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Israeli Military Shoots Down Syrian Warplane

Reuters | Posted 11.22.2014 | World

* Israel signals plane entered its Golan airspace by mistake * Syria civil war spillover has raised alarm in Israel * In...

Israel Returns Fire After Syria Shelling Hits Golan Heights

Reuters | Posted 11.04.2014 | World

JERUSALEM, Sept 4 (Reuters) - A projectile from fighting in the Syrian civil war struck the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday and Israeli f...

Israel Claims To Shoot Down Drone From Syria

AP | Posted 10.31.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Sunday that it shot down a drone that entered Israeli-controlled airspace from neighboring Syria, heighte...

Syria Rebels Attack UN Peacekeepers In Golan Heights

AP | DIAA HADID and OLIVER TEVES | Posted 10.30.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surro...

A Field Guide to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISOL)

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

In early August, ISIS forces attacked the Lebanese Syrian refugee border town of Arsal, provoking a major fire-fight with the Lebanese Army. Apparently, one of ISIS's major military commanders -- Imad Ahmad Jomaa -- had been apprehended inside the refugee camp (holding hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees) likely on a recruiting mission to create a fifth column of ISIS operatives inside Lebanon.

Syrian Rebels Seize Border Crossing With Israel

AP | Posted 08.27.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels, including fighters from an al-Qaida-linked group, seized control of a frontier crossing with Israel in the Golan Height...

Israeli Teen Killed In Attack On Syrian Frontier

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes bombed a series of targets inside Syria early Monday, the Israeli military said, in response to a cross-border at...

Bad Breaks

Kipp Friedman | Posted 06.22.2014 | Comedy
Kipp Friedman

While visiting the Golan Heights in Northern Israel several years ago, I felt the sudden need to relieve myself. Instead of heading back to the bus, t...

Assad and the Palestinians

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Giorgio Cafiero

Palestinians have fought in Syria on behalf of both the regime and the rebels. The conflict has deepened ideological and political wedges between Palestinians and complicated their patchwork of international alliances.

Israel Bombs Syrian Military Sites

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2014 | World

* Israeli aircraft strike several Syrian targets * Israel says won't tolerate attacks on troops * Official Syria media s...

No Better Time to Reinstate the Arab Peace Initiative

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.13.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

It is not enough for the Arab states to provide Kerry with lukewarm public support; they need to become active participants both publicly and privately and show solidarity with the US-led efforts to send a clear message to the Israeli and Palestinian publics where they really stand.

Japan's Influence in the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although it is not widely recognized as such, Japan is one of the most influential economic actors in the Persian Gulf -- something that is unlikely to change in the near or medium term.

Jordanian Band Tour Runs Into Political Bumps

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Daoud Kuttab

This week, a Jordanian band went on a tour that includes the Golan Heights, Nazareth, Haifa, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. But the popular music ...

The Morning After a Syrian Strike -- What's Next?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Damascus is eerily calm tonight while Damascenes nervously hunker down for what Washington is billing as a short duration Mediterranean-based cruise missile assault on Syrian military installations. The limited objective: "Punish" Syria for deploying chemical weapons "on a large scale" (Obama's words) against innocent men, women and children AND deter Assad from doing it again. Washington has done just about everything but take out ads in Syrian newspapers: The target is not Assad, nor is the attack directed at shifting any balance of power toward the "secular" Syrian opposition. Although the war drums are beating, the exact timing of the attack, should it come, remains a mystery.

Can Bosra Still Beckon History Buffs to Syria?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Looking through stacks of old pictures today, I came across a set I shot in Bosra, Syria, 23 years ago showing stately, if worn, internationally recog...

Netanyahu: Israel Can Only Rely On Its Own Security

AP | Posted 08.09.2013 | World

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the planned withdrawal of some U.N. peacekeepers from the Golan Heights shows that the Jew...

Syrian Rebels Capture Crossing To Golan Heights

Agence France Presse | | Posted 08.06.2013 | World

Syrian rebels fighting forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad's regime have taken over the Quneitra crossing on the Israel-Syria ceasefire line in ...

Israel, Syria Exchange Fire Over Border

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 07.21.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — Israeli and Syrian troops exchanged fire across their tense cease-fire line in the Golan Heights on Tuesday, prompting an Israeli th...

Syrian Gunfire Hits Golan Heights

AP | Posted 07.20.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military says gunfire from Syria has hit the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights overnight. The military said on Monday th...

Syrian Rebels Holding UN Peacekeepers

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 07.07.2013 | World

UNITED NATIONS — A Syrian rebel group detained four U.N. peacekeepers on patrol on the Golan Heights in a tense area that separates Syria and Is...

War and Peace

Rick Steves | Posted 07.06.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

For Israel, simply surviving is serious business. More and more Israeli Jews, along with people around the world who care about peace in the Middle Ea...

Israel Shells Golan Heights In Retaliation For Syrian Artillery Fire

AP | Posted 04.12.2013 | World

JERUSALEM -- Israel's military says its troops have shelled a position on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights from which they received fire. It said...

Israel Fires Missile Into Syria In Response To Border Fire

AP | TIA GOLDENBERG | Posted 03.24.2013 | World

JERUSALEM -- Israel's army said it fired a guided missile into Syria on Sunday, destroying a military post after gunfire flew across the border and st...

Syrian Rebels Near Golan Heights

Reuters | Posted 05.21.2013 | World

BEIRUT, March 21 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels have overrun several towns near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in the past 24 hours, rebels and a mon...

UNDOF: The Beginning of the End?

Daniel Nisman | Posted 05.07.2013 | World
Daniel Nisman

On March 6, Syrian rebel fighters in the Golan Heights region released footage of a UN peacekeepers' convoy which they claimed to have detained. The i...