‘Entry of radical Islamist forces into northern Syria is disturbing,’ says ex-Israeli intelligence official

By Yaakov Lapin, JNS— Israel has been closely monitoring Turkey’s brutal offensive against the Kurds in northeast Syria in recent days. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the Turkish invasion on Oct. 10, stating that Israel “warns against the ethnic cleansing of the Kurds by Turkey and its proxies,” and that “Israel is prepared to…

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Trump sanctions fail to slow Turkey assault, Assad makes land grab

By Reuters , Israel Hayom Staff– Turkey ignored new sanctions from the United States to press on with its assault on northern Syria on Tuesday, while the Russia-backed Syrian army entered one of the most hotly contested cities, filling a void created by Donald Trump’s abrupt retreat. A week after reversing US policy and moving…

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‘We assume there are weapons stockpiled on the Temple Mount’

By Yoav Limur, Israel Hayom— ‘We assume there are weapons stockpiles on the Temple Mount’ “The Palestinians will never drop the matter of the Temple Mount. It’s a tool that they, and parts of the Arab and Muslim world, use to take on Israel,” former Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman and former head…

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Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) guide for the perplexed, 2019

By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought: a US-Israel initiative” More on Sukkot and other Jewish holidays, see Ettinger’s ebook: Jewish Holidays, Guide for the Perplexed. 1. US-Israel special ties are highlighted by Columbus Day (October 14, 2019), which is always celebrated around Sukkot (October 13-20, 2019). According to “Columbus Then and Now” (Miles Davidson,…

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Trump’s new actions, inactions on Kurds, Syria, Iran have Israel deeply worried

By David Horovitz, Times of Israel— President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of US troops from a crucial area of the Turkey-Syria border, widely seen as an abandonment of America’s Kurdish allies there, has reinforced the resonance of a series of “emergency” warnings issued by Israeli leaders in the days leading up to Wednesday’s solemn Yom Kippur.…

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As Turkey launches ground invasion, Shaked calls for Kurdish state

By Raphael Ahren, Times of Israel— Yamina party chairwoman Ayelet Shaked on Wednesday reissued a call for Kurdish statehood, urging the West to support the Kurds as Turkey launched a military campaign in northern Syria. “Our national memory requires us to revolt against violence directed against another nation. Such is the Turkish violence directed against…

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At least one suspect on the run after shooting rampage near German synagogue kills two people

By Stephanie Halasz and Sheena McKenzie, CNN— Two people have been killed in a shooting rampage near a synagogue in the eastern German town of Halle, according to local police. One woman was killed close to the town’s synagogue around midday local time on Wednesday, before a gunman opened fire at a kebab shop roughly…

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IDF chief: If attacked, Israel will respond with force

By Lilach Shoval, Israel Hayom— The Israel Defense Forces will not compromise Israel’s security, this according to IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi in an address at a memorial ceremony for soldiers who fell in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. “Last summer was full of security incidents, both above and below the surface,…

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What Iran’s Friends Are Doing in Gaza

By Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute— As Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations pursue their efforts to spare the two million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip another war with Israel, the Islamic Jihad organization is promising its people more suffering, violence and bloodshed. The terrorist organization is also promising to continue the fight until it…

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