Israel Roundup: Vaccine to be Tested on Rodents, Citizens Strain Under Restrictions

In February, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israel Institute of Biological Research to join fight against the coronavirus pandemic. They are making “significant progress,” and are now commencing animal trials, using rodents. The laboratory is located in Nes Ziona, in central Israel, and hopefully positive results will come from these tests.

Russia and Syria Accuse US of Using Coronavirus Aid to Help Rebels

The Kremlin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad‘s government accuse the United States of using humanitarian aid to supply rebels. The interdepartmental coordination headquarters of Russia and Syria said that the US, against the background of the situation with the spread of COVID-19 in the world, plans to transfer cargo to the militants under the guise of humanitarian assistance.

Iran Denies the Holocaust in Europe and in Syria

The holocaust in which 6 million Jews died in Nazi work camps is difficult to deny. It happened only eighty years ago and it is all recorded in history and even filmed. Not only that over 40 million people died in World War II which began with Hitler imprisoning Jewish children in Germany and all of Europe. Many countries including Britain ignored the persecution of the Jews before World War II not considering it important.

Israel Roundup: Country in Lockdown, Gantz to Become PM

With the news of a shut down in California, the most highly populated state in America, there is no other way to receive this news in Israel but with shock. Israel and America are partners in the work of building this world to last for another thousand years with peace and health. President Trump began his administration with the goal of reaching global peace but received opposition from the liberal Democrats.

Coronavirus Forces Turkish, European Leaders to Conference from Home

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s four-day summit with European leaders was scheduled to take place in Istanbul, but was cancelled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Instead, the meeting was held by video conferencing. Heads of state and government discussed ways to send humanitarian aid to Idlib, in northern Syria, and the issue of Syrian refugees.

Demonstrators Flocked to Russian-Turkish Patrols Road in Idlib

Hundreds of protesters flocked to the Aleppo-Lattakia road in Idlib Governorate to protest against the Russian-Turkish patrols on the way. Hundreds of civilians flocked to the international road near Arihah and set tires to prevent the passage of Russian-Turkish joint patrols along the M4. Dozens had been in tents erected three days ago on the road, and there were calls for a demonstration in the area.

Erdogan Calls for European Support in Syria, EU Refuses to “Succumb to Blackmail”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that resolving the migration crisis requires European support in Syria, as new clashes between refugees and police on the border with Greece began. “If European countries want to resolve the issue, they must support Turkey’s efforts for political and humanitarian solutions in Syria,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara on Wednesday.

Who Will Be First to Start Covert Action in Turkey to Remove Erdogan, USA or Russia?

A voluminous 300-page report released last month by the RAND Corporation released titled “Turkey’s Nationalist Path-Implications For The US-Turkish Cooperation Strategy And The US Army” indicates that the Turkish government’s decision to dismiss hundreds of army officers after the failed 2016 coup in Ankara caused widespread discontent in the country’s armed forces.

Turkey Opens the Gates, Greeks Meet Migrants with Tear Gas

The troops of the Greek Army conducted extensive target practice on the islands east of the Aegean Sea and the river Evros on Monday. This is a report by the Greek national television station, quoted by the Ministry of Defense of Athens. From the commentator’s point of view, the exercise was Athens’ response to the increase in the number of immigrants transferred from Turkey to Lesbos, Chios, and Samos the previous day.

Proxy Russia-Turkey War in Syria – What’s Next?

Russia and Turkey have been at war for awhile. However, it is a proxy war. Pro Turkish Syrian fighters supported by the Turkish military are fighting Pro-Russian Syrian fighters, who are supported by the Russian Army and the Kremlin. It is a war fought by using others to reach their objectives.  Nevertheless, the war will turn into full blown conflict; at this time Turkey can’t afford blatant war with Russia.

Turkey Opens the Gates to Europe After Syrian Attack in Idlib

Senior Turkish officials say Turkey will no longer stop Syrian refugees from reaching Europe after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike in northwestern Syria’s Idlib area. The opening of the border may lead to a repeat of the immigration crisis in 2015-2016, when more than one million people will reach Greece by sea and walk across the Balkans, until Turkey and Iran close the border after reaching an agreement.

At Least 33 Turkish Soldiers Killed by Syrian Air Attack in Idlib

At least 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike carried out on Thursday by the Syrian regime in the north-west of the country. It is a record number of fatalities for Turkey in a single day since 2016. This episode represents a serious escalation in the direct conflict between Turkey and the Russian-backed Syrian regime forces that has been fought since the beginning of February.

NATO Council Meeting Wrapped Up – What Are the Options in Syria for Turkey and Russia?

