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Security Forces Clash with Activists in Outpost Community Evacuation

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Security forces dismantled the outpost community of Yissa Bracha early Thursday morning, resulting in violent clashes and the injuries of three police officers and six protesters.

The Three police officers sustained their wounds after climbing onto the roof of a structure that subsequently caved in.

Activists said they were peacefully protesting the operation when they were seized by security forces armed with tear gas, while police claimed to have encountered violent opposition upon their arrival at the scene.

National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari said that “[t]he obsessive and ongoing demolition of Jewish homes has reached the levels of the eviction of Jews from their homes in Gush Katif and northern Samaria. [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are persecuting residents, evicting children from their homes, and injuring protesters – and afterwards they wonder why there are ‘price tag’ actions.”

 The police evicted five families and dismantled six homes in the nascent community located east of Jerusalem.

Israeli Defense Minister: Decision on Iran “very far off”

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Defense Minister Ehud Barak, in an interview Wednesday with Army Radio, said Israel is “very far off” from deciding whether to launch an attack on Iran’s nuclear program.

When pressed about the time frame, Barak responded: “I wouldn’t want to provide any estimates. It’s certainly not urgent. I don’t want to relate to it as though tomorrow it will happen.”

Barak’s comments come ahead of a visit by chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Martin Dempsey.

Barak used the opportunity to quell speculation that Dempsey intends to pressure against a military strike, saying that the US understands that Israel doesn’t “have the luxury” to “roll over responsibility” for Israel’s fate to the US. Still, he insisted Israel was coordinating its moves with the US: “I don’t think our ties with the United States are such that they have no idea what we are talking about,” Barak said.

US Sends Chief of Staff to Stop Israeli Attack on Iran

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Israel’s intensifying readiness to launch a military strike against Iran has met with a negative US response, with top government officials being dispatched to the Jewish state in the attempt to thwart an attack.

US President Barack Obama, who has made the US position against an attack on Iran known through Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as well as through private phone conversations to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, is now sending chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey to Israel to discourage the Jewish state from taking unilateral actions.  Dempsey will be in Tel Aviv next week, where he will meet with Israeli military officials including Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz .  Dempsey will attempt to convince officials that US-imposed sanctions are sufficient to protect against an Iranian nuclear attack on Israel.

Despite a growing number and degree of international sanctions, Iran has remained seemingly undeterred in its quest for nuclear capability, warning Arab states not to take part in a drive to stop Iran’s atomic development, chastising nations which have taken steps to punish the country, and relocating enrichment facilities to hidden underground locations.  It has also threatened to block oil transports through the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Now, all heads are turned toward Israel, which has stated in the past that it will take necessary measures to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons, steps which it sees as potentially unavoidable for protecting the continued existence of the country. “It is the policy of the Israeli government, and the Obama administration, that all options remain on the table. And it is crucial that the ayatollahs in Tehran take this policy seriously,” said Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S.

As Iran has continued its nuclear development, an increasingly heated war of words has ensued between Israel and Iran, with Iranian officials daring Israel to attack “if the Zionists like to sit on wheelchairs”, and Israel stating that ramped up threats against it make a strike against Iran “more and more likely”.

For its part, the US military is preparing for repercussions to its operations in the Middle East as a result of an Israeli strike on Iran.  Of particular concern to the US are its various embassies and diplomatic outposts, with a staff of 15,000.

Israel and the US have planned a coordinated massive missile defense drill for later this year, called “Austere Challenge”.

US Gauges Israeli Intentions Regarding Iran

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

High-level US officials have been engaged in a flurry of activity in recent days to determine Israel’s intent with regard to a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

On Thursday night, US President Obama spoke to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and cautioned him about such action.

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, is scheduled to arrive in Israel later this week and meet with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, and other senior officials.

The Wall Street Journal published a statement by a senior American officer who said that the US’ concerns about a possible Israeli attack on Iran were growing.

Vandals Graffiti Mosque, Torch 3 Cars Near Ariel

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Three cars were burned and the words “price tag Gal Arye Yosef” were spray-painted on a mosque wall late Tuesday night. Gal Yosef is an outpost located near Shiloh that has been repeatedly dismantled by the IDF, and was most recently demolished on Monday. During the evacuation and demolition that took place last December, a Torah scroll in one of the homes was desecrated.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak reacted strongly, calling the perpetrators “criminals,” and blaming them for trying to “harm the delicate fabric of life between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank.”

David Haivri, director of the Shomron Liaison Office, stressed that the “Shomron Regional Council condemns any violence or vandalism against the IDF and Muslim holy places,” and noted that of the suspects that have been charged for such acts in the past, none resided in the Shomron region.

Greek, Israeli Defense Ministers Meet, Discuss Expanding Military Cooperation

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Defense Minister Ehud Barak met with his Greek counterpart Dimitris Avramopoulos in Athens to discuss increasing military, security, and economic cooperation between Israel and Greece.

The meeting comes in the wake of a series of joint exercises between the Hellenic and Israeli air forces, and is another indication that Israel has shifted substantial focus and resources away from its deteriorating relationship with Turkey and towards its regional rival, Greece.

Following the meeting, Barak said Israeli-Greek ties have never been so close, and that “we anticipate that the ties will continue to flourish.”

Soldiers Defecting En Masse in Syria

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s popularity continues to slide, with at least 10,000 soldiers in the army defecting.

Army loyalists have been ordered to hunt down deserters, with a major battle between Assad’s forces and opposition forces taking place in Idlib on Tuesday.  Though Western intelligence organizations say Syrian military leaders remain loyal to Assad, lower-level officers and entire units are going AWOL in large numbers.  The army is considered the most crucial component in protecting Assad’s regime.

Demonstrations against Assad’s military rule and in favor of democracy have been met by a massive and violent government crackdown.  On Tuesday, at least 150 people were killed in battles between Assad’s army and the opposition, with 100 more on Monday, bringing the total death toll to approximately 5,350 since the uprising began in March.  Tuesday’s battle is being touted as the bloodiest day yet, raising fears that a civil war is close at hand.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has stated that he believes Assad’s regime will fall within a matter of weeks, and that regardless of who would succeed him, it would be a major blow to the Iran-Hizbullah alliance.

However, a concern remains that the army’s huge rocket and missile hoard could fall into the hands of terror groups.  In the 2006 Second Lebanon War, Hizbullah fired over 4,000 rockets into Israel.

A letter submitted to US President Barack Obama by 50 US experts on Syria, Middle East policy and strategy beseeches him to take a more active role in affecting the Syrian situation.  Top national security officials, academics, Syrian, Egyptian, and Lebanese activists and ex-patriots are calling on President Obama to toughen sanctions against Assad’s Syria, and to provide more assistance to the opposition, as well as partnering with Middle Eastern countries sympathetic to the opposition – such as Turkey – to provide harbor for Syrian refugees.  An estimated 20,000 people have fled the country in the last 9 months, primarily to Turkey, with some going to Lebanon, Libya, and Jordan.

Earlier this week, Assad agreed to allow monitors into Syria at the insistence of the Arab League.

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