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  • Israel-Russia military coordination talks on Syria to open Tuesday

    October 5, 2015 | 1:26 pm

    A senior Russian military delegation will visit Israel on Tuesday for two days of talks on how the countries can avoid accidentally clashing while operating in Syria, an Israeli military officer said.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin...

  • Everyone’s talking ISIS at the UN, leaving Netanyahu glaring

    October 1, 2015 | 4:03 pm

    All anyone attending the United Nations General Assembly opening seemed to want to talk about was the threat posed to the world by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

    That was much to the consternation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who argued in his speech before...

  • Iran troops to join Syria war, Russia bombs group trained by CIA

    October 1, 2015 | 1:15 pm

    Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join a major ground offensive in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government, Lebanese sources said on Thursday, a sign the civil war is turning still more regional and global in scope.

    Russian warplanes, in a second day...

  • Ukraine leader mocks Russia’s call for anti-terrorism coalition

    September 29, 2015 | 4:00 pm

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday derided Russia's call for the creation of an international antiterrorism coalition, saying the Russians inspire terrorism on their own doorstep and back bellicose puppet governments.

    Russian President Putin on Monday called for the...

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  • Powers struggle to agree on Syria; Russia urged to strike Islamic State

    September 29, 2015 | 1:48 pm

    France challenged Russia to back its words with deeds over fighting Islamic State militants in Syria as major powers on Tuesday struggled to resolve differences between Moscow and the West over ending the civil war in the Middle Eastern country.

    After Russian President Vladimir...

  • Trump backs Russia, Iran efforts to fight Islamic State

    September 29, 2015 | 9:30 am

    Leading Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday said he supported Russian efforts to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East, including Syria.

    Asked whether he backed those like Russia who supported Syrian President Bashar al Assad or those who see...

  • Humanitarian crisis in Syria worsens

    September 29, 2015 | 8:35 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    As world attention has focused on the tide of Syrian refugees trying to reach Europe, aid organizations try to contend with a growing humanitarian crisis inside Syria. According to the United Nations, 7.6 million people have been...

  • 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...

  • In Syria, both Putin and Obama are a problem for Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 29, 2015 | 3:54 am

    Thinking about Russia’s involvement in Syria and its impact on Israel, there are two black boxes that have to be considered: One is the content of the conversation last week between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; the other one is the...

  • Rouhani says Iran ready to help bring democracy to Syria, Yemen

    September 28, 2015 | 2:52 pm

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Tehran was ready to help bring democracy to war-torn Syria and Yemen, and blamed the spread of terrorism in the Middle East on the United States.

    In a speech to the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York, Rouhani...

  • At U.N., Obama and Putin clash over working with Syria’s Assad

    September 28, 2015 | 2:01 pm

    The United States said on Monday it was willing to cooperate with Russia, as well as Iran, to try to end the Syrian civil war but the two big powers clashed over whether to work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Speaking at the annual United Nations General Assembly, U.S....

  • Important quotes from President Obama’s U.N. speech

    September 28, 2015 | 10:39 am

    President Barack Obama addressed a range of global topics in a speech to the annual United Nations General Assembly on Monday, including the war in Syria, where he said the United States was willing to work with Iran and Russia to end the conflict. 

    The following is a selection...

  • Rouhani: U.S.-Iran ties better but ‘still a long road to travel’

    September 25, 2015 | 11:25 am

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday said ties with the United States had improved, though there was "still a long road to travel" before the two estranged nations could have normal relations.

    "The situation has certainly changed," Rouhani, in New York for the United...

  • SodaStream offers to take in Syrian refugees

    September 21, 2015 | 12:13 pm

    The Israeli company SodaStream has offered to take in Syrian refugees and employ them in its new factory in the Negev Desert.

    In an announcement over the weekend, SodaStream and the mayor of Rahat, which is near the home beverage maker’s factory, said they can absorb up to 200...

  • Netanyahu to quiz Putin on Russia’s reinforcement of Syria

    September 21, 2015 | 11:03 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Moscow on Monday to seek reassurance from President Vladimir Putin about Russia's military deployment in Syria and to lay out Israel's concerns about the risk of weapons reaching militants on its borders.

    With fighter planes part of the...

  • Wide awake: A spiritual response to the collapse of compassion

    September 17, 2015 | 4:12 pm

    Four facts:

    1. In the last 4½ years, the war in Syria has killed about 240,000 people, including 20,000 children.

    2. 11.6 million people have been displaced, 4 million of whom are now refugees.

    3. Half of the refugees, vulnerable to starvation, disease, abuse and...

  • Obama wants U.S. to prepare for 10,000 Syrian refugees next year

    September 10, 2015 | 11:20 am

    President Barack Obama has directed his administration to prepare to take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees next year, a White House spokesman said on Thursday.

