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18.09.2018

"In rare move, IDF admits Syria strike, expresses sorrow over Russian plane"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-rare-move-idf-admits-syria-strike-expresses-sorrow-over-russian-plane/

Die potentielle Krise zwischen Israel und Russland nach dem Abschuss eines russischen Militärflugzeugs durch die syrische Luftabwehr ist offenbar wieder entschärft. Während Israel den Luftangriff bestätigt und den Abschuss bedauert hat, hat Präsident Putin den Vorfall als "Verkettung tragischer Umstände" bezeichnet. "The Israeli and Russian militaries maintain what they call a 'deconfliction mechanism,' which is meant to coordinate their activities in Syria in order to avoid incidents like this one. Until Monday night, these efforts had largely succeeded in preventing direct or indirect clashes since Russia became more deeply involved in the Syrian civil war three years ago. The Israeli military said it had coordinated with Russia ahead of the attack, though it did not address Moscow’s specific claims about the amount of time between the notification and the airstrike itself."

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15.09.2018

"Turkey-Russia discord over Idlib defers regime offensive, for now"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/turkey-russia-discord-over-idlib-defers-regime-offensive-for-now/

Die Vorbehalte der Türkei haben Russland veranlasst, die Offensive zur Rückeroberung der Idlib-Provinz vorerst zu verschieben, berichtet Ezzedine Said. Hintergrund sei das Bemühen Moskaus, den sunnitischen und schiitischen Einfluss in der Region auszubalancieren. "Turkish military analyst Metin Gurcan (...) said the lack of an agreement with Ankara could push Moscow, and thus the Syrian regime, to stage an 'incremental operation that will last months' rather than a full-fledged attack. 'Russia is trying to keep Ankara in the game,' he told AFP, saying any confrontation between the two countries was 'highly unlikely.' 'Moscow needs Turkey as a Sunni power to balance Shiite militias’ presence in northern Syria,' he said."

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10.09.2018

"Syria’s Assad said to OK chlorine gas use in Idlib offensive"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/syrias-assad-said-to-ok-chlorine-gas-use-in-idlib-offensive/

Mitarbeiter der US-Regierung haben dem Wall Street Journal mitgeteilt, dass Syriens Präsident Assad den Einsatz von Chlorgas in der Provinz Idlib genehmigt habe. "According to the report in the Journal, which cited unnamed US officials, the Pentagon is drawing up military responses to Syrian chemical weapons use but a decision has not been made by Trump regarding what would lead to military action nor whether this would include striking Iranian and Russian forces in Syria backing Assad. The report said non-military measures such as economic sanctions are being weighed. 'We haven’t said that the US would use the military in response to an offensive,' an administration official was quoted saying. 'We have political tools at our disposal, we have economic tools at our disposal. There are a number of different ways we could respond if Assad were to take that reckless, dangerous step.'"

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06.09.2018

"Shift to UNHCR criteria would strip refugee status from millions of Palestinians"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/shift-to-unhcr-criteria-would-strip-refugee-status-from-millions-of-palesti
nians/

Israels Premierminister Netanjahu hat das UN-Flüchtlingshilfswerk UNHCR aufgefordert, die Aufgaben des Palästinenser-Hilfswerks der UN (UNRWA) graduell zu übernehmen. Beide Organisationen arbeiten mit unterschiedlichen Flüchtlings-Definitionen, was Adam Rasgon zufolge dazu führen würde, dass Millionen Palästinenser ihren Flüchtlingsstatus verlören. "(...) based on a comparison of UNRWA’s refugee figures and the assessments of James Lindsay, a former UNRWA legal adviser who has written extensively on the differences between UNHCR and UNRWA, almost all of Jordan’s 2.2 million UNRWA-designated refugees would likely lose their status under UNHCR criteria, as would most of Syria’s 560,000 and just under half of Lebanon’s 521,000. All 2.17 million UNRWA-designated refugees in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem would lose that status were those areas to become parts of a sovereign Palestinian state. This would leave a refugee total of a little over half a million."

