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  • Will Ukraine crisis have fallout for Iran nuclear talks?

    March 11, 2014 | 9:53 am

    With a new round of nuclear talks with Iran starting next week, the world powers arrayed on the other side of the negotiating table are divided by another issue of geopolitical importance: the crisis in Ukraine.

    Tensions between Russia and the West are mounting over the Russian...

  • Will Russia pay dearly for the invasion of Ukraine?

    March 5, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intention is to spark a civil war in Ukraine, even though he acts under the guise of Russia’s right to protect ethnic Russians and Russian-speaking Ukrainian citizens.  The Upper House of Russian Parliament gave Putin authority to move the armed...

  • Hezbollah says will respond to Israeli air strike

    February 26, 2014 | 9:27 am

    Hezbollah will respond to an Israeli air strike that hit one of its bases on the border with Syria on Monday night, the Lebanese militant group said on Wednesday.

    "The new aggression is a blatant assault on Lebanon and its sovereignty and its territory ... The Resistance...

  • Syria aid still stalled after U.N. resolution

    February 25, 2014 | 3:38 pm

    World powers have passed a landmark Security Council resolution demanding an end to restrictions on humanitarian operations in Syria, but aid workers doubt it has the punch to make Damascus grant access and let stuck convoys deliver vital supplies.

    President Bashar Assad's...

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  • Crossing the Evros: Last chance for Syrian refugees

    February 18, 2014 | 11:23 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The bridge across the Evros River is rife with tourists. Couples and bus tours full of middle-aged women pose for photographs on the bridge while cafe balconies bustle with visitors taking tea and enjoying the late winter sun...

  • Henry Waxman:
    Governed by tikkun olam

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 5, 2014 | 10:11 am

    The rain during Noah’s flood lasted 40 days and 40 nights. The Torah was given to Moses during a 40-day stay at the top of Mount Sinai. The Israelites wandered for 40 years in the desert.

    And so it seems fitting that Rep. Henry Waxman (D – Beverly Hills), who announced last week...

  • Natalie Portman joins Israeli initiative to help Syrian refugees

    February 4, 2014 | 9:22 am

    We didn’t think it was humanly possible, but Natalie Portman has gone and inspired us yet again. This time, The Times of Israel reports, the actress, director, and  adorable mom has donated money and clothing to Syrian refugees via Operation Human Warmth.

    The initiative is the...

  • Syria’s Assyrian Christians find refuge with Turkish neighbors

    January 27, 2014 | 10:56 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Miydat's Assyrian Orthodox community is still encumbered with festive cookies and candied nuts from their Christmas festivities. In every home, tables groan with remnants from the recent celebrations, which for many of Midyat's...

  • Free HIV treatment for asylum seekers, the art of makeup, Israman and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 26, 2014 | 11:55 am

    A wounded Syrian couple received emergency treatment in Israel

    As the blood continues to pour in the streets of Syria, Israel continues to provide treatment to wounded civilians.  Last week, Israel Defense Forces troops brought a wounded Syrian couple to Poriah Hospital near...

  • 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’s new reality star, an unbelievable survival story, Birthright and more-This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 13, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    Goodbye, Arik

    Former prime minister Ariel (Arik) Sharon passed away this Saturday, eight years after a stroke left him comatose. He will be remembered for his exploits in Israel's wars, the decision to leave Gaza, an infamous trip to the Temple Mount at the start of the second...

  • U.S. officials: Hezbollah upgrades missile threat

    January 3, 2014 | 10:37 am

    Hezbollah operatives are smuggling components of advanced guided missiles from Syria to Lebanon, U.S. officials said.

    Operatives from the Shi’ite terrorist group have been moving the components in parts to avoid detection and airstrikes by Israel, unnamed officials told The Wall...

  • Israel tests Arrow missile shield, sees Hezbollah threat

    January 3, 2014 | 10:02 am

    Israel successfully tested its upgraded Arrow missile interceptor for the second time on Friday, pushing forward work on a U.S.-backed defense against ballistic threats it sees from Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas as well as from Iran and Syria.

    One of several elements of an...

  • Nasrallah warns Israel that Hezbollah will avenge commander’s killing

    December 20, 2013 | 9:23 am

    Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday vowed to avenge Israel for the killing of a senior Hezbollah commander in Beirut earlier this month.

    Hassan Laqqis, who fought in Syria's civil war for the Lebanese Shi'ite militia, was shot dead outside his home on December 4.

    ...
  • The forgotten refugees of Ghouta, Syria

    By Simone Wilson

    December 12, 2013 | 12:24 pm

    The most infamous attack over two-and-a-half years of civil war in Syria – a silent sarin gassing in the city of Ghouta that killed more than 1,500 and sent allied countries to the brink of world war – came in the middle of the night.

