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  • Israel bombs Syrian posts over Golan attack on its troops

    03/19/2014 1:02:02 AM PDT · by blueplum · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 19, 2014 1:55am EDT | Dan Williams, Maayan Lubell contributing
    JERUSALEM - Israel attacked several Syrian military sites on Wednesday in retaliation for a roadside bombing that wounded four of its troops on the occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday, the Israeli military said. It said targets included a Syrian military headquarters, a training facility and artillery batteries. :snip: Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said in a statement that the Syrian army had aided and abetted Tuesday's attack. "We hold the Assad regime responsible for what happens in its territory and if it continues to collaborate with terrorists striving to hurt Israel then we will keep on exacting a heavy price...
  • Syrian troops advance near Golan Heights city

    02/22/2014 8:01:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2014 10:46 AM EST
    Syrian state TV says government forces have captured two rebel-held areas on the edge of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The report, citing a military official, says troops and pro-government gunmen captured Saturday the areas of Rasm al-Hour and Rasm al-Sad, south of the town of Quneitra. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory For Human Rights confirmed troops were on the offensive, adding that the air force was taking part in the attack. …
  • EU Seeks to Calm Israeli Bodies Hit By Boycott

    09/08/2013 2:00:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 9/8/2013, 9:14 AM | Kochava Rozenbaum
    The European Union (EU) is seeking to reassure Israelis who are concerned about the economic harm caused by the EU’s decision to forbid its member states from cooperating, transferring funds, or giving scholarships or research grants to bodies in Judea and Samaria, eastern Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights. A senior delegation from the European Union will arrive in Israel early this week to examine ways of preventing damage to Israeli entities operating beyond the 1949 Armistice Lines. …
  • Outrage as Car Rental Company Redraws Israel's Borders

    08/22/2013 10:24:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    inn ^ | 8/22/13 | Uzi Baruch
    Israeli customers of the global car rental agency "SixT" have expressed their surprise and anger at the company's decision to unilaterally erase Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights from its maps of Israel. Information gathered by Arutz Sheva reveals that the company's European branches made the decision to take the politically-charged step, which effectively takes sides in the as-yet unresolved dispute between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. A number of customers contacted Arutz Sheva after carrging out their transactions in Israel through the company's Israeli branch, "Shlomo Sixt," only to find upon arriving in Europe that the company had erased...
  • Op-Ed: NATO Troops in "Palestine" Will Be Another Afghanistan

    08/13/2013 6:58:08 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/8/13 | Mark Langfan
    Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu accidentally let the "cat out of the bag" when he said two months ago that, “The crumbling of the UN force on the Golan Heights underscores the fact that Israel cannot depend on international forces for its security. They can be part of the arrangements. They cannot be the basic foundation of Israel’s security.” Netanyahu's lawyer-like parsing of the words "cannot depend," "basic foundation," and "can be part of" cannot hide the fact that the words "can be part of" really only mean US troops will almost certainly "be part of" any "peace" deal in Judea...
  • Report: Israel Bombs Another Syrian Weapons Convoy

    07/28/2013 12:02:03 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/7/13 | Gil Ronen
    Israeli air force jets bombed trucks carrying Syrian missiles bound for Hizbullah's warehouses in Lebanon, according to Syrian opposition sources. The sources, were cited Sunday by Voice of Israel radio's Arabic-language service, which was quoted by i24 News. The Friday night bombing reportedly targeted a Syrian military base near the town of Quneitra, not far from the Golan Heights cease-fire line. This was the fifth known Israeli attack this year on Syrian weapons bound for Hizbullah. Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad reportedly wants to send the weapons to Hizbullah for safekeeping, out of fears they will fall into the hands of...
  • Catherine Ashton, EU; Right Hand Enablers of Islamic Imperialism

    07/23/2013 7:43:08 PM PDT · by Amerisraelhere · 3 replies
    Catherine Ashton: The EU's anti-Israel moonbat Islamist appeaser.From INN:EU's Ashton adds to 'settlement discrimination'Key excerpts:["EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is pushing for comprehensive guidelines to introduce separate labeling for products made by Jews in Judea and Samaria,  Israeli-daily Haaretz reported on Tuesday.According to the report. Ashton sent a letter to European commissioners urging them to draft the guidelines by the end of 2013.The EU last week published guidelines that forbid the 28 members of the bloc from funding or dealing with Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, alleging that the areas are “illegally...
  • EU's Ashton Adds to 'Settlement' Discrimination EU foreign policy chief pushes introduction

