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How did Israeli intelligence fail to stop major attack from Gaza?
With the combined efforts of Shin Bet, Israeli domestic intelligence, Mossad, its external spy agency and all the assets of the Israel Defense Forces, it is frankly astounding that nobody saw this coming.
 

Why the Palestinian group Hamas launched an attack on Israel? All to know
EXPLAINERDozens killed, hundreds injured after Hamas sends rockets, fighters in to Israel, which has started bombing Gaza.Published On 7 Oct 20237 Oct 2023Israel and Hamas seem to be on the brink of another conflict after a surprise attack on Saturday involving aerial, sea and ground operations, initiated by the Palestinian group from the Gaza Strip….
 

Iran had hand in Hamas attacks, says Israeli envoy
Israeli ambassador Naor Gilon on Sunday accused Iran of having a hand in organising the deadly terror attacks that have killed hundreds of people and said the support of countries such as India is needed for Israel’s actions to prevent further atrocities. Israel Ambassador to India Naor Gilon addresses a press conference in New Delhi on Sunday….
 

Hamas attack has abruptly altered the picture for Middle East diplomacy
As the death toll rises, and the security consequences multiply, Israel is pointing its finger of accusation at Tehran for orchestrating the attacks by Hamas. The attacks may have been born of anger, specifically at the months-long behaviour of the Netanyahu coalition, including the provocations at al-Aqsa mosque, but Iran and the forces it supports…
 

Hamas’s stealth attack will be remembered as Israeli intelligence failure for the ages
Hamas’s surprise attack on Israel, on the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur war, will be remembered as an intelligence failure for the ages.In the space of several hours, dozens of Gaza militants broke through the border fence into southern Israel, surprising local military positions.Gunmen kidnapped and murdered Israelis in the southern border communities,…
 

Why Israel’s Defenses Crumbled in Face of Hamas’ Assault – Israel News – Haaretz.com
Haaretz | Israel NewsIsrael was caught completely off-guard and took long hours to transport its forces to the field to defend the locales under attack. These are six main failures that dictated the developments in combat Yaniv KubovichJonathan LisOct 8, 2023 4:49 pm IDTOct 8, 2023 4:49 pm IDT Yaniv KubovichJonathan LisThe incursion of Hamas terrorists…
 

Netanyahu, Lapid, and Gantz discuss emergency unity govt amid ‘Al-Aqsa Flood’ – Region – World
Israeli opposition leaders Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz expressed their willingness to join Netanyahu’s government, with Lapid demanding that far-right leaders and ministers Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir be removed and Gantz agreeing to join alongside the two, The Times of Israel said on Sunday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and…
 

What’s ahead for the Wagner Group in Africa and the Middle East?
Predictions of the end of the Wagner Group’s operations in Africa and the Middle East in the aftermath of its ill-fated rebellion in Russia are premature. More likely, Wagner’s Middle East and Africa operations will persist: They still serve multiple interests of the Russian state and can be separated from Wagner’s Ukraine and Russia operations. Already,…
 

Putin and former Wagner commander Andrei Troshev meet
Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Andrei Troshev, one of the most senior former commanders of the Wagner Mercenary Group. According to the Kremlin, Troshev now works for Russia’s defense ministry. He was a former aide to the late Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, who died in a plane crash two months after Wagner troops launched a failed coup….
 

What we know about Andrey Troshev, the man Putin proposed as the new Wagner boss
Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed to Wagner Group fighters that a senior mercenary named Andrey Troshev now command the private military group, according to comments the Russian leader made to the Kommersant newspaper. Putin appears to have created a split between senior fighters from…
 

This Is What Made the Attack on Israel Possible – Israel News – Haaretz.com
Haaretz | Israel NewsOpinion | Unlike the 1973 war, the failure of 2023 was systemic: It was seen in the lack of intelligence, the military’s inadequate reaction and the absent of political leadershipUri Bar-JosephOct 8, 2023 6:14 pm IDTGet email notification for articles from Uri Bar-Joseph FollowOct 8, 2023 6:14 pm IDTUri Bar-JosephGet email notification…
 

Iran ‘gave green light,’ helped plan Hamas massacre – WSJ
Hamas’s attacks on Israel, which began Saturday morning, were planned weeks in advance with assistance from Iranian security officials, according to a Sunday report from The Wall Street Journal.The report, citing senior members of Hamas and Hezbollah, stated that the Iranian officials “gave the green light” for the attacks during a meeting between…
 

Netanyahu Bears Responsibility for This Israel-Gaza War – Haaretz Editorial – Haaretz.com
Opinion | Haaretz EditorialEditorial | Haaretz EditorialOct 8, 2023Get email notification for articles from Haaretz Editorial FollowOct 8, 2023Haaretz EditorialGet email notification for articles from Haaretz Editorial FollowThe disaster that befell Israel on the holiday of Simchat Torah is the clear responsibility of one person: Benjamin Netanyahu….
 

700 Israelis Killed, 2,300 Wounded in Gaza War – Israel News – Haaretz.com
Haaretz | Israel NewsIDF: ‘Many Hamas Terrorists Still Entering Israel’ | Oct 9, 2023LIVEA salvo of rockets is fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza as an Israeli missile launched from the Iron Dome defense missile system attempts to intercept the rockets, fired from the Gaza Strip, over the city of Netivot in southern Israel on Sunday.Credit: Mahmud…
 

Hamas says leadership visited Russia, met Sergey Lavrov
The Palestinian armed group Hamas said on Tuesday that it sent a high-level delegation to Russia and held talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. In an interview published on Hamas’ website, Saleh al-Arouri, deputy head of Hamas’ political bureau, said party leaders visited Russia and met Lavrov and that the visit was a reflection of Hamas’…
 

Egypt intelligence official says Israel ignored repeated warnings of ‘something big’
Mounting questions over Israel’s massive intelligence failure to anticipate and prepare for an surprise Hamas assault were compounded Monday when an Egyptian intelligence official said that Jerusalem had ignored repeated warnings that the Gaza-based terror group was planning “something big.” The Egyptian official said Egypt, which often serves as…
 

 

Is Russia behind Hamas attack on Israel? What we know
The stunningly successful surprise attack launched by Hamas from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel at the weekend has opened a dark new chapter in the years-long war between the Islamist militant group and its Israeli enemies.Amid swirling speculation of foreign involvement, the infiltration attack—being referred to by some observers as “Israel’s…
 

ISW: Russia exploiting Hamas attack on Israel to divert support from Ukraine
The Kremlin aims to exploit Hamas’ attack on Israel to divert Western support and attention away from Ukraine, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported in its daily assessment on Oct. 7.Following Hamas’ large-scale attacks on Israeli territory on Oct. 7, Russian voices amplified messages blaming Western countries for neglecting conflicts in…
 

An Invisible Hand: Kremlin accused of supporting Hamas attack on Israel to divert aid for Ukraine
The Kremlin was criticized for launching propaganda operations on October 7 intended to exploit the Hamas attacks on Israel, in an effort to divert Western support and attention away from its brutal full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a Washington-based think tank, reported its assessment of the situation on October…
 

‘Essence is the same’: Ukraine’s Zelenskyy likens Hamas to Russia
Published On 9 Oct 20239 Oct 2023Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has linked the recent assault by Hamas on Israel with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and criticised Iran over both conflicts. On Monday, he likened the Palestinian armed group to Russia, saying it was a “terrorist organisation” while Russia can be considered a “terrorist state”.list…
 

 

 

Russia Alleged to be Behind Hamas Terror Attack on Israel
Sergej Sumlenny, the Russian-born managing director of the European Resilience Initiative Center in Berlin, says this morning’s bomb-dropping drone video in Israel has Russian fingerprints. The reported widespread electronics jamming, effectively disabling countermeasures, coupled with such a single precision anti-armor bomb does seem a bit contrived…
 

Russian PsyOp proves the Kremlin’s involvement in the operation agaist Israel – Robert Lansing Institute
The forecasting about Russia’s misinformation campaign aimed at diverting attention to another ‘unsuitable’ target in matters of supplying weapons to Hamas militants for attacking Israel was confirmed.  On October 7, RLI warned that by using its warm relations with Hezbollah, Russia would send to the Gaza Strip a few units of weaponry captured on…
 

