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  • Israel sees safe passage for chemical arms out of Syria

    January 14, 2014 | 10:39 am

    Internationally-monitored convoys removing Syrian chemical weapons are at little risk of being seized by rebels fighting President Bashar Assad or by his Lebanese Hezbollah allies, a senior Israeli military officer said on Tuesday.

    The estimate suggested that Israel, which...

  • Israel, others urged to join chemical arms treaty

    December 10, 2013 | 9:34 am

    Israel, Egypt and North Korea should renounce chemical weapons, especially after Syria joined the convention banning them and three other nations plan to do so, the chief of an international watchdog said on Tuesday.

    Ahmet Uzumcu, head of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning...

  • Wounded Syrians find care in Israel that is no longer available at home

    By Simone Wilson

    October 30, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    Last February, nearly two years into the civil war still tearing across Syria, a group of seven wounded Syrians dragged themselves to the Israeli border, where they were picked up by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and rushed to the nearest hospital.

    It was the first public...

  • Syria details part of chemical arsenal, more to come

    September 20, 2013 | 11:22 am

    Syria gave details of some of its chemical weapons to the OPCW arms watchdog at The Hague on Friday but needs to fill in gaps by next week to launch a rapid disarmament operation that may avert U.S. air strikes.

    At the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the...

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  • U.N. says chemical arms report on Syria attack ‘indisputable’

    September 18, 2013 | 3:00 pm

    The United Nations on Wednesday defended a report by U.N. chemical weapons experts that Russia has criticized as "one-sided," saying its conclusion that rockets loaded with sarin gas were used in an August 21 attack should not be questioned.

    "The findings in that report are...

  • West lobbies U.N. nuclear meeting to reject Arab push on Israel

    September 17, 2013 | 5:16 pm

    The United States said on Tuesday an Arab push to single out Israel for criticism over its assumed nuclear arsenal would hurt diplomatic efforts to ban weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.

    Frustrated over the postponement of an international conference on ridding the...

  • In public shift, Israel calls for Assad’s fall

    September 17, 2013 | 8:37 am

    Israel wants to see Syrian President Bashar Assad toppled, its ambassador to the United States said on Tuesday, in a shift from its non-committal public stance on its neighbor's civil war.

    Even Assad's defeat by al Qaeda-aligned rebels would be preferable to Damascus's current...

  • With deal struck, pro-Israel groups suspend lobbying for Syria strike

    September 16, 2013 | 2:50 pm

    Pro-Israel groups suspended their high-profile lobbying effort for a strike on Syria now that the United States and Russia have struck a deal to strip the Assad regime of its chemical weapons.

    A spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which organized a Capitol...

  • Syria transferred weapons to Hezbollah, Saudi paper reports

    September 16, 2013 | 1:16 pm

    Syrian President Bashar Assad transported some of his country’s chemical weapons to the terrorist group Hezbollah, a Saudi newspaper reported.

    The daily Al-Watan, citing opposition leader Kamal al Labwani, reported Monday that the Syrian government hid some of its chemical...

  • Israel under pressure to give up chemical, nuclear weapons

    September 16, 2013 | 10:47 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The United States-Russian deal for the destruction of Syria’s huge chemical weapon stocks caused Israelis to breathe an audible sigh of relief.

    Many expected that a US strike would push either Syria or its ally Hezbollah to...

  • Netanyahu denies urging Kerry to reach deal on Syria

    September 16, 2013 | 10:35 am

    [UPDATE: 3:56 p.m.] The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office is denying a report that Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to talk to Russia about a deal to destroy Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons.

    The Wall Street Journal, citing American and Middle...

  • U.S., France, Britain to press Assad on chemical arms

    September 16, 2013 | 10:20 am

    The United States, France and Britain warned President Bashar Assad on Monday that there would be consequences if he fails to stick to a deal under which Syria must give up its chemical weapons, and U.N. experts confirmed sarin gas was used in the August 21 attack in Damascus.

    ...
  • Kerry to talk peace, Syria with Netanyahu

    September 13, 2013 | 10:58 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet next week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss peace talks with the Palestinians and the Syria crisis.

    “The purpose of the visit it to have an in-depth discussion with the Prime Minister on the final status...

  • Report: Syria hiding chemical weapons to avoid disarmament

    September 13, 2013 | 9:30 am

    Syria has scattered its stockpile of chemical weapons in a bid to complicate U.S. efforts to track them, the Wall Street Journal reported.

    A secretive Syrian military unit had been given responsibility to move the arsenal of poison gas and munitions, the Journal reported...

  • Across enemy lines, wounded Syrians seek Israeli care

    September 13, 2013 | 9:13 am

    Not a hundred miles from Damascus, a Syrian rebel lies in a hospital bed, an Israeli sentry at the door. Nearby a Syrian mother sits next to her daughter, shot in the back by a sniper.

