Let Syrian refugees come to UK, says Jewish group

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

A UK-based Jewish group has backed a call to bring Syrian refugees to the UK.

Edie Friedman, head of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE), said that, after the Holocaust, the Syrian civil war “was one of the worst crises of our lifetime” .


Al Qaeda and ice create refugee hell in Middle East

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 19, 2013

As Syria’s civil war drags on towards its fourth year without an end in sight, the plight of over two million refugees has worsened as the region faces its most bitter winter in living memory.


Fears of Syria gas attack recede

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 22, 2013

The Israeli cabinet will vote in the coming weeks on whether suspend the distribution of gas masks to civilians following the dramatic reduction in Syrian chemical weapons stockpiles.


Israeli jets in fresh strikes on Syrian missile base

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 7, 2013

Israeli Air Force planes attacked a Syrian base in the early hours of Thursday last week, destroying the advanced missiles that were stored there.

American officials confirmed that the explosions heard in the area were the result of an Israeli strike.


Middle East economy slumps in face of Syrian refugees

By Alex Brummer, November 4, 2013

Hope for economic prosperity in the Middle East and North Africa in the wake of the Arab Spring have been dashed by successive crises in the region.

Global disappointment at the situation was palpable at the annual International Monetary Fund and World Bank meeting in Washington this month.


Israel strikes Syrian military base

By Charlotte Oliver, November 1, 2013

Israeli warplanes have carried out a strike on a military base in Syria, according to US officials.

The attack took place overnight on Wednesday near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia.

It reportedly targeted a shipment of Russian-made missiles, which were being delivered to Hizbollah in Lebanon.


Interview: Liam Fox - Dealing with Iran, Syria and our trivia obsession

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2013

Resigning from government and returning to the backbenches cannot be easy to stomach for any politician, and must be less comfortable still when the cabinet departure is precipitated by a scandal.


Syria chemical weapons deadline not feasible, says OPCW scientific adviser

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 17, 2013


A senior adviser to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which last week won the Nobel Peace Prize, has said that the Russian and US-imposed deadline of a year for Syrian chemical disarmament will not be met.


‘Hizbollah has chemical capability’

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 10, 2013

As Syria appears to be about to lose its strategic arsenal, Hizbollah has been trying, at least rhetorically, to resurrect the threat against Israel.

In an interview with Saudi newspaper Al Watan on Sunday, Khaled al-Dhaher, a Lebanese MP, warned that Hizbollah has 200,000 missiles near the Syrian border, some of which can be equipped with chemical warheads.


Assad will remain for years says senior member of IDF

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 24, 2013

A senior member of the IDF has argued that Syrian President Bashar al Assad is unlikely to be ousted any time soon.

In an interview last week with Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot, Major-General Yair Golan, head of the IDF’s Northern Command, predicted that “he will remain for years. I don’t see a force that can topple him tomorrow morning”.