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  • Mashal vow: With more precise weapons, Hamas will aim only at military targets

    August 25, 2014 | 10:25 am

    Hamas political leader Khaled Mashal vowed that Hamas would aim only at Israeli military targets if it can get more sophisticated weapons.

    Mashal in an hourlong interview Friday with Yahoo News in Doha, Qatar, also said his group is nothing like ISIS and admitted that Hamas...

  • Militants, weapons transit Gaza tunnels despite Egyptian crackdown

    August 21, 2014 | 11:53 am

    A third of the houses on the main street of this Bedouin town near Egypt's border with Gaza look derelict, but inside they buzz with the activity of tunnel smugglers scrambling to survive a security crackdown by the Egyptian army.

    Smugglers and tunnel owners, who once publicly...

  • U.S. sells munitions to Israel from its surplus stockpile

    July 31, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    The U.S. Defense Department sold to Israel munitions from its Israel-based surplus stockpile.

    “The United States is committed to the security of Israel, and it is vital to U.S. national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense...

  • Czech police find weapons at Palestinian mission

    January 2, 2014 | 10:17 am

    Czech investigators found unregistered weapons at the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Prague, police said on Thursday, a day after the ambassador was killed in a mysterious explosion after opening a safe.

    "We have gathered many pieces of evidence, we secured weapons that will...

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  • What's next for Iran?

    By Rob Eshman

    November 25, 2013 | 10:11 am

    By Monday morning, the Israeli reaction to the nuclear deal with Iran had changed from “What happened?” to “Now what?”

    And that reaction makes a lot more sense.

    The interim agreement signed by Iran and the group of negotiating nations known as P5+1 on Saturday night, Nov. 23, ...

  • Netanyahu denies urging Kerry to reach deal on Syria

    September 16, 2013 | 10:35 am

    [UPDATE: 3:56 p.m.] The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office is denying a report that Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to talk to Russia about a deal to destroy Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons.

    The Wall Street Journal, citing American and Middle...

  • Israel, Egypt cooperate

    August 14, 2013 | 3:24 pm

    The story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Did an Israeli drone cross into Egyptian airspace over the weekend and fire a rocket at gunmen in the Sinai Peninsula who were about to launch a strike on Israel? Probably. Will any Israeli or Egyptian official admit it, even off...

  • Israel to Assad: Air strikes did not aim to help Syria rebels

    May 6, 2013 | 10:10 am

    Israel sought to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that its recent air strikes around Damascus did not aim to weaken him in the face of a more than two-year-old rebellion.

    Officials say Israel is reluctant to take sides in Syria's civil war for fear its actions...

  • Israel strikes Syria, says its targeting Hezbollah arms

    May 5, 2013 | 5:06 pm

    Israeli jets devastated Syrian targets near Damascus on Sunday in a heavy overnight air raid that Western and Israeli officials called a new strike on Iranian missiles bound for Lebanon's Hezbollah.

    As Syria's two-year-old civil war veered into the potentially atomic arena of...

  • With eye on Iran, U.S. upgrades bunker buster

    May 3, 2013 | 10:30 am

    U.S. officials reportedly told Israel that the United States has improved weapons capable of destroying Iran's underground nuclear site in Fordow.

    The Wall Street Journal, quoting unnamed American officials, reported Thursday that the United States had assured Israel that...

  • Clinton warns Russia, Iran of Syria conflict spreading

    February 1, 2013 | 10:45 am

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Iran and Russia on Thursday to rethink their support for Syria, saying the most dire scenarios of the conflict spilling beyond its borders could come to pass.

    Clinton told reporters there are signs Iran is sending more people and...

  • Officials worry over uranium stockpile in Syria

    January 9, 2013 | 10:56 am

    Officials are concerned that a stockpile of unenriched uranium in Syria, enough to make five nuclear bombs, could fall into the hands of Iran.

    The 50 metric tons of unenriched uranium are believed to be left over from the Syrian nuclear program, according to the Financial Times. ...

  • Israel reportedly told Pentagon about Syria poison gas

    January 8, 2013 | 9:46 am

    Israel notified the Pentagon that Syria was preparing a chemical believed to be deadly sarin gas and loading it into dozens of 500-pound bombs destined for airplanes.

    Israel's warning to the United States at the end of November, involving intelligence showing up on satellite...

  • Israel to limit cluster bombs in possible war with Hezbollah

    October 29, 2012 | 10:52 am

    Israel would use a lot fewer cluster munitions in any future war with Hezbollah than it did in their 2006 conflict, even though it would go into southern Lebanon earlier and harder, a senior Israeli military officer said on Monday.

    The disclosure confirms Israel already has...

  • Christians’ letter was reasonable, worded sensitively

    October 24, 2012 | 9:37 am

    There has long been an unwritten covenant between the Jewish establishment and Christian leaders when it comes to interfaith dialogue: “We can talk about any religious issues we like, but criticism of Israel’s human rights violations is off limits.”

    Over the past few weeks, we’ve...

