Israel releases two incarcerated Syrians as a “goodwill gesture” for the return of fallen American-Israeli IDF soldier Zachary Baumel, killed in the 1982 Lebanon War.
Israel on Sunday morning released two Syrian prisoners in what an Israeli official called a “goodwill gesture” for the body of the fallen American-Israeli soldier Zachary Baumel, which was returned to the Jewish homeland at the start of the month, 37 years after its first war with Lebanon in 1982.
The Israeli Defense Forces said Sunday that the two prisoners were transferred from Israel to the Red Cross in Syria via the Quinetra border crossing in the Golan Heights. Continue Reading »
During an official ceremony at Russia’s Defense Ministry in Moscow, PM Netanyahu is given the last personal effects belonging to Israel’s soldier, Sgt 1st Class, Zachary Baumel ז”ל who was returned to Israel yesterday, 37 years after becoming MIA in Lebanon.
Arutz Sheva Staff
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended an official ceremony of the Russian Ministry of Defense on Thursday afternoon, during which the remaining items belonging to the late Zachary Baumel were handed over to the prime minister.
Among the objects delivered were Baumel’s tank suit and military boots. The ceremony was attended by Chief of Staff of the Russian Army Valery Gerasimov. Continue Reading »
The remains of U.S. born Zachary Baumel, who was deemed MIA since the June 1982 Battle of Sultan Yacoub in Lebanon, was repatriated to Israel this week and returned to his family once his identity was confirmed by a DNA test.
By Yoav Zitun, Daniel Salami
The body of an Israeli soldier who disappeared in battle during the First Lebanon War has been returned to his family after 37 years, the IDF said Wednesday. The remains of Brooklyn-born First Sergeant Zachary Baumel were repatriated to Israel several days ago via a third country. According to IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, the body was returned to Israel on an El Al plane. Continue Reading »
PM Netanyahu, who is also acting Defense Minister stated, “We will strike at anyone who tried to harm us. Whoever threatens to eliminate us, bears full responsibility.”
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
The launchers of Russian-made S-300 missile defense systems deployed to Syria have been erected, new satellite images released on Tuesday showed.
The satellite images released by the Israeli satellite company ImageSat International show three out of the four systems erected in Masyaf in northwestern Syria. One launcher was observed covered by a camouflage net.
“Due to the current regional tension and the detected erection of the launchers it is possible that the mentioned activity indicates an increase of the operational level and alertness,” ImageSat said in their assessment of the images. Continue Reading »
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman delivered a message to Israeli ambassador two days after 3 squadrons of IAF jets struck Iranian targets around Damascus area, ‘Israel must end its “arbitrary” airstrikes on targets in Syria.’
By Itamar Eichner, Daniel Salami, Reuters
Russia is demanding that Israel end its “arbitrary” airstrikes on targets in Syria, two days after the Israeli Air Force struck a series of Iranian military and intelligence targets in response to a rocket strike on the Golan Heights.
“The practice of arbitrary strikes on the territory of a sovereign state, in this case, we are talking about Syria, should be ruled out,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, in answer to a question from Russian news agency TASS about recent Israeli air strikes on Syria. Continue Reading »
The delegation’s visit, headed by the Kremlin’s Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman and Defense Committee Chairman, is viewed by Jerusalem as highly important as it symbolizes Moscow’s intention to leave behind the crisis over the plane that was downed in Syria during an IAF strike.
By Itamar Eichner
A special Russian delegation arrived in Israel on Wednesday, as part of Moscow’s efforts to ease tensions between the two countries following the downing of a Russian plane by Syrian forces in September, during an attempt to repel an Israeli airstrike.
The Russian delegation, headed by Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Konstantin Koschev and Defense Committee Chairman Victor Bondar, was to discuss the Hezbollah terror tunnels that the IDF is working to uncover dug under the Israel-Lebanese border. Continue Reading »
Since Moscow is still angry over losing a plane during IAF attack in Syria this past September, a Russian newspaper reported that the Kremlin made a deal with Iran that allows Hezbollah and other pro-Iranian Shiite groups operating in Syria full protection by operating under its flag to evade an Israeli response.
By Alex Fishman
Moscow is allowing fighters from Hezbollah and other pro-Iranian Shiite groups operating in Syria to carry Russian flags in order to protect them from Israeli airstrikes, Russia’s Kommersant newspaper reported Wednesday.
