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Jun 11, 2012

Israel rounds up African migrants for deportation

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israel said on Monday it had started rounding up African migrants in the first stage of a controversial “emergency plan” to intern and deport thousands deemed a threat to the Jewish character of the state.

Israel Radio reported that dozens of Africans, mainly from South Sudan, had already been detained in the Red Sea resort of Eilat, including mothers and children.

May 31, 2012

Syria set to become failed state: Israeli commander

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Syria is heading for collapse and will become a “warehouse of weapons” for Islamist militants as it descends into chaos, a senior Israeli army commander said.

“Syria is in civil war, which will lead to a failed state, and terrorism will blossom in it,” said Major-General Yair Golan, making a rare public appearance at a conference at Bar Ilan University on Wednesday. “Syria has a big arsenal.”

May 30, 2012

Israel urges tougher action against Assad

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called on Wednesday for tougher world action against Bashar al-Assad, saying he doubted the Syrian president “lost an hour’s sleep” over the expulsion of his envoys from several capitals after the Houla massacre.

“These events in Syria compel the world to take action, not just talk, but action. These are crimes against humanity and the international community must not stand on the sidelines,” Barak said in a speech at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv.

May 29, 2012

Israel pours cold water on big-power talks with Iran

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday nothing short of Iran stopping uranium enrichment, getting rid of what it already produced and dismantling the means of making more, would satisfy him that it had no nuclear weapons project.

“This is the true test. Without that there is nothing,” he told a strategic affairs conference in Tel Aviv.

May 15, 2012

Unrepentant Mladic proud of his Bosnian “legacy”

By Douglas Hamilton

(Reuters) – There is something shocking about Ratko Mladic in court. Old and infirm, he is a shadow of the strutting Bosnian Serb general who once struck fear into the hearts of Muslims and Croats.

But physical weakness has not dimmed his belief in himself or his cause, or prompted a flicker of remorse over the war crimes for which he goes on trial in The Hague on Wednesday.

May 11, 2012

Analysis: Israel frets on sideline as fall of Assad delayed

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Keen for a little bit of certainty in a turbulent Arab world, Israeli leaders persuaded themselves last year that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – the devil they knew next door – was finished, and something possibly better might be on the way.

But it was not to be. With the Syrian uprising now into its 14th month and Assad still firmly in power, Israel has few options other than to sit the crisis out, unable to influence the outcome of an upheaval that is sure to affect it.

Apr 19, 2012

Road to Damascus looks long and hard for U.N.

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Four military transport planes flew over the Mediterranean into Beirut this week from bases in Brindisi and Prague, carrying the first hardware for a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Syria whose ultimate outcome is unforeseeable.

How and when the operation might end is a question the world body may have to grapple with for some time.

Apr 19, 2012

Syria yet to send “clear signal” on peace-UN chief

UNITED NATIONS/BEIRUT, April 19 (Reuters) – Syria has not
fully withdrawn troops and heavy weapons from towns, so far
failing to send a “clear signal” about its commitment to peace,
the U.N. chief said, underlining Western fears over the
prospects for a week-old truce.

In the first progress report since the Security Council
passed a resolution on Saturday authorising the deployment of
observers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon proposed an expanded
mission of 300 personnel to monitor a shaky ceasefire between
forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and opposition
fighters.

Apr 18, 2012

Gunfire and wrangling cloud U.N. Syria mission

BEIRUT/PARIS, April 19 (Reuters) – Gunfire and protests near
a team of U.N. observers in Syria and diplomatic wrangling over
the scope of their mission underlined the precarious prospects
for a week-old truce which has so far failed to halt a year of
bloodshed.

Shooting erupted on Wednesday close to an advance party of
military personnel from the United Nations who had been swarmed
by protesters denouncing President Bashar al-Assad in the town
of Erbin, on the northeastern outskirts of the capital Damascus.

Apr 18, 2012

Gunfire gives U.N. mission taste of Syria challenge

BEIRUT, April 18 (Reuters) – Gunfire erupted on Wednesday
close to an advance team of U.N. observers who had been swarmed
by protesters, giving a taste of the challenge facing a mission
to monitor a shaky week-old truce that has so far failed to stop
the violence.

Protesters denouncing President Bashar al-Assad had
surrounded their cars near the capital, Damscus. Automatic
weapons fire sent the crowds scurrying for safety.