27-12-13

Israeli forces raid homes in West Bank

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Israeli forces have raided several Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank, arresting at least nine people.

December 27, 2013

On Thursday, Israeli forces raided the Um al-Sharayet neighborhood of al-Bireh in the West Bank city of Ramallah and arrested a Palestinian.

Elsewhere, Israeli regime forces raided several homes in the city of Bethlehem and arrested four Palestinians including two brothers aged 19 and 21. Two people, including a 55-year-old, were caught in the nearby village of Beit Fajjar.

A 22-year-old Palestinian was also arrested in the Qalandia refugee camp, near Ramallah.

In addition, Israeli troops raided the Ras al-Ain neighborhood in the West Bank city of Nablus and arrested two people after raiding their homes.

Two more Palestinians were arrested in the villages of Huwwara and Burqa, located to the south and north of Nablus respectively.

Reports say Israeli forces caused extensive damage to Palestinian properties during the attacks.

The Israeli military regularly attacks different areas in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) as well as the occupied West Bank to arrest Palestinian activists and civilians mostly without any charges.

On November 17, Israeli forces attacked the village of Abu Dis in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), injuring 40 people including university students.

On November 15, four Palestinian children, aged five to nine, were handcuffed and detained by Israeli forces for more than an hour. The Israeli soldiers arrested the children during a protest rally in Kafr Qaddum, a village in the north of the occupied West Bank.

According to Palestinian rights groups, over a dozen Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the first half of 2013. Israeli troops also seized nearly 1,800 Palestinians, including women and children, during the same period.

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http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/12/27/342129/israeli-forces-raid-homes-in-wb-arrest-9/

Israeli forces storm heart of Bethlehem in rare daytime raid
http://altahrir.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/israeli-forces-storm-heart-of-bethlehem-in-rare-daytime-raid/

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'The Arab people, in the different parts of its homeland, whether small or large in number, struggles armed by the force of the whole Arab nation because it struggles for the freedom of the whole Arab nation.' (The federation of Egypt and Syria, July 6, 1956)

13-11-13

Obama refuses to respect Iran rights

Netanyahu calls for more pressure on Iran

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/11/13/334512/america-on-selfdefeating-path-to-war/

Mar 20, 2013 - 'How Obama Became Netanyahu'
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/20/how-obama-became-netanyahu0.html

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07-11-13

Israel ‘furious’: Delivery of Osprey helicopter-airplanes to Israel


November 1, 2013,

Israel is fuming with the White House for confirming that it was the Israeli Air Force that struck a military base near the Syrian port city of Latakia.

Israel has not acknowledged carrying out the strike, one of half a dozen such attacks widely ascribed to Israel in recent months, but an Obama administration official told CNN on Thursday that Israeli warplanes had indeed attacked the Syrian base, and that the target was “missiles and related equipment set for delivery to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Israel’s Channel 10 TV on Friday night quoted Israeli officials branding the American leak as “scandalous.” For Israel’s ally to be acting in this way was “unthinkable,” the officials were quoted as saying.

A second TV report, on Israel’s Channel 2, said the leak “came directly from the White House,” and noted that “this is not the first time” that the administration has compromised Israel by leaking information on such Israeli Air Force raids on Syrian targets. It said some previous leaks were believed to have come from the Pentagon, and that consideration had been given at one point to establishing a panel to investigate the sources.

Channel 2′s military analyst, Roni Daniel, said the Obama administration’s behavior in leaking the information was unfathomable. Daniel noted that by keeping silent on whether it carried out such attacks, Israel was maintaining plausible deniability, so that Syria’s President Bashar Assad did not feel pressured to respond to the attacks. But the US leaks “are pushing Assad closer to the point where he can’t swallow these attacks, and will respond.” This in turn would inevitably draw further Israeli action, Daniel posited, and added bitterly: “Then perhaps the US will clap its hands because it will have started a very major flare-up.”

Satellite footage of alleged missile base in Latakia, Syria (photo credit: Wikimapia)

Satellite footage of alleged missile base in Latakia, Syria (photo credit: Wikimapia)

 

Channel 2 speculated that the US might have leaked word of Israel’s attack as a warning to Israel to desist from such actions. Alternately, it might be seeking to signal that it was part of the tough policy designed to prevent a flow of sophisticated weaponry to Assad. But these and other possible explanations simply didn’t justify the leak, which the TV report described as “illogical” and “foolish.” 

On Thursday, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, reiterated America’s commitment to thwarting Iranian nuclear weapons ambitions. “Let me be absolutely clear: President Obama is determined to ensure that the Islamic Republic does not acquire a nuclear weapon,” Power said at the Anti-Defamation League’s centennial conference held Thursday in a Manhattan hotel. Addressing the subject of nuclear negotiations with Iran, she said the Obama administration considers a bad deal worse than no deal and that the administration will not accept a bad deal. 

Later Thursday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that the US will fast-track delivery of six advanced Osprey helicopter-airplanes to Israel. “Israel will get six V-22s out of the next order to go on the assembly line, and they will be compatible with other [Israeli defense] capabilities,” Hagel said, anticipating delivery in two years time. NBC News said Israel requested that the delivery of the Ospreys be expedited "because of threats from Iran and Syria". Hagel added that “the Israeli and American defense relationship is stronger than ever, and it will continue to strengthen.”

Nonetheless, the ADL’s national director Abraham Foxman, who has close ties to the Israeli leadership, told the conference that American wariness of foreign military involvement is making it seem “weak and retreating.” In unusually bitter comments, 

Foxman declared that, “The combination of America’s unsatisfactory involvement in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, together with the financial crisis at home, have generated a broader opposition to American military involvement overseas.” 

Citing among other things the recent congressional resistance to authorizing a strike on Syria, Foxman said: “America is being seen as weak and retreating… 

The world looks at our choices, looks at our public opinion polls, looks at congressional reactions, looks at the paralysis in Washington on budgeting matters and wonders.” 

Source: http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-furious-with-white-house-for-leak-on-syria-strike/

The metamorphosis of tiny Israel to a giant

October 31, 2013

'White House leaks that Israel bombed Latakia base'

CNN is reporting that a White House official has confirmed that Israeli warplanes struck a military base near the Syrian city of Latakia this morning.

Israeli officials have refused to comment.

The metamorphosis of tiny Israel from a midget to a giant is in the making:
http://www.mediamonitors.net/johnhenshaw1.html

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16-09-13

Latest News Syria: Israel

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If Syria is to come under chemical arms scrutiny, so must Israel

An American analyst says the Israeli Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) must come under scrutiny the same way Syria has been subjected to such a measure, Press TV reports.
“Israel should be brought under the same microscope as Syria; [until] Israel is forced to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and … they open their nuclear, chemical and biological capability to international inspection and sanction, we’re going to continue to have problems,” said Mark Dankof, a Texas-based broadcaster and analyst in a Press TV interview.
Dankof described as inaccurate US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent claim that Syria owns the largest chemical weapons arsenal in the Middle East, adding that it is in fact the Zionist regime that is the record holder in terms of the amount of WMDs possessed.
Syria’s UN Ambassador Bashar al-Jaafari stated last Thursday, “The main danger of WMDs is the Israeli nuclear arsenal,” stressing that the Tel Aviv regime also possesses chemical weapons but “nobody is speaking about that.”

http://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/if-syria-is-to-come-under-chemical-arms-scrutiny-so-must-israel/

Photo: victims of Israeli phosphorous bombs:

http://electronicintifada.net/content/israelis-rain-phosphorous-bombs-over-gaza/7965

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19-06-13

Latest News Syria: Israel, an obstacle to Peace

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Bashar Asad has already indicated his desire to renew peace negotiations with Israel, largely because of his strategic predicament following the U.S. military action in Iraq. But Sharon rejected Bashar’s overture.

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Photo: On the Syrian outpost at the Syria-Israel armistice line in the Golan Heights, it reads: “Peace is our target; the peace which retrieves our Occupied Syrian Golan.”