The report follows a Russian snub earlier this week to Israeli military officials, as Moscow appears reluctant to ease its anger over the loss of one of its planes during an IAF bombing raid in Syria in September. Continue Reading »
Israeli defense official believe the ISIS rocket fired on Israel was intentional [too far off target to have been ‘stray fire’], hoping the IDF would retaliate against the Assad army, but instead, Israel targeted the source, killing several ISIS terrorists along with destroying their rocket launchers.
– Moscow congratulated Jerusalem for eliminating the ISIS unit.
The Russian Defense Ministry praised Israel Thursday after the IDF’s attack on ISIS forces in the Syrian Golan area killed several members of the terrorist organization and destroyed rocket launchers.
According to the Russian news agency Sputnik, the ISIS terrorists were trying on Wednesday to fire missiles at Syrian army positions, but hit Israel instead with two BM-21 rockets that landed in the Kinneret. Continue Reading »
Russia’s newly appointed ambassador to Israel, Anatoly Viktorov, said that holding Russia Day in Jerusalem was in line with Vladimir Putin’s statement last year, “that we view west Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
By HERB KEINON
The annual Russia Day celebration put on by the Russian embassy took on added significance on Thursday because it was held in Jerusalem, the first national day to be held in the capital by any country in recent memory.
“I am delighted to be here,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — who in the past has sent other ministers to the Russian Day celebrations — said in the picturesque Sergei Courtyard in Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
London-based, Saudi media quotes “Russian sources” as saying that Israel was given ‘green light’ to continue attacks on Iranian targets deep inside Syria, as long as Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s facilities were not hit.
Russia gave Israel a “green light” to attack Iranian bases inside Syria during conversations between senior leaders over the last two days, according to a Saudi newspaper report published Friday.
On Thursday Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman met his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoygu in Moscow [Pictured Above – Photo: IDF] to discuss the situation in Syria, followed quickly by a phone call between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin. 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 »
According to a Russian media report, Foreign Minister Lavrov said Putin’s government is prepared to back Israeli demands that Iranian and Iranian-backed forces (Hezbollah) be kept away at least 37 miles from the Israeli frontier, in the hopes of avoiding further confrontations between their military and Israel’s.
By David Rosenberg
Iran’s allies are mulling limitations on Revolutionary Guard activity in Syrian territory, and may have already begun blocking Iranian access to military facilities in the hopes of avoiding future confrontations with Israel.
Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, suggested Monday afternoon that his country would accept Israel’s demand that Iranian forces not occupy positions close to the Israeli border. Continue Reading »
Israel’s PM Netanyahu to leave for Germany & France next week, maybe UK, to impress upon European leaders the importance of blocking Iran’s expansion into the Middle East and their nuclear aspirations.
– Defense Minister Lieberman, accompanied by head of Military Intelligence Directorate to visit Russian counterpart in Moscow on Syrian agreement.
By Itamar Eichner, Shahar Hay and Yoav Zitun
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will leave for a three-day visit to Germany and France starting next Monday, during which he will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the Iranian nuclear threat and the Islamic republic’s entrenchment in Syria. Continue Reading »
Since the IDF & Moscow have an open operational hotline to avoid military clashes over the Syrian skies, a report cited by Russian and Lebanese media outlets that Russian jets challenged Israeli jets seems highly unlikely.
Israeli warplanes were intercepted by Russian fighter jets in Lebanese airspace on Monday morning, in what was deemed an unlikely clash between the two countries who have reached an agreement on averting confrontation in Syria and the wider region, according to a report by Hadashot news.
Israeli F-16 Python vs. Russian SU-34 Sukhoi
The two Israeli Air Force F-16 jets were said to have been been challenged by the Russian Sukhoi SU-34 jets over Tripoli, the report claimed citing Russian and Lebanese media outlets. Continue Reading »
In a statement released just days after the Israeli Prime Minister’s meeting with Putin in Moscow and Israel’s massive airstrike in Syria, Moscow announced they are not planning any advanced S-300 missiles sales to Syria.
Russia is not in talks with the Syrian government about supplying advanced S-300 ground-to-air missiles and does not think they are needed, the Izvestia daily cited a top Kremlin aide as saying on Friday, in an apparent U-turn by Moscow.
Putin and Netanyahu in Moscow – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Facebook page
The comments, by Vladimir Kozhin, an aide to President Vladimir Putin who oversees Russian military assistance to other countries, follow a visit to Moscow by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, who has been lobbying Putin hard not to transfer the missiles. Continue Reading »