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IDF Heightens Alert, Installs Barriers at Northern Border

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

The IDF has begun to install concrete barriers at strategic points along Route 889, the road the runs along Israel’s border with Lebanon, as an additional protection from cross-border terrorist activity for the area’s residents.

Over the past several months the military has also added a “smart” security fence and other measures. Israeli farmers around Metullah have been warned not to work their fields near the border.

The IDF has also beefed up forces in the area in response to a direct threat by Hezbollah terrorist chief Hassan Nasrallah, who threatened Israel in a speech this week.

The measures were part of a heightened alert following air strikes on Hezbollah positions and last week’s assassination of the terror group’s commander in the Syrian Golan Heights, Lebanese Druze child killer Samir Kuntar.

Although the Free Syrian Army opposition force claimed responsibility for the assassination it is still largely believed that Israeli fighter jets carried out the strike against Kuntar. Israel, however, has said nothing in response to the claims.

Nasrallah said in his speech during a ceremony marking a week after Kuntar’s death, “The response for the assassination of al-Kuntar is coming, there’s no doubt.

“The Israelis have a reason to be worried, in the border area and outside it (ed. – abroad). The scary statements we’ve heard (ed. – from Israel) in the past few days won’t help… Look at the border from Rosh HaNikra to the Israeli position in the occupied Golan. Where are the enemy soldiers? Are they not like rats, hiding in their lairs?”

The so-called “scary statements” referred to by Nasrallah were conveyed to the terrorist leader by a third party over the weekend, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas. “Israel will unleash a massive and merciless attack on Lebanon if Hezbollah retaliates for the assassination of Samir Kuntar,” European diplomats reportedly told Nasrallah. The warning followed a threat by the terrorist leader to avenge Kuntar’s death.

Those threats were again answered – this time directly – by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Eizenkot during his own speech at a ceremony Tuesday establishing a new IDF Commando Brigade.

“You don’t need to have a wide understanding of intelligence or strategy to understand the sensitivity of this period,” Eizenkot said.

“You look to the north and see the boastful statements (of Nasrallah) and the wind blowing in from Lebanon.

“You see the threats last night by Da’esh (ISIS) and the wave of security escalations we’ve been contending with in the past few months in [Judea and Samaria] and the threats from the south.

“These make the capabilities we see here more necessary than ever. The IDF Commando Brigade will be a front line protector and a marker of the IDF’s abilities and spirit,” he said.

Hana Levi Julian

Worse for Wear in Syria, Hezbollah’s Nasrallah Sets Sights on ‘Liberating Al-Aqsa’

Monday, October 19th, 2015

(JNi.media) Weary from several frustrating years of an endless war against the Sunni rebels in Syria, and recovering from the recent loss of some of his top military leaders, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah obviously found comfort on Sunday in the carnage that had erupted in Israel this month.

Speaking from the safety of his south Beirut bunker Sunday, following the death of the death of leading Hezbollah commander in Syria Hassan Hussein al-Hajj, Nasrallah said, “Our people feel safe because of [al-Hajj] and the Resistance together with the Lebanese army. I would like to assure everyone that the Resistance has had great leaders for many years.”

Al-Hajj was killed on October 10, fighting in northwest Syria where Hezbollah fighters have been supporting the beleaguered regime of Bashar Assad. Al-Sharq al-Awsat reported that Hezbollah has lost well over a thousand fighters in Syria, and thousands of wounded fighters have returned to their families in Lebanon, unavailable for service for the time being. The international Arabic newspaper headquartered in London reported the growing casualties and the expansion of Hezbollah’s involvement in the fighting have led to a crisis in the organization, whose ranks have been dropping.

On Sunday, Lebanese Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi declared that Hezbollah had been dealt a “major blow” in the latest political confrontation over promotions and appointments in the Lebanese army, which had been paralyzing the Lebanese cabinet for months. It appears that Nasrallah’s once feared group is losing its clout everywhere.

Aware of these thorny problems, Nasrallah on Sunday shifted his focus from the grim news in Syria and at home, to the “exciting” news from south of the border. He pointed out that two enemies of his Shiite group, the Zionists and the radical Sunni rebels in Syria, want to destroy “our peoples and our societies.”

“We will continue to battle the Zionist project in the region and we will continue to fight alongside the Palestinians,” Nasrallah vowed. “There will be no future for the Zionist entity in the presence of the axis of the Resistance.

Apparently rejoicing in the “martyrdom” of a growing number of Arabs in Israel and the PA, Nasrallah hailed what he sees as “an opportunity through a new generation in Palestine to liberate Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

“Whoever has talked of a Palestinian weariness, and said that the Palestinians are tired, now got a new generation, armed with a knife,” he continued. “Hezbollah will continue to stand by the Palestinian people and support the Intifada as best we can.”

