New York Times columnist Tom Friedman told The Jewish Week Tuesday that the wording of a memorable phrase in his Dec. 13 column (“Newt, Mitt, Bibi and Vladimir”) may have been inexact when he wrote that the standing ovation Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received in Congress this year “was bought and paid for by the Israel lobby.”
(JTA) -- Israeli officials expect Hezbollah to fire about 500 missiles a day at Israel, including 100 that will reach Tel Aviv, in the next war.
A batch of U.S. diplomatic leaks shared with Israeli newspapers through WikiLeaks were published Friday. Summaries of conversations in 2009 between U.S. officials and Israeli intelligence officials show that Israel expects the next war with Hezbollah to last two months.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- U.S. intelligence is reportedly considering Hezbollah as a political as well as a terrorist entity.
David Ignatius, a Washington Post foreign affairs columnist with close ties to the Obama administration, reported March 18 that the distinction will appear in a National Intelligence Estimate that is now in its draft stages.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told American Jewish leaders -- and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah -- that Israel is strong and can defend itself.
Netanyahu, speaking Wednesday evening at the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations meeting in Jerusalem, responded to Nasrallah's threat earlier in the day that Hezbollah would take over Israel's Galilee region in a future war. Nasrallah also threatened to harm senior Israeli leaders.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Although it’s still far from clear how the uprising in Egypt is going to play out, the volatility there is already raising questions in Israel about the Jewish state’s readiness for a war on several fronts.
The optimistic view in Israel is that a wave of democracy will sweep the Middle East from Cairo to Tehran, making war in any form less likely.
The pessimists -- there are many here -- see an ascendant Islamic radicalism taking hold in Egypt and elsewhere, thus compounding the military threats facing Israel.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Four Israeli embassies may be closed after receiving serious threats.
Israel's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that security at the embassies, which it did not identify, had increased to the maximum level. Security at all Israeli embassies has been increased as well, according to reports.
The ministry said in Tuesday's statement that "a number of irregular incidents targeting Israeli destinations were recorded in the past few days."
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel must be prepared for any outcome in Egypt, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Knesset, "by reinforcing the might of the State of Israel."
While an Egypt that fully embraces democracy and democratic reform would be a welcome neighbor, Netanyahu said Wednesday, it is also possible that Egypt could come under the rule of parties that are answerable to Iran.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli troops on the border with Lebanon went on high alert following the collapse of Lebanon's government.
No additional reservists have been called up, however, according to reports.
Military officials reportedly are concerned that Hezbollah, whose exit from the government caused its collapse, would initiate a disturbance on its border with Israel in order to deflect attention from the political crisis.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The United States accused Syria of arming Hezbollah with advanced ballistic missiles, a new document released by WikiLeaks showed.
The document was released by the site Tuesday, the same day that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange turned himself in to London police and was arrested under a European Arrest Warrant over allegations of sex crimes in Sweden. Assange was denied bail by a British court .
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- New evidence links Hezbollah to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, according to a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. report.
The evidence of Hezbollah's link to the 2005 assassination, unearthed by United Nations investigators and a Lebanese police officer, was published Sunday by the CBC following a months-long investigation.