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  • Jumblatt worried about Druze in Syria, security backlash in Lebanon

    06/29/2015 4:56:17 PM PDT · by BlackVeil
    Daily Star ^ | 9 June 2015 | Misbah al-Ali|
    Hezbollah’s recent steady military advances against Islamist militants on the rugged outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal have put MP Walid Jumblatt on edge for two reasons, sources close to the Progressive Socialist Party leader said. First, Jumblatt is worried that the Nusra Front or ISIS militants might carry out security operations or bombings inside Lebanese territory in response to Hezbollah’s military gains on Arsal’s outskirts. Second, Jumblatt also sees threats facing the fate of his fellow Druze in the Syrian province of Swaida, a stronghold of the Druze minority ....
  • What does the 'Facebook spy' reveal about Israel's hand in Syria war?

    06/29/2015 5:04:40 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 5 replies
    Ha-Aretz ^ | Mar. 31, 2015 | By Amos Harel
    An indictment filed last week in the Nazareth District Court against a resident of the town of Majdal Shams on the Golan Heights for espionage and assisting the enemy during wartime portrays Sudki Makat, a Druze supporter of the Assad regime in Syria, as the first Facebook spy caught in Israel..... claims in the indictment relate to things Makat posted on his Facebook page. The Israeli media also broadcast the recordings of interviews he gave from the Golan to Syrian television. The main claim against him in the indictment is that the information he posted — on the Internet and...
  • As minorities come under attack, Hezbollah portrays itself as their defender

    06/29/2015 4:38:01 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 19 June 2015 | By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    Hezbollah is seeking to depict a narrative in which it is protecting minorities such as Christians, Druse, and Alawites in the ongoing Middle Eastern sectarian conflict so as to conceal the ideological sectarian and revolutionary ambitions that it shares with Iran. Hezbollah, a Shi’ite organization, is presenting itself as the defender of the multi-ethnic Lebanese state and minorities against Sunni jihadists. For example, Hezbollah announced that it condemned last week’s killing of 20 Druse by al-Qaida’s Nusra Front in the village of Qalb ...
  • Palestine - European Union Risks “Jew-hater” Label

    06/24/2015 5:38:47 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/24/15 | David Singer
    The EU will indeed merit the "Jew-hater" tag - should its ill-considered and misconceived labelling action proceed. The European Union (EU) runs the risk of being labelled “Jew-hater” - should it proceed with its plans requiring supermarkets and other retailers to label products made by Jews in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) differently from those made by Jews in Israel. No matter what spin the EU uses to justify any such discriminatory labelling—the EU will be seen to be actively supporting the 2005 Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel—whose manifesto states:
  • Syrian Army Makes Major Gains Against the Islamic State Amid Setbacks in Aleppo

    06/20/2015 5:27:39 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    FP ^ | JUNE 16, 2015 | J. DANA STUSTER
    Thirty-four Syrians were killed, including 12 children, and more than 190 were injured during an attack of over 300 shells that bombarded government held neighborhoods in Aleppo on Monday. The Syrian rebels have been battling the Assad regime for control of Aleppo since 2012. The event on Monday marks one of the largest attacks on civilians by the Syrian rebel forces according to the British-based Observatory for Human Rights, which stated, “this indiscriminate attack on civilians in the city of Aleppo took place at the very time when [the Observatory for Human Rights] was in Damascus raising with the government...
  • Isis imposes fuel blockade on rebel-held northern Syria

    06/20/2015 5:11:53 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    Financial Times ^ | June 18, 2015 | Erika Solomon
    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is blocking oil sales to northern Syria, activists say, unleashing an economic weapon that could cause food shortages and hospital shutdowns, and may undermine the rebels’ fight against the jihadi force. The blockade also shows how heavily dependent even the group’s enemies are on the crude it produces, and how much influence that allows the jihadis to wield.
  • Syria Insurgents step up battle for Aleppo

    06/20/2015 4:49:44 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 20, 2015
    Aleppo suffers widespread damage as Syrian insurgents say they're stepping up a campaign to gain full control of the city.
  • US report finds Iran threat undiminished as nuke deal nears

