TEL AVIV – Moderate Arab states including Egypt and Saudi Arabia are pushing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to resume negotiations with Israel as part of a wider strategy to confront the region’s growing threat from Iran, a senior Egypt…
TEL AVIV – A senior Iranian general warned Saturday that Tehran will increase its missile range beyond 2,000 kilometers if Europe threatens it in any way. Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy head of the Revolutionary Guards, further added that Israel’s reluctance to go to war with Iran’s Lebanese proxy Hezbollah is because it knows that doing so will lead to its annihilation. “If we have kept the range of our missiles to 2,000 kilometers, it’s not due to lack of technology. … We are following a strategic doctrine,” he said, according to a Reuters translation of a Fars report. “So far we have felt that Europe is not a threat, so we did not increase the range of our missiles. But if Europe wants to turn into a threat, we will increase the range of our missiles,” he added. In October, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards military force, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said that Iran’s 2,000-kilometer missile range could cover “most of American interest and forces” within the region and added that Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had imposed limits on the country’s ballistic missile program. “Our missiles’ range is 2,000 kilometers, and that can be increased, but we believe this range is enough for
TEL AVIV – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared the end of the Islamic State in a live address broadcast on state TV.
TEL AVIV – Dramatic footage broadcast over the weekend shows Syrian women and their children crossing the border into Israel to receive medical treatment.
TEL AVIV – Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Thursday described Hezbollah as a “first-class terrorist organization” that was responsible for destabilizing the region. “Hezbollah has kidnapped the Lebanese system,” London-based newspaper Asharq al-Awsat cited Jubeir as saying at a joint news conference in Riyadh with French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian. Jubeir said “consultations and coordination between peace-loving countries and Lebanon-loving countries are underway to try to find a way that would restore sovereignty to Lebanon and reduce the negative action which Hezbollah is conducting in Lebanon.” Jubeir said he and his French counterpart discussed ways to combat terror and Iran’s influence in the region. He called Hezbollah “a tool of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.” He also dismissed as “baseless” accusations by Lebanese President Michel Aoun that resigned Prime Minister Saad Hariri was being detained against his will by Saudi Arabia. Hariri has since traveled to France and vowed to return to Beirut by Wednesday. Hariri was in the Gulf kingdom, where he also holds citizenship, when he made an announcement on November 4 that he was resigning from his post out of fear for his life from Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah.