54:40 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 10 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 20 Jan 2016 | Jack More
    Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Tuesday that if he had to choose between the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and Iran on the country’s borders, he would “choose ISIS” every time. In comments made at the Institute for National Security Studies’ (INSS) conference in Tel Aviv, Yaalon said that if the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were to fall ...
  • Putin says Russia could grant Syrian leader Assad asylum

    01/15/2016 5:52:55 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    APA ^ | 12 January 2016 | N/A
    Baku - APA. Russia could give asylum to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if he has to leave his country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published on January 12, according to RFE/RL. "It was surely more difficult to grant [U.S. national security contractor Edward] Snowden asylum in Russia than it would be in the case of Assad," Putin told the German tabloid Bild, referring to the American leaker of classified U.S. documents who was given asylum in Russia in 2013. Putin said it was too early to say whether Russia would have to give shelter to Assad as...
  • Amid terror wave, UN adopts six resolutions — all anti-Israel

    11/25/2015 11:30:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    INN ^ | 11/25/2015, 2:25 PM | Ari Soffer
    In a move dubbed "surreal" by a leading UN watchdog, and as a campaign of daily Palestinian terrorist attacks continues to target Israelis, the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday adopted six resolutions - all of which bar none condemned Israel. Not a single mention was made of the Palestinian attacks, which have left 22 Israelis dead and hundreds wounded, nor did any other countries - even serial human rights violators such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia and others - receive any of the General Assembly's attention. More disturbingly still, five of the the UNGA resolutions were sponsored by the...
  • We have no beef with Israel, Syrian Islamist rebel group says

    07/01/2013 9:43:51 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 21 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | July 1, 2013 | Ilan Ben Zion and Agam Rafaeli
    The Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, which operates near the border, praises Israel’s medical assistance for refugees, fighters A Syrian rebel group operating along the Israeli border in the Golan Heights said it has no quarrel with Israel, and that its fight is with President Bashar Assad, not the Jewish state — and it will remain that way. Speaking with The Times of Israel by telephone in Arabic, a spokesperson for the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade — the militia that kidnapped UN peacekeepers in March and May — said, “We are only here to fight Assad; we want nothing from Israel and we...
  • 'Severe blow': Al Qaeda suicide bomber takes out leadership of key ISIS brigade

    11/24/2015 3:26:44 PM PST · by wtd · 95 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 24, 2015 | Paul Alster
    'Severe blow': Al Qaeda suicide bomber takes out leadership of key ISIS brigadeHAIFA, Israel – A recent suicide bombing in southern Syria shows the rivalry between Al Qaeda and ISIS is more than just a contest to see who can kill the most infidels -- the groups are using classic terror techniques on each other. The Nov. 15 bombing came at a top-level meeting of the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, a key ISIS militia known for its bloody and vicious hold over parts of the Golan Heights. Six of the group’s top men were killed, including Muhammad "Abu Ali" al-Baridi,...
  • Hungary Will Not Label Products from Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights

    11/18/2015 1:48:19 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 18 replies
    In defiance of European Union guidelines, Hungary will not label products from Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights. Indeed, its foreign minister urges greater cooperation with Israel in fighting global terrorism. Speaking at a breakfast meeting of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations on Monday, Hungarian Foreign Minister and Trade Minister Peter Szijjarto, who was on a 24-hour visit to Israel, said that his country will not label products from Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights, calling the EU’s decision to do so “irrational.” “We do not support that decision. It is an inefficient instrument. It is irrational and does...
  • Obama approves of EU labeling of Jewish products

    11/12/2015 2:35:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    INN ^ | 11/12/2015, 9:06 PM | Ari Yashar
    US President Barack Obama's administration on Thursday voiced its approval of the discriminatory EU decision the day before to label Jewish goods from Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. The administration said the move is only a "technical guideline," and is not a boycott, reports Associated Press - despite the obvious assumption that consumers would follow the labeling when choosing what products to buy. US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said, "we do not believe that labeling the origin of products is equivalent to a boycott. And as you know, we do not consider settlements to be part...
  • Israel suspends meetings with EU over 'settlement' labeling

