Opinion: It’s Time for Congress to Get Involved in Gaza War

After what appeared to be a supportive approach to Israel’s war on Gaza terrorists, the US has reportedly given Israel some backhanded diplomacy. According to reports from Haaretz and Al-Monitor, the US proposed a ceasefire to the Israel-Hamas conflict that embraced multiple Hamas requests while barely noting Israeli concerns. Based …

Israel Builds A Modern Highway and Finds an Ancient Village

Highway expansions can result in traffic jams, and in Israel it can turn into archaeology as well. That’s what happened to a recent project, after an Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) inspector found pottery shards during the Highway 1 project, a discovery that has since led to the uncovering of an …

Australia Prevents ISIS Plot, Increases Parliament Security

A random beheading—that’s what’s believed to have been prevented by Australian security by arrests on Wednesday. The Independent reported that 15 people were arrested, with one charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was quoted by the Independent as singling out an Australian who is apparently …

Iran Rejects Special Inspections of Nuke Program

With nuclear program discussions between Iran and the major world powers resuming in earnest last week, the Iranians are again playing hardball publicly. Their latest diplomatic volley is a rejection of any “special inspections” of their nuclear program, according to the speaker of the Iranian parliament. Ali Larijani, in comments …

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US Strikes ISIS Targets in Syria

September 23, 2014 Uncategorized

After deciding not to launch airstrikes against the Syrian regime after they used chemical weapons on their own people, the United States—along with partner nations—have now launched missiles at Syrian territory. But this time the targets are not Syrian, but ISIS forces. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said on his Twitter feed that fighters, bombers, and tomahawk missiles have been used in the attacks.

The Guardian reported that five Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, were among those who participated in the mission. US President Barack Obama hinted at it in his recent speech addressing the threat of ISIS that he could strike the terror group in Syria. … Continue Reading

New Israeli Agency to Defend Civilians from Cyber Threats

September 21, 2014 Uncategorized

Israel has one of the world’s best missile defense systems—the Iron Dome—to defend its civilians from rockets. Now it is working on the “air force” of cyber defense with a new security agency designed to protect civilian systems from technological threats.

The agency was formed after internal staff work determined the need for a link between the nation’s security and civilian worlds for cyber defense, according to a press release from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office. Netanyahu said the group will be concerned with “defending not only important facilities and security agencies, but how to defend Israeli citizens against these attacks.” … Continue Reading

Iran Rejects Special Inspections of Nuke Program

September 21, 2014 News
Just talking, or making progress? Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Just talking, or making progress? Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Evan Schneider

With nuclear program discussions between Iran and the major world powers resuming in earnest last week, the Iranians are again playing hardball publicly. Their latest diplomatic volley is a rejection of any “special inspections” of their nuclear program, according to the speaker of the Iranian parliament.

Ali Larijani, in comments reported by the Fars News Agency, said that the same nuclear inspections approach used for most of the world’s nations should apply to Iran. Not surprisingly, the US feels differently considering Iran’s repeated violations of United Nations’ resolutions relating to their nuclear program. … Continue Reading

Australia Prevents ISIS Plot, Increases Parliament Security

September 18, 2014 Peace and Conflict
Regional fight? The Syrian civil war is expanding in all directions - even Australia.

Regional fight? The Syrian civil war is expanding in all directions – even Australia.

A random beheading—that’s what’s believed to have been prevented by Australian security by arrests on Wednesday. The Independent reported that 15 people were arrested, with one charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was quoted by the Independent as singling out an Australian who is apparently a senior ISIS member as the one giving orders for the attack. The New South Wales Police Force posted on Facebook that one person was charged “with possessing ammunition without license and unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon.” … Continue Reading

Hamas Arrests Terrorists Ahead of Ceasefire Talks’ Renewal

September 17, 2014 News
Can Palestinian police keep their own peace? Palestinian security forces. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Can Palestinian police keep their own peace? Palestinian security forces. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

This is something you won’t hear everyday: the leader of Israel telling reporters that Hamas arrested terrorists in their own territory for attacking Israel. But that’s exactly what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday in comments released by his office.

“It is clear to Hamas that we will not accept sporadic firing; therefore, it took care to make it clear that those who carried out the firing have been arrested and that it is committed to the ceasefire,” said Netanyahu, following Hamas’ response to a mortar attack from Gaza the day before. … Continue Reading

Ceasefire Broken as Gaza Mortar Hits Israel

September 16, 2014 Peace and Conflict
How long will the quiet last? Spent Gaza Rocket. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

How long will the quiet last? Spent Gaza Rocket. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Tragically, it always seemed as though it was only a matter of time before Gaza started attacking Israel again. For the first time since a long-term ceasefire was reached on August 26, a mortar shell was launched from Gaza at Israel on Tuesday according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter feed. This was also confirmed by IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner on his Twitter account. Lerner said that no injuries or damage was reported.

Gaza fired thousands of projectiles at Israel during Operation Protective Edge, which lasted for weeks. During that conflict, multiple ceasefires were violated by Gaza terrorists. The Times of Israel reported that Hamas denied responsibility for the latest attack. In a statement, the Gaza terror group said it wanted to maintain the ceasefire with Israel. … Continue Reading

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