  • Israel, Syria trade accusations at U.N. nuclear meeting

    September 19, 2012 | 10:08 am

    Syria, itself suspected of illicit nuclear activity, accused the West at a major U.N. meeting on Wednesday of double standards in implicitly condoning an Israeli atomic arsenal and warned of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

    Israel hit back at the annual assembly of the...

  • Iran doubles underground nuclear capacity, United Nations says

    August 30, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    Iran has doubled the number of uranium enrichment machines it has in an underground bunker, a U.N. report said on Thursday, showing Tehran continued to defy Western pressure to stop its atomic work and the threat of Israeli attack.

    In the weeks and months when Israeli politicians...

  • Jason Alexander’s anti-gun tweet makes waves

    By JewishJournal.com

    July 24, 2012 | 11:07 am

    Following the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colo. that killed 12 people, wounding 58 others, Jason Alexander shared his anti-gun stance on Twitter.

    I’d like to preface this long tweet by saying that my passion comes from my deepest sympathy and shared sorrow with yesterday’s victims...

  • Ban Ki-moon pleads for arms pact, Palestinians demand seat

    July 3, 2012 | 2:39 pm

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pleaded on Tuesday for a binding pact to regulate the more than $60 billion global weapons market, while delegates at a treaty drafting conference worked to defuse a dispute over Palestinian participation.

    “We do not have a multilateral treaty of...

  • Israel hits Gaza weapons facilities

    June 6, 2012 | 11:28 am

    Israel’s Air Force attacked what it said were two weapons storage facilities in the Gaza Strip.

    Direct hits were identified in the early Wednesday morning attacks, according to statement from the Israel Defense Forces spokespersons’ office.

    The statement said that the sites were...

  • Turkey prepares indictments against 4 Israeli commanders over flotilla incident

    May 23, 2012 | 8:26 am

    A special prosecutor in Istanbul has prepared indictments against the four top Israeli commanders who led the 2010 raid on the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara ship.

    The 144-page indictment seeks 10 aggravated life jail sentences for each commander, including former Israeli Defense Forces...

  • U.N. nuclear chief holds talks in Tehran, hopes for deal

    May 21, 2012 | 8:57 am

    The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief held rare talks in Tehran on Monday after voicing hope for a deal to investigate suspected atomic bomb research - a gesture Iran might make to try to get international sanctions relaxed and deflect threats of war.

    International Atomic Energy Agency...

  • Are Netanyahu and Barak bluffing on Iran?

    May 2, 2012 | 12:40 pm

    Has Israel’s game of chicken with Iran jumped the shark?

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak in recent months have been more explicit than ever about the likelihood of an Israeli strike on Iran to keep it from obtaining nuclear weapons...

  • Report: Obama tells Khamenei to prove there’s no weapons ambition

    April 6, 2012 | 12:39 pm

    President Obama reportedly relayed a message to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei challenging the Iranian supreme leader to prove his assertion that Iran does not want a nuclear weapon.

    Obama sent the message last week through Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a Washington Post...

  • Israel, Azerbaijan ink $1.6 billion military deal

    February 27, 2012 | 10:32 am

    A state-run Israeli company will has inked a $1.6 billion deal to sell sophisticated military technology to Azerbaijan.

    Under the deal, Israel Aerospace Industries will sell drones, anti-aircraft and missile defense systems to Azerbaijan, Iran’s neighbor to the north.

    Israeli defense officials told international news services that the deal has been in process for a long time and is not a response to recent allegedly Iranian attempts to kill Israeli diplomats or any potential Israeli plans to strike Iranian nuclear sites.

  • Israel files complaint with U.N. over Gaza phosphorus

    January 2, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    The head of a regional council in southern Israel filed a complaint with the United Nations after mortar shells fired from Gaza were found to contain the banned substance white phosphorous.

    Two mortars that landed in the Eshkol Regional Council, with a population of 13,000,...

  • Australia expands sanctions against Iran

    December 7, 2011 | 10:31 am

    Australia imposed expanded sanctions on Iran as concerns escalated over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

    Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said Tuesday that the new measures restrict business with the petroleum and financial sectors in Iran.

    “Iran must take steps required by the...

  • Hezbollah building up weapons in Lebanon, leader says

    December 6, 2011 | 10:09 am

    The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, whose backers Syria and Iran are at the center of heightened regional tension, made a rare public appearance on Tuesday marking the Shi’ite Muslim festival of Ashura and said his group was building up its arsenal.

    Surrounded by armed bodyguards,...

  • U.S. proposes weapons sale to U.A.E

    November 11, 2011 | 11:54 am

    The Obama Administration is reportedly planning to sell thousands of advanced munitions to the United Arab Emirates.

    The proposed sale would include 4,900 joint direct attack munitions—including so-called “bunker-buster” bombs—and is expected to be presented to Congress within the...

  • Israel targets Gaza weapons factory after rocket attack

    September 6, 2011 | 10:12 am

    Israel’s Air Force bombed a weapons factory in Gaza after rockets launched from Gaza struck Israel.

    The Israeli planes scored a direct hit in the early Tuesday morning raid, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

    On Monday night the Color Red warning siren sounded in southern...

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