What Role Does Russia Have To Play In Hamas’s Invasion Of Israel? Q&A With Expert Hanna Notte
Last March, a Palestinian delegation arrived in Moscow for talks with Russian officials. The delegation was from Hamas, the militant Palestinian group that’s been labeled a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union. The meeting, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry, touched on Russia’s “unchanged position in support of…
 

IDF Frees the South From the Last Hamas Invaders; Nearly 1,000 Israeli Dead – Israel News – Haaretz.com
Haaretz | Israel NewsOn the war’s third day, the IDF gained back control of Israel’s south, but is now confronting a looming threat on the Lebanese border in the country’s north Paid by Attorney Rakefet Shfaim
 

Outside Ofakim, anguished parents seek signs of life from kids stranded in battle zone
Standing in the sun at a roadblock outside the southern town of Ofakim, Rachel and Boaz Sadeh stared intently at the screen of a cellphone displaying a red dot on a map. The dot represented the last known location of the couple’s 22-year-old son, Ziv, who on Saturday was among the thousands of Israelis who suddenly found themselves trapped behind…
 

Wagner Trained Hamas Militants for Attack on Israel, Ukrainian Partisans Claim
Elements of the Russian private military company (PMC) Wagner are alleged to have participated in the training of Hamas militants, the Ukrainian Center of National Resistance (CNR) reports. “The Center of National Resistance thanks the Belarusian underground for the information about the enemy,” its message reads. According to the CNR, the primary…
 

Israel Palestine war: Video shows aftermath of Hamas attack on Israeli music festival that killed 260
The outdoor Tribe of Nova music festival was meant to be an all-night dance party in a rural area near the Gaza-Israel border, where thousand of young people would celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. But it became a site of deadly chaos when Hamas militants attacked the festival in the desert area early Saturday, killing an estimated 260 people….
 

How Israel was duped as Hamas planned devastating assault
A careful campaign of deception ensured Israel was caught off guard when the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas launched its devastating attack, enabling a force using bulldozers, hang gliders and motorbikes to take on the Middle East’s most powerful army. Saturday’s assault, the worst breach in Israel’s defences since Arab armies waged war in 1973,…
 

Israeli survivors recount terror at music festival, where Hamas militants killed at least 260
The night was a getaway. Thousands of young men and women gathered at a vast field in southern Israel near the Gaza border to dance without a care. Old and new friends jumped up and down, reveling in the swirl of the bass-heavy beats. Maya Alper was standing toward the back of the bar with teams of environmentally conscious volunteers, picking up trash…
 

How a night of dancing and revelry in Israel turned into a massacre
The first rockets were fired just before dawn, arcing through the sky over thousands of revelers who had been dancing through the night at a trance music festival — billed as an event celebrating “friends, love and infinite freedom.”Initially, some of the ravers didn’t notice the sound of the explosions over the thumping music. Others, used to rockets…
 

Paragliding fighters flew into Israel. A similar attack happened 35 years ago.
Israeli soldiers could hear but not see the threat humming above them.Two enemy aircraft took off late on Nov. 25, 1987, near Lebanon’s southern border, intent on invading Israeli airspace. They were not jet fighters, helicopter gunships or even blimps. Palestinian guerrillas were trying to attack a country protected by one of the most powerful militaries…
 
Israel, even with superior intelligence abilities, fails to anticipate Hamas attack
MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:You’ve been hearing this morning that Israeli surveillance of Gaza is extensive and intrusive, and yet Hamas fighters were able to invade Israeli territory, seize hostages, including children and entire families. And now more than 1,100 Israelis and Palestinians are dead. We’ve been hearing an array of perspectives this morning…
 

Russia has ‘neutralised’ hundreds of foreign intelligence agents, top security official says
Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev attends a meeting of the collegium of the Prosecutor General’s office in Moscow, Russia, March 15, 2023. Sputnik/Pavel Bednyakov/Pool via REUTERS Acquire Licensing RightsMOSCOW, Sept 15 (Reuters) – A top Russian security official said in an article published on Friday that Moscow had “neutralised”…
 

Putin meets former Wagner commander Troshev
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What you need to know about Hamas air, land and sea attack on Israel
Without warning on Saturday, Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers attacked Israel by air, land and sea. Millions of Israelis in the country’s south awoke to the searing sound of incoming rockets and the inevitable thud of impact. Air raid sirens wailed as far north as Tel Aviv. Israel’s anti-rocket interceptors thundered in Jerusalem.In an unprecedented escalation,…
 

What is Israel’s Iron Dome air defence system and did it fail during the Hamas attack? – ABC News
Israel’s Iron Dome has been described as one of the most effective air defence systems on the planet.It was designed to respond to short-range threats from Gaza and southern Lebanon, and has intercepted thousands of rockets since it became operational in 2011.Israel’s Ministry of Defence says it is capable of handling multiple threats simultaneously,…
 

Hamas Attack Raises Questions Over an Israeli Intelligence Failure
American and Israeli officials said none of Israel’s intelligence services had specific warning that Hamas was preparing a sophisticated assault.
 

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Netanyahu says Hamas atrocities mirror ISIS
By Reuters StaffJERUSALEM, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said atrocities committed by Hamas during its attack on Israel mirrored those carried out by the jihadist group Islamic State.Netanyahu in broadcast remarks recounted how some Israelis were killed during the Hamas incursion, saying tied-up children were…
 

What’s ahead for the Wagner Group in Africa and the Middle East?
Predictions of the end of the Wagner Group’s operations in Africa and the Middle East in the aftermath of its ill-fated rebellion in Russia are premature. More likely, Wagner’s Middle East and Africa operations will persist: They still serve multiple interests of the Russian state and can be separated from Wagner’s Ukraine and Russia operations. Already,…
 

Netanyahu Tells World Leaders ‘Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas’
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pushed back Monday against Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ claims that Israel was waging a “genocide” against Palestinians, and called on world leaders to treat Palestinian militant group Hamas as indistinct from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly,…
 

‘Hamas is ISIS’: Here’s how we know
“Hamas terrorists bound, burned, and executed children,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proclaimed in a speech Monday, condemning the perpetrators of Saturday’s terror.“They are savages. Hamas is ISIS.”The comparison to the notorious terrorist organization ISIS underscored the gravity of the situation and the global threat that Netanyahu believes…
 

What we know about Andrey Troshev, the man Putin proposed as the new Wagner boss
Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed to Wagner Group fighters that a senior mercenary named Andrey Troshev now command the private military group, according to comments the Russian leader made to the Kommersant newspaper. Putin appears to have created a split between senior fighters from…
 

Putin Offers Muted Response to Attack on Israel. That Speaks Volumes.
Vladimir Putin has long projected friendly ties to Israel. But his silence since Saturday’s assault illustrates how the war in Ukraine has strained the relationship between the two countries.
 

