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Almost every other detail regarding Unit 8200, however, including the name of its commander, Brigadier General A, are not to be published in Israeli media.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Israel and US in joint missile test

By Josh Jackman, September 3, 2013

Israel has conducted a joint weapons test in the Mediterranean with America.

Two missiles were fired from the centre of the sea towards the coastline to check the effectiveness of Israel’s US-funded missile defence system.

The Russian Ministry of Defence said that two “ballistic objects” had been spotted on its early warning radar system at 7:16am BST.


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.


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.


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.