Israel a Major Obstacle to Peace

May 23, 2009 – Syria: Israel A “Major Obstacle” To Peace
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-5035594-503543.html

May 23, 2009 – Associated Press – Syria’s Assad: Israel Is ‘Obstacle’ to Peace
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,521417,00.html

7.13.09 Syria to EU: Israel obstacle to peace – Israel News, Ynetnews
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3745949,00.html

May.23, 2009 – Assad: Israel is the major obstacle to peace
http://www.haaretz.com/news/assad-israel-is-the-major-obstacle-to-peace-1.276558

4 June 2008 – Normalizing occupation: Syria, Israel and “peace talks”
http://electronicintifada.net/content/normalizing-occupation-syria-israel-and-peace-talks/7543

MARCH 2005 – CAN ISRAEL AND SYRIA REACH PEACE?
OBSTACLES, LESSONS AND PROSPECTS
http://www.bakerinstitute.org/publications/wp_israelsyria.pdf

17-06-13

Israel: 'Syria is a military obstacle'

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November 2, 2010

‘IDF intelligence chief: Israel’s next war will see heavy casualties’

In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza – and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria…

In a final meeting at the Knesset, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned on Tuesday that Israel’s next war would be fought on several fronts – causing far heavier damage and casualties than other recent conflicts. A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conflicts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9. Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force. Yadlin also hinted at Israel’s involvement in attacking a Syrian nuclear facility in September 2007. That strike has been widely attributed to Israel, but the government has never officially taken responsibility for the operation. The veteran soldier, who turns 60 next year, told the committee that during his position as MI chief he had contended with two enemy nuclear programs – apparently a reference to Iran and Syria. Yadlin also warned of a growing threat from the Iranian nuclear program, saying Iran now had enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb.

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/idf-intelli...

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May 6, 2013 - May 21, 2013


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May 6, 2013 - 'Israel used depleted uranium in airstrike on Syria: Report':
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/06/302129/israel-hit-syria-using-depleted-uranium/
May 21, 2013  - ‘Israel forces fired at target in Syria’:
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/21/304611/israel-forces-fired-at-target-in-syria/

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June 17, 2013


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06-06-13

Latest News Israel: United Nations Human Rights Council

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May 29, 2013

Israel ready to reengage with UN Human Rights Council

Israel ready to reengage with UN Human Rights CouncilJerusalem is prepared to thaw ties frozen in 2012 — but only if ‘fair play and international standards’ are applied, deputy FM says.

Israel is working toward reengaging with the United Nations Human Rights Council, Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin has confirmed, adding, however, that such a move would occur only if the body could guarantee that the Jewish state would receive fair treatment in the future.

Jerusalem unilaterally cut all ties with the Geneva-based body last year over its alleged anti-Israel bias.

“Since then many countries have asked us to change our policy,” Elkin said Tuesday at the opening ceremony of the 4th Conference of the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism in Jerusalem. “And I ask myself: Is Israel expected to agree to being discriminated against, or should a change in our policy come about only through the ending of discrimination? The answer is clear and after much deliberation I have recently agreed to diplomatic engagement with the council and major actors in the international community to see if we can arrive at understandings and guarantees that will enable our return to the council, while ensuring that fair play and international standards are applied towards Israel.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin during an interview in Jerusalem Sunday (photo credit: AP/Dan Balilty)

In his speech, delivered in English, Elkin slammed the UNHRC for unduly singling out Israel for harsh criticism. Forty-six of 103 country-related resolutions and six of the 19 special sessions held since the council’s establishment “were against Israel,” he said. The Jewish state is not a member of any regional grouping and is the only country that has an agenda item “specifically to condemn its so-called violations of human rights,” Elkin noted.

“Can such a miserable record be defined as anything other than anti-Semitism in the guise of anti-Israelism?” he asked rhetorically.

After the UNHRC’s March 2012 decision to establish a fact-finding mission into Israel’s settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, then-foreign minister Avigdor Liberman announced that Israel would cut all ties to the council and cease cooperating with its officials. “From now on, we will no longer work together in any way, shape or form with any officials from the council, including the High Commissioner,” Navi Pillay, Liberman said at the time. “If anyone from the council calls us, we just won’t answer the phone.”

Earlier this year, Israel became the first of 193 UN member states to boycott a routine evaluation of its human rights situation scheduled to be conducted by council. The international community reacted angrily, saying Jerusalem risked undermining the council’s entire periodic review process, considered one of its most potent mechanisms.

At the same time, Israel took steps aimed at restoring its relationship with the council when Jerusalem’s permanent representative to the body, Ambassador Eviatar Manor, phoned the council’s president, Remigiusz Henczel, in the first senior-level official dealing between the two parties since March 2012.

Last month, Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter visited Israel, urged leaders to work on finding ways to restore ties with the UNHRC and offered his help in brokering a deal. Jerusalem seemed willing to restore ties, but Foreign Ministry officials indicated that full cooperation still appeared far away.

“We are now going to work on finding diplomatic solutions to this inherently unfair situation, solutions that will enable us to return to the council, to work with council not on the basis of ‘anyone who wants to bash Israel can do so free of charge,’ but serious work on equal footing,” said ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.

It is currently unclear what exactly such a mechanism, in which Israel will no longer be automatically at the receiving end of endless criticism, could look like.

“We’re going to start working with a number of countries in the council… and the commissioners,” Palmor said. “We will need to see whether it is possible for Israel to get equal treatment.”

A diplomatic official told The Times of Israel that Jerusalem is well aware of the UN realities — in which Arab and Muslim states have an automatic majority when it comes to resolutions hostile to Israel — “but we will see whether there is any possibility to get the council to work fairly with Israel, in which case when there is criticism we will accept it,” the official said. “But we will not be the council’s punching bag.”

May 29, 2013: 'Israel ready to reengage with UN Human Rights Council':
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-to-reengage-with-un-human-rights-council/

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The U.N. World Watch campaign against Syria:

Latest News Syria: Campaign of United Nations Human Rights Council !

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As a reminder: 'UN Watch called on the U.S. and the EU to lead a vigorous campaign to defeat Syria's candidacy for the U.N.'s 47-nation Human Rights Council'...

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'Nicaragua's Ortega, supporter of Qaddafi, also a candidate'

GENEVA, March 9 - One week after Col. Muammar Qaddafi's regime was suspended from the U.N.'s 47-nation Human Rights Council for "gross and systematic" violations, the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad declared it is running for a seat, in the upcoming May 20th elections.

"It's an outrage," said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights group. "Qaddafi was just ousted by the UN on grounds that a government which brutalizes its own people doesn't belong on the world's highest human rights body. Well, the Assad regime runs a notorous police state that denies the Syrian people the right to free speech and freedom of assembly, jails journalists and tortures dissidents. It sponsors some of the world's most vicious terrorist groups and has assassinated numerous journalists and opponents in Lebanon. The UN and the cause of human rights will be severely damaged if Syria's Assad regime wins a seat."

UN Watch called on the U.S. and the EU to lead a vigorous campaign to defeat Syria's candidacy, and to ensure there will be competition on the Asian slate of candidates. Currently, there are only three declared candidates for the four alloted seats.

"Last year, the democracies fought a successful campaign to defeat Iran, and persuaded other countries to compete. Yet they said and did absolutely nothing on Libya -- perhaps due to lucrative oil and business deals -- and Qaddafi won by a landslide. It's vital this year that the US and the EU announce early that they are opposed to having the oppressive Ba'athist regime of Bashar Assad judging the world on human rights," said Neuer.

Neuer said that Syria clearly failed to meet the criteria of UNGA Resolution 60/251, which established the UN Human Rights Council in 2006.  General Assembly members are obliged to elect states to the Council by "tak[ing] into account the candidates’ contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights and their voluntary pledges and commitments made thereto." The resolution also provides that consideration ought to be given to whether the candidate can meet the obligations of Council membership, which include (a) to "uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights" and (b) to "fully cooperate with the Council."

If there is competition within a regional slate, the candidates with the most votes in each region win, so long as they receive the affirmative votes of 97 other countries (an absolute majority of the membership of the UNGA).

The frequent use of "closed lists" in the elections, said Neuer, deprive the Member States of the UNGA of the opportunity to exercise the responsibilities described in the 2006 UNGA Resolution creating the Council and – because of the records of many of this year’s candidates – threaten to further weaken the Council, which still struggles to establish a reputation superior to its widely disparaged predecessor, the UN Human Rights Commission.

Neuer expressed concern that many regions would not offer any competition, ensuring the election of Syria and also Nicaragua.

UN Watch slammed Nicaragua's candidacy."Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega, who accepted the Muammar Qaddafi Human Rights Prize in 2009, recently renewed his support for the Libyan dictator despite Qaddafi's ongoing massacre of innocent civilians. By effectively supporting murder, Ortega's government is clearly disqualified from being an arbiter of human rights." 

http://www.unwatch.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=bdKKISNqEmG&b=1316871&ct=9134721

Note: UN Watch is an instrument of the American government

May 29, 2013: 'Israel ready to reengage with UN Human Rights Council':
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-to-reengage-with-un-human-rights-council/

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04-06-13

Latest News Syria: Israel starts fires

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Israeli Occupation Starts Two Fires in Occupied Syrian Golan

Jun 4, 2013

The Israeli occupation authorities on Tuesday started two fires in Ein al-Tineh site and the slopes of al-Sheikh Mountain in the occupied Syrian Golan.