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02.09.2018

"Trump gets UNRWA better than Israel does"

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/trump-gets-unrwa-better-than-israel-does/

Sivan Rahav Meir begrüßt die Streichung der US-Hilfe für das Palästinenser-Hilfswerk der UN (UNRWA) als überfällige Korrektur eines Status Quo, der im Westen nicht mehr hinterfragt worden sei. "UNRWA is the only UN agency dedicated to dealing with a specific group of refugees. It openly declares that it does not aim to settle the Palestinian refugees in other countries and thus relieve their plight and misery. In addition, UNRWA’s definition of a refugee is unique. Only in UNRWA are the descendants of Palestinian refugees also defined as refugees. This explains why their numbers are continually increasing and currently stand at 5 million fake-refugees. And that is before we have even mentioned the financial corruption in the organization or the strong links many UNRWA workers have to terror and Hamas. (...) those who do not only take a short-term view of the situation ought to be aiming to crush the entire industry of lies once and for all. This should also be in the interest of those who advocate dividing the country: to expose the true number of Palestinians and then to begin transferring funds for education and infrastructure through different channels. This is precisely what Trump proposes."

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02.09.2018

"Jordan rejects alleged US proposal for confederation with Palestinians"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/jordan-rejects-possibility-of-confederation-with-palestinians/

Jordanien hat die von US-Offiziellen ins Spiel gebrachte Idee der Bildung einer palästinensisch-jordanischen Konföderation entschieden zurückgewiesen. "Jordanian government spokeswoman Jumana Ghneimat said that joining the kingdom with the West Bank — the bulk of the area Palestinians want for a future state and controlled by Israeli since 1967 — is not a matter that is open for discussion. (...) According to the dovish Peace Now group, a senior delegation of which met Abbas on Sunday in Ramallah, the Palestinian leader said senior US administration officials Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt asked him recently about his opinion on a 'confederation with Jordan.' Abbas allegedly voiced interest in a tripartite confederation with Jordan and Israel, in what would appear a dramatic departure from his longstanding insistence on a two-state solution, according the to Israeli peace activists and a Palestinian official."

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26.08.2018

"Pro-Iran militias turn on Assad, try to establish land corridor to Mediterranean"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/pro-iran-militias-turn-on-assad-try-to-establish-land-corridor-to-mediterra
nean/

Im Osten Syriens ist es offenbar zum ersten Mal zu Kämpfen zwischen Regierungstruppen und proiranischen Milizen gekommen. Hintergrund ist Avi Issacharoff zufolge das Bemühen Irans, einen Landkorridor zum Mittelmeer zu sichern. "Israel has been following the developments in that area, fearing that Iran could succeed in establishing a land corridor to the Mediterranean that would pose a significant threat to the Jewish state. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long been campaigning internationally against Iranian presence and influence in Syria, and has lately been seeking to convince Russia to expel all Iranian forces from Syria."

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26.08.2018

"Russia accuses UK of backing a false flag chemical attack in Syria"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/russia-accuses-uk-of-backing-a-false-flag-chemical-attack-in-syria/

Russland hat Großbritannien vorgeworfen, radikalislamische Gruppen in der Idlib-Provinz bei der Planung eines vorgetäuschten Chemiewaffeneinsatzes zu unterstützen. "Russia on Saturday said Syrian rebels were preparing a chemical attack in Idlib province which will be blamed on Damascus and used as a pretext for Western powers to hit government targets in the war-torn country. Moscow’s accusation comes after US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton this week said Washington will respond 'very strongly' if Syrian President Bashar Assad uses chemical weapons in an offensive to retake Idlib, one of the last rebel held provinces in the country."

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22.08.2018

"Russia says its air force has killed ‘over 86,000 militants’ in Syria"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/russia-says-its-air-force-has-killed-over-86000-militants-in-syria/

Das russische Verteidigungsministerium hat mitgeteilt, dass Russland im Verlauf der letzten Jahre in Syrien über 63.000 Soldaten eingesetzt und über 86.000 feindliche Kämpfer getötet habe. "The ministry said Wednesday that the Russian air force had conducted more than 39,000 sorties that killed 'over 86,000 militants' and destroyed 121,466 'terrorist targets.' A total of 63,012 Russian personnel have 'received combat experience' in the war-torn country, the ministry said in a video about Russia’s campaign to support the Syrian regime dating back to September 2015. (...) It said its forces had tested 231 types of modern weaponry in Syria including aircraft, surface-to-air systems, cruise missiles and others. The video made no mention of Russia’s civilian or military casualties in the conflict."

