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UN Troops on the (Israeli) Golan Heights

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

UNDOF (United Nations Disengagement Observer Force) troops from Ireland were on Mount Bental on the Israeli Golan Heights on Tuesday.

They were looking through the telescope into Syria and reviewing a map of the area, and doing what appeared to be a daily briefing or an introductory session for new soldiers.

UN on Mount Bental 2

Mount Bental is the site of old IDF bunkers and trenches overlooking Syria.

Now it’s a tourist site.

It’s about as close to Syria as these UN troops are going to get these days, with all that internecine fighting going on over there.

Afterwards the UN troops went for lunch in Katzrin.

It’s tough to be a UN peacekeeper.

Syria and Hezbollah Launch Attack on Rebels at Israel’s Golan Border

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Israel’s former northern Golan Heights neighbor Bashar al-Assad is fighting with Hezbollah against rebels, supported by Al Qaeda, to regain the territory on the Syrian side of the strategic Golan.

Tanks and artillery are in action within five miles of the Israeli border, where the Israel Air Force last month bombed Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guards commanders planning launch an attack on the Israeli Golan.

Israel enjoyed a certain sense of security from Assad before the civil war erupted four years ago because for all his hatred of Israel, attacks on the Golan were not high on his agenda. Both sides enjoyed mutual hatred and a cold peace while the United States, particularly the Obama administration, enjoyed making believe that Assad was the key to peace between Israel and the Arab world.

The civil war exploded that illusion, and once Hezbollah joined up with Assad, the terrorist army’s threat from Lebanon extended eastward to the Golan.

Al Qaeda-backed rebels have taken over most of the territory near the Golan border, and Israeli residents have suffered dozens of rocket attacks, some of them accidental and some intentional.

Iran is believed to behind the new offensive against the rebels, and Hezbollah can be assumed to be taking advantage of Assad’s weakened position to exact the price of victory over the rebels by setting up new bases to attack Israel.

Israeli would not be able to retaliate on Hezbollah in Lebanon if it attacks the Golan from Syria, which no longer can be considered a country where one regime is in charge.

Israel has built some links with the rebels and the Al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and has treated more than 1,000 Syrians, some of them in Israeli hospitals and some in field hospitals on the Israeli side of the Golan.

Heavy fighting this week has put Hezbollah in control of several villages that Assad had lost to the rebels. If Assad and Hezbollah can regain the area between the Golan and Damascus, it will have eliminated the major stronghold of the non-jihadist opposition. The Islamic State (ISIS) controls a major part of Syria north of Damascus.

Rami Abdurrahman, director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said, “The operations are being led by Hezbollah’s special forces. Their aim appears to be to eventually reach areas bordering the occupied Golan and set up a border zone under Hezbollah’s control.”

His description of the Golan as “occupied” underscores the fact that no matter who is in charge in Syria, he won’t be a friend of Israel.




242 Killed in Syria on Thursday

Friday, February 6th, 2015

On Thursday, 242 people were killed in Syria in their civil war, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

This is the largest number of people killed in Syria in a single day since the beginning of 2015.

5772 Syrians Killed in October

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that 5772 people have been killed in Syria’s civil war in the month of October.

Of those 1064 have been civilians, 251 of them children under the age of 18, and 112 of them women.

1552 Syrian fighters from rebels and Islamic battalions and YPG.

3 dissident soldiers.

1342 Non-Syrian fighters from the IS, Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Mohajrin wa al-Ansar army, and Jund al-Aqsa.

876 soldiers from regime forces.

770 NDF, peoples committees and regime spies.

28 Hezbollah.

128 Non-Syrian fighters allied to regime forces, including Shiaa fighters.

9 unknown people.

There are no reports that US Secretary of State John Kerry is planning to visit Syria in the near future with a peace plan.

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.

3 Wounded Syrian Children brought to Israel for Medical Treatment

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Three Syrian children wounded Saturday night in a lethal mortar shell attack in a courtyard where they were playing were brought to the Rebecca Sieff (Ziv) Hospital in Safed (Tsfat) for medical treatment.

