Syria

Assad and Iranians are bolder now, fears Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 3, 2013

Israel was unfazed by last Thursday’s vote in Parliament against British military intervention in Syria.

The Israeli government believes that the Obama administration will still act without Britain and the main concerns are over the implications of the political difficulties in London and Washington for future action against Iran’s nuclear programme.

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Why the Syria vote was all about Iraq

By Martin Bright, September 3, 2013

The events of the past week should leave no one in any doubt that the Iraq War is the defining event for the present political generation.

Neither 9/11 and the rise of Islamic extremism, nor even the economic crisis, which both have had more direct and visible consequences on the streets of Britain, have scratched scars as deep as the decision to go to war in 2003.

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Fears over Israel influenced MPs in Syria vote

By Marcus Dysch, August 30, 2013

Parliament's rejection last night of possible British military action in Syria followed hours of debate on the use of chemical weapons.

MPs defeated a government motion and led Prime Minister David Cameron to rule out British involvement in potential US-led strikes.

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Jihadists try to drag Israel into Syria war

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 29, 2013

As Lebanon rapidly becomes engulfed by the fighting in neighbouring Syria, various factions in the country are trying to pull Israel into the conflict.

On Friday morning, Israeli planes bombed a base of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) near Beirut, retaliating after the launch of four Katyusha rockets the previous day from Lebanon.

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West thinks it can hit targets while staying out of the Syria war. Forget it

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 29, 2013

The most misleading headline in recent days has been the “War in Syria”, referring to what now appears to be an attack by the West on as-yet unspecified targets.

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Britain must act with caution over Syria, urge Jewish leaders

By Marcus Dysch, August 29, 2013

International intervention in Syria is necessary, but should be approached with caution, leading Jewish figures have urged.

As Parliament was recalled to discuss what action should be taken following the chemical weapon attacks, rabbinic figures and academics said the international community could not “stand idly by”.

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As the West gears up to strike Syria, Israelis prepare for the backlash

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 29, 2013

Israel is engaged in a nationwide push to prepare itself for potential retaliation by Syrian forces in the wake of a Western attack.

On Wednesday, the Israeli Cabinet called up a limited number of reservists, mainly to bolster the missile defence systems in the north and to improve home-front readiness.

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UK prepares for military action in Syria

By Josh Jackman, August 27, 2013

Britain is moving closer to a military intervention in Syria, with warplanes arriving in Cyprus.

Fighter jets and transporters have flown in to Britain’s Akrotiri airbase, located around 100 miles off the Syrian coast, after a chemical assault killed hundreds in eastern Damascus last Wednesday.

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Israel gave al-Qaeda chemical weapons, says Galloway

By Sandy Rashty, August 26, 2013

George Galloway has said that Israel could have supplied the gas used in what was almost certainly a chemical weapons attack in Damascus last week that left hundreds dead.

The Respect party MP, who was speaking in a video posted last week by Iranian media outlet Press TV, claimed that al-Qaeda had carried out the attack, and suggested that Israel had given the terror group the toxic gas.

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Chemical weapons cited after horror attack in Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 22, 2013

The cause of the deaths of hundreds of Syrian civilians in the early hours of Wednesday in the eastern suburbs of Damascus is still uncertain.

The Syrian rebels claim that they were killed in a chemical weapons attack carried out by the Syrian army, but some chemical experts are skeptical.

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