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Obama proposes $1.3 billion military aid for Egypt in 2013 despite ongoing NGOs row

U.S. president Barack Obama proposed to renew the $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt for 2013, despite the recent crackdown on illegally funded american NGO’s in the country. However, it has to be accepted by the majority in congress where a few have said the U.S. should completely cut off aid to Egypt if … Continue reading

Opinion: Assad takes a page out of Russia’s book in his war against rebels

The drastic and recent change in the brutality of the siege of Homs, the center of the Syrian uprising, suggests that the arrival of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavarov is encouraging Assad to follow a similar strategy to that used by Russia in Chechnya. The electricity and phone lines have been cut and food is … Continue reading

Iran military manoeuvres heighten Middle East tensions

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are performing military exercises, involving ground forces, in the south of the country. The exercises follow a statement from the country’s religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said that they will help any nation or group that would be up against Israel.  He referred to Israel as a “cancerous tumor that should … Continue reading

Debate: Will Israel attack Iran?

Has the countdown to attack Iran begun already? Would Israel go it alone? And what would the regional implications be? Guests: Yaakov Katz, a defence analyst and author, and Mohammad Marandi, a professor of political science at the University of Tehran. Al Jazeera, Qatar

2 hurt in Israeli attack on north Gaza

A young man and a child were injured as Israeli warplanes struck the Gaza Strip early Friday. In Southern Gaza, Israeli forces also fired on a tunnel and weapon storing facilities. A statement from the Israeli army said  that the strike was a response to rocket fire from Gaza on Wednesday. Ma’an News Agency, Palestine … Continue reading

Opinion: How to get Russia on board in Syria? Hint: Think of the sea

Russia is a major obstacle between the Syrian demonstrators and their liberation from the Assad regime. Russia has been the main opponent of UN Security Council resolutions against the regime while even the “timid” Arab League wants Assad to go. The reason for Russia’s opposition is quite simple: it fears that if the Assad regime … Continue reading

Analysis: Media frenzy on Iran contradicts reality

Yaakov Katz, author of this article, discusses the role western and Israeli media play in the confrontation between Israel, the West and Iran. Using for example comments by US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta that were aired weeks ago, US media are printing reports and articles on Iran at a fast pace, though the situation … Continue reading

Opinion: ‘It May Be Too Late to Attack Iran after the Summer’

According to the author of this article, Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, sources quoted in American media on Tuesday have said that a military option against Iran will not be at issue anymore after the summer. Taking steps against Iran that exceed the current sanctions seem to “become urgent as Iran drifts into an immunity zone” said Israeli … Continue reading

Analysis: Will Saudi Arabia Send the Troops?

Following a Saudi pledge to increase oil production to supply states banning Iranian oil, tensions between the two countries have peeked. Iran repeatedly threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, where 40% of the world oil transit, threats which “could be interpreted by Saudi Arabia as an act of war,” Ali Al-Tawati, a Saudi military affairs analyst said. … Continue reading

Israel orders 6 months jail without charge for Hamas speaker of Palestinian parliament

Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council – or Parliament – and member of Hamas Aziz Dweik was sentenced by an Israeli military court to six months of administrative detention, with no charges being pressed against him. Dweik was arrested on Thursday at an Israeli military checkpoint. The office of the PLC speaker denounced an “abusive decision … Continue reading

Israel carries out four air strikes on Gaza targets

An Israeli spokesman said on Tuesday Israel had struck four targets in Gaza as a response to six rockets and mortars being launched into Israel by Palestinian militants over the past week. These targets were a weapon factory and three tunnels dug under the Egyptian border with Gaza. No casualties were reported. Haaretz, Israel Click … Continue reading

U.S. military chief in Israel for talks on Iran

The United States’ top military official, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, visited Israel and held talks with his counterparts on Friday in an effort to coordinate responses to Iran’s  perceived aggression, as well as other policy matters. The move comes amid growing concern that Israel would move to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities independent … Continue reading

IDF exposes Syria-funded Islamic Jihad terror cell in West Bank

A statement by Israel’s security agency Shin Bet on Thursday said that the IDF had discovered an Islamic Jihad cell near Jenin in the West Bank that was planning attacks on Israel. 10 members have been arrested in recent months. The investigation showed links with the Islamic Jihad based in Syria, with important transfers of … Continue reading

Analysis: ‘Hezbollah has long-range surface-to-air missiles’

The Israeli army is reevaluating the threat from Lebanon as it will now operate under the assumption that Hezbollah is in possession of advanced weapons system obtained since the beginning of the upheaval in Syria. These weapons systems include sophisticated long-range surface-to-air missile and Russian-made air-defense systems. Jerusalem Post, Israel Click here for the full story

Debate: Taunting Iran

A debate on the current stalemate in the nuclear discussions between Iran and Western powers, the prospect of war and the importance of domestic agendas over the issue. Russia Today, Russia

Israeli strike kills 2, wounds 2 in northern Gaza Strip

Israeli aircraft and tanks struck a group of Palestinians suspected to be planting a bomb along the Israel-Gaza border. Two were reported killed and two injured. Hamas said all victims were civilians and Israel will be held responsible, raising the prospect of cross border escalation.  Ihab Ghussein, spokesman for the Interior Ministry said his ministry “and all its … Continue reading

Israeli army says a nuclear Iran could deter Israeli military action against Hamas, Hezbollah

An Israeli military official said on Tuesday that a nuclear Iran could severely reduce Israel’s leeway in dealing with militant groups at its borders, including Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon. “If we are forced to do things in Gaza or in Lebanon, under the Iranian nuclear umbrella it might be different,” Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel … Continue reading

Israeli drones give intelligence to PKK, Turkish intelligence officers say

Turkish intelligence sources have reported that Israel has been providing intelligence assistance to the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. According to the sources, Israeli-made Heron unmanned drones have been providing aerial surveillance of Turkish military positions and passing the information over to … Continue reading

IDF preparing for major Gaza operation within months

Israel’s Southern Command has been ordered, by the IDF general staff, to prepare for a possible large scale operation into the Hamas controlled strip. Among IDF senior officers, there is growing concern over the smuggling of anti-tank missiles into Gaza and the significant increase in Hamas weaponry. With only operational plans to be finalized and distributed to the … Continue reading

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says it is committed to defense treaty with Syria

While it responded to accusation of involvement in the repression Syria by saying it has not interfered, the Iranian government stressed its commitment to the mutual defense agreement biding Syria and Iran. A source within the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps said Iran views the situation in Syria as a domestic affair, and it will definitely intervene … Continue reading


Debate: Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election?

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

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