Pro-Israeli US politicians trying to put in place visa waiver program that allows Israelis to travel to USA as tourists 90 days without having to apply for visa. American intelligence officials opposing the program. Concerns would increase risk of Israeli spying in US could harm national security.
Russian government has warned about delivering advanced weapons to Syria’s foreign-backed militants, saying it would destabilize the situation, thwart any political solution to the crisis in the country. Dangerously escalated with US anti-tanks missile systems delivered to militants.
Israel has grabbed more Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank in a move that could complicate efforts to extend the so-called peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. Israeli ministry of military affairs declared 100 hectares of territory south of East al-Quds (Jerusalem), as its property.
President Bashar al-Assad: Syria's three-year conflict at a "turning point" due to military gains, ending sieges on rebel-held areas closing off supply routes from Lebanon and securing main highway from Damascus to central Syria. Allies expect him to win presidential election in July.
Israel’s army chief of staff General Benny Gantz said an Israeli military operation in Lebanon is not only a realistic scenario but a necessary one. Israel is considering an increase in the level of its preparedness to emergency level.
A leader of the foreign-backed Syrian opposition calls for forging a coalition with Israel against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, noted overthrow of Assad is Israel’s main interests in Syria. offered handing Golan Heights to Tel Aviv in return for receiving military aid from Israel.
Israel’s Defense Ministry has successfully launched Ofek 10, a next-generation satellite that will provide highly-targeted surveillance of specific locations zooming in to take high-resolution images of objects as small as 18 inches across. Seventh Israeli satellite currently in space.
Russia oil-for-goods deal to buy 500,000 barrels Iranian oil per day, which Washington says will violate the terms of Iran’s interim nuclear agreement. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry threatens more ‘sanctions.’ Iran’s response: refuses to ‘wait for America’s permission’ to increase its oil exports.
Senior official in Prime Minister's Office told New York Times Israel "deeply disappointed" by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's assertion Jerusalem to blame for breakdown in talks with the Palestinians, added Kerry's remarks would hurt negotiations and harden Palestinian positions.
Israeli bulldozers demolished houses, tore down trees belonging to Palestinian Bedouins in Negev Desert. Destructions are part of the Prawer Plan, would expel 70,000 people, destroy 35 Bedouin villages. Israel refused to recognize rights of Palestinian Bedouins, denies access to basic services.
Hundreds of websites of Israeli ministries and organizations came under attack by Anonymous, dubbed #OpIsrael, will not stop until the police state becomes a free state and Palestine is free. Act of protest against Israel's policies. Hackers of the World Uniting against Israel.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, sending more and deadlier arms to help Assad score a string of advances against insurgents. Russia now doing everything to ensure Assad wins convincingly. Syria started using longer-range Russian Smerch and Uragan rockets for first time in February.
Western-backed rebel leader, Jamal Maarouf admitted fighting against Al-Qaeda was “not our problem” and his group is battling alongside the terrorist organization. His group not fighting against but helping Al-Qaeda. They asked us for weapons so we sent a lot. Previously viewed as moderate rebels.
IDF officers: IDF rehearsing scenarios of mass rioting and guerrilla warfare it may encounter if and when it invades Lebanon, takes over villages there. Preparing for similar reality to the one Americans encounter in Afghanistan. Includes preparation of tanks that will be in the urban warfare.
Iran, Russia progress towards oil-for-goods deal worth $20 billion. Oil exchanged for industrial goods, metals, food, no military equipment. Enable Tehran to boost exports in defiance of sanctions. White House: deal raises "serious concerns" inconsistent with nuclear talks between world powers, Iran.
Israel’s Iron Dome missile system has 'accidentally' fired interceptor rockets into the Red Sea resort city of Eilat in southern Negev. Army initially presumed a rocket attack had occurred, later claimed attacks were a false alarm caused by an error. Residents were panicked following a series of explosions.
.Cheney at Republican Jewish Coalition’s spring leadership meeting stated his support for a military strike against Iran’s nuclear program, drawing laughter and applause from the crowd.
Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas signed a request to join several UN agencies in an effort to win more recognition from the world body. Israeli Tourism Minister Uzi Landau threatened that Israel would annex more Palestinian land and hurt Palestinians economically.
Turkish officials caught planning attack on their own forces to manufacture pretext to attack Syria. Content of leaked audio recording, posted to YouTube, of meeting between Turkish diplomats, intelligence officials. Discuss organizing attack inside Syria across the Turkish-Syrian border.
India is ready to pay Iran in euros rather than rupees for crude oil imports after an Iranian official recently said Tehran prefers euro payment. India is among Asia’s major importers of energy, and relies on the Islamic Republic to satisfy a portion of its energy requirements.