Selectman of Ein el-Tineh Yousef al-Bassar told SANA's correspondent that these fires aren't the first such acts, as the Israeli occupation started a large fire on Monday evening that spread from the slopes of al-Sheikh Mountain overlooking Majdal Shams to Ein al-Tineh, causing massive damage to farmlands and pastures before the locals managed to put it out.

Al-Bassar said that fires started by the occupation authorities destroy lots of green spaces in the Golan and threaten the extinction of many types of animals and plants, in addition to polluting the air.

The Israeli occupation authorities start dozens of fires every year in the occupied Syrian Golan as part of their policy of aggression against it and its people.

H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/06/04/485813.htm

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Latest News: ‘Syria, a military obstacle to Israel’

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As a reminder:

November 2, 2010

‘IDF intelligence chief: Israel’s next war will see heavy casualties’

In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza – and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria…

In a final meeting at the Knesset, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned on Tuesday that Israel’s next war would be fought on several fronts – causing far heavier damage and casualties than other recent conflicts. A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conficts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9. Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force. Yadlin also hinted at Israel’s involvement in attacking a Syrian nuclear facility in September 2007. That strike has been widely attributed to Israel, but the government has never officially taken responsibility for the operation. The veteran soldier, who turns 60 next year, told the committee that during his position as MI chief he had contended with two enemy nuclear programs – apparently a reference to Iran and Syria. Yadlin also warned of a growing threat from the Iranian nuclear program, saying Iran now had enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb.

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/idf-intelligence-chief-israel-s-next-war-will-see-heavy-casualties-1.322484

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30-05-13

Weapons industries: Interview with Israeli filmmaker Yotam Feldman

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26 May 2013

Interview with Israeli filmmaker Yotam Feldman: ‘Wars on Gaza have become part of Israel’s system of governance’

In his new documentary, ‘The Lab,’ Yotam Feldman explores how Israel’s weapons industries interact with the country’s politics, economy and military decision-making. Israeli weapons, military technology and know-how become more valuable because they have been field-tested in its wars and combat against Palestinians and neighboring countries.

http://www.australiansforpalestine.net/80906

28-05-13

Latest News Syria: Israel and the US

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Talking about 'Peace', Israel and the U.S. are preparing an open war with Syria...

November. 2, 2010

‘IDF intelligence chief: Israel’s next war will see heavy casualties’

In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza – and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria…

In a final meeting at the Knesset, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned on Tuesday that Israel’s next war would be fought on several fronts – causing far heavier damage and casualties than other recent conflicts. A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conficts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9. Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force. Yadlin also hinted at Israel’s involvement in attacking a Syrian nuclear facility in September 2007. That strike has been widely attributed to Israel, but the government has never officially taken responsibility for the operation. The veteran soldier, who turns 60 next year, told the committee that during his position as MI chief he had contended with two enemy nuclear programs – apparently a reference to Iran and Syria. Yadlin also warned of a growing threat from the Iranian nuclear program, saying Iran now had enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb.

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/idf-intelligence-chief-israel-s-next-war-will-see-heavy-casualties-1.322484

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Israel, Syria and the United States
http://truth-out.org/news/item/16341-israel-syria-and-the-united-states

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21-05-13

Israel’s Right to Self-Defense – Syria’s Right to Self-Defense

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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spent three hours with Russian President Vladimir Putin at his residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Tuesday, May, 14. He came for a last-ditch attempt to head off the supply of advanced Russian anti-air S-300 missile systems to Syria. Instead, the Russian leader turned the conversation around to focus implicitly on Israel’s air strikes against Damascus on May 3 and May 5. After their conversation he issued a warning: "In this crucial period it is especially important to avoid any moves that can shake the situation."
This was clearly a hands-off caution to Israel not to repeat its attacks on Damascus. And, furthermore, after “shaking the situation” in Syria by its air attacks, Israel was in no position to demand that Russia avoid selling Syria advanced weapons.

Photo: Israel - trucks transporting Patriot batteries

Is Israel responsible for terrorist attacks in Syria ?

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May 21, 2013

A Syrian terrorist seriously injured in fighting across the border was treated in the Ziv hospital in northern Israel. Israel Radio said the man had been brought initially to an IDF field hospital by Israeli soldiers. It did not explain how Israeli forces reached the injured man.

Photo: February 21, 2013 - terrorist attack in Syria

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Israel's war with Syria

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General Command : Army Units Destroyed Israeli Vehicle Crossed Cease-Fire Line

May 21, 2013

DAMASCUS, SANA – General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces said that our armed forces destroyed an Israeli vehicle entered from the occupied territories and crossed the cease-fire line towards the village of Bir Ajam.

“The village is located in the liberated area of Syrian territories where there are armed terrorist groups, ” the General Command said in a statement issued Tuesday.

“Following that, the Israeli enemy fired two rockets from the occupied site of Tal al-Faras toward one of our sites in al-Zubaydiah village; no casualties reported, ” the statement said.

It added that the aggression aims at raising the terrorist groups’ collapsed moral due to the painful blows they received at the hands of our armed forces in more than one place, especially in al-Qsier area.

The General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces said that the blatant aggression confirms again the involvement of the Zionist entity in the ongoing events in Syria and the direct coordination with the armed terrorist gangs.

The statement stressed that any breach or an attempt to violate the state sovereignty will be responded.

It stressed that whoever thinks that he is able to test our strength, alert and readiness to maintain our dignity and sovereignty is mistaken.

Ghossoun /

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2013/05/21/483331.htm

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Nov. 2, 2010

'IDF intelligence chief: Israel’s next war will see heavy casualties'

In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza – and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria...

In a final meeting at the Knesset, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned on Tuesday that Israel’s next war would be fought on several fronts – causing far heavier damage and casualties than other recent conflicts. A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conficts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9. Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force. Yadlin also hinted at Israel’s involvement in attacking a Syrian nuclear facility in September 2007. That strike has been widely attributed to Israel, but the government has never officially taken responsibility for the operation. The veteran soldier, who turns 60 next year, told the committee that during his position as MI chief he had contended with two enemy nuclear programs – apparently a reference to Iran and Syria. Yadlin also warned of a growing threat from the Iranian nuclear program, saying Iran now had enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb.

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/idf-intelligence-chief-israel-s-next-war-will-see-heavy-casualties-1.322484

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19-05-13

Latest News Syria: Israel’s military intelligence

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Nov. 2, 2010

'IDF intelligence chief: Israel’s next war will see heavy casualties'

In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza – and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria...

In a final meeting at the Knesset, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned on Tuesday that Israel’s next war would be fought on several fronts – causing far heavier damage and casualties than other recent conflicts. A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conficts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9. Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force. Yadlin also hinted at Israel’s involvement in attacking a Syrian nuclear facility in September 2007. That strike has been widely attributed to Israel, but the government has never officially taken responsibility for the operation. The veteran soldier, who turns 60 next year, told the committee that during his position as MI chief he had contended with two enemy nuclear programs – apparently a reference to Iran and Syria. Yadlin also warned of a growing threat from the Iranian nuclear program, saying Iran now had enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb.

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/idf-intelligence-chief-israel-s-next-war-will-see-heavy-casualties-1.322484

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May 14, 2013

'Israel determined to stop Syrian weapons transfer' 

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.

Netanyahu, who flew to meet Putin despite have only just returned from a trip to China, took with him his National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror and the head of military intelligence in the IDF Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi. Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin went too, to help with translations.