    07/23/2013 4:19:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 7/23/13 | Rina Tzvi
    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is pushing for comprehensive guidelines to introduce separate labeling for products made by Jews in Judea and Samaria, Israeli-daily Haaretz reported on Tuesday. According to the report. Ashton sent a letter to European commissioners urging them to draft the guidelines by the end of 2013. The EU last week published guidelines that forbid the 28 members of the bloc from funding or dealing with Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, alleging that the areas are “illegally occupied.”
  • 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,...
  • Officials: Obama Team ‘Trying To Rein In’ Kerry After Issuing Several Pledges To Allies, Rivals

    06/23/2013 2:24:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    In four months as secretary of state, John Kerry has certainly promised great things. Now he has to deliver. In the Middle East, he has raised hopes his solo diplomatic effort can produce a historic breakthrough ending six decades of Arab-Israeli conflict.(continued)
  • White House “trying to rein in” John Kerry?

    06/24/2013 2:37:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/24/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Are the one-man diplomatic stylings of newly-appointed Secretary of State John Kerry perhaps getting a little too grandiose, even for the White House’s liking? So reports the Associated Press, and it is certainly true that, in just the first four months of his tenure, John Kerry has made for himself a schedule that keeps him all kinds of busy traveling hither and yon. Kerry’s long-term ambitions for the top job at State were hardly ever a secret, and it sounds like he might be taking himself just a bit too seriously in some White House officials’ estimation: Since succeeding Hillary...
  • WikiLeaked: John Kerry calls for Israel to cede Golan Heights and East Jerusalem

    11/29/2010 2:51:37 PM PST · by ncfool · 35 replies
    foreignpolicy.com ^ | Monday, November 29, 2010 | Josh Rogin
    On a February trip to the Middle East, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry (D-MA) told Qatari leaders that the Golan Heights should be returned to Syria, that a Palestinian capital should be established in East Jerusalem as part of the Arab-Israeli peace process, and that he was "shocked" by what he saw on a visit to Gaza. Kerry discussed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in a visit to Qatar during separate meetings with Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani and the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa, as revealed by the disclosure of diplomatic cables by the website...
  • Syrian forces training to storm Israel's border

    06/17/2013 5:48:38 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 21 replies
    WND ^ | 6/16/2013 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – Thousands of Syrians are currently training in Iran to serve as a force ready to storm Israel’s northern Golan Heights, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials. The officials said between 3,000 and 5,000 Syrian men were being trained in the event Syrian President Bashar al-Assad decides to open a front against the Golan Heights, which borders Syria. The training is being overseen by the Al Quds Force, the elite unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard responsible for the country’s extraterritorial operations, the sources said.
  • 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...
  • Putin Acts to Override Israeli, UN Objections to Russian Troops on the Golan

    06/09/2013 11:18:23 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 11 replies
    The Kremlin pointedly disclosed Saturday, June 8, that President Vladimir Putin had talked by phone to Binyamin Netanyahu Friday on the Syrian question. It was their third conversation in a month. In his first call on May 6, Putin administered a dressing down to Netanyahu who was visiting Shanghai on Israel's air strike against Damascus the day before. On June 14th, the prime minister flew to Sochi for an abortive attempt to dissuade the Russian president from consigning advanced S-300 missiles to the Syrian army. There was no comment from Jerusalem on this latest conversation. However, the frequent communications between...
  • 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.
  • US: Syria Does Not Have Advanced Missiles Yet

    05/30/2013 3:14:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 36 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/5/13
    Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has not received advanced surface-to-air missiles despite reports to the contrary, according to Fox News, which cited two senior United States officials "privy to sensitive intelligence matters" on Thursday.... .....
  • Thank you, Hafez al-Assad

