JERUSALEM — Israel’s air force commander, Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, said yesterday that the sudden collapse of Syria would oblige Israel to undertake a massive attack “within hours.”
JERUSALEM — Several candidates for the Iranian presidency have attacked outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for encouraging international scorn of Iran because of his denial of the Holocaust.
JERUSALEM — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, currently touring the Middle East for the first time in his new role, was confronted with Israeli evidence that Syria may have deployed chemical weapons against rebel troops.
JERUSALEM — A Jordanian news website reported Wednesday that Israeli diplomats and army officers met in Amman recently with representatives of the Syrian opposition to discuss the possibility of a buffer zone separating the Israeli-held Golan Heights from Syria proper.
JERUSALEM — An Egyptian columnist has written a column praising Jewish achievement in science and technology and condemning the violence, extremism, and ignorance in Muslim countries.
JERUSALEM — Natural gas began to flow into Israel over the weekend from a large offshore field, ending Israel’s status as a dry patch in an oil-rich region.
JERUSALEM—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was close to a draft peace agreement with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad two years ago by which Israel would withdraw completely from the Golan Heights and Syria would sever its alliance with Iran, according to the daily Haaretz.
JERUSALEM – “He had us at the word ‘Shalom,’” wrote Jerusalem Post political analyst Herb Keinon of President Barack Obama’s arrival speech at Ben-Gurion Airport Wednesday.
JERUSALEM – Claims made by an American scientist that Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system downed only five to 10 percent of rockets fired from Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense last November, and not more than 80 percent as Israel claims, were refuted yesterday by the former head of Israel’s anti-missile development program.
JERUSALEM – Yaakov Wang emerged from a ritual bath near Tel Aviv last week and was welcomed by a rabbi into Judaism. He was one of seven young men from China’s Henan Province to have completed a conversion process in Israel, according to a report in Haaretz.