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.
A group of 50 Israeli teenagers has sent an open letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu declaring their opposition to being drafted into the military because of Israel’s policies surrounding West Bank settlements, which they view as human rights violations.
Polls show that Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to U.S. military involvement in: Ukraine, Syria, Iran. Think the U.S. “should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along as best they can on their own.”
80,000 Palestinians in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) have been without water for more than three days. Israeli water company Gihon: reason for the cut in water supplies is the water infrastructure.
sraeli forces have attacked Palestinian protesters marking the International Women’s Day in the occupied West Bank. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas at protesters. Protesters condemned Israeli occupation of their land, called on Tel Aviv to end blockade on the Gaza Strip.
The US House of Representatives passed bill, names Israel “major strategic partner” of the US and seeks to expand Washington’s military ties, delivery of US arms, funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile system. Israel already receives $30 billion dollars of American taxpayers’ money each year.
Israel going ahead with its Prawer Plan, which seeks to demolish Palestinian houses and relocate tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouins, refused to recognize rights of Palestinian Bedouins, denies them access to basic services. Already approved military and settlement projects in the area
Iran’s Defense Ministry announced delivery of a massive consignment of indigenous ballistic missiles to the country’s Armed Forces. The missiles and the system have been designed and produced by the Aerospace Industries Organization of Iran's Defense Ministry.
Israeli soldiers have reportedly taken position near the southern Lebanese border town of Maroun al-Ras, shortly after violating Beirut’s airspace. Israeli jets entered Lebanese airspace over border towns. Israel violates Lebanon’s airspace on an almost daily basis.
A senior Iranian lawmaker has played down the US’s recent military threats against Iran, reaffirming that the Islamic Republic is fully prepared to counter Washington’s “military option.”“We have always been prepared for [countering] the US’s threatening option on the table, i.e. military action.”
Britain's biggest arms company BAE Systems has concluded a deal to sell 72 Eurofighter Typhoon jets to Saudi Arabia following years of negotiations. BAE, said the public was “never going to know” how much the Saudis would pay for them. Saudi Arabia has recently increased its arms purchases.
CBS News: United States is pressuring Israel to stop assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists, admitting that Mossad agents were behind the string of terrorist attacks, Iran has repeatedly emphasized that its nuclear energy program is meant for civilian purposes only.
Israel launched an airstrike against Gaza Strip in the north. Israeli drone fired a rocket on a farmland near the city of Beit Hanoun. Monday, an Israeli airstrike hit a base belonging to the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah on the Lebanon-Syria border near the village of Janta.
A criminal court in Egypt has sentenced 26 people to death on charges of staging a “terror group” in an attempt to target the ships passing through the strategic Suez Canal, a water corridor owned by Egypt provides a vital link between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday Israel was doing all that was “necessary” to ensure its security, following reports of an air raid against Hezbollah targets on the Syrian-Lebanese border. We will not say what we’re doing or what we’re not doing” to maintain Israel’s security.
American Jewish leader Malcolm Hoenlein: growing international campaign to boycott Israel over illegal settlements is one of Israel's greatest challenges. "We have to counter the BDS movement in the strongest possible way. That means zero tolerance, and that has to become the mantra of our time,
10th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) has kicked off in the United States and Britain with similar events expected to be held in other parts of the world in March, to build support for the growing boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign of Israel.
Lebanese government has filed several complaints to the United Nations over the violation of the country’s airspace by the Israeli military aircraft. Israel violates Lebanon's airspace on an almost daily basis, claiming the flights serve surveillance purposes.
Haaretz: attack will originate in Jordan and the US, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan are planning the way it will be launched. US constructing runways for military near border, arming foreign-backed insurgents with heavy weapons. No US troops will be involved in the fighting on the ground.
US building up its military presence in Jordan inattempt to exert more control over current situations in Syria and Lebanon. Continued to build its military capability in Jordan Under guise of humanitarian operation, considering military role in region, as Israel has no capability to operate in Lebanon again.
Kurdish fighters in Syria say they have captured a town in the northeastern part of the country near the Iraqi border after days of combat with al-Qaeda-linked militants. Kurdish group, known as the People's Protection Units, says its fighters killed about 50 armed militants in the battle for Tal Barak.
US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman says it is important for Washington to get Israel’s opinion over nuclear negotiations with Iran, trying to assure Israeli officials about the talks, saying all matters which concern the international community will be on the negotiating table.
A report says Israeli spies have been ordered to try to link supporters of an economic boycott against Tel Aviv to terrorists and enemy states. Israel has convened a ministerial meeting to discuss how to respond to the growing number of foreign companies refusing to do business with Israel.
President Shimon Peres will award Israel's highest civilian medal to German Chancellor Angela Merkel next week for her "unwavering commitment to Israel's security, advocacy of education against anti-Semitism.
: Israel does not have an image problem that can be fixed with better PR or by defaming those who criticize it. Israel has a reality problem, with occupation, apartheid, colonization, racism and the systematic denial of the rights of indigenous Palestinians solely on the grounds that they are not Jewish.
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