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15.08.2018

"Israeli democracy isn’t broken, but it is under assault"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-democracy-isnt-broken-but-it-is-under-assault/

David Horovitz sieht die kurzzeitige Verhaftung des israelkritischen US-Journalisten Peter Beinart im Ben-Gurion-Flughafen als jüngsten Beleg für die Krise, in der sich die israelische Demokratie heute befinde. "Israeli democracy isn’t broken. (...) But Israeli democracy is being battered. There are attempts to intimidate the judiciary. The media is both demonized and compromised. Financial corruption goes untreated and seeps into politics. (...) Key hierarchies are being undermined and corroded, as exemplified by Netanyahu’s allegations of police bias against him. People in positions of power are exercising it without due heed for essential rights and freedoms. Internalizing what is now expected, some, in organizations such as the Shin Bet and police force, are trending to the overzealousness epitomized by the detention of the visiting journalist and the summons of the non-Orthodox rabbi. Uniquely in the Middle East, we in Israel have enjoyed free speech, freedom of religion, a free press, equality before the law, an independent judiciary and more. But in this Israeli summer of 2018, there’s a chill in the air."

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08.08.2018

"UN puts cost of Syria war destruction at $388 billion"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/un-puts-cost-of-syria-war-destruction-at-388-billion/

Der durch den Krieg in Syrien herbeigeführte materielle Schaden wird von der UNO in einer neuen Schätzung auf ca. 388 Milliarden US-Dollar beziffert. Die Zahl berücksichtigt ausdrücklich nicht den Verlust von Menschenleben und die langfristigen wirtschaftlichen Folgen des Krieges. "The figure was released after a two-day meeting of more than 50 Syrian and international experts in neighboring Lebanon, hosted by the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). ESCWA said the 'volume of destruction in physical capital and its sectoral distribution' had been estimated at more than $388 billion. It said the figure did not include 'human losses resulting from deaths or the loss of human competences and skilled labor due to displacement, which were considered the most important enablers of the Syrian economy.'"

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31.07.2018

"Syria boots IS from Golan Heights, retaking full control of frontier with Israel"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/syria-boots-is-from-golan-heights-retaking-full-control-of-frontier-with-is
rael/

Die syrischen Regierungstruppen haben ihre sechswöchige Kampagne zur Rückeroberung des Grenzgebietes zu Israel offenbar erfolgreich beendet. "The Syrian government regained control of the frontier with the Israel’s Golan Heights for the first time in seven years on Monday, after Islamic State-linked militants gave up their last pocket of territory in the area. The breakthrough against the militants, reported by state media and an opposition-linked war monitoring group, capped a six-week-long bloody campaign to retake the southwest corner of the country. Rebels captured the area along the Golan Heights after a popular uprising broke out against Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2011. An IS-linked outfit known as the Khaled bin Al-Waleed Army later seized the area from the opposition fighters."

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24.07.2018

"North Korea begins dismantling rocket test site — analysts"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/north-korea-begins-dismantling-rocket-test-site-analysts/

Aktuellen Satellitenaufnahmen zufolge hat Nordkorea damit begonnen, eine wichtige Raketentestanlage abzubauen. Experten werten dies als wichtigen Schritt zur Erfüllung der Vereinbarungen von Singapur. "According to the respected 38 North group, commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae satellite launching station indicates Pyongyang has begun taking down a processing building and a rocket-engine test stand that had been used to test liquid-fuel engines for ballistic missiles and space launch vehicles. Sohae, on the northwest coast of North Korea, has been used to test rockets, with the aim of putting a satellite into orbit. (...) 38 North analyst Joseph Bermudez called the move an 'important first step' for Kim in fulfilling commitments he made to Trump during their June summit in Singapore."

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22.07.2018

"In Damascus, Syrians dare to hope that war’s end may be near"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-damascus-syrians-dare-to-hope-that-wars-end-may-be-near/

In den von der Regierung kontrollierten Gebieten in Syrien wächst Bassem Mroue zufolge die Hoffnung, dass der sieben Jahre andauernde Krieg endlich zu Ende gehen könnte. "The country has suffered catastrophic damage and some aspects of the conflict are far from over. Still, many Syrians — even some among the opposition — are hoping for some degree of security and stability. The government now controls major opposition strongholds and key cities like Aleppo, Homs, and even Daraa, the southern city where the uprising was born from protests in March 2011. The vital border crossing with Jordan, sealed for years, is expected to reopen soon after troops recaptured Daraa province, and hopes are high for the resumption of trade and Syrian exports to Arab countries. Syrians can now drive all the way form the Jordanian border in the south to the central province of Hama on one of the country’s most important highways that was severed by insurgents for years in several locations. There is talk that the railway from Damascus to Aleppo might resume operations later this year."

