The IDF is beefing up their presence on the Golan Heights in case Hezbollah tries anything.
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Hezbollah is threatening to take deadly revenge on Israel for Sunday’s strike on terrorists in Syria, but more significant is that Iran has admitted that one of its generals and (five or) six soldiers were killed in addition to Hezbollah’s casualties.
Lebanese sources identified the Iranian field commander as Abu Ali Tabtabai.
Also reported killed was Iranian General Mohammad Aji Alladadi, who was there as an advisor to the Syrian government.
Mohammad Issa “Abu Issa” who was a senior commander of Hezbollah’s Syrian and Iraq network.
Jihad Mughniyeh who was Hezbollah’s point man on the Golan Heights, setting up the terror infrastructure there.
Also presumed killed are Ali Hassan, Hussein Hassan and Majdi al0Musawi.
The IDF is on high alert for a Hezbollah attack and communities on the Golan Heights and the Upper Galilee are on a virtual war-footing.
Unlike previous attacks in Syria on missiles and other weapons destined for Hezbollah, Sunday’s raid struck Hezbollah terrorists on the ground, hitting three vehicles traveling in the Golan Heights.
As usual, Hezbollah responded with threats, especially since Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah last week warned that he will order an attack on Israel at some time or another.
Hezbollah has denied that its fighters are on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, but the aerial bombing on Sunday erased that lie. It said one of the dead was a leading commander, Mohammed Amed Issa, and it admitted that an Iranian also was killed.
The established presence of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Israel’s border will make it even harder for President Barack Obama to take a dovish position on the Iranian nuclear threat without Congress, as well as Israel, doing everything possible to stop an appeasement policy. J. E. Dyer wrote in The Jewish Press here on Sunday:
Syria is now uniquely important to Iran’s nuclear aspirations because of the internal turmoil. There is no meaningful mechanism for enforcing “national” Syrian accountability to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. This is an ideal situation for Iran, and is only enhanced by the fact that the Syrian nuclear program has been on the alternate path to a plutonium bomb, as opposed to Iran’s well-advanced path to a uranium bomb.
A nuclear weapon aimed at Israel is Hezbollah and Iran’s ultimate revenge.
Meanwhile, no one is discounting Hezbollah threats, but it will not have an easy time to attack Israel, especially now that it is clear that Iran is operating across the Golan Heights border.
Hezbollah has enough rockets to cripple Israel, but the price of an attack could be suicidal for the terrorist army as well as Lebanon.
It will be a lot easier and less risky if Hezbollah takes revenge by attacking Jews outside Israel.
It remains to be seen if the death of Alberto Nisman, the state prosecutor in the Hezbollah-directed bombing of the Argentine Jewish Center bombing, was a suicide, as originally suggested, or was murder.
Was it a coincidence that he was shot dead hours after Israel killed six Hezbollah commanders?
The Lebanon-based Hezbollah terror organization warned Israel Sunday night that its air strike in Syria earlier in the day “could lead to a costly adventure that will put the Middle East at stake.”
The statement, broadcast on the terror group’s linked Al Manar television news channel, came following an IAF helicopter attack on a Hezbollah convoy traveling in the province of Quneitra in Syria.
Both Hezbollah commanders Jihad Mughniyeh and Mohamad Issa, known as Abu Issa, were killed along with four other terrorists, according to a statement from the group. In addition, a number of Iranian Revolutionary Guards were killed in the attack as well, according to a statement from the semi-official Iranian Tabnak news site.
The cell has launched a number of attacks on Israelis in the Golan Heights in the past. Israeli military sources said Mughniyeh was planning a series of deadly attacks against Israel, to be focused on IDF soldiers and Israeli civilians in the Golan Heights.
Lebanese media reported the Israeli air strike on Quneitra in Syria earlier Sunday. Two missiles were fired by an IAF helicopter in the area of Amal Farms, according to the report, later confirmed by Israeli military sources. Two Israeli reconnaissance planes were also seen flying in the area.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights quoted local sources as saying the missiles targeted armed vehicles, adding it was not clear which group the vehicles belonged to.
Lebanese sources reported that six Iranians and five Hezbollah terrorists were killed in the strike, including three senior Lebanese terrorists.
Abu Ali Tabtabai, Hezbollah field commander for Syria operations was allegedly also killed in the strike, according to local reports.
In July 2013, JewishPress.com reported that Hezbollah was setting up a terror division on the Golan Heights. This was followed by a Druze report in October 2014, which warned that Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar was in charge of organizing a special Golan Heights terror cell.
CNN Arabic reported several months ago that Mughniyeh was following in his father’s footsteps and had received a respected role in the terrorist organization. He was planning terror attacks against Israelis living in the Golan Heights, according to intelligence sources.
“Jihad Mughniyeh is a ruthless terrorist who created a serious terrorist organization with many capabilities,” a source said. Rocket barrages and infiltrations using explosives and anti-tank missiles were on the list of attacks planned by Mughniyeh, the source said.
8:49 PM Another possible Hezbollah casualty may have been Abu Ali Tabtabai, Hezbollah’s commander for Syrian operations. This is still unconfirmed.
Some Lebanese sources are now saying that 6 Iranians and 5 Hezbollah terrorists were killed on the Golan Heights strike.
