Lebanon

Israel shoots down drone near Haifa

By Zoe Winograd, April 25, 2013

The Israel Air Force shot down an drone near Haifa on Thursday afternoon.

According to sources, the IAF launched fighter jets to bring down the unmanned aircraft believed to have been operated by the Lebanese terrorist organisation Hizbollah.

The Israel Defence Force is investigating exactly where the plane originated from and whether it was holding surveillance equipment or weaponry.

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Lebanon turmoil sign of growing peril in region

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 4, 2013

The resignation of Lebanese prime minister Najib Mikati late last month has not only plunged the country once again into political turmoil, but is also a sign that Hizbollah is seeking to tighten its control of Lebanon and parts of Syria.

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Building over the past in Beirut - a restored shul but a lost Jewish community

By Derek A Isaacs, March 28, 2013

Beirut’s Wadi Abu Jamil quarter, locally referred to as “Wadi al-Yahoud” (“Valley of the Jews”), has risen from the bombsites. But will the Jews return? Probably not.

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IDF shifts focus to Lebanon as Hizbollah gains firepower

By Anna Sheinman, March 25, 2013

The Israel Defence Force is shifting its focus from Syria to Lebanon due to Hizbollah’s recent acquisition of new weaponry, including thousands of anti-tank missiles.

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Israeli jets strike military site near Damascus

By Zoe Winograd, January 30, 2013

According to a Syrian TV channel, Israeli planes bombed a military research centre in the Jermana area near Damascus on Wednesday.

The TV station report said that two people were killed and five wounded, with damage done to the centre which was “used to advance Syrian military capabilities.”

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Britain's anger with Israel over 1982 Lebanon War

By Jenni Frazer, December 28, 2012

Despite expressions of concern about the "brutal attack " on Israel's ambassador to the UK, Shlomo Argov, Margaret Thatcher's government in 1982 had very little time for Israel and its invasion of southern Lebanon.

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Assassination in Beirut leads to demonstrations in Lebanon

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 26, 2012

Major General Wissam al-Hassan was a marked man years before he was assassinated by a massive car bomb in Beirut last Friday.

In Lebanon, military and security services are split by allegiances to different parties and ethnic groups. Al-Hassan’s loyalties were to the anti-Syrian March 14 coalition and the Hariri clan.

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Lebanon angry that Homeland was filmed in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, October 19, 2012

When the producers of Homeland chose to return to the country where the series originated, Israeli fans were delighted, with former Hamas prisoner Gilad Shalit even making a visit to the set.

But the decision to use Israeli locations – including Jaffa and Tel Aviv – as stand - ins for areas in the Lebanese city of Beirut, has apparently angered Arab viewers.

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A weakened Hizbollah spells danger for Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 24, 2012

Saeed Jalili, the mild-mannered secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council and special adviser to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, undertook a whirlwind visit of Syria and Lebanon two weeks ago.

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IDF General warns on Syria and 'existential war' facing Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, June 12, 2012

A senior figure in the Israeli army has warned that Syria is home to "the world's largest arsenal of chemical weapons".

Speaking at a ceremony to mark three decades since the battle of Sultan Yacoub between Israeli and Syrian troops during the first Lebanon war, Maj Gen Yair Naveh cautioned that little had changed in the intervening period.

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