Wagner Group 2.0: Why Russia’s Mercenary System Is Here To Stay
-Analysis-“Let’s not forget that there is no Wagner Group anymore,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov had declared. “Such an organization, in our eyes, does not exist.”The August 25 statement from came less than two days after the death of Yevgeny Prigozhin, leader of the infamous Russian mercenary outfit, as questions swirled about Wagner’s fate after…
 

Former CIA director: Israel intelligence sources may have been ‘compromised’ 
Former CIA Director John Brennan told MSNBC’s Jen Psaki that it was “incomprehensible” that Hamas was able to carry out an attack on Israel. Brennan said that it was possible Israeli intelligence sources were compromised and may have provided misinformation to Israel.   » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc Follow MSNBC Show…
 

 

Russian spy gathered intel on Israeli political party leader
Alleged Russian spy Sergey Vladimirovich Cherkasov supposedly committed espionage against Israel as part of his years-long mission for Russian intelligence, gathering information on several Israeli officials including a political party leader, according to the US Justice Department indictment.Cherkasov, 37, was indicted last Friday after operating…
 

Russian spy gathered intel on Israeli political party leader
Alleged Russian spy Sergey Vladimirovich Cherkasov supposedly committed espionage against Israel as part of his years-long mission for Russian intelligence, gathering information on several Israeli officials including a political party leader, according to the US Justice Department indictment.Cherkasov, 37, was indicted last Friday after operating…
 

Sen. Bob Menendez charged with acting as agent of Egypt in superseding indictment
Sen. Bob Menendez has been accused of acting as a foreign agent of Egypt in a superseding indictment. The indictment marks the latest federal criminal accusations against Menendez. The longtime New Jersey lawmaker and his wife, Nadine, were previously indicted in New York on federal charges Sen. Bob Menendez has been accused of accepting bribes and…
 

N.J. Sen. Bob Menendez charged with conspiring to act as foreign agent
NEW YORK — Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) was charged in a superseding federal indictment on Thursday with conspiracy by a public official to act as a foreign agent, intensifying the legal peril facing the veteran lawmaker as he continues to resist calls to resign.Federal prosecutors charged Menendez, 69, and his wife Nadine with bribery last month, alleging…
 

Putin stabbed Israel in the back! Israel forms emergency gov’t for Hamas war, Gantz to join Netanyahu …
Israel forms emergency gov’t for Hamas war, Gantz to join NetanyahuAn emergency government was formed on Wednesday afternoon after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and National Unity leader Benny Gantz met at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv earlier in the morning.The meeting lasted half an hour after which lawyers representing the Likud…
 

Putin’s fingerprints are all over the Hamas attack
There was only one real winner last Saturday when war broke out in Israel — Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin’s enabling of his “Arsenals of Evil” ally, Iran, resulted in the opening of a new front in Gaza in his war against the West.   Mitt Romney got it right in 2012 when he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that “Russia [is] without question, our…
 

Hamas attack exposes deteriorating ties between Russia and Israel
Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has long portrayed himself as a friend of Vladimir Putin. In a memoir published during Russia’s war on Ukraine, Netanyahu repeatedly lauded the Russian leader for his intellect and his “particularly friendly attitude” toward the Jewish people.Putin, too, has over the years cast himself as a loyal ally of…
 

Putin Is Worried, So He Turned to Anti-Semitism
His recent rhetoric targeting Jews suggests that his grip on power may be loosening.Antonio Masiello / GettyAfter Joseph Stalin died in 1953, an underground joke from my Moscow youth declared, the Politburo found three envelopes on the Soviet dictator’s desk. The first, inscribed “Open after my death,” contained a letter telling his successors to place…
 

‘Not pro-Israeli’: Decoding Putin’s muted response to Hamas attacks
Kyiv, Ukraine – “I want to thank you, my friend, for what you have done,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin about four years ago. His words followed Moscow’s transfer to Tel Aviv of the remains of Zachary Baumel, an Israeli serviceman who had been missing in action since 1982, the time of…
 

Putin cautions Israel that ground attack on Gaza would be unacceptable
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) leaders’ summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, October 13, 2023. Sputnik/Pavel Bednyakov/Pool via REUTERS Acquire Licensing RightsBISHKEK, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Friday for an end to the bloodshed in the Middle East and cautioned Israel…
 

Explosive claims about the Israel-Hamas war are going viral. But the truth is not always so simple
Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. Sign up for the daily digest chronicling the evolving media landscape here. The public is enveloped in the fog of war. As the world’s eyes remain fixated on the escalating conflict between Israel…
 

C.I.A. Reports Contained General Warnings of Potential Gaza Flare-up
Reports issued days before the Hamas attack did not foresee such a deadly strike, but did say rocket attacks were possible.
 

Former Mossad chief urges caution as Israel sets out to destroy Hamas
Gaza becoming a ‘hellhole’ as Palestinians ordered to evacuateOctober 13 2023, 5.20pmAlistair Dawber, Washington | Joshua Thurston | Richard Spencer, Tel Aviv | Seren Hughes | David Harding | Oliver Wright | David Chazan, Paris | Kieran Gair | Laurence Sleator
 

How the U.S. secret presence in Israel missed the Hamas attack
Israeli intelligence failed to warn of or avert last weekend’s Hamas strike from Gaza, but U.S. intelligence—with more than 650,000 American citizens and significant military assets at risk on the ground in Israel—also failed to warn of prospective threats.”The United States and by extension the Biden administration isn’t responsible for Israel’s intelligence…
 

Former Mossad chief calls for stronger evidence of Hamas atrocieties
Former Mossad chief Yossi Cohen urges patience on Gaza entry; calls for stronger evidence of Hamas atrocities Yossi Cohen, former head of the Mossad, said to N12 news that the IDF shouldn’t enter Gaza at all costs: “We need patience and not to rush to gather intelligence before a ground entry,” he said. “As someone who has overseen operations in Gaza,…
 

Why Israel’s Pegasus spyware was not enough to stop Hamas
When it comes to cutting-edge defense technology, Israel has often been at the forefront, boasting the most sophisticated surveillance software like Pegasus. However, the events of October 7 highlighted a stark reality. Even the most advanced technologies can be caught off-guard. CLICK TO GET KURT’S FREE CYBERGUY NEWSLETTER WITH SECURITY ALERTS, QUICK…
 

Putin Offers Muted Response to Attack on Israel. That Speaks Volumes.
Vladimir Putin has long projected friendly ties to Israel. But his silence since Saturday’s assault illustrates how the war in Ukraine has strained the relationship between the two countries.
 

Hamas attack exposes deteriorating ties between Russia and Israel
Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has long portrayed himself as a friend of Vladimir Putin. In a memoir published during Russia’s war on Ukraine, Netanyahu repeatedly lauded the Russian leader for his intellect and his “particularly friendly attitude” toward the Jewish people.Putin, too, has over the years cast himself as a loyal ally of…
 

Israel’s Blindness Toward Russia Will Prove to Be a Poor Choice – Israel News – Haaretz.com
Haaretz | Israel NewsAnalysis | For over a decade, Israel has prided itself on its growing ties with the Putin regime. But its silence on Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine will turn out to be a diplomatic error that will not be easily forgivenGet email notification for articles from Amos Harel FollowJun 25, 2023Get email notification for articles from Amos…
 

Israel-Gaza conflict: an opportunity for Putin while the world is distracted
Time is an ally of Russia in the Ukrainian conflict. Russia needs to reduce its rate of battlefield deaths and remain militarily active in Ukraine for as long as possible. A great aid to Vladimir Putin would be a disruption in the supply of weapons to Kyiv, and a diminishing commitment from European and US governments to support the war or to provide…
 
 
Hamas Attack Ends a Delicate Entente Between Russia and Israel
Hamas Attack Ends a Delicate Entente Between Russia and Israel
 
Gaza conflict offers strategic opening for Russia in Ukraine war
12th October 2023 – (Moscow) The sudden eruption of violence between Israel and Hamas has created a potential inflection point in the Ukraine war, handing Russia an opportunity to regain momentum amid its ongoing military struggles. With global attention diverted and pressure on Ukraine’s Western backers mounting, the Gaza crisis significantly alters…
 

IS PUTIN BEHIND THE GAZA WAR? Putin and Gaza War
Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has long portrayed himself as a friend of Vladimir Putin. In a memoir published during Russia’s war on Ukraine, Netanyahu repeatedly lauded the Russian leader for his intellect and his “particularly friendly attitude” toward the Jewish people.Putin, too, has over the years cast himself as a loyal ally of…
 

Hamas showed the process of making rockets from water pipes
The Palestinian group Hamas has published footage showing the complete process of making rockets from water pipes. The footage shows how water pipes are dug out of the ground, after which they are cut into pieces, processed and cleaned in artisanal workshops. Warheads containing explosives are then attached to them. Thus, with…
 

Russia already exploiting Israel attacks to bolster war in Ukraine: ISW
Russia is already wielding Palestinian militant attacks on Israel as a weapon to try to erode Western backing for Kyiv and distract the West’s attention from Moscow’s war in Ukraine, according to a new assessment.”The Kremlin is already and will likely continue to exploit the Hamas attacks in Israel to advance several information operations intended…
 

