Analysis—Abbas’ UN Speech Flips Truth on Its Head

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has never been all that friendly towards Israel, but last week he unleashed an invective-filled speech at the United Nations that sounded like a hateful enemy towards the Jewish State. Along the way, Abbas accused Israel of genocide and racism. He said all of this in …

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 …

Russia Backs Palestinian UN-Plan to Force Israeli Withdrawal

Here’s one more foreign policy position opposed by the United States that Russia supports: Their deputy foreign minister announced they back the Palestinian plan to seek a United Nations-imposed timeframe on the creation of a Palestinian state out of Israeli territory. Russia previously has also backed Iran in their nuclear …

Israeli Group Says ISIS May Have Chemical Weapons

The ISIS terrorist group, also known as ISIL or the Islamic State (IS), may have acquired some of the world’s deadliest weapons and may have already used them. The Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal reported that Kurdish activists said ISIS used chemical weapons in July in the …

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Israeli Group Says ISIS May Have Chemical Weapons

October 16, 2014 News
Did ISIS capture chemical weapons? Illustrative photo of soldier training. Photo courtesy of Mr James Brabenec (IMCOM)

Did ISIS capture chemical weapons? Illustrative photo of soldier training. Photo courtesy of Mr James Brabenec (IMCOM)

The ISIS terrorist group, also known as ISIL or the Islamic State (IS), may have acquired some of the world’s deadliest weapons and may have already used them. The Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal reported that Kurdish activists said ISIS used chemical weapons in July in the Kurdish region of Kobani, and photo evidence obtained by MERIA seems to back up the belief.

Dr. Jonathan Spyer, author of the MERIA report, wrote that Israeli experts had reviewed the photos and said the burn wounds shown in them appeared to be from an agent such as mustard gas. However, they could not be certain of this. … Continue Reading

Russia Backs Palestinian UN-Plan to Force Israeli Withdrawal

October 12, 2014 Peace and Conflict
Russia backs the Palestinian UN plot. Moscow. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Russia backs the Palestinian UN plot. Moscow. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Here’s one more foreign policy position opposed by the United States that Russia supports: Their deputy foreign minister announced they back the Palestinian plan to seek a United Nations-imposed timeframe on the creation of a Palestinian state out of Israeli territory. Russia previously has also backed Iran in their nuclear dispute with the West and vetoed two UN resolutions against the Syrian regime for their brutal actions in the civil war there.

RIA Novosti reported that Russian official Mikhail Bogdanov said they don’t even see any need to object to any proposal presented by the Palestinians to the powerful UN Security Council. Various reports have said the Palestinians plan to eventually propose the UN put some type of deadline on an Israeli withdrawal from lands claimed by the Palestinians, including roughly half of Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city. … Continue Reading

US Wants Expanded Role for Palestinian Authority in Gaza

October 12, 2014 News
Will the world stand with Israel on disarming Gaza? US Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of US State Department.

Will the world stand with Israel on disarming Gaza? US Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of US State Department.

For years Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip with no real competition, but the United States wants that to change. Hamas forced out their opponents—the Fatah faction of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas—but the Americans now want the PA to increase their power in Gaza, especially at the crossings into the Strip. The entrance points are key, since there are serious concerns Hamas could smuggle into Gaza weapons—or supplies that can build weapons.

In comments on Sunday at the Gaza Donors Conference, released by the State Department, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the PA customs officials “should” be at the Gaza crossings, and that the world “can and should help the PA to expand its control in Gaza.” The problem? No one has said when that can happen. … Continue Reading

Mystery Explosion Occurs at Iran Site Suspected of Nuke Tests

October 9, 2014 Peace and Conflict
Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

The Iranian Parchin military complex has long been at the center of the unsolved mystery of whether or not Iran has worked on developing nuclear weapons. Now it is at the center of a new mystery: Why an explosion at the compound appears to have leveled at least two buildings.

Israel Defense Magazine reported that multiple buildings at the center of the Parchin compound, which is suspected of having housed tests on triggers for nuclear weapons, have been destroyed by some type of blast. The Times of Israel has also carried reports on the explosion. … Continue Reading

Palestinian Government Meets in Gaza, with Israel’s Help

October 6, 2014 News
The Palestinian government will meet, thanks to Israel. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The Palestinian government will meet, thanks to Israel. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Despite their objections to one of the main partners in the Palestinian unity government—the terror group Hamas—the Israelis are allowing the Palestinian cabinet to meet in Gaza. The Ma’an News Agency reported that the Israelis provided permits for the non-Gazan Palestinian ministers to cross into the Hamas-controlled territory.

Just two months ago, Gaza was launching rockets at Israel in the midst of their third war with the Jewish State since 2009. One of the main antagonists in that conflict is Hamas, which worked together to form the current government with Fatah, the party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. … Continue Reading

Hezbollah Battles ISIS; Iran Promises Lebanon Free Weapons

October 5, 2014 Peace and Conflict
The Syrian war is too close for comfort. Photo: Signpost showing distance between Israel, Syria. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The Syrian war is too close for comfort. Photo: Signpost showing distance between Israel, Syria. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The battle between terror groups Hezbollah and ISIS continues, with the troubling prospect that Iran could increase its participation in the fight. The Lebanese Hezbollah have backed the Syrian regime in that nation’s civil war, and as a result have incurred plenty of retaliation from the various groups fighting the Syrian army.

Two of those groups, ISIS and the Nusra Front, battled with Hezbollah in a Syrian region near Lebanon on Sunday, with at least three Hezbollah fighters and 14 ISIS/Nusra fighters dying in the conflict according to The Daily Star. … Continue Reading

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