Category Archives: Israel

Iranian General: Iran Formed Shi’ite Army to Destroy Israel by 2039 | The Tower

A retired Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) general, who is currently one of the Iranian commanders leading Shi’ite troops in Syria, said in an interview last week that Iran has formed a Shi’ite “liberation army” that seeks to destroy Israel by 2039, The Long War Journal reported on Wednesday.

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Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Falaki, who is serving with the Afghan Fatemiyoun Division, said that the Afghan militia’s establishment facilitated “the formation of a Shia liberation army whose commander is Hajj Qassem Soleimani,” the head of the IRGC’s elite Qods Force. The main goal of this “liberation army” is the elimination of Israel, according to Falaki. “Forming the first nucleus of the liberation army has the objective that, God willing, we will not have anything called Israel in 23 years,” he said, boasting that Iranian-led troops are already stationed by Israel’s border.

Iranian General: Iran Formed Shi’ite Army to Destroy Israel by 2039 | The Tower

Israel targeted ‘key Hamas strategic assets’ in Sunday’s barrage | The Times of Israel

IDF takes advantage of rocket fire from Gaza to take out terrorist infrastructure; Liberman: ‘We won’t allow them to rearm’

In Sunday night’s bombardment, the Israel Defense Forces struck “key Hamas strategic assets” in the northern Gaza Strip, military sources said Tuesday, shedding more light on the harsher-than-expected response to a rocket attack from the coastal enclave.

Israel targeted ‘key Hamas strategic assets’ in Sunday’s barrage | The Times of Israel

Liberman: We won’t stand by while Hamas arms itself | The Times of Israel

During a tour of the IDF’s Havat Hashomer education base in northern Israel, Liberman said that rehabilitation of the Gaza Strip would be conditioned on Hamas abandoning its arms.

“Hamas is building tunnels and we will not stand by idly and let it arm itself,” Liberman said, referring to tunnels dug by Hamas under the Israeli-Gazan border and used to launch attacks inside Israel.

Liberman: We won’t stand by while Hamas arms itself | The Times of Israel

Israeli air strikes target Syria after Syrian fire hit its territory | Reuters

Israeli aircraft attacked a target in Syria on Monday after errant fire from fighting among factions in Syria struck inside Israel, Israel’s military said.

The Syrian fire had hit an open area near the border in the Golan Heights, causing no injuries, and in retaliation the air force targeted a “Syrian army launcher”, the military said.

Israeli air strikes target Syria after Syrian fire hit its territory | Reuters

Israel launches up to 50 strikes on Gaza after rocket attack on Sderot | World news | The Guardian

The Israeli military has launched dozens of strikes on Gaza in an unusually strong response to a rocket fired from Gaza that landed between two houses in the Israeli community of Sderot.

Responsibility for the rocket attack on Sunday was initially claimed by Ahfad al-Sahaba, one of the small Salafi groups – ultra-conservative Sunnis – that have recently become more active in Gaza, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. It prompted a wave of up to 50 retaliatory attacks, according to Israeli military sources, hitting several of Gaza’s armed Palestinian factions.

Israel launches up to 50 strikes on Gaza after rocket attack on Sderot | World news | The Guardian

The Peninsula Qatar – Jerusalem is a religious inferno waiting to happen

Despite a news blackout, events on the ground confirm that the battle for Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque has entered a new and dangerous phase. In the past, officials on both sides of the divide claimed that Palestine-Israel was just a “political dispute”; religious persuasion, they insisted, was not an important factor. This is no longer the case; religious heritage and rights now dominate the discourse and are shaping the course of events.

When thousands of Jews converged on occupied Jerusalem last weekend to mark what they believed to be the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans in 70 CE, the message was abundantly clear. Israel’s Deputy Defence Minister Eli Dahan confirmed their intention: “We are here to announce that we’ve returned to Jerusalem and that we’re preparing our hearts to return to the Temple Mount and rebuild the Temple.”

As a warning, he added, “We’re not ashamed of this: We want to build the Third Temple on the Temple Mount.”

The Peninsula Qatar – Jerusalem is a religious inferno waiting to happen

Egypt joins in condemnation of Israel over Temple Mount – Middle East – News

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Monday joined Jordan in condemning Israel for permitting Jews to enter the Temple Mount, Haaretz reports.

