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Posted on: July 24th, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastEgypt

One policeman was killed and at least 29 others were wounded Wednesday when an unknown attacker hurled a high-powered bomb, or possibly rocket-propelled grenades, at a  police station north of Cairo and near El Arish. Shortly before, the Egyptian military called on people to rally on Friday against violence, in effect a call for a […]

Will the EU finally place Hezbollah on its Terrorist Organization list?
 

Posted on: July 23rd, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastHezbollah

Israel is enjoying an unexpected benefit– so far- from Hezbollah’s joining Assad’s forces in Syria. Hundreds have been wounded, and the death toll is estimate at well over 200.

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Posted on: July 23rd, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle East

President Barack Obama is closer to presenting a plan to directly arm Syrian rebels, but he still faces Congressional opposition. “The House Intelligence Committee has very strong concerns about the strength of the administration’s plans in Syria and its chances for success,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers,  a Republican from Michigan, said in a […]

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Posted on: July 22nd, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastEgypt

At least 6 Egyptians were killed and 11 injured in a series of attacks in the Sinai overnight. Among the dead are two Egyptian soldiers, 2 policemen, and 2 citizens. Overall there were 10 overnight attacks that hit police stations, and military outposts in El Arish and Rafiach.

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Lebanese-Farmer
 

Posted on: July 21st, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastHezbollah

They have no intention of letting outsiders near their fields.

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Posted on: July 19th, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastEgypt

Egypt’s net international reserves rose to reach more than $20 billion due to the oil-rich Gulf States’ recently sent aids, Al-Ahram reported, citing the Central Bank of Egypt’s governor Hisham Ramez. Egypt’s net international reserves dropped in June to $14.9 billion, CBE announced. Foreign reserves had risen in April for the first time since October […]

Catherine Ashton meeting with interim Egyptian president Adly Mansour on Wednesday.
 

Posted on: July 18th, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastEgypt

They told her they rejected as "illegitimate" the military's plan to restore democracy.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is introducing a new, equally mad and hilarious (hence the Loony-Tune image) policy, which would have made Neville Chamberlain blush.
 

Posted on: July 18th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

From an EU point of view—at least as expressed by some members—you cut your ties with Hezbollah—you might as well cut off all of Lebanon.

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Posted on: July 17th, 2013

News & ViewsGlobal

An American drone strike in Yemen has killed Al Qaeda’s number two terrorist, Said al Shehri, who was freed from Guantanamo Bay in 2007 to Saudi Arabia and later fled to Yemen. Al Shehri has been rumored several times in the past to have been killed, but this time, a senior Al Qaeda official confirmed […]

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Posted on: July 17th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor told the U.N. Security Council, “ I urge you to condemn the incident and the Syrian government’s grave violation of the Separation of Forces Agreement” in which Syrian mortar hit the Golan Heights on Tuesday, Tisha B’Av. “The fasting and prayers of thousands of Israelis commemorating the […]

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Posted on: July 17th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

Saudi Arabia Airline refuses to issue tickets in New York for Israelis, even if they are only stopping off in Saudi Arabia for a connecting flight, a policy that contradicts federal law. The airline’s website asks travelers for their citizenship but does not have an option available for “Israel” although it does have options for […]

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with very little to offer his people in the way of good news from the front, Iranian president-elect Hassan Rohani is attacking the good old Zionist regime, "Little Satan."
 

Posted on: July 17th, 2013

News & ViewsIsraelGovernment

Rohani said the reason Israel is not bombing Iran is not because it doesn't want to, but because it fears Tehran's retaliation.

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Posted on: July 17th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

The JCPA went to congress urging the U.S. to restart the "peace talks." It also claims to be the the representative voice of the organized Jewish community. Both ideas are wrong-headed according to many who spoke with The Jewish Press.

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Posted on: July 16th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

Two Syrian rebels crossed over into the Golan on Tuesday night. The IDF now believes that it was Syrian army soldiers who simultaneously opened fire at the IDF patrol, from across the border. The IDF soldiers shot back at the source of the fire. No IDF soldiers were injured in the attack. The status of […]

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The Israeli Navy stopped a ship in the Red Sea with an unspecified number of weapons
 

Posted on: July 16th, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastEgypt

If there is any question why Israel has enforced a maritime cargo on the Gaza Coast, it was removed with the release of a gag order that the Navy stopped a weapons smuggling ship in the Red Sea.

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Abbas' demand for borders
 

Posted on: July 16th, 2013

News & ViewsEye on "Palestine"

Kerry is flying to the Middle East, but who cares about Egypt or Syria? He will meet with Abbas in Jordan; Israel is not on his itinerary. He is cooking up something nasty or really is weird.

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Posted on: July 15th, 2013

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Jordan’s official news agency told its readers on Sunday that police on the Temple Mount protected Jews from angry Muslims to allow them “to perform their Talmudic prayers and rituals.” Palestinian Authority and Saudi Arabian media routinely incite Muslim furor with false reports about Jews on the Temple Mount, where they are not even allowed […]

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Israeli F-16I Fighting Falcons. According to news reports, the IAF is maintaining an airbase on Turkish soil, from which it attacked Syrian targets on July 5.
 

