Monday, September 24, 2018

Tag: IDF

Israel won’t let Iran have military presence in Syria, Netanyahu tells Russian PM

Israel will prevent Iran from establishing a military presence in Syria, and will continue to intervene to stop Iran arming Hezbollah and other Shiite militias there, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, on Thursday in Jerusalem. Moscow is a staunch supporter of Basher Assad’s regime and...

Whistleblower exposes how NATO’s leading ally is arming and funding ISIS

“I am the police chief who was asked to guard ISIS terrorists”. A former senior counter-terrorism official in Turkey has blown the whistle on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s deliberate sponsorship of the Islamic State (ISIS) as a geopolitical tool to expand Turkey's regional influence and sideline his political opponents at...

United States Announces $38 Billion Israel Military Aid Package

Israeli, American officials to sign the 'largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in U.S. history' on Wednesday. The United States announced on Tuesday that an agreement has been reached with Israel on a $38 billion 10-year military aid package for 2019 through 2028. Senior officials from both sides will sign the...

Facebook Is Collaborating With the Israeli Government to Determine What Should Be Censored

Last week, a major censorship controversy erupted when Facebook began deleting all posts containing the iconic photograph of the Vietnamese “Napalm Girl” on the ground that it violated the company’s ban on “child nudity.” Facebook even deleted a post from the prime minister of Norway, who posted the photograph in protest of the censorship. As outrage...

Hezbollah to move into south Syria, just across Israel border

IDF says it’s watching and ‘prepared for any scenario’ as the Shiite terror group sets up shop next door. Hezbollah fighters are preparing to move into southern Syria, a stone’s throw from the border with Israel's Golan Heights, Iranian state media reported Monday. “Hezbollah has deployed a large number of its...

Israeli warplanes said to hit Hezbollah arms convoy in Syria

Lebanese media reports 4 trucks struck, no injuries in attack near Maarba north of Damascus; IDF declines to comment. Israeli Air Force warplanes struck a weapons convoy of four trucks belonging to the Shiite terror group Hezbollah near Maarba, north of Damascus, Arab media reported Thursday. No one was killed in...

Post, Share, Arrest – Israel Targeting Palestinian Protesters on Facebook

On the morning of August 28, 2014, two days after the end of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, Sohaib Zahda hopped into a shared taxi in Hebron that was going to Ramallah, where he had a job interview. Thirty-three-year-old Zahda, who owns a paintball company, is an unlikely terrorist. An avid cyclist who speaks Arabic, Italian, French, and English, he is a member of Youth Against Settlements, a nonviolent organization that protests against Israeli settlers who live in and around Hebron.

The Real Reasons for the IDF’s Break with Netanyahu

The Political Utility of Military Restraint. In recent years, Israel's military leadership has appeared to be more dovish than the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. From 2009 to 2012, for example, the Israel Defense Force’s top brass helped block the Netanyahu government’s plan to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities,...

Could Bibi’s Big Right-Wing Gamble Be His Undoing?

In a surprise reshuffling, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ditched the moderates in his government and taken up with hard-liners. Is it too much for Israel to bear? TEL AVIV — “It’s delusional,” said Benny Begin, a senior Likud parliamentarian, when asked what he thought of Avigdor Lieberman’s incipient appointment as...

Russian Interests to Dictate Israel-Turkey Deals

Israel and Russia are about to agree upon a modus operandi in the East Mediterranean concerning weapons and natural gas deals, several Israeli media reports indicate. According to various assessments, the bottom line of such an agreement would be that Israel will not sell natural gas to Turkey and, in...

Israel to launch one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world,...

TEL AVIV — A joint exercise now being conducted between thousands of Israeli troops and the U.S. European Command represents a final test before Israel begins to deploy one of the most sophisticated missile defense systems in the world. When it is complete, Israel's multibillion-dollar rocket and missile air defense...

Israel’s air superiority clouded by new Russian missiles in Syria

Putin's deployment of advanced S-400 system impacts a mainstay of Israel's defense strategy, though coordination with Moscow mitigates the threat. Israel's air superiority over its enemies has been a linchpin of its defense strategy for decades. The capacity of Israeli planes to carry out attacks well within enemies’ borders has...

U.S. Moves Toward Setting Up Yuan Trading and Clearing in America

The U.S. took an unprecedented step toward allowing trading and clearing of the Chinese yuan in America. Finance and industry leaders said Monday they are setting up a group aimed at allowing U.S. institutions to make or receive yuan payments, according to a press statement released before the International Monetary...

