Syria

Assad ‘has used chemical weapons’

By Zoe Winograd, April 23, 2013

According to Israeli military intelligence, Syrian President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons against civilians.

Head of the research division, Brigade General Itai Brun, announced his team’s findings at today’s conference of the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv.

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As jihadis flood in, Golan becomes a brand new kind of danger zone

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 11, 2013

Conflicting reports on the status of the Syrian army on the Golan Heights has increased concern over instability on what was for nearly four decades Israel’s quietest frontier.

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How burning Syria drove Israel and Turkey together

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 27, 2013

Four weeks ago, when Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan equated Zionism with fascism and called it a crime against humanity at a conference in Vienna, it seemed that relations between Israel and Turkey had reached their lowest ebb.

But without meaning to, Mr Erdogan had created an opening for a new American initiative to bring the two nations back together.

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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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Syrian long-range missile base taken by jihadists

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 7, 2013

Rebel forces in Syria have made significant gains over the past few days, capturing additional towns and military bases from the army still loyal to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Jihadist militias thought be aligned with Al-Qaeda have taken control of Scud missile bases in the north-eastern province of Dier ez-Zor.

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‘Assad has no atomic bomb: thank Israel’

By Tom Gross, February 8, 2013

With the forces of Bashar al Assad having killed tens of thousands of civilians over the past two years, and with persistent rumours that he may use chemical weapons, the world should be grateful to Israel that Syria does not also have a nuclear option.

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Israel strikes Syria as war threatens to engulf region

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 31, 2013

The Syrian civil war is now evolving into a regional confrontation.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Israeli fighter jets attacked targets in Syria, although by the evening the extent of the strikes were still unclear.

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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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Netanyahu announces fence for Syrian border

By Anna Sheinman, January 7, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that Israel will build a fence along its frontier with Syria, warning that extremist forces have taken over on the other side of the border.

Speaking at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet meeting, Mr Netanyahu said that the Syrian regime was “unstable” and that the issue of Syria’s chemical weapons was worrying for Israel.

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Israel in talks with West on Syria strikes

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 27, 2012

Israel has held talks with its Western allies and the Jordanian government over the possibility of attacking Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles.

Officials involved in these talks have confirmed their existence and said that Israel was dissuaded from carrying out pre-emptive attacks.

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