Facebook, bombs and cash: Israel atop the headlines this week

Published September 15th, 2016 - 07:30 GMT
An Israeli tank in the Golan Heights (AFP/Jalaa Marey)
An Israeli tank in the Golan Heights (AFP/Jalaa Marey)

Israel has been all over the news this week, primarily for three developments pertaining to the Syrian civil war, Facebook and a military deal with the US.

Last night, a projectile from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. This came after the Israeli air force hit Syrian army positions in the Syrian-controlled Golan, which was allegedly in response to other projectiles landing in Israeli territory earlier in the week. Many supporters of the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad claimed Israel was supporting Islamist militants by attacking the Syrian army in this area.

However, Israel says that it only attacked after the projectiles landed in their territory, and has a policy to retaliate in such incidents.

In response to the spillover fire from the internal war in Syria, the Israeli air force raided Syrian regime positions in the central plateau of the Syrian Golan.

Moreover, earlier in the week, it was widely reported that Facebook removes 95% of posts Israel considered incitements to terrorism. The claim came from Israeli minister of justice Ayelet Shaked. She also said that YouTube removed 80% of the videos Israel requested to be taken down under the auspices.

A victory for supporters of Israel’s cyber fight against militant groups, the move prompted concerns of the politicization of Facebook’s leadership.

Finally, it was announced yesterday that the US and Israel signed a 10 year military aid deal that will send $38 billion to the Jewish state. Whatever happens to Israel in Syria or on Facebook, they’ll be well-equipped to handle it.


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