At the request of Turkey, NATO held an emergency council meeting. The Turkish Newspaper Yeni Safak published an article titled “The NATO crisis meeting has ended. Stoltenberg: we will protect Turkey from the air-air attacks from Syria will stop.” Yeni Şafak is a conservative Turkish daily newspaper that always supports Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the AK Party. Overall, it has close ties to the Turkish government and could be considered a Turkish pro-government propaganda paper.

Islamic Jihad Fires Dozens of Rockets in Israel-Gaza Violence

More border clashes have broken out in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). The group fired over eighty rockets on Israel in two days, Sunday and Monday. The Iron Dome defense system successfully intercepted 90% of these missiles. In response, the IDF struck Islamic Jihad terror targets near Damascus, Syria, and the group’s headquarters in Khan Younis.

Turkish Death Toll Rises to 16 in Idlib

A Turkish soldier was killed in a bomb attack by the Assad regime in Syria’s Idlib area, becoming the sixteenth Turkish soldier to die in the area this month. A statement issued from the Turkish province of Gaziantep said that the deceased was a tank repairman. Turkey has sent thousands of soldiers and military equipment to areas south of its borders to resist the attack by Assad forces in order to regain control of areas controlled by opposition fighters.

German FM Discusses Regional Issues with Saudis, Presses for Reforms

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Saudi Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud met in Berlin Friday. Maas said that Germany and Saudi Arabia agreed to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear bomb. At a joint press conference with Prince Faisal, Maas said that talks between the two sides centered on conflicts in the region, including Libya, Syria, and Yemen, and Iran’s violation of the nuclear agreement.

Turkey Analysis – Will Kremlin Retaliate with a Covert Operation Against Erdogan?

The results of the new survey are available pertaining to the approval of the head of state of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The poll results were posted on Twitter by the @Metropol. The survey posed a straightforward question of whether or not the public approves of the current head of state’s activities. Thus far Erdogan is at a 41.9% approval rate.

Russian-Turkish Talks End with no Result

Thе first dау of the Ruѕѕіаn-Turkіѕh tаlkѕ on Idlіb еndеd Mоndау іn Moscow wіth no rеѕult. Ankаrа соntіnuеѕ tо transfer іtѕ mіlіtаrу еԛuірmеnt tо northern Syria аnd соntіnuеѕ to demand the іmmеdіаtе wіthdrаwаl оf the Syrian аrmу frоm its роѕіtіоnѕ. Moscow bеlіеvеѕ thаt Ankаrа fаіlеd the tаѕk of ѕераrаtіng thе tеrrоrіѕtѕ аnd the аrmеd орроѕіtіоn, but at thе same tіmе, thеу аrе tаlkіng about full undеrѕtаndіng between the Ruѕѕіаn аnd Turkіѕh mіlіtаrу.

Israel Roundup: Elections, Airstrikes, Blacklists

Israel elections are scheduled for March 2, and each citizen has already received notice of wherein this election he will vote.  The presentation of the Deal of the Century is a big factor in the new elections. Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu have both received the proposal with favor, but the other parties, who will be important to complete the required coalition, have different opinions about the Trump Plan.

Israel Roundup: IDF Develops Laser System, Former PM Shoots Down Deal of the Century

Israel continues to attempt to try to postpone an all-out war in the hope that a peaceful solution will come. U.S. President Donald Trump has entered into the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as a referee. Referees can sometimes be blamed for making mistakes.  Since introducing the Deal of the Century, tensions in Israel and Palestine are growing. Referees have an important place in sports. People want sometimes to put the blame on the referee, others accept that being a referee is difficult and necessary.

IDF Attacks Syrian Forces, Jerusalem Car Attack Injures Many

The Israeli army again attacked the positions of Syrian forces and pro-Iranian militias near Damascus. The official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) confirmed the Israeli missile attack on the positions of the Syrian army, and the forces affiliated with the Islamic Republic of Iran, citing Israeli air defense against rockets fired by Israel. The news has not yet been confirmed by Israeli sources. The Associated Press then confirmed and supplemented the news.

Syria: UN Reports Half-Million Displaced by Fighting in Idlib

On Tuesday, a spokesman for the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs, David Swanson, reported that more than half a million people have been forced to flee their homes in Idlib over the last two months. “Since 1 December, some 520,000 people have been displaced from their homes, the vast majority – 80 percent – of them women and children,” he said. Swanson noted that their movement in winter exacerbated the already “terrible humanitarian situation in the region.”

