Syria

Israel sceptical over chemical weapons ‘deal’

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 12, 2013

Israeli officials were wary this week of responding to the Russian plan of securing Syria’s chemical weapon stockpiles.

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Assad: ‘I will hand over chemical weapons’

By Josh Jackman, September 12, 2013

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that he will hand over his country’s chemical weapons to the international community.

Speaking on Russian television, Mr Assad stated that “Syria is placing its chemical weapons under international control because of Russia. The US threats did not influence the decision.”

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World Jewish Relief: It’s our duty to act on Syria

By Sandy Rashty, September 12, 2013

A UK-based Jewish charity has launched an appeal to help tens of thousands of civilians affected by the civil war in Syria.

The fundraising drive by World Jewish Relief (WJR) makes the charity the latest in a growing number of Jewish organisations around the world seeking to assist the innocent victims of the war.

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Jewish charity launches appeal for Syrian refugees

By Sandy Rashty, September 10, 2013

A UK-based Jewish charity has launched an appeal to support civilians affected by the civil war in Syria.

World Jewish Relief (WJR) set up the appeal this week as part of a global effort to provide medical supplies, housing and food to Syrian children who have fled to a refugee camp in Jordan. More than 120,000 Syrian refugees are currently at the Za’atari camp.

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The Observer issues correction over Israel chemical weapons slur

By Sandy Rashty, September 9, 2013

The Observer newspaper has issued a correction over a claim that Israel used chemical weapons against people in Gaza.

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The wrong message on Syria

September 4, 2013

As we bid goodbye to the year, it is difficult not to feel anxious about the next twelve months. Most immediately, over 1400 people lie dead in Syria, gassed by Bashar al-Assad. And the prospects for the future are even more frightening.

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Holding back on Syria reinforces Israel’s view that it fights alone

By David Horovitz, September 3, 2013

It was a perfect storm of political ineptitude, expediency and gutlessness, with just a modicum of genuine principle. And it has destroyed more of the scant lingering credibility Britain retained in Israel as a dependable, moral, Middle East player.

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Did secret IDF unit provide proof of chemical weapons use?

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 3, 2013

The most visible sign of the largest unit in the IDF is a series of giant golf-ball-shaped antennae. These can be seen from the main coastal road north of Tel Aviv and in similar, more remote, spots across the country.

Almost every other detail regarding Unit 8200, however, including the name of its commander, Brigadier General A, are not to be published in Israeli media.

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Hizbollah determined to stick with Assad but it’s a disastrous policy

By Matthew Levitt, September 3, 2013

Any air strikes targeting the Syrian regime will undoubtedly impact on Damascus’s partner-in-crime, Hizbollah — but how?

The terrorist organisation has intensified its support for the Assad regime, even since bombs started going off in the Dahiyeh, the Hizbollah-dominated neighbourhood in southern Beirut.

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Iran won’t risk direct intervention

By Meir Javedanfar, September 3, 2013

It did not take long for the conservative news site Tasnim in Tehran to report David Cameron’s Commons defeat. The same article, published the day after the vote, relished the fact that this was the first time since 1782 that any British prime minister failed to win a vote on an issue of peace or war.

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