Golan Heights

2 Soldiers Dead, 7 Wounded As Hezbollah Hits Israeli Tank


Tel Aviv — Two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven were wounded when a Hezbollah anti-tank missile struck an Israeli patrol on the Israel-Lebanon border.

American Journalist Held Captive In Syria Released To Israeli Golan Heights


Jerusalem — An American journalist held hostage in Syria by a group affiliated with al-Qaida was released to the Israeli Golan Heights.

As Israelis Mob Gas Mask Distribution Centers, Army Urges Calm


Daniela Hayoum arrived at a Tel Aviv post office at 7 a.m. and took a number.

The line of people waiting for gas masks was long and Hayoum stepped away to run errands. She returned in the afternoon to find hundreds of Israelis crowding under a hot sun on the building’s wide steps, some holding umbrellas and others food.

Tim Boxer At Friars Toast Of Don Rickles

Jewish Week Online Columnist

The comedians who populate the ranks of the New York Friars Club have endured beyond their expiration date. When we ask “how old is he” the answer is “deceased.”  George Burns passed on at 100; Henny Youngman departed at 92.

Even comedians’ marriages last forever. Ginny and Bob Newhart have been married 50 years; Barbara and Don Rickles, 48 years. Newhart has a theory: “I think if you can keep laughing you will stay together.”

Don Rickles and Kathy Griffin at the Friars. Photo by Tim Boxer

On Golan, Warily Watching The Civil War Below

Tourists continue to flock to the Heights, despite concerns that Syria’s violence could spill over the border.

Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — As is customary on Passover in Israel, vacationers streamed northward to the Golan Heights, renting bed-and-breakfast cabins and taking in the strategic plateau’s rugged wide-open beauty.

The view into Syria from roadside lookout near the Quneitra crossing where a Druze merchant set up jars of honey and cheese.

Israel Beefs Up Golan Forces As Syrian Rebels Gather On Border


 Israel's military increased its forces on the northern border with Syria following advances by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights region.

The rebels reportedly began entering the demilitarized zone between Syria and Israel on Saturday and threatened to retake the Golan. Most of Syrian President Bashar Assad's troops have left the area, Ynet reported.

Israel Fires On Syrian Troops In Golan Heights


Israel fired an anti-tank missile at a Syrian military mortar crew after it fired a mortar shell that landed near an Israeli town in the Golan Heights.

Monday's incident marks the second time that Israel has fired on Syrian territory since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

The shell is believed to have been aimed at rebel forces in the Syrian civil war. There were no injuries.

The Israel Defense Forces filed a complaint over the incident with the relevant United Nations forces operating in the area.

Israeli Troops Fire on Palestinians at Syrian Border, Killing 4


JERUSALEM (JTA) -- At least four Palestinians were killed and nine wounded after hundreds of protesters massed on Israel's border with Syria on the Golan Heights.

The violence came Sunday after hundreds of Palestinians from Syria gathered at the border to mark Naksa Day, or the Setback, marking the beginning 44 years ago of the 1967 Six-Day War.

Israeli soldiers and border control police used tear gas and fired their weapons in the air and then at protesters feet to break up the threatening crowds on the border.

Heights Of Readiness

Staff Writer
As the 40th anniversary of Israel’s capture of the Golan Heights from Syria neared this week, Israel carried out military exercises in the Negev using a mock Syrian village. At the same time, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel is not looking for another war, but rather wishes to pursue peace with Syria.
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