Official: Israeli warplanes fly over Lebanon
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Bassem Mroue - February 1, 2013 - 1:00am

Israeli warplanes flew over southern Lebanon Friday, two days after the Jewish state launched

Why the attack on Syria suits Netanyahu
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Ben Caspit - (Opinion) February 1, 2013 - 1:00am

On the calendar, a little more than five years separate the attack on the Syrian nuclear reactor in July 2007 and the strike on Syria this week (according to foreign reporters, of course). In reality, the two episodes are light years away. At the time of that first attack, there was complete quiet here. Syria was calm, too, Israel was licking its wounds from the Second Lebanon War, Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah was in his bunker, the borders were quiet. You could hear a pin drop, if it dropped.

Neither Syria nor Israel benefits in broader conflict
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
(Editorial) February 1, 2013 - 1:00am

The exact details are still sketchy, but the series of deliberate leaks are enough to confirm the Israeli air strike inside Syrian borders on Wednesday. Syrian regime officials insist that it was only a weapons-research facility that was hit, while US officials are saying that an arms convoy headed for Lebanon (and perhaps for Hizbollah) was also targeted.

Israeli PM says only U.S. military strike can halt Iran's nuke program
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
January 31, 2013 - 1:00am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that while American military action can eliminate Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program, an Israeli strike will only temporarily set it back, local media reported Wednesday.

Calculated risk
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Alex Fishman - (Opinion) January 31, 2013 - 1:00am

Israel, according to the foreign press, attacked at dawn Wednesday a Hezbollah weapons convoy along the Lebanon-Syria border. If an attack did in fact take place, was it a prelude to a broad military conflict on the northern front? We should look for the answer to this question, first of all, in the IDF's General Staff.

Israel may feel need to strike Syria again
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Josef Federman - January 31, 2013 - 1:00am

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Israel hits target in Syria border area
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Oliver Holmes - January 30, 2013 - 1:00am

Israeli forces attacked a convoy on the Syrian-Lebanese border overnight, a Western diplomat and regional security sources said on Wednesday, as concern has grown in the Jewish state over the fate of Syrian chemical and advanced conventional weapons. The sources, four in total, all of whom declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue, had no further information about what the vehicles may have been carrying, what forces were used or where precisely the attack happened.

Netanyahu must watch The Gatekeepers, if only to save his own legacy
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Carlo Strenger - (Opinion) January 30, 2013 - 1:00am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in an unenviable position. His next tenure is bound to be much more difficult than the one ending now, in which he could balance his various coalition partners against each other to do what he does best: stalling, evading and avoiding big decisions. Now he is faced with Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party, which stands in a formidable bargaining position and is intransigent on a number of its demands.

Syria says Israel attacked military research centre
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by James Webb - January 30, 2013 - 1:00am

Israeli warplanes attacked a military research centre in Damascus province at dawn on Wednesday, Syria's military command said, denying reports that the planes had struck a convoy carrying weapons from Syria to Lebanon. Two people were killed and five wounded in the attack on the site in Jamraya, which it described as one of a number of "scientific research centres aimed at raising the level of resistance and self-defence". The building was destroyed, the military command said in a statement carried by state media.

No Israeli strike on Lebanon soil - Lebanese security source
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Oliver Holmes - January 30, 2013 - 1:00am

A Lebanese security source said on Wednesday that a reported attack by Israeli forces on a convoy near the Syrian-Lebanese border overnight had not occurred on Lebanese territory. A western diplomat and regional security sources said earlier that Israeli forces had hit a convoy in the border area, a few days after Israeli Vice Premier Silvan Shalom said that any sign that Syria's grip on its chemical weapons was slipping could trigger Israeli intervention. There were no details of precisely where the action had occurred.

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