    When I woke up, I found that everyone in my...

  • Israelis helping Syrian refugees: Balancing aid and diplomacy

    By Simone Wilson

    December 11, 2013 | 12:54 pm

    Mafraq is a single-story city in the desert flats of northern Jordan, built in beige and white, spiked with mosques and dotted with chalky vacant lots that suffice as soccer courts. The pores and meridians of Mafraq’s streets are clogged with bits of trash — snack baggies, mini...

  • 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...

  • International success, music, extreme sport, a fallen star and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 2, 2013 | 12:33 pm

    Music icon Arik Einstein dies at 74

    Fallen star. Arik Einstein, one of the greatest musicians of Israel’s history, died Tuesday night at the age of 74 at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, hours after he suffered a fatal hemorrhage.
    Einstein, who was often referred to as “the...

  • EU official lauds Israel for treating injured Syrians

    November 13, 2013 | 1:18 pm

    A European Union official based in Israel praised the Jewish state for providing medical treatment to Syrian civilians injured in their country’s civil war.

    EU Ambassador-designate Lars Faaborg-Andersen on Wednesday visited the Ziv Medical Center in Safed to see the care being...

  • Justin Timberlake, a new Israeli export to Hollywood, World Cup and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 11, 2013 | 11:47 am

    Wix goes public

    Israeli startup Wix, had a 119 million dollar IPO launch this Wednesday. The company, based in Tel-Aviv, helps users build their own customized website and works to make website design easier. It's available in multiple languages in 190 countries and is growing at...

  • Polio virus strain in Syria confirmed as being from Pakistan, WHO says

    November 11, 2013 | 10:24 am

    Polio that has crippled at least 13 children in Syria has been confirmed as being caused by a strain of the virus that originated in Pakistan and is spreading across the Middle East, the World Health Organisation said.

    Genetic sequencing shows the strain found in Syrian children...

  • Report: Israel attacked two targets in Syria

    October 31, 2013 | 3:44 pm

    Israel attacked two targets in Syria, the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya network reported.

    The attacks in Latakia and Damascus on Wednesday night targeted SA-8 portable missiles that were to be transferred to Hezbollah in northern Lebanon, according to the report published Thursday...

  • Syria destroys chemical weapons facilities, watchdog group confirms

    October 31, 2013 | 9:35 am

    Syria reportedly has completed destroying or permanently disabling all of its chemical weapons production and mixing facilities.

    The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which won the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this month for its involvement in the Syrian chemical...

  • Syria to Israel: the road less traveled

    By Simone Wilson

    October 30, 2013 | 2:17 pm

    Along the Israeli highway that snakes up through the Golan Heights toward Syria sits the Kiryat Shmona central bus station, a herding ground and grazing spot for Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers on their way to the Syrian and Lebanese borders. On Oct. 27, one such soldier —...

  • 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...

  • Iran, Syria central in U.S.-Israel strategic dialogue

    October 24, 2013 | 10:22 am

    U.S. and Israeli officials addressed the potential for an Iranian nuclear weapon as well as turmoil in Syria in their periodic strategic dialogue.

    “Both sides reiterated their determination to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” said a U.S. State Department statement...

  • Report: Israel bombed Syrian weapons convoy bound for Lebanon

    October 23, 2013 | 10:03 am

    Israel Air Force jets bombed a convoy carrying advanced missiles from Syria to Lebanon, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported.

    The Arabic language Al-Jarida daily cited an unnamed Israeli security official as saying the missiles were intended for the terrorist group Hezbollah.  The...

  • Israeli soldiers injured by mortar fired from Syria

    October 9, 2013 | 9:58 am

    Two Israeli soldiers were injured when two mortar shells fired from Syria landed in the northern Golan Heights.

    The soldiers were hit by shrapnel in Wednesday’s incident, according to reports. One also suffered from shock.

    The mortars likely were a result of the ongoing civil...

  • Jewish graves destroyed in Syrian city

    September 25, 2013 | 1:03 pm

    Al-Qaida-linked terrorists reportedly demolished several ancient Jewish mausoleums in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

    The graves were located in the historical town of Tadif, according to the semi-official Iranian FARS news agency and other Iranian news outlets. The terrorists reportedly belong to the al-Qaida-backed al-Nusra Front.

    A tomb said to be that of Ezra the Scribe is located in the town. It is unclear if it was one of the damaged grave sites.

    Several religious sites in Syria have been destroyed in the country’s two-year civil war.

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