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Israel threatens world peace

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Nov 15, 2012 - 'Putin urges Netanyahu to avoid escalation':

Dec 28, 2012 - 'Foreign powers undermine UN role in resolving Syria unrest: Iran MP':

May 7, 2013 - 'Russia, China express alarm after Israel hits Syria':

May 14, 2013 - 'In talks with Netanyahu, Putin urges restraint on SyriaAfter emergency meeting at Black Sea resort, no word from either head of state about Russia’s sale of S-300 missiles to Assad':

May 15, 2013 - Israel ‘will bring down Assad’ if he retaliates for future airstrikes:

May 15, 2013 - 'Israel determined to stop Syrian weapons transfer':

May 15, 2013 - 'Commentary: Unbalanced UN resolution may complicate situation in Syria':

May 16, 2013 - 'At least 35 killed, 134 wounded in attacks across Iraq':

May 16, 2013 - 'China reaffirms political solution to Syrian issue':

May 17, 2013 - 'CIA chief in Israel to discuss situation in Syria':

May 17, 2013 - 'Russia backs Iran for Syria talks':

May 18, 2013 - 'Israel may attack Syria over Russia arms deal with Damascus':

May 18, 2013 - 'Turkey, Egypt agree to Iran proposed petrochemical OPEC'

May 18, 2013 - 'UN Resident Coordinator in Syria: US Sanctions Negatively Affect Syrians':

May 19, 2013 - 'Syrian troops reach central al-Qussair city':

May 19, 2013 - 'Assad: Syria's future is up to Syrian people':

May 19, 2013 - 'Assad welcomes Russia-U.S. understanding, doubts West's intentions':

May 19, 2013 - 'Israeli regime sells $400mn of drones annually: Report'

May 19, 2013 - 'President al-Assad: Basis for Any Political Solution for Crisis in Syria is What the Syrian People Want':

Photo: Netanyahu looks into Syria from the Golan Heights in January 2013

16-05-13

War against colonialism = War with Israel

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Gamal Abdel Nasser 

Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt was born in 1918 and died in 1970. Nasser was a pivotal figure in the recent history of the Middle East and played a highly prominent role in the 1956 Suez Crisis. Nasser has been described as the first leader of an Arab nation who challenged what was perceived as the western dominance of the Middle East. Nasser remains a highly revered figure in both Egypt and the Arab world.

At the age of fifteen, he took part in anti-British demonstrations. Those who protested also targeted some in the royal family who it was believed tacitly supported the power Britain still maintained over Egypt by its joint-ownership of the Suez Canal

In 1935, Nasser was wounded in the head by the British during an anti-British demonstration. In 1938, Nasser graduated from the Royal Military Academy and joined the Egyptian Army. Within the army, Nasser continued with his anti-British activities.

In 1942, an incident occurred which is said to have been the key turning point in Nasser's activities. In February 1942, the British persuaded/forced the king of Egypt, King Farouq, to accept a government that was to be headed by Nahas Pasha. At this time, Britain's power in North Africa was reaching a peak with the defeat of the Afrika Korps and this power was especially felt in Egypt. Nasser was appalled by what he considered to be the interference in the internal affairs of one country by a colonial European power. For the next seven years, he used his influence to persuade officers in the Egyptian Army that a) such interference was unacceptable and b) that all vestiges of British rule/influence had to be removed from Egypt.

Nasser fought in the 1948 war against the newly formed Israel. During this war, Nasser held his first 'proper' meeting with those officers who were willing to support his ideas for Egypt. The defeat of the Arab nations in the 1948 war, gave an added impetus to their anger especially as the Egyptian Army had to fight with faulty weapons which was linked to a supply scandal that implicated some members of the Royal Family. Nasser was clear in his own mind - the Royal family had to go and Egypt needed a new form of government. 

The defeat in 1948 strongly affected Nasser. On top of the humiliation of losing the war, Nasser was angered by the apparent corruption within certain sections of the Royal Family which it was thought hindered any chance of victory. Nasser decided to basically plot against the king for the sake of Egypt’s future.

On July 23rd 1952, Nasser helped to organise a revolt against the Royal Family and King Farouk was overthrown after a few days of bloodless rebellion. The actual figure head for the rebellion was General Neguib.

In November 1954, Neguib resigned and retired from public life. As deputy to Neguib, Nasser was the obvious choice to succeed him. This he did on November 17th 1954.

Nasser had a very clear vision for modernising Egypt. He was also keen to see Egypt free of any overtones of colonialism – a belief that was to bring him into direct conflict with Britain and France in 1956. To support his beliefs, Nasser did what he could to restore national pride to all Arab nations – not just Egypt.

The most obvious source of a foreign power being dominant in Egypt was the British/French control of the Suez Canal. Completed in 1869, the canal was designed by Ferdinand de Lesseps. However the vast bulk of the physical labour required to build this engineering marvel was done by Egyptian nationals. Britain had a 40% holding in the company that ran the canal. However, despite the fact that the canal was on Egyptian ‘soil’, the benefits it brought the people of Egypt were minimal. In 1956, Nasser nationalised the canal – provoking an attack on Egypt by the French and British. This attack was condemned at an international level and the British and French had to withdraw their forces when it became clear that America did not support what they had done. In fact, the American president, Eisenhower, was openly critical of Britain and France.

Nasser’s stand against two major European powers brought him huge popularity not just in Egypt but also in all Arab nations. After this success, Nasser set about the ‘Egyptianisation’ of his country.

Nasser also made gains in other areas of domestic policy. Under Neguib, civilian titles as associated with the Royal Family, were banned. Privileges associated with the ‘old way’ were also banned. Laws were brought in that limited the amount of land someone could own and they also widened the opportunities for land ownership. In 1961, Nasser nationalised a number of corporations so that the wealth that they generated could be used to improve the lifestyle of the Egyptian people. One year later, a decision was announced that Egypt would be run on Arab socialist lines. During Nasser's time in office, the Aswan High Dam was completed. This was a project that generated world-wide attention. However, iron and steel mills, aluminum plants, car and food factories were also built. In total, over 2000 new factories were built in Egypt in Nasser's time.

However, Nasser suffered a major blow when Egypt and other Arab nations were beaten by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967. By this year, Egypt was seen as the leading Arab nation and the Arab people looked to Egypt for leadership. For Nasser, the comprehensive defeat by Israel was a serious blow and he offered his resignation. This was rejected by the people who took to the streets in June 1967 to demonstrate their support for Nasser. After the war, Nasser went to great efforts to modernise the Egyptian military and this remained one of his primary aims until his death in September 1970. His death was followed by an outpouring of national grief in Egypt. Nasser was succeeded by Anwar Sadat.

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/gamal_abdel_nasser.htm

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Israel provokes a new war with the Arabian countries

Obama.netanyahu.jpgIn a clear warning to Syria 'to stop the transfer of advanced weapons to Islamic militants in the region', a senior Israeli official signaled on Wednesday that Israel was considering additional military strikes to prevent that from happening and that the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, would face crippling consequences if he retaliated.

Nearly two weeks ago, Israeli warplanes carried out two strikes in Syria.

There was a more limited strike on May 3 at Damascus International Airport.

The Syrian government publicly condemned Israel for the assaults, saying it “opened the door to all possibilities.” The Syrian deputy foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, declared, “We will respond immediately and harshly to any additional attack by Israel.”

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Israeli officials are lying

December 5, 2012

U.S.-Approved Arms for Libya Rebels Fell Into Jihadis’ Hands

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turning some of the weapons over to Islamic militants, according to United States officials and foreign diplomats.

No evidence has emerged linking the weapons provided by the Qataris during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to the attack that killed four Americans at the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in September.

But in the months before, the Obama administration clearly was worried about the consequences of its hidden hand in helping arm Libyan militants, concerns that have not previously been reported. The weapons and money from Qatar strengthened militant groups in Libya, allowing them to become a destabilizing force since the fall of the Qaddafi government.

The experience in Libya has taken on new urgency as the administration considers whether to play a direct role in arming rebels in Syria, where weapons are flowing in from Qatar and other countries.

The Obama administration did not initially raise objections when Qatar began shipping arms to opposition groups in Syria, even if it did not offer encouragement, according to current and former administration officials. But they said the United States has growing concerns that, just as in Libya, the Qataris are equipping some of the wrong militants.

The United States, which had only small numbers of C.I.A. officers in Libya during the tumult of the rebellion, provided little oversight of the arms shipments. Within weeks of endorsing Qatar’s plan to send weapons there in spring 2011, the White House began receiving reports that they were going to Islamic militant groups. They were “more antidemocratic, more hard-line, closer to an extreme version of Islam” than the main rebel alliance in Libya, said a former Defense Department official.

The Qatari assistance to fighters viewed as hostile by the United States demonstrates the Obama administration’s continuing struggles in dealing with the Arab Spring uprisings, as it tries to support popular protest movements while avoiding American military entanglements. Relying on surrogates allows the United States to keep its fingerprints off operations, but also means they may play out in ways that conflict with American interests.

“To do this right, you have to have on-the-ground intelligence and you have to have experience,” said Vali Nasr, a former State Department adviser who is now dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, part of Johns Hopkins University. “If you rely on a country that doesn’t have those things, you are really flying blind. When you have an intermediary, you are going to lose control.”