    11/11/2015 4:35:29 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/11/15
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday likened the European Union's decision to label Jewish goods from Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights to the Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses. Israel in retaliation also called off a number of scheduled EU meetings. "The labeling of products of the Jewish state by the European Union brings back dark memories, Europe should be ashamed of itself," Netanyahu said as he wrapped up a visit to Washington. "It took an immoral decision...this will not advance peace, it will certainly not advance truth and justice. It's wrong," he said in an English-language video...
  • Rogem Hiri An Ancient, Mysterious Construction

    01/19/2008 3:41:43 AM PST · by Fred Nerks · 44 replies · 2,906+ views
    The megalithic complex of Rogem Hiri (Rujm al-Hiri in Arabic, meaning stone heap of the wild cat) is located in the central Golan, some 16 km. east of the Sea of Galilee, on a desolate plateau of basalt boulders. Since its discovery in a survey of the Golan in the late 1960s, this mysterious site has aroused the curiosity of archeologists. Between 1988 and 1991, archeological excavations and research were conducted in order to establish facts and determine the time of its construction and its function. Rogem Hiri is a monumental construction of local basalt fieldstones of various sizes. It...
  • MAJOR DEVELOPMENT — Discovery of Oil in ISRAEL Ten Times Larger than World Average

    10/13/2015 6:47:58 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 39 replies
    Jews News ^ | 10/11/15
    Discovery of oil in ISRAEL means the Jewish state could soon produce ‘significant quantities’ of ‘black gold’… and potentially change the face of the Middle East Vast oil reserves have been discovered in Israel that could transform the country into world energy power and change the face of the Middle East for years to come. Afek Oil and Gas, an Israeli subsidiary of the U.S. company Genie Energy, said the breakthrough came in the Golan Heights, near the border with Syria. Yuval Bartov, the firm’s chief geologist, said there was ‘enormous excitement’ about the immense wealth it could bring to...
  • Egypt’s ‘Imitation Game’: Did a Secret Code Help Beat Israel in 1973 War?

    10/10/2015 6:15:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Al Alarabiya ^ | Thursday, 8 October 2015 | Paul Crompton
    Over four decades after the 1973 war that saw Egyptian forces seize of the Sinai Peninsula from occupying Israeli forces in a shock offensive, the legacy of the brief conflict lives on. One of the tales of the war known by some Egyptians is the existence of a “secret code” used by the Egyptian army that Israeli intelligence was unable to crack. The cypher was simple yet unorthodox: using an unwritten language from one of Egypt’s ethnic minorities, the Nubians. With the system, words and commands that would have been undecipherable to even a veteran Israeli intelligence officer could be...
  • Potentially game-changing oil reserves discovered in Israel

    10/07/2015 7:33:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | October 7, 2015 | Paul Alster
    Haifa, Israel – After Israel complained for years that it was surrounded by oil-rich states but didn’t have a drop within its own borders, it appears there’s a big-time turnaround with the announcement Wednesday that massive oil reserves have been located in the Golan Heights,close to the country’s border with Syria. Afek Oil and Gas, an Israeli subsidiary of the U.S. company Genie Energy, confirmed the find in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 TVbut conceded that until the oil is actually extracted, they won’t be sure of the actual amounts and quality of the oil that has been discovered....
  • Will The Discovery Of Huge Amounts Of Oil In Israel Lead To War In The Middle East?