    05/24/2013 2:14:29 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 4 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 5/24/2013 | Carolyne B. Glick
    The threats emanating from Syria have become downright frightening. For the past several days, Homeland Security Minister Gilad Erdan has been warning repeatedly that it is certain that Israeli population centers will be hit by Syrian ballistic missiles and that we have to be prepared for the worst case scenarios, including Scud missile launched chemical weapons attacks on Israel's metropolitan centers. Wednesday, Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel spelled out Israel's concerns from a military perspective. The chance of war breaking out at any time is extremely high. Syria has a massive arsenal that includes advanced anti-aircraft missiles, anti-ship...
  • 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...
  • Syria, Israel exchange fire on Golan Heights

    05/21/2013 9:33:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Reuters) ^ | Tue May 21, 2013 12:09pm EDT | Reuters)
    ... Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz, said the Israeli army vehicle had been patrolling on the Israeli side of a border fence when it came under repeated fire. "They fire on it once. They fire on it twice. They fire on it a third time, from a clear Syrian position," he said in a speech. "One time, okay. Two times, okay. Three times, too many. The position was destroyed."
  • NZ peacekeeper abducted in Golan Heights

    05/16/2013 10:42:30 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    3 News (New Zealand) ^ | Wed, 15 May 2013 8:25p.m.
    A New Zealand Defence Force peacekeeper has been released after a five-hour abduction in a contentious Israeli border area. The army officer, one of eight New Zealanders serving as a United Nations military observer, was abducted from an observation post on the Golan Heights, on the border between Israel and Syria.
  • 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...
  • Pathetic… Obama Blames Bush for His Inaction on Syria (Video)

    05/07/2013 3:29:36 PM PDT · by blueyon · 20 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 04/07/2013 | Jim Hoft
    Pathetic. Last year Barack Obama repeatedly warned that chemical weapons use by the Syrian regime against its own people would be a “game changer.” But since evidence was found that the Assad regime used chemical weapons so far Obama has not acted. Today he blamed Bush for his inaction. “We have evidence that there has been the use of chemical weapons inside Syria. But, I don’t make decisions based on ‘perceived.’ And, I can’t organize coalitions around ‘perceived.’ We tried that in the past, by the way, and it didn’t work out well.” It’s Bush’s fault.
  • Israel Sets Up Field Hospital for Syrians

    04/05/2013 3:48:37 PM PDT · by xzins · 9 replies
    BCN ^ | Apr 3, 2013 | News Staff
    Wounded Syrians are being treated by a large field hospital in the northern Golan Heights. (Israel)—Israel has reportedly established a large field hospital in the northern Golan Heights to treat Syrian's wounded in their country's ongoing civil war. Israeli field hospital In recent weeks, 11 Syrians have crossed into Israel after being wounded in fierce gun battles between rebels and those forces still loyal to dictator Bashar Assad. (Photo: Israel Today) Until now, the wounded have all been taken to Ziv Hospital in the northern town of Safed. Eight have been successfully treated and returned to Syria, while three remain...
  • Syrian Jihadist Rebels Seize Jordan-Israeli Buffer Zone

    03/24/2013 8:29:50 AM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 3/24/2013, 2:30 PM | Chana Ya'ar
    Syrian rebel forces have seized a 25-kilometer (15 mile) buffer zone stretching from the Jordanian border to the Golan Heights. According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights watchdog agency, “Fighters loyal to Al Nusra Front, Al Yarmuk Brigade, Al Mutaz Billah Brigade and others took control of Al Rai military checkpoint” east of Sahem al-Golan, in the Dara'a province. snip The rebel forces referred to in the statement are part of the radical jihadist group known as the Islamic Front for the Liberation of Syria, which despises what it considers the rival Western-backed Syrian National Council, the larger...
  • Obama's Middle East Map Erases Israeli Territory:

    03/18/2013 7:45:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/18/13 | staff
    The map of the Middle East displayed in an Obama administration video released days before President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel shows the Jewish state dispossessed of substantial parts of its current territory, including its capital. The map of Israel, displayed repeatedly during the video, shows the Golan Heights, Jerusalem, northern Israel, and areas surrounding what is currently the West Bank as non-Israeli territory. The Golan Heights is shown as part of Syria; Jerusalem is shown as part of the West Bank; and northern Israel is shown as part of Lebanon. The itinerary on the White House website also implies...
  • 'Israel Paid Syria $100 Million for Golan,' says Sadat Aide

