Syria

'Netanyahu agreed to return Golan Heights’

By Sandy Rashty, October 12, 2012

The US envoy to the Middle East negotiated a secret peace deal between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to documents seen by Yedioth Ahronoth.

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Druze seek citizenship of Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 12, 2012

The ongoing uprising in Syria is having profound effects on the Druze community living on both sides of the Israel-Syria border.

As the Assad government is rapidly losing control and chaos descends on the country, many Druze citizens living in the Golan Heights have requested Israeli citizenship.

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Syria Islamists: 'next stop Israel'

By Kapil Komireddi, September 27, 2012

As Bashar al-Assad fights for his survival, a new threat to Israel is crystallising across its northern borders.

What began in Syria as a limited but genuine people's uprising against a dictatorship has become contaminated with Saudi-funded foreign mujahideen who are driven, among other things, by an intense hostility toward non-Muslims - and an implacable hatred of Jews and Israel.

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Iran opens up about its military help for Assad

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 20, 2012

An Iranian acknowledgment that its troops are active in Syria alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces has increased tension in the region as American, British and other Western navies carry out joint exercises in the Persian Gulf.

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Flotilla group accused of Syria gun run

September 20, 2012

Concern is growing within Israeli and Western intelligence services over the role of the radical Muslim organisations connected to the Muslim Brotherhood in leading the armed uprising in Syria.

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Flotilla group linked to Syria gun-running

By Orlando Radice, September 14, 2012

There is evidence to suggest that IHH, the Islamic charity that helped organise the 2010 flotilla to Gaza, has been involved in gun-running to Syria on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Free Syrian Army commanders have told The Times that a boat containing weapons that docked in Syria this week was registered to members of the IHH, which has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Gabi Ashkenazi asks: what Syria strike?

September 13, 2012

Former IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi said this week that had never heard of an Israeli strike on a Syrian nuclear reactor.

Mr Ashkenazi, who spoke in reaction to a report in the New Yorker claiming that Israel was behind the attack on September 5, 2007, was the head of the IDF at the time.

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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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Russia warns on unilateral intervention in Syria

By Jennifer Lipman, August 21, 2012

Russia has warned Western powers against acting unilaterally on Syria amid growing fears over Syria's weapons capability.

The comments, by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, follow remarks by US President Barack Obama in which he indicated that the US would not hold back from responding if Syria used chemical weapons against rebel forces.

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Russia warns on unilateral intervention in Syria

By Jennifer Lipman, August 21, 2012

Russia has warned Western powers against acting unilaterally on Syria amid growing fears over Syria's weapons capability.

The comments, by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, follow remarks by US President Barack Obama in which he indicated that the US would not hold back from responding if Syria used chemical weapons against rebel forces.

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