A 7-year-old boy was in serious condition with chest wounds and a broken hand; a 10-year-old boy was also in serious condition with shrapnel wounds all over his body, including his head; and an 8-year-old girl with a leg wound was listed in moderate condition. The mortar shell that wounded the three children left the rest of their playmates dead.

Sieff Hospital reported Saturday that the children were being treated in the emergency room and will be operated on following exams and x-rays.

A total of 376 Syrians wounded as a result of their country’s civil war have received treatment at the Israeli hospital.

Civilian Casualties Mounting in US-led Air Strikes Against ISIS

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Perhaps Syrian lives are not as precious to the U.S. and its allies as those of Gaza Arabs. Or, maybe it’s just that the U.S. and its allies feel they don’t have to conduct themselves by the same standards they demand of others (read: Israel).

But late Sunday night, numerous Syrian civilians and a few militants were killed, and some wounded, as U.S.-led “precision” air strikes struck grain silos and other targets in territory controlled by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror organization. No one said a word about it.

Aside from the fact that more civilians than militants were killed, the fact is that Syrians are in desperate need of food — and the U.S.-led forces have just deprived them of even more of it, with another harsh winter barely waiting in the wings.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, it is believed the aircraft “may have mistaken the mills and grain storage areas in the northern Syrian town of Minbej for an ISIS base.”

But that’s pretty hard to swallow, given the accuracy of satellite imagery these days. It’s certainly not an excuse the United Nations Human Rights Commission would have accepted from the Israel Defense Forces had it been offered about an attack on a Gaza target.

Which is why the IDF so carefully documented every single attack it carried out during this past summer’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge, launched to silence the incessant rocket fire from Gaza aimed at southern Israeli communities on a daily basis.

As a matter of fact, according to Observatory head Rami Abdulrahman, the strikes in Minbej appeared only to have killed civilians, Lebanon’s Daily Star reported Monday.

In eastern Syria, U.S.-led Allied forces also bombed a gas plant controlled by ISIS, outside Deir al-Zor. Several militants were wounded in the strike on the Kuniko gas plant, which feeds a power station in Homs, according to the Observatory. But the price for wounding a few militants was high: Several provinces were robbed of electricity and power for the generators that keep their oil fields going.

Of course, the news is not all bad – nothing ever is. The U.S.-led forces also hit areas of Hasaka city in the northeast, and struck the outskirts of Raqqa in the north. Raqqa is the “capital” of the ISIS territory.

But it’s important to weigh the cost against the gain.

The IDF worked hard to minimize civilian casualties ahead of every attack – making phone calls to homes in each targeted area, sending text messages to cell phones in Arabic, and dropping leaflets from aircraft into the targeted neighborhoods days in advance, warning residents to leave for their own safety.

Funny but this writer did not see any sign of such precautions being taken on behalf of civilian safety by the U.S. or its allies in the Syrian targeted areas. Or in Iraq, for that matter.

So where’s the outrage from the UNHRC? Why don’t we hear screams of empathy from the High Commissioner, Navi Pillay, declaring she will initiate an investigation into the aggressive actions of the U.S. and its allies?

I’ll tell you a little secret. You know why there’s no outrage about any of this and why everyone instead was raising Cain about Israel’s self-defense moves in Gaza?

Because the U.S. and its allies are paying Navi Pillay’s salary, and because all of them – especially together — are much bigger and wealthier than the tiny state of Israel. (Not to mention the rampant anti-Semitism that exists in the world body — and for that matter, among some in the Obama administration as well. Shhhhh….)

If the U.S. were to pull out of the United Nations, or withdraw its funding for any reason, how long could that entity continue to function?

Right. Not long at all.

Would it matter at all if Israel walked away?

I suspect much of the UN would probably throw a party – at least until they realized they would have to find their own intelligence information to deal with the threat of terror in their nations and governments. Then they might come running. But you never know.

Sometimes might does indeed outweigh right, at least when backed by the dollar.

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