Lebanon

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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My pain the day our boys went to war

By Emma Klein, June 7, 2012

A lone with two small sons in Ramat Gan, after my husband was called up in the Lebanon war in 1982, I had never felt more isolated. The invasion, officially named Operation Peace for Galilee, had been triggered by the assassination attempt in London on the Israeli ambassador, Shlomo Argov.

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Israel on alert as Global March to Jerusalem begins

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2012

Israeli security forces are on high alert today in anticipation of the Global March to Jerusalem.

The demonstration, organised by a coalition of anti-Israel groups from around the world, is expected to attract thousands of protesters.

There are a number of security concerns about the event, which will take place as Jews prepare for Shabbat and Muslims mark Friday prayers.

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Bibi spokesman: Lebanon media 'pathetic'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2012

A senior spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described the Lebanese media as "pathetic" following controversy over an interview on the country's MTV channel.

A number of Lebanese bloggers picked up on Ofir Gendelman's post on Twitter earlier this week, in which he said he had "granted an interview to Lebanon's MTV".

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Attack is sign that 'war may spill into Israel'

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 1, 2011

The firing of two Katyusha rockets from Lebanon into Israel this week served as a reminder that the growing Syrian civil war could boil over into neighbouring countries.

The rockets, which landed in a village in the Western Galilee on Monday night, did not cause any casualties and succeeded only in setting light to a gas storage unit.

Over five years since the end of the Second Lebanon War,

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Rockets from Lebanon: Assad's last stand?

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 30, 2011

The launch of two Katyusha rockets across the Lebanese border at an Israeli village in the Western Galilee in the night between Monday and Tuesday did not cause any casualties and succeeded only in setting light to a gas storage unit, but it served as a reminder that the growing Syrian civil war could boil over into neighbouring Lebanon and Israel.

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Calls for calm over Lebanon rocket fire at Israel

By Jessica Elgot, November 29, 2011

British Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt has condemned the rocket attacks from Lebanon that hit northern Israel.

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