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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Israelis Prevent Gazans from Breaching Border, Launching Terror Attack

May 7, 2018 Peace and Conflict

Israeli soldiers prevent another terror attack. Israeli Soldiers. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Four terrorists carrying an axe, petrol and other means of destruction were neutralized as they aimed to break through the Israel-Gaza border on Sunday. The IDF Spokesperson posted a series of tweets stating that the aggressors reached the area of the security fence that separates Israel from the Gaza Strip “with the intention of infiltrating Israel & carrying out a terror attack.” However, the IDF kept an eye on them and after the terrorists sought to damage the security fence, the Israeli military fired at the would-be infiltrators, killing three of them.

“An attempt to damage security infrastructure, breach Israel’s sovereignty, & carry out an attack was thwarted,” continued the IDF Spokesperson in a series of tweets. “The IDF will continue to operate against those who attempt to harm Israel, its civilians, or security infrastructure.”

The Twitter feed included a photo showing the tools of the malicious trade that the terrorists had brought with them, including gloves, a metal cutter and an oxygen mask. In recent weeks, the Israelis have faced regular riots at the Gaza border that have included attempts to breach or damage the security fence infrastructure, as well as other acts of violence. In these efforts, the Hamas terror group has put their own Gazan civilians in harm’s way by encouraging the border violence and sending some of their own footsoldiers to carry out mayhem under cover of the protests. … Continue Reading

Netanyahu: Iran Transferred ‘Advanced Weaponry’ to Syria

May 6, 2018 News

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds up piece of Iranian UAV. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Amos Ben Gershom GPO

The Iranians have sent “advanced weaponry” to Syria “in order to attack [Israel] both on the battlefield and on the home front,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Sunday, stating Israel wouldn’t back down against the threat.

“We are determined to block Iran’s aggression against us even if this means a struggle. Better now than later,” said Netanyahu in comments released by his office. “Nations that were unprepared to take timely action to counter murderous aggression against them paid much heavier prices afterwards. We do not want escalation, but we are prepared for any scenario.”

The Iranian arms transferred to Syria listed by Netanyahu were “weaponized” unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)—like the one that invaded Israeli airspace earlier this year—as well as ground-to-ground missiles and anti-aircraft batteries that can target Israeli jets. … Continue Reading

Israel Busts Hamas Money Smuggling Plot at University

May 3, 2018 Peace and Conflict

Israeli security forces working hard to keep Israel safe. Illustrative security vehicle. By Joshua Spurlock

Students are the future, but the Hamas terrorist organization believes they can be the present as well—and they are willing to invest a lot of money in raising students for nefarious purposes. Israel had other plans, however, uncovering the Gaza group’s efforts to smuggle roughly 150,000 Euros to boost Hamas activity at the Bir Zeit University in Judea and Samaria.

The Israel Security Agency (ISA) noted in the press release on the bust that exposing the plan “further underscores the high importance Hamas command ascribes to student activities in its affiliated groups in order to recruit and train members in Judea and Samaria.”

And that’s recruiting for terrorism, not the typical student activities. As an example, the ISA highlighted a separate Hamas plot in 2017 to persuade students from Bir Zeit to commit suicide attacks. The ISA said the latest money smuggling scheme “also underscores the great danger involved in such activity and its status as a significant additional arm of Hamas, the goal of which is to harm the State of Israel, despite its taking place at an institution of higher learning.” … Continue Reading

Israel Unveils Thousands of Files Proving Iran Has Sought Nukes

May 1, 2018 News

Netanyahu discusses Iran’s “secret nuclear files”. Photo courtesy of: Amos Ben-Gershom (GPO)

Israel has documented evidence from inside Iran that the Islamic Republic has worked to develop nuclear weapons, sought to hide that program from the world while it was still progressing, and lied about it to the United Nations nuclear watchdog. And it’s not just one Iranian nuclear file—it’s over 100,000 of them.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a stunning speech on Monday published by his office, announced that his country’s intelligence operations have recently obtained half a ton of files—55,000 pages-worth of documents and CDs with another 55,000 files on them—from inside Iran’s “secret atomic archives.”

The files show Iran’s research into nuclear weapons and mounting them on missiles, as well as their plot to disguise the program from the world. And it also proves that Iran lied to the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about never developing nuclear weapons—thereby violating a key aspect of their nuclear deal with the major world powers. … Continue Reading

US Secretary of State: America ‘with Israel in Fight’ against Iran

April 29, 2018 News

PM Netanyahu & US Secy. of State Pompeo Photo courtesy of: Haim Zach / Israeli GPO

Newly-appointed United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Israel as part of his first international trip in that role, and Iran was top of mind. The US remains “deeply concerned about Iran’s dangerous escalation of threats to Israel and the region, and Iran’s ambition to dominate the Middle East remains,” Pompeo told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday. The comments, released by his office, made it clear whose side America is on.

“Strong cooperation with close allies like you is critical to our efforts to counter Iran’s destabilizing and malign activity throughout the Middle East and indeed throughout the world,” said the top US diplomat. “…The United States is with Israel in this fight and we strongly support Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself.”

Pompeo—discussing the Iranian threats as an American deadline for fixing or nixing the Iran nuclear deal is next month—called the nuclear accord “very flawed. “ He said that US President Donald has “directed the administration to try and fix it, and if we can’t fix it, he’s going to withdraw from the deal. It’s pretty straightforward.” … Continue Reading

Russia Threatens Israel over Missile Defense System in Syria

April 23, 2018 Peace and Conflict

Israeli jets reportedly flew have bombed 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.

The Russians are seriously considering putting an advanced missile defense system in Syria—which has the Israelis concerned—and Moscow has warned the Jewish State against attacking that system should it be deployed to Israel’s northern neighbor. The Independent, republishing comments from the Russian Kommersant newspaper, cited Russian military sources threatening that Israel and “all sides” would “suffer catastrophic consequences” if they struck at the S-300 system.

Israel has reportedly bombed multiple targets in Syria over the years, including recent reports of a strike that killed Iranians at a Syrian airbase. The Americans, British, and French also recently attacked Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack by the Syrian regime against its own people.

In light of that multinational attack, Russia is now nearing a decision to provide the S-300 advanced defense system to Syria, Kommersant reported in a separate article, and that’s disconcerting to Israel. The Russian newspaper quoted Israeli diplomat Alex Ben-Zvi as saying that any weapons that can “threaten Israel’s security” generically “bothers” Israel. Ben-Zvi, Israel’s Director of the Department of Eurasia of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, did not specifically say if Israel would discuss the Syrians’ obtaining the S-300 in Israeli discussions with Russia. … Continue Reading

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