He said that Qatar would not have gone through with the arms shipments if the United States had resisted them, but other current and former administration officials said Washington had little leverage at times over Qatari officials. “They march to their own drummer,” said a former senior State Department official. The White House and State Department declined to comment.

During the frantic early months of the Libyan rebellion, various players motivated by politics or profit — including an American arms dealer who proposed weapons transfers in an e-mail exchange with a United States emissary later killed in Benghazi — sought to aid those trying to oust Colonel Qaddafi.

But after the White House decided to encourage Qatar — and on a smaller scale, the United Arab Emirates — to ship arms to the Libyans, President Obama complained in April 2011 to the emir of Qatar that his country was not coordinating its actions in Libya with the United States, the American officials said. “The president made the point to the emir that we needed transparency about what Qatar was doing in Libya,” said a former senior administration official who had been briefed on the matter.

About that same time, Mahmoud Jibril, then the prime minister of the Libyan transitional government, expressed frustration to administration officials that the United States was allowing Qatar to arm extremist groups opposed to the new leadership, according to several American officials. They, like nearly a dozen current and former White House, diplomatic, intelligence, military and foreign officials, would speak only on the condition of anonymity for this article.

The administration has never determined where all of the weapons, paid for by Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, went inside Libya, officials said. Qatar is believed to have shipped by air and sea small arms, including machine guns, automatic rifles, and ammunition, for which it has demanded reimbursement from Libya’s new government. Some of the arms since have been moved from Libya to militants with ties to Al Qaeda in Mali, where radical jihadi factions have imposed Shariah law in the northern part of the country, the former Defense Department official said. Others have gone to Syria, according to several American and foreign officials and arms traders.

Although NATO provided air support that proved critical for the Libyan rebels, the Obama administration wanted to avoid getting immersed in a ground war, which officials feared could lead the United States into another quagmire in the Middle East.

As a result, the White House largely relied on Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, two small Persian Gulf states and frequent allies of the United States. Qatar, a tiny nation whose natural gas reserves have made it enormously wealthy, for years has tried to expand its influence in the Arab world. Since 2011, with dictatorships in the Middle East and North Africa coming under siege, Qatar has given arms and money to various opposition and militant groups, chiefly Sunni Islamists, in hopes of cementing alliances with the new governments. Officials from Qatar and the emirates would not comment.

After discussions among members of the National Security Council, the Obama administration backed the arms shipments from both countries, according to two former administration officials briefed on the talks.

American officials say that the United Arab Emirates first approached the Obama administration during the early months of the Libyan uprising, asking for permission to ship American-built weapons that the United States had supplied for the emirates’ use. The administration rejected that request, but instead urged the emirates to ship weapons to Libya that could not be traced to the United States.

“The U.A.E. was asking for clearance to send U.S. weapons,” said one former official. “We told them it’s O.K. to ship other weapons.”

For its part, Qatar supplied weapons made outside the United States, including French- and Russian-designed arms, according to people familiar with the shipments.

But the American support for the arms shipments from Qatar and the emirates could not be completely hidden. NATO air and sea forces around Libya had to be alerted not to interdict the cargo planes and freighters transporting the arms into Libya from Qatar and the emirates, American officials said.

Concerns in Washington soon rose about the groups Qatar was supporting, officials said. A debate over what to do about the weapons shipments dominated at least one meeting of the so-called Deputies Committee, the interagency panel consisting of the second-highest ranking officials in major agencies involved in national security. “There was a lot of concern that the Qatar weapons were going to Islamist groups,” one official recalled.

The Qataris provided weapons, money and training to various rebel groups in Libya. One militia that received aid was controlled by Adel Hakim Belhaj, then leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, who was held by the C.I.A. in 2004 and is now considered a moderate politician in Libya. It is unclear which other militants received the aid.

“Nobody knew exactly who they were,” said the former defense official. The Qataris, the official added, are “supposedly good allies, but the Islamists they support are not in our interest.”

No evidence has surfaced that any weapons went to Ansar al-Shariah, an extremist group blamed for the Benghazi attack.

The case of Marc Turi, the American arms merchant who had sought to provide weapons to Libya, demonstrates other challenges the United States faced in dealing with Libya. A dealer who lives in both Arizona and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Turi sells small arms to buyers in the Middle East and Africa, relying primarily on suppliers of Russian-designed weapons in Eastern Europe.

In March 2011, just as the Libyan civil war was intensifying, Mr. Turi realized that Libya could be a lucrative new market, and applied to the State Department for a license to provide weapons to the rebels there, according to e-mails and other documents he has provided. (American citizens are required to obtain United States approval for any international arms sales.)

He also e-mailed J. Christopher Stevens, then the special representative to the Libyan rebel alliance. The diplomat said he would “share” Mr. Turi’s proposal with colleagues in Washington, according to e-mails provided by Mr. Turi. Mr. Stevens, who became the United States ambassador to Libya, was one of the four Americans killed in the Benghazi attack on Sept. 11.

Mr. Turi’s application for a license was rejected in late March 2011. Undeterred, he applied again, this time stating only that he planned to ship arms worth more than $200 million to Qatar. In May 2011, his application was approved. Mr. Turi, in an interview, said that his intent was to get weapons to Qatar and that what “the U.S. government and Qatar allowed from there was between them.”

Two months later, though, his home near Phoenix was raided by agents from the Department of Homeland Security. Administration officials say he remains under investigation in connection with his arms dealings. The Justice Department would not comment.

Mr. Turi said he believed that United States officials had shut down his proposed arms pipeline because he was getting in the way of the Obama administration’s dealings with Qatar. The Qataris, he complained, imposed no controls on who got the weapons. “They just handed them out like candy,” he said.

David D. Kirkpatrick and Kareem Fahim reporting from Cairo.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/world/africa/weapons-sent-to-libyan-rebels-with-us-approval-fell-into-islamist-hands.html?pagewanted=all

 

09-05-13

Israeli aggression: Palestine

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The Israeli regime has approved the construction of 296 new illegal settler units in the so-called Beit El settlement in the occupied West Bank, despite international condemnation.

An Israeli official said on Thursday that Tel Aviv had given the green light for the settler units, but this was only the first stage of a process before actual construction could begin.

The official said the new units were part of a compensatory measure for those settlers who were evicted from the illegal Ulpana outpost – which has not been authorized by the Tel Aviv regime – following a court ruling.

Outposts are newer and smaller Israeli settlements and Israel considers those outposts that were built without authorization from the Tel Aviv regime to be illegal.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

The Thursday announcement to build new settler units comes days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a freeze on tenders for new settler units.

The United Nations also called on the Tel Aviv regime on Wednesday to halt its settlement building.

The Israeli regime maintains a defiant stand on the issue of its illegal settlements on Palestinian land as it refuses to freeze settlement expansion. Tel Aviv has come under repeated and widespread international condemnation over the issue.

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/09/302594/israel-ap...

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1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was ‘deeply grateful to the United States’ after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

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08-05-13

Israeli aggression on Syrian sites condemned

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May 8, 2013

The Coordination Office of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) strongly condemned the Israeli aggression on Syrian sites.
In a statement, the Office said that “the Non-Aligned Movement Coordination Office condemns in the strongest terms the Israeli aggression against Syria.”

The Office, which includes 120 countries who are UN members, described the Israeli act as a dangerous violation of the international law and the principles of the UN Charter as it violated the sovereignty of Syria.

It called on the UN Security Council to shoulder its responsibilities through clear condemnation of this aggression and adopting the needed measures to prevent its repetition.

The Office also called for holding Israel responsible for this aggression and its repercussions to avoid the deterioration of the situation in the region, which would lead to a large-scale regional war that threatens the regional and international peace and security.

South Africa Condemns the dangerous act

Meanwhile, South Africa condemned the Israeli aggression on sites in Syria, affirming that this aggression is a dangerous violation of the international law and Syria sovereignty.

In a statement on Wednesday, the government of South Africa said “We condemn these attacks which violate the international law and Syria sovereignty and territorial integrity,” considering this aggression as a dangerous escalation of the crisis in Syria.

The statement called on countries of the region to stop any military act or foreign intervention in Syria, saying that any military action in Syria will have destructive repercussions on the whole region.

Ecuador Expresses Rejection of Israeli Aggression

Ecuador said it is deeply concerned over the Israeli aggression on Syria, expressing utter rejection of it.

