War

Fresh fears over Syrian chemical weapons

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 6, 2012

Reports that the Syrian regime may be about to deploy chemical weapons have raised concerns in the region that the civil war in the country may be entering an even bloodier stage.

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Joining the Hague court will have implications for Palestinians, too

By Robbie Sabel, December 6, 2012

One of the reasons Israel objected so vehemently to the premature UN recognition of Palestine as a state was the apprehension that the International Criminal Court at The Hague (ICC) would, subsequently, accede to a request by the “state of Palestine” to join the Court. Once accepted as a member state, the Palestinians might then attempt to have Israeli officials indicted.

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Israel sought Jordanian permission to destroy chemical weapons sites in Syria

By Anna Sheinman, December 3, 2012

Israel has asked Jordan for permission to bomb Syrian chemical weapons sites twice in the past two months, US magazine the Atlantic has reported.

Israel does not need Jordan’s permission to carry out such an attack, but it is reportedly concerned given that a number of potential targets are not far from Jordan’s border with Syria.

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Archive revelations: High on the MI5 radar

November 1, 2012

The tones of a balalaika could be heard in the evening air as Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, members of the Cambridge Five, who spied for the Soviet Union during and after the war, entertained friends at a Moscow flat.

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Archive revelations: ‘Holy war’ fears after Jerusalem bombing

By Bernard Josephs, November 1, 2012

A British intelligence chief’s personal diary, just released by the National Archive, contains his assessment that the bombing of Jerusalem’s King David Hotel in 1946 persuaded the Arabs they could not take on the Jews in face-to-face battle. He also warns that the attack, on what had been British Mandate headquarters, could spark a wave of Arab terrorism and even lead to a “holy war.”

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Sally Becker looks back on a life in the war zone

By Gerald Jacobs, November 1, 2012

When former Serb leader Radovan Karadzic recently claimed at his war crimes trial in The Hague that he should be “rewarded” for his actions in the 1990s Bosnian war, Sally Becker suggested on Twitter that an appropriate reward would be a nice “rest” at the Holiday Inn, Sarajevo.

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Britain 'rebuffs US plans over Iran operation'

By Marcus Dysch, October 26, 2012

The government has reportedly told the United States that it will not allow American troops to use the British military in a decision that could have an impact on a potential pre-emptive strike against Iran.

It had previously been believed that Diego Garcia, the British-governed island in the Indian Ocean, could be drawn into an Israel-Iran conflict.

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Kosher ration packs launched for troops

By Marcus Dysch, October 26, 2012

Sausage casserole, chicken curry and sticky toffee pudding are part of a new range of kosher ration packs launched for Jews serving in the British armed forces.

The kosher menu has been produced by the Ministry of Defence in conjunction with the Jewish Armed Forces Committee and brings provisions in line with the regular fare on offer.

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Sudan blames Israel for arms factory explosion

By Sahar Zivan, October 25, 2012

The Sudanese government has blamed Israel for explosions at an arms factory in Khartoum in which two people were killed. Sudanese Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman made the accusation to reporters in Khartoum and said: “We reserve the right to react at a place and time we choose.”

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Gunter Grass 'not welcome in Israel' after Iran poem sparks hate charges

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2012

Nobel Prize-winning writer Gunter Grass has criticised Israel for "endangering the already fragile world peace".

Mr Grass, 84, is known for his left-wing political views.

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