    06/19/2015 5:37:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 19, 2015 3:58 PM EDT | Matthew Lee and Bradley Klapper
    Iran’s support for international terrorist groups remained undiminished last year and even expanded in some respects, the Obama administration said Friday, less than two weeks before the deadline for completing a nuclear deal that could provide Tehran with billions of dollars in relief from economic sanctions. The assessment offered a worrying sign of even worse terror-related violence to come after a year in which extremists in the Middle East, Africa and Asia committed 35 percent more terrorist acts, killed nearly twice as many people and almost tripled the number of kidnappings worldwide. Statistics released by the State Department on Friday...
  • Turkey warns of terror wave if EU membership is rejected

    12/14/2004 10:10:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 68 replies · 1,301+ views
    EU Observer ^ | Dec 13 2004 | Lisbeth Kirk
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned European Union leaders that violence from Islamic extremists could escalate if the EU rejects Turkey as a member... Turkey signed the association agreement for EU membership in 1963 and it is expected that a two-day EU summit this week will finally decide to begin formal membership talks, probably in the second half of next year... Taking Turkey’s 69 million, mainly Muslim, population into the Union is widely disputed... In Germany, leader of the Christian Social Union Edmund Stoiber told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that his party in government would do what it...
  • 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
  • Moderate rebels take key southern base in Syria, dealing blow to Assad

    06/10/2015 11:56:08 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 9, 2015 | Hugh Naylor (Sam Alrefaie contributed to this report)
    A coalition of moderate rebel factions known as the Southern Front took control of the Brigade 52 base by early afternoon, spokesman Issam al-Reis said. Brigade 52 is the largest military installation in Daraa province, which borders Jordan, and is key to the defense of northern routes leading to the Syrian capital, Damascus... The loss of the base is another blow to Assad's forces, which have recently suffered a string of battlefield defeats. A largely Islamist rebel alliance that includes al-Qaeda's powerful Syria affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, has seized most of northwestern Idlib province. The Islamic State militant group has captured...
  • 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...
  • [Hezbollah leader] Nasrallah Threatens to ‘Displace’ Millions of Israelis

    06/05/2015 12:26:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 6/5/2015, 9:51 PM | Elad Benari
    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah once again threatened Israel on Friday, saying his group would displace “millions” in Israel if the Jewish state attacks Lebanon. Nasrallah made the threat in a televised address weeks after an Israeli army official warned that Israel would “have to” target civilian areas in Lebanon in a future confrontation with Hezbollah, reported AFP. “If they threaten to displace 1.5 million Lebanese, then the Islamic resistance in Lebanon (Hezbollah) threatens to displace millions of Israelis,” Nasrallah fired back. “We are not afraid of your war or of your threats,” he declared. “If you assume that we are...
  • Russia said abandoning Assad as Syria regime collapses further

    06/01/2015 3:43:10 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 33 replies
    YNet News ^ | 31 May 15 | Roi Kais
    Asharq Al-Awsat says Moscow has pulled military experts from Assad's war room in Damascus, evacuated non-essential personnel and stopped declaring there is no alternative to Assad. Russia is pulling away from its relationship with embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad and withdrawing key personnel from Damascus, the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported Sunday, citing senior Gulf and Western officials. "The Kremlin has begun to turn away from the regime," the newspaper said. The report also quoted Syrian opposition sources as saying that Hezbollah and Iranian military experts have left Assad’s war room in Damascus, along with Russian experts.
  • Pro-Iran militias take upper hand after U.S.-backed forces crumble in Anbar

    05/30/2015 8:48:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Loveday Morris
    Iraqi forces have seized from Islamic State militants a string of hamlets and villages in the dust-choked desert southeast of Ramadi... But the yellow-and-green flags that line the sides of the newly secured roads and flutter from rooftops leave no doubt as to who is leading the fighting here: Kitaeb Hezbollah, a Shiite militia designated a terrorist organization by the United States. Iraq’s two main allies — Iran and the United States — have vied for influence over Iraq’s battle to retake ground from Islamic State militants in the past year. While Iranian-linked Shiite militias have spearheaded the fight elsewhere,...
  • Chemical Warfare in Syria Continues, Unpunished