Ecuadorian Ministry of External Affairs, Trade and Integration said in a statement on Wednesday that its stance is based on the principle that dialogue is the sole way to realize stability and peace, affirming that hostile actions cannot establish peace.

The ministry said that Ecuador rejects Israel’s unilateral actions and violations of human rights.

Russian Communist Party Condemns Israeli Aggression on Syria

Russian Communist Party condemned the Israeli aggression on Syria’s sites, considering the attack as “a flagrant aggression against a sovereign state.”

In a statement, the Head of the party, Gennady Zyuganov said that these aggressions became possible because Israel has violated the international law for decades without any punishment, adding that these acts increase the tension in the Middle East and obstruct achieving peace in the region.

Zyuganov pointed out that these acts did not occur as a coincidence, but they occurred by instructions from the US which is trying to dominate the world, noting that these raids expose the cooperation between Israeli army and the armed terrorist groups in Syria.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/05/08/481097.htm

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Israeli aggression: al-Aqsa Mosque

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May 8, 2013
 
Israeli forces have clashed with Palestinians outside the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), arresting dozens of Palestinian youths, Press TV reports.


Israeli troops beat and dispersed Palestinians who were gathering in the holy mosque on Wednesday after Israeli settlers entered the al-Aqsa mosque and started acting in a provocative way.

Several Palestinian journalists were reportedly wounded by Israeli forces.

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/08/302490/israeli-forces-arrest-palestinian-youths/


Syria: Israeli aggression

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May 8, 2013

President al-Assad: Israeli Aggression Unveils Involvement of Israeli Occupation, Countries supporting it in Event in Syria

President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday said that the latest Israeli aggression on Syria unveils the volume of involvement of the Israeli occupation, regional and western countries which support it in the current events in Syria.

“The Syrian people and their brave army which gain important achievements in combating terrorism and the Takfiri groups are able to confront the Israeli risks which constitute one face of this terrorism which targets Syria daily,” President al-Assad who received Iranian foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said.

Talks during the meeting dealt with the latest developments in the region and the dangers threatening it after the Israeli aggression on Syria.

The Iranian Foreign Minister expressed his country’s strong condemnation of the Israeli flagrant aggression on Syrian territories, affirming Iran’s standing by Syria in the face of the Israeli attempts to destabilize the region and weaken the resistance axis.

He added that time has come for deterring the Israeli occupation from carrying out such aggressions against peoples of the region.

The talks also tackled cooperation between Syria and Iran and the commitment of both countries to boost them in all domains.

The delegation accompanying Salehi, Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem, Presidential Political and Media Advisor Buthaina Shaaban, Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minster Fayssal Mikdad attended the meeting.

In statements to journalists after the meeting, Salehi said his meeting with President al-Assad was good, and that they discussed bilateral relations, regional developments and the crisis in Syria, adding “we discovered that things are going well in Syria, and that the valiant Syrian Army reclaimed many areas… Syria will recover in the near future.”

Salehi affirmed that bilateral relations between Syria and Iran are continuing in all fields, voicing readiness to increase aid to Syrians and provide the basic necessities of the Syrian people.

“We are fully confident that Syria will emerge victorious from the crisis because the Syrian people have right on their side as does the Syrian government because it emerged from the will of the people and there’s considerable harmony between them,” he said, adding that without the steadfastness of the Syrian people for two years and their support for the Army and the government, no government could have withstood such a vicious attack.

Salehi asserted optimism over the future of Syria which he said is moving in the right direction towards victory, stressing that Iran will not accept any external interference and that the Syrian people are the only ones who may decide upon their own future.

He said that the Israeli aggression on sites in Syria revealed to the world the truth of the false allegations of the mercenaries fighting the Syrian Army and how this aggression was timed with their murdering of innocents.

“Now matters are clear… how Israel shows solidarity with mercenaries and how mercenaries put their hands in the hands of Zionists… we said since the beginning of the crisis that Syria is a main ring in the chain of resistance, which is the cause of these pressures,” Salehi said, noting that despite how clear matters have become, some sides refuse to acknowledge them.

In turn, Minister al-Moallem said that Salehi conducted a productive meeting with President al-Assad, with the two sides’ viewpoints being in agreement due to the ongoing coordination and consultation between the two leaderships in the current circumstances.

In response to a question on concerns over a war on Syria, al-Moallem pointed out that Syria has been facing an internal war for two years which is also a regional and international war targeting the Syria people, adding “we’re used to this… we’re not concerned but we’re prepared to defend ourselves and our people and we will not abide by aggression.”

On the possibility of activating the mutual shield agreement with Iran, al-Moallem said that everyone must know that before the crisis in Syria and during it, Iran’s leadership and people stood alongside Syria to a degree that surpassed the mutual defense agreement, adding that the two countries are cooperating in all economic and political fields and have identical positions.

Mazen / H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/05/08/481063.htm

PS. After the Israeli attacks, Syria was cut off  from the internet for several days. Washington was blocking regularly the website of the Syrian Press Agency SANA.  It was also responsible for the bombing of the Serbian and Libyan TV-buildings.  Even the Chinese embassy in Serbia was bombed ‘by mistake’…

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War on Syria: Israeli bombings, an expression of frustration

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Israeli war declaration: Syria cut off from internet

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May 8, 2013

International internet companies say Syria has been disconnected from "internet communication with the rest of world".

Syria's Internet blackout entered into its second consecutive day, which the state news agency blamed on a fault in optical fibre cables.

Landline phone services between Syrian provinces have also been down since Tuesday, SANA said on Wednesday.

"Internet services and phonecalls between provinces were cut off Tuesday evening because of a fault in optical fibre cables," SANA said.

"Efforts are ongoing to fix the faults and to bring Internet and telephone services back up as soon as possible," the agency said quoting a communications official.

Tuesday's shutdown effectively "disconnects Syria from Internet communication with the rest of the world," according to companies that monitor online traffic around the world.

Google's Transparency Report pages showed traffic to Google services pages from the country, suddenly stopping shortly before 1900 GMT.

Google traffic reports continued to show no activity there several hours after the drop-off.

"We've seen this twice before," said Christine Chen, Google's senior manager for free expression. "This happened in Syria last November and in Egypt during the Arab Spring."

It is virtually impossible to definitely determine the cause of such disruptions unless a party claims responsibility, experts said.

Jim Cowie, chief technology officer at Renesys, a US company that tracks global Internet traffic, said the outage looked similar to the one seen last November.

"We don't see any effects in neighbouring countries, and we don't see anything to suggest that the outage was caused by damage to one or another of the several cables that connect Syria with the outside world," he said.

The disconnection from internet communication comes just after the Israeli bombings on Syria and the growing political pressure for a military intervention coming from Tel Aviv and Washington.

On 3.14.2012, America’s Defense Department’s best-known geek announced that she was leaving the Pentagon for a job at Google...
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As a reminder:

‘NileSat, Arabsat Suspend Broadcast of Syrian Satellite Channels’

5-9-2012

SYRIA – News Home Page

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – NileSat Company suspended broadcasting the Syrian satellite channels in a unilateral procedure unjustifiably violating terms of the contract signed with the Company and the Media Code of Ethics, Ministry of Information said on Wednesday.

This procedure contradicts principles of media work in an unacceptable and blatant way within the framework of the campaign targeting Syria, the statement added.
The Ministry stressed its condemnation of this violation and considered it as direct evidence on its administrators’ bias to the side of the plot launched against the Syrian state and people, adding that this behavior serves the Zionist scheme.

The Ministry called upon the NileSat Satellite Company to refrain from its behavior and adhere to the legal regulations in this regard.
In a similar statement, the Ministry of Information announced that the Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) cut broadcasting the Syrian satellite channels in line with NileSat Company which has already carried out its role in the Zionist project that aimed at silencing the voice of the homeland and contributing to the deception, fabrication and the falsification of facts.

The Ministry condemned this behavior which violates the simplest rules of the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) law and Syria’s rights which should be preserved according to these rules.
The Ministry considered this procedure as flagrant violation of media code of ethics and principles of journalistic work, calling upon the Arabsat administration to refrain from its decision and commit to the law and morals of media.

The Ministry called upon Syrian citizens to watch the Syrian channels on the terrestrial channels and the Eutelsat and Hotbird on the following frequencies:

The Syrian TV Satellite Channel Eutelsat 11680 horizontal.
The Syrian al-Ikhbariya TV Channel Eutelsat 11390 vertical.
Addounia TV Channel Eutelsat 10922 vertical.
The Syrian TV Satellite Channel Hotbird 12015 horizontal.