Putin elbows his way into Gaza conflict as fears grow Hamas trained by Wagner
Putin said Friday that Israel has the right to defend itself (Image: Getty)Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Israel has the right to defend itself after the brutal Hamas attack but warned against hurting civilians in Gaza.But former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of being involved in the Hamas terrorist attack…
 

Putin, Netanyahu to speak for the first time since Gaza war started
Summary At least 2,750 Palestinians have been killed and 9,700 wounded in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip since October 7, the enclave’s health ministry said on Monday. More than 1,000 Palestinians missing under the rubble of buildings destroyed by Israeli air attacks on Gaza, rescuers say. “The lives of thousands of patients” will be “at…
 

WSJ: Palestinian militant group received funds from sanctioned Russian crypto-exchange
This audio is created with AI assistance The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad received part of a $93 million payment through the sanctioned Russian crypto-exchange company Garantex, the Wall Street Journal reported on Oct. 13.The sources used in the reporting alleged that Hamas likely used a similar funding scheme as a means of disguising…
 

‘It was a pogrom’: Be’eri survivors on the horrific attack by Hamas terrorists
The smell of death hits you at the entrance to kibbutz Be’eri. Until Saturday morning Be’eri had a population of 1,200, the largest of the 12 villages that make up the Eshkol regional council that runs along the border with Gaza.Now it is a place indelibly associated with horror and tragedy, as one of the centres of the massacre undertaken by the militant…
 

What we know about the Hamas attack on Israel, and Israel’s response in Gaza
The Hamas militant group attacked Israel on Saturday, Oct. 7, prompting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to declare, “we are at war.” Israel says at least 1,400 people there, most of them civilians, have been killed since Hamas launched the coordinated, multi-fronted attack from the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian territory it has controlled for…
 

Hamas Leaves Trail of Terror in Israel
As Israeli soldiers regain control of areas near Gaza that came under attack, they are finding evidence seen in videos and photos and confirmed by witness accounts of the massacre of civilians by Hamas terrorists.
 

Israel’s Netanyahu, Putin to hold call over Hamas war ahead of Russian president’s trip to China
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin will likely speak during a phone call Monday evening, a senior official tells Fox News. The call will represent the first time the two leaders will speak since Hamas’ surprise Oct. 7 attacks on Israeli civilians prompted Israel to declare war against the Gaza-based terror…
 

Hamas attack ends relations between Netanyahu and Putin – WSJ
, Israeli Prime Minister, managed to maintain “warm communication” with Russian dictator , but now this has ended, writes The Wall Street Journal.Source: WSJDetails: Journalists remind that Netanyahu stood with Putin even when the latter was increasingly isolated. Even Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the warming of its relations with Israel’s sworn…
 

Russia’s Putin speaks to Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria and Egypt
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an interview with China Media Group anchor Wang Guan at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, in this image released October 16, 2023. Sputnik/Sergei Bobylev/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsMOSCOW, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin entered the fevered diplomatic fray of the Middle…
 

 

Russia ready to help end Middle East crisis, Putin tells Netanyahu | Law-Order
Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call on Monday that Russia was ready to help end the confrontation between Israel and the Palestinians, the Kremlin said. “Vladimir Putin informed (Netanyahu) about the steps Russia is taking to help normalize the situation, prevent further escalation of violence…
 

Poroshenko: Wagner signature behind Hamas attack
The former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko told Euractiv he was “absolutely sure” that instructors from the Russian mercenary group Wagner were transferred from Syria to Gaza to help prepare the terrorist attacks on Israel on 7 October. Poroshenko, president from 2014 to 2019 and now heads the European Solidarity party, was visiting Brussels ahead…
 

Putin Speaks to Netanyahu Over Conflict with Hamas – Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday called Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time since the deadly Hamas attack, and briefed him on several talks with leaders from the region and the Palestinian Authority. “The Israeli side was in particular informed of the essential points of telephone correspondences that took place today…
 

Why Russia is engaged in a delicate balancing act in the Israel-Hamas war
Updated [hour]:[minute] [AMPM] [timezone], [monthFull] [day], [year]   The Israel-Hamas war has forced Russia into a delicate balancing act, with…
 
Hamas Attack Ends a Delicate Entente Between Russia and Israel
Hamas Attack Ends a Delicate Entente Between Russia and Israel
 
Opinion Putin is helping Hamas to hurt the West
When Russian President Vladimir Putin finally called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, he said Russia was trying “to help normalize the situation” in the Gaza Strip, according to the Kremlin. But Moscow has little interest in helping Israel. Russia is on the side of Hamas and its patron, Iran — in part to undermine the United States…
 

Putin has ‘lost control’ in Middle East, Israel-Gaza conflict shows | Michael Binyon
“If Iran gets involved, then Russia almost certainly would be drawn in as well.” Russia has been ‘locked out’ of the Middle East, says Michael Binyon. 📻 Listen to Times Radio – https://www.thetimes.co.uk/radio 📍 Subscribe to our channel – http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTjDhFuGXlhx9Us0gq0VK2w?sub_confirmation=1 🗞 Subscribe to The Times…
 

Wagner Group 2.0: Why Russia’s Mercenary System Is Here To Stay
-Analysis-“Let’s not forget that there is no Wagner Group anymore,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov had declared. “Such an organization, in our eyes, does not exist.”The August 25 statement from came less than two days after the death of Yevgeny Prigozhin, leader of the infamous Russian mercenary outfit, as questions swirled about Wagner’s fate after…
 

Why is Russia’s Wagner Group of mercenaries in Sudan?
Experts claim that the Wagner Group is in Sudan to provide Russia with access to resources and help it fund the war in Ukraine. ADVERTISEMENTRussia’s Wagner Group has been present in Sudan since 2017. And amid the unfolding power struggle in the country, some have expressed fears that the mercenary group is fuelling the conflict and possibly acting…
 

Opinion | The Games Putin Plays (Published 2014)
The events in Ukraine offer a lesson in the limits of Russia’s grand strategy.
 

The Games Putin Plays
The Games Putin PlaysThe start of the Gaza War on 10.7.23 is attributed by many observers to the Russian Wagner Group. The same can be said about the later attack on the al Ahli Arab Hospital. It appears to be their style, as in Ukraine, Syria, etc. The timing to the events around Putin was also noted. This Hypothesis has to be carefully investigated,…
 

Israel Latest: Biden Says Pentagon Showed Him Blast Evidence
(Bloomberg) — US President Joe Biden said he’d been shown evidence by the Pentagon suggesting Israel wasn’t responsible for the deadly blast at a Gaza City hospital on Tuesday night that killed hundreds and threatened to plunge the region into chaos.Most Read from Bloomberg“Based on what I’ve seen, that appears as though it was done by the other team,”…
 

WSJ News Exclusive | U.S. Says Intelligence Shows Gaza Militants Behind Hospital Blast
Deadly blast provokes protests, anger in Middle East and complicates Biden’s visitPart of the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital compound on Wednesday, following the explosion a day earlier. Abed Khaled/Associated Press
 

The Israel-Hamas war is the latest proof Russia is an agent of chaos
By Aleksandar Đokić, Political scientist and analyst The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not represent in any way the editorial position of Euronews. Russia’s leadership doesn’t even have a stable, non-contradictory set of principles or values it adheres to, and its hodgepodge of narratives shows it is trying to fuel…
 

Moscow Seeks to Benefit From Fighting in Gaza
Russia’s war against Ukraine crosses the 600-day mark today, and the fighting between Israel and the Hamas terrorists based in Gaza is on its tenth day. The effects of the latter on the former are still emerging. The interplay between these two major breakdowns in the world order is certain to be strong. Russian President Vladimir Putin already is…
 

400 Russians Seek Evacuation From Besieged Gaza Strip
Around 400 Russian nationals are seeking to evacuate the Gaza Strip as the Israeli military continues to bombard the coastal enclave in retaliation to Hamas’ surprise attack, Russia’s diplomatic mission in Palestine said Thursday. Alia Zaripova, the spokeswoman for Russia’s representative mission in Ramallah, said Moscow was working to evacuate its…
 

