21 mai 2013

Gantz: Assad will pay if he deteriorates situation in Golan

         IDF chief sends clear message to Syria: "If Assad destabilizes the Golan Heights, he will pay a heavy price." Speaking at the Institute for National Security Studies at Haifa University on Tuesday, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz claimed that Syrian President Bashar Assad was "encouraging the aggression against Israel taking place in the Golan Heights." Gantz's comments came hours after Syria claimed that it had destroyed an IDF jeep which crossed into its territory. Gantz... [Lire la suite]
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21 mai 2013

IDF to launch nationwide drill as officials ramp up war rhetoric

        "There is no longer a question whether missiles will be launched at Israel's major population centers, only when it would happen," Home Front Defense Minister Gilad Erdan said Tuesday ahead of a nationwide drill. The civil war raging in Syria and ominous Israeli promises to prevent advanced weapons from landing in the hands of terrorist organizations are only part of the background for the annual national emergency exercise set to be held next week. The drill, held jointly by the IDF Home... [Lire la suite]
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20 mai 2013

Israel to bid for UN Security Council seat despite German counter-bid

‏           Israel will go ahead with its candidacy for a seat on the UN Security Council in 2019 despite Germany's determination to run against it. Both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni brought up in separate meetings on Friday with visiting German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle the announcement by Berlin that it will seek a seat on the council in 2019, badly weakening Israel's chances to win a first-ever seat on the Security Council.... [Lire la suite]
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20 mai 2013

Yair Lapid: Israel should aim for interim deal with Palestinians

‏           Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid says that reaching a final peace agreement with the Palestinians is unrealistic at the current time and the sides should instead pursue an interim arrangement. Lapid's assessment, delivered in a published interview Sunday just days before the arrival of US Secretary of State John Kerry, throws a contentious idea into the mix as the US searches for ways to restart peace talks‏ It remains unclear whether the idea of a temporary arrangement will be... [Lire la suite]
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20 mai 2013

Israeli committee: Al-Dura alive at end of video

        Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a government report Saturday, presenting the findings of a special governmental inquiry committee into the death of Muhammad al-Dura during the al-Aqsa Intifada. The report focuses on the controversial September 2000 France 2 broadcast – in which the boy is seen hiding behind his father while the two were under IDF gunfire – and conclude that al-Dura was still alive at the end of the video. According to the committee findings, in contrary to what had... [Lire la suite]
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20 mai 2013

The Lebanon-Syria-Iran axis

            The instability rocking Syria has caused three critical security arenas – Lebanon, Syria and Iran – to become more closely intertwined than ever before. As has been widely reported, Hezbollah, acting on Iranian orders, has mobilized a significant portion of its fighting force to Syria to help secure a turnaround for the regime of President Bashar Assad. Bolstered by highly trained Hezbollah fighters and Iranian support, Assad’s army has of late been making gains... [Lire la suite]
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19 mai 2013

Israel/Syria

           Prime Minister Binyamin Netanayhu says Israel is acting to prevent Syrian weapons reaching Lebanon's Hezbollah and will continue to do so. Speaking at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said the Middle East is going through its most sensitive period for decades, with the conflict in Syria at the center of the turmoil. "We are closely following developments and changes there, and we are prepared for any scenario," he said. He added, "the government of Israel... [Lire la suite]
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11 mai 2013

Israeli officials believe no Syrian retaliation imminent

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened the cabinet ministers on Sunday afternoon for an update regarding the rising tension to the north of Israel, following an alleged Israeli Air Force strike in Damascus on Sunday morning. After the meeting, one senior official told Ynet: "We have no wish to escalate the current situation. We estimate that the Syrians will not retaliate, and we're now waiting to see what happens. "Israeli policy will remain as it was. We'll act according to the need and the red lines set in place," he said.... [Lire la suite]
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11 mai 2013

EU's Ashton 'disturbed'

           EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said Friday she is worried about mounting tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank after Israel sent conflicting messages regarding settlement activity. "The High Representative is concerned by developments over the past week in East Jerusalem and the West Bank which have increased tensions on the ground and risk undermining current efforts to re-launch peace talks," her office in Brussels said in a statement. "It is important that... [Lire la suite]
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10 mai 2013

Turkish FM says tests found chemical weapons traces on Syrian refugees

         Tests on Syrian war casualties arriving in Turkey indicate chemical weapons have been used by Syrian forces, and further tests are being carried out to verify the evidence, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday. "We have been making tests and we have some indications regarding chemical weapons being used, but in order to make sure and verify we are continuing these tests and will be sharing these tests with UN agencies," he said in Amman. Turkey confirmed last week that it had... [Lire la suite]
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