JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese Hezbollah fighters detonated a bomb on Lebanon’s border with Israel on Tuesday, wounding two Israeli soldiers and drawing artillery fire in response.
The U.S.-Israel alliance “is crumbling” due to waning support for Israel among Democrats and “total disrespect” for the Obama administration among segments of the Israeli government, according to President Barack Obama’s former Middle East envoy Martin Indyk, who alternately bashed Israel and the White House during a frank off-the-record talk at a Washington, D.C., synagogue during the Yom Kippur holiday.
Iowa Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley urged President Barack Obama to take action to force Israel to end its blockade of the Gaza Strip in 2010, according to a Breitbart report.
Syrian rebels overtook a joint Russian-Syrian spy station, the Daily Beast reported Tuesday. The Free Syrian Army says the station was used to spy on opposition groups and possibly on Israel.
Left-wing Israeli human rights group B’Tselem has acknowledged that one of its staffers called the Holocaust “a lie,” weeks after denying the charge and standing by the employee.
The Israeli Navy intercepted on multiple occasions weapons building material headed to Gaza, the Jerusalem Post reports.
Examining thirteen days at Camp David in early September 1978, in his latest book Lawrence Wright explains how peace triumphed over the threat of further war. In rich narrative detail—though unfortunately with all-too-conventional analysis—Wright profiles the three men who forged a lasting agreement between Israel and Egypt: Sadat, Begin, and Carter.
In Anwar Sadat, Wright presents a man of great internal contradictions. Forged by his hatred for British colonialism in Egypt and driven by a sense of destiny, Sadat was no simple peacemaker. From his early years spent in violent uprisings and conspiracy with Nazi spies, to his failed 1973 invasion of Israel, peace was a late endeavor for the Egyptian leader. Wright describes an eccentric and often capricious personality: Sadat’s personal habits included lying daily on the floor of his bedroom “with a scarf over his eyes” and a passion for American westerns.
At least two former Iranian nuclear negotiators joined with Holocaust deniers, 9/11 truthers, and anti-Semites from across the globe this week in Tehran for Iran’s second annual New Horizons conference, an anti-American hate fest that U.S. lawmakers say highlights the country’s dangerous duplicity.
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has proved that he cannot be trusted as a partner for peace with Israel and that he may pose a larger threat to Israel than Hamas, according to former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren.