Jewish Journal


August 10, 2012

by Shmuel Rosner

August 10, 2012 | 2:16 am

An IDF soldier patrols along the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights (Photo: Reuters)


Iran’s Secret Weapon

As Syria disintegrates and an Israeli strike threat grows, Iran is deploying an elite terror unit for easy targets abroad, writes Kevjn Lim in the National Interest.

Nearly two dozen incidents within the past eighteen months (including recent attempts in Azerbaijan, India, Georgia, Thailand, Kenya and Cyprus) have fueled suspicions that Tehran and Hezbollah are trawling farther afield for soft targets. This appears to involve countries with noticeable Israeli civilian or commercial traffic, relatively relaxed security protocols and Iranian diplomatic presence.

As the Sinai Goes, so Too the Golan Heights?

Tony Karon of TIME asks whether Israel will face a similar situation on its Syrian border as it now does on its Egyptian frontier.

Syria’s borders with Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq have become increasingly porous — Sunni insurgents and jihadists once encouraged by the Assad regime to cross into Iraq from Syria are now crossing the other way, as are jihadists from Lebanon; Free Syrian Army fighters are crossing from Turkey into Syria; and PKK Kurdish separatists may be crossing the other way. Israel has good reason to be nervous about what to expect on the Golan Heights…

Daily Digest

  • Times of Israel: Netanyahu and Barak said to be steadfast in gearing up for Iran strike

  • Haaretz: Top Israel official: Iran nuclear threat bigger than one Israel faced before Six-Day War

  • Jerusalem Post:Israel invites Aly Raisman for a visit

  • Ynet: Egypt demands Hamas surrender top Salafi operatives over Sinai attack

  • New York Times: New state-sponsored computer virus apparently aimed at Lebanon banks

  • Washington Post: Egypt’s scapegoat for the Sinai attack

  • Wall Street Journal: Terrorism and Palestinian Statehood

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