The ministry’s statement came a day after police arrested a number of Jews for violating visitation rules at the site on Sunday, when Jews observed the Tisha B’Av fast marking the destruction of the ancient First and Second Temples.

Some 400 Jews visited the site on Sunday, a fact which angered Egypt as well as Jordan’s King Abdullah, who told the Jordanian daily Al-Dustour,”Jordan will fight Israeli aggression, which is manifested by the incursion of extremist Israelis into the mosque compound.”

Egypt joins in condemnation of Israel over Temple Mount – Middle East – News -

Is Israel planning all-out war on Hamas?

An Israeli military source close to Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman threatened June 15 that the upcoming war will banish Hamas’ rule in Gaza and will be the last one against the movement. Israel cannot keep engaging in endless wars of attrition year in, year out. Therefore, the next confrontation will be terminal, whether it happens sooner or later, the source said.

Gen. Kobi Barak, the head of the Technological and Logistics Directorate in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), noted June 30 that the upcoming war on the Gaza Strip will be fierce. He compared it to World War II because Israel will be under intense shelling, and the Palestinians will launch anti-tank missiles and infiltrate Israeli settlements on Gaza’s outskirts.

Is Israel planning all-out war on Hamas?

‘Temple Mount won’t be like Mecca, Medina,’ senior Likud MK says | The Times of Israel

The report called the visits, “Israeli assaults against the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” and claimed the Jews who visited the site were “ultra-Orthodox.” The vast majority of ultra-Orthodox rabbinic authorities forbid their adherents from visiting the holy site for reasons of ritual purity.

During the Jewish “assault,” the “steadfast brethren of the al-Aqsa mosque, youth and worshipers…stood up against the vicious raids,” the Jordanian report said.

“The minister also warned that the continuation of such violations will trigger a religious war which His Majesty King Abdullah II has repeatedly warned against,” the Petra report said.

‘Temple Mount won’t be like Mecca, Medina,’ senior Likud MK says | The Times of Israel

The Phone Call That Saved Israel – WSJ

In the late afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 4, 1973, a phone rang in London. On the line was a tense man who wanted to speak to “Alex” about “a lot of chemicals.” Alex’s name wasn’t Alex and there were no chemicals. What the caller was saying, in an agreed-upon code, was that a cataclysmic war was about to break out in the Middle East. By the end of the weekend thousands would be dead.

The man on the phone, Ashraf Marwan, was an official at the pinnacle of the Egyptian regime, an aide to President Anwar Sadat and the son-in-law of the late, revered leader Gamal Abdel Nasser. He was also a spy for Israel—one whose appearance was the kind of thing “that happens only once in a thousand years,” according to one of the Israeli consumers of his secret reports. The murky man in question, the nature of the game he was playing and the series of events that culminated with his fateful phone call on the eve of the Yom Kippur War, are the subjects of Uri Bar-Joseph’s eye-opening book, “The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel.”

The Phone Call That Saved Israel – WSJ

Expert: Hezbollah’s Storage of Missiles in Civilian Areas Will Make Next War “Catastrophic” | The Tower

The next war between Israel and Hezbollah “will be catastrophic” because the Iran-backed terror organization has stationed its military assets inside “built-up population centers in cities, towns and villages” in Lebanon, Stéphane Cohen, head of diplomatic outreach and security analysis for The Israel Project (which publishes The Tower), wrote in The Times of Israel on Thursday.

Cohen, who served as an IDF liaison officer to the UN during the last Lebanon war ten years ago, observed that at that time Hezbollah only had around 12,000 rockets and missiles at its disposal. It is now believed to have more than 110,000. Some analysts estimate that Hezbollah’s rocket and missile arsenal is greater than that of all 27 non-U.S. NATO nations combined.

The growth in Hezbollah’s arsenal is significant, Cohen wrote, because “Hezbollah has no regard for international law” and its rockets “are intended to kill as many civilians as possible.”

Expert: Hezbollah’s Storage of Missiles in Civilian Areas Will Make Next War “Catastrophic” | The Tower