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  • Hezbollah targets Israeli forces with bomb, Israel shells south Lebanon

    January 4, 2016 | 10:16 am

    Hezbollah set off a bomb targeting Israeli forces at the Lebanese border on Monday in an apparent response to the killing in Syria last month of a prominent commander, triggering Israeli shelling of southern Lebanon.

    Israel has struck its Iran-backed Shi'ite enemy Hezbollah in...

  • Israel wary of continued conflict in Syria

    December 29, 2015 | 2:40 pm

    It’s been seven years since Israel and Syria were in talks mediated by Turkey.

    Those negotiations in Ankara were premised on de-coupling Damascus from its alliance with Iran and Hezbollah and dislodging Israel from the Golan.

    Neither side could envision paying the price...

  • Blaming operative’s death on Israel, Hezbollah chief vows revenge

    December 21, 2015 | 4:18 pm

    Hassan Nasrallah, the top leader of the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah, blamed the killing of operative Samir Kuntar on Israel and said his group would retaliate.

    “We reserve the right to respond to this assassination at the time and place of our choosing,” Nasrallah...

  • Congress passes bill targeting Hezbollah’s finances

    December 16, 2015 | 3:57 pm

    Legislation targeting the financing of Hezbollah passed both houses of Congress.

    The House of Representatives unanimously approved the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 on Wednesday. President Barack Obama is expected to sign it into law.

    The act directs...

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  • Israel says Arrow 3 missile shield aces test, hitting target in space

    December 10, 2015 | 3:00 pm

    Israel's upgraded Arrow ballistic missile shield passed a full interception test on Thursday, hitting a target in space meant to simulate the trajectory of the long-range weapons held by Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, the Defense Ministry said.

    The success was a boost for "Arrow 3,"...

  • Israel says 90 pct of Syria’s ballistic missiles used up on rebels

    November 18, 2015 | 10:46 am

    Syria has used up more than 90 percent of its ballistic missiles against rebels during a more than four-year-old civil war but a few were transferred to Hezbollah guerrillas in neighboring Lebanon, a senior Israeli military officer said on Wednesday. 

    Israel, which is expanding...

  • Martians attack ISIS: A Chanukah story

    By David Suissa

    November 17, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    At first, ISIS commanders in Syria assumed the weird-looking jets came from America, the Great Satan. They’d never seen jets like that before — spherical and very agile. They could stop on a dime, explode at crazy speeds and release laser-like bombs that vaporize several targets at...

  • Two suicide bombers hit Hezbollah bastion in Lebanon, 43 killed

    November 12, 2015 | 1:33 pm

    At least 43 people were killed and more than 240 wounded on Thursday in two suicide bomb blasts claimed by Islamic State in a crowded residential district in Beirut's southern suburbs, a stronghold of the Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah.

    The explosions were the first attacks in...

  • Syrian rebels to Russia: Stop bombing us

    October 26, 2015 | 10:01 am

    An alliance of Free Syrian Army-related insurgent groups said on Monday it was skeptical about a Russian proposal to help rebels, and that Moscow must stop bombing rebels and civilians and withdraw its support for President Bashar Assad.

    Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on...

  • Israel faces potential challenge from Russia over Syria

    September 29, 2015 | 8:22 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Periodically throughout the four and half years of the Syrian civil war weapon shipments destined for Hezbollah were intercepted and decimated by airstrikes inside Syria. In each instance Israel, whose air force has enjoyed...

  • Fighting for the soul of the Jewish people

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 18, 2015 | 2:07 pm

    These are challenging times for the Jewish people.

    Despite our being the wealthiest and most privileged Jews in our 3600-year history, and despite the state of Israel being the most powerful, democratic and humane nation in the Middle East, we Jews feel vulnerable and afraid, and...

  • Obama in landmark interview: Hezbollah will be a focus of post-Iran deal

    August 31, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    A focus of security enhancement once the Iran nuclear deal goes through will be neutralizing Hezbollah’s threat to Israel, President Barack Obama said in a landmark interview with The Forward.

    “As soon as this debate is over, we will, I think, be able to invigorate what has been...

  • After Israel talks, Pentagon chief says: ‘Friends can disagree’

    July 21, 2015 | 1:45 pm

    U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter never expected to win over Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the merits of the nuclear agreement with Iran but tried to put a brave face on their sometimes blunt, closed-door exchange on Tuesday.

    "We don't agree on everything. And...

  • Lebanese man pleads guilty in Cyprus ammonium ‘plot’

    June 29, 2015 | 10:17 am

    A Lebanese-Canadian man accused of stockpiling explosives in Cyprus pleaded guilty on Monday in a case that Israel said bore the hallmarks of a failed Hezbollah plot.

    Cyprus's criminal court was expected to sentence Hussein Bassam Abdallah, 26, later on Monday.

    He was arrested...

  • Cyprus says Hezbollah plot against Israelis or Jews likely foiled

    June 15, 2015 | 12:12 pm

    A Hezbollah bomb plot against Israel or Jews “most probably” was foiled last month, the foreign minister of Cyprus said.

    Cypriot police arrested a 26-year-old Lebanon native with a Canadian passport on May 27 after authorities discovered nearly two tons of ammonium nitrate — a...

