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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • Lebanon goes digital

    June 16, 2015 | 9:41 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.
     
    “Ironically everything that makes Lebanon a tough place to live makes it a good place for a start-up,” quipped Nasri Atallah, a partner in the Lebanese media publishing firm Keeward. “There are a lot of very talented people who...
  • 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...

  • Latest domestic violence fatality triggers protests in Lebanon

    May 26, 2015 | 10:39 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Sara al-Amin became a household name overnight after her husband shot her 17 times with an assault rifle, the latest fatality of domestic violence in Lebanon. Amin had left her husband after an alleged two decades of beatings...

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  • 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...

  • 100 Years of waiting: Lebanon, a century after the Armenian genocide

    April 24, 2015 | 9:51 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line

    BEIRUT, Lebanon — Hundreds of red lanterns glowed as they rose into the sky, watched by the crowds below until they disappeared behind the buildings that dot the fringes of the Lebanese coastline. The event is one of many building up...

  • 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...

  • Fatah leader, Lebanese newspaper urge Arab-Israelis to vote Joint Arab List

    March 16, 2015 | 2:18 pm

    A Fatah leader in the West Bank urged Arab-Israelis to vote for the Joint Arab List in the Israeli elections, as did a Lebanese newspaper.

    In voicing an opinion about the election, Hatem Abdul Qader broke with Fatah’s longstanding policy of not intervening in Israeli politics, ...

  • At UCLA, the power of negative emotions

    By David Suissa

    February 26, 2015 | 4:28 pm

    For several years now, a nasty anti-Israel group called Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) has bludgeoned Israel’s image on college campuses. They take no prisoners. They have little interest in polite and civil debate. They are lethal at manipulating the college bureaucracy...

  • 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...

  • Israel braces for Hezbollah retaliation

    January 20, 2015 | 11:34 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Thousands of Hezbollah supporters marched in an emotional funeral for a senior Hezbollah fighter, Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of former senior Hezbollah official Imad Mughniyeh, who was also allegedly assassinated by Israel in...

  • Israel didn’t target Iranian general in strike, source says

    January 20, 2015 | 10:26 am

    An Iranian general killed in an Israeli air strike in Syria was not its intended target, and Israel believed it was attacking only low-ranking guerrillas, a senior security source said on Tuesday.

    The remarks by the Israeli source, who declined to be identified because Israel has...

  • Israeli selfie from Miss Universe contest causes stir in Lebanon

    January 19, 2015 | 8:53 pm

    A Israeli beauty queen's selfie has caused a stir in Lebanon, with some Lebanese saying their country's contestant at the Miss Universe pageant should be stripped of her title for consorting with the enemy.

    Miss Israel Doron Matalon posted a photo of herself and Miss Lebanon Saly...

  • Hezbollah says Assad’s allies have right to respond to Israeli attacks in Syria

    January 15, 2015 | 12:19 pm

    Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Thursday that Israeli strikes inside Syria were also an aggression against Syria's regional allies and they had the right to retaliate.

    "The frequent attacks on different sites in Syria is a major breach. We consider...

  • Israeli nationalist leader in spotlight over 1996 Lebanon attack

    January 6, 2015 | 8:57 am

    Naftali Bennett, leader of an ultra-nationalist Israeli party and a potential future defense minister, is in the spotlight over his indirect role in an army shelling attack that killed more than 100 Lebanese civilians nearly two decades ago.

    Bennett, whose Jewish Home party is in...

  • Israel moots security cooperation with Lebanese military

    December 10, 2014 | 9:12 am

    Israel's military said on Wednesday it was exploring the possibility of cooperating with the Lebanese army to counter Sunni Islamist militants, even though the two countries remain technically at war.

    Any public coordination was almost certain to be rejected in Beirut, where...

  • Syria calls for U.N. sanctions on Israel over air strikes

    December 8, 2014 | 6:35 pm

    Syria asked the United Nations Security Council on Monday to impose sanctions on neighboring Israel, a day after accusing the Jewish state of bombing areas near Damascus international airport and in the town of Dimas, near the border with Lebanon.

    Israel has struck Syria several...

  • Lebanon detains wife of Islamic State leader

    December 2, 2014 | 11:09 am

    The Lebanese army detained a wife and daughter of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria nine days ago, security officials said on Tuesday, in a move seen as likely to put pressure on the Islamist chief.

    The woman was identified as Saja al-Dulaimi,...

  • L.A.’s Iranian Jews must launch new Iran advocacy campaign

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 14, 2014 | 1:13 pm

    Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to speak to a Southern California Christian group about the significant human rights violations that the Iranian regime has waged against the Christians, Jews and other religious minorities living in Iran today. While this congregation was...

  • Report: Iran ordered Hezbollah to carry out attack on Israel over nuclear facility bombing

    October 10, 2014 | 12:05 pm

    Iran instructed Hezbollah to attack Israeli forces on the border with Lebanon in retaliation for the “bombing” of Iran’s Parchin nuclear facility, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported.

    The report Friday in the al-Rai newspaper cites high-level Washington-based European diplomats, who...

  • Hezbollah says border attack was message to Israel

    October 8, 2014 | 10:27 am

    An attack by Hezbollah on Lebanon's border with Israel which wounded two Israeli soldiers was a message that the group remained ready to confront its old foe despite its engagement in Syria's civil war, the group's deputy leader said.

    The soldiers were wounded by a bomb planted...

  • Hezbollah bomb wounds two Israeli soldiers, Israel shells south Lebanon

    October 7, 2014 | 8:50 am

    Lebanese Hezbollah fighters detonated a bomb on Lebanon's border with Israel on Tuesday, wounding two Israeli soldiers and drawing artillery fire in response.

    The incident in the Shebaa hills area marked the first time that Hezbollah has claimed responsibility for an attack...

  • Israel’s anti-rocket hit ‘Iron Dome’ a slow sell abroad

    October 6, 2014 | 1:23 pm

    Normally, an advanced new weapon system with a battle-proven success rate of 90 percent would have global defense procurement agencies on the phone in minutes. But Israel's Iron Dome rocket interceptor is yet to prove a hit with buyers abroad.

    In terms of operational achievement,...

  • Israel raises alarm over Islamist militants on its frontiers

    September 2, 2014 | 11:26 am

    Israel's frontier with Syria, where militants have kidnapped 45 U.N. peacekeepers, has become a magnet for Islamist activity and Israel itself is now a target, the defense minister and security analysts said on Tuesday.

    The Nusra Front, an al-Qaida-linked group fighting Syrian...

  • Islamic State militants behead captive Lebanese soldier

    August 30, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    Islamic State militants beheaded a Lebanese soldier who was one of 19 captured by hardline Syrian Islamists when they seized a Lebanese border town for few days this month, a video posted on social media showed on Saturday.

    The soldier, recognisable as Ali al-Sayyed, a Sunni...

  • Hamas calls for Hezbollah to join fight against Israel

    July 30, 2014 | 10:14 am

    Hamas called on Hezbollah in Lebanon to open a northern front in the conflict with Israel.

    Deputy head of Hamas’ political bureau Moussa Abu Marzouk told the Russian news agency RIA Novosti that “Lebanese resistance could mean a lot.”

    “We hope the Lebanese front will open, and...

  • Despite Syria rift, Hezbollah pledges full support to Hamas

    July 25, 2014 | 10:37 am

    Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah pledged full support on Friday to the Palestinian group Hamas in its conflict with Israel despite a deep rift between the two militant organizations over the civil war in Syria.

    "We in Hezbollah will be unstinting in all forms of support,...

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