    10/10/2015 11:14:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    End of the American Dream ^ | 10/10/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Billions of barrels of oil have been discovered in Israel, and this discovery could essentially make Israel energy independent for many decades to come. But there is just one problem. This discovery was made in the Golan Heights. If you are not familiar with the Golan Heights, it is an area that Israel took from Syria during the Six-Day War of 1967. The government of Israel considers the Golan Heights to now be part of Israeli territory, but the United Nations does not recognize Israel’s claim. Instead, the UN still recognizes Syrian sovereignty over that area. So now that massive...
  • Huge oil discovery on Golan Heights

    10/07/2015 3:29:07 AM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 26 replies
    Globes English ^ | 07/10/2015 | Globes correspondent
    Estimates are that the amount of oil found will make Israel self sufficient for very many years to come. After more than a year of round-the-clock drilling, large amounts of oil have been found on the Golan Heights. Estimates are that the amount of oil discovered will make Israel self sufficient for very many years to come. Afek Oil and Gas chief geologist Dr. Yuval Bartov told Channel 2 News, "We are talking about a strata which is 350 meters thick and what is important is the thickness and the porosity. On average in the world strata are 20-30 meters...
  • Israel Strikes 2 Army Posts in Syria After Rocket Fire

    09/27/2015 3:04:20 PM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    US News ^ | September 27,2015 | TIA GOLDENBERG
    The Israeli military said Sunday it struck two Syrian army posts with artillery fire after rockets from the war-torn country landed in Israeli-controlled territory. The military said the two rockets, which landed over the last two days, were errant fire from the Syrian conflict. They caused no damage or injuries. Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman, said in a statement that Israel holds the Syrian military "responsible and accountable for any aggression emanating from Syria." Rami Abdurrahman, the head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said a Syrian army position in the Quneitra region of the...
  • Time for open Israel-Saudi relations

    08/21/2015 1:59:36 PM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8-20-2015 | AARON KLEIN
    The Iran nuclear deal has dramatically shifted Middle Eastern geopolitical tectonic plates, and has heralded a new reality in which Sunni Arabs need Israel more than ever. One of many misleading lines in President Obama’s address earlier this month heralding the Iran nuclear deal came when the statecraft salesman declared that “because this is such a strong deal, every nation in the world that has commented publicly, with the exception of the Israeli government, has expressed support.” The clear implication is that Israel stands alone and isolated in the international community in opposing détente and rapprochement with Iran. The American...
  • At least six Syrians killed after Israeli military responds to rocket strikes

    08/21/2015 5:26:35 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 14 replies
    THE TELEGRaph ^ | 21 Aug 15 | Robert Tait
    Israeli strikes on Syria left up to six people died on Friday as Israel escalated its military response to four rockets landing on its territory a day earlier. Up to five men were killed in a car after it was struck while travelling near the frontier of the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, the Syrian army said, in what appeared to be a second wave of Israeli retaliatory action following a series of late night raids on Thursday. Syrian state television said the strike had killed "five unarmed civilians", but hte UK-based Syrian Conservatory for Human Rights said the...
  • Israel strikes Damascus’ military targets in retaliation for rocket fire by ‘Iran-funded militants’

    08/20/2015 7:15:40 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 4 replies
    Russia Today ^ | Aug, 20 2015
    Israel strikes Damascus’ military targets in retaliation for rocket fire by ‘Iran-funded militants’ Smoke rises during fighting in the Druze village of Khadr in Syria "Israel has pounded with artillery and launched airstrikes against 14 Syrian military positions in Golan Heights, holding Damascus responsible for failing to prevent a rocket attack on Israeli territory which the IDF pinned on an “Iran funded Islamic Jihad” group. .... IDF also targeted Syrian 137th Regiment near Damascus. “We attacked with tanks, artillery, and one target from the air... We attacked several kilometers into Syria, five or six sites with multiple targets within each...
  • The four rockets fired on Galilee came from the new Iranian terror front on the Golan