    The number reflects a "significant scaling up" of the U.S. commitment to accept refugees from the war-torn country and to provide for their basic needs, White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

  • Why Europe is so woefully unprepared for the new refugee crisis

    September 8, 2015 | 3:07 pm

    No time is a good time for an epic humanitarian crisis. But Europe today seems woefully unprepared for the human wave from the Maghreb, the Horn of Africa and lands reaching all the way to Afghanistan.

    I was overseas for much of the last few weeks and had a chance to watch Al...

  • Israel and the refugee crisis: Should we take them in?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 7, 2015 | 4:14 am

    Short answer: no.

    Israel should not offer to absorb a significant number of Syrian refugees. But an explanation is needed. And other action is needed.

    In recent days, as the crisis of the Syrian refugees intensifies and is becoming a dominant item on the world's agenda, a...

  • Jewish-Israeli man stopped from joining Islamic State

    September 1, 2015 | 1:38 pm

    A Jewish-Israeli man who planned to join the Islamic State was apprehended in Turkey and returned to his parents.

    Turkish authorities apprehended the man, 21, whose family members arrived in Turkey and traveled back to Israel with him on Tuesday, according to the Times of Israel....

  • Is ISIS here to stay?

    August 26, 2015 | 9:45 am

    The Islamic State (ISIS) has already outlived predictions of its early demise offered by some US military officials. The Islamist group has survived the near fatal assassination of its leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi by airstrike earlier this year and has continued its voracious march...

  • In letter to P5+1, Israel blames Iran for rockets from Syria

    August 21, 2015 | 2:14 pm

    Israel submitted a formal diplomatic complaint to world powers about a recent rocket attack from Syria — blaming a specific Iranian general and warning of increased regional aggression by the Islamic Republic in the wake of the nuclear deal.

    The demarche was sent Friday to the...

  • Israeli strikes in Syria prove deadly

    August 21, 2015 | 8:04 am

    At least one person was killed by Israeli air strikes in Syria following the firing of rockets into the Golan Heights and the Galilee.

    The Israel Defense Forces said Friday that it targeted the cell that launched rockets at northern Israel from Syria on Thursday, and that at...

  • Retaliating for rockets, Israel fires into Syria

    August 20, 2015 | 2:01 pm

    Israel fired on Syrian territory in retaliation for rockets fired from there into northern Israel earlier in the day.

    Arab media has reported a number of casualties, including fatalities, from the Israeli bombardment Thursday, which came in response to four rockets that exploded...

  • Israel says rockets that hit village were fired from Syria

    August 20, 2015 | 1:48 pm

    Rockets hit an Israeli village near the Lebanese border on Thursday and Israel struck back in the Syrian Golan Heights, saying the rare salvo had been launched there by an Iranian-backed Palestinian militant group.

    The group, Islamic Jihad, denied the Israeli allegation. It had...

  • Humanitarian crisis worsening in Syria

    August 20, 2015 | 10:08 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    The top United Nations official in Syria said he was “horrified” by what he had seen during a three-day trip to the war-torn country.

    "I am absolutely horrified by the total disregard for civilian life by all parties in this...

  • Palestinians offer to mediate Syria conflict

    August 11, 2015 | 9:13 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Palestinian officials have met their Syrian counterparts as well as Syrian rebels in an effort to mediate a solution to the long-running civil war in Syria, Palestinian officials told The Media Line. The offer came after Saudi...

  • Israel reportedly strikes Syrian car, killing 5 militants

    July 29, 2015 | 1:53 pm

    An Israeli surveillance plane reportedly bombed a car in Syria, killing five men with ties to a pro-Assad Druze militia and the Hezbollah terrorist group.

    The attack Wednesday in Quneitra, near the Israeli border, was said to be targeting Samir Kuntar, a terrorist released from...

  • Kurdish fighters seen as primary target of Turkey’s Erdogan

    July 29, 2015 | 12:05 am

    Following a devastating Islamic State (ISIS) linked attack on a Turkish town near the Syrian border, the Erdogan government has launched a campaign primarily targeting the Kurdish fighters who are ISIS’s most effective opponents, essentially terminating the peace process with...

  • Canadian-Israeli woman returns from fighting ISIS in Syria, Iraq

    By JNi.media

    July 13, 2015 | 1:54 pm

    This article first appeared on Jewish News International.

    Gillian Rosenberg, the young Canadian-Israeli woman who last year went to Syria to fight against ISIS, returned to Israel Sunday and on Monday morning told Army Radio she just could not remain indifferent to the horrors of...

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