Idlib: Clashes Test Relations Between Russia and Turkey

The bloodshed between Turkey and Syrian government forces in the northwestern province of Idlib created an opportunity for an open confrontation between two neighboring states. The death of eight Turkish troops during the Syrian bombardment also posed a threat to good relations between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is the main supporter of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

Syrian Army Takes Control of Maarat al-Numan

On Tuesday, Syrian Army forces entered the city of Maaret al-Numan, the second largest city of Idlib in northwestern Syria, amid violent clashes and shelling, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Idlib governorate and its adjacent areas, which are home to three million people, have been witnessing a military escalation of the regime forces and their ally, Russia, since December.

Israel Roundup: Immunity for Netanyahu, a Pardon for Yissachar

Discussions will begin next week in the Knesset on whether to grant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution. Netanyahu has been indicted for fraud, bribery and breach of trust, which he feels are not severe to interfere with his ability to be Prime Minister. Blue and White, his opponents in the next elections, have pushed for hearings on immunity to be held before the elections in March.

Assad Army Bombings Displace Thousands in Aleppo Countryside

About six thousand families from the western countryside of Aleppo have been displaced, amid intense Russian and Syrian bombing of the area during the past three days, since the ceasefire collapsed within the de-escalation zone. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, in a report, stated that the wave of displacement from the towns and villages of the west of Aleppo escalated against the backdrop of the intense bombing. The area is mainly exposed to Russian planes since the ceasefire collapsed in the region subject to Russian-Turkish misunderstandings.

UN and European Union Calls to Stop Military Operations in Syria

On Friday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Idlib, saying that the latest ceasefire in Syria “failed again to protect civilians.” This came the day after 10 people, including 3 Turkish soldiers, were killed in an explosion that rocked Raqqa. “It is deeply distressing that civilians are still being killed on a daily basis in missile strikes from both the air and ground,” Bachelet said in a statement about the Russian-Turkish ceasefire, which was supposed to be implemented about a week ago in Idlib.

UN: Five Million Syrian Children Have Been Displaced

A new report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria shows that armed militant groups in Syria are abusing children on a wide scale. Approximately 1.5 million children have been displaced inside Syria, and 3.7 million have fled the country. The United Nations Commission announced in its new report Thursday that there have been several violations against Syrian children since last year. The Commission’s report referred to cases of children being used in suicide bombings, using child soldiers for war and raping them.

Nations Urge Restraint After Soleimani Strike

Many countries have issued statements urging calm and restraint among all parties, since the U.S. launched a rocket attack on Baghdad International Airport early Friday, killing Qasem Soleimani. The Iranian general was the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. At least eight other people have died in this and other subsequent American airstrikes.

Shirazz Mohamed, Abducted South African Journalist, Returns Home from Syria

A South African photo-journalist, Shiraaz Mohamed, who was abducted three years ago in Syria, has returned to his home country after being set free. His family has confirmed this, adding that they would give more details later. “Shiraaz Mohamed is back in the country,” his ex-wife, Shaaziya Brijlal told AFP. “Owing to his recent circumstances, he and our family are requesting that we be given some space,” said Brijlal adding that a statement will be given in due course.

Protesters Attack US Embassy in Iraq

Hundreds of protesters attacked the US embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday to protest US bombings that left dozens of Shi’ite militia fighters dead on Sunday. Iraqi supporters of pro-Iranian factions stormed the embassy compound, damaging the embassy’s outer wall and shouting “death to America.” Pictures posted on social networks show protesters climbing the heavily protected walls of the building, holding Shiite militia flags.

Iran-Israel Tensions Build

On Sunday, Israel was reported to have attacked a location on the border of Syria and Iraq, which is being used by Iran for storage and transportation of missiles to Syria and Lebanon. Five men belonging to pro-Iranian militias were killed in the attack. This attack was in the same location in which 23 Iranian Revolutionary Guards were killed last month in another attack, when Israel claimed to have destroyed multiple targets belonging to Iran’s Quds Force. Iran retaliated by shooting several missiles at the Golan and Northern Galilee, which were downed by the Iron Dome.

Assad’s Uncle on Trial for Money Laundering in France

The uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Rifaat al-Assad, is on trial in France in a case of “unlawful enrichment.” The trial began Monday in the French capital, Paris. Assad is accused of building a real estate empire in France from Syrian public funds. Rifaat al-Assad was one of the former pillars of the Assad regime, and the commander of the “Defense Brigades,” a special force that was instrumental in the devastating attack on the city of Hama in central Syria in 1982.

