Syria

Ex-Mossad chief Efraim Halevy warns of Assad victory

By Orlando Radice, May 16, 2014

A former head of Mossad has warned of the increased threat that Israel will face if Bashar al Assad wins the Syrian civil war.

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Possible Iran-Saudi deal on Syria prompts deep concern

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 16, 2014

Two of the most bitter rivals in the Middle East, Iran and Saudi Arabia, are preparing to co-operate on lowering tensions in the region, particularly in Syria. On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia invited Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to visit Riyadh.

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Israel calm on Syria despite Assad ‘chlorine strike’

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 24, 2014

The delays in the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile and the possible emergence of hitherto unknown weapons is not prompting Israel to rethink its defence programme against unconventional weapons.

The Israeli government decided three months ago to cease the distribution of gas masks to the entire population.

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Israel attacks Syrian bases following Golan Heights bomb

By Charlotte Oliver, March 19, 2014

Israel launched a series of attacks on Syrian military sites early on Wednesday morning in response to a roadside bomb that exploded the previous day in the Golan Heights, the IDF has confirmed.

Following the bombing on Tuesday, which wounded four Israeli soldiers, an IDF spokesperson said: “We will fulfil our mission to prevent, protect and defend against hostilities from Syria.”

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Bomb blast injures IDF troops near Syria border

By Daniel Easterman, March 18, 2014

Four Israeli soldiers have been wounded by a roadside bomb that exploded under their vehicle in the Golan Heights near the border with Syria.

Three of the wounded soldiers are said to have sustained light to moderate injuries while the fourth is in a serious condition.

Israeli forces responded with artillery fire and confirmed that several targets were successfully hit.

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Chief Rabbi calls on leaders to act over Syria

By Sandy Rashty, March 13, 2014

Rabbis across the religious divide have called on world leaders to commit to peace talks in Syria on the third anniversary of the outbreak of civil war.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis along with representatives from the Sephardi, Reform, Liberal and Masorti movements signed an open letter sent by World Jewish Relief this week.

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Israeli fighters ‘strike Hizbollah missile base’

By Rosa Doherty, February 25, 2014

Israeli jets hit a Hizbollah stronghold on the Lebanon-Syria border last night, according to reports.

The air strike allegedly killed several Hizbollah operatives, as well as a number of civilians, in the Nabi Sheet area.

A Lebanese security source told AFP: “Two Israeli raids hit a Hizbollah target on the border of Lebanon and Syria.”

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Israel steeled as Syria delays chemical weapons detox

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2014

The dismantlement of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal has stalled.

Two deadlines for the removal of the deadliest toxins have passed but only about four per cent of the chemicals have left the country.

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JCore head welcomes Syria refugee scheme

By Charlotte Oliver, January 30, 2014

The Jewish Council for Racial Equality has welcomed the government’s decision to allow hundreds of the “most vulnerable” Syrian refugees to come to Britain, but says more can still be done.

JCore director Edie Friedman said: “This is an important, positive move. We welcome the fact that some people will now be allowed to come to the country.”

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Israeli jets bombed Assad missile stations, say rebels

By Daniel Easterman, January 27, 2014

The Israeli Air Force bombed several missile launcher positions in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia last night, according to unconfirmed reports from Syrian opposition groups.

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