Israel ‘Very Concerned’ Over Growing Iranian Power In Syria, Ya’alon Says

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Israel is “very concerned” about the growing Iranian presence in Syria amid the latter country’s five-year-old civil war.

Israel is “very concerned by the strengthening of Iran in Syria, which will lead to a strengthening of the Shi’ite axis, in a negative manner,” Ya’alon said during a meeting with his Italian counterpart, Roberta Pinotti, in Tel Aviv on Monday.

“This could encourage Iran to continue to activate a terror front against us from the Golan Heights. Iran will also continue to invest the money it will receive from sanctions relief in the development and acquisition of new weapons systems, and the building and fortification of terror proxies in the Middle East, Europe, and America, to spread terrorism around the world,” he added.

While Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been a close ally of Iran for many years, the ongoing Syrian civil war has allowed Iran to grow its military and economic presence in the country while the Syrian government’s resources have dwindled. Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Shi’a Lebanese terror group, along with Shi’a Iraqi and Iranian militias, have been fighting alongside the Syrian government for the past few years.

At the same time, Russia’s entrance into the Syria civil war last year on the side of the Syrian government has allowed Syria, the Iranian-backed militias, Hezbollah to make significant gains in their fight against rebel groups.

A tenuous cease-fire brokered by the U.S. and Russia has been in place in Syria since Feb. 27 as world powers try to end the conflict.


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Hemeimeem Air Base, Syria – Russian Warplanes Sit Idle On Syria Base During Cease-fire

Hemeimeem Air Base, Syria — Dozens of Russian warplanes sit idle on the tarmac at this Russian air base in Syria on the fourth day of a cease-fire brokered by Moscow and Washington. The apparent lull in action witnessed by the AP on a trip to the base Tuesday, which was organized by the Russian […]

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Storm Over IDF’s New Beard Regulation Results in Delaying Implementation

The storm surrounding the new IDF regulation compelling soldiers to be clean shaven is not going to be implemented on 21 Adar-I (March 1st) as planned, but it will be delayed to permit the sides to reach an understanding. There have been many reports of dati leumi soldiers instructed to shave despite declaring their beards […]

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Trump and Clinton geared to sweep Super Tuesday states

Only two Democrats and five Republicans remain in contention for their party nominations, and among them, there are clear front-runners entering “Super Tuesday.”

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Two IDF Soldiers Who Accidentally Entered Qalandiya Saved Via Nissim

The IDF, Shin Bet and Special Forces entered the Qalandiya refugee camp on Monday night in search of the two IDF soldiers, who mistakenly entered the Palestinian enclave, as reported earlier. The fact that they emerged alive, sources now say, escaping a mob of animalistic Palestinian rioters, is nothing short of a neis.

The soldiers were from the Oketz Unit of the IDF.

The were the target of Molotov cocktails and stones thrown by Palestinian thugs, and their army car caught fire, forcing the soldiers to run for the lives, separating them.

Security forces fired grenades in the air as helicopters flew overhead searching for the missing two.

Boruch Hashem, one soldier was found about an half hour later, while the other was found shortly before midnight as he was able to walk towards the Kochav Yaakov comunity.


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San Antonio – Trump Rivals Call For Release Of NY Times Editorial Board Tape

San Antonio — Donald Trump’s rivals for the Republican presidential nomination urged him on Monday to ask the New York Times to release a recording of his recent interview with its editorial board, following a report he told it he was not serious about his immigration proposals. News website BuzzFeed reported on Monday that Trump […]

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GOP Badly Split As Trump, Clinton Seek Super Tuesday Wins

On the eve of Super Tuesday’s crucial primaries, a sharp new divide erupted between Republicans who pledge to fall in line behind Donald Trump if he wins their party’s nomination and others who insist they can never back the bombastic billionaire. The fissure could have major implications beyond the primaries, exposing the looming challenges in […]

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Photos: Bobov-Dinov-Satmar Wedding (JDN)

The wedding of two great-grandchildren of the admorim of Bobov, Satmar and Munkatch was held in Boro Park.

The chosson is a son of Rav Hershel Rabinowitz, rov of the Bobov-45 community of Monsey and son-in-law of Rav Shea Rubin, rov of the Bobov-45 Chassidus. Rav Hershel is a son of the Dinover Rebbe of Williamsburg, brother of the Munkatcher Rebbe and great-grandson of the Minchas Elozor of Munkatch.

Rav Shea Rubin, the rov of Bobov-45, is a son-in-law of the Bobove Rebbe, Rav Naftoli Tzvi Halberstam, and a son of the Sasregener Rebbe of Flatbush.

The kallah is a daughter of Rav Zalman Leib Meisels, dayan in the Satmar kehillah of Boro Park. Rav Zalman Leib is a son of Rav Beirish Meisels, rov of the Satmar kehillah of Boro Park and son-in-law of the Beirach Moshe of Satmar. Rav Zalman Leib is also a son-in-law of the Spinka Rebbe of Boro Park.


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New York – Mayors, Governors Using “Dark Money” Groups Raise Questions

New York — New York City’s campaign finance laws don’t allow corporations to give money directly to people running for city office, but that hasn’t been a hurdle for some companies trying to influence public policy. They have poured cash into two nonprofit groups affiliated with the city’s Democratic mayor, Bill de Blasio, which have […]

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Hesder Union Stands Behind its Soldiers Regarding Directive to Shave

An urgent Asifa of the Union of Hesder Yeshivot was held to discuss the IDF regulation compelling soldiers to be clean shaven, including those soldiers who declare their beards are for religious reasons. They met on Sunday, 19 Adar-I, addressing a new regulation that goes into effect on Tuesday, 21 Adar-I which coincides with March […]

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