Lebanon

Palestinian Demonstrators Breach Israeli-Syrian Border, 4 Killed

05/15/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli troops fired on Palestinian demonstrators who attempted to enter Israel through its border with Syria.

At least four infiltrators were reported killed and dozens wounded Sunday as hundreds of Palestinians entered the northern town of Majdal Shams which is located on Israel's border with Syria.

At least 400 Palestinian infiltrators are said to have entered Israel, while some have put the number as high as 1,000, according to Israeli media reports.

Israel: 100 Missiles a Day to Tel Aviv in Next Hezbollah War

04/08/2011
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(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.

Report: U.S. Intel Considering Hezbollah as Political

03/22/2011

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.

Unrest in Egypt Reverberates at Israel’s Top Security Confab

02/10/2011
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HERZLIYA, Israel (JTA) -- In the sleek, blue auditorium filled with spotlights and large video screens at Israel's premier annual national security policy conference, all eyes were fixed on the revolution next door, in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

From the Israelis among the experts, diplomats and security officials assembled for the 11th annual Herzliya Conference near Tel Aviv, there were dark assessments and discussion of preparing for worst-case scenarios.

Obama Administration: Egypt Events of "Deep Concern"

01/28/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Events in Egypt are of "deep concern," the Obama administration said, and its government should show restraint.

"Events unfolding in Egypt are of deep concern," P.J. Crowley, the state department spokesman, said Friday through the Twitter social network. "Fundamental rights must be respected, violence avoided and open communications allowed."

Video posted on the Internet has depicted indiscriminate Egyptian police violence against protesters, and authorities have shut down much Internet access.

Is Hezbollah Now in Charge of Lebanon, and What Does it Mean for Israel?

01/27/2011
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JERUSALEM (JTA) -- With Lebanon in turmoil and a Hezbollah-backed prime minister poised to take power in Beirut, Israel is concerned at the prospect of a tectonic shift in the regional balance.

For the moment, however, Israeli officials do not expect Lebanon’s political turmoil to trigger a new round of fighting on the Israel-Lebanon border.

Upheaval On The Borders

Demonstrations in neighboring Egypt and Lebanon have Israel watching nervously.

01/25/2011
Staff Writer

Israel is watching with concern the street demonstrations that erupted this week in neighboring Egypt and Lebanon. The fear is that an Iranian proxy-state could emerge in Lebanon and that in Egypt the autocratic rule of aging President Hosni Mubarak could be overthrown.

Lebanese soldiers guard the streets in Sidon.

Israeli Troops Go on Alert Amid Lebanon’s Political Turmoil

01/13/2011

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.

New Evidence Reportedly Links Hezbollah to Hariri Killing

11/22/2010

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.

Lebanon sentences Israel spies to death

11/02/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A Lebanese military court sentenced three of the country's citizens to death for spying for Israel.

Two of the alleged spies had fled the country, reportedly for Israel, and were sentenced in absentia. The third man, Jawdat el-Hakim, admitted to working for Israel for 10 years beginning in 1999, Ynet reported.

The men can appeal the sentence to a higher court.  

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