Syria

West thinks it can hit targets while staying out of the Syria war. Forget it

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 29, 2013

The most misleading headline in recent days has been the “War in Syria”, referring to what now appears to be an attack by the West on as-yet unspecified targets.

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Britain must act with caution over Syria, urge Jewish leaders

By Marcus Dysch, August 29, 2013

International intervention in Syria is necessary, but should be approached with caution, leading Jewish figures have urged.

As Parliament was recalled to discuss what action should be taken following the chemical weapon attacks, rabbinic figures and academics said the international community could not “stand idly by”.

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As the West gears up to strike Syria, Israelis prepare for the backlash

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 29, 2013

Israel is engaged in a nationwide push to prepare itself for potential retaliation by Syrian forces in the wake of a Western attack.

On Wednesday, the Israeli Cabinet called up a limited number of reservists, mainly to bolster the missile defence systems in the north and to improve home-front readiness.

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UK prepares for military action in Syria

By Josh Jackman, August 27, 2013

Britain is moving closer to a military intervention in Syria, with warplanes arriving in Cyprus.

Fighter jets and transporters have flown in to Britain’s Akrotiri airbase, located around 100 miles off the Syrian coast, after a chemical assault killed hundreds in eastern Damascus last Wednesday.

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Israel gave al-Qaeda chemical weapons, says Galloway

By Sandy Rashty, August 26, 2013

George Galloway has said that Israel could have supplied the gas used in what was almost certainly a chemical weapons attack in Damascus last week that left hundreds dead.

The Respect party MP, who was speaking in a video posted last week by Iranian media outlet Press TV, claimed that al-Qaeda had carried out the attack, and suggested that Israel had given the terror group the toxic gas.

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Chemical weapons cited after horror attack in Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 22, 2013

The cause of the deaths of hundreds of Syrian civilians in the early hours of Wednesday in the eastern suburbs of Damascus is still uncertain.

The Syrian rebels claim that they were killed in a chemical weapons attack carried out by the Syrian army, but some chemical experts are skeptical.

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Israeli hospital where Syrian fighters are saved

By Shira Rubin, August 16, 2013

A mother and her seven-year-old daughter look sallow and speak in exhausted whispers as they lie in the orthopaedic ward of the Ziv Medical Centre in Safed, northern Israel.

Last month, a bomb ripped through their home, in a Syrian village, leaving their legs completely mangled. Had they not crossed the border into Israel, those limbs would have likely been amputated.

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‘Moderation’ — a new Persian show

By Meir Javedanfar, August 8, 2013

Which is the real Hassan Rouhani? The one who on August 2 called Israel a “wound” — or the one who has repeatedly stated that he wants to improve relations with the West?

The answer: they are both the same person.

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Ahrah Al-Sham: Israel’s new neighbour

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 25, 2013

Western promises to send aid to Syria’s rebels seem to have come to little as Prime Minister David Cameron said in an interview on Sunday that Britain was not planning any arms shipments. Sources in Washington have also confirmed that there are no concrete plans to supply weapons to the rebels.

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Jewish groups to fund Syrian refugee programme

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 25, 2013

For the first time since the Syrian civil war broke out over two years ago, Jewish aid groups are about to help its refugees.

A coalition of humanitarian organisations headed by the Jewish Distribution Committee (JDC) is planning to finance welfare programmes for children in the refugee camp of Zaatari in Jordan.

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