Posts Tagged: Syria

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Arab Israelis more afraid of external attack on Israel than Jewish Israelis

"Israeli Arabs are more afraid than the Jewish public of being attacked by an enemy state, according to the annual ‘National Resilience’ survey.

"Israel’s Jewish population, meanwhile, is more calm than ever about the possibility of an attack by an enemy country, the survey revealed, reporting an all-time low on its so-called ‘fear index.’ This is a continuation of a previous trend that began in 2006. The Jewish population’s fear of terror is also reportedly at an all-time low.

"The annual ‘National Resilience’ survey has been conducted since 2000. Most recently it was conducted in November during Operation Pillar of Defense, polling 2,000 respondents, including 400 Arabs. Questions covered topics such as optimism, militancy, faith in government institutions, and fear regarding a possible attack."

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Syria suffers while "human rights activists" target only Israel

"Imagine the morale booster they would get from an international flotilla! Ships and boats, an armada of morality, led by a former member of the Canadian Parliament, with no one less than the iconic Apartheid-buster, Nobel Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu atop its advisory board. Imagine the international impact of a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid and the critical message to Syrians: YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!
Forget it.

"For these human rights ‘activists,’ Syrians are as good as forgotten. There is no flotilla heading to either of the Mediterranean Syrian ports of Latakia or Tarsus. Instead, it is heading to help the ‘beleaguered’ people of a few miles south in— Gaza.

"But there is no invasion of Gaza, no one starving. Hamastan’s new neighbor—Muslim Brotherhood-led Egypt—has even opened the border for the transit of goods and a whole lot more."

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Turkey fires artillery into Syria in retaliation of attacks on Turkish territory

"Turkish artillery fired on Syrian targets after deadly shelling from Syria hit a Turkish border town on Wednesday, sharply raising tensions on a volatile border that has been crossed by tens of thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their country."

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Why UN reform can't wait

"It’s no secret that the United Nations hasn’t lived up to its billing as a champion of human rights and democratic values since its establishment in 1945. All too often, the UN system has aided and abetted some of the world’s most odious regimes—and served as a political weapon for those countries against the West. Yet even by these standards, this summer has seen an unprecedented level of rot in the world’s most powerful international forum."

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Syria civil war may be boon for Israel, US

Along with losing a key geopolitical ally in the Levant, Iran may also suffer a tactical loss. As the civil unrest in Syria grows worse by the day so does Iran’s ability to use the state as an early-warning or buffer against a possible Israeli strike on its nuclear facilities.

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US probing four banks for laundering money to Iran

"Germany’s Deutsche Bank and three other global banks are being investigated for money laundering to Iran, Sudan, and other sanctioned countries, The New York Times reported Saturday. They are accused of funneling billions of dollars through their American branches.

"The US has already brought charges against five other foreign banks — ABN Amro, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Lloyds and most recently ING – for moving billions of dollars, through American subsidiaries, on behalf of Iran, Cuba, and North Korea. They were charged a substantial amount of their assets.”

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Syrian Ambassador to Iran: We are at war with evil axis in Tel Aviv and Washington

”’Syria is at war with the axis of evil whose centers are in Tel Aviv and in Washington,’ Syria’s Ambassador to Iran Hamed Hassan said Monday. Speaking at a Tehran conference titled ‘Syria – the First Line of Resistance,’ Hassan blamed the United States and Israel for backing opposition forces trying to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, and announced that several other nations, such as Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, have joined forces with the West.”

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US concerned Israel may attack Syrian chemical weapon stockpiles

"U.S. intelligence agencies are closely watching Israel’s military for signs it will conduct strikes on Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons, amid concerns the deadly nerve agents could fall under the control of Hezbollah or al Qaeda terrorists, U.S. officials said.”

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Saudis to start funding of Syrian rebels

"Saudi officials are preparing to pay the salaries of the Free Syria Army as a means of encouraging mass defections from the military and increasing pressure on the Assad regime, the Guardian has learned. The move, which has been discussed between Riyadh and senior officials in the US and Arab world, is believed to be gaining momentum as a recent flush of weapons sent to rebel forces by Saudi Arabia and Qatar starts to make an impact on battlefields in Syria."

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Syria, Iran, Russia, China plan joint war games

"Iran, Syria, Russia and China are planning the ‘biggest-ever wargames in the Middle East,’ according to an unconfirmed report on the semi-official Iranian news site Fars News. A Syrian official denied the claims.”

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France likely to join GCC in aid to Syrian rebels

"French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday his country is considering providing communications equipment to Syrian rebels to encourage a ‘stronger revolt’ against President Bashar al-Assad’s government."

The French consideration would join the nations of the Cooperation Council of the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), notably Qatar, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia, for public calls of support against Assad. While the French seek to aid the rebels with communication equipment, the GCC member states seek to arm the rebels directly.

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Iran sends arms to Syria despite UN sanctions

"The kinds of arms that Iran was attempting to send to Syria before the shipments were seized by Turkish authorities included assault rifles, machine guns, explosives, detonators, 60mm and 120mm mortal shells and other items, the panel said. The most recent incident described in the report was an arms shipment discovered in a truck that Turkey seized on its border with Syria in February. Turkey announced last year that it was imposing an arms embargo on Syria."