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  • Israel Reportedly Strikes Syria; Assad Regime Responds With Anti-Aircraft Missiles

    11/01/2017 4:41:57 PM PDT · by Spiridon · 84 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 11/01/2017 | Jack Khoury
    Israeli forces struck targets near the Lebanon-Syria border on Wednesday, foreign media reported. The Al-Mayadeen channel, closely associated with the Assad regime, reported the attack targeted a security facility in an industrial zone in a Homs suburb. They also reported Syrian forces responded with surface-to-air missiles. The Lebanese Anshara website reported huge explosions near the villages of al-Eyn-al-Jedida, located in the eastern mountain range on the Lebanon-Syria border. Local residents reported Israeli jets circling the area prior to the explosion......
  • A century on, charge of the Australian light cavalry remembered in Israel

    11/01/2017 5:55:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-31-17 | Rami Amichay
    BEERSHEBA, Israel (Reuters) - An “Australian light horse brigade” of history enthusiasts rode through the Israeli desert town of Beersheba on Tuesday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a World War One cavalry charge that helped reshape the Middle East. The victory by the Australia and New Zealand Corps (ANZAC) in the Battle of Beersheba, a biblical town in what was Ottoman Palestine in 1917, broke a strategic Turkish defense line and led to the conquest of the Holy Land by British imperial forces. Dozens of history buffs, including descendents of the soldiers of the 4th Brigade of the Australian...
  • Tensions High as Israel Destroys Palestinian Terror Tunnel

    10/31/2017 7:51:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 10/31/2017 | Ari Lieberman
    At least seven Palestinian terrorists were killed and 12 injured hours ago after the Israeli Army discovered a terror tunnel that extended from Gaza into Israeli territory. According to Israel’s Channel 2, eleven terrorists were killed. Most of the terrorists belonged to the Islamic Jihad group but some were affiliated with Hamas. According to Palestinian sources, the tunnel was destroyed with an airstrike. Israeli sources, which are generally more reliable, claim that it was destroyed with a controlled explosion. Israel’s combat engineering units train incessantly for such scenarios and have played a key role in detecting and destroying terror tunnels....
  • Israel refuses to support Spain against Catalan independence

    10/31/2017 1:14:14 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/10/17 | Tal Polon
    Breaking with the stance of other Western countries, Israel decided on Monday not to express an official opinion on the issue of Catalan independence in the meantime, NRG reported. According to the report, Spain asked Israel over the weekend to publicly declare that it does not support Catalan independence, as part of Spain’s efforts to garner international consensus on the matter. Israel’s ambivalence is a departure from the opposition to Catalan independence declared by the EU and US. On Friday, US State Dept. spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement that “Catalonia is an integral part of Spain, and the...
  • Under US pressure, Israel delays move to expand Jerusalem

    10/29/2017 11:35:28 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-29-17 | TIA GOLDENBERG
    JERUSALEM – Under pressure from the United States, Israel has delayed a bill that would connect a number of West Bank settlements to Jerusalem, officials said Sunday. The bill aims to solidify the city's Jewish majority, but stops short of formal annexation, making the practical implications unclear. The bill says the communities would be considered "daughter municipalities" of Jerusalem. Israel's hard-line government has been emboldened by the Trump administration's more sympathetic approach to Israel and its settlement enterprise than that of President Barack Obama, and the draft bill is part of a series of pro-settler steps the government has taken...
  • Eden Rocks Israel

    10/29/2017 8:22:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | October 29, 2017 | Jonathan Feldstein
    Even if itÂ’s only the sum of all the times I have watched it, this video is going viral. Watch it for yourself and I dare you not to want to watch it again. HereÂ’s a link to an edited version of the original broadcast in Hebrew, with subtitles.But the reasons itÂ’s going viral are far more than just because this young woman has an incredible voice. We are accustomed to TV reality shows where regular people perform in front of judges to play out a dream to win a competition, if not to launch a career. We are accustomed...
  • Did a Russian Missile Really Hit an Israeli F-35?

    Or is this just fake news? Did a Russian Missile Really Hit an Israeli F-35? Did a Russian anti-aircraft missile hit one of Israel’s new F-35 stealth fighters? Pro-Russian media are claiming that an Israeli F-35I was hit and damaged by a Russian-made S-200 surface-to-air missile during an Israeli air strike in Syria earlier this month. Israel says one of its F-35s was damaged—after colliding with a bird. The story begins on October 16, when Israel announced that its aircraft had struck a Syrian SAM battery near Damascus that had fired two hours earlier on Israeli reconnaissance planes flying over...
  • Building the Ayatollah’s Submarines (Mini-subs and other diesel hunter-killers show Iran's focus..)

