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.


Barak makes pledge on Syria arsenal

By Martin Bright, November 1, 2012

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has reiterated his country’s determination to prevent Syria’s weapons falling into the hands of Lebanese terrorist organisation Hizbollah.


Assassination in Beirut leads to demonstrations in Lebanon

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 26, 2012

Major General Wissam al-Hassan was a marked man years before he was assassinated by a massive car bomb in Beirut last Friday.

In Lebanon, military and security services are split by allegiances to different parties and ethnic groups. Al-Hassan’s loyalties were to the anti-Syrian March 14 coalition and the Hariri clan.


'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.


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.


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.


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.


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.