    05/28/2015 5:48:43 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 26, 2015 | By Elliot Abrams
    In September 2013, the Obama administration congratulated itself on an agreement, brokered by Russia, that supposedly ended the use of chemical weapons (CW) in Syria. For the killings by using sarin gas, Syria’s president Assad was not punished in any way, but he was supposedly going to turn over all his CW and the possibility of a recurrence was thus ended. President Obama said this: "I welcome the progress made between the United States and Russia through our talks in Geneva, which represents an important, concrete step toward the goal of moving Syria’s chemical weapons under international control so that...
  • UN Official Wants IDF on Terror List with ISIS, Taliban & Boko Haram

    05/29/2015 11:39:02 AM PDT · by pabianice · 12 replies
    jspace news ^ | 5/28/15
    The United Nations special representative of the secretary-general for children and armed conflict, Leila Zerrougui, is set to recommend blacklisting the Israel Defense Forces as a terror group for regularly causing harm to children. The designation would place the IDF in the same group as terror groups such as Islamic State, Boko Haram, and the Taliban. According to Yedioth Ahronoth, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leaning towards leaving Israel off the list—despite heavy lobbying by the Palestinians and pro-Palestinian groups—over concern of damaging the world body’s relationship with the Jewish state. The Israeli Foreign Ministry slammed the hypocrisy of the...
  • Turkey accused of sending arms to Syrian jihadis

    05/29/2015 4:00:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | 5/29/15
    ISTANBUL: Images and video footage allegedly showing trucks belonging to Turkey's state intelligence service carrying weapons en route to jihadist rebels in Syria were published Friday in a Turkish daily. The Turkish government has vehemently denied earlier claims that it is arming rebels fighting in Syria and accused dozens of prosecutors, soldiers and security officers involved in the searching of trucks of attempting to bring it down by suggesting that it is doing so. Earlier this month, Turkey arrested four prosecutors who ordered searches in a similar incident in January 2014 and they are now in prison pending trial. More...
  • Why Israel’s retreat from Lebanon marked the birth of today’s Middle East

    05/26/2015 10:33:56 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | May 25, 2015 | Mitch Ginsburg
    The May 2000 withdrawal seemed to be part of a larger land-for-peace trend; instead it raised the curtain on the wars of the 21st century Standing before the microphone, looking like he was delivering a eulogy, Shaul Mofaz, the commander of the Israeli army on May 24, 2000, told the citizens of Israel that after 15 years in the Security Zone in South Lebanon, the IDF had withdrawn. He called the move “historic.” He said the “boys had been brought back home.” There was no mention of victory. After the invasion of Lebanon in June 1982, Israel had departed in...
  • New File: "Donation-Gate" (The Clinton Foundation)

    04/26/2015 5:55:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Nachumlist ^ | 4/26/15 | Nachum
     Donation-Gate  4/26/2015Stephanopoulos Floored as Gingrich, Bloomberg Editors Detail Seriousness of ‘Clinton Cash’Stephanopoulos Aggressively Questions Peter Schweizer Over ‘Clinton CashClinton Foundation Acknowledges Mistakes as Schweizer Calls for InvestigationFox’s Wallace Grills Lanny Davis over Clinton Donations: Not Just ‘Smoke and Mirrors’Charity watchdog: Clinton Foundation a ‘slush fund’Mark Halperin: An Assistant Secretary Would be Fired for What Already We Know Hillary Clinton DidClinton Foundation: 'Yes, We Made Mistakes'  4/25/2015Issam Fares: Supporter of Hezbullah and Hillary Clinton  4/24/2015White House Dodges on Whether Hillary Clinton Violated Secretary of State Contract (VIDEO)Report: Companies With Ties to Clintons Profited After Haiti QuakeAsked About Clinton’s Failure to Meet Admin Disclosure Rules,...
  • Donors to the Clinton Library

