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Netanyahu Says Israel Will Accept Wounded Syrians From Aleppo

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is willing to accept wounded Syrian civilians who are casualties from the horrific clashes in Aleppo.

The prime minister tweeted a series of statements on his Twitter account late Tuesday night in response to questions during a gaggle in Jerusalem at the annual winter holiday toast for the foreign media corps.

“I’ve asked the Foreign Ministry to expand our medical assistance to civilian casualties of the Syrian tragedy, specifically in Aleppo,” Netanyahu said. “We’re prepared to take in wounded women and children, and also non-combatant men.

“We’d like to bring them to Israel, to our hospitals, as we’ve treated thousands of Syrian civilians. We’re looking for ways to do this,” he added.

Israel opened a field hospital in the Golan Heights to provide medical treatment to wounded Syrians several years after the start of the Syrian civil war, which began in March 2011, as the so-called Arab Spring swept across the Middle East.

Some of the more seriously wounded Syrians — including children — who cannot be treated within the confines of that environment are transferred to hospitals within Israel until their health improves.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu Joins Worldwide Condemnations of Killing of Russia’s Envoy to Turkey

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement Monday night condemning the assassination of Russia’s envoy to Turkey, and warning the attack served as a reminder of the need to rein in the forces of planetary terror.

“Israel condemns the brutal assassination of Ambassador Andrey Karlov this evening in Ankara,” Netanyahu said. “We send our deepest condolences to his family and to the Russian people. The murder of a diplomat serves as a stark reminder of the need for the civilized world to come together in fighting the forces of terrorism.”

The U.S. State Department said in its own statement, “We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source.”

Ambassador Andrei Karlov was shot in the back at point-blank range at least eight times by an off-duty Turkish riot police officer named Mevlut Mert Altintas.

Turkey’s Interior Ministry said Altintas was born in 1994 in Aydin and graduated from Izmir police academy. Security officials confirmed he used a police ID to enter the art gallery. “It has saddened us and our people. I offer my condolences to the Russian federation and the Russian people,” Suleyman Soylu, the Turkish interior minster, told reporters.

Several other people were also shot and wounded in the attack. Altintas was eventually shot and killed by Turkish security forces.

The attack took place was the ambassador was speaking at the opening of an art exhibition in the Turkish capital.

Altintas is seen in the video yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Great, in Arabic), and then saying in Turkish, “Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria. Unless our towns are secure, you won’t enjoy security. Only death can take me from here. Everyone who is involved in this suffering will pay a price.”

According to Britain’s The Guardian newspaper, he also shouted in Arabic, We are the one who pledged allegiance to Muhammad, to wage jihad.”

Several other people were also shot and wounded in the attack. Altintas was eventually shot and killed by Turkish security forces.

The attack took place was the ambassador was speaking at the opening of an art exhibition in the Turkish capital.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on national television Monday night that the assassination was intended to drive a wedge between Ankara and Moscow in order to disrupt diplomatic relations.

“The crime that was committed is without doubt a provocation aimed at disrupting the normalization of Russian-Turkish relations and disrupting the peace process in Syria that is being actively advanced by Russia, Turkey and Iran,” he said. “There can be only one answer to this – stepping up the fight against terrorism, and the bandits will feel this.” He added that a investigation team would be sent to Ankara to “know who directed the hand of the killer.”

Hana Levi Julian

UPDATED Russian Ambassador to Turkey Assassinated

Monday, December 19th, 2016

UPDATE: A video of the assassin shows a Turkish riot police officer named Mert Altintas fired up to five bullets into the Russian ambassador at point blank range. Altintas yelled “allaha akbar” repeatedly, while waving his gun around and raging about what was happening in Allepo, after murdering Karlov. He was eventually shot dead by security.

Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, was shot and killed on Monday. Dec. 19.

The shooting took place while Karlov was making a speech at an art exhibition in the Turkish capital of Ankara, Turkey’s Daily News reported. Hurriyet also reported that a representative from the Russian Embassy “believed that it was a radical Islamist attack,” but other sources said the shooter was a member of Karlov’s own security detail.

The U.S. State Department issued a statement: “We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source.”

Karlov served as ambassador to Turkey since 2013. Prior to his posting in Ankara, Karlov was Russia’s ambassador to North Korea.

The State Department, citing reports of the shooting which took place near the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, advises all Americans to avoid the area until further notice.

Additional information will be provided as details become available.



Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Liberman: Assad the Butcher Should Be Removed

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said at the opening of the Limmud FSU conference in Eilat Thursday that Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is a “butcher” who “should be removed from power.”

Asked about the massacre of more than 500,000 people in the Syrian civil war and the recent siege on Aleppo, Liberman said: “Assad is a butcher, who has slaughtered and murdered hundreds of thousands of people, including by using chemical weapons. In my opinion, he should be removed from power – and we should block Iranian involvement in Syria.”

When asked if Israel should get involved in Syria, Liberman said: “Where is the international community? It’s a shame that instead of focusing on the very unfortunate fact that 500 people are killed in the Middle East every day, the international community would rather criticize Israel for every new balcony built on a settlement.”

Liberman also addressed the peace process, saying: “Any peace agreement should be based on populated-area exchange, which should also include Israeli Arabs who consider themselves to be Palestinian.”

