Rockets fired toward Israel from Syria, but fall short

Israel military statement said several rockets were fired at its territory from Syria. (File/AFP)
Updated 09 September 2019

Rockets fired toward Israel from Syria, but fall short

  • A statement from Israel's military said that early this morning, rockets were launched from Syria toward Israel

JERUSALEM: Israel said Monday several rockets were fired at its territory from Syria by an Iranian-backed force but they all fell short.

“Earlier this morning, a number of rockets were launched from Syria toward Israel, all failed to hit Israeli territory,” a statement from Israel’s military said.

“The rockets were launched from the outskirts of Damascus by Shiite militia operatives operating under the Iranian Quds Force (the elite wing of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards),” it said.


Palestinian leaders ‘open to talks with Israel via Moscow’

Updated 03 June 2020

Palestinian leaders ‘open to talks with Israel via Moscow’

  • We trust President Putin to help stop annexation of parts of occupied West Bank, foreign minister says

AMMAN: Palestinian leaders would be open to a resumption of talks with Israel if they were brokered by Russia, Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister Riyad Al-Maliki said on Tuesday.

“We trust President Vladimir Putin and are sure that such a meeting would bear fruit, and succeed in getting us back to the talks, as well as stopping the Israeli plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank,” he said.

Al-Maliki said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had twice derailed Russian plans to hold discussions in Moscow. “Palestine is willing to have talks with Israel via video conferencing and under Russian auspices,” he said. “The Palestinian side will look into the idea if Russia felt it was feasible,” he said.

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Ofer Zalzberg, a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group, told Arab News that Moscow had been engaging separately with both the White House and Ramallah about stopping or postponing Israel’s controversial annexation plans, which Netanyahu has threatened to implement on July 1.

“The sticking point appears to be around whether Trump’s plan … has to be at the center of the discussions. It is not enough to agree on the channel of the talks, be it Russia or another one. The substance of the talks is important.”

Zalzberg said opponents of annexation were waiting for Palestinian leaders to propose their own peace plan and agenda for talks, and were frustrated that neither was forthcoming.

Efforts are also underway for Israel’s new defense and foreign ministers to meet key Arab leaders including King Abdullah of Jordan, to persuade them that annexation would damage the chances of peace.