    11/14/2011 6:11:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 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 · 20 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...
  • Syria bombing prevents UN rescue (of UN peacekeepers held hostage)

    03/08/2013 10:09:32 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 08 Mar 2013 17:54
    A UN convoy sent to Syria to retrieve 21 Filipino peacekeepers seized by fighters has been prevented from carrying out the mission due to the Syrian army's continued bombardment of the town where the hostages were held, a rebel spokesman has said. Abu Essam Taseel, a representative of the Yarmouk Brigade, said on Friday that the convoy reached the village of Nafea, about a kilometre east of Jamla, where the peacekeepers were detained, but was unable to venture futher because of the government's attacks. Meanwhile, Herve Ladsous, the UN peacekeeping chief, said he hoped a brief ceasefire could be reached...
  • Syrian Rebels Abduct 20 U.N. Soldiers in the Golan Heights

    03/06/2013 12:25:24 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 6, 2013 | By RICK GLADSTONE and ALAN COWELL
    Syria’s civil war entangled the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the disputed Golan Heights area between Syria and Israel on Wednesday, when 30 armed fighters for the insurgency detained a group of 20 peacekeepers investigating a damaged observation post, the United Nations said. It was the first time that members of the Golan peacekeeping mission, officially known as the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, had been detained by any of the combatants in the Syrian conflict, although the Golan region has been periodically affected by armed clashes and occasional artillery or mortar bombardments that have become a source of concern...
  • Syrian Rebels Kidnap 20 UN Peacekeepers

    03/06/2013 12:10:24 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 47 replies
    The UN has confirmed that 20 peacekeepers have been captured near the Golan heights by armed Syrian rebel fighters who call themselves the "Martyrs of Yarmouk" brigade. "The UN observers were on a regular supply mission and were stopped near Observation Post 58, which had sustained damage and was evacuated this past weekend following heavy combat in close proximity, at Al Jamlah," the United Nations said in a statement. The UN has since sent a team in to assist with the resolving the situation. The brigade seized the soldiers who were stationed in the buffer zone between Israel and Syria...
  • UN: About 20 Golan Heights peacekeepers captured by Syrian rebels

    03/06/2013 11:17:44 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 12 replies
    NBC news ^ | Kari Huus
    Syrian rebels are holding hostage a convoy of United Nations peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, and have vowed to detain them until President Bashar Assad withdraws his forces from a Syrian village that has suffered heavy fighting. The U.N. on Wednesday confirmed that about 20 of its peacekeepers were being held by about 30 armed fighters in the Golan Heights, where the forces are charged with monitoring a cease-fire line between Syria and Israel. The capture, first announced in a rebel video posted on the Internet, was condemned by the U.N. Security Council, which demanded their immediate release. The U.N....
  • Vanity: Former Navy Seal Claims Syrian Rebels Taking Villages Along The Gaza Strip.

    11/14/2012 1:58:34 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 23 replies
    From Former Navy Seal Benjamin Smith "THERE IS SOMETHING GOING ON IN JORDAN, ISREAL AND SYRIA...... If you heard something, Say Something. On the Jodanian border and Gaza Strip I heard that rebels from Syria took a couple villiges and there is IDF trying to secure them..... Its on their borders.... Where is the news? If you know anything ...Say it, so the rest of us can piece it together as well. Its Important that we do."
  • 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...
  • Three Syrian tanks enter Golan Heights buffer zone

    11/03/2012 10:37:49 AM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/3/2012 | Yaakov Lappin
    Three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarized zone on the Golan Heights on Saturday afternoon. The IDF was waiting for the United Nations' Disengagement Force on the Golan Heights to oversee the withdrawal of the tanks. Related: The tanks, which were involved in heavy clashes with Syrian rebels, encroached the decades-old ceasefire agreement between Jerusalem and Damascus. The vehicles entered Beit Ajam, which is close to an IDF position on the border. Earlier on Saturday, local residents near the Syrian border reported hearing heavy exchanges of fire between the Syrian army and rebels. Israel lodged a complaint with the United Nations...
  • Israeli Druze Ask for Safe Passage from Damascus

