A southern front with Israel? Not for the moment

Justin Salhani for The Daily Star –  Despite Hezbollah’s recent reconciliation with Hamas, the party is currently unlikely to mobilize against Israel over its ongoing offensive aimed at crushing the Islamist group in Gaza, analysts said Tuesday, with most generally agreeing that any intervention rests on how things go on the ground. “A full land invasion has yet to …

Israel’s ‘right to self-defense’ – a tremendous propaganda victory

  By Amira Hass – By supporting Israel’s offensive on Gaza, Western leaders have given the Israelis carte blanche to do what they’re best at: Wallow in their sense of victimhood and ignore Palestinian suffering. One of Israel’s tremendous propaganda victories is that it has been accepted as a victim of the Palestinians, both in the …

Israel cuts diplomatic ties with Turkey

Israel said on Friday it was reducing its diplomatic presence in Turkey after protesters angered by its ground offensive into Gaza pelted its consulate in Istanbul with stones and draped Palestinian flags on the ambassador’s residence in Ankara. The Israeli Foreign Ministry accused Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan of “incitement” and said it was ordering the return of diplomats’ …

Rockets fired from Lebanon and Syria at Nahariya and Golan Heights

  THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – Beirut Correspondent – Israeli military sources  reported that three rockets have been fired from South Lebanon over Israel’s northern city of Nahariya, according to the Israeli media. The Israeli army has responded by heavy artillery fire into Lebanon villages. Code Red sirens blared in Israel’s northern city of Nahariyah in …