Category Archives: Israel

UNESCO Postpones Vote on Resolution That Ignores Jewish Ties to Temple Mount | Algemeiner.com

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) decided Sunday to postpone a vote on a resolution that would have referred to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem as a site that is holy only for Muslims. The move means that UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee will deliberate the matter when the forum reconvenes in October or later.

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UNESCO Postpones Vote on Resolution That Ignores Jewish Ties to Temple Mount | Algemeiner.com

Nothing like ignoring reality and stirring the pot. Will this pending vote force Israel’s hand before October?

Russian arms for Hizballah cross Israel’s red line

Moscow is making use of the sophisticated Forpost UAV for surveillance and intelligence-gathering in Syria, Ukraine and terrorist targets in the Caucasian mountains.

If IDF chiefs are correct, then a Russian drone developed by Israel was used by to spy on Israel after it was launched from an Iranian or Hizballah base in the Syrian Qalamun Mountains. This action crossed more than one Israeli red line.

Adding insult to injury, the drone’s electronic jamming devices were activated to disarm the missiles and aircraft Israel scrambled to intercept it.

Russian arms for Hizballah cross Israel’s red line

Here’s a little more information about the Israeli drones supplied to Russia.

Are Israeli-built drones supporting Syria’s Assad regime? | Middle East Eye [March 4, 2016]

Israeli media is rife with speculation with Ynet, the Jerusalem Post, and Israel’s News24 suggesting that drones of Israeli origin may be supporting Assad. The possibility of Israeli technology supporting the so-called “axis of resistance” has the potential to be a major embarrassment for Israel, Russia and the Assad regime. Syrian government official news outlets have remained predictably silent on the allegations.

Are Israeli-built drones supporting Syria’s Assad regime? | Middle East Eye

Israel stops supplying components for Russian drones | Real Russia Today [April 18, 2016]

In the recent past, Russian companies were actively trying to reach an agreement on joint activities with Israeli UAV manufacturers. However, after the checks carried out by the Israeli Defense Ministry, it became clear that all such agreements fall under the embargo.

As a result, negotiations were terminated by the Israeli side, and existing agreements were frozen.

Ultimately, as it was reported by the portal FlightGlobal, Russia loses the ability to produce drones.

Israel stops supplying components for Russian drones | Real Russia Today

The next Lebanon war might well be like none that preceded it

Why Israel may be forced to strike first.

One day perhaps not far off, there will be another war between Israel and Hezbollah, the Iranian terrorist proxy in Lebanon. One might assume that any future clash will be similar to past ones –– Israel struck by disruptive and occasionally lethal rocket attacks, and intense, but limited, hostilities over days or weeks, leading to a new, uneasy ceasefire. But this is unlikely. The next Lebanon war might well be like none that preceded it.

With its enormous number of missiles, Hezbollah could rain down huge barrages that overwhelm Israeli anti-missile defenses, with some 10% of their missiles penetrating the Iron Dome defenses. Thus, Israeli casualties could be in the thousands and senior Israeli military figures have said as much. Israel Defense Forces Deputy Chief of Staff Major-General Yair Golan has estimated that central Israel, untouched in previous clashes, will be hit hard. “Dozens” of missiles, in his view, could hit Tel Aviv.

Where terrorists have no scruple about using whatever weapons they can obtain against an enemy nations’ civilians en masse, it is clear that it is only a matter of time until that country acts. The truth is that Israel will be obliged to do so before long, whether by its own pre-emptive initiative or in response to a devastating attack.

Hezbollah’s Massive Missile Build-Up Could Cause Thousands Of Israeli Deaths | Frontpage Mag

The next Lebanon-Israeli war will likely be massive in scale. The end result will be a game-changer – only one will survive.

Drone over N. Israel: Iranian with stolen US apps

This UAV displayed exceptional maneuverability, unlike most drones, due it is believed to the advanced US electronic systems installed by reverse engineering of the American US ScanEagle drone that was downed intact over Iran on Dec. 17, 2012.

Our military and intelligence sources say this fundamental upgrade was carried out under the instruction of Chinese cyber warfare specialists.

The IDF, the Israeli air force and other western armies, including the US Air Force, are anxiously trying to find out how many replicas of the purloined US ScanEagle the Iranians have been able to manufacture.

They all watched the Iranian drone’s performance in evading Israeli air force jets and helicopters and ducking air-to-air missiles and Patriot surface-to-aircraft missiles before flying back to Syria after spending the best part of an hour over the Golan and Upper Galilee.

Drone over N. Israel: Iranian with stolen US apps

Third Lebanon-Israel War: Not ‘If’ but ‘When’ | Observer

Iran-backed Hezbollah already mounting on Jewish state’s border

Third Lebanon-Israel War: Not ‘If’ but ‘When’ | Observer

A Decade After Lebanon War, Hezbollah Stockpiling Arms Near Israeli Border | The Tower

A decade after fighting the Second Lebanon War against the Islamist terror militia Hezbollah, Israel is once again facing a build-up on its northern border, with the prospect of fresh hostilities looming.