    08/20/2015 4:49:40 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 20 replies
    DEBKA ^ | August 20, 2015
    The four rockets fired on Galilee came from the new Iranian terror front on the Golan "Israel’s top government and military went on a high level of preparedness Tuesday, Aug. 18 in expectation of the first terrorist attack to be orchestrated by Iran from Syrian or Lebanese borders. ... Iranian Al Qods and Hizballah officers were building a new terrorist network raising Israeli suspicions that one of their plans was to seize an Israeli location or part of one and try and hold out against an Israeli counter-offensive of tanks and assault helicopters. .. three radical terrorist movements staff the...
  • Iran Behind Rocket Fire on Golan, Says Senior IDF Officer

    08/20/2015 3:56:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 8/20/2015, 11:37 PM | Kobi Finkler
    Iran was behind the firing of rockets from Syrian territory onto Israel, a senior IDF officer said on Thursday evening. The officer said that the directive to fire the rockets was personally given out by the head of the Palestinian department in Iran’s Al-Quds force. Four rockets hit Israel Thursday afternoon in the Upper Galilee region in the north. All four exploded in open areas. The IDF responded to the incident with artillery fire, noting that the Syrian regime is responsible for the rocket attacks emanating from its sovereign territory, “and it will bear responsibility for the results.” …
  • Facebook Redraws Israel’s Borders

    07/19/2015 4:43:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 7/19/2015, 4:41 PM | Tova Dvorin
    Facebook not only considers Jewish areas of Judea and Samaria (Shomron), but also parts of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, as outside of Israel, according to exposé published Sunday. The social network updated its advertising system recently allowing editors of popular pages the chance to gear their posts toward a specific geographical location. […] Channel 2 tested the new system to aim posts in eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem, for example, and saw that the rest of the State of Israel became automatically “greyed out.” The same happened during any attempt to aim posts toward areas over 1949 Armistice lines or...
  • Netanyahu: We see ISIS at the gates in Sinai and Golan

    07/02/2015 5:08:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Photo Islamic State-linked militants struck Egyptian army outposts in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday in a coordinated wave of suicide bombings and battles that underlined the government's failure to stem an insurgency despite a two-year crackdown. Security officials said dozens of troops were killed, along with nearly 100 attackers. After the attack, which took place just across the border from Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "We send our condolences to the government and people of Egypt, and to the families of the Egyptians that were slain by this vicious terrorism." Later on Wednesday, Netanyahu said, "We see ISIS [Islamic...
  • When it Comes to Israel, Drunk Nixon is Better than Sober Obama

    07/02/2015 6:28:50 AM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Washington free Beacon ^ | July 1, 2015 | Roger Stone
    President Richard Nixon was drunk during the height of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, according to veteran journalist Tim Weiner writing for Politico magazine. Weiner’s book, One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon, makes the charge. The former New York Times reporter claims that a call recorded by Henry Kissinger proves Nixon was drunk on the fifth day of the crisis after Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on Israel which caught their Intelligence agency by surprise. It became clear in the hours after the 1973 Yom Kippur attack that the Arabs had surprised Israeli forces...
  • U.N.: World should be ashamed at failure to end Syria conflict

    07/01/2015 2:49:15 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 7-1-2015 | AP
    <p>U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world should be ashamed that three years after major powers approved a blueprint in Geneva to bring peace to Syria the suffering of its people is reaching new depths and the country is "on the brink of falling apart."</p>
  • Israel’s Great Opportunity

    06/20/2015 5:19:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 19, 2015 | Caroline Glick
    Over the past two decades Israel has managed to destroy its regional reputation. With our own hands, we have twice shown our neighbors they have little reason to tie their fates to ours. We are unreliable. In 1994, Israel betrayed the Palestinians in Judea, Samaria and Gaza who had helped us fight against PLO terrorists for decades. Open season on our Palestinian allies officially began in July 1994 with the entrance of thousands of PLO terrorists – led by Yasser Arafat – into Gaza and Jericho. Arafat’s henchmen did not limit their murderous wrath to the Palestinians who saved countless...
  • Israel Vows to Prevent Massacre of Syrian Druze After Islamist Rebels Surround Village