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21.07.2018

"Egypt warned Hamas: Israel will go to war 'in two hours' if you respond to raids"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-said-to-warn-hamas-that-response-to-israeli-strikes-would-spark-war/

Die Erschießung eines israelischen Soldaten durch einen palästinensischen Scharfschützen in Gaza hätte am Freitag offenbar beinahe zu einem offenen Krieg geführt, berichtet die Times of Israel. "An unofficial ceasefire reached overnight Friday-Saturday between Israel and Hamas came after Egypt warned the Palestinian terror group that Israel would launch a war 'in two hours' if Hamas responded to IDF retaliatory strikes in Gaza following the killing of an IDF soldier by Palestinian sniper fire, Israeli television reported Saturday. Channel 10 news also reported that Egypt threatened to impose sanctions on Hamas if it does not end the launch of incendiary airborne devices toward Israeli territory. (...) The Israel Defense Forces said it struck more than 60 Hamas targets Friday in response to sniper fire from the Strip that killed IDF infantryman Aviv Levi, 21, from Petah Tikva. Staff Sgt. Levi was the first Israeli fatality in fighting along the border since the 2014 war."

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19.07.2018

"Israel passes Jewish state law, enshrining 'national home of the Jewish people'"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/knesset-votes-contentious-jewish-nation-state-bill-into-law/

Das israelische Parlament hat das umstrittene "Nationalitätsgesetz" verabschiedet, das den jüdischen Charakter des Landes bekräftigt. "Lawmakers approved the bill in its second and third readings overnight, with 62 voting in favor, 55 opposed and two abstaining, after hours of heated debate in the Knesset chamber. Similar to a constitution, the Basic Laws underpin Israel’s legal system and are more difficult to repeal than regular laws. The nation-state bill, proponents say, puts Jewish values and democratic values on equal footing. Critics, however, say the law effectively discriminates against Israel’s Arabs and other minority communities. The law also declares that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, sets the Hebrew calendar as the official calendar of the state, and recognizes Independence Day, days of remembrance and Jewish holidays."

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17.07.2018

"Putin and Trump presented unified front on Syria, but differences abound"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/putin-and-trump-presented-unified-front-on-syria-but-differences-abound/

Aus israelischer Sicht war beim Gipfeltreffen in Helsinki vor allem das Thema Syrien von Bedeutung. Trump und Putin waren sich Ron Kampeas zufolge darin einig, dass israelische Sicherheitsinteressen bei einer Lösung des Konflikts eine wichtige Rolle spielen müssen. Bestehende Differenzen seien allerdings nicht geklärt worden. "Beneath the comity there lurked several significant differences of how each side sees the outcomes. Implicit in Putin’s emphasis on ensuring Israel’s security in the 'south' is that Iran, Russia’s de facto ally in assisting the Assad regime’s bid for survival, will be absent from that region, as will its proxy, the Lebanese militia Hezbollah. But Netanyahu wants Iran out of Syria, period. (...) Putin made clear that he sees the United States and Russia as equal partners in determining the outcome in Syria. 'Russia and the United States apparently can act proactively and take considerable leadership on this issue, and organize the interaction to overcome humanitarian crisis and help Syrian refugees to go back to their homes,' he said. Trump, notably, did not object."

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15.07.2018

"Syria rebels begin evacuating 'cradle' of uprising in Daraa"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/syria-rebels-begin-evacuating-cradle-of-uprising-in-daraa/

Die Rebellen im Südwesten Syriens haben den mit Russland vereinbarten Rückzug aus der Stadt Daraa an der Grenze zu Jordanien begonnen. "In recent days, rebels have handed over heavy-duty arms and other equipment to government forces who entered the city’s rebel-held southern districts for the first time in years to plant the national flag. On Sunday, rebels and civilians who did not want to live under regime control were granted safe passage to opposition-held Idlib in Syria’s northwest. Hundreds of fighters and some of their relatives, carrying suitcases packed with clothes, boarded around 15 buses in Daraa city, AFP’s correspondent there said. The vehicles, parked on a main thoroughfare connecting the city’s government-held north with its rebel-held south, were searched by Russian forces before setting off just after midday for Idlib."

