Information on the Israel Conflict.
Published on Sep 8, 2013 Israel Today wishes all of our readers and supporters and the people of Israel a blessed Rosh Hashanah. We'd like to share with you the following thoughts, prayers and prophetic revelation as we celebrate this special season of renewal. For the rest of this article and to stay connected with news from the Holy Land, sign up now for your free Israel Today Newsletter. http://www.israeltoday.co.il/promo/ne... Israel Today's mission is to be the definitive source for a truthful and balanced perspective on Israel and to provide timely news directly from Jerusalem -- the focus of world attention. This is especially important in these times when we see Bible prophecy events unfolding before our eyes.
Published on Sep 3, 2013 Sept. 3 -- President Barack Obama speaks on his vision for United States military action against Syria for use of chemical weapons just before a meeting with congressional leaders from both parties where he is attempting to gain approval for the strikes.
Published on Sep 3, 2013 Leaders of both parties in Congress announced they support the president's call for a military strike in Syria after a meeting with the president and other cabinet leaders at the White House. (Sept. 3)
Published on Sep 3, 2013 Russia's missile early warning system spots two launches heading towards Syria, before Israel admits it was carrying out a test. Israel has said it carried out a missile test in the Mediterranean, amid continued tensions in the region over the ongoing crisis in Syria. Israel's defence ministry said it had tested a single 'Ankor' target missile, which it said formed part of a US-funded anti-missile system. Two ballistic "objects" were fired towards the eastern Mediterranean from the central part of the sea, Russia's defence ministry had reportedly said. Interfax news agency quoted a ministry spokesman as saying the launch was detected at 10.16 am Moscow time (7.16am UK time) by an early warning radar station at Armavir, near the Black Sea, which is designed to detect missiles from Europe and Iran. Sky News' Foreign Affairs Editor Tim Marshall said: "This is Israel saying 'we can defend ourselves'. They do these tests frequently but they would have chosen today as a reminder (to Israel's enemies)." Despite reports that Israel had claimed the launch was a joint test with America, a US Navy spokesman said no missiles had been fired from any of its ships in the Mediterranean. The Russian Embassy in Syria said there were no signs of a missile attack or explosions in the capital, Damascus. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu had informed President Vladimir Putin of the launch, according to Interfax. "The trajectory of these objects goes from the central part of the Mediterranean Sea toward the eastern part of the Mediterranean coast," Interfax quoted the spokesman as saying. Russia opposes any outside military intervention in the Syrian civil war and a ministry official had earlier criticised the United States for deploying warships in the Mediterranean close to Syria. An Israeli military spokeswoman had previously said she was not aware of any missile launch in the eastern Mediterranean. Washington is currently assessing whether to order sea-launched strikes against Syria, with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden attempting to convince Congress of the need to intervene. Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham, who are both campaigning for action, met the President to discuss operations. Mr Graham said: "It is all in the details, but I left the meeting feeling better than I felt before about what happens the day after and that the purpose of the attack is going to be a little more robust than I thought." And Mr McCain said in an interview that Mr Obama did not reveal what weapons might be provided to the opposition in Syria or discuss in what targets might be attacked. "There was no concrete agreement, 'OK, we got a deal,'" Mr McCain said. "Like a lot of things, the devil is in the details." It came as Foreign Secretary William Hague answered questions on the Syria crisis in Parliament. France previously released satellite imagery it said showed strikes came from government-controlled areas to the east and west of the Syrian capital and targeting rebel-held zones, just before civilians began dying from gas poisoning. President Bashar al Assad warned Syria would retaliate if France takes part in foreign strikes on his forces.
Published on Aug 31, 2013 More Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/BreakingNews Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe President Barack Obama says the U.S. cannot stand by and let President Bashar al-Assad get away with the alleged chemical weapons attack. Nathan Frandino reports.
