Britain joins U.S., Canada in opposing UN resolution on ‘Syrian Golan’

(JTA) – Britain for the first time joined the United States and Canada in opposing a UN resolution condemning Israel’s control over the Golan Heights and declaring it Syrian.

On Thursday, the British delegate told the assembly he voted no because “resolutions which undermine the credibility of UN bodies risk hardening positions on both sides, and do little to advance peace or mutual understanding,” he said. “It is unnecessary and disproportionate.” [Read more…]

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Israel fires on Syrian military outpost in Golan buffer zone

Israeli forces standing guard on the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights, Nov. 27, 2016. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

Israeli forces standing guard on the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights, Nov. 27, 2016. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

(JTA) – The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) fired on a Syrian military outpost in the demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights for the second time in two days.

Israeli tanks fired warning shots on the military installation Sunday evening after Syrian soldiers were spotted working to fortify the outpost in violation of the 1974 ceasefire agreement, the army said. [Read more…]

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U.S. security officials arrive in Israel to discuss Syria border deal

Israeli forces standing guard on the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights, Nov. 27, 2016. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

Israeli forces standing guard on the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights, Nov. 27, 2016. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – U.S. National Security Council officials arrived in Israel for talks with their Israeli counterparts.

Representatives of other security agencies are also participating Tuesday in the discussions, which are focused on the recent U.S.-Russia ceasefire agreement for Syria as well as on Iran. [Read more…]

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U.S.-Russia cease-fire could reportedly leave Iran-backed forces within three miles of Israel’s border

Hezbollah soldiers near the Syrian town of Flita, near the border with Lebanon, Aug. 2, 2017. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)
Hezbollah soldiers near the Syrian town of Flita, near the border with Lebanon, Aug. 2, 2017. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

Hezbollah soldiers near the Syrian town of Flita, near the border with Lebanon, Aug. 2, 2017. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Iranian-backed forces in Syria could reportedly remain as close as three miles from Israel’s border under a recent cease-fire agreement reached by the United States, Russia and Jordan.

An Israeli official said militias allied with Iran would be allowed to maintain positions as close at three to four miles to some parts of the border while being pushed up to around 19 miles away in others, Reuters reported Monday. The positions of the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime will affect the arrangements, the anonymous official said. [Read more…]

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Israel targets Syrian army post in retaliatory strike

(JTA) – An Israeli airstrike hit a Syrian army post near the border in retaliation for a rocket that struck Israeli territory in the Golan Heights.

The rocket that fell in Israel on Thursday afternoon is believed to be spillover from Syria’s long running civil war and did not cause any injuries or damage. The Israel Defense Forces typically responds to spillover gunfire and mortars with return fire. There were no reports on Syrian injuries. [Read more…]

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Israeli hospital gets grant to help Syrian refugee kids with hearing loss

A Syrian injured during fighting in Syria’s civil war is rushed into Ziv Medical Center in Sefad, Israel, in 2015. (Photo via Ziv Medical Center)
A Syrian injured during fighting in Syria’s civil war is rushed into Ziv Medical Center in Sefad, Israel, in 2015. (Photo via Ziv Medical Center)

A Syrian injured during fighting in Syria’s civil war is rushed into Ziv Medical Center in Sefad, Israel, in 2015. (Photo via Ziv Medical Center)

(JTA) – An Israeli philanthropist has made a six-figure grant to a hospital in northern Israel to fund treatment for Syrian children who have suffered hearing loss as a result of their country’s civil war.

Morris Kahn’s pilot grant to Ziv Medical Center in Safed is part of the Genesis Prize Foundation’s global initiative to aid refugee causes and encourage other Jewish foundations and philanthropists to do the same. The refugee focus was chosen by British sculptor Anish Kapoor, who was awarded the 2017 Genesis Prize, which honours leading cultural figures who have showed a dedication to the Jewish community and Jewish values. [Read more…]

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Israel-Russia trade leaps by 25%

(JTA) – Amid tightening of economic cooperation between Russia and Israel, their trade has grown in 2017 by 25 per cent, officials from both countries revealed.

The increase in the first six months of 2017 was over approximately $380 million US in trade exchanged hands between Russia and Israel in the corresponding period the previous year. [Read more…]

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