    06/17/2015 12:23:54 PM PDT · by McGruff · 29 replies
    Vice news ^ | June 17, 2015
    Syrian rebels have surrounded a Druze village close to the Israeli side of the Golan Heights strategic ceasefire line Wednesday, prompting the Israeli government to offer protection to refugees who cross into the territory it occupies and vow to prevent a massacre at the border. The insurgents, among them Islamist fighters, surrounded the village of Hader following heavy fighting with pro-government forces in the region that left at least seven rebels and 10 regime soldiers dead, British-based monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "Hader is now totally surrounded by rebels, who just took a strategic hilltop north of...
  • Hezbollah recruits non-Shiites for ISIS fight

    06/11/2015 7:22:47 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Thursday, 13 November 2014
    Hezbollah, a radical Islamist movement, is recruiting Druze, Christian and Sunni men to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Lebanese daily news website the Daily Star reported Wednesday. The recruitment process, which is taking place in east Lebanon, is reportedly still ongoing. The new recruits are offered weapons and trainings to “to counter the threat of ISIS and its affiliates.” Lebanon is engaged in a battle against jihadists from ISIS and the Nusra Front along its northern and northeastern border with Syria
  • Syrian army defunct, rebels 100 yards from Israel border, senior officer says

    06/06/2015 11:35:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 4, 2015 | Mitch Ginsburg
    The Syrian army is a threat that has ceased to exist for the coming decade and the regime is in "the most grave predicament" since the outbreak of war in March 2011, a senior Israeli army officer said Wednesday in a briefing. Hezbollah, the Assad regime's ally, has lost 700 men since the start of the fighting and 100 over the past two weeks alone, he said. The officer characterized Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, who has delivered four saber-rattling speeches over the past eight days, as suffering from "no small amount of embarrassment" in Lebanon, and said that Israel has...
  • Syrian Druse could flee to Israel as Assad may abandon them to ISIS

    06/02/2015 6:46:42 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | June 1, 2015 | ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    Syrian Druse near the Israeli border are under threat from the Islamic State as the Assad regime withdraws its forces from the area, Druse sources told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. President Bashar Assad’s forces are weakening in Druse areas, including near the village of Hader, close to the border on the Golan Heights, Channel 1 reported on Sunday evening. Israel is closely following developments in case Druse residents flee to Israel because of the jihadist threat.
  • Netanyahu: Iran the ‘greatest threat’ to world peace

    05/31/2015 10:53:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | May 31, 2015, 4:41 pm | (Times of Israel Staff)
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday decried Iranian “aggression” across the Middle East, telling German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier that an emerging nuclear deal should take into account not only Tehran’s alleged nuclear ambition but also its regional aspirations. After noting that “the greatest threat to Israel’s security, to the stability of the region and to the peace of the world” was Iran’s alleged quest for nuclear weapons, Netanyahu pointed to an Iranian “campaign of aggression across the entire Middle East, in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, around our borders on the Golan.” Speaking at a press conference after his meeting...
  • Iran Tells Syria to Attack Israel on the Golan Heights

    04/28/2015 11:38:43 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 59 replies
    israelnationalnews ^ | 4/29/2015 | Ari Yashar
    Syrian Defense Minister General Fahd al-Freij arrived in Iran on Tuesday for a rare two-day visit, the first since civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, and was reportedly told by his Iranian backers to attack Israel. ......... Al-Freij was told by senior Iranian sources that Syria and Iran's terror proxy in Lebanon, Hezbollah, need to open a war front against Israel on the Golan Heights
  • Israeli Official: Buy Golan Heights