    07/23/2012 12:29:59 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    CBN News | Monday, July 23, 2012
    Israeli Druze Ask for Safe Passage from Damascus CBNNews.com Monday, July 23, 2012 JERUSALEM, Israel -- Families of Israeli Druze students studying in Damascus appealed to the International Red Cross to help their children leave the embattled Syrian capital and return to Israel. The students, who live in the Golan Heights, were in Damascus in connection with their courses, YNet reported. They were having trouble securing safe passage home through the Quneitra border crossing on the Golan Heights, which is monitored by the United Nations. "For the time being we cannot coordinate the students' return to Israel, but we will...
  • Ehud Barak: Israel Will Stop Any Flood of Syrian Refugees

    07/19/2012 9:13:04 PM PDT · by robowombat · 11 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 11:44 AM
    Israel will block any influx of Syrian refugees into the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Thursday as Syrian rebels pressed home a campaign to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. "They (refugees) have not chosen to come close to us, but in the event of the regime's downfall, which could happen..., (Israeli forces) here are alert and ready, and if we have to stop waves of refugees, we will stop them," Barak said while gazing across the frontier, fighting visible in the distance. An Israeli defence source noted that Barak, in his comments, spoke only about preventing a...
  • Dozens of casualties in shooting incident in Israeli-occupied Golan Heights - Israel radio

    05/15/2011 4:03:23 AM PDT · by library user · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 15, 2011 | Staff
    Just a headline so far. Things seem to be heating up again in Israel. Arabs Rioting in Jerusalem Area: http://bit.ly/j6FBpO
  • Wikileaks Cables Expose John Kerry as an Enemy of Peace in the Mideast

    11/30/2010 2:29:34 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Frontpagemag-Newsrealblog ^ | 11-30-2010 | Seth Mandel
    Wikileaks Cables Expose John Kerry as an Enemy of Peace in the Mideast 2010 November 30 by Seth Mandel When Barack Obama became president, he finally put one issue to rest: No, the Democratic Party is not pro-Israel. But the WikiLeaks revelations have now put in doubt another claim: that the Democrats want peace for Israel and her neighbors.The question is raised with regard to John Kerry, the Democrats’ previous standard-bearer. One of the leaked diplomatic cables divulges that in a meeting with the emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa, Kerry “added that Netanyahu also needs to compromise and work...
  • Indian president backs Syria's claim on Golan

    11/27/2010 4:21:15 PM PST · by antidemoncrat · 23 replies
    ynetnews.com ^ | 11/27/2010
    Indian President Pratibha Patil said Saturday that she supports Syria's demand for Israel's withdrawal from the Golan Heights.
  • Caroline Glick: We Are Not for Sale

    11/08/2010 5:58:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2010 | Caroline Glick
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is playing with fire. And Israel is getting burned. Over the past week, it has been widely reported that the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government are conducting secret negotiations regarding future Israeli land surrenders to the Palestinians in the Jordan Valley and Jerusalem. According to the reports, the Obama administration has presented Netanyahu with a plan whereby Israel will cede its rights to eastern Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley to the Palestinians and then lease the areas from the Palestinians for a limited period. The reports on the length of the lease vary. Some claim...
  • Report: Israel Plans to Strike in Syria

    08/29/2010 4:28:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    inn ^ | 8/29/10 | Elad Benari
    The Alrai daily newspaper in Kuwait reported on Saturday that Israel is planning to attack Hizbullah weapons storage and production facilities in Syria. According to unnamed Western sources who were quoted in the report, the IDF has strengthened its troop presence in the Golan Heights and Galilee panhandle. European sources told the paper that Israel had sent unmanned aerial vehicles over Syria and Lebanon, which they see as a sign that a military operation in the area is in the works. In September of 2007, Israel attacked and destroyed a nuclear reactor in Syria. The site of the bombing was...
  • Wooing Damascus to isolate Teheran

