JTA: State Department official: US and Israel are best friends forever

A State Department official just compared the U.S.-Israel alliance to her relationship with a BFF from junior high. Really. But first, a little background. Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state, is on a Middle East tour this week. His stops include Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Egypt. One of his main topics is Israeli-Palestinian peace.…

JDCA calls on Sec. Tillerson to visit Israel amid violence in Syria

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is currently traveling to five countries in the Middle East, will not be visiting Israel despite the escalation of violence with Syrian and Iranian forces. The Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) calls on the secretary of state to add Israel to his itinerary to show solidarity and coordinate…

Reuters: Syrian army and Iranian proxies demand surrender of rebels near Israel border

Syrian rebels pinned down in a strategic area where the Israeli and Lebanese borders meet with Syria were handed an ultimatum by the Syrian army and its Iranian-backed militia allies to either surrender or face certain military defeat, rebels said on Tuesday. The Syrian army backed by local militias financed and equipped by Iran alongside…

TOI: Filmed crossing into Israel with sick kid, mother says all Syrians want to come

In unprecedented footage, the IDF allowed an Israeli TV crew to film it opening the border gates to Syria, and allowing in a group of mothers and their children, who were then transported to an Israeli hospital for medical treatment. The footage, broadcast on Sunday night by Hadashot News (formerly Channel 2), also included interviews…