    02/19/2002 1:08:10 PM PST · by knighthawk · 16 replies · 184+ views
    AP via Arab World News ^ | 19 february 2002 | AP
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's justice minister on Tuesday said Israel should buy the disputed Golan Heights from Syria as a way of keeping hold of the strategic plateau. Numerous attempts to negotiate Syrian-Israeli peace have collapsed over the question of the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Mideast War. A peace agreement proposed in 2000 fell apart over Syria's rejection of an Israeli demand to keep the Sea of Galilee's eastern shore, which lies at the foot of the heights. ``We have to find an original way to keep the Golan Heights in Israeli hands in ...
  • Netanyahu: Israel foiled Iran's efforts to open new front on Golan (Video)

    05/10/2015 9:23:21 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/10/2015 12:33 | HERB KEINON
    Netanyahu speaks of regional threats; cabinet approves bill to increase number of ministers. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the start of a cabinet meeting Sunday morning, mentioned that since the outgoing government's first cabinet meeting two years ago, the region has been in constant tumult. “Despite the many attempts to challenge us from our borders, we fended off all these efforts without exception,” he said. Netanyahu mentioned Hezbollah in south Lebanon, the efforts by Iran to open up a new front against Israel on the Golan Heights, attempts to transfer advanced weaponry from Syria to Lebanon, and efforts by Hamas...
  • Explosions Heard in Golan Heights as Syrian Mortars Strike Israel

    04/28/2015 5:22:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Breaking Israel News ^ | 04/28/15 | Lea Speyer
    Air raid sirens sounded across the Golan Heights on early Tuesday afternoon, warning of possible incoming rockets from Syria or Lebanon. Initial reports indicate local residents heard explosions in the area following the sirens, which were triggered around 12 pm. It is believed that two mortars landed near the Ein Zivan kibbutz, Channel 2 reported. After a brief investigation, the IDF concluded that rocket fire was spillover from the civil war in Syria and was unintentionally shot towards Israel. The Golan Regional Council said in a statement: “As a result of spillover from fighting between rebels and the Syrian army,...
  • ISRAEL: IRAN BOOSTS WEAPON SHIPMENTS TO HAMAS, HEZBOLLAH IN EXPECTATION OF LIFTED SANCTIONS

    04/14/2015 1:51:10 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 13, 2015 | by WILLIAM BIGELOW
    On Monday, Israeli officials reported that Iran has upped its delivery of weapons to the Lebanese Shiite terror group Hezbollah in the past few weeks. Channel 2 stated that the shipments have been made to both Lebanon and the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. In addition, the report stated that Iran was sending weapons to Hamas chiefs in Gaza and arming Hamas members in Judea and Samaria. Channel 2 asserted that the ease in sanctions on Iran from the present nuclear negotiations would allow it to spend “billions of dollars” shipping weapons to Israel’s enemies. The increase in Iranian...
  • Report: Israel treating al-Qaeda fighters wounded in Syria civil war

    03/14/2015 6:48:31 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/13/2015 | JPost.com
    Nusra Front is the Sunni Muslim al-Qaida offshoot which is currently fighting the Iranian-backed axis of Bashar Assad and Hezbollah in Syria. Israel has opened its borders with Syria in order to provide medical treatment to Nusra Front and al-Qaida fighters wounded in the ongoing civil war, according to The Wall Street Journal. The prominent American newspaper reported that Nusra Front, the Sunni Muslim al-Qaida offshoot which is currently fighting the Iranian-backed axis of Bashar Assad and Hezbollah, "hasn't bothered Israel since seizing the border area last summer" along the Golan Heights.
  • Swedish (State Owned) company labels Golan wines "made in Israel-occupied Syrian territories."