    02/05/2010 10:07:47 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 276+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/05/2010 | Yaakov Katz
    The IDF’s deployment along the Golan Heights did not change on Thursday, despite the escalation in rhetoric on both sides of the Israeli-Syrian border. Relations between the countries took a turn for the worse on Monday, when Defense Minister Ehud Barak told a gathering of senior IDF officers that in the absence of a peace deal with Syria, Israel could find itself at war with its neighbor to the north. The war, he said, would be pointless since its conclusion would likely be followed by immediate peace talks that would focus on the same issues that are currently separating the...
  • Defensible Borders on the Golan Heights

    04/11/2009 11:06:03 PM PDT · by jerusalemjudy · 6 replies · 454+ views
    The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ^ | April 8, 2009 | Gen. 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....
  • Olmert in last ditch effort to meet (most) Palestinian demands

    08/12/2008 9:18:18 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 1 replies · 146+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 8-12-08 | Ryan Jones
    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has offered the Palestinian Authority a preliminary final status peace agreement that would see Israel surrender 93 percent of Judea and Samaria. Ha’aretz learned that Olmert presented the deal when he met last week with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, and is still waiting on a reply from the Palestinian side. The offer also includes surrendering a small area of Israel’s Negev desert to the Palestinians to make up for the 7 percent of the so-called “West Bank” where large Jewish towns today exist that Israel would retain.
  • Utopian peace junkies

    05/26/2008 4:40:57 PM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies · 85+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5-26-08 | CAROLINE GLICK
    Arguments against an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights are so self-evident that they simply fly off your tongue. But that doesn't mean that it is unnecessary to make them. This is especially the case when supposedly serious people like former IDF chief of general staff Lt. Gen. (ret.) Dan Halutz - co-architect of the strategic disaster which was the Second Lebanon War - advocate withdrawal in exchange for "peace." So here goes. Since the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the Golan Heights has been Israel's quietest, most stable border. This is largely the case because the Syrians know that from...
  • US to let Syria put Golan on agenda

    11/21/2007 4:04:22 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 75 replies · 663+ views
    jpost.com ^ | Nov 22, 2007 1:06 | Updated Nov 22, 2007 1:43 | By HERB KEINON
    Reversing the earlier-held American position that the Annapolis conference will deal exclusively with the Israeli-Palestinian issue, the US has sent out clear signals in recent days that if Syria wants, it can raise the Golan Heights issue at the meeting. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters Wednesday that other disputed issues could be raised at Annapolis, including the Golan Heights. Indeed, one of the three sessions to be held at the conference's plenary session on Tuesday will deal with "comprehensive peace." Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Welch said at a press briefing in Washington on Tuesday...
  • [Fred Thompson White Paper:]Israel

    11/10/2007 9:26:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 878+ views
    Fred08 ^ | November 10, 2007 | Fred Thompson & Staff
    The United States is committed to the security of Israel and the safety of the Israeli people. The historical, familial and cultural ties of our peoples are the basis of this commitment. It is strengthened by the shared values and shared interests of our nations. Our mutual goal is an economically and militarily strong Israel at peace with its neighbors. We must exercise our traditional leadership role in the region and continue our longstanding support to Israel to achieve this vision. Key Issues Security Cooperation. Security assistance to Israel is a key pillar of U.S. foreign policy and provides a...
  • ARAB RACISM - Syria's Oppression of the Druze

    10/28/2007 11:28:34 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 70+ views
    Druze Victims of Syria's oppressionBackground on the 'Druze'http://www.zionism-israel.com/dic/Druze.htmSyria: The ruling Alawis (branch of Shia Islam) are all involved in the tyrannical administration, with nepotism and tribalism being overwhelming; yet, the Alawis represent about 16% of the country’s population. The oppressed groups include Aramaeans (belonging to various Christian denominations) 12%, Sunni Kurds 12%,, Sunni Circassians 3%, Druze Neo-Phoenicians 3%, Armenians 2%, Turkic peoples 2%, and Sunni Arabic speaking people 50%. http://www.buzzle.com/articles/who-does-not-want-turkey-in-iraq.html The Syrian regime does not permit its Druze citizens to visit their relatives and friendshttp://www.amislam.com/kuwait.htm SyriaComment.com: "The Jews of Syria," By Robert TuttleAs part of the minority Alawi sect, Hafez...