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13.07.2018

"Emerging deal on Syria will likely curb, but not end, Iran’s presence"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/emerging-deal-on-syria-will-likely-curb-but-not-end-irans-presence/

Auf dem Gipfeltreffen Donald Trumps mit Wladimir Putin in Helsinki wird wohl auch die Frage nach der Zukunft der iranischen Präsenz in Syrien eine Rolle spielen. Zeina Karam erwartet in seiner Analyse einen Kompromiss, da der von den USA und Israel gewünschte vollständige Abzug der bis zu 80.000 Kämpfer unrealistisch sei. "One possibility is that Putin and Trump could reach a deal that would envisage the deployment of Syrian government forces along the frontier with the Israeli-held side of the Golan Heights and the withdrawal of Iranian forces and Hezbollah from the area. For that to happen, Israel would want guarantees that Assad honor a decades-old agreement that sets out a demilitarized zone along the frontier and limits the forces each side can deploy within 15 miles (25 kilometers). Ayham Kamel, an analyst with Eurasia Group, said Moscow may ask for acceptance of Assad and an eventual withdrawal of US troops from Syria, as Trump has suggested he would like to happen by the end of the year. 'A public deal that accepts Assad in return for limiting Iranian influence implicitly if not explicitly gives him some legitimacy,' Kamel said."

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11.07.2018

"Pledging not to oust Assad, Netanyahu urges Putin to ‘get Iranians out’ of Syria"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/pledging-not-to-oust-assad-netanyahu-asks-putin-to-get-iranians-out-of-syri
a/

Israels Premierminister Netanjahu hat Russlands Präsident Putin bei seinem Besuch in Moskau versichert, nicht länger den Sturz von Syriens Präsident Assad anzustreben. Im Gegenzug erwartet Netanjahu, dass sich Putin für den Abzug iranischer Milizen aus Syrien einsetzt. "'We won’t take action against the Assad regime, and you get the Iranians out,' Netanyahu told Putin, the Reuters news agency reported, citing an Israel official who requested anonymity. According to a report last month, Israel’s willingness to leave Assad in power echoes the US position. A Western diplomat told Al-Hayat in June that the US is open to the idea of Assad staying in power and does not oppose the regime retaking all areas it lost to rebels groups during the seven-year civil war."

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09.07.2018

"Harsh words may mean North Korea seeking deal with Trump"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/harsh-words-may-mean-north-korea-seeking-deal-with-trump/

Die jüngsten verbalen Dissonanzen zwischen Nordkorea und US-Außenminister Pompeo werden von einigen Experten nicht als Vorzeichen eines Scheiterns der Gespräche, sondern als Verhandlungstaktik interpretiert, berichtet Ken Moritsugu. "On one level, the sheen of last month’s Singapore summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with broad smiles and handshakes, has yet to wear off. But on another, North Korea may be betting that Trump, the real estate developer-turned-president, will be more willing than his negotiators to ease off his administration’s hard-line positions to make a deal. (...) it came as some surprise when North Korea’s state news agency fired out a late-night missive blasting the talks, warning that 'we may be shaken in our unshakeable will for denuclearization, rather than consolidating trust.' The statement was widely seen as a negotiating tactic to put the US on the back foot as talks get underway. It also underscores crucial gaps in how the US and North Korea define denuclearization and see the path forward. Unless they can close those gaps, the whole effort may be doomed."

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04.07.2018

"Russia: Complete Iranian withdrawal from Syria is ‘absolutely unrealistic’"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/russia-complete-iranian-withdrawal-from-syria-is-absolutely-unrealistic/