Poroshenko: Wagner signature behind Hamas attack
The former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko told Euractiv he was “absolutely sure” that instructors from the Russian mercenary group Wagner were transferred from Syria to Gaza to help prepare the terrorist attacks on Israel on 7 October. Poroshenko, president from 2014 to 2019 and now heads the European Solidarity party, was visiting Brussels ahead…
 

How the Soviet Union helped terrorism go global
By SEAN DURNS SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 21:19 A HISTORIC poster of Vladimir Lenin on display in St. Petersburg (photo credit: REUTERS) This year marks the centenary of the founding of the Soviet Union, and with it the imposition of a communist dictatorship in Tsarist Russia and beyond. The…
 

Goldberg: Israel and Ukraine? It’s the same war on two fronts
In normal times domestic political fights over foreign policy break down more or less along a conventional left-right divide. These are not normal times.The right is largely united around the need to support Israel in its war with Hamas, but increasingly divided about backing Ukraine in its war with Russia. The left is largely united around the need…
 

Hamas attack exposes deteriorating ties between Russia and Israel
Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has long portrayed himself as a friend of Vladimir Putin. In a memoir published during Russia’s war on Ukraine, Netanyahu repeatedly lauded the Russian leader for his intellect and his “particularly friendly attitude” toward the Jewish people.Putin, too, has over the years cast himself as a loyal ally of…
 

Opinion | A Tale of Two Jewish Leaders
Zelensky is waging a campaign to kick the crooks out of government. Netanyahu is waging a campaign to keep the crooks in.
 

Zelensky and Netanyahu: Effective leadership in times of crisis
Leaders respond differently in moments of crisis. Some buckle, cringe or stay aloof and unconcerned, others abandon ship and run away while some rise up to the challenge and forge a new nation or organisation from the experience. The ongoing wars in Europe and the Middle East offer us a chance to examine the role of effective leadership in a moment…
 

Hamas vs Israeli Military capability: Hamas is ‘no technical match’ | Major General Rupert Jones
Major General Rupert Jones explains the difference between Israel and Hamas’s military capabilities as a ground offensive in Gaza looms. 📻 Listen to Times Radio – https://www.thetimes.co.uk/radio 📍 Subscribe to our channel – http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTjDhFuGXlhx9Us0gq0VK2w?sub_confirmation=1 🗞 Subscribe to The Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/subscribe/radio-3for3/…
 

 

Hamas terror attack on Israel is ‘gift’ for Putin’s Ukraine push, expert says
The terrorist attack in Israel is a “gift” for Russia, who will find America’s attention now divided and its resources potentially shifted away from Ukraine, in what could prove a critical point in the conflict, an expert told Fox News Digital. “This couldn’t have happened at a better time for Putin and at the worst time for Israel,” Rebekah Koffler,…
 

Documents found on fighters reveal Hamas capabilities, bloody plans
SaveASHKELON, Israel — A Hamas field manual obtained by The Washington Post and other documents found in the wake of the group’s brutal attack on Israel two weeks ago illustrate some of its military capabilities and preparations for close-in, bloody killing.The manual, dated last year and found on the body of a Hamas fighter, lists instructions on operating…
 

Chi è Andrei Troshev, il nuovo capo della Wagner
Vladimir Putin ha molto probabilmente trovato la soluzione per riorganizzare la compagnia militare privata Wagner che è tornata a combattere in Ucraina. Memore dell’errore fatto in passato quando concentrò tutto il potere nelle mani di Evgenij Prigozhin che ad un certo punto accecato dall’ambizione personale gli si rivoltò contro, Putin ha scelto per…
 

Wagner prepared Hamas for attack on Israel
Some of the fighters of the Wagner private military company were preparing Hamas for an attack on Israel, the National Resistance Center (NRC) reported. Russians who left Belarus for African countries were involved in training and sharing combat experience with terrorists. “The crucial areas of training of Hamas militants were assault exercises and…
 

Putin’s Interests in the Hamas Attack on Israel – FPIF
On October 13, in Bishkek, Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced his thoughts about Hamas’s attack and the Israeli retaliation operation in the Gaza Strip. He recognized the right of Israel to self-defense but characterized Israeli methods as cruel, comparing them with the Nazi siege of Leningrad during World War II. He also warned that a ground…
 

Wagner Trained Hamas Militants for Attack on Israel, Ukrainian Partisans Claim
Elements of the Russian private military company (PMC) Wagner are alleged to have participated in the training of Hamas militants, the Ukrainian Center of National Resistance (CNR) reports. “The Center of National Resistance thanks the Belarusian underground for the information about the enemy,” its message reads. According to the CNR, the primary…
 

Wagner after Wagner: The Kremlin takes charge of reorganizing Russian mercenaries
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets his Deputy Defense Minister Yunus-bek Yevkurov and retired colonel Andrei Trochev (left to right) in Moscow on September 28, 2023. MIKHAIL METZEL / AP It is not often that Vladimir Putin is forced to repeat himself – even more so publicly. But that is exactly what the…
 

Putin’s Wagner mercenary group involved in ‘training Hamas terrorists’
Putin’s Wagner mercenary group involved in ‘training Hamas terrorists’ (Image: Getty)Wagner – famously used to support Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine – allegedly taught assault tactics and use of kamikaze drones during the summer months.The claims came from Ukraine’s national resistance centre after being passed intelligence by Russian and Belarusian…
 

Anonymous Wagner mercenary claims Russian private military contractors invited to fight for Hamas in Gaza
Russian mercenaries from the private military company (PMC) Wagner are being offered to fight in the Gaza sector on the side of Hamas, said one of the Wagner fighters in an interview with the Russian news agency Eurasian News (EAN). The news outlet did not disclose the mercenary’s name and callsign for his safety. “We have good work…
 

Wagner Group: Russia’s new headache in the Middle East – Attempts to halt operations in Syria and Libya
Wagner Group remains a new headache for Russia in the Middle East Thousands of Russian Wagner Group members continue their military operations in Syria and Libya despite legislative and unofficial demands from the Russian Ministry of Defense to bring them under agency control, which has angered the Russian military. According to the American website…
 

Wagner mutiny was punishment for Putin’s perverting of capitalism
Having sailed 240 km. up the river that will bear his name, Henry Hudson was detained upon his return to England, and for good reason: his cruise was done not in the service of the British Crown, but its colonial rival Holland.Hudson was so loyal to his benefactors that he found a way to pass his expedition’s report to the Dutch, and thus helped with…
 

Wagner Group accused of ploy to discredit French Army in Mali
The French army says it has filmed Russian mercenaries from the paramilitary group Wagner burying bodies near a Malian military base, in an attempt to falsely accuse France’s departing troops of leaving behind mass graves. The video shot from a French drone, which shows the behind-the-scenes making of an infox, features white men near the Gossi military…
 

The Wagner Group: From ISIS “hunters” in Syria to “hunters” of President Zelensky in Ukraine – Alma Research and Education Center
The Russian Wagner Group (ChVK Wagner – ChVK being the Russian abbreviation for PMC Wagner – Private Military Company) is a paramilitary mercenary force. The group first began operations in eastern Ukraine alongside Russian separatists, but its global promulgation began at the beginning of the Russian involvement in the Syrian civil war in late 2015….
 

