Israeli leaders continue to react to American prevarication on Syria,
one former IDF commander has summed up the general mood.
“We have no one to rely upon except for God and our veteran troops,”
said former IDF General Uzi Dayan, attacking US President Barack Obama’s
decision to postpone action on Syria until an official approval from
an emergency meeting held late last week in light of threats from
Syria, the Samaria Regional Committee was instructed to prepare in case
the region is asked to absorb Israelis from the Tel Aviv region.
Samaria (Shomron) could be used as a refuge in case of a chemical
weapons attack from Syria.
Arabia has passed legislation aimed at protecting women, children and
domestic staff against domestic abuse, a human rights official said on
The protection from abuse law is the first of its kind in a country that
has often been criticised for lacking legislation that protects women
and domestic workers against abuse.
his first comments after President Barack Obama announced he will seek
congressional approval for a strike in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu said Sunday that “Israel is peaceful and has faith in itself.”
He further noted that “the citizens of Israel know we are prepared for
any scenario. They should also know that our enemies have very good
reasons not to test us. They know why.”
military forces are expected to roll out new cyber warfare capabilities
during the anticipated military strike on Syria for its use of a deadly
nerve agent, according to military sources.
Targets of cyber attacks likely will include electronic command and
control systems used by the Syrian military forces, air defense
computers, and other military communications networks.
President Vladimir Putin (R) and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad shake
hands as they meet in Moscow’s Kremlin December 19, 2006.
Over the course of the 29-month Syrian conflict, Russia has provided the
regime of Bashar al-Assad with supplies including guns, grenades, tank
parts, fighter jets, advanced anti-ship cruise missiles, long-range air
defense missiles, military officers as advisors, diplomatic cover, and
lots of cash.
opposition expressed disappointment Sunday that President Barack Obama
had put on hold military action against the Damascus regime, but said it
was confident US lawmakers would green-light a strike.
To general surprise, the US leader on Saturday broke with decades of
precedent to announce that he would seek approval from Congress for
action against Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons.
head of the Suez Canal Authority said a terrorist had tried to damage a
Panama-flagged ship, but “failed completely.”
“One of the terrorist elements has carried out a failed attempt to
affect the movement of ships in the Suez Canal by targeting one of the
passing ships, Cosco Asia,” Mohab Memish said in a statement Saturday.
He did not elaborate as to what the attack entailed.
massive wildfire that has charred the northwestern edge of California’s
Yosemite National Park is heading towards two groves of the park’s
famed sequoia trees, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis said
as firefighters battled the blaze on Saturday.
a controversy over baptism permits last week, the National Park Service
has denied charges of discrimination against Christianity in general
and Missouri Baptists or Pentecostals in particular.
levels around Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant are 18 times higher than
previously thought, Japanese authorities have warned.
Last week the plant’s operator reported radioactive water had leaked
from a storage tank into the ground.
legal to light up in Colorado and Washington, and soon smoking pot
could be legalized across the country following a decision Thursday by
the federal government.
After Washington state and Colorado passed laws in November 2012
legalizing the consumption and sale of marijuana for adults over 18,
lawmakers in both states waited to see whether the federal government
would continue to prosecute pot crimes under federal statutes in their
were reported in a camp housing Iranian exiles northeast of Baghdad on
Sunday, but Iraqi officials strongly denied allegations they had carried
out a military offensive.
The People’s Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran, about 100 of whose members
are living on the camp near the Iranian border, blamed security forces
for the deaths of 23 residents, however.