Lt.-Col. Avital Leibovich, the head of the international media division of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF), told CBS News that the Israeli military now needs to deal with several fronts, where in the past they have had only one.
said, in a regional environment altered by the "Arab Spring,"
The use of civilian populations as fronts for military operations, is one of the most difficult developments.
"Basically we can see a phenomenon which is becoming stronger and stronger
in the recent region in which civilians serve as human shields. We've seen it
Quote of the Week:
“Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you’re right and you know it, speak your mind. Speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth.” - Mohandas Ghandi
Fifty Libyan Muslim Brotherhood
mercenaries arrived in the Gaza Strip from
Anti-Israel Schizophrenia of Academia
Israel has refused to reassure President Barack Obama that it would warn him of a pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear infrastructure. Obama was rebuffed when US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta wanted an unshakable guarantee that Israel would not carry out a unilateral military strike against Iran's nuclear installations, suggesting that Israel no longer plans to ''seek Washington's permission'', sources said. Alarmed by Mr Netanyahu's noncommittal response, Mr Obama reportedly ordered the US intelligence services to step up monitoring of Israel to glean clues of its intentions. (Why is it OK for the United States to spy against Israel? This ‘friendly country is still holding Jonathan Pollard in prison for providing Israel information, which THE ‘ally’ supposed to share!)
Israel Curbing Foreign anti-Israel Political Funding
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill that would limit donations by foreign governments or international bodies such as the United Nations or European Union to 20,000 shekels, or about $5,200, annually.
Israel paid Syrian President Bashar Assad’s grand-uncle $100 million for the Golan Heights before the Six-Day War in 1967, said Dr. Mahmoud Jame’, a former close friend to assassinated Egyptian president Anwar Sadat. Dr. Mahmoud Jame’ said Sadat was briefed on the deal.
Too Many Empty Reaffirmations
Vice President Joe Biden stressed President Barack Obama's commitment to Israel and the continued support of the US during a fund-raiser in Detroit. Biden spoke at the Yeshiva Beth Yehudah Dinner, in front of hundreds of supporters of what is touted as the largest Jewish school system in the state. Tickets started at $250 each.
Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak
There is nothing more delusional as belief in a notion of political friendship. All countries are looking for their own interest, forging temporary military, political and economic alliances. Israel must be particularly aware of it, considering history of the noxious treatment Jews received from others, and pursue its own national interests, as any sovereign country should, in securing the future of the Jewish people.
Kenya PM asks Israel for help fighting terrorists
Kenya's prime minister is seeking Israel's support in stopping reprisal terror attacks by an al-Qaida-linked militant group Kenyan troops are pursuing in Somalia. Israeli security forces are among the best in the world in dealing with terror threats. Kenya last month sent hundreds of troops into Somalia to pursue al-Shabab, whom it blames for attacks and kidnappings in Kenya.
Why would Britain Care?
Britain is heading for a potential rift with Israel over plans for legislation designed to curb foreign funding of so-called human rights and civil society organisations that are mainly critical of government policy. Matthew Gould, the British ambassador in Tel Aviv, has already taken the unusual step of warning Ofir Akunis, the architect of the bill, and a Knesset member in Mr Netanyahu's ruling Likud Party, that the measure would reflect badly on Israel. (In a current bad economic environment one would think the UK would be happy to reduce its ‘foreign aid’)
According to statistics presented by Major General Orna Barbivai, head of the IDF’s Manpower Directorate, by the year 2020 about 60% of the Israeli population will not be serving in the army. The data for 2011 indicate that as of today, every second citizen in Israel does not enlist in the IDF. At the same time, the IDF expects a sharp increase, about 25%, in the number of religious girls who opt for full army service in the coming year. (Disillusionment and the absence of direction and political will to achieve the Jewish national aspiration could be major reasons for this decline.)
Look Who is Talking:
"No regime can survive by killing or jailing… No one can build a future over the blood of the oppressed." - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, signaling that he is fed up with Assad's response to the uprising - Doesn’t Turkey still kill and jail Kurds, while occupying their land? Turkey has not come clean and ‘forbids’ other countries to even acknowledge the genocide of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks and Kurds between 1915 and 1923.
by Spencer Ackerman
program inspires perennial rumours of an Israeli
air raid. No one really knows if one is coming. But if it does, it won’t be a
conventional bombing run.
A combined squad of Heron drones, manned electronic
attack planes from a unit called the Sky Crows and fighter jocks in F-15s and
F-16s would execute the attack on