On a relevant note, the Information Ministry said that the live feed of the Syrian Satellite Channel and Al-Ikhbariya TV can be viewed online at the General Organization of Radio and TV website
at http://live.rtv.gov.sy/ while Addounia TV can be viewed online on its website at http://addounia.tv/index.php?page=live

Union of Syrian Journalists Denounces Suspending Broadcast of Syrian Satellite Channels as Media Piracy

Union of Syrian Journalists denounced the NileSat administration’s decision to suspend the broadcast of Syrian satellite channels as media piracy against national media and the freedom of the word.
The Union said in a statement on Wednesday that this step came in implementation of the decision of the Council of the Arab Foreign Ministers which called upon the NileSat and Arabsat administrations to stop broadcasting the Syrian satellite channels which is unexpected since these organizations signed contracts and had legal obligations regarding the Syrian channels.

The statement added that the union addressed all Arab journalist unions and the International Federation of Journalists to condemn this move and to call upon the administration of NileSat to refrain from their decision in accordance with the minimum level of moral principles and international conventions, particularly the UN Charter on the freedom of opinion and expression.
The union concluded that the Syrian national media with all its institutions and cadres which confronted the conspiracy is able to find ways that help it continue conveying the truth to the Syrian people and the Arab and international public opinion.

National Media Council: NileSat, Arabsat Decision to Suspend Syrian Channels Illegal

The National Media Council stressed that the NileSat and Arabsat decision to suspend the broadcast of the Syrian satellite channels is illegal and condemned as it came under the war against Syria.
The Council considered these procedures as completion of criminal acts that targeted the Syrian media institutions and the journalists, stressing that such terrorist acts aimed at silencing the voice of the Syrian media which presented to the local and international public opinion the reality of what is taking place on the ground exposing the campaign of lies and fabrications led by Arab and western media.
The Council added that it reserved its right to take necessary legal procedures to prosecute the two companies and all media outlets that violate rules of the journalist work.

It added that all attempts targeting the Syrian media will fail as it belongs to the Syrian people and convey the reality, stressing that the national media will preserve its professionalism to expose the fabrications of other media.

R. Raslan/ R. Milhem / Mazen

07-05-13

Israel declares war on Syria: Moscow

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May 7, 2013

Kerry in Moscow to press US agenda against Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Moscow in a high profile bid to press top Russian officials against backing the Syrian government amid the recent US-backed Israeli aggression against the nation.

Issues surrounding Israeli aerial and missile strikes against Syrian installations are widely expected to be the top agenda in the talks as the US has announced a major effort to begin providing military aid for foreign-backed militant gangs, trying to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power, press reports said Tuesday.

Russia has already expressed major concerns over the Israeli attacks and warned that such acts of aggression threaten to expand tensions to neighboring countries.

Despite growing US-led pressures on Moscow to halt its support for the Syrian government, Russia has so far resisted efforts by the US and its allies to wage a direct military intervention against Syria, insisting that the crisis will have to be resolved diplomatically.

Kerry will meet with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, although the two greatly disagree on the events in Syria and the future of President Bashar al-Assad.

This while the Obama administration has recently said it does not rule out providing arms for the militant gangs in Syria which include al-Qaeda-linked terrorist elements.

Ahead of Kerry's visit to Moscow, Russia's foreign ministry called on the West to stop politicizing the issue of chemical weapons in Syria,.

This is while Carla Del Ponte, a member of the UN commission probing the alleged use of the nerve gas sarin in Syria, announced on Sunday that the country’s opposition forces, and not the Assad regime, were behind the use of chemical weapons.

There are "strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof" of sarin gas being used "on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities," she reportedly told a Swiss-Italian television outlet.

Following his visit to Russia, Kerry is to travel to Rome to meet with Italian, Israeli and Jordanian officials to discuss Middle East issues, including the Syrian situation.

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05-05-13

Israel declares war on Syria: Iran, Lebanon, Sudan, Algeria

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Iran, Lebanon, Sudan, Algeria Condemn Israel's New Assault on Jamraya Center

May 5, 2013Speaker of Iran's Shura Council, Ali Larijani, stressed that Israel's new aggression on the scientific research center of Jamraya in Damascus Countryside consolidates Iran's stance on the events in the region which affirms that the main goal behind creating the crisis in Syria is to undermine the axis of resistance.

Addressing the Council on Sunday, Larijani said the recent events in the region have showed clearly that the aim behind "the adventure in Syria" led by the US, the Zionist entity and the Arab reactionary sides is to take the Zionist entity out of its isolation in the region through a fake plot.

He added that the media hype stirred by the US and the West on accusing Syria of using chemical weapons aims mainly to cover the fact that they are actually floundering on the ground, with their tools of terrorists being in difficult situation in the various Syrian areas.

Iran's Defense Minister: Israel's Assault Was Given Green Light by US

For his part, Iranian Defense Minister, Maj. Gen. Ahmad Wahidi, said the aggression carried out by the usurper entity on Jamraya scientific research center jeopardizes the entire region and it is at the same time a proof of this entity's weakness and confusion due to the latest regional developments.

Speaking in a statement on Sunday, Maj. Gen. Wahidi stressed that the Israeli assault was carried out with "a green light" from America and it again exposes the connection between the armed terrorist groups in Syria and their backers with the Zionist occupation.

Iran's Foreign Ministry: Israel's Assault Would Lead to Destabilizing the Region

Earlier, Iranian Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the Israeli aggression on the scientific research center in Jamraya, stressing that this aggression would lead to destabilizing the region.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Ramin Mehmanparast, denounced  in a statement on Sunday this aggression, noting that the Israeli entity persists on destabilizing the region.

Israel launched a flagrant rocket attack on the Scientific Research Center in Jamraya in Damascus Countryside earlier on Sunday in a clear attempt to succor the armed terrorist groups  after the painful blows the Syrian Army inflicted on them, and after the Armed Forces made major advancements to restore security and stability to Syria.

Salehi: Israeli Aggression Shows Link between Israel and Terrorist Groups in Syria

In an interview with Al-Manar TV, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi denounced the Israeli aggression on sites in Syria, stressing that it shows the organic link between Israel and the terrorists and mercenaries fighting the Syrian people.

He asserted that this aggression is a response to the achievements of the Syrian Army on the ground and that it was greenlit by the US and western countries, affirming that the Israeli aggression contradicts all international resolutions and agreements and noting that if the opposite happened, the whole world would have made risen in uproar.

Salehi called on all sides in the region and the world to band together and help find a peaceful solution for the crisis in Syria.

Algeria Denounces the Israeli Attack

Algeria on Sunday expressed strong condemnation of the Israeli aggression on Syrian sites, stressing that the attack is a flagrant violation of the international law and the sovereignty of an Arab state.

Speaker for the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ammar Balani, said that Algeria calls upon the UN Security Council to shoulder its responsibilities as to put an end to the outrageous violations that could escalate the regional situation.

Lebanese Foreign Minister: Israel's Assault Aims to Blow up the Region

In the same context, Lebanese Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs, Adnan Mansour, condemned the Zionist aggression on the scientific research center in Jamraya in Damascus Countryside, describing it as "a dangerous act that aims to blow up the region."

"Once again the Israeli entity of terrorism carries out a new aggression on Syria using false pretexts to justify this barbarous aggression," said Mansour.

He added that Israel wants through this assault "to pave the way for a large-scale aggression to blow up the region and push it into a destructive confrontation, showing no concern about the disastrous outcomes that could result from this."

The Lebanese Foreign Minister expressed denunciation of the international community's silence towards the aggressive acts of Israel.

In an interview with al-Mayadin TV, Mansour said called for making brave decisions and standing against Syria instead of making do with statements and condemnations, since the Israeli aggression targets all Arabs.

He stressed that Syria must not be left alone, asserting that the Arab nation has considerable resources and asking if this is not the time to use them against the Israeli aggression, then when will it be used?

Lebanese President Denounces Israeli Aggression, Calls for Firm International Response

In a statement issued by his press office, Lebanese President Michel Sleiman denounced the Israeli attacks on sites in Syria, saying that such behavior isn't unusual for an enemy whose policy is based on aggression and who exploited the current circumstances in Syria to carry out its attacks, just like it did in Lebanon in its times of difficulty.

Sleiman called on the international community and the Security Council in particular to take stringent measures against Israel to dissuade it from its policy of aggression and violating other countries' sovereignty, calling for forcing Israel to comply with international resolutions and become involved in the just and comprehensive peace process.

