As violence escalates in Syria, the possibility of the deteriorating situation leading to that country’s considerable chemical weapon stockpile falling into the hands of Islamist extremists and/or Hizballah has been the subject of cabinet meetings in Israel. On Sunday, January 27th, Iron Dome batteries were deployed in northern Israel for the first time.
On January 26th, the IDF apprehended two Palestinians attempting to firebomb an IDF post near Hawara, later discovering that the pair was in possession of a letter from the Fatah Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade relating to a planned terror attack on the town of Alon Moreh. This follows the recent exposure of a terror cell in Ramallah and escalating numbers of events involving stone and Molotov cocktail-throwing in recent weeks.
You might think that at least one of the above events would get a mention on the Middle East page of the BBC News website. Not so: the BBC’s lead story on Israel – and third in line on its Middle East page – on the morning of Monday, January 28th was one which did not even make the top three items reported in Israeli domestic news.