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Israel draws a line in the sand

The situation in Syria is very unstable because of the civil war.  Israel has not interfered, but it has drawn two lines that must not be crossed: attempts to use the chaos to transfer chemical warfare agents from Syria into “non governmental” hands, or to move weapon systems to the Hezbollah terror organisation in Lebanon. […]

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Chemical weapons in Syria: Israel on high alert

The civil war in Syria has brought Israel to a high state of alert in recent days, as the Israeli government becomes increasingly concerned that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad could lose control of his country’s stockpile of chemical weapons. The Israeli defence minister has cut short a visit abroad, and a number of urgent cabinet meetings […]

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An unmanned Syrian MiG-21 and the threat of chemical warfare

All the Israeli intelligence sensors are pointing at a number of sites in Syria. At these heavily guarded sites the Syrian regime is allegedly keeping weapons – deadly chemical weapons.However, while not only Israel is monitoring the sites – as the clashes between the Syrian army and the rebels grow in number and casualties – […]

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IAF prepares for Syrian chemical weapons threat

The undertones are important. When the Israeli Air Force (IAF) commander talked on 19 December about chemical weapons in Syria, he was not very specific about what his pilots would do to foil any attempt by the dying regime to use them in an act of panic. Maj Gen Amir Eshel said that Syria was […]

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Detection, defection, aggression – the IAF’s state of alert

Israeli Air Force (IAF) jet fighters were scrambled on 11 August when a “suspicious target” was detected by the Israeli early warning system.   This could have been considered another routine false alarm. but it is symbolic of the situation. With turmoil in Syria and “unrest” continuing in Egypt, the IAF is on the edge. […]

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Sensors over Syria – the hunt for chemical weapons

Traffic congestion over Syria. This is the only way to describe the situation involved in monitoring the fast-developing situation in Syria, and who is in control of the country’s stockpile of chemical weapons.   US, Israeli and other sensors, of all types, are looking into Syria and focusing on the areas where, according to intelligence […]

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Air power distribution as the situation changes

Before the “Arab Spring” was even conceived, the Israeli air force (IAF) decided to make its Nevatim facility in southern Israel a major base for combat and transport squadrons.The Lockheed Martin F-35s the IAF plans to receive in 2017 will be based at Nevatim. This base will also receive the Lockheed Martin C-130Js that have […]

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The changing pattern of enemies and allies – new markets

The world is changing very fast. Old enemies become allies. Past potential enemies become “partners in interests”.   The fast tracks of international relations cross the traditional separation lines between countries.   The Israeli defence ministry has given the green light to the country’s defence and aerospace industries to sell their products to Indonesia, the […]

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Middle East skies – the tension is in the air

The skies in the Middle East are changing, in parallel with the dramatic developments in some countries in the region. Changes in Egypt, Syria and Libya, and the fragile stability in Lebanon, have completely changed the situation in the airspaces that neighbour Israel. This has been amplified by the high tension between Israel and Turkey, […]

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