    11/22/2004 6:08:31 PM PST · by TUX · 30 replies · 1,241+ views
    NY Sun ^ | NY Sun
    Trustees," includes donations from 57 individuals, couples, or other entities. IRS reports reviewed by the Sun show that the foundations at this level have generally given or pledged $1 million or more. The Wasserman Foundation of Los Angeles, founded by movie mogul Lew Wasserman, gave the Clinton library $3 million. The Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust pledged $4 million. The Anheuser-Busch Foundation has given $200,000 annually for the last several years as part of what appears to be a $1 million pledge.The Annenberg Foundation also gave $1 million. The Saudi royal family and the governments of Dubai, Kuwait, and...
  • Nobody Voted for Colin Powell

    11/07/2004 7:56:22 AM PST · by SJackson · 97 replies · 1,614+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11-6-04 | Beth Goodtree
    This past week America went to the polls to vote for a president. However, we Americans never get to choose our Secretary of State. Now that President Bush has won a mandate for a second term, it's about time he cleaned house -- paying special attention to the cabinet. To say that many of us are upset with his choice of Colin Powell would be an understatement. Mr. Powell is a relic from two administrations back who helped lead the US into allowing Saddam Hussein to remain in tyranny. Add to Mr. Powell's ignoble history his statement to the Arabs...
  • Syria Open to Cooperating with U.S. on Iraq -Powell

    09/22/2004 1:09:01 PM PDT · by yonif · 14 replies · 402+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sep 22, 2004 | Arshad Mohammed
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syria has shown a new readiness to work with U.S.-led forces to stop arms, militants and money from crossing into Iraq and fueling insurgency, Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Wednesday. "I sensed a new attitude from the Syrians," Powell told reporters after talks with the foreign minister of Syria, a nation Washington routinely accuses of supporting terrorism, seeking weapons of mass destruction and dominating Lebanon. "But of course it all depends on actions, not just on attitudes, so we will be working closely with them," Powell added, emerging relatively upbeat from a meeting with...
  • Who is Issam Fares?

    12/12/2003 3:29:35 AM PST · by Lebanesehawk · 3 replies · 200+ views
    Dossier: Issam Fares by Ziad K. Abdelnour Three years ago, Beirut's Daily Star wrote that Lebanese businessman Issam Fares had a network of connections with senior American officials that "would make most people blush with envy." Widely credited (or discredited) in Lebanon with convincing the first Bush administration to accept Syria's occupation of Lebanon, Fares also cultivated a reputation in the United States as a valuable interlocutor in negotiations with the late Syrian President Hafez Assad. In reality, however, Fares is less the powerbroker he is often hyped to be than an opportunistic middleman. One by one, to the chagrin...
  • Bill White (Dem candidate for Houston Mayor) connected to Hezbollah (my title)

    12/01/2003 8:22:07 PM PST · by GOPcapitalist · 43 replies · 544+ views
    11 News KHOU ^ | 12/1/03 | Doug Miller
    HOUSTON – One indication of businessman Bill White's confidence he'll be Houston's next mayor -- White said his employer, the WEDGE Investment Group, has already picked his replacement as the company's CEO. But White's opponent is issuing a tough attack by mentioning White's name in the same breath as a Mideast group linked to terrorism. The last days of Houston's campaign for mayor the front-running campaign is under attack. "These are interesting relationships," says mayoral candidate Orlando Sanchez. "We just want to know the answers." Ever since he announced he was running for mayor, Bill White's opponents have quietly raised...
  • Bill White's Azerbaijani Oil Rush

    11/10/2003 6:38:45 PM PST · by anymouse · 6 replies · 277+ views
    THE AUSTIN REVIEW ^ | November 3, 2003 | Marc Levin, Esq.
    Houston Mayoral Candidate Bill White's record in Azerbaijan is subject to many different interpretations. At worst, White's oil deal with the former Soviet Republic has propped up an inhumane regime that has harbored terrorists, including Al-Qaeda; resulted in drilling on a natural preserve in violation of Azerbaijan's environmental laws; and included as stakeholders Saudi Arabian oil magnates suspected of financing terrorism. At best, the deal has helped improve U.S.Azerbaijan relations, opened up a new source of oil that could decrease U.S. reliance on Middle East crude, and benefited Azerbaijan's economy. Indeed, it seems likely that there have been both positive...
  • Who Is Issam Fares?