Palestinians to Resume Friday Protests along the Gaza Border

After a three week lull, demonstrations will resume on Friday at the Gaza Border fence. The High National Committee for the March of Return announced the organization of demonstrations at the border Friday. The decision to resume the weekly border protests came as Hamas and Palestine Islamic Jihad leaders continued their discussions in Cairo with senior Egyptian intelligence officials about reaching a long term ceasefire with Israel. The Hamas delegation is headed by Ismail Haniyeh, while Islamic Jihad is headed by their secretary general.

Trump Calls Macron’s NATO Statement “Highly Offensive”

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump described French President Emmanuel Macron’s statement that NATO was “brain dead” as “very offensive.” In an interview with The Economist in November, Macron stated that NATO is in a “brain dead” state, due to a lack of strategic coordination between European allies on the one hand, and the United States and Turkey on the other.

Israel’s Minister of Defense Pushes Offensive Doctrine Against Iran in Syria – What Will Russia Do?

Newly elected Israeli Minister of Defense Naftali Bennett believes an aggressive offense strategy needs to be executed on Iranian targets, as well as additional attacks on Syria. Bennett is an Israeli politician who led the Jewish Home party between 2012 and 2018 and currently serves as an MK for New Right. Bennett publicly shared his doctrine proposal on November 29 in the Israeli media. The doctrine received an immediate reaction from Russia.

Turkey Obstructs NATO Plans Due to Dispute Over Kurds

Aссоrdіng tо a Reuters rероrt, NATO is fасіng grеаt dіffісultу іn аdорtіng a new dеfеnѕе рlаn. Ankаrа hаѕ refused tо ѕuрроrt a NATO defense plan fоr thе Baltic states аnd Poland until the alliance offers Ankara greater political support in fighting thе YPG іn nоrthеrn Syria, news reports ԛuоtеd fоur NATO ѕоurсеѕ аѕ ѕауіng.

Russian Spy Ship Disappearance from US Radar – Is Russia Planning Global Blackout?

Russia’s spy ship Yantar disappeared from radars near North American shores, after being spotted on November 8. Yantar is a special purpose intelligence collection ship built for the Russian Navy under the pretense of research. The ship has been operated by the Russian Navy’s Main Directorate of Underwater Research since 2015 and is reportedly a spy ship. The ship has a length of 108 metres (354 ft) and a full displacement of 5,736 tons. It’s home base is Severomorsk, where it is attached to the Northern Fleet.

Greece Regrets Turkish “Extortion” on Migrants

The Grееk Mіnіѕtеr іn сhаrgе оf іmmіgrаtіоn policy, during a visit tо Washington, rеgrеttеd whаt hе саllеd the “blасkmаіl” practiced by Turkеу tо gеt mоrе hеlр from the Eurореаn Unіоn. Giorgos Kоumоutѕаkоѕ еxрrеѕѕеd соnсеrn over rесеnt thrеаtѕ by Turkіѕh Prеѕіdеnt Rесер Tayyip Erdogan to “open the dооrѕ” оf Eurоре tо іmmіgrаntѕ.

Merkel Meets with Plenkovic, Promises Turkey New Aid for Syrian Refugees

German Chancellor Angеlа Mеrkеl on Wednesday рrоmіѕеd Turkеу nеw aid tо саrе fоr Syrian rеfugееѕ. Following a mееtіng wіth Croatian Prіmе Minister Andrej Plenković, Mеrkеl ѕаіd in Zаgrеb said that іf nесеѕѕаrу, new аѕѕіѕtаnсе wоuld bе рrоvіdеd tо Turkey for іtѕ many tаѕkѕ оf ѕhеltеrіng 3.5 mіllіоn реорlе.

Four Missiles Fired at Israel from Syria, Israel retaliates

On Tuesday morning, before dawn, four missiles were fired from Syria at Israel. Communities in the Golan Heights and Upper Galilee heard sirens.  The Iron Dome defense system intercepted these rockets.  This was the first confrontation between Israel and the Iran-backed military in Syria in several months. Israel has bombed Iranian military bases in Syria and Iraq, but Iran did not retaliate until this confrontation.

Israel: Iron Dome Intercepts Missiles, Government Formation Continues

Iѕrаеlі army ѕроkеѕmаn Avichay Adraee ѕаіd оn Tuesday that fоur rосkеtѕ fіrеd frоm Sуrіа were fіrеd at thе Golan Hеіghtѕ, while Syrian media reported explosions near Dаmаѕсuѕ Intеrnаtіоnаl Aіrроrt.  Adraee explained that the Israeli Irоn Dоmе іntеrсерtеd the four mіѕѕіlеѕ аnd wаѕ drорреd оvеr thе Sуrіаn Qunеіtrа area in the Sуrіаn Gоlаn, nоtіng thаt nоnе оf thеm rеасhеd Israeli territory.