Emphasis on “as best we can.”

JNi.Media

Killing of Senior Commander Starts Disputes Inside Hezbollah over Participation in Syrian War

Friday, October 16th, 2015

(JNi.media) Following the killing of senior Hezbollah leader Hussein al Hajj, who was among the founders of the military wing of the organization in Lebanon, and who in 1996 won an MP’s seat on the Hezbollah electoral list in the general election, internal sources in the organization are reporting high tension and recriminations due to recent losses in combat zones in Syria. Dissent in Hezbollah is growing as a result of the many losses of high ranking leaders, who have been dropping lately “like dominoes.”

Sources in the organization have told a Saudi newspaper that the most recent death of a senior Hezbollah commander culminated in a loud argument among members of the leadership, who held an emergency meeting Wednesday afternoon, in which they discussed whether the organization should continue to fight alongside the Assad regime in Syria.

The same sources also say that in the meeting some of the leading Hezbollah members claimed that the war in Syria has only tarnished the image of Hezbollah, which until now used to be loved all over the world. Another reason cited in that emergency meeting for the need to retreat from Syria was the ever increasing number of Hezbollah casualties.

According to the Saudi paper’s sources, Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah Secretary General and spiritual leader, was very surprised by the position of his top officers, stressing that the decision to support the Syria forces had been made after consultation with all of the organization’s leaders and after receiving their agreement on the move, reminding them that it was not his personal decision.

One of the leader’s opponents at the meeting rejected Nasrallah’s claim, causing great chaos in the meeting and the departure of several leaders. One Hezbollah leader argued at the meeting that due to the ever increasing number of fatalities in Syria, and the elimination of several organization leaders and senior field commanders, there was a serious concern that the number of deserters will increase significantly.

Meanwhile, Abu Mohamed al-Golani, leader of Syria’s Al-Qaida affiliate Al-Nusra, has issued bounties worth millions of dollars for the killing of Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Syrian President Bashar Assad, Naharnet reported Thursday. Al-Golani issued a voice recording released late Monday, saying he would pay “three million euros ($3.4 million) to anyone who can kill Bashar Assad and end his story.”

“How long must Muslims delay their rights and shed their blood for a man who loves his power?” al-Golani asked.

JNi.Media

ISIS in Syria Nears Israel’s Golan Heights Border

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

ISIS (Da’esh) terror fighters in southern Syria are nearing the border with Israel in the Golan Heights, sources said over the weekend. IDF officials are watching closely.

The leaders of both Da’esh and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror organization threatened Israel over this weekend — but military officials have their eye on ISIS. The terror entity is in southern Syria and heading for that country’s border with northern Israel in the Golan Heights, according to military sources and Israeli media.

Also of concern is the fact that Da’esh has established branch bases in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula, along the Iraqi-Jordanian border, and in Gaza – thus effectively surrounding Israel and her allies on three sides as well. The terror group is also well established in Nigeria, Libya and Somalia.

“Within a few days, we will conquer the Syrian border with Israel,” a spokesperson for Da’esh told journalists this weekend.

Meanwhile, the Lebanese Hezbollah guerrilla group is continuing to fight — and lose scores of men — on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad as Syria’s civil war continues into its fifth year. They are joined by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps, who direct the fighting.

“Millions” of Israelis will be displaced and become “refugees” in any war between Hezbollah and the Jewish State, terror leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened Friday. In a speech broadcast on the Hezbollah-linked Al Manar TV station, Nasrallah said, “In Israel, they are aware of the power of Hezbollah and recently they conducted exercises which showed their concern about our ability to strike their Home Front with strength, and defeat them.”

Nasrallah was referring in his remarks to the “Turning Point” civil defense drill carried out each year at this time in Israel by Home Front Command. The nationwide exercise tests wartime readiness and cooperation by various emergency response and municipal agencies as well as that of the general population.

Today for the most part Syria is no longer; it has been carved up into a collection of small fiefdoms or emirates, each headed by a leader pledged to one of the terror groups. Very few areas are still controlled by the moderate, Western-backed Free Syrian Army that was once the hope of so many.

Even fewer areas are controlled by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who apparently has resigned himself to the takeover of his nation by ISIS and has chosen not to target the terror group in his attacks.

And although his Iranian allies have made a great show of “helping to protect” Iraqis against ISIS and doing the same with Yemenis via the Houthi rebels, the truth is much more complicated.

It’s not really clear, for instance, how passionately the Islamic Republic is actually fighting Da’esh in Yemen or in Iraq — if at all — but it is crystal clear that Iran is not harassing ISIS north of Israel’s border.

