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  • Senior Israeli source: Iran actively helping Syria squash demonstrations

    June 21, 2011 | 6:17 pm

    A senior Israeli source says Iran is involved in the suppressing of the anti-regime demonstrations in Syria. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and the Al-Quds force, commanded by Gen. Qassem Suleimani, are operating throughout the country, the source says.

    The source told Haaretz there is...

  • Assad promises elections, complete reform package in Syria within months

    June 20, 2011 | 7:27 am

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday that a national dialogue would begin soon, promising parliamentary elections in August and a complete reform package by September, in a speech responding to three months of protests against his rule.

    In a televised address at Damascus...

  • Heilman’s Week in Review: Weiner, Burning man, Syria revelations

    June 17, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    Why Weiner was different: In his story this week on the resignation of the congressman from New York, JTA’s Ron Kampeas asked top Democratic leaders what made Anthony Weiner’s transgressions more resignation-worthy than those of Bill Clinton or Sen. David Vitter, the Virgina...

  • Syria security forces shoot dead 16 as Sunni city of Aleppo sees first killing

    June 17, 2011 | 10:15 am

    Security forces shot dead 16 protesters at several demonstrations across Syria on Friday demanding the removal of President Bashar Assad, a main activists’ group coordinating protests said.

    The deaths included the first protester to be killed in Syria’s second city, the commercial...

  • Syria orchestrated border infiltration, British paper reports

    June 14, 2011 | 10:14 am

    Syria’s government orchestrated the infiltration of Israel’s northern border by hundreds of Palestinians, a British newspaper reported.

    Michael Weiss, blogging on the Daily Telegraph website, reported that he had been forwarded “what appear to be Syrian state documents” leaked by...

  • Syria forces kill at least 28 in protests after Friday prayers, activists say

    June 10, 2011 | 11:11 am

    Syrian activists say at least 28 people have been killed in protests and army operations across Syria, half of them in the north, in a widening military crackdown on popular unrest that has sent thousands of civilians fleeing into Turkey this week.

    The Local Coordination Committees,...

  • Israel to UN: Syria’s border provocations carry serious potential for escalation

    June 7, 2011 | 11:35 am

    The Israeli delegation to the United Nations has dispatched a complaint letter to the UN chief and the president of the UN Security Council condemning Syria’s “dangerous provocations” on its border with Israel on Sunday.

    Haim Waxman, the deputy chief of Israel’s delegation to the...

  • Israeli troops on high alert for Al-Quds Day

    June 7, 2011 | 10:14 am

    Israeli troops on the Syrian border and in Jerusalem remained on high alert as Palestinians prepared to mark Al-Quds Day.

    Al-Quds Day, observed by Arabs this year on Tuesday, marks Israel’s capture of eastern Jerusalem during the Six-Day War in 1967.

    Israeli forces have remained on...

  • Netanyahu: Syria provoking Israel to divert attention from internal bloodshed

    June 6, 2011 | 11:16 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accuses Syria of deliberately attempting to inflame tensions along its border with Israel in order to divert attention from its bloody crackdown on internal protests.

    A day after Syria reported that 23 people were killed in a Naksa Day...

  • Syrian protesters remain on border after deadly demonstrations

    June 6, 2011 | 9:40 am

    Syrian protesters spent the night on the border with Israel on the Golan Heights following a day in which Syrian reports claim that up to 23 Arabs were killed.

    More protesters began gathering near the border again on Monday but did not show signs of repeating Sunday’s attempts to...

  • Syrian forces kill 34 in Hama as crackdown intensifies

    June 3, 2011 | 10:38 am

    Syrian security forces shot dead at least 34 demonstrators in Hama on Friday, an activist said, in one of the bloodiest incidents in their crackdown on an 11-week-old revolt against President Bashar Assad’s rule.

    In a pattern seen every Friday since mid-March, protesters have...

  • Peres urges Russia to cease sale of advanced weapons to Syria

    June 2, 2011 | 2:47 pm

    According to a statement released by the president’s office, Peres discussed ongoing turmoil in the Arab world with the Russian leaders, saying that Syria was undergoing a critical time of change.

    “Assad has killed thousands of protesters in cold blood and I do not know what the...

  • Bibi warns protesters planning new border breach

    June 2, 2011 | 2:09 pm

    Palestinian protesters planning to breach Israel’s borders again will be halted, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Netanyahu, speaking Thursday evening at a conference in Jerusalem, said Syria and Iran and the Hezbollah and Hamas terrorist groups are behind the planned...

  • Syria forces kill seven protesters as world pressure on Assad grows

    May 27, 2011 | 1:40 pm

    Syrian security forces shot dead seven people on Friday, rights campaigners said, as protesters defied a nationwide crackdown by President Bashar Assad which world leaders condemned.

    Three protesters were killed in the central city of Homs, another three in the Damascus suburb of...

  • Obama walking a fine line on borders issue

    May 24, 2011 | 6:04 pm

    Read David N. Myers’ counterpoint here.

    One week ago, on May 19,  President Barack Obama delivered powerful remarks on democracy and reform in the Middle East. He not only raised these normally hortatory ideals to top-tier U.S. interests, but he put the dictator of America’s most...