Of immediate concern to the Israelis is Hezbollah’s military build-up in southern Lebanon. Hezbollah has moved most of its military hardware into the Shi’a villages of southern Lebanon, deliberately transforming thousands of innocent civilians into human shields. Indeed, some sense of the scale of a future Lebanese conflict can be gleaned from the fact that Hezbollah now possesses 130,000 missiles—10 times what it had in 2006, and more than every NATO country with the exception of the United States.

A Decade After Lebanon War, Hezbollah Stockpiling Arms Near Israeli Border | The Tower

The awful Israeli-Hezbollah conflict to come

Make no mistake: Should hostilities break out, there will be a deadly ground war. Aerial operations simply aren’t enough to dismantle and root out Hezbollah’s maze of underground launchers, tunnels and infrastructure that are aimed right over Israel’s border.

No matter how brave a face the IDF leadership tries to put on, in the next conflict with Hezbollah, IDF tanks will get blown to bits, aircraft will be shot from the sky, navy patrol boats will be sunk, and the multibillion-dollar Israeli offshore gas rigs in the Mediterranean Sea could end up on the sea floor. Many young IDF soldiers will be coming home in body bags. Nothing would make Nasrallah happier. He is clear in public statements that he’d dearly like to murder every Jew in the world but especially those in Israel. In speeches, he describes Israel as a “cancerous entity” of “ultimate evil” and joyfully calls for its “annihilation.”

Deterrence is a big part of Israel’s defence strategy; acknowledging these scenarios doesn’t sit right with many in the IDF’s military structure. They don’t want to frighten Israel’s civilian population. Nor do they want to embolden Israel’s enemies. But the IDF is trying really hard to give the world a wake-up call about what’s coming down the pike.

Even in a best-case scenario for preventing Israel’s civilian casualties – meaning a vast majority of Israelis would be able to get into hardened shelters before the first deadly salvo is launched from Lebanon – IDF planners quietly acknowledge that “as many as hundreds” of Israeli non-combatants might be killed per day in the first week or two of the conflict. If Hezbollah’s first missile salvos are launched without warning, the Israeli civilian death count could be 10 times higher.

Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council | The awful Israeli-Hezbollah conflict to come

Hamas-built underground tunnels from Gaza to Israel spark fear of new war – ABC News

It has been two years since the July 2014 Gaza War, which killed over 2,000 Palestinians and 70 Israelis.

Since then an uneasy truce between the Israel Defence Force (IDF) and the militant Hamas group, which runs the strip, has largely held. But in the past few months tensions have been rising.

Numerous tunnels built by Hamas that run from the besieged territory to inside Israel have been discovered, creating fears that preparations for another war have began.

Israeli mother Yael Lachyani, 39, stands on the edge of her kibbutz and peers over to the border of the Gaza Strip, just 1 kilometre away.

Hamas-built underground tunnels from Gaza to Israel spark fear of new war – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

IDF bulldozers with tanks enter Golan DMZ

Israeli military bulldozers backed by tanks have crossed into the demilitarized zone dividing the Israeli and Syrian Golan borders. They are building a line of fortifications and anti-tank trenches 300-500 meters inside the DMZ. 

This is the first time in the six-year Syrian war that the IDF has openly operated on the Syrian side of the border. The force has not so far run into opposition- or indeed any word of protest – or even mention – by Assad regime officials in Damascus.

The sole reference to Israeli military movements in the DMZ has come from a small Syrian rebel group which described them.

IDF bulldozers with tanks enter Golan DMZ

Is Israel Preparing for War Against Hezbollah?

“Nasrallah was serious when he said that the region is heading towards a conflict and that there would be casualties in the next few months.”

The question is whether Israel has concluded that now — with America engrossed in its presidential election — is the moment to launch the war. Was this the reason for Avigdor Lieberman’s recent appointment as defense minister? Is he the hawk to lead the job? Hezbollah’s recall of its elite forces from Syria and its secretary general’s warning that the movement faces a difficult and dangerous summer seems to suggest that Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah chief, has concluded that the risk of an imminent strike is real.

According to sources who spoke with the regional correspondent Elijah Magnier, “Nasrallah was serious when he said that the region is heading towards a conflict and that there would be casualties in the next few months. This is because he has information that tells him Israel is preparing for war and soon. And because of this, Hezbollah is prepared for an armed standoff.”

Is Israel Preparing for War Against Hezbollah?

Netanyahu vs. the Generals – POLITICO Magazine

But Netanyahu doesn’t seem to be going anywhere; instead it is Israel’s former generals, like Barak, who are being marginalized while the longest-running prime minister in the Jewish state’s history consolidates his power. Barak wasn’t speaking only for himself when he attacked Netanyahu in such strong language. Over the past few months, the top news story in Israel has been the right-wing prime minister’s tectonic power struggle with Israel’s security establishment. One after the other, Israel’s top security chiefs and military leaders have criticized Netanyahu’s flagship policies and warned about the direction in which he is leading the country, typically over his refusal to engage in talks with the Palestinians and his push for military action against Iran.

Netanyahu vs. the Generals – POLITICO Magazine