DEBKAfile 30 Jan. 2013Israeli jets strike Jamaraya arms depot near Damascus leaving casualties: The Syrian government, by admitting that the Israel Air Force attacked the Jamaraya “Military Research Institute” (a euphemism for an arms depot), near Damascus indicated that Bashar Assad may have decided to pick up the gauntlet thrown down by Israel. The Syrian statement also refuted the report by foreign media from “Israeli sources” that Israeli jets had struck a convoy

The Jerusalem Post 30 Jan. 2013:  Al-Monitor news website on Wednesday quoted sources as saying that Israeli war jets had struck an alleged weapons convoy near Syria’s border with Lebanon.  Also reported by the HAARETZ 30 Jan. 2013 and The Guardian 30 Jan 2013 which adds “If chemical weapons are brought into Lebanon, Israel will probably not hesitate - and will attack.” The Independent 30 Jan. 2013: Hezbollah doesn’t need many chemical warheads [to do a lot of damage to Israel],” said Amnon Sofrin, the former intelligence head of the Mossad. “In the last two years, Syria has transported Scud missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon, which are capable of carrying chemical warheads and hitting targets all over Israel.” One report suggested that the Israeli Air Force hit a convoy on the Syrian side of the border. On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he was worried about, “deadly weapons in Syria, which are starting to disintegrate”. Israel has already taken preliminary measures against a potential attack. At the weekend it moved a battery of its “Iron Dome” missile shield system to the northern city of Haifa Similarly, the vice prime minister, Silvan Shalom, said that Israel may act if there were signs that President Bashar al-Assad’s grip of the stockpile was slipping.

The Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 reports: Israeli intelligence head meets Pentagon officials. Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi on Tuesday reportedly travelled to Washington to meet with American officials at the Pentagon, Al-Monitor, which is connected with pro-Hezbollah and pro-Assad circles quoted defense sources as saying.
According to Al-Monitor, among those Kochavi met at the Pentagon Tuesday was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey. Also see the Guardian 30 Jan. 2013: National Security Council head Yaakov Amidror flew to Russia on Monday to discuss the Syrian crisis. The Jerusalem Post 30 Jan. 2013: Deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon told Israel Radio that Israel will “not compromise on the security of the northern front.”

The New American 28 Jan. 2013: Summary executions and mass human rights abuses targeting innocent civilians in Mali are being perpetrated by soldiers loyal to the dubious Malian regime in a campaign supported by the United Nations, the new socialist French government, and the Obama administration. Human Rights Watch, a prominent organization, echoed the findings of other human rights groups, saying it had received credible reports of wanton slaughter of civilians being perpetrated by the UN- and Obama-backed regime in Bamako.

The New American 25 jan. 2013: In his January 9 State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a 10-point plan for so-called “women’s equality,” a front-and-center element of which is an abortion expansion scheme that champions of the unborn warn will open the door to late-term abortion on demand.

The European Council on Foreign Relations 16 jan. 2013: France must be joined by a European security effort (in Mali) and presence that will dig in its heels by the time summer comes. The European Union must realise its development utopia is foolish as of now, and the focus of European action must pass on to military control and surveillance.

Global Res. 29 Jan. 2013: Barely two weeks after invading Mali with over 2,000 troops of the Foreign Legion, France has dispatched special forces troops to neighboring Niger to secure uranium mines run by the French state-owned nuclear power company Areva. This only underscores the overriding economic and geo-strategic motives behind the French military intervention in Mali. This is the first ever use of the French commandos to directly defend the assets of a corporation.

The Express 30 Jan. 2013VOTERS sent a forceful message to David Cameron last night not to relax border controls with Romania and Bulgaria. Nearly eight out of 10 – 79 per cent – quizzed for an opinion poll wanted visa restrictions on the Eastern European countries to stay. “The problem is that EU free movement rules allow anyone across the EU to come and live in the UK.
“They will be eligible for housing and social security without having paid a penny into the pot. Under the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, free movement is essential to EU membership and David Cameron hasn’t a hope in hell of renegotiating it.
“This poll shows the British people want to take back control of their borders and the only way to do that is to leave the European Union.”