Soldiers of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards (AFP Photo / Atta Kenare) Iran will deploy 4,000 Revolutionary Guards to Syria to bolster Damascus against a mostly Sunni-led insurgency, media reported. Meanwhile, US F-16s and Patriots will stay in Jordan – speculatively,…
Ryan Jones Earlier this week, the US government warned Americans to steer clear of Israel’s northern Golan Heights. Now the United Nations is cautioning that neighboring Syria’s ongoing civil war is likely to spill over the border. “US citizens are…
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The mortar shell hit the border area inside Israeli territory near Tel Hazeka in the Golan Heights. The IDF estimated that at least two Syrian soldiers were injured by Israeli fire, Channel 10 reported.
Israeli media reports indicated that the targets hit by Israeli tanks were Soviet-made D-30 howitzer pieces. Israeli officials said the vehicle was believed to belong to the Syrian government.
Israeli military officials had previously contended that the intermittent mortar fire was spillover from intense fighting near the frontier between Syrian President Bashar Assad’s army and rebel forces trying to oust him, and not an overt attempt to hit the Jewish state. On Monday, however, a senior Israeli official said Israel is starting to question that assessment.
Mount Bental, which has been an inactive volcano for 50,000 years, offers stunning views of the north of the country. By JOE YUDIN
Joe Yudin owns Touring Israel, a company that specializes in “Lifestyle” tours of Israel.
We make our way up the winding road climbing Mount Bental, an extinct volcano on the northern Golan Heights, which last erupted over 50,000 years ago. I open the windows of my van and as we climb the temperature drastically drops, which is quite welcoming in the August summer heat.
Alan Baker, director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, is former legal adviser to Israel’s Foreign Ministry and former ambassador to Canada. He recently wrote an excellent article on The Settlements Issue: Distorting the Geneva Convention and the Oslo Accords which is a must read. But for me it opened up a can of worms.
The international community considers the settlements illegal because of the sixth paragraph of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which states:
“The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”
But, what does this mean?
The International Committee of the Red Cross, in 1958, clarified this provision as follows:
“It is intended to prevent a practice adopted during the Second World War by certain Powers, which transferred portions of their own population to occupied territory for political and racial reasons or in order, as they claimed, to colonize those territories.”
Sources say legislation won’t reach Knesset plenum for months. Although the Knesset House Committee advanced a bill that would limit the prime minister’s options during any future negotiations on Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, sources close to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that it would be months before the bill came to a final vote on the Knesset floor.
The House Committee voted 6-2 in favor of the Golan Heights and Jerusalem national referendum bill, despite the Prime Minister’s Office’s staunch opposition to the legislation. It now goes to the Knesset for its second and third readings.
The bill would require a national referendum in any instance in which Israel agreed in diplomatic talks to hand over areas annexed by Israel. Both the Golan Heights and parts of municipal Jerusalem located beyond the Green Line have been annexed.
Under to the law, any such deal must first be approved by the Knesset; if it passes, it must be put to a national referendum within 180 days.
“This is a law of supreme national importance to maintain the unity of the state, a law that has won support across parties and political camps,” said House Committee Chairman MK Yariv Levin (Likud), who chaired the special committee tasked with preparing the bill for its second and third readings.
“This law will require all leaders of Israel to arrive at agreements that are good for Israel, acceptable to the general public, and will maintain our rights in the Land of Israel.”
“We are reaching our hand out for peace with Syria, but peace cannot exist without a basic condition: You cannot reach a hand out for peace while continuing to support terror groups.”
Syrian president says his Russian counterpart relayed message from Israeli president that Jewish state will be willing to withdraw from Golan Heights if Damascus cuts its ties with Tehran, ‘resistance movements’. Assad takes offer lightly, says ‘reality proves Israel is not working for peace’ Roee Nahmias
Syrian President Bashar Assad says his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, relayed a message from President Shimon Peres last week, that Israel was willing to withdraw from the Golan Heights in exchange for Syria cutting its ties with Iran and the “resistance movements”.
According to top British researcher Syrian foreign minister declared his country’s willingness to achieve peace with Israel based on new outline Ynet
Despite the recent exchange of threats and the forming alliance with Iran, the British Guardian newspaper reported over the weekend that Syrian officials have expressed willingness to renew peace talks with Israel based on a step-by-step withdrawal from the Golan Heights. The report appeared in an Op-Ed written by Gabrielle Rifkind, director of the Middle East research program in Oxford Univesity. Rifkind quoted Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem speaking during a press meeting last December. “For peacemaking, Israel needs to be ready to recognize that Syria is entitled to every inch of the Golan, but we wish to engage in talks,” he said. “For us,” he continued, “the land is sacred and a matter of honor.” Referring to the agreement’s outline he noted,
PM knows that rejection of peace with Syria will lead to terrible war
Enough has been said about the war mongers, ranging from Yossi Peled to Avigdor Lieberman. These are honest and transparent people. However, at this time we must raise a hue and cry vis-à-vis the peace imposers. We must scream in the prime minister’s face: You are not heading towards peace, so stop talking nonsense. You are heading towards war with Syria.
More than 100 religious and non-religious organisations, including several Muslim, have signed a petition against the proposed United Nations resolutions on the ‘defamation of religions,’ which they state will do more harm than good for religious freedom.