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Palestinians: Fatah Prepares for War with Israel

Some 300 members of the Palestinian Fatah faction, headed by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, have begun receiving “military training” in the Gaza Strip in preparation for war with Israel.

The armed wing of Fatah, Aqsa Martyrs Brigades – The Martyr Nidal Al-Amoudi Division, announced that its members have been enrolled in a new military academy for training “fighters” in the Gaza Strip. The academy, inaugurated recently in the Gaza Strip, would train the “fighters” on various fighting methods “in the context of a program for preparing for any future battle” with the “Zionist enemy.”

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The Nidal Academy was named for Nidal Al-Amoudi, a top Fatah militant killed by the Israel Defense Forces on January 13, 2008, after he carried out a series of armed attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers during the Second Intifada. “The academy has been named after the commander Nidal Al-Amoudi (Abu Hussein) to fulfill his dream of qualifying the fighters militarily, morally, religiously and revolutionarily,” explained a statement released by the Fatah armed group. Noting that some 300 “fighters” have already joined the academy, the group said that they have begun undergoing training in various methods of warfare.

“We have pledged to prepare an army of fighters by devoting our full abilities and energies to consolidate the option of armed struggle as the only means to liberate Palestine,” the group declared.

Palestinians: Fatah Prepares for War with Israel

Arab Official: Chances of Hezbollah-Israel Conflict Rise

The risk of a military confrontation between Israel and Hezbollah has become significantly greater over the past few weeks, an Arab intelligence official told Breitbart Jerusalem.

The recent gains clinched on the Syrian battlefield by Hezbollah and its allies, Bashar al Assad’s army, and Iran, have greatly contributed to the chances of spillover to Israel’s northern border, he said.

“It’s unclear whether it’s just weeks away or more, but intelligence agencies in the region work under the assumption that a new round of violence between Israel and Hezbollah is just a matter of time,” he said. “We believe it will be in the coming year, though it is yet unclear what will be the trigger.”

Arab Official: Chances of Hezbollah-Israel Conflict Rise

Sanhedrin Revives 2,000-Year-Old Blessing for Counting of Jubilee Year

Amidst the shofar blasts, this Rosh Hashana will include a mitzvah (Biblical commandment) that hasn’t been performed by the Jews in almost 2,000 years: counting the Jubilee. It is a simple mitzvah, reciting just a few lines, but performing this mitzvah is a declaration that the prophesied return of the Jews to Israel has been fulfilled, thereby establishing a basis for the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple.

Unbeknownst to all but a few witnesses, as Rosh Hashana ended eleven months ago, the nascent Sanhedrin concluded months of deliberation by ruling that certain conditions had been met requiring the Nation of Israel to begin counting the Jubilee cycle. Rabbi Avraham Dov Ben Shor recited the blessing and the 49-year cycle began again.

When Rosh Hashana – the Jewish New Year – ends next Tuesday evening, it will be time for Jews to count the second year of the Jubilee cycle.

Sanhedrin Revives 2,000-Year-Old Blessing for Counting of Jubilee Year – Breaking Israel News

Syrian buildup with Druze OC for major Golan op | DebkaFile

According to our military sources, the current Syrian and allied lineup just across the border from Israel is not deployed this time to attack Israel, but for a clean sweep of all the Syrian rebel forces holding sectors of the Golan-Israeli border.

The pro-Assad forces are expected to weigh in with artillery shelling and heavy aerial bombing to force the local Syrian population of 140,000 to 160,000 to flee. This scenario would confront Israel and the IDF with the possibility of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees clamoring for sanctuary.

6. Our intelligence sources add that Iran, Hizballah and Syria have decided to henceforth hit back at any Israeli air or artillery strikes against a Syrian target on the Golan. This was decided at high-level three-way consultations in Damascus on Sept. 15, two days after Israeli aircraft attacked the headquarters of Syria’s 90th Brigade at al-Shaar, near Quneitra, in reprisal for the Syrian shells that strayed across the border.

Syrian buildup with Druze OC for major Golan op

Iran threatens to ‘turn Tel Aviv and Haifa to dust’ if Israel missteps – Jerusalem Post

In an attempt to tout its military prowess on Wednesday, Iran threatened to “turn Tel Aviv and Haifa to dust” during a parade of the Islamic Republic’s armed forces in Tehran.

Iran marked the anniversary of its 1980 invasion by Iraq by parading its latest ships and missiles and telling the United States not to meddle in the Gulf.

