Are the U.S. and the West starting to get it?

by Barry Rubin, GLORIA Center After acceding to U.S. requests for nine months by freezing construction on existing Jewish settlements in the West Bank and also not building over the pre-1967 frontier in Jerusalem, Israel got nothing. While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed willing to continue it in some form, pressures from within his coalition…

US Congress halts aid to Lebanese army

by Israel Today The US Congress has put an indefinite hold on $100 million in military assistance to Lebanon after what congressional leaders termed an “outrageous incident” when Lebanese forces opened fire on Israeli troops conducting routine border maintenance last week. An Israeli commander was killed and one of his deputies was seriously wounded by…

Lebanese parliament member- 'Iran has hijacked my country'

by Worldnetdaily Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah, have taken Lebanon hostage, using the country for political and military gain, charged Samy Gemayel, a Lebanese parliament member. “If Iran wants to escalate the situation in the region it will escalate in our country using Hezbollah’s weapons, using Hezbollah’s power in the region,” said Gemayel, speaking in…

Hizballah takes aim at Israel's natural gas Discovery

by Gal Luft, Journal of Energy Security The discovery of a gigantic natural gas reservoir less than 100 miles off Israel’s coast seems like great news for the diplomatically and militarily embattled country.  The gas finding will strengthen Israel’s energy security, enable it to become an important gas exporter and contribute wealth to its economy.  It…