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Reports: IAF Strikes Syrian/Hezbollah Targets Overnight

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Please see this article for an update on who bombed the sites.

Arab sources are reporting that the Israeli Air Force struck Assad’s and Hezbollah positions in Qalamoun, Syria around 2 AM Monday morning.

The Arab sources claim that Israel hit a Scud missile storage site and injured a number of soldiers from the 155 Syrian division in three sorties. Al-Arabiya claims that 30 Syrian soldiers were killed. There is no official response from Syria or Hezbollah.

The attack came hours after Israel killed four Syrians who were planting a bomb on the Golan Heights along the Israeli side of the Israel-Syrian border.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims the four planting the bomb on Sunday evening were Syrian soldiers.

Israel has launched a number of airstrikes in Syria lately, as Syria, though primarily Hezbollah and Iran, attempt to use the chaos and civil war in Syria to establish a new front against Israel on top of the Golan Heights. This would be the third Israeli IAF attack in two days.

In part, Israel is sending a message to Russia and Iran that they will destroy any missile systems, and in particular, the S300 missile system, that are transferred into Syria or Lebanon.

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Sunday night that Iran is trying to transfer sophisticated weapon systems to Hezbollah, and Israel will not let that happen, anywhere or anytime. He said Hezbollah is trying to establish a terror infrastructure along Israel’s border with Syria.

On Israel’s Independence Day, one of the Free Syrian Army groups sent a letter to Israel wishing Israel a happy Independence Day. The letter stated they look forward to peace with Israel and the opening of the Israeli Embassy in Damascus.

Israeli Air Force Reportedly Bombed Missiles Site Deep inside Syria

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

The Israeli Air Force bombed several missile sites deep inside Syria near the Lebanese border on Saturday and last Wednesday, according to several Arab news sources.

Hezbollah, Syria and Israel have not commented, but Syrian opposition forces posted a YouTube showing columns of smoke over what they said was an army base.

The IAF reportedly killed three people in an aerial strike on a Hezbollah weapons convoy headed from Syria to Lebanon on Wednesday.

The aerial bombings serve as a reminder to Iran and Russia of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin this month that Israel will not hesitate to bomb Russian-made S-300 advanced anti-missile systems if the Islamic Republic of Iran tries to ship them to Syria or Lebanon.

Including the attacks on Wednesday and Saturday, Israel has carried out at least seven strikes on Syrian targets in the past two years.

Moscow, with one eye on the proposed nuclear surveillance agreement with Iran that is to be concluded on June 30, said last week that the S-300 systems will not arrive in Iran in the “near future.”

Netanyahu Warned Putin of Israeli Attacks on Weapons to Hezbollah [video]

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Vladimir Putin that Israel will attack weapons that Iran or Syria tries to ship to Hezbollah, according to a Defense News report of the conversation between the two leaders last week.

The official statement after their hour-long talk simply said that the Prime Minister criticized Russia’s sale of the S-300 advance anti-missile system to Iran as a “direct result of the dangerous deal on the table” between Iran and the P5+1 countries.

What was not reported was Netanyahu’s warning to the Russian president that Israel’s “red line” is any attempt by Iran or Syria to transfer, to place any advanced weapons in the hands of Hezbollah, Iran’s world-wide proxy terrorist network operating out of Lebanon.   Syria and Hezbollah are heavily armed with Russian weapons, and Hezbollah’s missile arsenal is considered to be larger than almost any army in the world.

Defense News reported this week, “Israel is monitoring ‘active and ongoing leakage of Russian material,’ including SA-22 short-range and SA-17 medium-range air defense systems, via Syria to Iranian-backed Hezbollah allies in Lebanon.”

It quoted an Israeli official as saying:

We’ve discussed this with our friends in Washington and Europe and made multiple demarches to Moscow over a period of weeks and months.

Our red line policy is clear: We view unauthorized third-party transfers of Russian-origin equipment as legitimate targets.

In plainer English, if Iran tries to move a Russian s-300 antimissile system to Syria or Hezbollah in Lebanon, Israel will make sure it doesn’t get there.

There was no hint of the warning in the official press release of the conversation between Putin and Netanyahu, which stated, “Israel views with utmost gravity the supply of S-300 missiles from Russia to Iran, especially at a time when Iran is stepping up its aggression in the region and around the borders of the State of Israel.”

