Since last month’s strike on the Syrian T4 air base holding Iranian weapons planned to be used by Hezbollah against Israel, hostilities continue to escalate with Iranian threats being taken seriously.
Israel’s defense is reportedly bracing itself for a possible imminent missile attack from its northern border in retaliation for the Israel strike last month on the Syrian T4 air base, which hit Iranian facilities and killed seven Revolutionary Guards personnel.
Preparations have been identified recently for a launch of Iranian missiles on Israel’s northern border, organized by the Revolutionary Guards, local media reported Sunday evening.
Archive IDF footage from T4 Airbase
However, the Israeli assessment is that Iran is looking to carry out a directed attack in order to ‘settle the score’, rather than plunge the region into full-blown war. Continue Reading »
From an ISIS stronghold in Syria, the Islamist radicals threaten they will topple Hamas for being “insufficiently stringent” about enforcing “the rule of Sharia.”
By Elad Benari
Islamic State (ISIS) insurgents on Tuesday threatened to topple Hamas in Gaza, accusing the group of being “insufficiently stringent” about religious enforcement, according to Reuters.
ISIS flag – Reuters
The video, issued from an ISIS stronghold in Syria, was a public challenge to Hamas, which has been cracking down on jihadists who oppose its truces with Israel and reconciliation with longtime rival Fatah.
“We will uproot the state of the Jews (Israel) and you and Fatah, and all of the secularists are nothing and you will be over-run by our creeping multitudes,” said a masked ISIS member, according to Reuters, in the message addressed to the “tyrants of Hamas”. Continue Reading »
Sheikh Hassan Yousef says Hamas is reportedly demanding help to rebuild Gaza Strip in exchange for calm, and threatens attacks if help is not received.
By Daniel Siryoti
Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of Hamas’ leaders in the West Bank, has confirmed for the first time that Israel and Hamas are in the midst of negotiations via mediators.
Sheikh Hassan Yousef: Hamas is negotiating with Israel – Photo credit: Reuters
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Upon his recent release from Israeli prison, Yousef told Channel 1 journalist Yoram Cohen that Hamas and Israel are trying to work out a deal for long-term calm with Gaza.
According to Yousef, the father of “Son of Hamas” author Mosab Hassan Yousef, the deal being negotiated involves Israel helping Gaza rebuild following last summer’s war and providing a floating port along the Gaza coast, in exchange for Hamas keeping the calm in the long term.
As IDF masses its forces near Lebanese border, senior Iranian military official warned Israel that any attack would unleash a firestorm of missiles on its cities.
Israeli forces, including heavy artillery, have been massing along the Lebanese border, yet the sole purpose of the buildup is participation in a military drill, Israeli officials said on Sunday after Iran and its Lebanon proxy Hezbollah reportedly showed unease over the maneuvers.
An Israeli army 155mm mobile artillery battery is stationed near the border with Syria in the Israeli Golan Heights on January 28, 2015 – Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP
The Ynet website reported that the Islamic Republic is worried that Israel might use the lack of stability in Syria and Lebanon to somehow jeopardize the planned signature of a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. Continue Reading »
Islamic Jihad has put Israel on warning that it intends to break the ceasefire on missile attacks if its leaders are banned by Israel from entering Gaza.
Islamic Jihad has placed Israel on warning it will break the ceasefire on missile attacks if its leader is banned from entering Gaza.
Israel has been spared rocket and missile attacks since the Egyptian-mediated ceasefire took effect on November 21 after the IDF’s Pillar of Defense campaign and the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system pushed the de facto Hamas regime into a position of having to back down or face a massive ground incursion. Continue Reading »