Russian Initiative: How Enforceable Is It?

September 16, 2013 13:25 by Pesach Benson How enforceable is Russia’s plan to get rid of Syria’s chemical weapons? Col. Richard Kemp, the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, told the Jerusalem Post that Moscow’s plan isn’t realistic because A) no country will volunteer to send inspectors into the midst of a brutal civil […]

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As Syria Tensions Mount, Demand for Gas Masks ‘Quadruple’

As western military intervention in Syria appears increasingly likely, and following an explicit threat by a Syrian official that his country would respond to western strikes by attacking Israel, many Israelis are scurrying to replace old or missing gas masks, an official said on Tuesday. “Since the beginning of the week there has been a significant […]

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Hezbollah Dealing in Counterfeit Medicine

August 1, 2013 14:41 by Pesach Benson According to Arab media reports, Hezbollah has a series of Lebanese front companies dealing in counterfeit medicine. The Jerusalem Post picked up on the story: This international business in counterfeit medicine “facilitates the group’s terrorist operations,” the report stated, and includes Iranian citizens. The group exploits the free […]

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Hezbollah: European Union Keeps Its Head in the Sand

MAZEN MAHDI/EPA/Newscom On June 19, a meeting of European Union countries failed to agree on a United Kingdom–sponsored proposal to list the military wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Despite the support of the U.K., France, Germany, and the Netherlands, the EU—which requires consensus to list a group as a terrorist organization—unsurprisingly failed to […]

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Did Israel Strike Syria Again?

June 17, 2013 14:58 by Pesach Benson Today’s Top Stories 1. How far has Egyptian public opinion of Hamas sunk after revelations that it intervened in Egypt’s revolution? Maan News reports that a visiting delegation of Hamas leaders — including Khaled Mashaal and Ismail Haniyeh — were instructed to change hotels after Egyptian security officials […]

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Iran Cuts Off Hamas Funding

June 2, 2013 14:54 by Pesach Benson Angered by Hamas’ support for Syrian rebels, Iran cut funding — approximately £15 million a month — to the terror group. Here’s the Daily Telegraph‘s (pun intended) money quote: Ghazi Hamad, Hamas’s deputy foreign minister, described relations with Iran frankly as “bad” before adding: “Diplomatically, I have to […]

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