Ambassador Haley reported that this year the US will vote “no” on the annual UN resolution that condemns the Israeli “occupation” of the Golan Heights, because “the atrocities the Syrian regime continues to commit prove its lack of fitness to govern anyone,” while endangering Israel’s security.
By Elad Benari
The US announced on Thursday that it plans to vote “no” on an annual resolution at the UN condemning Israel’s alleged “occupation” of the Golan Heights.
The annual resolution, entitled “The Occupied Syrian Golan”, is scheduled for a vote on Friday, November 16.
In the past, the US had abstained in the vote, but in a statement, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, explained why this year the American delegation would vote against the resolution. Continue Reading »
With the return of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force to the frontier between Syria and Israel, Russia announces its military police will assist them until all UN patrols along the border are fully restored.
The Associated Press
The Russian military said Tuesday that its forces in Syria will help UN peacekeepers fully restore patrols along the volatile frontier between Syria and the Israeli Golan Heights.
The Russian deployment in the area has highlighted Moscow’s growing clout in the region, marking a successful attempt to balance the sharply conflicting interests of Israel and Iran.
Syrian army soldier stands guard as Russian military police vehicle passes by near the town of Alhureyeh – Photo: AP
“The Russian flag is the guarantor of peace and security on that land,” said Lt. Continue Reading »
The UN ‘peacekeeping’ UNDOF returns to Syria for first time in years, conducting joint patrols with Russian military police, acknowledging Moscow’s standing in the region.
• Iranian-backed troops still posted near Damascus, and only 25 miles from Mount Hermon.
By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff
U.N. peacekeepers returned to the Israel-Syria border on the Golan Heights on Thursday, for the first time in years.
United Nations Disengagement Observer Force officials conducted joint patrols with Russian military police in a reflection of Moscow’s deepening role in mediating between the decades-old foes in the volatile region.
IDF closes it’s Golan Heights medical field clinic, the Mazor Ladach, that had provided treatment to some 6,800 displaced and deprived Syrians that had no access to medical help or medicines in their war-torn country.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
A field clinic built by the IDF and providing care to injured Syrians has been closed, the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit announced on Friday.
The Mazor Ladach (whose name translates into Bandaging Those In Need) was a field clinic opened in August 2017 and located in an unused military post in the southern Golan Heights on the Syrian border.
IDF medics provide urgent medical assistance to Syria refugees, June 30, 2018. Continue Reading »
IDF fighter-jets killed 7 armed Islamic State terrorists in the Syrian part of the southern Golan Heights on Wednesday night, and after search of the area this morning, explosive belts and an AK-47 assault weapon were recovered.
• ‘IDF is on high alert.’
By Arutz Sheva Staff,
Israeli planes attacked a number of armed terrorists in the southern part of the Syrian Golan Heights on Wednesday night, killing seven terrorists.
After the area was searched this morning, explosive belts and a Kalashnikov rifle were found.
7 armed ISIS terrorists approching Israeli border in Syrian Golan Heights before IDF eliminated them 2 Aug 2018. Continue Reading »
Despite the fact that the IDF have forcefully engaged both ISIS and Syrian rebel groups when they’ve attacked Israel, the Syrian regime continues to assert the narrative that describes ISIS as part of a resistance force created by the US, Israel, and Syrian rebels.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Islamic State was driven out from the last major villages it still held near the Golan Heights – in an area called the Yarmouk Basin – on Monday, according to the Syrian regime and local websites.
The ISIS affiliate group, Jaysh Khalid bin Walid, has held the area for several years but has only clashed with Israeli forces once. Continue Reading »
Sirens sound in Israel’s north for the second day, as the IDF launches Patriot ground-to-air interceptors at Syrian plane intruding into Israeli airspace.
By Chana Roberts
Sirens sounded Tuesday afternoon in regional councils in the Golan Heights and the Jordan Valley, as well as in the northern city of Katzrin.
Two Patriot missiles fired at a Syrian Sukhoi plane. – Screenshot/ Arutz Sheva videoclip
Residents of northern Israel reported that two interceptor missiles were fired from the Tzfat region.
The IDF confirmed that two Patriot missiles had been fired at a Syrian Sukhoi plane. The plane was being tracked, and when it reached two kilometers (1.24 miles) into Israel, it was shot down. Continue Reading »
PM Netanyahu commended and thanked both Trump and Putin for addressing Israeli concerns, both agreeing that Israel’s border with Syria should be secured according to the terms of the 1974 UN ceasefire agreement.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was pleased with the results of the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday, the Prime Minister’s Office said.