    12/13/2002 7:53:09 AM PST · by joesnuffy · 4 replies · 326+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Dec 13, 2002 | Joseph Farah
    Who is Issam Fares? Posted: December 13, 2002 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2002 WorldNetDaily.com Have you ever wondered why government officials take certain actions in spite of common sense, U.S. interests, even their own stated policy positions? For instance, I have wondered why the U.S. war on terrorism has focused so little attention on one small country, Lebanon, that hosts more jihadist groups than any other in the world. I have wondered why the U.S. is soft on Syria, one of the most brutal police states in the world and one that sponsors terrorism and continues to occupy Lebanon with...
  • ‘I’m not Arab, I’m Phoenician’­ a common phrase, but flawed concept

    02/19/2004 8:44:57 PM PST · by Destro · 27 replies · 5,098+ views
    dailystar.com.lb ^ | 09/02/04 | Peter Speetjens
    DS 09/02/04 ‘I’m not Arab, I’m Phoenician’ ­ a common phrase, but flawed concept It isn’t always easy to live in the postmodern era. No absolute truths or morals to hang on to. The world is what you make of it and anything goes seem to be life’s only principles. Consequently, your identity is not something that befalls upon you by birth, but something you are free to choose and construct, which can lead to rather bizarre results. Let’s take as an example a young man I know. Born and bred in his beloved London, he has a British passport,...
  • Lebanon apologizes to Denmark for protests

    02/06/2006 3:49:09 AM PST · by Racehorse · 10 replies · 502+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6 February 2006 | Sam F. Ghattas
    Lebanon apologized Monday to Denmark after rampaging Muslim demonstrators set fire to its diplomatic mission in Beirut, while violent protests escalated throughout the Muslim world against the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in Western newspapers. [. . .] The Lebanese Cabinet apologized to Denmark following a late Sunday emergency meeting. Information Minister Ghazi Aridi said the government had unanimously "rejected and condemned the acts of riots ... that harmed Lebanon's reputation and its civilized image and the noble aim of the demonstration." At least one person died, 30 were injured and about 200 were detained in the violence...
  • Syria after Lebanon: Hooked on Lebanon

    10/03/2005 11:31:22 PM PDT · by Hunden · 1 replies · 390+ views
    Middle East Quarterly ^ | Fall 2005 | Gary C. Gambill
    Although Syrian troops have withdrawn from Lebanon, their departure is little more than a symbolic acknowledgment of Lebanese sovereignty, extracted under enormous pressure from the international community. They had not been directly involved in policing the country for nearly a decade, and their number had already dwindled in recent years from a peak of over 40,000 down to 14,000. The backbone of Syria's power in Lebanon — its intelligence apparatus — has merely gone underground. The assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in February and the murders of prominent dissidents Samir Kassir and George Hawi in June suggest that Syria remains as capable as ever...
  • Opinion: Morons and Traitors [Nasrallah of Hezbollah losing his grip]

    05/24/2015 7:40:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    AAWSAT ^ | Sunday, May 24, 2015 | Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah recently slammed those criticizing him, saying: "Anyone who says anything contrary to what is said here is a moron, is blind, and a traitor. The Shi'ites of the American embassy are traitors, agents, and morons. No one can alter our convictions. We won't be silent anymore and we will no longer humor anyone." However, this time Nasrallah's angry and threatening statements were not directed against his usual rivals. They are directed against Shi'ites in Lebanon. These statements reveal the extent of such disputes and expose the increasing criticisms against him, after a prolonged Syrian war and...
  • Hezbollah shows off its tunnels, claims it is prepared for war with Israel [Psalms 83]

