Opinion—Syria May Be the Melting Pot of Trouble, But Focus Is Key

Syria is so bad the bad guys are fighting worse guys and now not everyone on the “good side” is happy even when the good guys have success against the bad guys. It’s a hodge-podge of turmoil and terror, impacting virtually the entire region. It’s not just that three or …

Oldest Found Copy of Lamentations Displayed in Jerusalem on Tragic Fast Day

Thousands of years after the saddest book of the Bible, Lamentations, mourned the destruction of Jerusalem, a 2,000-year-old scroll of the book was made available for Jerusalemites to see on the day traditionally set aside to read the tragic text. Lamentations is traditionally read on the saddest day of the …

Israel: Iran Deal Allows Infrastructure Only Necessary for Nuclear Weapons

Israel is not opposed to Iran having nuclear power—as long as its for civilian use only. But the nuclear deal with Iran being debated among leaders in Washington will give Iran much more capability than that, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “The deal with Iran allows it to …

Russia Moves to Battle ISIS in Syria after US Discusses Crisis in Moscow

The Russians are coming to Syria, as Ynet is reporting that they are launching plans to fly fighter jets to battle ISIS (ISIL) as the terror group continues to threaten the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. Russia has long backed Assad and now plans to send thousands of military personnel …

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Russia Moves to Battle ISIS in Syria after US Discusses Crisis in Moscow

August 31, 2015 News
US jets won't be the only planes fighting ISIS in Syria. US F-22 jet. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth.

US jets won’t be the only planes fighting ISIS in Syria. US F-22 jet. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth.

The Russians are coming to Syria, as Ynet is reporting that they are launching plans to fly fighter jets to battle ISIS (ISIL) as the terror group continues to threaten the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. Russia has long backed Assad and now plans to send thousands of military personnel into Syria to assist him according to Ynet.

The Russians would join an array of nations battling ISIS, including the US, although unlike the US, the Russians would appear to have the added motive of assisting Assad. Ynet specifically noted that the Russians are not interested in fighting Israel, but that their presence could complicate things for the Israeli air force, which has reportedly struck in Syria multiple times to prevent weapons from reaching terrorists. The news report of Russia’s move comes just days after the American Syria envoy visited Moscow to discuss ISIS and the situation in the war-torn nation. … Continue Reading

Hezbollah Terrorist Behind American Building Blast Caught

August 31, 2015 News
Iranian terrorism reaches globally, but so does justice. Illustrative of Iranian-sponsored attack. Photo Courtesy of IDF Spokesperson.

Iranian terrorism reaches globally, but so does justice. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of IDF Spokesperson.

Iranian terror proxy Hezbollah has managed to stretch its reach around the world, but justice seems to be able to go just as far. The former leader of the Hezbollah Saudi military branch, suspected of playing part in the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 Americans and wounded hundreds, has been caught by the Saudis according to The Washington Post.

The capture of Ahmad Ibrahim al-Mughassil could unveil more about Hezbollah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, as he is thought to know a lot about those groups, according to The Washington Post. That’s in addition to his role in the 1996 attack of the Khobar Towers US military housing complex. The report noted that Iran was accused of backing the terrorists behind the bombing by former US Attorney General John Ashcroft. … Continue Reading

Israel: Iran Deal Allows Infrastructure Only Necessary for Nuclear Weapons

Netanyahu is vocal in challenging Iran nuclear deal. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN-Photo/Marco Castro

Netanyahu is vocal in challenging Iran nuclear deal. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN-Photo/Marco Castro

Israel is not opposed to Iran having nuclear power—as long as its for civilian use only. But the nuclear deal with Iran being debated among leaders in Washington will give Iran much more capability than that, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “The deal with Iran allows it to keep and expand a formidable nuclear infrastructure that is completely unnecessary for civilian nuclear purposes, but is entirely necessary for the production of nuclear weapons,” said the Israeli leader Saturday evening.

In comments released by his office from a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Netanyahu said that within 13 years, the deal will give Iran “the ability to make as many centrifuges as they want, enrich as much uranium as they want to whatever level that they want.” … Continue Reading

Netanyahu Encourages Italy for More Joint Agricultural Aid to Africa

August 27, 2015 News
Water and greenery are not a problem for Israel thanks to science, technology, and Heavenly blessing. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Water and greenery are not a problem for Israel thanks to science, technology, and Heavenly blessing. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Israel is a world leader in water resources, having made what was once a desert and swap-like territory into a garden—and they want to do more to share that with others. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while at Expo Milan in Italy, noted that Israel and Italy are working together to help the agriculture of an African country. But he wants to expand that.

Asked Netanyahu, “Why one? Why not twenty? Why not thirty? If we pull our resources, our knowledge, our technology together, we can help many, many countries in Africa have not only better agriculture but a better life, and this is one of the key areas that I’m going to discuss” in his visit with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. … Continue Reading

Palestinians Drawing Closer to Iran—Abbas Plans Visit to ‘Sister’ State

August 24, 2015 Peace and Conflict
Will the leader of the Palestinian Authority get friendly with Iran too? UN Sec-Gen Ban meeting with the former President of Iran. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Will the leader of the Palestinian Authority get friendly with Iran too? UN Sec-Gen Ban meeting with the former President of Iran. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Certain Palestinian groups have long enjoyed a disturbingly close relationship with Iran, as the Islamic Republic has provided weapons and more to groups like Hamas. But the Palestinian Authority, currently led by President Mahmoud Abbas, has not been so close. But that may be changing.

Abbas announced on Sunday plans to visit Iran at an unspecified date and went so far as to call the state sponsor of multiple terror groups “a sister and neighbor state,” according to the Ma’an News Agency. The report said that comes in addition to discussions between the Palestinians with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif about having an Iranian Ambassador to “Palestine”. … Continue Reading

Israel Cites European Attacks in ISIS-related Travel Warning

August 24, 2015 News
Israel and Canadian flags in Jerusalem. Photo by Joshua Spurlock.

Canada is among the places where ISIS can reach. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The reach of ISIS (Islamic State or ISIL) into Europe, Canada and elsewhere has caught the eye of the Israeli security world, with a travel warning highlighting these incidents as more reason for concern for Israelis traveling over the upcoming Biblical holidays in September and October. Terror attacks in Canada, Australia, and Europe, “raise concerns over additional attacks against Western targets, including Israeli and Jewish targets, by veterans of the fighting in Syria and Iraq who are affiliated with Global Jihad (including Islamic State) and by local and regional elements inspired by the terrorist organizations,” said Israel’s National Security Council said in a published warning on Monday. … Continue Reading

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