    06/07/2006 5:36:05 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 50 replies · 752+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun. 7, 2006 | DAVID STAVROU
    Sweden's state-owned alcohol retail monopoly, Systembolaget, has labeled Israeli Golan and Yarden wines as "made in Israel-occupied Syrian territories." According to the company's spokesman, Bjorn Rydberg, the decision was made after clients complained about the previous label, which stated the wine was made in Israel. The change was made after the company consulted with the Swedish Foreign Ministry. "It's the ministry's recommendation that we are following," Rydberg said. However, "because of the criticism, we will consider changing the label again," he said. Although Swedish Foreign Minister Jan Eliasson and his Israeli counterpart, Tzipi Livni met recently to discuss the visa...
  • Iran is Deployed, 'Planning War' Along Israel's Northern Border

    02/23/2015 2:50:17 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/2/15 | Hillel Fendel
    an has built an active front from Israel's northern Mediterranean border adjacent to Rosh Hanikra, all the way to the Golan Heights. The goal: to undermine and wage war against the "Zionist entity" with conventional, powerful military means from within Lebanon and Syria. So says Yigal Carmon, Counter-terrorism Adviser to prime ministers Yitzhak Shamir and Yitzhak Rabin, and founder and president of the prestigious Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). "Iran has taken advantage of the chaos in the Middle East to form a united front from Tehran, through Baghdad, Syria and Lebanon," Carmon told Kol Yisrael public radio on...
  • Drilling to start at Golan Heights oil exploration site

    02/18/2015 5:46:57 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/16/2015 | SHARON UDASIN
    The project involves three years of exploration for conventional oil, north of Nahal El Al near Moshav Natur, a former kibbutz on the southern Golan Heights. Drilling was set to begin at a Golan Heights oil exploration site in the late night hours of Monday, the company announced that evening. The project, which is being implemented by Afek Oil and Gas, involves three years of exploration for conventional oil using up to 10 wells. The company chose site No. 5 out of 10 to start with, located north of Nahal El Al near Moshav Natur, a former kibbutz on the...
  • Syrian Commentator: Zionists Burned Jordanian Pilot, Just Like They Knead Passover Matzos with Blood

    02/14/2015 2:10:32 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 36 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | Feb 6, 2015 | Al-Manar TV (Lebanon)
    Syrian commentator Hussam Shoei'b recently said that the immolation of the Jordanian pilot was "a clear demonstration of the barbarity of the Zionist entity," adding: "In the past, they used to knead [Passover] matzos with human blood and eat them." The statement was made on Hizbullah's Al-Manar TV on February 6, 2015. Hussam Shoei'b: "What is being done by all these criminal gangs - ISIS Jabhat Al-Nusra, Ahrar Al-Sham, and all these groups with their Islamic names - cannot even be labeled 'Israeli.' It is downright Talmudic. The immolation of the Jordanian pilot is a clear demonstration of the barbarity...
  • Syrian army tears through the south to sweep Iran and Hizballah up to Israel’s Golan doorstep

    02/11/2015 4:31:59 PM PST · by tired&retired · 12 replies
    DEBKA ^ | February 11, 2015 | Debka
    The large-scale offensive the Syrian army launched in southern Syria Sunday, Feb. 8 – the broadest in that region in the nearly-four year conflict – heralded Act III of the Iranian-Hizballah drive for a position on Israel’s Golan border, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. Israel curtailed Act I on Jan 18 with an air strike which killed a dozen Iranian and Hizballah officers scooping out the Golan town of Quneitra for their new base. Among them were the commander of Iranian forces in Syria, Revolutionary Guards general Mohamad Ali Allah Dadi and a senior Hizballah officer Ali al-Tabtabani. This cut short...
  • Netanyahu: Iran ‘Trying to Open Front’ from Golan Heights

    02/04/2015 8:35:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 2/4/2015, 6:15 PM | Hezki Ezra
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon visited the Hermon Division of the IDF on Wednesday, following last week’s antitank missile attack from Hezbollah in the nearby Har Dov area, which killed two IDF soldiers. During the visit, Netanyahu and Ya’alon briefed Deputy Chief of Staff Gen. Yair Golan, and Northern Command Chief Major General Aviv Kochavi, and met with mayors from the region. “I came here with the defense minister and army commanders, to see the IDF’s preparedness against emerging threats against us in Golan Heights,” Netanyahu stated. “For some time, Iran has been trying to open...