    05/23/2015 1:40:05 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 29 replies
    YNet News ^ | 5/23/2015 | Roi Kais
    A rare glimpse into Hezbollah's underground tunnels was provided on Friday by Lebanese publication As-Safir, which is associated with the militant organization. The report praised Hezbollah's activities and painted it as a strong army ready for battle. While it is difficult to verify the claims in the article, it contained a rare discussion of the tunnels by Hezbollah members. The reporter wrote that in order to meet Hezbollah fighters near the Israeli border in southern Lebanon, he travelled from the city of Tyre and was required to stop at a house known to locals as a Hezbollah headquarters, where he...
  • US and Hizballah coordinate spy drone flights over Qalamoun, share US combat intelligence

    05/23/2015 5:05:03 AM PDT · by Diogenesis · 71 replies
    DEBKA ^ | May 23, 2015, 10:56 AM
    US and Hizballah coordinate spy drone flights over Qalamoun, share US combat intelligence Another strange pair of bedfellows has turned up in one of the most critical Middle East battlefields: the United States is helping Hizballah, Iran’s Lebanese surrogate, in the battle for control of the strategic Qalamoun Mountains. ...a US special operations unit, stationed at the Hamat air base on the coast of northern Lebanon, is directing unarmed Aerosonde MK 4.7 reconnaissance drone intelligence-gathering flights over the Qalamoun Mt arena, 100 km to the west. However, it turns out that the data the US drones pass to Lebanese army...
  • Sen. Cruz receives bipartisan support for NDAA amendments

    05/15/2015 4:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Pearland Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 | Office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) applauds the passage of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Thursday after a week of debate and consideration by both parties. Sen. Cruz introduced or cosponsored more than a dozen amendments that were successfully adopted by the committee. “Congress’ first priority is to provide for the national defense and ensure our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have everything they need to defend our freedom,” said Sen. Cruz. “I am grateful for the committee’s support for my amendments, including measures that will ensure...
  • Israel prepares for a post-Assad phase in neighboring Syria

    05/12/2015 12:37:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    ARA News ^ | May 11, 2015 | Mohammed Salman
    Spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Alon Ben-David, said Sunday that the military intelligence service are working on the preparation of a list of targets that are likely to be struck inside Syria, after a possible fall of the Assad regime. Israel is concerned about the opposition party that may replace Assad regime in case of the latter's downfall. In remarks published by the Israeli newspaper of Maariv, in its Sunday's edition, Ben-David said that the leadership of the Israeli Air Force, in cooperation with the Military Intelligence Service, is working on setting a list of targets to be...
  • Germany subsidizes sale of four warships to Israel

    05/11/2015 6:26:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 11, 2015
    May 11 Israel bought four German-made corvette warships on Monday to help secure its Mediterranean gas rigs, with Berlin heavily subsidizing the deal, Israel's Defence Ministry said on Monday. The ships, worth 430 million euros ($480 million), will be built by Thyssen Krupp and delivered within five years, providing significantly more fire power to Israel's navy. The German government will pay 115 million euros towards the cost. As part of its atonement for the Nazi Holocaust, Germany is committed to Israel's security and has often helped pay in the past for the cost of military equipment such as submarines. Thyssen...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 'Israel Paid Syria $100 Million for Golan,' says Sadat Aide

    11/14/2011 6:11:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 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 · 21 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...
  • 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 ...
  • The Amazing Saga Of How Israel Turned Its F-15s Into Multi-Role Bombers

    05/08/2015 7:41:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 05/08/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    When the F-15 was created, it was created to be a pure air-to-air fighter, with the philosophy of “not a pound for air-to-ground” guiding designers. So how did Israel end up turning their F-15s into deadly long-range multi-role strike aircraft well before the F-15E Strike Eagle became a reality? Here’s how. In Need Of A Game Changing Fighter Israel’s love affair with the F-15 began out of the need to procure a fighter that could trump the increasingly complex fighters that surrounding Arab states were amassing from Russian and French sources. Both the F-14 Tomcat and the F-15 Eagle were...
  • Desperate for a victory in Syria, Assad looks to Hezbollah for a win

