Israel, Putin Agree to ‘Counter Terrorism’ after Hezbollah Refuses Russian Call to Exit Syria

Russia vaguely but ominously stated their willingness to join Israel in opposing “international terrorism” last week, one day after news broke that Hezbollah had rebuffed a Russian call for the terrorist group to leave Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “expressed readiness to boost the …

Israel—An Ancient King of Making Glass

Centuries before the Land of Israel was a hub for the high-tech industry, the region was among the world leaders in another profession involving science, skill, and specialized knowledge: glass making. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced in a press release on Monday that they have discovered 1,600-year-old kilns used …

Israel Targets Terror Kite Leader’s Vehicle in Response to Arson Attacks

The IDF is taking the fight to the terrorists who are aiming to unleash wildfires and explosives on Israeli territory using balloons and kites. Over the weekend, Israeli aircraft “targeted the vehicle of one of the leaders of the squads that launched arson and explosive balloons and kites from the …

Austria Will Keep Reminding Middle East and Europe ‘Israel Is Here to Stay’

According to this world leader, Israel’s security is a moral obligation and has promised to keep telling the Middle East and Europe that “Israel is here to stay.” Those words weren’t posted to Twitter by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but on the account of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. “It …

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Netanyahu Touts Growing Support for Israel Among Arabs in Survey

December 3, 2017 News

PM Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Amos Ben-Gershom (GPO)

When Israel was first reborn as a nation, multiple Arab armies banded together to try to destroy the renewed Jewish State and there are few Arab states today that have peaceable relations with Israel. But that may be changing—at least among the common people—according to a new survey by the Israeli Foreign Ministry. “Half of the public in the countries in the Middle East that were reviewed, the assets and strength of Israel are appreciated and they believe that their country could benefit by links with Israel,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in comments on Sunday released by his office.

On a global scale, Israel is growing more popular too. “In 47 out of 54 countries, a majority of the people there believe that their country would benefit from links with Israel. This is a gigantic change,” said Netanyahu during the weekly Israeli cabinet meeting.
The Israeli leader has been busy trying to promote Israel around the world in recent months, going on trips to Africa and South America to seek out new and deeper ties with nations there. He also has repeatedly touted the secret support of Arab states as proof of Israel’s growing popularity. And he believes that those good ties won’t be secret forever.

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Report: Israel Strikes Iranian Base in Syria

December 3, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Did Israel bomb an Iranian base in Syria? Illustrative image of F-35. Image courtesy of the Department of Defense website. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

A Syrian state news group is reporting that Israeli ground-to-ground missiles were launched Saturday night at a military base in Syria in the countryside around the capital of Damascus. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) report claimed that Syrian missile defenses shot down two of the missiles, but that the military base suffered “material damage” in the Israeli attack.

The Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz cited news outlets supportive of the Syrian regime in reporting that Israel targeted an Iranian military base near al-Kiswa, which appears to be the same location of an Iranian base under construction named in a BBC report last month. The Ha’aretz report cited Syrian state TV in saying the Israeli strike was launched by Israeli fighter jets.

The day after the alleged Israeli missile strike, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated in a video to an American policy conference on Sunday his warning that Israel would not allow Iranian bases in nextdoor Syria. “We will not allow a regime hell-bent on the annihilation of the Jewish state to acquire nuclear weapons,” said Netanyahu. “We will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria, as is seeks to do, for the express purpose of eradicating our state.” … Continue Reading

Iran: If Europe Threatens Missile Program, Missiles Will Threaten Europe

Will France be in range of Iran’s missles? Eiffel Tower in Paris. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

A leader in Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corp (IRGC) warned on Saturday that if the Europeans push to limit the Iranian missile program, the Islamic Republic might expand their missile range to reach Europe. Lieutenant Commander of the IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Salami, in comments to state TV and republished by the Fars News Agency, claimed that they have limited the range of their missiles intentionally to 2,000 kilometers (roughly 1,200 miles).

