Christian oil company boosts exploration in Israel

By RYAN JONES— Zion Oil & Gas, an American Christian-run company, submitted a new exploratory license last month that will significantly increase its efforts to find oil in Israel. Zion already explores for oil in areas covering some 218,000 acres of the Jewish state on its Asher-Menashe, Jordan Valley and Joseph licenses. The new Megiddo-Jezreel…

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US lawmakers pledge to back Israel against Iran

By MICHAEL BOWMAN, VOA NEWS— The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a resolution affirming America’s firm opposition to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, and pledging full support for Israel in the event of an Israeli military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities. The chance to slam Iran’s government and speak up for Israel brought a rare moment of…

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Russia's Brinkmanship with US Clashes with Israel's Security

By YAAKOV LAPPIN, GATESTONE— Russia is aggressively squaring off with an indecisive and rather meek West about Syria, and in the process, is also threatening to undermine Israeli efforts to ensure that Iran and Syria do not ship strategic weapons to Hezbollah. The Syrian civil war has become a dangerous and complex battle of multiple…

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Israel Hints at New Strikes, Warning Syria Not to Hit Back

By MARK LANDLER, NY TIMES— In a clear warning to Syria to stop the transfer of advanced weapons to Islamic militants in the region, a senior Israeli official signaled on Wednesday that Israel was considering additional military strikes to prevent that from happening and that the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, would face crippling consequences if…

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Syrian-Israeli war of words via Putin edges into Syrian-Hizballah war of attrition

By DEBKAFILE— Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Netanyahu ended their three-hour meeting in Sochi Tuesday, May 14, at loggerheads on Syria. In fact, Putin warned his guest that Israel and its army, the IDF, were heading for war with Syria in which Russia might well be involved – and not just through the…

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Hezbollah to open ‘new front’ in Golan Heights

By MICHAL SHMULOVICH, TIMES OF ISRAEL— Iran has convinced Syria to allow Hezbollah to open a “new front” against Israel in the Golan Heights, the London-based Arabic-language newspaper al-Hayat reported Wednesday. Tehran, seeking to prevent the fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government, asked Damascus if Hezbollah could set up a new military front against…

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