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Syrian Claims It Destroyed ISIS’s Fighter Jets

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Syria claims it managed to destroy 2 of the 3 fighter jets captured by ISIS last week, according to an AP report.

Syria says it bombed the jets as they were landing in Aleppo.

I think we are rooting for Assad on this one.

When the Israeli Government Almost Installed ISIS on the Kinneret Shore

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

It is truly maddening to consider how close Israel came to turning the Golan Heights over to Syria in the year 2000 and how close Israel came to having hordes of ISIS terrorists sitting smack on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, directly across from Tiberias.

In the year 2000 the Israeli Labor Party ruled the country and Ehud Barak was Prime Minister. Negotiations were being conducted about a complete and total Israeli “withdrawal” from the Golan Heights. The Syrian border would have moved to the shores of the Sea of Galilee and Syria would have been granted water rights to the Kinneret. This took place under the coaxing of Barak’s party’s “doves” and especially Itamar Rabinovich, a past president of Tel Aviv University, a relative of Yitzhak Rabin, and an ex-Ambassador to the US. Rabinovich saw himself as some sort of authority on Syria and led the Labor-Left’s campaign to strike a deal-at-any-cost with Syria.

Israel in fact did offer Syria the entire Golan Heights, only to find that the Syrians were demanding MORE than that. In what can only have been a divinely decreed miracle, the deal did not go through. Like with Pharoah, the Assad dictator’s heart was hardened mysteriously, and he failed to grab the prize when it was proffered. Here is the Le Monde report on what appeared in 2000 to be an imminent “peace agreement.”

In reality, of course, Assad was offered everything including the kitchen plate. Since then the Israeli Left has invented a new Pseudo-History of this episode, claiming Barak was in fact holding back and not making “enough” concessions to Assad. After all, Barak failed to offer Assad all of Rabinovich’s Tel Aviv University.

To read the opinion pieces and speeches in Israel from the 1999-2000 era of negotiations with Assad is to enter the Twilight Zone. One after the other, these people hectored and browbeat the Israeli public about what a wonderful and unique historic opportunity this was. All Israel had to do was to surrender to all of Assad’s demands. Moreover, time was of the essence. Every second that passed without a capitulation deal to Syria would see Israel’s situation worsen and would produce existential dangers for Israel. Some of these pseudo-analyses and predictions were re-published over the past weekend by Haggai Segel in Makor Rishon, and reading them is truly eye-opening.

At the time I did my own small part to belay the catastrophe being planned by Rabinovich and Barak. I published this article in 1999 in the Middle East Quarterly, In it I argued that not only was time not pressing for a deal with Syria, but time was very much running AGAINST Syria, because the Syrian economy was deep in the depths of implosion. Hence Israel could only benefit from stalling any attempt at reaching a deal with Syria. Say what you wish about the myopia of economists, but THIS prediction turned out to be right smack dab on the money. Syria indeed collapsed, and not only economically. The article at the time gained enormous attention and excerpts ran in the Wall Street Journal.

When Assad hardened his Pharoah’s heart and rescued Israel, the drama did not end. During the next decade or so, swarms of Israeli leftists from the Labor Party and elsewhere tried to reconstruct the “deal” that Ehud Barak almost signed, demanding that Israel; enter negotiations with Syria from the last negotiation position by Barak. In other words, start with Barak’s last offer of total capitulations the starting point and then negotiate NEW additional concessions to Syria from there.

226 Killed in Syria on Friday

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that the final death toll for Friday October 17, 2014 in Syria’s civil war was approximately 226 people.

The dead: 36 civilians, 20 rebels, 18 Non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 33 NDF, 37 Regular forces, 14 unknown rebels, 54 ISIS, 3 YPG, 6 non-Syrian fighters allied to regime forces.

By province : Aleppo (4 rebels, 1 civilian), Reef Dimashq (6 rebels, 11 civilians), Damascus (2 civilians), Idlib (1 rebel, 6 civilians), Hama (4 rebels), Der-Ezzor (2 civilians), Dar’a (5 civilians, 1 rebel), Homs (1 civilian), Hasakah (3 civilians).

There’s no Israeli/Jewish connection to the fighting, despite attempts by some to create a linkage.

Syrian Death Count for Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports the following casualties for Tuesday, October 14, 2014:

244 people were killed in Syria on Tuesday.

The dead : 40 civilians, 39 rebels, 23 Non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 28 NDF, 47 Regular forces, 18 unknown rebels, 39 ISIS, 5 YPG, 5 non-Syrian fighters allied to regime forces.

By province : Aleppo (7 rebels, 2 civilians), Reef Dimashq (5 rebels, 27 civilians), Damascus (1 civilian, 5 rebels), Idlib (3 rebels, 2 civilians), Homs (6 civilians), Hama (4 rebels, 1 civilian), Dar’a (2 rebels), Quneitra (7 rebels), Der-Ezzor (1 civilian).