Beim geplanten Gipfeltreffen Donald Trumps mit Wladimir Putin am 16. Juli soll auch die künftige Präsenz des Irans in Syrien besprochen werden. Russlands Außenminister Lawrow hat bereits angekündigt, dass ein vollständiger Rückzug Irans "unrealistisch" und ein Kompromiss nötig sei. "(...) Lavrov said Iran is one of the key powers in the region, and that it would be 'absolutely unrealistic' to expect it to abandon its interests in the country. He said regional powers should discuss mutual complaints and negotiate a compromise. Israel has repeatedly said it will not tolerate an Iranian military presence in Syria, and has recently acknowledged carrying out airstrikes on Iranian targets in the country. Israel has also struck Syrian air defense systems that fired at Israeli fighter jets during the raids. (...) Last week the Arabic-language Al-Hayat newspaper reported that Trump would make a full Iranian pullout from Syria territory a priority at that meeting. US officials, the diplomat was quoted as saying, are convinced that Russia would be unwilling to 'pay a heavy price' for Iran’s continued presence in Syria. The diplomat, who was not identified in the report, also said Washington had given Israel a 'green light' to strike Iranian military assets in Syria."

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04.07.2018

"Assad’s regime pounds south Syria after rebels say talks with Russia failed"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/assads-regime-pounds-south-syria-after-rebels-say-talks-with-russia-failed/

Die Verhandlungen über einen Waffenstillstand im Süden Syriens sind vorerst geplatzt. Layal Abou Rahal berichtet über die Hintergründe des Scheiterns der Gespräche zwischen den Rebellen und russischen Unterhändlern. "Spokesman Ibrahim Jabbawi said the talks had not produced “any results” because Moscow had insisted rebels hand over their heavy arms in one go. 'The session ended. No future meetings have been set,' Jabbawi told AFP. After the talks collapsed, Russian and regime aircraft resumed strikes on several parts of the province for the first time in four days, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. A source close to the talks said rebels would be willing to hand over their heavy weapons in several phases. The meeting followed an hours-long session on Tuesday, in which rebels proposed that the army withdraw from recaptured towns and grant fighters and civilians unwilling to live under regime control safe passage to rebel-held territory elsewhere. Moscow had roundly rejected the terms and responded with a counter-proposal, the source said. It told negotiators that population transfers were not on the table in the south, although it had agreed to them in other areas like Eastern Ghouta and Aleppo."

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04.07.2018

"UN calls emergency meet as 300,000 Syrians flee regime offensive in south"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/un-calls-emergency-meet-as-300000-syrians-flee-regime-offensive-in-south/

Der UN-Sicherheitsrat wird sich am Donnerstag mit der neuen Flüchtlingskrise im Süden Syriens beschäftigen. Zwischen 270.000 und 330.000 syrische Zivilisten sind dort seit dem 19. Juni vor den neuen Kämpfen zwischen Regierungstruppen und Rebellen geflohen. Jordanien und Israel haben sich geweigert, die Grenzen für die Flüchtlinge zu öffnen. "Israel has transferred food, tents and medicine to Syrians on the border, and has allowed in a small number for medical treatment, but says it will not change its longstanding policy to not let in refugees. Jordan, which has recorded some 650,000 Syrian refugees to the UN on its soil, says it can no longer accept more. 'Intense air and ground based strikes have reportedly continued in multiple areas in Syria’s Daraa Governorate, resulting in the death and injury of civilians and the largest displacement in the area since the conflict began,' UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters."

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24.06.2018

"Pro-Assad troops take over Golan UN post in demilitarized area on Israeli border"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/pro-assad-troops-take-over-golan-un-post-in-demilitarized-area/

Streitkräfte der Assad-Regierung haben im Zuge ihrer aktuellen Offensive im Süden Syriens offenbar einen verlassenen UN-Posten auf den Golan- Höhen besetzt. Das israelische Militär habe angedeutet, dass es die Truppen gewaltsam vertreiben könnte, berichtet die Times of Israel. "The post, abandoned by United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) troops on the Golan, is meant to be free of both Israeli and Syrian troops, according to the cessation of hostilities agreement between the two countries that followed the 1973 Yom Kippur War. (...) The IDF statement suggested Israel might act to remove the forces from the post by force. Officials told Kan that Israel 'sees UNDOF as responsible for tracking and acting against military forces in the separation zone, and is determined to prevent military entrenchment in that area.'"