Sudanese Information Minister: Israeli Aggression on Syria is an Aggression against Arab Nation

The Sudanese government's spokesman, Minister of Culture and Media Information Ahmad Bilal Othman, affirmed that the Israeli aggression on sites in Syria constitutes an aggression against the entire Arab nation.

Othman told al-Mayadin TV that for Israel to attack Syrian sites while Arabs don't step in is a shameful thing for the Arab nation, calling on Arabs to reconsider the steps they took against Syria and acknowledge that major mistakes were made in this regard.

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Israel declares war on Syria: Syrian People’s Assembly

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People's Assembly Denounces Israeli Aggression, Calls on International Community to Take Firm Stance

May 05, 2013

The People's Assembly strongly denounced the treacherous Israeli aggression against sites in Damascus Countryside, saying it constitutes a blatant interference in the Syrian crisis which reflects Israel's involvement in the plot against Syria.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the People's Assembly said that the aggression clearly shows that the terrorists, who have always sought the aid of NATO and Israel, are on their last legs thanks to the actions of the Syrian Army.

The Assembly said that Syria's leadership, Army and people are fully capable of defending its sovereignty against any foreign aggression, and that those who think that Syria is preoccupied with its crisis and fighting terrorism and cannot repel a foreign aggression are deluded, asserting that the Syrian people will not be broken.

The statement noted that this aggression couldn't have happened without being greenlit by the US and without coordination with the Arab Gulf and other sides in the region, particularly after the "pilgrimages" carried out by sides from the Arab Gulf to Washington in which they begged for US military intervention to save their terrorist pawns from defeat at the hands of the Syrian Army.

The Assembly said that the organized international terrorism led by Israel requires the international community as represented by the Security Council and the UN to take a firm stance and put an end to Israel's violation of international law and countries' sovereignty.

The statement concluding by saying that Israel's terrorism requires the region's countries to take a clear stance regarding the ongoing Israeli piracy.

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Israel declares war on Syria: Syrian Cabinet

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Syrian Cabinet: 'The Israeli Aggression Opens the Door Wide for All Possibilities'

May  5, 2013

The Cabinet held an extraodiinary session on Sunday chaired by Premier Dr. Wael al-Halqi, in which it denounced the criminal Israeli aggression against sites in Syria, affirming that this blatant aggression is violation of Syrian airspace, territories and sovereignty and a flagrant attack on the Syrian people's properties and resources.

The Cabinet said that the aggression was carried out in coordination with the terrorist groups which answer to foreign sides and was timed with an escalation of their desperate terrorist operations in various area in a bid to raise their morale and delay their approaching defeat, as these groups are breathing their last breaths.

The Cabinet underlined the strong link between the terrorist groups – such as the Takfiri groups and Jabhet al-Nusra – and Israel.

The Cabinet lauded the heroics of the Syrian Army in pursuing and eliminating terrorists and restoring security and stability, asserting that the major conspiracy led by Israel, the US, some western countries and their regional pawn doesn't just target Syria, but rather the entire Arab nation.

The Cabinet affirmed that Syria will emerge victorious over this war thanks to the steadfastness of its people and the solid support of its friends, stressing the need to rally forces to liberate the occupied Syrian Golan.

Premier al-Halqi said that terrorist attacks will not dissuade Syria and its people from resistance and steadfastness, adding that it has always been Syria's destiny to defend the Arab nation.

Al-Halqi stressed that the government is working to bolster the people's steadfastness on the economic, developmental and services levels, in addition to boosting the capabilities of the Syria Army.

He noted that national dialogue will continue in order to save Syria, lauding the solidarity between the people and the Army in the face of Syria's enemies.

Following the session, Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi read a statement issued by the Cabinet, in which he said that the Israeli aggression on sites in Syria opens the door wide for all the possibilities and shows an organic link between the Takfiri terrorist groups and the Israeli enemy, the Cabinet said in a statement on Sunday.

"The Israeli enemy committed early Sunday morning May 5th, 2013 a flagrant aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic using missiles to shell military facilities in a blatant violation of all the rules of the international law paying no heed to all the relevant commitments," the statement said.

"The Syrian government stresses that this aggression opens the door wide for all the possibilities, especially that it undoubtedly shows the scale of the organic link between the constituents of the war on Syria, along with their Takfiri terrorist tools, and the Zionism," al-Zoubi stressed.

The statement pointed out that that the Syrian government has long affirmed this link in terms of the aim, tools and means between the Takfiri thinking and the Zionism and the terrorism gangs and Jabhat al-Nusra, which is an offshoot of al-Qaeda in Syria.

It noted that Syria has offered lots of evidence and facts proving this link, the latest was this new aggression "which came at a time when our armed forces, backed by our people, are making more achievements in combating terrorism and the terrorists who come from various countries of the world and are funded by the entities of Arab disgrace."

The Cabinet stressed that with this aggression Israel has proved its link with the Takfiri terrorist groups, saying that "The international community should realize that the complications of what is happening in the region have become more dangerous after this aggression."

"The countries supporting Israel should know quite well that our people and state do not accept disgrace, and that Israel and its agents in the region can't stand alone and tamper with the regional security and the peoples' future," the statement added.

The Cabinet concluded its statement by saying that "The government stresses the necessity that the army continue its achievements in combating Israel's tools inside, and that it will always be its right to protect the homeland, the state and the people against any internal or external aggression by all means.

Afterwards, Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi answered a question by reporters by saying that Syria is a state that does not permit itself to be slighted nor does it tolerate infringements upon its sovereignty and national security, and those who infringe upon it sovereignty must consider their choices carefully and assume full responsibility.

Al-Zoubi stressed that Syria is not and will never be a punching bag for anybody, and if anyone has ever believed that, based on their miscalculations, then they are mistaken and should reconsider their calculations.

The Minister pointed out that Syrians are angry, and that this aggression offends all Syrians, adding that similar aggressions are perpetrated daily at the hands of terrorist groups in Syria.

Al-Zoubi questioned the timing and method of the attack, and why Israel received wounded terrorists and why these terrorists are carrying Israeli weapons.

Answering a question on whether Syria is paying for its support of the resistance, the Minister said that great choices have great prices, and national choices require national sacrifices, adding "we never were and never will regret or be sorry over our national and pan-Arab choices, at the forefront of which is the choice of resistance," asserting that Syria will never abandon the choice of resistance.

On the upcoming meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama, al-Zoubi noted that Syria takes into consideration every positive international effort and initiative, but relies on the Armed Forces, the people and Syria's own resources in confronting terrorists.

He noted that it's well known, now more than ever, the number of terrorists who came from abroad, their level of armaments, and who supports and funds them and provides logistic, intelligence and communication support.

Al-Zoubi said that when the US speaks of "non-lethal support" and technical support, it means providing terrorists with communication devices and tech which allows them to locate sites and target them with their gunfire and missiles, while the US claims that this is non-lethal support, describing this policy as "one of the farces of the century… it's a farce when Turks and others provide them with chemical weapons."

Regarding Israeli media reports on shooting down Israeli planes, al-Zoubi said that there's no evidence to this and investigations are ongoing, with the military authorities investigating the details of the Israeli aggression.

H. Said / H. Sabbagh

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Explosions Hit Scientific Research Center in Jamraya Caused by an Israeli Rocket Attack

May 5, 2013

Several explosions hit al-Hameh area in Damascus countryside on Sunday.

Initial information indicated that the explosions took place in Jamraya and targeted the Scientific Research Center there causing casualties.

The information also indicated that these explosions have been caused by Israeli rocket attacks.

The new Israeli aggression is a clear attempt to raise the gunmen morale after the painful blows they received at the hands of our valiant army in several places and after the achievements which were realized on the ground by our armed forces to restore security and stability to Syria.

The new Israeli aggression shows the direct involvement of the Zionist entity in the conspiracy against Syria and the relationship that links the armed terrorist groups with the Israeli hostile schemes backed by the Western, regional and some Gulf states.

Senior Israeli Official Admits Aggression on Jamraya Center

Meanwhile, a high ranking Israeli official admitted that Israel launched an aggression on Syria early Sunday.

AFP quoted the Israeli official, who asked not to be named, as saying that Israel launched an air attack early Sunday morning on sites in Damascus Countryside using "Iranian weapons" as a pretext.

The Israeli official added that Israel's air force is at a very high level of readiness to face any possibility.

US President Barack Obama reiterated in a statement on Saturday thatIsrael has the right to work to defend itself.

Earlier, the Jamraya site was the target of an Israeli strike on January 30.

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