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Israeli Troops Fire on Palestinians at Syrian Border, Killing 4

06/05/2011

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.

Bibi Warns Protesters Planning New Border Breach

06/03/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- 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 mass protests planned for Sunday.

Israel Files Complaint With U.N. Over Border Infiltrations

05/16/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel filed a complaint with the United Nations Security Council against Syria and Lebanon over the breach of its border by protesters.

The delegation said Monday it filed the complaint in the Security Council and with the U.N. Secretary-General's office for violation of international law.

The complaint follows demonstrations on Sunday for Nakba Day, or Catastrophe Day, marking Israel's achieving statehood. Israeli troops fired on protesters from Syria, Lebanon and Gaza who tried, and in some cases succeeded, in breaching Israel's border.

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.

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