  • EU expands Syria, Iran sanctions

    May 23, 2011 | 12:38 pm

    The European Union expanded its sanctions against Syria and Iran.

    The new sanctions imposed Monday target Syrian leader Bashar Assad and other top Syrian officials, and designate an additional 100 Iranian individuals and entities believed to be fronting for Iran’s nuclear weapons...

  • Obama extends Syrian cutoff to leadership, government

    May 18, 2011 | 1:16 pm

    President Obama extended a freeze on Syrian assets to the country’s government and its entire leadership.

    The order issued Wednesday is the most expansive yet targeting Syria, naming President Bashar Assad and including any “senior official of the Government of Syria” or “any...

  • Syrian infiltrator turns himself in to Tel Aviv police

    May 17, 2011 | 10:29 am

    A Syrian infiltrator who breached Israel’s border during Nakba Day protests turned himself in to police in Tel Aviv.

    A Tel Aviv court on Tuesday ordered Hassan Hijazi, who said he entered Israel to look for a job, held until later in the week. Two other infiltrators discovered to...

  • White House: Israel has a right to defend borders

    May 16, 2011 | 10:45 am

    The White House said Israel has a right to defend itself from unauthorized border crossings and blamed Syria for “inciting” violence.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney on Monday addressed incidents along Israel’s Lebanon, Syria and Gaza Strip borders the day before in which...

  • Violence erupts in Israel, Israel-Syria border breached

    May 15, 2011 | 10:18 am

    Hundreds of Arabs from Syria stormed across the border into Israel on Sunday, prompting Israeli troops to respond with fire that killed at least four people.

    The incident, which marked the first major eruption of violence along the border in decades, came on the same day that an...

  • Clinton: Syria’s brutal crackdown on protests is a sign of weakness

    May 12, 2011 | 12:07 pm

    In some of her strongest remarks yet on Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham said Thursday the brutal crackdown against protesters demonstrated the government’s weakness, though she stopped short of saying President Bashar Assad must quit.

    Syrian soldiers and tanks...

  • Syria withdraws human rights council bid

    May 12, 2011 | 10:27 am

    Syria withdrew its bid for a spot on the United Nations Human Rights Council.

    Syria’s withdrawal Wednesday from the Asian group of nations comes as Western nations are working to convince the U.N. Security Council to condemn Syrian President Bashar Assad’s violent campaign to stifle...

  • Syria security forces kill six as protests erupt across the country

    May 6, 2011 | 8:21 am

    A human rights activist said Syrian security forces have killed six people during widespread protests on Friday.

    Thousands of protesters held rallies in major areas across the country, including the capital, Damascus, and its suburbs.

    The activist said five people were killed...

  • Report: Over 50 killed in bloody ‘day of rage’ clashes

    April 29, 2011 | 2:23 pm

    At least 50 protesters were killed in in pro-democracy demonstrations throughout Syria on Friday, including 15 in the south Syrian town of Daraa, according to opposition members.

    Casualties have been reported throughout the country in Homs, Latakia and Rastan, in Syria’s latest ‘day...

  • Obama signs executive order sanctioning Syrians involved in government crackdowns

    April 29, 2011 | 1:36 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday imposing new sanctions against two relatives of President Bashar Assad, Syria’s intelligence agency and its director, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Qods Force in response to their part in crackdowns on...

  • U.N. human rights body passes resolution condemning Syria crackdown on protests

    April 29, 2011 | 1:34 pm

    The top United Nations human rights body condemned Syria on Friday for using deadly force against peaceful protesters and launched an investigation into killings and other alleged crimes.

    The 47-member forum, which held an emergency session at U.S. request, endorsed a U.S.-sponsored resolution by 26 votes to 9 with 7 abstentions.

    “Member states came together to condemn the brutal tactics used by the Assad regime to silence peaceful dissent,” U.S. human rights ambassador Eileen Donahoe said in a statement.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

  • Protests erupt across Syria on ‘Day of Rage’

    April 29, 2011 | 8:11 am

    Syrian security forces opened fire on demonstrations Friday in the capital Damascus and the coastal city of Latakia - the heartland the ruling elite - wounding at least five people as thousands took to the streets in several places across the country, witnesses said.


  • IAEA makes it official: Israel hit Syrian nuclear reactor in ‘07

    April 28, 2011 | 3:25 pm

    Israel struck a nuclear reactor when it allegedly bombed a Syrian site in 2007, the head of the international nuclear watchdog said.

    Yukiya Amano, who heads the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the structure in the Syrian desert destroyed by Israeli warplanes was definitely...

  • Guest not: Britain takes back Syria’s wedding invite

    April 28, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    Britain rescinded an invitation to the royal wedding to Syria’s ambassador because of Syrian government attacks on anti-government protesters.

    The invitation was withdrawn Thursday, the day before the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, according to reports, citing...

  • US: Assad no longer potential peace partner for Israel

    April 27, 2011 | 9:02 am

    Syrian President Bashar Assad is not a partner for a peace deal with Israel, a U.S. State Department official said.

    Jake Sullivan, director of Policy Planning for the department, said during a special State Department briefing Tuesday in answer to a reporter’s question that it is...

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