The combatant breakdown is as follows:

– an Islamic fighter killed by an IED exploded in his car in Idlib countryside. – 5 Islamic fighters allied to ISIS killed by clashes against regime forces in Hweja Saqir in Der-Ezzor, in addition to an Islamic fighter killed by an explosion in his car in al-Huwayqa. – 32 ISIS killed by coalition air strikes around Ein al-Arab “Kobane”. – 7 ISIS and 5 YPG killed by clashes between the two sides in Ein al-Arab ” Kobane” . – 18 Unknown rebels killed by clashes against regime forces, bombardment, and targeting their checkpoints . – 28 National Defense Forces militiamen were killed by clashes and attacks on their checkpoints around Syria. – 47 Regular forces were killed by clashes, snipers, IEDs, and attacks on their checkpoints and vehicles: Damascus and Reef Dimashq 7, Aleppo 6, Daraa 2, Quneitra 4, Hama 8, Der-Ezzor 12, Lattakia 1, Homs 1, Idlib 8. – 23 Non-Syrian fighters from ISIS, Jund Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra were killed by clashes and targeted bombardment. – 5 Non-Syrian fighters allied to the regular forces, killed by clashes against Islamic battalions and Jabhat al-Nusra in Reef Dimashq and Aleppo.

207 people were killed in fighting in Syria on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lebanese Army Soldiers Defect to Syrian Rebels

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

While Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorists are busy in Syria, fighting for Iran and Assad, Lebanese Army soldiers are going the other way, according to Lebanon’s Daily Star.

Lebanon is concerned with what may be turning into a trend after three Lebanese Army soldiers defected this week and joined ISIS and the Syrian rebels, ostensibly to fight Assad and Hezbollah.

ISIS released a video about the defections which received a lot of publicity.

All three soldiers are Sunnis, and Sunnis make up 50% of the Lebanese army.

There is a lot of sectarian friction in Lebanon. Hezbollah, which is part of the Lebanese government, has been preventing the appointment of a new Maronite president for the country.

Breaking down allegiances, 40% of Lebanon is Christian, 54% are Muslims, evenly split between Shiite and Sunnis. The rest are mostly Druze.

To help make the picture a little more clear:

Hezbollah are Shiites.

ISIS is Sunni.

Saudi Arabians are mostly Sunni.

Hamas are Sunnis.

Iran is mostly Shiite.

Assad’s Syria is Allawite. The rest of Syria is mostly Sunni.

In the new Middle East, it seems the traditional religious lines are invisible when it comes to who is fighting whom.

Saudi Arabia: ‘Iran Part of the Problem, Not the Solution’ in Syria

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, said in a joint press conference with Germany’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeir, at a meeting in Jeddah that Iran must withdraw its “occupying” forces from Syria, in an effort to help resolve the crisis there.

“Our reservations are about Iran’s policy in the region, not about Iran as a country or people,” but, Prince Saud continued, “in many conflicts, Iran is part of the problem, not the solution.”

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad receives financial and military support from Iran, as well as military assistance from Lebanon’s Shiite terrorist organization, Hezbollah. Prince Saud referred to Assad as an “illegitimate” leader.

“If Iran wants to be part of the solution in Syria, it has to pull its forces from Syria. The same applies elsewhere, whether in Yemen or Iraq,” he said.



Syrian Rebels Claim They Overran Golan Spy Post Backed by Russians [video]

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Syrian rebels have posted a YouTube claiming that they overran a spy post on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights that was partially manned by Russians.

The video, picked up by The Daily Beast shows includes insignia and other signs that the post was run by Syrian intelligence with help from Russia. The post probably was used to monitor communications between rebel forces but also might have been used to tune in on the Israeli side of the strategic Golan Heights.

Photos of the location of IDF units were found bit the Free Syrian Army (FSA), confirming reports from Israel earlier this year that Russia is even more deeply involved in the Assad regime than previously estimated. Russian insignia were seen in the YouTube.

An FSA official told The Daily Beast that its fighters spotted more than dozen Russians in the area before the FSA overran the post.

Mark Galeotti, an expert on Russia’s military and intelligence services at New York University was quoted as saying that Russian advisers probably were “running an operation for detailed radio technical intelligence; we are not talking about intercepting telemetry and aircraft.”

With the ISIS advancing in northern Syria and closing in on cities in Iraq, including Baghdad, it is safe to assume that Israel would have preferred that Assad forces, even with the presence of Russian personnel, man a spy post across from the Israeli border instead of its being operated by rebels who just as easily could be overrun by Al Qaeda or ISIS jihadists.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/syrian-rebels-claim-they-overran-golan-spy-post-backed-by-russians-video/2014/10/11/

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