UN force runs away from Israel border as al Qaeda-linked group makes gains

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 4, 2014

Rebels captured the town of Kuneitra on Israel's border with Syria last Thursday, and now control the crossing nearby.

The victory signals a change in the status quo which has existed on the border since the end of the Yom Kippur War in 1973.


My heart is breaking for Aleppo

By Emma Klein, July 24, 2014

The advent of Isis into the scenes of turmoil in Syria and Iraq has intensified the all-too- prevalent scenes of death and destruction.

Joining the anti-Assad forces in Syria, Isis has clashed fiercely with rival rebel groups and recently crucified eight men in a town near Aleppo.


Syria family flee to Israel

By Shira Rubin, July 10, 2014

A mixed Jewish-Muslim family has escaped from Syria to Israel, the first such instance since the civil war began three years ago.

Their journey, which took weeks, involved passing checkpoints manned both by regime forces and rebel militias, the Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday after a gag order was lifted.


State seeking billions from Israel's JNF

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 27, 2014

Israel's Finance and Justice Ministries are set to propose a law that would nationalise the income of the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (JNF).


Bleak Syria war outlook stiffens Israel's defence

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

Israel has strengthened its defences on the Golan border with Syria amid concerns from the Israeli intelligence community that the civil war could continue for another 10 years.

A newly installed Iron Dome missile defence system was used for the first time on the Golan when two rockets were fired across the border from Syrian territory last week.


What I've witnessed in Susiya

By Arik Ascherman, June 12, 2014

I have accompanied the Palestinians of the South Hebron Hills since 700 were expelled in 1999 and returned home by Israel's High Court. Rabbis For Human Rights lawyers currently represent Palestinian Susya against the High Court petition by the Susya settlement and "Regavim" to demolish Palestinian Susya.


Ex-Mossad chief Efraim Halevy warns of Assad victory

By Orlando Radice, May 16, 2014

A former head of Mossad has warned of the increased threat that Israel will face if Bashar al Assad wins the Syrian civil war.


Possible Iran-Saudi deal on Syria prompts deep concern

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 16, 2014

Two of the most bitter rivals in the Middle East, Iran and Saudi Arabia, are preparing to co-operate on lowering tensions in the region, particularly in Syria. On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia invited Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to visit Riyadh.


Israel calm on Syria despite Assad ‘chlorine strike’

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 24, 2014

The delays in the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile and the possible emergence of hitherto unknown weapons is not prompting Israel to rethink its defence programme against unconventional weapons.

The Israeli government decided three months ago to cease the distribution of gas masks to the entire population.


Israel attacks Syrian bases following Golan Heights bomb

By Charlotte Oliver, March 19, 2014

Israel launched a series of attacks on Syrian military sites early on Wednesday morning in response to a roadside bomb that exploded the previous day in the Golan Heights, the IDF has confirmed.

Following the bombing on Tuesday, which wounded four Israeli soldiers, an IDF spokesperson said: “We will fulfil our mission to prevent, protect and defend against hostilities from Syria.”