Chi è Andrei Troshev, il nuovo capo della Wagner
Vladimir Putin ha molto probabilmente trovato la soluzione per riorganizzare la compagnia militare privata Wagner che è tornata a combattere in Ucraina. Memore dell’errore fatto in passato quando concentrò tutto il potere nelle mani di Evgenij Prigozhin che ad un certo punto accecato dall’ambizione personale gli si rivoltò contro, Putin ha scelto per…
 

NATO’s Message to Israel: Russia’s Defeat Is Also in Your Interest
Haaretz | Israel NewsDeputy Secretary-General Mircea Geoana tells Haaretz that anything other than a Ukrainian victory will embolden Iran, a message he shared with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Amir TibonLiza RozovskySep 10, 2023Sep 10, 2023 Amir TibonLiza RozovskyIsrael will benefit from a Ukrainian victory but face greater danger if Russia prevails,…
 

Ramzan Kadyrov – Chechnya’s Feudal Lord
By Charles Davis. Much has been mentioned in the past few months, regarding Chechnya’s part in military operations in Ukraine. Most recently, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) asserted Chechen Akhmat (Spetsnaz) along with a Special Purpose Force Regiment were sent into the Donetsk region. [1] ISW suggests several possible reasons for Putin’s…
 

How Putin Learned to Hold Deadly Grudges
The invasion of Ukraine caught many analysts of Russia off guard. Russian President Vladimir Putin had long been thought of as rough, tough, and brutal—but also calculating and cautious. The wild and reckless Ukrainian adventure seemed out of character. Some observers believe Putin has changed as a result of his deep isolation during the COVID-19…
 

Russia maneuvers carefully over the Israel-Hamas war as it seeks to expand its global clout
Updated [hour]:[minute] [AMPM] [timezone], [monthFull] [day], [year]   Russia has issued carefully calibrated…
 

Who is former Wagner chief Andrei ‘Grey Hair’ Troshev? Why does Vladimir Putin want him to oversee military units in Ukraine? – ABC News
Former Wagner commander Andrei Troshev has outlasted a failed military coup and the death of his one-time boss.Just over a month since Yevgeny Prigozhin’s death in a plane crash, the 61-year-old has been tasked by President Vladimir Putin with overseeing volunteer fighter units in Ukraine.Here’s everything we know about him.Who is Andrei Troshev?A former…
 

Hamas official says terror attack on Israel was planned for two years
Published: 02:42 BST, 12 October 2023 | Updated: 04:24 BST, 12 October 2023 A top ranking Hamas official said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is pleased with the conflict in Israel, which was planned by terrorists for two years, because it distracts America from the ongoing war in Ukraine.Senior Hamas official Ali Baraka said during an…
 

Explainer: Wagner group – Is it back? Who controls it? | Reuters
MOSCOW, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin was on Friday shown meeting one of the most senior former commanders of the Wagner mercenary group, Andrei Troshev, and discussing how best to use “volunteer units” in the Ukraine war.Is Wagner back, who controls it and are its fighters returning to the Ukraine war?WHAT IS WAGNER?Wagner, one…
 

‘Russia Will Pay a High Price for Killing Israelis’ – Amir Weitmann
On RT, Amir Weitmann, the head of the libertarian caucus in Israel’s ruling Likud Party, promised that the Russians would pay for the complacency in shedding Israeli blood by working with Hamas and other terrorist organizations. In this exclusive Kyiv Post interview, Weitmann explains why Israel has not previously been an advocate for Ukraine, discusses…
 

How the Gaza Crisis Will Change the War in Ukraine
Check out my book “What Caused the Russia-Ukraine War”: https://amzn.to/3HY5aqW. You can also read it for free by signing up for a Kindle Unlimited trial at https://amzn.to/3QMsBr8. (I use affiliate links, meaning I earn a commission when you make a transaction through them. Even if you read for free, you are still supporting the channel.) As the…
 

Biden Secretly Ups Spy Muscle In Middle East As U.S. Troops Attacked In Iraq, Syria | Details
Published on Oct 25, 2023 08:41 PM IST Nearly 3 weeks after the horrific massacre perpetrated by Hamas in Israel, and days after more a dozen attacks took place on US troops in Iraq and Syria, the Joe Biden administration is reportedly stepping up surveillance measures in the Middle East. From increasing intelligence-gathering via drones,…
 

Who’s behind Israel-Gaza disinformation and hate online?
ReutersSocial media has been awash with false claims, conspiracy theories and hateful content surrounding what’s happening in Israel and Gaza – and questions over whether inauthentic accounts are being used to manipulate the conversation. As violence unfolds on the ground, I’ve been looking into who is behind this.When I opened up my TikTok For You…
 

At least 16 killed in shootings in Lewiston, Maine, law enforcement officials say
By Jordan Freiman Updated on: October 26, 2023 / 12:39 AM / CBS News At least 16 people were killed in shootings in Lewiston, Maine, Wednesday night, multiple law enforcement officials told CBS News, but they indicated the death toll could be higher than 20.Multiple sources said at least 50 people were injured, but it was unclear how many had…
 

The Menendez Indictment Could Be a Turning Point
The case against the New Jersey senator has the potential to reshape how America deals with foreign agents.Stephanie Scarbrough / APOctober 26, 2023, 7:30 AM ETEven before Bob Menendez was charged earlier this month with conspiring to act as a foreign agent, dozens of his fellow Democrats were calling on him to resign. Prosecutors say Menendez used…
 

Hamas delegation is visiting Moscow – Russian Foreign Ministry
MOSCOW, Oct 26 (Reuters) – A delegation from Hamas, the militant Palestinian group that controls Gaza, is currently visiting Moscow, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a weekly briefing on Thursday, without providing any further details.Russia’s state-run RIA news agency, quoting a source from the Palestinian delegation, said…
 

Ukrainian spies with deep ties to CIA wage shadow war against Russia
SaveKYIV — The cluttered car carrying a mother and her 12-year-old daughter seemed barely worth the attention of Russian security officials as it approached a border checkpoint. But the least conspicuous piece of luggage — a crate for a cat — was part of an elaborate, lethal plot. Ukrainian operatives had installed a hidden compartment in the pet carrier,…
 

Why Russia Is Engaged in a Delicate Balancing Act in the Israel-Hamas War
The Israel-Hamas war has forced Russia into a delicate balancing act, with Moscow urging a quick end to the fighting without apportioning blame. The careful stand is due to Russia’s long ties to Israel, the Palestinians and other regional players, and it reflects the Kremlin’s hope to expand its clout in the Middle East by playing peacemaker. Russia…
 

 

Israel And U.S. Condemn Kremlin Meeting With Hamas Envoy
Updated Oct. 27, 12:00 p.m.The arrival of a Hamas delegation in Moscow on Thursday has sparked prompt criticism from both Israel and the United States. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Lior Haiat condemned the Russian government for inviting the envoys, led by senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzook, calling it an “act of support of terrorism” that…
 

Intelligence Failures – Again
The failure of the U.S. intelligence community has three components: 1) It has become politically charged and lost focus on its mission protecting Americans, instead engaging in partisan politics. 2) It continues to focus on technological intelligence collection rather than the difficult and risky world of human intelligence collection. 3) It continues…
 

Fiona Hill: Ukraine’s Fate Now Linked to the Middle East’s
No audio? Hover over the video player, and tap the Click to Unmute button. Already an FP Subscriber? Login On-demand recordings of FP Live conversations are available to FP subscribers. Subscribe Now As Israel weighs a possible ground offensive in Gaza, there are valid reasons to worry about new fronts in the war—and a…
 

Russia monitoring US priority between Israel and Ukraine | Opinion
As anticipated from the outset, Russia’s launch of what it calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine has had a profound impact on the global balance of power, reshaping international priorities on multiple fronts. Furthermore, the consequences of current Israeli attacks in Gaza are increasingly evident, extending beyond the region’s geographical…
 

Dagestan: How widespread is antisemitism in Russia? – DW – 10/31/2023
The captain of a Russian airplane at Dagestan’s Makhachkala airport on Sunday urged passengers not to “try to open any doors, there is a mob is raging outside!” The aircraft had parked beside another plane that arrived from Tel Aviv just minutes ago. Outside, frightening scenes were unfolding. Dozens of angry men were screaming and running around on…
 

Wagner Resumes Recruitment Under New Leadership – Reports
Russia’s Wagner mercenary group has resumed recruiting fighters in at least two regions months after the death of its founder and longtime leader Yevgeny Prigozhin, local media have reported. Wagner halted recruitment in the chaotic months following Prigozhin’s late-June mutiny against Russia’s military leadership. In August, Prigozhin and his close…
 
