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Jul 1, 2013
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Israel launches crackdown on pro-settler “Price Tag” vandals in West Bank

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(A monk stands next to graffiti sprayed by vandals on a wall at the entrance to the Latrun Monastery near Jerusalem September 4, 2012. REUTERS/Baz Ratner )

Israel announced a crackdown on Monday against Jewish ultranationalists who vandalize Palestinian property, saying they were tantamount to terrorists and their attacks could fan sectarian violence.

Jul 1, 2013

Israel launches crackdown on pro-settler vandal ‘terrorists’

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel announced a crackdown on Monday against Jewish ultranationalists who vandalize Palestinian property, saying they were tantamount to terrorists and their attacks could fan sectarian violence.

The move followed the arrest of a 22-year Israeli from an Orthodox Jewish town near Tel Aviv for the vandalism of a Christian monastery in the occupied West Bank last year. The attack was carried out in solidarity with hardline Jewish settlers.

Jun 18, 2013

Israeli general says Palestinians quietly aiding U.S. peace drive

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Palestinian administration in the West Bank has tried to help the latest U.S. peacemaking drive by quietly cutting off funds for grassroots campaigners against Israel’s occupation of the territory, a senior Israeli general said on Tuesday.

The allegation, which the campaigners contested, underscored the sensitivity of the Palestinians’ security coordination with Israel at a time of deadlocked diplomacy over their independence drive and censure from rival Hamas Islamists.

Jun 10, 2013

Assad may prevail in Syria’s civil war: Israeli minister

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, backed by Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, may prevail in the more than two-year-old uprising against him, Israel’s intelligence minister said on Monday.

Though the assessment was quickly disavowed by others in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government, it reflected the difficulties facing Israel and Western countries in predicting Syria’s destiny and weighing intervention.

Jun 2, 2013

Iran’s Arak reactor looms into Israeli, Western view

VIENNA/JERUSALEM, June 2 (Reuters) – Iran aims to start a
reactor next year which the West fears could arm an atomic bomb;
Israel, which has bombed such construction sites around the
Middle East before, may try to stop the plant being completed.

The timetable for the planned start-up of the Arak
heavy-water research plant is closely watched: Israeli and
Western experts say any attacker would probably prefer to act
before it becomes operational – to avoid generating radioactive
fallout.

May 30, 2013

Israel could swoop on S-300 missiles in Syria, but with risks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel could overcome advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles if they were deployed in Syria but any strikes on the system would be difficult and risk alienating its supplier, Russia.

Israel has pledged to take preventive action, seeing a future Syrian S-300 as a “game-changing” threat to its own airspace as well as to the relative free rein with which it now overflies its northern foe and neighbouring Lebanon.

May 30, 2013

AnaIysis: Israel could swoop on S-300 missiles in Syria, but with risks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel could overcome advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles if they were deployed in Syria but any strikes on the system would be difficult and risk alienating its supplier, Russia.

Israel has pledged to take preventive action, seeing a future Syrian S-300 as a “game-changing” threat to its own air space as well as to the relative free rein with which it now overflies its northern foe as well as neighboring Lebanon.

May 30, 2013

When Assad shells rebels, Israel goes on alert and learns

PALMACHIM AIR BASE, Israel (Reuters) – Israel tracks every heavy missile fired in the Syrian civil war, keen to study Damascus’s combat doctrines and deployments and ready to fend off a feared first attack on its turf, a senior Israeli military officer said on Thursday.

Colonel Zvika Haimovich of the air defense corps said southward launches against Syrian insurgents by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces gave Israel mere seconds in which to determine it was not the true target – a distinction that could prove crucial for warding off an unprecedented regional conflagration.

May 26, 2013

When Israel hits Syria, it hones military edge for wider war

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – When Israeli jets bomb Syria to deny it or its allies “game-changer” weapons, they play according to one core rule: ensuring the Jewish state maintains the military superiority to swiftly prevail in any war.

On Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s target list are four types of advanced arms, Russian- or Iranian-supplied, whose transfer from Syria to Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas next door would hinder Israel’s strategic options.

May 22, 2013

General says Israel poised for war on Syria if Assad falls

HERZLIYA, Israel (Reuters) – Israel is poised for a large-scale assault on Syria to prevent advanced weapons reaching jihadi rebels or Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon if President Bashar al-Assad is toppled, Israel’s air force chief said on Wednesday.

But Major-General Amir Eshel, addressing a security conference, said his warplanes could be repelled by Syria’s formidable, Russian-supplied anti-aircraft systems – an implicit censure of Moscow echoed by Israel’s defence minister.