War

Plan for UK reservists in case of war in Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 18, 2013

The several thousand IDF reservists living in the UK will be given preferential seats on El Al flights in case of war as part of a new contingency plan being prepared by the Defence Ministry and Israel’s national carrier.

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Mali to Zanzibar: why terror is eating Africa

By John R Bradley, January 17, 2013

The decision by Britain and France to launch strikes in northern Mali, where al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its myriad affiliates have taken control, has brought to the world’s attention how the poisonous tentacles of the Arab Spring have reached a great swathe of Africa.

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HM Forces personnel share experiences

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2013

A Torah scroll discovered at a defunct army synagogue and rededicated in memory of a Jewish soldier killed in Afghanistan has been used for the first time.

Lieutenant Paul Mervis of Second Battalion the Rifles died in an explosion while trying to protect his platoon during a foot patrol in northern Helmand province in June 2009.

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British Jew who fought Franco in Spain mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, December 24, 2012

The man believed to be the last surviving Briton to fight against General Franco in the Spanish Civil War has died at the age of 94.

David Lomon, who changed his surname from Solomon, was one of up to 800 Jewish soldiers who volunteered to fight the fascist leader in the 1930s.

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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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