    What started this year as a trickle is now a steady flow of Syrians, scores of civilians and...

  • Syria says now a full member of chemical arms pact

    September 12, 2013 | 2:06 pm

    Syria became a full member of the global anti-chemical weapons treaty on Thursday, the country's U.N. envoy said, a move that the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad had promised as part of a deal to avoid U.S. air strikes.

    Several U.N. diplomats and a U.N. official,...

  • Assad: Israel should destroy its chemical weapons too

    September 12, 2013 | 1:40 pm

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said Israel should be required to get rid of its weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons.

    “If we want stability in the Middle East, all countries should adhere to agreements and the first country to adhere to the agreements should be...

  • Putin warns of attack on Israel

    September 12, 2013 | 11:17 am

    Vladimir Putin warned of a possible attack on Israel as the United States considers whether to strike Syria.

    In a New York Times Op-Ed published Thursday, the Russian president chided the United States for its threats to strike Syria in the wake of a chemical weapons attack and...

  • AIPAC makes push on Syria

    September 11, 2013 | 3:10 pm

    Pro-Israel officials rolled their eyes this week in response to the opposing spins about their support for President Barack Obama’s drive to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for his purported use of chemical weapons against his own people.

    Some suggested that once again, the...

  • Syria, Obama and America

    By Dennis Prager

    September 11, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    Ten thoughts on the current crisis:

    1. American red lines cannot be crossed.

    President Barack Obama has said that “Assad must go” and that the use of chemical weapons would constitute, in America’s eyes, a “red line.” If proclamations of an American president to other countries...

  • Syria’s chemical weapons: decades to build, years to destroy

    September 11, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    If Saddam Hussein's Iraq is anything to go by, destroying Syria's massive chemical weapons arsenal will mean checking dozens of far-flung sites in a war zone while the government employs delaying tactics to hide the banned munitions, an expert involved in past U.N. disarmament...

  • Obama’s full speech on Syria [VIDEO]

    September 11, 2013 | 11:16 am

    President Barack Obama pledged on Tuesday to explore a diplomatic plan from Russia to take away Syria's chemical weapons, but voiced skepticism about it and urged Americans to support his threat to use military force if needed.

    Faced with resistance in polls and Congress to...

  • Netanyahu says Syria must be stripped of its chemical weapons

    September 11, 2013 | 9:17 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday Syria must be stripped of its chemical weapons and that the international community must make sure those who use weapons of mass destruction pay a price.

    Speaking at a military ceremony, Netanyahu said Syria had carried...

  • Sheldon Adelson offered to sway Congress members on Syria vote

    September 11, 2013 | 6:46 am

    Billionaire philanthropist Sheldon Adelson said he was willing to assist President Obama in making the case to Congress for a Syria strike.

    “I would be willing to help out the administration, because I believe it’s the right thing to do,” Adelson, a leading backer of Republicans,...

  • Obama wants to keep pressure on Syria as diplomatic option pursued

    September 10, 2013 | 2:09 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama and top national security officials urged Congress on Tuesday to keep the pressure on Syria over its chemical weapons arsenal while the United States explores a diplomatic alternative to military strikes.

    A potential diplomatic breakthrough put the...

  • Reid links Assad’s attacks to Nazi gas chambers

    September 10, 2013 | 1:23 pm

    Harry Reid, the majority leader in the U.S. Senate, compared Syrian President Bashar Assad’s alleged chemical weapons attacks against his citizens to the Nazi gas chambers.

    “Millions and millions of civilians and prisoners of war were murdered by gas in Nazi death camps,...

  • Obama asks Congress to delay vote on Syria military strike

    September 10, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday asked Congress to delay votes on authorizing military strikes against Syria in order to give Russia time to get Syria to surrender any chemical weapons it possesses, according to U.S. senators.

    "What he (Obama) wants is to check out the...

  • Concerned Israel sees some hope in Syrian weapons plan

    September 10, 2013 | 10:01 am

    A skeptical Israel saw potential positives in Syria's acceptance to surrender control of its chemical weapons to Russia, hoping the mooted deal would make Iran think twice about its nuclear project.

    Israeli officials had expressed dismay in private about U.S. President Barack...

  • Syria agrees to Russian initiative

    September 10, 2013 | 9:16 am

    If it really was just an offhand remark by the U.S. Secretary of State that gave Russia the chance to play peacemaker in the Syrian conflict, Moscow is certainly not letting on.

    Instead it is presenting this week's proposal for Syria to put its chemical arms under international...

  • Israel built chemical weapons stockpile, CIA document indicates

    September 10, 2013 | 9:05 am

    A newly discovered CIA document indicates that Israel likely built up its own chemical weapons arsenal.

    Intelligence circles in Washington believe that Israel amassed a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons decades ago to complement its nuclear arsenal, Foreign Policy...

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