Israeli intel analyst feels that if Assad falls, the ever growing number of jihadists in Syria will take control over the country & attack Israel.
Europeans gov’ts worry that their Muslim citizens fighting alongside Islamists may carry out attacks at home after returning home.
The West and Israel have been reluctant to intervene with enough force to tip the balance in the fighting in Syria, but the continued influx of Sunni jihadists to the region and their increasing attacks in neighboring Lebanon and Iraq has some thinking President Bashar Assad’s regime is the better of two evils. Continue Reading »
Israeli Druze from Majdal Shams injured after shots fired from Syria.
A resident of the Druze town of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights was shot in a suspected terrorist attack as he stood near to the border with Syria Saturday.
The 19 year-old man, said he clearly heard a gun fire before being hit in the foot by a bullet, apparently fired from the Syrian side of the border.
The victim was admitted to hospital in light-to-moderate condition.
The IDF and local police have launched an investigation into the incident, saying that at this point they are unaware of any unusual incidents along the northern border. Continue Reading »
Friday night’s powerful explosion was confirmed Saturday as a bomb on Syria’s border targeting an IDF patrol. No injuries reported, just minor damage to patrol vehicle.
By Arutz Sheva Staff and AFP
The IDF said Saturday that a blast the previous evening on the Golan Heights was from a bomb detonated as patrolling troops passed by, but that there were no casualties.
An investigation of the incident, which took place near the Syrian border, concluded that “the explosion was caused by a concealed explosive device operated against Israeli soldiers,” a statement said.
No casualties were reported from the explosion, but a military vehicle suffered some minor damage. Continue Reading »
Reports of massive explosions were reported at a gov’t military base in western Syria. Both Syrian & Lebanese sources say Israel was behind the blast.
By Maayana Miskin
There was a massive explosion early Thursday morning at an aerial defense base near the city of Latakia in northeastern Syria, Walla reports, based on reports from the Syrian opposition.
Opposition sources said the base, which held anti-aircraft missiles, was destroyed in the blast.
Sources in Syria and Lebanon blamed Israel for the strike. However, they offered alternate versions of events: while Syrian sources said the base was hit by a strike from the sea, Lebanese media outlets reported that Israeli planes were seen in the area before the blast. Continue Reading »
Israel civilian workers constructing the new border fence between Israel & Syria were targeted by Syrian gunfire.
None injured but small wild-fire broke out.
By Yoav Zitun
Gunfire was opened on Tuesday at laborers raising a new border fence on the Israeli-Syrian border, near the Hermonit Post in the Golan Heights.
IDF soldiers on the Syria-Israel border.- Photo: Yaron Kaminsky
No injuries were reported, but a fire has broken out in the area.
Border tension was also registered Monday, as IDF fired at two Palestinians approaching the fence in the northern Gaza Strip.The two were hit, one reportedly killed and the other apprehended by security forces, following a short chase. Continue Reading »
Three unnamed U.S. officials told CNN reporters that it was Israel that struck the Russian-made missiles in Latakia, Syria last Friday.
By Elad Benari, Canada
A series of explosions last week at a critical Syrian port was the result of airstrikes by Israeli warplanes, multiple U.S. officials told CNN on Friday.
Israel Air Force F-16i (Sufa) – Photo Courtesy: IDF Spokesperson’s office
Regional media widely reported the predawn explosions at Latakia on July 5, but no one had oficially claimed responsibility.
Three U.S. officials told CNN the target of the airstrikes were Russian-made Yakhont anti-ship missiles that Israel believes posed a threat to its naval forces. Continue Reading »
Senior Gulf Cooperation Council officials met in the Saudi capital to coordinate sanctions against Hizbullah because of the Shiite terrorist organization’s support for the Syrian regime.
By Elad Benari
Senior Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) officials met in Riyadh on Thursday to coordinate sanctions in the six member states against Lebanon’s Shiite Hizbullah terror group over its support for the Syrian regime, AFP reported.
Hizbullah flag – AFP photo
The meeting was “to develop mechanisms to monitor movements, financial transactions and business operations of Hizbullah,” said Bahraini deputy interior minister Khaled al-Absi, according to the news agency.
The GCC monarchies decided on June 10 to impose sanctions on Hizbullah, targeting residency permits and its financial and business activities in reprisal for the group’s armed intervention in Syria. Continue Reading »
TIME reports: Israeli & U.S. Air Forces may target Assad’s arsenals of unconventional weapons in joint operation.
By Arutz Sheva
Israeli and U.S. military officials are coordinating how to target and destroy Syrian president Bashar Assad’s arsenal of unconventional weapons under assorted scenarios, Israeli military and intelligence officials told TIME Magazine.
One scenario would be the sudden removal of Assad from the scene, the magazine said. “That would prompt the allies to launch operations on the estimated 18 depots and other sites where WMDs are stored,” Israei military and intelligence officials said.
“Search and destroy operations would also be launched if the weapons appeared to be about to fall into the hands of the rebels, which include Islamist extremists aligned with al-Qaeda.” Continue Reading »
By Israel Hayom Staff and Reuters
The radical axis of Iran, Syria and Hezbollah has crossed all red lines recently, Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday.
Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Avigdor Lieberman – Photo: AP
Speaking at a meeting of his committee, Lieberman said that Iran was moving at a “crazy pace” toward obtaining a nuclear weapon, and that he hoped Israel would be able to make the correct decisions. Continue Reading »
After an IDF jeep was hit and damaged by Syrian gunfire, Israel returns fire with precision hit of a Tammuz missile.
Syrian forces fired into Israeli territory on Monday night, the third such incident this week. At approximately 1:00 AM, Syrian forces fired at IDF troops patrolling near Tel Fares in the central Golan Heights. No one was wounded, but an army jeep was damaged.
Stray mortar shell lands in Israel’s northern Golan Heights – Photo: Gil Eliyahu
Following the incident, the Artillery Corps returned fire with precision Tammuz missiles. IDF officials said that a military response to the firing incidents on the border was being considered in detail and in accordance with a situation assessment in progress. Continue Reading »
Former Military Intelligence head Amos Yadlin said that if Syrian President starts a war with Israel, he will be “finished”.
If Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad will start a war with Israel, he will be “finished”, former Military Intelligence head, Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, said on Friday.
“There is pressure on Assad to respond [to recent Israeli airstrikes in Syria], but he will be finished if he starts a war,” Yadlin, who now heads the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), told Channel 10 News.
“We must not think that what worked several times will always work,” he added, referring to alleged Israeli airstrikes in Damascus targeting weapons meant for Hizbullah. Continue Reading »