The Israel Defense Forces is preparing for the possibility of a limited ground incursion into Syria in the case of massive rocket fire from the country falling on Israeli territory, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Sunday. The IDF carried out…
Deputy Iranian foreign minister says alleged Israeli strike will have ‘serious implications’ for Tel Aviv while Syrian envoy threatens to launch ‘surprise attack’. Meanwhile Syria summons UN Golan commander to protest attack
Syria and Iran have threatened to retaliate for an alleged Israeli air raid near the capital Damascus.
Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul-Karim Ali says Damascus has “the option and the surprise to retaliate.” He said he cannot predict when the retaliation will be, saying it is up to relevant authorities to prepare for it.
“Israel, the Americans and the Arab regimes that have conspired together know that Syria will defend its sovereignty and its land,” he said. “The Zionist aggression exposes Israel’s part in the war against Syria.”
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By Aryeh Savir
Tazpit News Agency
Last week’s storm in Israel was a record-breaker on many accounts.
Many areas in the country received between 8 – 12 inches of rain, rainfall which occurs on average every 10 – 15 years. Rainfalls in the north have accumulated to 80% – 95% of the total yearly average rainfall and 180% – 230% of the average rainfall for this time of the year. In the center they have reached 70% – 85% of the yearly average and 150% – 200% of the average for this time of the year. Even in the Negev Desert, where up until recently the rainfall has been bellow average, they have reached 150% of the average rainfall for this period in the season. A continues rainfall period of 6 – 7 days is not common, and in the last 50 years only four other such long storms have been recorded in 1965, 1969, 1992, 1995.
The level of the Kinneret Lake continues to rise as a result of the heavy precipitation. The Kinneret is Israel’s main source of water. The level rose by 35 inches in the past week, one of the sharpest recorded rises in such a short period of time. The Kinneret’s current level has already surpassed the highest level recorded last winter, and the estimates are that this year will be a really good one for the Kinneret. The Kinneret has risen a total of 57 inches since the beginning of the season. The Kinneret is expected to rise at a rate of 1 inch per day tell the end of the season.
Snow has accumulated throughout the Galil and Golan in the North, and in Jerusalem and its environs, and even in the northern Negev during the second half of last week. Such a heavy snow fall occurs every few years, the last such storm in 2008. Other storms in the past 15 years occurred during 2003, 2000 and 1998.
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.
Wary caution is the order of the day in the Golan Heights, in light of Netanyahu’s apparent readiness to enter into negotiations with Syria.
Sammy Bar-Lev, mayor of Katzrin, the Golan’s only city, told Arutz-Sheva, “We have to be ready and on the alert, though at present I see no immediate danger to the Golan. I don’t know exactly what message Netanyahu gave the Syrians, of course, but if all he said is that he’s ready for talks with no pre-conditions, then that’s OK, because that’s what should be said.”