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19.06.2018

"Syrian army drops leaflets on southern towns ahead of offensive"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/syrian-army-drops-leaflets-on-southern-towns-ahead-of-offensive/

Die syrischen Regierungstruppen haben in Flugblättern eine neue Offensive gegen Rebellengruppen im Süden des Landes in der Nähe der Golan-Höhen angekündigt. Die betroffene Provinz Daraa gehört Bassem Mroue zufolge eigentlich zu einer von Russland, den USA und Jordanien vereinbarten "Deeskalationszone". "Syrian government forces have been massing troops ahead of a possible attack on Daraa province and the nearby Quneitra region that borders Jordan and the Israeli Golan Heights. The United States warned last month it would take 'firm and appropriate measures' to protect a ceasefire in southern Syria if government forces move against rebels there. The region has also been a source of regional tensions between Iran and Israel in recent months."

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28.05.2018

"Israel, Russia said to reach secret deal on pushing Iran away from Syria border"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-russia-said-to-agree-on-pushing-iran-from-syria-border/

Einem israelischen TV-Bericht zufolge haben sich Russland und Israel insgeheim darauf verständigt, iranische und Hisbollah-Truppen aus dem südlichen Grenzgebiet Syriens zurückzuziehen. Im Gegenzug will Israel demnach die erneute Stationierung syrischer Regierungstruppen tolerieren. "The reported agreement also includes a clause on Israel’s right to continue to take action against Iranian military activities in Syria. Hadashot quoted diplomatic sources saying, apparently on the basis of this clause, Israel considers the agreement to be a breakthrough in that it means the US and Russia are now supporting Israel’s opposition to Iran’s military presence in Syria. Furthermore, an Israeli source was quoted saying, the deal means Assad is now regaining almost all of Syria, under Russian protection and with Israel’s agreement, after eight years of civil war."

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15.05.2018

"For Hamas, dancing on the brink of chaos is a winning tactic"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/for-hamas-dancing-on-the-brink-of-chaos-is-a-winning-tactic/

Avi Issacharoff meint, dass die Hamas mit den organisierten Protesten an der Grenze zwischen Gaza und Israel eine riskante aber bislang erfolgreiche Taktik verfolge. Dies habe sich am Montag gezeigt, als die Situation fast außer Kontrolle geraten sei. "Hamas of 2018 has learned to use a vocabulary not dissimilar to that of the Palestinian Authority: 'nonviolent resistance,' 'popular struggle,' etc. And it is largely supportive of continuing the supposedly 'nonviolent' marches as long as they are under control, apparently uninterested in being dragged into all-out war. But on Monday afternoon, there came a point when Hamas almost lost control. At a time when events were clearly headed toward escalation — with Israel intensifying its airstrikes and more and more Palestinians showing willingness to rush toward the fence and sacrifice their lives — it appeared that someone in Hamas’s leadership did some course correction, giving the order to stop the demonstrations, at least for the day, and to lower the intensity a bit. It must be noted that Hamas’s ability to subsequently restrain not just the demonstrators but also Gaza’s other armed groups, none of which fired at Israel overnight, shows something of its impressive control over the Strip."

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14.05.2018

"Israel threatens to kill Hamas leaders if riots continue — report"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-threatens-to-kill-hamas-leaders-if-riots-continue-report/

Israel hat die Hamas einem TV-Bericht zufolge im Fall weiterer Zusammenstöße an der Grenze zu Gaza vor erneuten Attentaten auf Hamas-Anführer gewarnt. "'If the protests continue, the assassinations will return,' Hadashot TV news quoted security officials as saying in a message sent to Hamas via Egypt. The reported warning came as Hamas escalated its own threats of violence. 'We say clearly today to all the world that the peaceful march of our people lured the enemy into shedding more blood,' said Khalil al-Hayya, a senior leader in Hamas."

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14.05.2018

"Palestinians say 41 killed, including terror operatives, as 50,000 rally in Gaza"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/clashes-erupt-along-gaza-israel-border-ahead-of-us-embassy-inauguration/

Die Times of Israel berichtet über die jüngsten Zusammenstöße palästinensischer Protestierender mit israelischen Sicherheitskräften an der Grenze zu Gaza. "Forty-one Palestinians were killed Monday in violent clashes with Israeli forces along the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, Palestinians said, in a burst of bloodshed that cast a cloud over Israel’s festive inauguration of the new US Embassy in Jerusalem. It was the deadliest day in Gaza since the devastating cross-border war between the territory’s Hamas rulers and Israel in 2014. Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry said 41 Palestinians were killed and over 500 were wounded in the violence, amid the biggest riots and rallies in a weeks-long campaign of protests against Israel."

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