‘Russia’s Wagner group to supply Hezbollah with air defense’
US officials have said that the Wagner Group, a Russian paramilitary outfit, intends to supply Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia, with an air-defense system. The system in question, the Russian SA-22, combines anti-aircraft missiles and guns to counteract aircraft, the Wall Street Reported on Friday.Although the transfer of the system to Hezbollah has…
 

 
WSJ News Exclusive | Russia’s Wagner Group Plans to Send Air Defenses to Hezbollah, U.S. Says
Russia’s Wagner Group Plans to Send Air Defenses to Hezbollah, U.S. Says
 

“Unfounded”: Russia On Wagner Group Sending Missiles To Hezbollah
In its report, The Wall Street Journal said Wagner plans to supply the Pantsir-S1 systemMoscow: The Kremlin on Friday dismissed a Wall Street Journal report that U.S. intelligence believed Russia’s Wagner mercenary group plans to provide Hezbollah with an air defence system, saying such talk was unfounded.”We have already said that, de facto, such a…
 

How Israel is fighting war with Iran, not Hamas or Hezbollah and peace is off the table
Riot police use tear gas against protesters during a demonstration, in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza, near the U.S. embassy in Aukar, a northern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023. File Photo- AP Lebanese Hezbollah is prepping for escalating hostilities against Israel as the latter continues its military action…
 

‘Russia has crossed all red lines in Gaza war’ – Israeli expert to CNN
“[Russia] has crossed all the red lines already,” said journalist, professor, and former Knesset member Ksenia Svetlova in an interview with CNN on Thursday. CNN correspondent Bianna Golodryga spoke with Svetlova about the recent Wall Street Journal report claiming that Russia’s Wagner Group may supply Lebanese terror organization Hezbollah with an…
 

Putin ally is ready to join war against Israel
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov—a long-time ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin—has declared his support for the Palestinian people in light of the recent escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Palestinian militants of the Hamas group launched a surprise attack on Israel Saturday, killing hundreds of civilians as rockets launched from Gaza…
 

“Убьет – государство его опять отмажет”. Завербованные в тюрьмах “вагнеровцы” возвращаются с войны в Украине: их истории
В Красноярске на свободе оказался один из заключенных по делу об убийстве биатлониста Дмитрия Сисигина. Четыре года назад Сергей Шмелев вместе с сыном местного депутата Андреем Шиловым избил спортсмена на камеру до смерти. Вместо назначенных 14,5 лет Шмелев отсидел всего 3 года – он завербовался в ЧВК “Вагнер” в январе и сейчас уже на свободе: активно…
 

Israel’s Fight With Iran Proxies in Syria Poisons Russia Ties
Since it went to war with Hamas early last month, Israel has stepped up strikes against Iran-backed militias in Syria who have moved close to the Israeli border.The development comes with a key shift in Israeli policy — it no longer always tells Syria’s patron Russia in advance about attacks on Syrian territory.
 

Russia’s Wagner group to enter Israel-Hamas war and provide air support to Hezbollah; Pentagon expresses concern
The Israel-Hamas conflict is set to take a dangerous turn with Russia’s paramilitary, Wagner Group, announcing its interest in providing high-tech air defence support to Hezbollah, according to a new report. A man mounts a flag of Wagner group on top of an old tank exhibited at the Leninist Komsomol park in Donetsk, Russian-controlled Ukraine,…
 

Ukraine fears being left in cold as Congress battles over Israel
With the world’s attention shifting to the Israel-Hamas war, Ukraine fears it is being left behind as it continues a costly struggle against Russian forces and anxiously waits on Congress to pass another aid package before the winter sets in.  Ukraine was already concerned before the Gaza war broke out, after Congress failed to include funding for…
 

This Is Why Ukraine Stands With Israel – Opinion – Haaretz.com
Haaretz | OpinionOpinion | The terrible terrorist attack on Israel resonated with Ukrainians. Rockets, torture and murder, the abduction of children – we know this script too well. But the similarity of our tragedies is not accidentalAndriy YermakOct 13, 2023Get email notification for articles from Andriy Yermak FollowOct 13, 2023Andriy YermakGet email…
 

Analysis: Hamas’s asymmetric warfare against Israel – lessons from Ukraine
Fighting in Gaza between the Israeli army and the armed faction of Hamas is a textbook example of modern asymmetric warfare. Whenever fighting ends, it will be studied by strategists and tacticians. The term “asymmetric warfare” has been used for less than 60 years, but the concept is much older. Originally it denoted a conflict between significantly…
 

Opinion | Putin Is Getting What He Wants
Russia is emerging as a major beneficiary of the war in Gaza.
 

Russia benefits from war in Gaza. Was that the plan all along?
It’s been four weeks since Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7. The fog of war is still very thick. Weeks into the war, we still don’t know many details of either the attack itself or its planning.  Yet there is one aspect of the bacchanalia of brutality of that day that experts, professional militaries and astute observers agree on: Hamas did not act…
 

Russia-Israel: With Gaza War, A Complicated Relationship Gets More Complicated
Less than three weeks after Hamas’s brutal attack on Israel, leaders of the militant group showed up in Moscow for talks with Russian officials. For many in the West, not least in Israel itself, the Hamas delegation’s visit was a pointed thumb in the eye of the relatives of the victims, most of them civilians, and of a reeling government. For close…
 

Putin: A fascist or misunderstood? – opinion
Is President Vladimir Putin a fascist, a neo-Nazi or is he simply misunderstood and bad-mouthed by the West? The West needs to answer these questions to successfully help Ukraine defend against Russia’s aggression. The Jews and the leadership of Israel, in particular, must not run away from these questions. They need to realize that “the great evil”…
 

Gaza and Ukraine are part of Putin’s world war
The Israel-Gaza and Ukraine-Russia conflicts are linked — and are part of a world war started by Vladimir Putin in 1999 to restore the Soviet Union’s empire after becoming President of Russia. This world war has not been recognized because it uses proxies, non-state actors like Hamas or other terrorist organizations, as well as extremist political…
 

Opinion: It’s World War III
The Israel-Gaza and Ukraine-Russia conflicts are the result of a world war started in 1999 by Vladimir Putin to recreate the Soviet Union’s empire. Russia’s war machine operates in the shadows and is behind most of the world’s strife. It is not a goose-stepping monolith, but a hidden Hydra with thousands of tentacles that reach worldwide and have grown…
 

Everyone’s talking about the Global South. But what is it?
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his country is “becoming the voice of the Global South,” and that at the upcoming Group of 20 meetings being held in New Delhi, that voice will be heard. At the August summit of the BRICS nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — current chair South Africa declared its goal was…
 

Putin’s war on the West
HE IS ridiculed for his mendacity and ostracised by his peers. He presides over a free-falling currency and a rapidly shrinking economy. International sanctions stop his kleptocratic friends from holidaying in their ill-gotten Mediterranean villas. Judged against the objectives Vladimir Putin purported to set on inheriting Russia’s presidency 15 years…
 

All of Putin’s open fronts
When he launched the war on Ukraine in February of 2022, Vladimir Putin said that he thought that the Russian people would be able to distinguish “true patriots from scum and traitors.” This was again expressed at a rally in Moscow a month later, where he also stated that Russia’s “fifth column” was made up of those who had left the country or refused…
 
Opinion | Only the U.S. Can Restore World Order
Only the U.S. Can Restore World Order
 

Diane Francis: Russia is the true global menace
This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Photo by MIKHAIL METZEL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images filesThe Israel-Gaza and Ukraine-Russia conflicts are not standalone catastrophes. They are linked and part of a world war started by Vladimir Putin in 1999 to restore the Soviet Union’s…
 

Gaza and Ukraine are part of Putin’s world war
The Israel-Gaza and Ukraine-Russia conflicts are linked — and are part of a world war started by Vladimir Putin in 1999 to restore the Soviet Union’s empire after becoming President of Russia. This world war has not been recognized because it uses proxies, non-state actors like Hamas or other terrorist organizations, as well as extremist political…
 

