03 février 2013

Chief of staff to meet with General Dempsey, official senior officials as part of 5-day visit to US

        In the backdrop of heightened tensions on the northern border IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz embarked on a five-day visit to the United States as the guest of his US counterpart, General Martin Dempsey. A statement issued by the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said that the parties will discuss joint security challenges, the security status in the Middle East and military cooperation. According to Israeli defense officials, the visit is meant to discuss possible developments in the Syrian civil war... [Lire la suite]
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02 février 2013

Panetta: Hezbollah could get arms from Syrian 'chaos'

 "The chaos in Syria has obviously created an environment where the possibility of these weapons, you know, going across the border and falling into the hands of Hezbollah has become a greater concern," said Panetta, who is due to retire this month as Pentagon chief. The Israeli raid on Wednesday targeted surface-to-air missiles and an adjacent military complex believed to house chemical agents, according to a US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Syria has threatened to retaliate. Asked about the air strike, Panetta... [Lire la suite]
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01 février 2013

Hague says won't criticize Israel over Syria strike

         British Foreign Secretary William Hague commented on reports of an Israeli airstrike in Syria and stressed he will not condemn Jerusalem over the matter, the BBC reported Thursday. "I'm not going to give any condemnation of Israel or rush into any criticism," he said in an interview. "There may be many things about it that we don't know, or the Arab League or Russia don't know." The British secretary said that the real issue is Syria's civil war which has been raging in the country for... [Lire la suite]
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31 janvier 2013

US warns Syria not to transfer weapons to Hezbollah

          The White House on Thursday warned Syria not to transfer weapons to Hezbollah, as tensions mounted following reported Israeli raids on a military research center and a weapons convoy. "Syria should not further destabilize the region by transferring weaponry to Hezbollah," said Ben Rhodes, a US deputy national security advisor. The New York Times reported Thursday that Israel informed the US about the alleged attack on a convoy that was transporting SA-17 antiaircraft weapons to... [Lire la suite]
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31 janvier 2013

Syria: Israel attacked military research center

        Israeli warplanes attacked a military research center in Damascus province at dawn on Wednesday, Syria's military command said, denying reports that the planes had struck a convoy carrying weapons from Syria to Lebanon. Local residents and experts claim the target was a chemical weapons production center. Two people were killed and five wounded in the attack on the site in Jamraya, which Syria described as one of a number of "scientific research centers aimed at raising the level of... [Lire la suite]
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30 janvier 2013

News agency quotes US and regional security officials as saying Israel conducted airstrike inside Syria

       Israel conducted an airstrike inside Syria overnight near the border with Lebanon, hitting a convoy of trucks, US and regional officials said Wednesday. The regional officials said Israel had been planning in the days leading up to the airstrike to hit a shipment of weapons bound for Hezbollah in Lebanon. They said the shipment included sophisticated, Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles, which would be strategically "game-changing" in the hands of Hezbollah. A US official said the strike hit... [Lire la suite]
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30 janvier 2013

Israel agrees to transfer 100 million dollars in taxes collected for PA

     Israel has agreed to a one-time transfer of some 100 million dollars to the Palestinian Authority -- tax revenues it collected on its behalf last month -- because of economic hardship there. About two months ago, Israel froze the transfer of the tax moneys in response to the Palestinian appeal for a status upgrade at the United Nations.
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29 janvier 2013

Israel boycotts UN Human Rights Council review

            Israel on Tuesday became the first country to skip a United Nations review of its human rights record without giving a reason, and then won a precedent-setting deferral. The president of the UN's human rights council, a diplomat from Poland, declared Israel a no-show at the meeting in Geneva, and then reconvened the 47-nation council to decide what to do. The German ambassador called it "a rather unique step which has never happened in the past." The council... [Lire la suite]
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29 janvier 2013

IAF chief warns against complacency on Syria

     IAF Chief Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel warned Tuesday that Israel cannot remain complacent vis-à-vis the growing chaos is Syria and the alarming possibility that the regime's arsenal of nonconventional weapons may find its way to Hezbollah. Syrian President Bashar Assad is believed to control the world's largest cache of chemical weapons. Hezbollah began setting up bases near several known WMD storage facilities over the weekend. "Syria is undergoing tectonic changes. Given its massive arsenals, Israel may find itself... [Lire la suite]
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29 janvier 2013

PA asks international community to help release tax funds held by Israel

        The Palestinian Authority is seeking international help in pressing Israel to release tax funds it collects on its behalf. Israel has withheld the transfer of the moneys for the past two months, in response to the Palestinian appeal to upgrade its status at the United Nations. The Palestinian finance minister Nabil Kassis met in Ramallah yesterday with international Middle East Quartet envoy Tony Blair, and sought his intervention in the matter. Representatives from the Palestinian treasury... [Lire la suite]
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