Syria

Arab Spring unleashes extremist Arab street

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, July 21, 2011

For years, Europe's liberal and progressive left derided American neoconservatives. Their advocacy for a US policy devoted to the spread of democracy in the Middle East was depicted as a ploy to change the subject in the region in order to get Israel off the hook. Hosni Mubarak, Bashar al Assad and all the other autocrats represented an order Israel and the West should reckon with.

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Israel in bind over policy towards Assad regime

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2011

Five months into the nascent Syrian revolution and Israel has yet to come up with a new policy towards its northern neighbour.

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Israeli intelligence chief warns on Iran and Arab Spring

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

The IDF intelligence chief has accused Iran of supporting attempts by groups of Palestinian protesters to breach Israel's northern border in May and June which led to bloody and fatal clashes.

Major General Aviv Kochavi, speaking during a knesset hearing, also said the Iranians were exploiting the Arab Spring in order to consolidate power in the Middle East.

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'Gay Girl in Damascus' blogger accused of second hoax

By Jennifer Lipman, June 27, 2011

A married male blogger who posed as a lesbian writing from Damascus in order to criticise Israel is alleged to have used a second false account to defend his behaviour.

Tom MacMaster made headlines around the world with his site "A Gay Girl in Damascus", which included comments about shooting Jews and Christians and used rumours "to inflame views of Israel".

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Writers urge UN Security Council for Syria resolution

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

The Israeli author Amos Oz has joined six other intellectuals including the French Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy in calling on the UN Security Council to go further in its reaction to the government crackdowns in Syria.

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Nakba Day: evidence of Syrian plan

June 16, 2011

Fresh evidence has emerged that Syria organised last month's Nakba Day clashes on Israel's border.

Michael Weiss, the spokesman of media monitor Just Journalism, this week said he was forwarded a Syrian state document which details plans to dispatch 20 bus-loads of demonstrators to the border with Israel.

The document, which describes a meeting between Syria's chief of staff and military int

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Syrian turmoil may splinter Iran's radical axis

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 16, 2011

Iran seems to be everywhere nowadays, wherever you look in the Middle East. Reports abound of Iranian submarines collecting intelligence in the Red Sea and warships foraying into the Mediterranean, agents of the Revolutionary Guards advising the Syrians how best to put down the rebellion in border towns, and diplomats from Tehran in secret meetings in Cairo.

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'Gay' Damascus blogger used site to attack Israel

By Robyn Rosen, June 16, 2011

Community leaders have condemned the "devious and Machiavellian" 40-year-old married man from Edinburgh who used a blog, with the fake identity of a young Syrian lesbian, to attack Israel.

Tom MacMaster, a master's student at Edinburgh University and member of Students for Justice in Palestine, admitted this week he was the man behind the Gay Girl in Damascus blog, which followed the alleged li

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Assad will take Israel to wire again

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 10, 2011

Senior Israeli officers are worried that attempts by Palestinian groups to cross the border with Syria will become a recurring event while the Assad regime fights for its survival.

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Hague to Syria's Assad: reform or step aside

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2011

William Hague has called for Syrian President Bashar Assad to reform or step aside.

The Foreign Secretary said the Syrian leader was losing legitimacy.

In an address to the House of Commons, Mr Hague condemned the Syrian regime, which human rights groups blame for the deaths of 1,200 protesters since anti-government uprisings began in the country three months ago.

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