    10/26/2017 7:18:58 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The National Interest ^ | October 26, 2017 | Sebastien Roblin
    The Iranian military has long planned for a defensive naval war in the Persian Gulf, in which it would leverage its large fleet of fast attack boats toting anti-ship missiles to launch swarming hit-and-run attacks on adversaries in along Persian Gulf, with the ultimate goal of shutting down passage through the Straits of Hormuz. Supporting this naval guerrilla-warfare strategy are 21 indigenously produced Ghadir-class mini submarines, derived from the North Korean Yono class. The 120-ton vessels can poke around at 11 knots and each carry two 533-millimeter torpedoes. All in all, shallow littoral waters are very favorable for mini-submarine operations,...
  • Why Are Hebron Apartments a Big Deal to the New York Times?

    10/26/2017 12:34:29 PM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | October 20, 2017 | Jerold Auerbach
    In a six-column article, The New York Times (on Oct. 17) reported on Israeli plans to implement “a significant expansion” of settlements in the “occupied West Bank.” In a familiar refrain it noted that “most of the world” — including, to be sure, the Times — considers settlements “a violation of international law.” Receiving special attention was the planned inclusion of new apartments “in the volatile city of Hebron” — indeed, “in the heart” of that “contested and volatile city.” Hebron has been embedded in Jewish texts and memory ever since the biblical narrative described Abraham’s purchase of the Cave...
  • Protect American business from blackmail – Congress, pass the Israel Anti-Boycott Act

    10/26/2017 12:30:08 PM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-24-17 | Anne Bayefsky
    The Human Rights Council is the U.N.’s top human rights body. The menacing letter neglects to mention the human rights credentials of the 35 Council members that passed the resolution back in 2016 – states like Algeria, Bolivia, Burundi, China, Cuba, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela. More specifically, the Council resolution calls for the production of a “database” of businesses that “directly or indirectly” are connected to Israeli settlements. In effect, the “database” is a blacklist. High Commissioner Zeid has said he intends to release the database/blacklist by the end of this year. The letter Zeid...
  • South Florida Muslim Leader Sofian Zakkout’s David Duke Day

    10/26/2017 7:23:55 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | October 26, 2017 | Joe Kaufman
    Zakkout promotes anti-Semitism and white supremacy on social media. David Duke, the white supremacist icon and former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, has been denounced by many as a hatemonger, and rightfully so. However, one individual who represents the Muslim community of South Florida, Sofian Zakkout, is enamored with Duke and has been promoting Duke’s bigoted work for many years. Last month, once again, Zakkout chose to showcase this work by posting four consecutive Duke videos on his (Zakkout’s) personal Facebook page. The postings can be rivaled only by Zakkout’s own documented bigotry. Sofian Abdelaziz Zakkout is the...
  • UN High Commissioner announces 'blacklist' of Israeli companies

    10/26/2017 12:32:34 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/10/17 | Tal Polon
    In recent weeks, some 130 Israeli companies and another 60 international corporations have received letters from the current UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Jordan’s Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, warning them that they are being “blacklisted” for “acting contrary to international law and UN decisions." According to Yediot Aharonot, the list in question includes well-known Israeli companies spanning different sectors, from food to services, pharmaceuticals to hi-tech. All of them, however, have one thing in common: They operate in Judea and Samaria, eastern Jerusalem, or the Jordan Valley. Yediot Aharonot reported that the companies are currently considering taking...
  • Vice President Pence to visit Israel and Egypt in December

    10/25/2017 6:32:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/25/17 | Ken Thomas
    Vice President Mike Pence announced Wednesday that he will travel to Israel and Egypt in late December at President Donald Trump's request. Pence made the announcement in Washington in keynote remarks at In Defense of Christians' annual solidarity dinner for Christians in the Middle East. He said he'll deliver a message during the trip that now is the time to "end the persecution of Christians and all religious minorities."
  • The Balfour Declaration Promised Lebanon and Jordan to the Jews, Too

