UPDATE: Israeli warplanes continue to pound Damascus
Israeli warplanes struck areas in and around the Syrian capital Sunday, setting off a series of explosions as they targeted a shipment of highly accurate, Iranian-made guided missiles believed to be bound for Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group, officials and activists said. .. The tempo of the new strikes [...]
(WaPo) – Two senior Israeli military officials asserted Tuesday that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have deployed chemical weapons that killed dozens of rebel fighters and civilians, saying their evidence — including photographs of victims foaming at the mouth — made them “very close to 100 percent sure.”
Color me skeptical of Israeli’s [...]
Al Jazeera, April 13
President Abbas accepts Fayyad’s resignation and asks him to head caretaker government, officials say.
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has handed in his resignation, officials have said.
President Mahmoud Abbas accepted the resignation on Saturday and asked Fayyad to head the caretaker government, officials told the Palestinian WAFA news agency after [...]
From Al Akahbar English, Beirut Creative Commons
Published Sunday, April 7, 2013
Updated at 2:45pm: Dozens of Israeli websites were hacked in early hours Sunday, including pages of the prime minister’s office and the Tel Aviv stock exchange, in the largest cyber offensive yet against the Jewish state.
The operation is being dubbed #OpIsrael and [...]
By Adil E. Shamoo Consortium News, 3/28
With Syria and Iran, President Barack Obama faces getting mired in two wars that could set the entire Middle East aflame, and perhaps the rest of the Islamic world, too.
Such an outcome would be in part due to Mr. Obama’s Middle Eastern policy, and the willingness [...]
(BBC) – President Barack Obama has urged Palestinians to drop their demands for a freeze in Israeli settlement building as a precondition for peace talks.
Speaking in Ramallah after talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Mr Obama said settlement activity was “not appropriate for peace”.
He stressed his commitment to a two-state solution, but said [...]
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama told Israelis Iran is still more than year away from developing a nuclear weapon and sought to reassure them that military force remains a U.S. option if sanctions and diplomacy fail to thwart its nuclear ambitions.
In an interview with Israeli television broadcast on Thursday, just six days before his [...]
(BBC) – A leading US expert on missile defence has raised doubts about the efficacy of Israel’s Iron Dome defence system.
Israeli officials say it hit some 84% of the targets engaged in last year’s conflict with Hamas in Gaza.
Professor Theodore Postol of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology suggests the defence system’s success rate [...]
Hagel’s confirmation has become a memorable battle, in part because many of his opponents are strongly pro-war while always having avoided themselves the kind of sacrifice Hagel exhibited. Andrew Kreig, Justice Integrity Project
Senate Democratic Majority Harry Reid is a rat of epic proportions. He was the only member of the Democratic [...]
“It is simply a person without a name and without an identity who is placed in complete and absolute isolation from the outside world. We don’t know if he gets visits, or if anyone even knows he’s even in jail. There is confidentiality surrounding the detainee in every respect.” ISRAELI PRISON SERVICE OFFICER June 2010 [...]
Spiegel, By Christoph Schult
Israeli settlers living in the Palestinian terroritories often deceptively give their products a “Made in Israel” label. The European Union wants to move soon to end the practice and appears to be set on a collision course with the country.
The wine section on the basement floor of the Galeria Kaufhof [...]
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited what should be nominally friendly territory: Cairo, Egypt. Not so much, it turns out:
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran, endured the humiliation of having a shoe thrown at him today as his visit to Egypt turned sour.
The trip, the first by an Iranian leader since the overthrow of [...]
Guardian, By Harriet Sherwood
Israeli warplanes flew over Lebanon again on Friday, two days after air strikes targeted a convoy of arms or a weapons research base inside Syrian territory.
Andrea Tenenti, a spokesman for the UN forces in Lebanon, Unifil, confirmed that Israeli forces had continued to violate Lebanese airspace, but said this was [...]
New York Times, By Isabel Kershner & Michael Gordon, January 31
Jerusalem — Israeli warplanes carried out a strike deep inside Syrian territory on Wednesday, American officials reported, saying they believed the target was a convoy carrying sophisticated antiaircraft weaponry on the outskirts of Damascus that was intended for the Hezbollah Shiite militia in Lebanon.