Israel has attacked Hezbollah-bound weapons in Syria at least five times in the past two years, including a strike in January on weapons and a military unit planning to attack Israel from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

Israel previously has made it clear that it will strike to stop the transfer of “game-changing” sophisticated weapons and chemical weapons to Hezbollah.

However, Israel does not appear prepared to attack Russian weapons, including the S-300 systems, to Iran.

Netanyahu has done his best to express anger at the Russian sale of the S-300 to Iran.

Israel will take the unusual step of not sending its ambassador to Russia for Saturday’s annual victory parade, which this year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

The United States, France and Germany have snubbed the parade because of Russian’s belligerency in Ukraine, which Israel has no trouble overlooking.

The Foreign Ministry did not cite the sale of the Russian-made S-300 anti-missile systems to Iran as the reason for boycotting the parade.

Some people have tried rationalizing the snub by explaining that attending the parade would require violating the Sabbath.

Benny Briskin, the Director of International Programs of the Russian Jewish Congress, was quoted by Metro website as saying, “Jews in Israel, especially at a state level, do not have the right to participate in ceremonies which are somehow connected with travelling [on the Sabbath]. If the Israeli president – the top public official of the country – publicly violates the Sabbath even for the very best occasion, it might lead to a scandal, up to the dissolution of the government.”

That would be a nifty explanation if it weren’t for the fact the Israel is sending low-level officials to the parade.

Arab Bank Loses Appeal to Overturn Guilty Verdict on Hamas Terror Financing

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Jordan’s Arab Bank has lost its appeal of a guilty verdict naming the Bank as financially liable for damages to be paid to victims and families of American citizens who were hurt and killed in attacks by Palestinian terrorists.

The 10-year-long court case ended with a jury trial in Brooklyn’s U.S. District Court that culminated in a jury verdict on September 22, 2014.

The five week trial ended with the jury deciding the Bank was guilty of helping “Hamas militants carry out a wave of violence in Israel that killed and wounded hundreds of Americans,” Bloomberg News reported.

The Bank provided material assistance to Hamas from 1998 to 2004, doing business with 150 Hamas leaders and terrorists, and helping to finance terror as a result.

The money came from Saudi Arabia and the Hezbollah-backed al-Shahid Foundation.

Judge Brian Cogan handed down his decision on Wednesday, April 9, 2015, rejecting the Bank’s petition to overturn the jury verdict.

As a result, the Bank will now have to compensate each of the 297 plaintiffs in the case, who included both direct terror victims and relations of victims.

The verdict “was based on volumes of damning circumstantial evidence that defendant knew its customers were terrorists,” the judge said in his decision.

Israel Quietly Acknowledges Accidental Death of Spanish UNIFIL Soldier

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

An Israeli investigator has confirmed that it was Israeli fire that accidentally killed a Spanish peacekeeper with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in January during a shootout with Hezbollah.

Corporal Francisco Javier Soria Toledano died after being hit in a barrage aimed at Hezbollah by Israel. The force missed and struck the UNIFIL soldier instead.

The gunfire followed an unprovoked cross-border attack with anti-tank missiles fired by Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon at Israeli military personnel and civilians about seven kilometers from the border, inside Israel. Two Israeli soldiers were killed instantly and several other people were seriously wounded. A civilian home in a nearby Druze village was destroyed in the multi-pronged attack as well.

Nevertheless, Spain’s UN ambassador blamed Israel, and the United Nations Security Council was persuaded to condemn the killing of the UNIFIL soldier, implying his death was caused by Israel alone even though that was obviously not the case.

It was the most serious exchange of gunfire between Israel and Hezbollah since the 2006 Second Lebanon War. Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made a point of warning Hezbollah’s secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah on public media to “look at Gaza” before he considered his next step and decided whether to proceed with more violence or to cease the attacks.

According to a UN diplomat, Israel has submitted an apology privately to Spain, but there has been no public admission of responsibility. Jerusalem has made it clear the death was accidental, resulting from the deliberate attack on Israel by Hezbollah.

Iran Funding Hamas with Millions of Dollars to Rebuild Terror Tunnels

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Iran has sent Hamas tens of millions of dollars to rebuild its terror tunnel system that the IDF devastated in Operation Protective Edge last summer, the London Telegraph reported Sunday.

The newspaper quoted “intelligence sources” and confirms a statement last week by the head of the Southern Command that Hamas is digging again underground to prepare for attacks on Israel.