  • Cyprus ammonia haul suspect detained longer, Hezbollah link probed

    June 5, 2015 | 3:49 pm

    A Cypriot court extended the detention of a Lebanese-Canadian man on Friday over the discovery of five tons of chemical fertiliser in a case Israel says bears the hallmarks of the Hezbollah guerrilla group.

    Authorities detained the 26-year-old man, holder of a Canadian passport,...

  • Cyprus may have foiled major attack after ammonia find

    June 2, 2015 | 10:40 am

    Cyprus believes it may have foiled a major explosives attack, a security source said, in seizing nearly five tons of chemical fertilizer for a planned action Israel says bears the hallmarks of the Hezbollah guerrilla group.

    Authorities detained a Lebanese-Canadian in late May...

  • Hezbollah agent believed to be planning attack on Israelis arrested in Cyprus

    May 29, 2015 | 8:29 am

    Cypriot police suspect a man arrested on Wednesday was planning an attack on Israeli interests on the island after they found almost two tonnes of ammonium nitrate in his basement, newspapers reported on Friday.

    The 26-year-old man is Lebanese-born and has a Canadian passport. He...

  • Israel gets into gritty detail to warn off Hezbollah

    May 13, 2015 | 3:28 pm

    An Israeli official made unusually detailed allegations on Wednesday of secret Hezbollah guerrilla sites in Lebanese villages, driving home its warning that civilians there risk bearing the brunt of any future war.

    Though neither side appears keen on coming to blows, Hezbollah...

  • Iran’s allies, not atoms, preoccupy Israeli generals

    May 5, 2015 | 9:48 am

    While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thunders against a looming Iranian nuclear deal, his defense chiefs see a more pressing menace from Tehran's guerrilla allies.

    Chief among these is Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia that fought Israeli forces to a stand-still in their...

  • Tensions high along Israel-Syria border, but nobody wants war

    April 30, 2015 | 8:21 am

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Tensions have flared along Israel’s northern border for the second time this year, following a suspected Israeli Air Force attack on weapon deliveries to Hezbollah. Days later, when Hezbollah gunmen tried to plant an explosive...

  • Middle East prepares for Iran nuclear deal

    April 7, 2015 | 10:24 am

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    The signing of the framework agreement to end Iran’s nuclear program is having repercussions throughout the Middle East. In Israel, itself a nuclear power, there is deep skepticism that Iran will comply with the terms of the...

  • Hezbollah says Iran nuclear agreement ‘rules out specter of regional war’

    April 6, 2015 | 3:13 pm

    The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Monday that a framework nuclear agreement that Iran reached with world powers last week rules out the specter of regional war.

    "There is no doubt that the Iranian nuclear deal will be big and important to the region," Sayyed Hassan...

  • Hezbollah sees Yemen strikes causing more Mideast tension

    March 26, 2015 | 8:30 am

    Hezbollah condemned as "unjust aggression" Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen on Thursday and said it takes the region towards increased tension.

    The Shi'ite group, which is backed by Iran, also called on Saudi Arabia and its allies to immediately and unconditionally halt the...

  • Did the Obama administration drop Iran and Hezbollah from its threat assessment?

    March 18, 2015 | 9:48 am

    There’s a change in how James Clapper, the U.S. director of national intelligence, assesses terrorist threats, and it has sowed some confusion.

    The Times of Israel this week reported that the DNI’s annual threat assessment “removed Iran and Hezbollah from its list of terrorism...

  • Hezbollah: We don’t want war with Israel but do not fear it

    January 30, 2015 | 10:45 am

    The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Friday his group did not want war with Israel but was ready for one, and reserved the right to respond to Israeli attacks any time, anywhere.

    "We do not want a war but we are not afraid of it and we must distinguish between the two, and...

  • Israel, Hezbollah signal their flare-up is over

    January 29, 2015 | 8:55 am

    Israel and Hezbollah signaled on Thursday their rare flare-up in fighting across the Israel-Lebanon border was over, after the Lebanese guerrillas killed two Israeli troops in retaliation for a deadly air strike in Syria last week.

    Israel said it had received a message from...

  • Israel tells U.N. will defend itself against Hezbollah

    January 28, 2015 | 9:04 am

    Israel told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday it will take all necessary measures to defend itself after an exchange of fire between Hezbollah militants and Israel that has raised the threat of a full-blown conflict.

    "Israel will not stand by as Hezbollah targets Israelis,"...

  • Two soldiers dead, seven wounded as Hezbollah hits Israeli tank

    January 28, 2015 | 8:51 am

    Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper were killed on Wednesday in an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel that has raised the threat of a full-blown conflict between the militant Islamist group and Israel.

    In the biggest escalation since a 2006 war, the soldiers...

  • Hezbollah says Israel wants to set ‘new rules’ with Syria raid

    January 26, 2015 | 9:56 am

    An Israeli attack which killed several prominent members of Lebanon's Hezbollah last week was an attempt by Israel to set "new rules" in the conflict between the two foes, Hezbollah's deputy leader said at a gathering to commemorate those who died.

    Sheikh Naim Qassem's comments...

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