Posted on: July 15th, 2013

News & ViewsIsraelIDF

Anyone reading the report on this level of cooperation between the Turkish and Israel has to be thinking about their cooperation against Iran.

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The Pakistani Taliban are a sort of surrogate of al Qaeda, roaming the region in search of Islamist causes. They just found one, in Syria.
 

Posted on: July 14th, 2013

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

Will America and the EU repeat the dreadful mistake of U.S. President Ronald Reagan, whose CIA assembled and trained the nascent al-Qaida Mujahedeen?

Egyptian army soldiers are part of an air-land offensive against Hamas, Al Qaeda and other jihad terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula
 

Posted on: July 14th, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastEgypt

Israel, for a change, can sit back, enjoy the show and watch Egypt do what the world would not let the IDF do – massive destruction of Hamas smuggling tunnels and all-out war against terror in the Sinai. Israel, for a change, can sit back, enjoy the show and watch Egypt do what the world would not let the IDF do – massive destruction of Hamas smuggling tunnels and all-out war against terror in the Sinai. The Egyptian military demolished hundreds of smuggling tunnels in and out of Hamas-controlled Gaza Sunday and is preparing for an all-our onslaught of Hamas, Al Qaeda and other terrorists in the Sinai, Egyptian media reported. The Egyptian offensive is a political and military shock to Hamas, with reverberations in Ramallah and Washington, on the eve of yet another attempt by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to re-ignite the “peace process.” “The reduction in smuggling will make it difficult for Hamas to maintain the level of its revenues, and therefore it will be hard pressed to contain the protests against its rule,” according to the Institute of National Security Studies (INSS). “It will also be difficult to infiltrate weapons into Gaza, mainly enhanced rockets and surface-to-surface missiles.” The Egyptian Aswat Masriya media outlet reported that 805 tunnels along the smuggling route, centered in the border city of Rafiah, were destroyed. Most of the tunnels have been used to smuggle fuel into Gaza. The Egyptian army will also close the Rafiah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip “indefinitely,” an official source told Egyptian newspaper al-Masry al-Youm. It placed a severe siege on Hamas but without a peep from the international community, which still condemns Israel for the maritime embargo that is aimed at preventing the import of terrorists and weapons from the sea. Terrorists in Rafiah targeted a military checkpoint Saturday, but no casualties were reported, and Egypt opened the Rafiah border crossing for four hours Saturday to allow humanitarian cases to cross the border. The tunnels have been a key route for terrorists to travel freely back and forth to the Sinai Peninsula and establish terrorist outposts aimed at staking out bases for attack on Egyptian tourist areas, such as El Arish, as well as urban areas. The army killed at least five terrorists on Friday, but Egyptian media reported a larger-scale offensive is in the works after an attempted assassination of Second Field Army commander Maj. Gen. Ahmed Wasfy on Wednesday. Egypt is using heavy arms and warplanes, maneuvers that are prohibited under the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty of 1979 without Israel’s approval. With the unstable and radical anti-Israel Muslim Brotherhood out of power, thanks to the military “impeachment” or coup – take your pick – Israel is not blocking any offense, “Security sources confirmed that Israel does not mind that the Egyptian forces use heavy artillery and warplanes during the operation which is expected to start very soon” military sources confirmed to the official television on Saturday. Official added, “The army had decided to cleanse the Sinai of armed gangs and terrorists "The operation will continue until it reaches its objectives, which are not only military but also aim to develop the Sinai.” Meanwhile, state media have reported Friday that two Egyptian Apache helicopters hovered over olive groves south of El-Arish before they fired shells at bunkers of Jihadist gunmen who were preparing to attack army checkpoints. The Egyptian Air Force on Saturday sent in two Apache helicopters to gun down jihadists after it received intelligence information that they were hiding in olive groves and preparing to attack military checkpoints. On Friday, an Egyptian helicopter was seen in the skies over Gaza for the first time since the Six-Day War in 1967. The Hamas terrorist organization is an offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood and therefore is a natural enemy of the military that ousted Mohammed Morsi two weeks ago. Hams has denied Egyptian military statements that its soldiers jailed 32 Hamas terrorists and arrested dozens others in the Sinai Peninsula last week. Hamas figuratively shot itself in the head last August when it mounted a severe attack on the Egyptian army, killing 16 soldiers near Rafiah in a multi-pronged attack that was intended to continue into Israel but was foiled at the last minute by the IDF. Ever since, Hamas has been an undeclared enemy, and even the Morsi regime was suspicious of it. The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority also is benefiting from Hamas’ miseries but is suppressing its joy because Hamas has widespread support among Arabs in Judea and Samaria who are fed up with chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Any moves by the Secretary of State Kerry to win some kind of a forum between Israeli and Palestinian Authority are a useless exercise without the inclusion of Gaza. Another fallout of the offensive against Hamas might be negative for Israel in the near-term. “The motivation of Hamas and jihadi elements from Sinai to launch attacks against Israel is increasing,” INSS thinks.

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