Syria

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Almost every other detail regarding Unit 8200, however, including the name of its commander, Brigadier General A, are not to be published in Israeli media.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

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 3, 2013

As the US plans to attack Syria have been put on hold for at least a week, the IDF has completed its preparations for possible retaliation against Israel and allowed some of the reservists who had been called up to go home.

Israeli intelligence analysts do not expect the Assad regime to risk trying to strike Israel following the US attack.

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Israeli NGO that goes into Syria to aid civilians

By Shira Rubin, September 3, 2013

For the past 18 months in Syria, as the death toll has climbed past 100,000 and chemical weapons have apparently been used against residents of Damascus, an Israeli NGO has been covertly crossing the border to deliver aid to civilians.

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Hamas divided over Iran links

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 3, 2013

Hamas is split over the question of its ties with Iran in the wake of the civil war in Syria.

The Palestinian movement shut down its offices in Damascus last year and aligned itself with Egypt and Qatar but, following recent regional developments, it has found itself without supporters.

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