Israeli news website Ynet reports Vadim Rabinovich, a Ukrainian Jewish oligarch who holds an Israeli passport and has lived in Israel, announced that he will run for Ukrainian president. Heads the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress and is the founder of the European Jewish Parliament.
The United Nations (UN) has strongly condemned Egypt's military-installed government for handing down mass death sentences to more than 500 members of the Muslim Brotherhood supporters of country’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi. 700 more Morsi supporters are to stand trial.
Israeli diplomats launched an unprecedented strike on Sunday, forcing the complete closure of embassies around the world as they escalated a over pay dispute. Will close all of Israel's 102 missions abroad, paralyzing most diplomatic work with other countries, United Nations, not possible to submit complaints.
Israeli forces have attacked Palestinians in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) during a protest to condemn the killing of three people in the occupied West Bank. clashes took place after Palestinians gathered outside the Old City in East al-Quds in protest to the killing of the three Palestinians in the city of Jenin.
Gunbattles between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad subsided in Tripoli, north Lebanon, Friday after heavy fighting over the last 24 hours left three people dead. explosions rocked many parts of the city before fighting eased around 8 a.m. But sniper fire continued.
Clashes in Iraq have killed 37 people and wounded dozens of others as the government struggles with the unrest in the country, Iraqi security forces supported by Sunni tribesmen have been battling the militants in the western province of Anbar. The Iraqi government has stepped up efforts to boost security.
Haaretz; Israel’s 2014 military budget includes at least 10 billion shekels devoted to preparations for war with Iran, Haaretz newspaper reports. Israel may strike Tehran’s nuclear sites even without US help. "No one can replace the US as the world's policeman. I hope the US will come to its senses."
Air strikes carried out by Israel against Syrian army positions killed one person, injured seven. The strike came hours after four IDF soldiers wounded by bomb attack in the Golan Heights. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon warned Syrian President Bashar Assad that if he persisted he would "regret his actions."
The United Nations says Israel has blocked humanitarian aid worth USD 110 million from reaching Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip. implementation of UN projects has not been renewed, though it was agreed upon with the Israeli authorities. Fifteen projects worth $14 million are currently on hold.
Israel’s minister for military affairs says Tel Aviv must go it alone in taking action against Iran over its nuclear energy program, said the US is not going to do anything to stop Tehran's nuclear activities and Israel must act alone. Criticized US President Barack Obama for “showing weakness.”
Israeli court ordered demolition of Palestinian homes, ruling the homeowners must pay for the costs of the destruction of their houses. Each of the homeowners must pay 20,000 Israeli Shekels ($6,000) to Israeli authorities for the demolition of their homes. Many Palestinians facing same threat.
United States condemn Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon for criticism of Barack Obama, question his commitment to Israel. Implied US policy on Iran pushing Israel to plan for war, demonstrating weakness on Ukraine. Criticism of US administration extensive. State Department demanded an apology.
Pentagon: US Navy Seals boarded and took control of an oil tanker on Monday that had loaded crude at a rebel-held port in eastern Libya and escaped to sea. Operation was approved by president Barack Obama and was conducted in the early hours of Monday in international waters south-east of Cyprus.
sraeli warplanes have carried out fresh aerial attacks against Gaza Strip, a day after an airstrike against the enclave. At least three air raids, hit several locations. Palestinian resistance movement of Islamic Jihad responded to air raids Tuesday by a volley of rockets.
The Guardian: The West is planning a new push against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad through funding proxy war on the conflict-stricken country. The paper said information based on leaks from United States, Israel, Jordan and Persian Gulf Arab states.
Egypt has demolished 1,370 underground tunnels between the country and the besieged Gaza Strip. Palestinians use the underground tunnels to transfer essential supplies, including food and fuel into Gaza, which has been blockaded by Israel since 2007.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said Israel should reoccupy Gaza resume military control of the Gaza Strip after a barrage of 41 rockets was fired from the Palestinian territory. No injuries or damage were reported. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel will respond “forcefully” to the rockets.
Support for Israel is weakening among evangelical Christians, prompting a new struggle for the hearts and minds of younger members of America’s largest pro-Israel demographic group. Many are seeking some form of evenhandedness when approaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Palestinian resistance movement Islamic Jihad says it has fired a salvo of rockets into southern Israel in retaliation for recent deadly airstrike on Gaza Strip. Israel: 50 rockets from Gaza landed in southern towns of Sderot and Negev, Iron Dome missile system only intercepted three rockets.
The Libyan parliament ousted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, after military forces failed to prevent escape of North Korea-flagged tanker laden with oil. Tanker slipped past the warships during inclement weather. Tripoli has made efforts to end protests at oil ports, fields across country drastically reduced oil output.
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