Israel-Palestine News Compiler

Israel is profiting from Egypt-Hezbollah quarrel

Posted in Egypt and Palestine, Israel and Egypt, Opinion Pieces by beyondtheborder on April 12, 2009

Israel, which can regard the events with some satisfaction, is keeping a low profile. Hezbollah’s penetration into Egypt, now facing a close race for Mubarak’s successor, leaves no doubt as to Iran’s intentions. This may result in increased security coordination between Israel and Egypt against arms smuggling into the Strip, and will apparently also dictate Cairo’s continued cool stance toward Gaza.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1077896.html

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Amos Harel: What North Korea’s missile means for Israel and Iran

Posted in Internal Israeli Affairs, Israel and Iran, Opinion Pieces by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009

Obama has already committed to this dialogue, regardless of developments with North Korea. But if he is soft with Pyongyang – if the Iranians get the impression that the new president is not hard enough or experienced enough as a negotiator – Tehran could reach troubling conclusions.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1076815.html

Amos Harel: Cast Lead expose / What did the IDF think would happen in Gaza?

Posted in Operation Cast Lead, Opinion Pieces by beyondtheborder on March 28, 2009

A large part of the operation was conducted by remote control. “The Palestinians are completely transparent to us,” says A., a reservist whose brigade was posted in the Gaza Strip. “The Shin Bet has people everywhere. We observe the whole area from the air and usually the Shin Bet coordinator can also tell you who lives in what house.” The Shin Bet defines the enemy and, for the most part, someone who belongs to Hamas’ civilian welfare organizations (the da’awa) is treated the same way as a member of its military wing, the Iz al-Din al-Qassam.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1074218.html

Amos Harel: In bombing Sudan, Israel sends message to Iran

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 26, 2009

What does Iran learn from all this? That Israel possesses exceptional intelligence, a willingness to take great risk, and an ability to act successfully against targets far from Israel’s borders. Yet Iran knew all this after the previous strikes. If the reports are true, the bombing in Sudan was an important message of deterrence from Israel to Iran, yet the road from Sudan to the destruction of Iran’s nuclear program is a long one.”

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1074125.html