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  • Hagel: U.S. strategy is to reinforce Israel, Arab allies

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said reinforcing Israel’s edge and bolstering security relationships with neighbors like Egypt were both U.S. priorities. Hagel, speaking Thursday to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s annual Soref Symposium, described his recent visit to Israel and the region, his first since assuming the defense secretary… More ▸

  • Assad: Syrian army can handle terrorist Israel

    (JTA) — Syria’s army is ready to deal with Israel, Syrian President Bashar Assad told an Iranian official on Syrian state television. “The Syrian people and its army, who have made important achievements by fighting terrorist and Takfiri groups, are capable of confronting Israel’s ventures that represent one of the many faces of terrorism targeting Syria… More ▸

  • Rockets from Syria land in Golan for second day

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A mortar shell fired from Syria landed in the Golan Heights in Israel for the second straight day. The mortar fired on Tuesday morning landed in the central Golan Heights. On Monday, two projectiles fired from Syria landed in the southern Golan Heights. In both cases, no damage or injuries were reported. Israel filed… More ▸

  • Iranian general: Weapons struck in Syria were not sent by Iran

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Iranian general said the arms allegedly attacked by Israel in Syria were not sent by his country. The denial appeared on the Revolutionary Guards website on Monday, the French news agency AFP reported. “The Syrian government does not need Iran’s military aid, and these sorts of reports are propaganda and psychological war,”… More ▸

  • Rockets fired from Syria strike Golan Heights

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two rockets fired from Syria hit the Golan Heights in Israel. The rockets, which landed in the southern Golan Heights on Monday afternoon, caused no damage or injuries.They “were fired erroneously as a byproduct of internal conflict in Syria,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a tweet. Rebels and the Syrian army reportedly battled… More ▸

  • Israel did not warn U.S. on Syria attacks, U.S. official says

    (JTA) — Israel did not provide advance warning to the United States on its alleged airstrikes on Syria, a U.S. intelligence official said. The unnamed official said the United States was told of the attacks as they were in progress, Reuters reported Monday. The Israel Defense Forces has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility for attacks Friday… More ▸

  • Civilian airspace in northern Israel closed over fears

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel closed the airspace in its North to civilian traffic following attacks on Syrian targets that were believed to be carried out by the Israeli military. The closure comes after the Israeli military moved two Iron Dome missile defense batteries to northern Israel near Safed and Haifa on Sunday morning. The Israeli domestic… More ▸

  • Iran calls for Arab countries to unite against Israel

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Iran called on the countries of the Middle East to unite against Israel in the face of an attack on Syria. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the countries of the region should stand together against the “assault,” the Reuters news agency reported, citing the Iranian Fars news agency. Syrian state media… More ▸