Egypt to buy S-300 air defense system from Russia

Israeli intelligence official says Jewish state not concerned by weapons deal, as Cairo is not viewed as enemy. Egypt is set to buy the S-300 missile defense system from Russia, a senior Israeli intelligence official told Reuters Wednesday, following an announcement from Moscow last month that it would deliver the advanced...

Rare footage shows IDF soldiers saving life of Syrian rebel on Golan Heights

Many of the wounded Syrians recently arriving to Israel in search of medical care belong to Islamic extremist groups, but when Givati troops receive an order, there is only one option: giving the wounded life saving treatment – on the condition that he is not wired with explosives. On one...

Israeli general sees common interests with Hamas

Israel and Hamas share common interests, and the Palestinian Islamists must stay in power in the Gaza Strip to prevent the enclave descending into chaos, an Israeli general was quoted as saying on Tuesday. Major-General Sami Turgeman, who as commander of Israel's forces outside Gaza had a leading role in...

Major deal: Israel to purchase four patrol ships from Germany to defend gas rigs

Germany will provide Israeli navy with ships at cost of NIS 1.8 billion and finance third of costs; deal announced day before Israel and Germany mark 50 years of diplomatic relations. Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen signed a contract Monday under which Israel...

The Facebook spy who exposed Israel’s support for Syria rebels

Israel allegedly exposes world’s first Facebook espionage ring, and claims Golan Druze and former Israeli prisoner spied for Syria. In 2012, Israel released the longest-serving Arab security prisoner, Sedki al-Maket, from prison. He had served 27 years on charges of planning a terror attack. Al-Maket, age 48, is a resident...

Israel’s looming gas empire requires a final solution in Gaza

The fundamental obstacle to the 'peace package' and Israel's interests in becoming a regional energy hegemony is the continued existence of Hamas in Gaza. “The destruction which I have seen coming here is beyond description,” said UN secretary-general, Ban Ki Moon, after his October tour of the Gaza Strip. Operation Protective...

Syrian rebels in the Golan defect to ISIS

This recent development completes the pincer movement the real handlers of ISIS in Langley were planning against Israel, Egypt and Jordan all along. It follows last week’s deployment of the ISIS forward command group to Sinai – an area repeatedly targeted for destabilization by CIA Gladio-B detachments (Hamas, Islamic...

ISIS posts a new forward command group to Sinai

A group of at least ten ISIS operations and intelligence officers, led by a senior commander, has arrived in Sinai and taken charge of the local Ansar Beit al-Maqdas jihadis, thereby opening up a dangerous new front against Egypt and Israel, in proximity to the Suez Canal, the Gaza...

UN Report: Israel in Regular Contact with Syrian Rebels including ISIS

A report submitted to the United Nations Security Council by UN observers in the Golan Heights over the past 18 months shows that Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) have been in regular contact with Syrian rebels, including Islamic State (ISIS) militants. Citing the UN report, Haaretz noted that there have been several...

UN Peacekeepers Observe IDF Interacting With Al Nusra in Golan

UN troops monitoring the 1974 ceasefire between Israel and Syria have witnessed interactions between members of the Israeli Defence Forces and the Al Nusra Front who have taken over a large part of the Golan Heights. The information is included in a report by Ban Ki-moon to the Security Council issued...

Al Nusra Placed Explosives at UNDOF Site, Stole Vehicles, Uniforms

Al Qaeda linked militants have taken over UN positions in Golan, are wearing United Nations blue berets and after taking Fijian troops hostage they surrounded another UN base with explosives to prevent troops from evacuating, detonating one of the explosives. These are among the details in Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on the beleaguered...

Israel Is Tending to Wounded Syrian Rebels

Israel is quietly cultivating ties with moderate Syrian rebel groups operating along the country’s U.N.-monitored cease-fire line with Syria, providing medical care and other unidentified supplies to the insurgents while potentially extracting a valuable vein of intelligence on the activities of President Bashar al-Assad’s army as well as extremist...

80% of Syria rebels are Islamist, senior IDF officer says

Military Intelligence research chief says Iran abiding by interim nuclear deal but hasn’t abandoned nuke drive. Eighty percent of the opposition fighters in Syria have “a clear Islamist agenda,” a senior Israeli intelligence officer said on Monday, noting that Iran continues to aspire to nuclear weapons despite abiding by a...

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