“Territory transfers have worked successfully throughout history, and the principle conforms with international law,” he added.

Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union) marked a decade of educational work with young Russian-speaking Jews at a festival of learning, which opened today in Israel’s southernmost city, Eilat. The ninth Limmud FSU Israel conference is a three-day event featuring hundreds of lectures, workshops, presentations and discussions by leading figures.

“We have made a huge impact in Russian-Jewish communities around the world,” said Limmud FSU Founder Chaim Chesler. “We are so excited to be celebrating our 10th anniversary – with leaders of the Russian-speaking community, such as the minister of defense – at one of the world’s most beautiful resort cities.”

Over the past decade, Limmud FSU has gathered more than 45,000 Russian-speaking Jews, most of whom were aged between 24 and 40, for educational and cultural festivals, conferences and other events in nine countries around the world.

“Year after year, Limmud FSU succeeds in igniting the spark of being Jewish, and this is the ninth time we’ll be doing so in Israel,” said Limmud FSU Co-Founder Sandra F. Cahn.


Shas Interior Minister Deri Wants UN to Intervene on Aleppo

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Minister of Interior Aryeh Deri urged Prime Minister Netanyahu on Tuesday to convene an emergency session of the UN Security Council to discuss the civilian casualties and reports of massacres in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

“During the Holocaust six million Jews were killed and the world was silent. We, as Jews, cannot remain silent in light of the horrors that have occurred for almost six years in Syria, “said Deri. “The increase in massacres in Aleppo obliges us as Jews, as a people who suffered a terrible Holocaust and grave massacres, to raise a public outcry,” he stated.

Aleppo has been a flashpoint in the bloody civil war that grew out of the Arab Spring of 2011 between Syrian rebels and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

On Monday, December 12, Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Major-General Igor Konashenkov said the Syrian government had regained control of 96 percent of Aleppo’s territory since its forces had entered the eastern part of the city in November.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported Monday that forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, with massive support from Russian air strikes and Iranian Shi’ite militias, had taken the Sheikh Saeed district in eastern Aleppo after fierce fighting that began Sunday afternoon.

The United Nations Office of Human Rights says it has evidence that 82 civilians were shot on sight in eastern Aleppo when pro-government forces entered their homes. Thousands more fled the city ahead of Assad’s takeover.

The fall of Aleppo could mark the approaching final days of the Syrian rebel armies, bringing Syria closer to an end of the civil war and a return of Assad regime control over the country’s five major cities.

The last attempt by the United Nations to impose a seven-day humanitarian truce came on December 6. It was an attempt to permit the removal of wounded and sick from the city and delivery of food and medicine to those within. The effort, however, was met with a veto by both the Russian Federation and China.

Israel’s strategy with regards to the Syrian civil war has been one of neutrality and non-intervention. The IDF has restricted its actions to providing medical support in the form of a field hospital in the Golan Heights, and thwarting the transfers of weapons of mass destruction to Lebanese-based Hezbollah through war-torn Syria, with the tacit agreement of Russia.

Minister Deri did not say how Israel, which does not have a seat on the Security Council, could convene the body, nor did he elaborate on how such a session would overcome the current deadlock.

Ilana Messika at TPS contributed content for this article.

Hana Levi Julian

Assad Army Captures Most of Aleppo Rebels’ District

Monday, December 12th, 2016

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that said forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, with massive support from Russian air strikes and Iranian Shia militias, have taken the Sheikh Saeed district in eastern Aleppo after fierce fighting that began Sunday afternoon.

“The army is now in full control of Sheikh Saeed,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP, adding that “Syrian regime forces are now in control of 90 percent” of what used to be the rebel owned areas in Aleppo’s east.

The fall of Aleppo could mark the approaching final days of the Syrian rebel armies, bringing Syria closer to an end of the civil war begun in 2011, and a return of Assad’s government control over the country’s five major cities.

According to an official Syrian news agency SANA Monday report, Syrian Army units are now pushing into the neighborhoods of al-Kallasa, Bustan al-Qaser and Souq al-Hal and chasing down the fleeing rebels to al-Sukkari, al-Mash’had, al-Ameriya and al-Ansari.

Syrian Army units directed heavy fire at rebel groups in Daraa al-Balad area and the western and northern countryside of Daraa southern province, west of Air Defense Battalion and in al-Yadouda town in the northern and western countryside of the Province, killing a large number of rebels and destroying their vehicles.

David Israel

Hezbollah Sending More Fighters to Syria

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

Hezbollah is sending more fighters from Lebanon into Syria, according to the Russian paper Izvestia.

At the moment, there are 5000 Hezbollah terrorists fighting for Assad in Syria, this latest batch raises that number to 7000, and the plan is for that number to soon go up to 10,000. These terrorist are part of a light division deployed on 4x4s, just like ISIS.

The move is in preparation for a crucial ground battle by Syria against the rebels in Aleppo. After Aleppo, they’ll move on to Idlib.

Hezbollah have taken a lot of casualties in Syrian fighting, and this could hopefully bring them more damage. The downside is that it also means more Hezbollah terrorists get real-world fighting experience which they’ll eventually use against Israel.

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