The war in Syria is moving south, toward Jerusalem, and with an international coalition of stunning strength. That coalition includes the the first-ever Shiite army which is also a foreign legion. Expected to number 50-70,000, it is shifting the focus of soldiers from political and tribal allegiances to a single religious identity.
In Israel, Ran Peker is a legend. During his military career, he fought in four of Israel's nation-changing wars. From the time he enlisted in 1954 until, as a Brigadier General, he left the IDF in 1984, Peker flew 350 missions - and shot down 7 enemy jets.
For almost two years, US President Obama has been toying with the idea of doing the very thing that former President Jimmy Carter advised in a New York Times op-ed last Monday: lead the way for the UN to step in and create a Palestinian State. According to an AP report published today, Obama has "nearly" ruled out taking action before leaving office seven weeks from today. Nearly.
On the coast of the Mediterranean in northern Israel, the city of Dor was once a Canaanite stronghold. Conquered by Israel's most famous general, Joshua, it became a city of Asher, one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Hundreds of years later, it fell under Roman rule. This year the waters of Dor yielded up a stone with a Greek inscription. Naming a Roman procurator, it has resolved an almost one hundred year old debate.
In the aftermath of fires across Israel, many lit by pyro-terrorists, there is a renewed tendency to identify terrorists by their ethnicity. But terrorism against Jewish Israelis, like all anti-Semitism, is not an ethnic issue; it is an ideological one. Israeli citizens, Walid abu-Ahmed and Ziad Yunis, prove it.
Vis-a-vis Israel, Jimmy Carter's affable affectation is a thin velvet sheath cloaking a stiletto. The fabric is soft, but the blade beneath is rigid and sharp, all the more deadly for its deceptive attire.
Iran's vision for its future is vast. The "territory" it forsees as its own will require naval bases in Syria, Yemen, the Indian Ocean, and on manmade islands. Establishing these bases, it says, is "ten times more important than nuclear power."
Antisemitism, reaches back at least as far as Pharaohs in Egypt who murdered Jewish boys and refused to voluntarily release the Jews from slavery. It is a virus of the human soul that persists and, once again, is going viral. But what is its cause? Auschwitz survivor, former Mossad agent and sports journalist, Noah Klieger, gives one reason.
Libya's General is in Moscow seeking help in the fight against ISIS. For his part, Putin may be asking for a new military base on Europe's southern doorstep. The prize that everybody seeks? Libya's Mediterranean oil fields.
A week of wildfires throughout the country has destroyed whole communities and devastated huge swaths of Israel's natural reserves and wildlife. From drone footage over Israel, see for yourself.