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Russian plane possibly shot down accidentally during attack in Syria

U.S. source reports Russian aircraft was shot down by ground-to-air defensive missile originally meant to thwart suspected Israeli attack on weapons’ depot on the eastern outskirts of Latakia.

By i24NEWS

 

Russia’s Defense Ministry on Monday said one of its planes carrying 14 people on board “disappeared from the radar during the Israeli attack” after Syria’s state media reported that its air defenses had engaged a barrage of rockets fired from the ocean.

According to the statement radars also recorded the launch of missiles from a French frigate stationed in the Mediterranean.

Released by the official Syrian news agency, Sana, shows one of the Russian planes in Latakia – AFP

US officials speaking on condition of anonymity claimed the Russian plane was shot down by the Syrian air defenses trying to thwart a suspected Israeli airstrike.

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Israel, Assad quiet as 2nd weapons depot in Syria attacked in 3 days

Syrian human rights NGO reports the missiles attacked more ammunition depots, this time at the technical industry institution located in the eastern outskirts of Latakia.

By Daniel Salami, Liad Osmo and Reuter

 

Missiles targeted several locations in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia on Monday but were intercepted and downed by air defenses, Syrian state media said.The official SANA news agency said state technical industry institutions in Latakia had been targeted, adding they are likely the result of Israeli strikes on a state technical company.

Israel has yet to comment on the incident.

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“Air defenses have confronted enemy missiles coming from the sea in the direction of Latakia, and intercepted a number of them,” SANA quoted a military source as saying. Continue Reading »

Trump orders PLO envoy & family out of US, closes all PLO bank accounts

Al-Jazeera reports that after the State Department finally closed the PLO mission in Washington, the Trump administration continues to up the pressure on the PA president, now expelling their envoy and his family immediately, while closing all U.S. bank accounts linked to the Palestinian Authority and the PLO.

By Elad Benari

 

The United States is intensifying its pressure on the Palestinian Authority (PA). The Al-Jazeera network reported on Sunday evening that the US administration has decided to immediately close all bank accounts linked to the PA or the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in banks across the United States.

The US is not confirming the report at the moment, but the State Department hinted last week after the closure of the PLO’s mission in Washington that there would be further steps against the Palestinian Arabs. Continue Reading »

ANALYSIS: Repeated Israeli airstrikes in Syria, yet Syria never retaliates

Time and again Syrian targets are attacked, reveling the next day where tons of sophisticated weaponry & materiel were destroyed, of Hezbollah & Iranian soldiers being killed, but never any reprisals… from anyone, only bluster & bravado from Islamic Generals… and not a peep from Assad or the Russians as Israel too, holds its tongue.

By Dr. Edy Cohen

 

Syrian media reported on Saturday night that Israel had attacked targets near the airport in Damascus. Those following the wide Arab media have noticed that Israel is averaging a strike against Syria about every two weeks.

The Israeli army itself recently backed up this conclusion by revealing that it had carried out over 200 attacks against targets in Syria over the past 18 months. Continue Reading »

Ignored by the Arab world, Abbas finally gets it: Fighting Trump was a mistake

PA officials in Ramallah tick off long list of US actions taken in response to Abbas’ intransigent posture. Abbas tells underlings to end attacks on Trump administration, shelves a speech criticizing anti-Palestinian acts by Trump administration, for upcoming U.N. General Assembly.

By Daniel Siryoti

 

A series of recent U.S. steps against the Palestinian Authority have infuriated the Palestinian leadership, but the outrage directed at the U.S. administration has been amplified by growing criticism directed at Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who has made “every possible mistake” since President Donald Trump entered the White House, according to a senior Palestinian official who spoke to Israel Hayom. Continue Reading »

Ari Fuld, American-Israeli activist stabbed to death by Palestinian teen

Fuld, a fierce pro-Israel activist on social media & his personal website, believed the truth would win over the lies & propaganda used against Judaism’s connection to the Land of Israel.

By TOVAH LAZAROFF

 

Ari Fuld, an Israeli-American national murdered on Sunday by a Palestinian terrorist in Gush Etzion, was a well-known social media personality and Israel advocate.

Fuld was stabbed in the back. Despite his severe injuries, he chased after the attacker and shot him before collapsing.

Fuld will be laid to rest Sunday night at 11:30 p.m., according to the Efrat municipality.

“I want to send my sincerest condolences to the Fuld family, to the residents of Efrat and all of Gush Etzion over the shocking murder of Ari Fuld,” said President of Israel Reuven Rivlin. Continue Reading »

The end of an era: Trump White House ends, ‘The Palestinian Exception’

The ‘Palestinian Exception’, practiced by the previous three US Presidents,  involved allowing the PLO, PA and their supporters a ‘free-pass’ for behavior that would have otherwise been acknowledged as illegal, but ignored simply because the perpetrators were Palestinians or activists in their stead.

By CAROLINE B. GLICK

 

When Rosh Hashanah ended on Tuesday evening, Jews discovered that over the holiday, the Trump administration had enacted two policies – one foreign and one domestic – that on their face, don’t appear to be connected. But actually, they stem from the same rationale. And both together and separately, these two policies give Jews much to be thankful for. Continue Reading »

Damascus arms depot hit after weapons recently arrived for Hezbollah

Britain-based Human Rights NGO in Syria reports missile attack targeted an arms depot near Damascus airport where recently arrived weapons were stored for the Iranians or Hezbollah.
– IDF: ‘Israel does not comment on foreign reports’

By Daniel Salami

 

Syria’s state media says Israel has launched a missile attack on Damascus International Airport Saturday, adding that Syrian air defenses shot down some of them.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said Israel does not comment on foreign reports.