“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commends the abiding commitment of the US and President Donald Trump to the security of Israel, as expressed at the meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The friendship between Israel and the US has never been stronger,” the PMO said. Continue Reading »
Not specifying whether the target belonged to the rebels or regime, IDF forces strikes the Syria outpost that earlier fired a mortar towards Israel, which fell in the “buffer zone” adjacent to Israel’s border fence.
The Israel Defense Force said it on on Friday that it struck a Syrian outpost after a stray mortar shell landed near Israel’s border in a designated “buffer zone” adjacent to the eastern part of the security fence.
The errant fire that fell east of Israel’s security fence was a result of spillover from internal fighting between the Syrian regime and rebels.
In this illustrative photo, American soldiers fire an Israeli-made M120 mortar, similar to that shot at Israel from Syria. Continue Reading »
Is war looming?
IDF’s Chief of Staff toured Israel’s Golan Heights to investigate scenarios the military may execute should Syria fulfill its announced intention to return it’s army to Quneitra, part of the demilitarized buffer zone of the 1974 armistice agreement signed following the Yom Kippur War.
By Alex Fishman
The 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria may be in danger of collapsing, with Syria’s announced intention to return military forces to the town of Quneitra, located three kilometers from the Israeli border.
The city is located in the buffer zone between Israel and Syria, that according to the Separation Agreement is supposed to remain demilitarized. Continue Reading »
Amid the fierce fighting around the city of Daraa, that has forced the exodus of thousands of forlorn Syrian escapees, one refugee was openly praising Israel’s “noble stance” for the succor it was providing the suffering homeless, after Jordan closed its borders.
By Daniel Salami
A Syrian refugee who recently fled the southwestern city of Daraa in Syria—along with tens of thousands of others—amid the fierce fighting in the area that has precipitated the flight of some 160,000 Syrians to the Israeli and Jordanian borders, has praised Israel’s “noble stance” for the succor it has offered to the suffering refugees. Continue Reading »
The UN Security Council’s renewal of UN’s 1974 ceasefire resolution for the Golan Heights calls for Syrian regime military as well as opposition forces to cease fighting and immediately retreat from the Golan Heights.
By AFP, Arutz Sheva Staff
The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously renewed for six months its mission to observe the ceasefire in the Golan Heights, calling for armed groups to leave the Syria-Israel border area.
UNDOF, which comprises nearly a thousand personnel, was created in 1974 after an agreement on the departure of Israeli and Syrian forces from Golan.
UNDOF observation position on Mount Bental, Israel’s part of the Golan Heights. Continue Reading »
No longer believing that the Israelis are the bloodthirsty and merciless enemy, fleeing Syrian civilians are escaping the regime’s latest bombardments by seeking a safe-haven along side Israel’s Golan Heights.
By Israel Today Staff
Syrian civilians fleeing a fresh military offensive by their own government and its Russian allies have begun massing on the border of Israel’s Golan Heights.
They say that being as close as possible to Israeli forces is the safest place to be, presumably because Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and Russia are wary of drawing Israel further into the country’s bloody civil war.
The Assad regime is feeling confident of late after managing to regain control over most of Damascus and its suburbs, with the help of the Russians. Continue Reading »
Just a day after Russian FM Sergei Lavrov said that Iranian and allied forces should withdraw from the Southern Syria “soon,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported [Thursday] that Iran & Hezbollah are preparing to withdraw their troops from Syrian areas close to the Israeli border.
Iran and Hezbollah are preparing to withdraw troops from a southern Syria region close to the Israeli border after Russian intervention, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday.
Citing “a number of reliable sources” the war monitor said that Iranian advisers and Hezbollah fighters will vacate from two provinces in the area of Daraa and Quneitra near to the Israeli party of the Golan Heights. Continue Reading »
– Russian Defense Ministry: Israeli jets struck Iranian targets with at least 28 planes that fired some 60 missiles.
– Israel: Israel Air Force attacked nearly all of Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria.
By Reuters, Alexandra Lukash, Elior Levy
Russia’s defense ministry said on Thursday that Syria had shot down more than half of the missiles fired at it overnight by Israel, RIA news agency reported.According to the report, the Israeli strike was carried out by 28 planes which fired at least 60 missiles, including 10 surface-to-surface missiles.
Iranian forces in Syria launched a rocket attack on Israeli army bases in the Golan Heights early on Thursday, Israel said, prompting one of the heaviest Israeli barrages against Syria since the conflict there began in 2011. Continue Reading »