Published on Aug 23, 2013 U.S. intelligence agencies are all leaning toward the conclusion that chemical weapons were used in Syria. David Martin reports the commander of U.S. forces in the Mediterranean has ordered Navy warships to move closer to the country and be ready for a possible cruise missile strike. U.S. intelligence agencies are all leaning toward the conclusion that chemical weapons were used in Syria. David Martin reports the commander of U.S. forces in the Mediterranean has ordered Navy warships to move closer to the country and be ready for a possible cruise missile strike. U.S. intelligence agencies are all leaning toward the conclusion that chemical weapons were used in Syria. David Martin reports the commander of U.S. forces in the Mediterranean has ordered Navy warships to move closer to the country and be ready for a possible cruise missile strike. U.S. forces prepare for possible strike on Syria
Published on Aug 29, 2013 Syria: Russia And US Send Warships To Med. Russia is said to be deploying warships as the US boosts its military capacity in the region with a guided missile destroyer.Russia and the US have sent further warships to boost their military capacity in the Mediterannean as expectations grow of an imminent strike on Syria. Syria's ally Russia is sending an anti-submarine ship and a missile cruiser to the Mediterranean, according to Russian news agency Interfax. An armed forces source reportedly said the planned deployment was in response to the "well-known situation" - a clear reference to the conflict in Syria. The navy has denied the deployment is linked to events in Syria, saying it is part of a planned rotation of its ships in the Mediterranean. In the US, a defence official has said a fifth destroyer, the USS Stout, has been deployed to the Mediterranean and is "heading and moving east". The guided missile destroyer is due to relieve the Mahan, but both ships might remain in place for the time being, the official said. Other destroyers in the region - the Ramage, the Barry and the Gravely - criss-cross the Mediterranean and could launch their Tomahawk missiles toward Syria if so directed by US President Barack Obama. As military action inched closer, Syrian President Bashar al Assad's forces removed several Scud missiles and dozens of launchers from a base north of Damascus, possibly to protect them from bombardment, opposition sources claimed. The White House said it is on track to release an unclassified intelligence report on Syria this week, although the information is not a "slam-dunk" that will make an open and shut case for military action. A spokesman added that what the US is contemplating in terms of its response is "very discrete and limited". Russia and the US have taken part in an "urgent" meeting of the five permanent UN Security Council members in New York - the second such meeting in two days. Russia is strongly against any military intervention in Syria, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believing it would seriously destabilise the region. Mr Lavrov has said any attack without UN Security Council approval would be a "crude violation" of international law. Russia's President Vladimir Putin has spoken to German leader Angela Merkel by phone, with the pair agreeing the Syrian conflict can be solved politically, the chancellor's spokesman said. "The chancellor called on the Russian president to use negotiations in the UN Security Council for a quick, unanimous international reaction," he added. Public opinion in Germany is overwhelmingly against military action in Syria, less than four weeks before an election in which Mrs Merkel hopes to win a third term. The warship reports come after US President Barack Obama said the US had studied evidence and concluded that the Syrian government was behind the alleged attack. Mr Obama said any strike would be to "send a shot across the bow" and give a "pretty strong signal that [Syria] better not do it again". He added the US had not yet made a firm decision about how to respond, but that it could take action even without the backing of allies or the United Nations. The president's national security adviser Susan Rice, intelligence director James Clapper, defence secretary Chuck Hagel and secreary of state John Kerry are to brief Congress on Syria later, according to Reuters. Questions are said to remain about who actually controls some of Syria's chemical weapons and whether President Assad himself explicitly ordered the alleged attack. Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta told state radio that his country condemned the Assad regime but would not join any military operation without UN Security Council authorisation. The Syrian leader was shown meeting Yemeni politicians on state television on Thursday. It quoted President Assad as saying the country would defend itself in the face of any aggression. A draft resolution by the UK on authorising a strike failed to win the approval of the UN Security Council on Wednesday as Russia reiterated its objections. China has also entered the discussion and warned the West against any military action. "China calls on all parties to exercise restraint and remain calm and to remain committed to the correct track of political solutions," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.
Published on Aug 28, 2013 After emergency meetings, Israeli Prime Minsiter Benjamin Netanyahu issues bold warning of grave consequences to Syria's Leader Bashar Assad. A senior Syrian official warns that if the West attacks, Israel would face not only Syria, but a coalition that also included Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and various terrorist organizations. To stay connected with news direct from the Holy Land, sign up now for your free Israel Today newsletter! http://www.israeltoday.co.il/promo/ne... Israel Today's mission is to be the definitive source for a truthful and balanced perspective on Israel and to provide timely news directly from Jerusalem -- the focus of world attention. This is especially important in these times when we see Bible prophecy events unfolding before our eyes.
Published on Aug 28, 2013 The Israeli army has raised the level of alert in the Golan Heights that border Syria, beefing up troops and equipment, and holding exercises in the area. Israel has also moved a second Iron Dome battery system to the north of the country to bolster the unit already in Haifa.