The Saturday night attack shook the capital Damascus as blasts were heard in the city. Syrian media quoted an unnamed military official without giving further details. Continue Reading »

Trump to Palestinians: Biting the hand that feeds you no longer works

Trump Admin explains why it’s changing the unsuccessful 40 year-old paradigm in search of peace, while trying to explain to an unappreciative Palestinian leadership that, “Nobody is entitled to America’s foreign aid.”

By Israel Today Staff

 

Despite being wholly dependent upon the goodwill of Israel, the Arab states and Western power-brokers, the Palestinian Authority has seemingly done its best to alienate each and every one.

It’s ironic, considering that much of the Palestinian leadership’s diplomatic efforts are focused on isolating Israel.

Israel’s reasons for distrusting the Palestinian Authority are clear. And numerous statements by Arab leaders across the Middle East in recent years reveal that they don’t think very highly of Mahmoud Abbas and his regime, even if they remain committed to the “Palestinian cause.”

But the bulk of the PA’s annual income comes from the West, and a large chunk of that used to be provided by the United States. Continue Reading »

Belgium ends financial aid to PA education after school named for terrorist

Following Norwegian Foreign Minister’s lead that ended Norway’s financing of Palestinian schools, Belgium ends cooperation with the PA education ministry after their refusal to change school’s name glorifying Palestinian terrorist who massacred 38 Israeli civilians, 13 of them children.

By i24NEWS

 

Belgium’s Education Ministry announced Friday it would suspend its relations with the Palestinian Authority’s education ministry after it neglected to adhere to demands from Brussels to change the name of a school honoring a Palestinian terrorist, according to a report from Joods Actueel Jewish newspaper.

The move reportedly followed several appeals from Brussels to the PA to change the name of a Belgian-funded school named for Dalal Mughrabi located in the West Bank city of Hebron. Continue Reading »

EU resolution on razing illegally built Bedouin village ‘may be war crime’

With calls for restitution for their investments of “an estimated ‎‎€315,000 worth of EU-funded humanitarian ‎assistance,” the European Parliament members condemned Israel’s plan to remove the illegal Bedouin encampment in a 320 to 277 ‎vote, noting, “The demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and the forcible ‎transfer of its residents would constitute a grave ‎breach of international humanitarian law.”
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ast week Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled that there ‎‎was no legal reason to prevent the illegally built homestead’s ‎‎relocation.

By News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff

 

‎The European Union on Thursday warned that Israel’s ‎plan to demolish the Bedouin herding village of ‎Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, may amount to a ‎war crime.‎

Khan al-Ahmar is located off a highway that runs ‎through the West Bank from Jerusalem to the Dead ‎Sea. Continue Reading »

Palestinian ‘Right of Return’ still feasible according to past negotiators

Analysis: The Palestinian right of return issue seemed resolvable under peace talks that stemmed from Oslo and Camp David, according to former U.S. and Israeli negotiators.

By TOVAH LAZAROFF

 

The Trump administration in the last month has welcomed Israeli restraint with regard to settlement activity but called “unsustainable” the growing number of people who are officially considered Palestinian refugees.

The sudden sea change in rhetoric is seen as part of the administration’s preparation for the unveiling of the “deal of the century” in which it hopes to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Flour sacks arrive at an UNRWA Gaza distribution centre.

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VERDICT: Court finds Abbas’ PA directly responsible for 2002 terror attack

In an unprecedented ruling, the Jerusalem District Court finds the Palestinian Authority directly facilitated the suicide bombing that killed Gadi and Tzipi Shemesh, who were murdered more than 16 years ago as they were on their way home from a pregnancy test.

By Yael Friedson

 

The Jerusalem District Court ruled on Thursday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is directly responsible for the deaths of Gadi and Tzipi Shemesh, who were murdered in a suicide attack on Jerusalem’s King George Street in March 2002.

The court’s decision was part of a tort suit filed by the victims’ orphan daughters and other family members. Continue Reading »

Lebanese PM rebukes possibility of citizenship to ‘Palestinian refugees’

Responding to reports that the Trump peace initiative has the hosting mid-East countries granting their so-called “Palestinian refugees” citizenship, Lebanon’s Foreign Minister says his country will never agree.
– UNRWA accepts donations to aid  449,957 “Palestinian refugees” in Lebanon, but official 
Lebanese count stands at 174,422.

By Dalit Halevi

 

Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil says his country will never agree to grant Lebanese citizenship to so-called “Palestinian refugees”, in response to reports that the US government would like the countries hosting the “refugees” to grant them citizenship.

“Even if the entire world agrees to naturalization, we will never agree to that, and just as we defeated Israel by removing its occupation [from Lebanon in 2000], we will defeat it with regard to the naturalization plan and the right of return that will remain sacred,” Bassil said in an interview with Lebanese newspaper Al Joumhouria. Continue Reading »

IDF concludes years of humanitarian operations in Syria

With the Assad regime regaining control over the country, the IDF is ending its ‘Operation Good Neighbor’ after years of secretly supplying humanitarian aid, including food & medical supplies to untold thousands of Syrian civilians wounded during the 7 yr-old Syrian civil war.
–  IDF Spokesperson’s Office: ‘This was another expression of the values that guide the IDF’s actions’.

By Yoav Zitun

 

The IDF announced on Thursday evening that is putting an end to its years-long operation that provided humanitarian aid to thousands of Syrian civilians who fell victim to the civil war that has ravaged the country since 2011. Continue Reading »