8:19 PM The number of Hezbollah terrorists killed appears to now be six, including 3 senior terrorists, among them senior Hezbollah commander Jihad Mughniyeh, an Iranian field commander and Hezbollah field commander Mohammad Issa.
They were assisting in preparing a rocket to launch at Israel at the time.
7:54 PM Reports are coming in that the IAF helicopter strike earlier this afternoon took out at least five Hezbollah terrorists operating on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, including senior Hezbollah commander Jihad Mughniyeh.
There are reports that Iranian field commander Abu Ali Tabtabai was also killed in the air strike.
Hezbollah’s Jihad Mughniyeh was charged by Nasrallah to set up the operations for Hezbollah to attack Israel from the Golan Heights .
In July 2013, JewishPress.com reported that Hezbollah was setting up a terror division on the Golan Heights , this was followed by a Druze report in October 2014 which said that Samir Kuntar was in charge of organizing a Golan Heights terror cell.
Jihad Mughniyeh was the head of the Hezbollah Heights terror cell, and Samir Kuntar was member of it.
Hezbollah has gone on full alert along the Israeli border in Lebanon and on the Golan.
Reports in Lebanon are that Israeli fighter planes are flying overhead.
Samir Kuntar’s brother claims that Samir is still alive.
5:20 PM It is not clear what exactly the Israeli Air Force hit in southern Syria on the Golan Heights near Kuneitra, but it does appear that an IAF helicopter shot two missiles and hit some bad guys.
Lebanese MTV network reports that an Israeli helicopter strike on Southern Syria hit a cell that was preparing to launch a rocket at Israel.
Other Arab source indicates that the helicopter hit a moving convoy.
Israeli Channel 2 TV is now saying that Israeli hit Jabhat Al-Nusrah fighters, while Channel 10 says that Jabhat Al-Nusrah fighters were setting out to plant a bomb and the IAF hit them.
The IDF had no comment.
The upcoming calendar year will be filled with changes in the Arab world and new challenges for Israel to face, according to the IDF annual ‘crystal ball’ report from military intelligence. None of that is news to anyone living in this region.
But the more problematic part in the IDF MI annual assessment document is in the acknowledgement that beyond the first few months of 2015, it is really not possible to predict with any accuracy what the next year will bring.
Israel’s entire leadership is in flux; a new IDF general chief of staff, Gadi Eizenkot, is taking the helm at the same time early elections are being held.
Any emerging victorious party chairman will be asked by President Reuven Rivlin to form a new coalition, at a time that Israel is facing potentially serious threats on at least three (Lebanon, Syria, Gaza) of its five borders. A fourth border, that with Sinai, is questionable due to terror bases nestling in the region.
That’s not including the internal threat Israelis face from the rising third intifada and the rabid anti-Israel media and government incitement encouraged by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, so beloved and lauded by international leaders. The United Nations Security Council is to vote Monday (Dec. 29, 2014) on a proposed deadline to force the expulsion of Israeli military forces from post-1967 territory. Either way the vote goes, the outcome and its fallout is not yet clear.
Meanwhile, there are other issues to consider when gazing into the Crystal Ball. The jostling for post-election ministerial portfolios, coalition bargaining and acclimation of new ministers and their seconds to their roles will be taking place at the same time new Knesset members will be learning their new jobs and jockeying for committee spots too. Many more experienced and savvy leaders are leaving the government, having had their fill of the bickering, vindictiveness and stupidity. Who will mind the store while all this is going on?
Folks, there’s a war going on. We’re not in the bomb shelters on a daily basis yet, but that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods either. The sunny skies have a few clouds.
According to the MI report, it is clear that chemical weapons still exist in Syria, what is left of it, that is, and are being used by someone. What is not clear is the extent of control exercised over that supply by President Bashar al-Assad.
“Greater Syria” is no longer; Assad today refers to “Little Syria,” the 20 to 30 percent of the country he still controls, hence his belated attempt to “negotiate” with rebel leaders. Too little, too late, naturally. Syria has fallen apart, as has Libya – split into three states – and Sudan, now cut into two.
There are no real “Syrian rebel leaders” today either. Instead there are “emirates” and “emirs” in the developing caliphate being created by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the rapidly spreading ISIS terror organization.
ISIS has already taken over much of Iraq, and has done the same in Syria. The spoils of the land are divided up with its rebel partners in the civil war against Assad – Jabhat al Nusra, the Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front and other terror groups. But they tend to fight against each other when they’re not banding together to fight against Assad’s forces – a bit like some of the Middle Eastern countries they have grown up in.
Meanwhile, it’s not clear where the Free Syrian Army stands in all this: the more moderate, Muslim rebel force is as ruthless as any other, but not enslaved to anyone but its own leadership at least. For that reason, perhaps, it is this force the West has chosen to support, albeit grudgingly, fearfully, and surreptitiously.
Students from an Arab elementary school in Lod hurled rocks at a group of young Jewish women and a Jewish family who were touring in the area of Nachal Jalbon in the central Golan Heights, the Hebrew-language 0404 website reports.
The female tourists, approximately age 20, were from the Haifa area. They were hiking around the riverbed area when they came under attack from the young Arab students.
The father of the family shouted at the attackers and chased them as far as the road near the spot where the family had been hiking.
A criminal complaint has been filed with district police.