He said this is short of reaching Europe, but he warned that could change if the Europeans insist on negotiating the limits of Iran’s missile program, as some have wanted.

“If the Europeans want to enter the sanctum of our missiles, we may drop this limitation to the range (of our missiles),” Fars quoted Salami as saying. He claimed that their missiles are limited in range to the nations that threaten them, and that “if Europe wants to turn into a threat, the range of our missiles will increase. We respect them. They should respect us too.” … Continue Reading

Netanyahu Calls for Global Counterterror Unity after Egypt Mosque Massacre

November 26, 2017 Egypt, News

Israel offers condolences to Egypt following terror attack. Illustrative photo of Israeli PM Netanyahu and Egyptian FM Shoukry. Photo courtesy of by Haim Zach / GPO

With terrorists recruiting world-wide and attacking one major nation after another with lone-wolf and organized attacks, imagine a united global response in which all nations fighting Islamic extremist violence. That’s the vision held by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who expressed this call to action in response to last week’s horrific terror slaughter of hundreds of worshipers at an Egyptian mosque in the Sinai region.

“The radical Islam’s terror does not distinguish between religions, people or nations. I think that the obvious thing is that all the countries in the world should unite in order to fight it, everywhere, including Sinai,” said Netanyahu on Sunday in comments released by his office. He also offered his nation’s condolences to Egypt over the “vicious mass murder of civilians during prayer.”

Egypt’s Ahram Online news group reported that 305 people were killed when dozens of gunman assaulted a mosque last Friday in one of the deadliest terror attacks this century. The report said the terrorists were flying the black ISIS flag. … Continue Reading

Hamas Infiltrator into Israel Caught, Confesses Hamas Tunnel Secrets

November 26, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Arrested Gaza infiltrator Ahmed Magdi Muhamad Abid. Photo courtesy of the ISA

Hamas has tried many times to sneak terrorists into Israel, so it’s a victory when Israel catches them. So imagine the impact when the arrested perpetrator also unveils Hamas secrets on their tunnel system in the interrogation. That’s what happened a couple months ago in newly declassified information from Israel.

Ahmed Magdi Muhamad Abid of Gaza was caught in September crossing the border into Israeli-controlled territory, and it’s a good thing he was snagged. A press release from the Israel Security Agency (ISA) said that Abid had been recruited by Hamas in 2013 and has been trained in sniping and anti-tank weapons.

Another one of Abid’s activities is digging tunnels for Hamas, which uses the underground structures for both defensive purposes in Gaza, as well as offensive terror tunnels dug into Israel. That made him a treasure trove of information on Hamas activities. … Continue Reading

Israel Has Helped Almost 1,000 Syrian Children, Assists Field Hospital

November 20, 2017 News

Israel taking moral high ground in Syria. Illustrative. Israel supporters at a rally in the US. By Joshua Spurlock

One of the most famous commands in the Bible is to love one’s neighbor, and the Israelis are carrying that out, even for citizens of an enemy country. The IDF Spokesperson announced on Twitter on Monday that Israel has assisted “nearly 1,000 Syrian children in need” as part of Operation Good Neighbor. The program, now almost a year-and-a-half old, offers aid and medical care to Syrians suffering in that nation’s brutal civil war.

The IDF Blog reported that a field hospital near the Syrian border launched last September and has “already cared for hundreds of Syrians and changed their lives,” Lt. Col. A., Commander of Operation Good Neighbor was quoted as saying. Politico reported that the clinic is run by a Christian organization from the US. However, Israel’s fingerprints are everywhere. The IDF Blog reported that the staff of the facility were trained by the IDF to be a military-caliber field hospital.

Given the proximity to the warzone in Syria, the Israelis have also set up a secure bunker for the facility, security guards on patrol and more. Inside the facility, it’s a one-stop shop for aid. Lt. Col. A. said that in addition to obtaining medical care at the clinic, needy Syrians can also receive aid kits from Israel with food, hygiene products and medicine. … Continue Reading

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