In fact, it is probably just a matter of time before Iran openly patronizes the terrorist entity, if only to help in the attempt to annihilate Israel.

The once-proud nation of Syria is bloodied and worn, torn apart with years of internal warfare that really just began with a revolution against President Assad as part of the Arab Spring.

But that was long ago, before Assad recruited his allies, Iran and Russia, to help him in his war against his own people.

Before the Syrians who were fighting to raise a new government themselves, began to fight each other and instead split into factions.

Before the fundamentalist Islamist factions among them suddenly discovered they had attracted foreign fighters as well, like Al Qaeda and Da’esh – the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The latter was considerably more extreme than most had expected or bargained for and once present, they stayed.

Hana Levi Julian

Hezbollah Shows Off Terror Tunnel Threat

Monday, May 25th, 2015

A Lebanese newspaper published over the weekend a series of articles and pictures showing a complex system of  Hezbollah’s highly sophisticated terror tunnels it has built along the border with Israel.

The pro-Hezbollah As-Safir newspaper said Hezbollah is ready to attack Israel at any moment not only with more than 100,000 missiles, as is known, but also with the use of tunnels that are complete with communications equipment, generators and surveillance equipment. Missiles also can be stored in bunkers and transported to a launching site.

Camouflaged tunnels surprised the IDF in the Second Lebanon War in 2006 and forced Israel into a stalemate after 34 days of fighting that killed more than 120 Israeli soldiers and inflicted heavy casualties and damage to northern Israel, including Haifa.

Israel has changed its strategy since the “war via tunnels,” which was duplicated by Hamas in Gaza, but Hezbollah’s entrenchment in villages turns tens of thousands of Lebanese into human shields. However, the As-Safir report did not state that any of Hezbollah’s tunnels actual cross into Israel territory.

The report in As Safir might be a propaganda move to boost the morale of the terrorist organization, which has suffered huge casualties while fighting alongside forces loyal to the Assad regime.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s statement this weekend that the Islamic State (ISIS) is just as much an enemy as Israel is a clear sign that Nasrallah is scared, but if he gets in itchy finger and tries to attack Israel, the IDF is not likely to lay back because of the fear of attacking civilians.

The As-Safir report includes a photo of villages where one-third of the buildings are marked as being used by Hezbollah.

A senior Israeli military official told The New York Times two weeks ago:

The civilians are living in a military compound. We will hit Hezbollah hard, while making every effort to limit civilian casualties as much as we can, [but] we do not intend to stand by helplessly in the face of rocket attacks.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Hezbollah Chief is Terrified of ISIS

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Hezbollah terror chief Hassan Nasrallah is getting very scared of Islamic State’s advances.

In a speech he gave over the weekend, Nasrallah called on everyone in Lebanon and in the region (presumably excluding Israel) to fight Islamic State.

Nasrallah said Islamic State is as evil as Israel, while claiming that the nations of the region have already beaten Israel and the United States.

Nasrallah said that the US-led coalition cannot protect anyone in Lebanon, Syria or Iraq from Islamic State.

We can only hope that the Islamic State terrorists and the Hezbollah terrorists keep each other very busy for a long time.

Jewish Press News Briefs

5 Senior Hezbollah Field Commanders Killed in Qalamoun Battle

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

The Battle of Qalamoun began yesterday, leaving dozens killed on both sides, in fighting between Hezbollah vs. Jabhat al-Nusra forces and the Syrian Free Army, according to Arab sources.

Hezbollah chief, Hassan Nasrallah, talked about this upcoming, strategically important battle at the beginning of the year.

Qalamoun is located along the Syrian-Lebanon border.

During the battle between Hezbollah terrorists and Syrian Jabhat al-Nusra forces on Tuesday, 5 senior Hezbollah field commanders were killed.

5 senior Hezbollah field commanders killed in the Qalamoun battle. IsraelDefense/Rotter.net

5 senior Hezbollah field commanders killed in the Qalamoun battle.
IsraelDefense/Rotter.net

The Qalamoun Battle

The Qalamoun Battle

Al-Nusra has been avoiding fighting in Qalamoun until now, in part, because snow on the ground made it battle conditions difficult, though Al-Nusra’s major concern is that the Qalamoun battles against Hezbollah will draw away resources from their ongoing and nearby battles against Islamic State, which they consider a higher priority at the moment.

Last week, Hassan Nasrallah said that the survival of Bashar Assad’s regime is critical for Hezbollah’s own continued existence.

But Nasrallah also said that Assad will never regain full control over Syria.

Jabhat al-Nusra is part of Al-Quida, while Hezbollah are Iranian proxies who support the Assad regime.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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