Syria

Syria Starts Ramadan With A Bang

Bashar Assad ushered in Ramadan this weekend by killing at least 136 unarmed civilian demonstrators, including nearly 100 in the city of Hama, the place where nearly 30 years earlier his father massacred tens of thousands of his fellow Syrians. Tanks and machine-gunners also targeted mosque minarets in the Sunni-majority city; Assad and his ruling circle are Alouite Shi'ites.

Pace Of Diplomacy Quickening

Talks in D.C., French proposal come amid nonviolent Palestinian strategy as September statehood bid looms.
06/06/2011 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent

With the September target for Palestinian statehood action at the United Nations looming ever larger and new border clashes hinting of a change in Palestinian tactics, the pace of diplomacy aimed at restarting stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations picked up this week.

On Monday Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were in Washington for separate talks with U.S. officials in a last-ditch effort to find a formula for resuming direct negotiations before a UN vote officials here fear will further isolate Israel and undermine U.S. interests.

Israelis forces Sunday try to disperse Palestinians massing at the border with Syria. getty images

Bibi Warns Protesters Planning New Border Breach

06/02/2011 - 20:00

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.

Obama at AIPAC: Let the Fun Begin

05/19/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

President Obama’s advisors wanted him to get out in front of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress on Monday. So they preempted Bibi’s own peace proposal by having Obama call for Israel to return to its 1967 borders, give or take a few land swaps.

Syrian Infiltrator Turns Himself In to Tel Aviv Police

05/16/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A Syrian infiltrator who breached Israel's border during Nakba Day protests turned himself in to police in Tel Aviv.

A Tel Aviv court on Tuesday ordered Hassan Hijazi, who said he entered Israel to look for a job, held until later in the week. Two other infiltrators discovered to still be in Israel were returned Tuesday to Syria.

They were among hundreds who breached Israel's border on Sunday.

Israel Files Complaint With U.N. Over Border Infiltrations

05/15/2011 - 20:00

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

05/14/2011 - 20:00

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.

Paralysis on Syria

One of these day the Obama administration is going to have to figure out a policy for dealing with the unrest in Syria and the Assad regime's brutal repression. Unfortunately, it will probably be after it's too late.

Today's New York Times reports that the crackdown is intensifying, with hundreds now under arrest and the death toll rising.

WaPo blockbuster: US secretly supporting Syrian opposition

A blockbuster story at the Washington Post this morning: turns out the U.S. government has “secretly financed Syrian political opposition groups and related projects, including a satellite TV channel that beams anti-government programming into the country, according to previously undisclosed diplomatic cables.”

Putting off peace: a delusion?

It's almost a given among the Israeli center and right that there's no urgency to the matter of making peace with stubbornly hostile Arab states. Maybe in ten or twenty years, the climate in the region will be better, they say, so why rush?

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