    05/09/2015 12:12:29 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    Al-Jazeerea ^ | May 8, 2015 | Nicholas Blanford
    Lebanon’s Hezbollah is on the verge of launching an offensive against Syrian rebel groups in the mountainous Qalamoun region straddling the Syria-Lebanon border, north of Damascus. But what was once seen as a relatively minor engagement in the broader Syrian conflict has taken on new significance. After military setbacks in the north and south of the country in the past six weeks, the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is desperate for a victory and is depending on his Shia Hezbollah allies to deliver it. Assad and his Iranian and Hezbollah allies badly need to defeat — and to be seen...
  • Hezbollah Builds Runway For Suicide Drones

    04/26/2015 12:18:27 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 26 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | April 24, 2015 | Peter Malcom
    Jane’s Defence Weekly reports that Hezbollah has built a runway in the morthern Bekaa Valley to be used for drones, likely Iranian-made UAVs. New satellite images shows the runway in an area 10 kilometers south of the Lebanese village of Hermel.
Jane’s states: The short length of the runway suggests the facility is not intended to smuggle in weapons shipments from Syria or Iran as it is too short for nearly all the transport aircraft used by the air forces of those countries. An alternative explanation is that the runway was built for Iranian-made UAVs, including the Ababil-3, which has been...
  • Terrorist attack survivors outraged by White House guest

    12/15/2011 5:09:18 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/14/11 | Ashish Kumar Sen
    Survivors of a 1996 terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. servicemen are offendedthat an Iraqi official with ties to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was welcomed to the White House this week. “Outrage at the visit to the White House really doesn’t describe what I feel,” said William M. Schooley, who survived the June 25, 1996, bombing of the Khobar Towers. “I watched outstanding airmen die that night and witnessed horrific carnage. The survivors of Khobar Towers have been swept under the rug and now have received the greatest insult,” he added. The Washington Times first reported...
  • 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...
  • Obama issues dire prediction for Saudis

    04/08/2015 5:03:02 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 36 replies
    WND ^ | Aaron Klein
    “I think the biggest threats that they face may not be coming from Iran invading,” said Obama. “It’s going to be from dissatisfaction inside their own countries.” While the president’s remarks were mostly overlooked by the U.S. and Western media, the comments received headline coverage in news outlets run by Iran and by the Hezbollah jihadist organization. Obama sat down Saturday with Times’ columnist Thomas L. Friedman, who asked about “protecting our Sunni Arab allies, like Saudi Arabia.” Obama explained he thinks “that our friends in the region, our traditional Sunni states, have some very real external threats, but they...
  • Nasrallah: Framework Nuclear Deal Strengthens Iran, its Allies [Hezbollah]

    04/07/2015 9:40:47 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Tuesday, April 7, 2015 | Ari Soffer
    Hezbollah leader hails last week's framework deal, says it will allow Iran to back its terrorist proxies 'more than any time in history.' Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has hailed last week's framework deal over Iran's nuclear program, saying it will serve to strengthen the Islamic Republic's position in the Middle East. "Iran will become richer and wealthier and will also become more influential," he told Syria's Al-Ekhbariya TV in a live interview Monday night, in comments translated by Lebanon's The Daily Star. Such as scenario "will also reinforce the position of its allies," he added. "A stronger and wealthier Iran,...
  • Rand Paul's excuse for avoiding the 'religious freedom' law controversy doesn't add up

    04/03/2015 12:10:36 PM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 2, 2015 | Hunter Walker and Colin Campbell
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is the only major Republican likely 2016 presidential candidate who hasn't weighed in on the controversy over Indiana's "religious freedom" law that erupted this week — and his explanation for avoiding the issue is questionable.
  • Nasrallah: Arabs should unite to attack Israel, not Yemen

    03/27/2015 8:18:01 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | Itamar Sharon
    Hezbollah leader slams Saudi campaign: ‘You say the new situation threatens you… Do you not feel the threat posed by Israel?’ Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Friday bemoaned the Saudi-led Arab coalition engaged in a campaign against rebels forces in Yemen, saying Arabs should unite against Israel rather than the Houthi militias who have taken over the capital Sanaa and much of the country over the past months. The leader of Lebanon’s Shiite terror group slammed Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen, dubbed Operation Decisive Storm, calling it “surprising and painful.” Hezbollah, like Yemen’s Houthi rebels, is supported by Iran, which...