Israel’s Mossad chief sets new red lines for Iranian leadership, Russia
TEL AVIV — Mossad chief David Barnea threatened Iran on Sunday, stating that the leadership in Tehran could find itself in the crosshairs. His words reflected Israel’s growing concerns about Tehran’s potential acts of terror in the region and especially in the West Bank.Barnea’s speech at the annual conference of Reichman University’s International…
 

Hamas’s attack was an Israeli intelligence failure on multiple fronts
THE VICIOUS success of Hamas’s attack on Israel, without their plans being unveiled, is matched by the astounding failure of Israeli intelligence at every level. The assault by land, sea and air on October 7th left at least 800 dead in Israel, and must have required months of planning. Officials are in shock that such a significant military buildup…
 

How Hamas Prepared October 7 – Report – I24NEWS
The shock attack was a long-planned operation for the ‘1000% committed’ Hamas commanders — yet orders were passed down at the last momentOne month after the start of Israel’s war against Hamas, The Guardian released a report explaining who was in charge of the October 7 attack, how the massacres were organized and what the terrorists viewed as their…
 

Notorious Russian general, master spy duo organise in Africa after Prigozhin’s demise
SUCCESSION In recent weeks, Russia’s Deputy Defence Minister Yunus-Bek Yevkurov and General Andrei Averyanov from the GRU military intelligence agency have made several trips to Africa. The two are increasingly seen as the main organisers of the post-Prigozhin era of Russian relationships with Africa following the Wagner Group chief’s demise in…
 

Putin’s Gaza front
On 13 October in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek, Putin claimed that ‘no one suspects [Russia] wishes to play around’ with the Gaza conflict because of its strong and good relations with each of the protagonists. But the historical record belies this assurance. Even in Soviet times, when Moscow took the ideological offensive against ‘US imperialism’ and…
 

Putin plays for time in Ukraine with U.S. and EU focused on Mideast
Vladimir Putin is increasingly confident Russia’s military can outlast Ukraine as a second winter of war approaches with Kyiv’s U.S. and European allies distracted by the deepening conflict between Israel and Hamas.The Kremlin is convinced developments are moving in Putin’s favor and that he’ll be able to hold on to territories in southern and eastern…
 

Russian Wagner group’s hands ‘all over Hamas attack on Israel’, expert claims
Russia’s feared mercenary Wagner group has allegedly been training Hamas terrorists with the attacks on Israel having “Russian hands” on it, an expert has claimed. Earlier this week, it was reported that Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, had offered to find a “peaceful solution” while also offering to back Hamas…
 

Russian Defense Minister Makes First Comments on Failed Wagner Mutiny
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke for the first time about the aborted Wagner group rebellion in late June. He said the mutiny failed because the army “showed loyalty to their oath and military duty.” Photo: Russian Defense Ministry/Reuters
 

How Russia Is Restructuring Wagner Group’s Africa Operations
After the death of Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Kremlin is putting a new power structure in place that will take over the group’s sprawling operations in Africa, which have advanced Russian influence on the continent for almost a decade. Photo illustration: JJ LinA global look at the economic and cultural forces shaping our world.
 

Analysis: Israel’s misjudgment of Hamas caused the October 7 intelligence failure
November 10, 2023 by intelNews SINCE OCTOBER 7, WHEN Hamas launched its surprise attack on Israel, many more details about the intelligence failure have emerged. It appears that Israeli intelligence officials have warned for years about military exercises held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, which have included practice raids on cities deep inside…
 

Russian hacker group “Killnet” declares cyberwar on Israel
ALBAWABA – the Russian hacker group known as “Killnet” has officially declared a cyberwar on Israel. The group announced its intention to launch a widespread cyberattack targeting various government systems within Israel.In the latest developments related to the ongoing conflict in Gaza, several significant events have unfolded.Israeli military radio…
 

The question remains: Why did Hamas attack Israel?
There is an obvious question we should ask about the Hamas raid into Israel on Oct. 7 that culminated in a massacre of more than 1,400 people, most of them civilians.Why did Hamas do it?The Hamas planners were quite sophisticated in their techniques. The raiders had precise information on their cellphones about the location of Israel’s intelligence…
 

Expert explains why Israel missed biggest threat to its security in decades
Javed Ali broke down the layers of Israel’s intelligence community and how the country’s agencies failed to stop the invasion of Israel by Hamas militants on October 7An Israeli army tracked medical vehicle moves in a military convoyA counter-terrorism expert has questioned how Israel, with its top-notch intelligence capabilities, missed the threat…
 

Poroshenko: Wagner signature behind Hamas attack
The former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko told Euractiv he was “absolutely sure” that instructors from the Russian mercenary group Wagner were transferred from Syria to Gaza to help prepare the terrorist attacks on Israel on 7 October. Poroshenko, president from 2014 to 2019 and now heads the European Solidarity party, was visiting Brussels ahead…
 
Opinion Putin is helping Hamas to hurt the West
SaveWhen Russian President Vladimir Putin finally called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, he said Russia was trying “to help normalize the situation” in the Gaza Strip, according to the Kremlin. But Moscow has little interest in helping Israel. Russia is on the side of Hamas and its patron, Iran — in part to undermine the United…
 

Wagner prepared Hamas for attack on Israel
Some of the fighters of the Wagner private military company were preparing Hamas for an attack on Israel, the National Resistance Center (NRC) reported. Russians who left Belarus for African countries were involved in training and sharing combat experience with terrorists. “The crucial areas of training of Hamas militants were assault exercises and…
 

Putin’s fingerprints are all over the Hamas attack
There was only one real winner last Saturday when war broke out in Israel — Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin’s enabling of his “Arsenals of Evil” ally, Iran, resulted in the opening of a new front in Gaza in his war against the West.   Mitt Romney got it right in 2012 when he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that “Russia [is] without question, our…
 

Israel-Hamas War Day 28 | U.S. Official: Hamas Tried to Sneak Fighters Out of Gaza; Rockets Fired on Tel Aviv, Central Israel
Israel’s war against Hamas has entered its twenty-seventh day, three weeks after Hamas killed at least 1,300 Israelis and wounded more than 3,300 in a merciless assault. In the Gaza Strip, the Hamas-controlled health ministry reports that more than 9,000 Palestinians have been killed. Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are holding hostage more than…
 

Azerbaijan-Armenia tensions updates: Azeri attack in Nagorno-Karabakh
This blog is closed, thanks for joining us. These were the updates on Azerbaijan-Armenia tensions on Tuesday, September 19:
 

Analysis: How long will Hezbollah’s Nasrallah hold back against Israel?
As Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah told the world in his latest speech on Saturday, there will be no big war.
 

Russia reportedly is using Ukrainian POWs to fight in their homeland on Moscow’s side
A soldier stands guard next to a wall of a prison in Olenivka, in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces, eastern Ukraine, July 29, 2022. A Russian news agency is reporting that the country is preparing to send a battalion of Ukrainian prisoners of war to the front lines in their homeland to fight on Moscow’s side in the war. The…
 

Israel, Hamas at critical juncture in negotiations for hostage deal
Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. TEL AVIV — Israeli officials are becoming guardedly optimistic that a hostage deal with Hamas can be reached, but any agreement is likely to be interim and limited. A deal is likely to involve just a few dozen captive Israeli children and elderly, among them some dual nationals,…
 

MBS meets Iran’s Raisi on sidelines of joint Arab-Islamic summit
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met on Saturday with Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi on the sidelines of the extraordinary joint Arab-Islamic summit, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app.The meeting is the two leaders’ first since the two countries…
 

Iran’s secret police launch new raids on Baha’i faith
One of the women has Alzheimer’s, another was rushed to hospital in distress afterwards and a further two are widows of men executed by the regime in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution.“What threat do ill and elderly Baha’is pose to the Iranian government?” asked Simin Fahandej, the BIC’s representative to the United Nations. “Nothing but religious…
 

Whistleblowers: FBI officials singled out agents who were former military for anti-Trump retaliation
More whistleblowers have stepped forward to tell Congress that high-ranking FBI officials are targeting agents for their political beliefs and trying to force them out of the bureau, specifically going after former military members. The Marine Corps and other military veterans at the FBI are being accused of being disloyal to the U.S. because they…
 

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