Thousands flee Assad’s rockets

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 20, 2012

At times this week, it seemed as if the entire southern Syrian province of Deraa had emptied itself into the Zaatari refugee camp over the border in Jordan. As far as the eye could see, new tents and trailers were being prepared for the thousands of new refugees streaming across the border to join the 32,000 already there.


Syria: West is making one giant mistake

By John R Bradley, December 20, 2012

Is the NATO-sponsored Syrian uprising the West’s biggest Middle East foreign policy blunder since the 1956 Suez Crisis?

What is certain is that tens of thousands of jihadis are now doing almost all the fighting on the ground in Syria, whose army has not fired a single bullet in Israel’s direction since 1967.


Why Middle East is the land of the rising Sunnis

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 13, 2012

The identity of some of the foreign generals who attended a secret conference convened last month by Britain’s Chief of Defence Staff General Sir David Richards may seem, at first, surprising.


Fresh fears over Syrian chemical weapons

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 6, 2012

Reports that the Syrian regime may be about to deploy chemical weapons have raised concerns in the region that the civil war in the country may be entering an even bloodier stage.


Arab lobbyist wooed pro-Assad Syrians

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2012

The director of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding (Caabu) worked to bring a delegation of pro-Assad Syrian politicians to Britain just months before the outbreak of violence in Syria.

Emails sent by Chris Doyle, seen by the JC, reveal his involvement in plans to organise meetings between the Syrian MPs and their British counterparts in August 2010.


A US-led coalition against Syria could include Israel

By Anna Sheinman, December 5, 2012

A military coalition led by the US, ready to intervene in case the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons against rebel forces, could include Israel, Maariv has reported.

The US is ready to take military action “within days” if chemical weapons are used, according to reports.


Israel sought Jordanian permission to destroy chemical weapons sites in Syria

By Anna Sheinman, December 3, 2012

Israel has asked Jordan for permission to bomb Syrian chemical weapons sites twice in the past two months, US magazine the Atlantic has reported.

Israel does not need Jordan’s permission to carry out such an attack, but it is reportedly concerned given that a number of potential targets are not far from Jordan’s border with Syria.


Israeli hospital treating UN peacekeepers shot in Syria

By Jennifer Lipman, November 30, 2012

Two UN peacekeepers are receiving urgent medical attention in Israel after being shot in Syria.

The Austrian soldiers were injured in gunfire during fighting between fighters loyal to the Assad regime and rebel forces.


Syrian passions split the Golan Heights Druze

By Shira Rubin, November 15, 2012

In the mountain village of Majdal Shams, rickety wagons bring in today’s crop from the apple orchards and life moves to a rhythm of strained calm.

Forty miles from Damascus, within earshot of the bloody battles raging just over the ceasefire line, the deeply rooted harmony of the Druze in the Israeli-held Golan Heights is splintering.


Shots fired after Syrian shell hits northern Israel

By Jennifer Lipman and Anna Sheinman, November 12, 2012

The Israeli army has scored “direct hits” on Syrian targets in response to a shell fired from Syria, an IDF statement says.

A shell was fired from Syria into northern Israel on Monday, in one of the first major instances of the conflict between Assad's supporters and rebel forces spreading to its Jewish neighbour.