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Al Nusra Killers in Syrian-Druze Massacre to Face Islamic Trial

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

The Jabhat al Nusra Syrian rebel group stated on Saturday that the members of its organization who massacred 20 Druze civilians in Syria’s Idlib region last week will face trial in an Islamic Court, according to the Lebanese TV station, MTV.

Al Nusrah said the killings were a violation of orders and the killers would be punished.

The massacre shocked the international Druze community.

The Al Qaida-affiliated al Nusra group want to portray themselves as the liberators of Syria and a more moderate Islamic alternative than ISIS. They have made it a point of not forcing their Islamic views on areas they captured.

But it may too little, too late, as reports in Arab media indicate that the Druze community have begun organizing, and will be joining Assad’s side in the Syrian civil war.

ISIS Captures Most of Syria; Assad Escape Plan Revealed

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The Islamic State terrorist entity made significant gains this week in its territorial control over an ever-growing swathe of the Middle East. Its barbarism continued apace as well. In addition to the capture of the Iraqi city of Ramadi just a few days ago, ISIS appears to have also succeeded in capturing the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, with its capture of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, ISIS now controls nearly 50 percent of Syria. Palmyra is located between the Syrian capital of Damascus, in southwestern Syria, and the centrally located city of Deir al-Zour. It is in Syria’s Homs province.

The capture of Palmyra is hugely important not only because it is the first major Syrian city ISIS has captured unassisted by various other anti-Assad forces, but also because it is of enormous historical significance. The city dates back to the first century of the Common Era, and was a central crossroads for trade from the east to the Roman Empire. Palmyra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for its architectural, historical and art treasures.

The capture of Palmyra by ISIS was announced by the terrorist entity on Twitter, and most major media outlets are treating this account as factual.

The outcries against the capture of Palmyra by historians and art curators has angered many who see this as valuing art over human lives.

As part of its conquest of Palmyra and surrounding areas, ISIS now controls not only more land than the regime, but it also controls most of Syria’s oil and gas fields.

As noted on the news site Western Journalism, control over Palmyra also provides a strategic base from which ISIS can advance on other cities held by Assad, including Homs and Damascus.

At least one Israeli Middle East expert, Tzvi Yechezkieli of Channel 10, predicted that the fall of Palmyra may signal the end of Assad’s central government. He pointed to the fact that Assad is losing territory to Islamic State every day and is now in control of only a quarter of Syria’s territory.

The Israeli commentator also reported that Assad has prepared an escape plan should ISIS capture Damascus. Assad’s plan, according to Yechezkieli, is that the Syrian dictator will withdraw his forces to the Western part of Syria, the stronghold of Assad’s own Alawite minority. Alawites are a small sect within Shia Muslims, and comprise less than 15 percent of Syria’s population.

ISIS has achieved such dramatic victories for many reasons, not only because of the west’s initial refusal to take it seriously and its barbarism acting as a lure for disaffected global sadists. One successful method of recruitment, as Yechezkieli also pointed out, has been the massive jailbreak orchestrated by ISIS during its capture of Palmyra.

The thousands of released Syrians, many of whose crimes were that they were opponents of the regime, were welcomed into ISIS’s forces. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” is a slogan the newly-released Syrians may embrace, to Assad’s dismay.

Report: US Waiting for “Green Light” for Assad Talks

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

An Arab paper in London, Al Rai El-Youm, reports that the US is waiting for the Syrian OK to open up secret back channel talks with the Bashar Assad’s government in Syria, according to Israel IBA news.

The US is waiting for the “green light” from the Syrians, at which point they’ll send a delegation to Damascus.

Last week US Secretary of State Kerry said that in the end the US will have to talk with Assad. The State Department later corrected that statement and said Kerry meant not with Assad himself, but with other officials in his government.

Israeli Proposal, Pearlman and Helfgot, Rabbi Richman, Syria

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

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Yishai and Malkah discuss a recent marriage proposal, which involved all aspects of the Israeli security apparatus including the IDF. They move on to provide audio from NPR about coming concerts and album from famed violinist Itzhak Pearlman and Cantor Yitchak Meir Helfgot. They move on to provide audio from Rabbi Chaim Richman about the resurgence of Anti-Semitism throughout the world. The segment ends with audio from PBS about the hardships that exist on the Syrian/Jordanian border.

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