    10/25/2017 11:23:26 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Ha'aertz ^ | Oct 25, 2017 | Benjamin Pogrund
    As the First World War raged, the imperial powers raced to recognize Jewish self-determination. France put out its pro-Zionist statement five months before Balfour, while Britain worried that enemy Germany would also pre-empt it The story of the Balfour Declaration is well-known: On 2 November 1917, in the midst of World War I, Britain's Foreign Secretary, Lord Balfour, signed a letter promising Jews a "national home" in Palestine. That short letter is now celebrated by Jews and mourned by Arabs. Little-known, but recorded in scholarly books (notably by Benny Morris, in "Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-1999")...
  • Breaking barriers, Arab-Israeli women join movement to 'wage peace'

    10/24/2017 1:50:56 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 5 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 24, 2017 | Dina Kraft - Correspondent
    PATH TO PEACE   Frustrated with the peace process, more Arab-Israeli women are joining the ranks of Women Wage Pace, rejecting pressure not to 'normalize' relations with Israeli Jews. 'We want, in our own way, to make peace,' says one member. AKKO, ISRAEL—Sitting in the corner of a café in this compact Mediterranean port that is home to both Jews and Arabs, Ghadir Hani describes her frustration with the inertia of Israeli and Palestinian political leaders that led her to become a peace activist. Nearby, against a backdrop of minarets and stone walls, fishing boats bob in Akko’s ancient harbor,...
  • Is Uranium One the Final Nail in Israel's Coffin?

    10/23/2017 8:31:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/23/2017 | Pat Patterson
    The awful possibility that Israel could end-up on the receiving end of nuclear bombs manufactured from American ore starts with the obvious sympathies Barack Obama has had for Iran. A simple review of the Iranians he surrounded himself with (think Valerie Jarrett), and the numerous meetings at the White House with members of the Muslim Brotherhood and you get the picture. Add Hillary's right hand aide, Huma Abidin, whose family was intimately involved with the Brotherhood, and you see even more proof. Although I suspect Clinton was always more for the money than any religious bent. Obama hated Israel. From...
  • NYT isn’t really Der Sturmer, but…

    10/23/2017 6:49:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 10/22/17 22:59 | Jack Engelhard
    Charles Blow writes a regular column for The New York Times. Julius Streicher wrote a regular column for Der Sturmer. Therefore, Charles Blow is Julius Streicher. Are you following this logic? Neither am I. But it is the rationale that Charles Blow uses to argue that Trump is Hitler. I am not kidding…and Blow is his real name…and truly he does write op-eds for The New York Times…and The New York Times is indeed Der Sturmer, a proposition we’ll get to in a moment. We’ll get to it once we follow Blow’s stream of thought, and how he manages to...
  • Hamas to Trump: We want to wipe out Israel, not recognize it

    10/23/2017 6:36:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 10/20/17 08:03 | David Rosenberg
    A senior Hamas leader denounced demands by the Trump administration that the terror group be disarmed, and that its leadership must recognize the State of Israel following the reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. Last week, Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization-led Palestinian Authority inked a “final” reconciliation agreement, forming a united government for the first time in a decade. Following the signing of the agreement, Israel announced it would not negotiate with the Hamas-PLO unity government. On Wednesday, President Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, demanded that in light of Hamas’ new position in...
  • The Three Bullets of Francesca Mann

    10/23/2017 6:29:45 AM PDT · by WWII_Historian · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 23, 2017 | Gary Gindler
    On October 23, 1943, the next train with the Jews – about 1,700 people -- arrived at the death camp (Konzentrationslager) Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Unlike all other trains arriving at Auschwitz, it was a real passenger train, not a cattle train. Also, none of their arriving Jews wore the yellow Star of David on their clothes. Arriving Jews were greeted warmly by the “representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Third Reich” Franz Hössler, who announced that this is their last stop before crossing the border with Switzerland, from where they would travel to different countries of South America....
  • Jordan's king endorses Palestinian reconciliation deal

    10/22/2017 10:41:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 22, 2017 1:36 PM EDT
    Jordan’s king on Sunday endorsed a fledgling Palestinian reconciliation agreement that is meant to end a decade-old political and ideological split between rivals Hamas and Fatah. King Abdullah II expressed support for the Egyptian-brokered deal after meeting Sunday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who heads Fatah. The Islamic militant Hamas seized the Gaza Strip in 2007, leaving Abbas with autonomous enclaves in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The palace said that the king “affirmed Jordan’s full support for this agreement”, which it said would strengthen Palestinian unity. Jordan, which considers itself a key Mideast mediator, was not directly involved in reconciliation...