Even more money will be available if the United States lifts sanctions against Iran as part of a deal to allow the Islamic Republic to continue with a scaled-down nuclear program under supposed supervision

 

Israeli soldiers last summer exposed dozens of tunnels, one of which ended only a short distance from a kibbutz that could have been virtually wiped out had terrorists succeeded in an attack.

Southern Command Gen. Sami Turgeman told Israeli media Friday, “It is clear that they have gone back to digging tunnels, and they apparently hope to reach at least the numbers they had before the war last summer.”

The report from the Telegraph stated that Iran also is helping Hamas replenish missiles that were wiped out by Israel Air Force bombings.

Iran needs Hamas if it wants to carry out a proxy war on Israel from Gaza in the south and  from Lebanon in the north via Hezbollah, which it backs with manpower, money and weapons.

Hezbollah has more than 100,000 missiles ready to launch against Israel, and a simultaneous attacks from the north and south would be too numerous for Israel’s anti-missile system to intercept them.

This scenario has been played out several times, and it gets more dangerous each time it is renewed.

Israel fought Hamas and Hezbollah on two fronts during the Second Lebanon War in 2006, but Hezbollah gas since multiplied its stockpile of missiles, courtesy of Iran.

 

American Jews Rethink Loyalty to Democratic Party Over Iran Deal

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Jewish leaders in the United States are starting to rethink the instinctive ties the community has had with the Democratic Party from time immemorial.

The change of heart comes in the wake of the deal signed last week with Tehran allowing it to pursue nuclear technology development and research.

Last week, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough met with a group of Jewish Democratic Congress members to discuss the issue. According to a source who was present at the meeting, McDonough was told that to help “sell a very unpopular deal to our constituents…” President Barack Obama would have to “increase his popularity with our constituents,” Fox News reported.

He was also advised to suggest the president tone down his war with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – or at least avoid “getting into a daily argument” with him, as one person at the meeting reportedly put it.

Bottom line, however, was that the Democratic party is losing its credibility with Jewish voters, and their leaders as well, because Jewish concerns do not seems to be as important as America’s nuclear deal with Iran.

Given the fact that the deal constitutes an existential threat to the State of Israel – and that U.S. leaders are refusing to add a condition that Iran also “recognize Israel’s right to exist,” the loss of Jewish support is no surprise to anyone with a brain.

Republicans will work hard to transform this into new Jewish support for the GOP in the 2016 presidential race, but their ability to recruit the group to the ranks of conservatives has yet to be determined.

Israel’s security cabinet last week unanimously voted to oppose the deal, which does not dismantle Iran’s nuclear technology program, nor does it adequately enforce limits on Tehran’s uranium enrichment activities.

Israel is not the only country is the Middle East made uneasy by the agreement: Saudi Arabia is outraged, as are a number of other Gulf nations. So are Lebanese and moderate Syrian opposition forces, who contend the deal opens the door for a flood of new funding from Iran to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Approximately $150 billion in Iranian funds is likely to be unfrozen shortly, according to Syrian coalition representative in exile, Monzer Akbik. “This will help Assad a lot,” he told The New York Times.

Syrian activist Aboud Dandachi, currently living in Istanbul, also made his disgust clear: “Set up a theocracy in Idlib, fund terror groups worldwide & then Obama will give you your heart’s desire,” he tweeted last week.

And then there’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah, which wields heavy influence and control in Lebanon and Damascus.

Hezbollah and Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps are also fighting alongside the Syrian government troops to crush moderate Islamist opposition forces. Oddly, they have done little to fight back against radical Islamist groups such as Al Qaeda-backed Jabhat al-Nusra, and Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, known as Daesh or ISIS.

In Yemen, Iran is strongly backing Houthi rebels who destroyed that country’s legitimate government and now are dismantling the rest of its capital and other cities.

But closer to home – for Israel, anyway – Iran long ago armed Gaza terrorist groups to the teeth. Now Tehran has committed itself to arming jihadist groups in the West Bank as well, stating last week, again, that the annihilation of the State of Israel is “non-negotiable.”

Given Iran’s commitment and its new freedom to continue to develop nuclear technology, Jews in America have good reason to re-evaluate their loyalty to a political party with little interest in their own concerns.

Have they awakened too late? It’s too soon to say.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/american-jews-rethink-loyalty-to-democratic-party-over-iran-deal/2015/04/05/

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