Iran threatens to ‘turn Tel Aviv and Haifa to dust’ if Israel missteps – Jerusalem Post

Russian presence in his country gives Assad confidence

According to the Syrians themselves, their response included the firing of S-200 missiles, …

The unusual thing about this missile is that its range is about 300 kilometers and its flight altitude is 40,000 meters—meaning it puts almost all civil and military aviation across the State of Israel in danger, including Ben-Gurion Airport and the Air Force base in Tel Nof.

Assad Sr. did things differently

At the time, when the Soviets supplied the missile to Hafez Assad, the current president’s father, concerns were raised in Israel that this strategic weapon would endanger civil aviation flying to the country and over the country and would threaten Israel’s connection to the outer world. A warning was relayed to the Syrians that if they used the strategic surface-to-air missiles, Israel would launch a harsh “strategic response.”

The Syrians hardly ever used this very long-range, high-altitude missile during the War of Attrition, although they had ability to do so, but it now seems that Bashar Assad feels confident due to the Russian presence in his country. Israeli officials estimate that he has decided to change his retaliation policy and threaten IAF planes operating on his territory. That is the reason why, they believe, he used strategic missiles which despite being obsolete could still threaten Israel’s civil and military aircraft, even if they do not flying directly over Syria and not even over the Golan Heights, but deep in the sea west of Syria.

… Assad has decided to signal to Israel that he will not tolerate such attacks anymore.

Ynetnews Opinion – Russian presence in his country gives Assad confidence

Israel Heeds Hezbollah Threats, Drills Mass Evacuation of Civilians Near Border

The Israeli military demonstrated on Tuesday that it takes seriously Hezbollah’s repeated threats to “take over the Galilee” with a massive drill aimed at evacuating civilians under attack near the Lebanon border.

Described as “the biggest drill of its kind until now,” Col. Eyal Forman, chief medical officer in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Homefront Command, said the exercise was driven by war threat scenarios involving Hezbollah forces “crossing the border and getting to the settlements.”

Israel Heeds Hezbollah Threats, Drills Mass Evacuation of Civilians Near Border

Three Syrian projectiles fall in Israeli Golan Heights as tensions escalate | i24news

Tuesday’s projectiles marked the sixth such incident of cross-border fire to take place in the just over a week.

The latest projectile fell hours after the IDF said earlier in the day that the Syrian army fired two surface-to-air missiles at Israeli military aircraft in response to overnight strikes in the Golan Heights, but denied claims its aircraft had been shot down.

Three Syrian projectiles fall in Israeli Golan Heights as tensions escalate | i24news – See beyond

Analysis: Is an Israeli-Syrian military conflict on the horizon? – Jerusalem Post

However, one thing is already clear: The firing of two S-200 surface-to-air missiles was not a coincidence. The Syrian Army released an official statement on the incident.

This is the first known instance of Assad’s army retaliating to Israeli military activity in Syrian territory since the country’s civil war began some five-and-a-half years ago.

The IDF is expected to respond, likely with increasing levels of force. If Assad’s army decides to retaliate like it did last night, the chances for an escalation of tensions and descent into violence on what has until now been a relatively quiet Golan Heights border also increase, despite the fact that most of the sides involved – Israel, the Assad regime, Russia, and some of the rebel groups – have no interest in heating up the border and sparking a military conflict.

Analysis: Is an Israeli-Syrian military conflict on the horizon? – Jerusalem Post

Israeli Victory Is the Only Way to Bring Peace [War is THE Answer] :: Middle East Forum

At his first security briefing, Avigdor Liberman, Israel’s Defense Minister, declared that Israel no longer has “the luxury of conducting drawn-out wars of attrition.” 100 days into his term, with no sign of the decades-long conflict slowing, it is clear that the time has come to apply that principle to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In order for there to be peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors, Israel must win and the Palestinians must lose.

For most of human history, military victory ended wars. The Pax Romana, a period of 200 years of relative peace within the Roman Empire, began only when Augustus defeated Marc Antony in the Battle of Actium. When the North ravaged the South in the American Civil War, it caused the seemingly intractable conflict that claimed three quarters of a million lives over four years to fade away. The South, knowing it was defeated, never made trouble again. German and Japanese ill-will toward Western democracies in World War II rapidly dissipated, thanks to the bitter pill of defeat; friendship soon followed.

Today’s conventional wisdom holds that conflicts are best resolved through negotiation and compromise. But let’s look at the facts. After 40 years of negotiations to reunite Cyprus, the island remains divided, and 60 years of standoff over the Korean peninsula have achieved little. In Syria, the killing continues unabated despite five years of talks to reconcile Sunnis and Alawites. And at the same time, years of diplomatic efforts to roll back Iran’s nuclear program ended with the West’s capitulation to Tehran’s demands.

The negotiations fallacy is especially evident in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Israeli Victory Is the Only Way to Bring Peace :: Middle East Forum