Lebanon

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.  

U.S., Israel Lobby Against Missile Sales to Syria, Lebanon

08/27/2010

(JTA) -- Israel and the United States reportedly are attempting to prevent missile sales to Lebanon and Syria.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Vladimir Putin, his Russian counterpart, in a bid to persuade him not to sell P-800 Yakhont supersonic cruise missiles to Syria, Ha'aretz reported on Friday, and Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak is set to make the same case in Moscow this week. Israel's case is that Hezbollah used Chinese-manufactured missiles purchased by Syria to target Israeli ships during the 2006 Lebanon war.

A Wise Hold On Lebanon Aid

08/10/2010
Editorial

U.S. military aid serves a variety of purposes. Sometimes – as in the case of Israel – it is intended to help a close ally defend itself; other times, it is meant mostly to keep a bad situation from getting worse.

Berman, Lowey Block Military Funding to Lebanon

08/10/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Two members of Congress independently placed holds on military aid to Lebanon.

Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee, separately blocked a $100 million security assistance package to the Lebanese military. Berman placed the hold Aug. 2, one day before the Lebanese military fired at Israeli soldiers working on the border, while Lowey’s hold came after the incident.

Samuel Maoz’s 20 Years’ War

As ‘Lebanon’ opens theatrically, the director reflects on his war experience and what it took to turn it into a film.

08/03/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Samuel Maoz was only 20 years old when the first Lebanon War broke out. He was a gunner in a tank crew and at 6:15 a.m. on the morning of June 6, 1982, he killed a man for the first time in his life.

“It was a release to make the film,” Maoz says.

Israeli, Lebanese Troops Exchange Fire

08/03/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli and Lebanese soldiers exchanged tank and artillery fire on Israel's northern border.

Residents of Israel's North were ordered to enter bomb shelters early Tuesday afternoon.

The soldiers were conducting routine operations in an area that lies between the international recognized border between Israel and Lebanon and the security fence, which is considered Israeli territory, according to an Israeli army statement.

A Third Lebanon War?

There has been a steady and disturbing barrage of reports lately prediciting another war, sooner rather than later, between Israel and Hezbollah, the militant Islamic group that controls most of southern Lebanon and is firmly entrenched in the Lebanese parliament.

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