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IDF Tightens Security in Northern Israel

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz has canceled his planned trip to a NATO conference in Europe, only a few hours away.

Israel’s security on the northern border has also been tightened following what was feared to be a terrorist infiltration Wednesday evening (Jan 21.)

Kibbutz security teams from Metulla to Malkiya combed the Ramim mountain range around 6 pm local time after five suspects were thought to have been spotted. Residents of communities in the area remained inside. Roads were sealed and IDF troops were sent to the area as well.

But after searching the area thoroughly, the IDF Spokesperson announced that no infiltration had occurred. Nevertheless, he asked residents to remain in their homes.

Tensions are rising in the wake of an attack on a Hezbollah convoy in Syria that killed six terrorists – including three commanders – and six members of the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Among the Iranian dead was a general.

The helicopter air strike, which fired two missiles, has been attributed to Israel although there has been no confirmation by the IDF.

South of Israel, the Hamas terrorist organization is working hard to figure out how to get in on the action and create another two-front war, as it did with Hezbollah in 2006.

Elusive Gaza-based Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif wrote a condolence letter to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah commiserating over the recent attack.

“All of the forces of resistance must band together and unite against the Zionist enemy and its accomplices,” Deif reportedly wrote in the letter, Reuters reported. It was believed last summer that Deif had been eliminated by the IDF during its counter terror Operation Protective Edge, but despite conflicting reports Hamas has insisted since that day that Deif is still alive.

Likewise, Gaza’s de facto Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh also sent a letter to Nasrallah expressing his “deepest condolences,” according to Hezbollah-linked Al Manar TV. Haniyeh’s sorrow was to be conveyed to the “families of martyrs.”

Iran, which generously funds and equips both terrorist groups, has meanwhile warned Israel that “ruinous thunderbolts” await in the future.

The U.S. State Department has not been unmindful of these developments: a travel warning has been issued barring American foreign service personnel from approaching the northern borders with Lebanon and Syria. Nor can American public servants use public transportation anywhere in Israel at this time.

The terror stabbing attack Wednesday (Jan. 20) by a Palestinian Authority Arab man on a public bus in Tel Aviv has only exacerbated American administration fears about what lies ahead.

“Because of concerns about security on Israel’s northern borders, U.S. Government personnel are currently required to obtain advance approval if they wish to travel within 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) of the Lebanon border, or travel on or east of Route 98 in the Golan Heights,” the U.S. Embassy alert reads. Visitors from the United States have also been advised not to use public transportation in Israel.

Hezbollah Infiltrated by Israeli Mossad Spy Agency

Friday, January 16th, 2015

It’s taken weeks but Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has been forced to acknowledge that Israel has penetrated his terror organization.

Lebanese media reported a number of weeks ago that an operative in charge of Hezbollah’s ‘foreign operations’ was discovered to be a spy for the Mossad, Israel’s international intelligence agency.

Former IDF general Yaakov Amidror, an official with Israeli military intelligence, told Reuters the arrest shows Hezbollah’s air of “impenetrability is not founded in fact.”

Sources close to the group identified the alleged spy as a man named Mohammad Shawraba, said to have joined the terror organization in his youth when the group first was getting started. Shawraba participated in attacks against the IDF in southern Lebanon before its withdrawal in 2000.

A Lebanese official said Shawraba is a wealthy businessman who travels between Spain and Italy. “He worked for the Mossad for several years and played a role in foiling attempts to get revenge for [the death of second-in-command Imad] Mughniyeh. He exposed several people who were planning to avenge his death.”

The man was actually detained five months ago, according to an interview with Nasrallah on Al Mayadeen television in Lebanon.

“For me, this is a breach and should not happen,” Nasrallah said, “but if it happens then it is part of the battle. It is part of the war between us and Israel.”  The name of the infiltrator was not revealed in the interview, and Nasrallah made an effort to minimize his importance within the organization.  “He confessed about all the information he has given and the extent of his cooperation,” he told the interviewer.

Nasrallah added that the arrest shows Hezbollah has remained vigilant throughout the 32 years of its struggle against Israel.

It is clear that others are not taking the matter so lightly, particularly in Lebanon. A senior government official told Reuters, “This is considered one of the most dangerous breaches in the ranks of Hezbollah, which operates in a secretive manner. But it will not pose any threat to the group,” he said.

The Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group has been fighting alongside the Syrian Army to defend President Bashar al-Assad since the start of the civil war in Syria, together with Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards. The group, which is banned by the United States as well, is represented by a considerable segment of the national government cabinet as well as a faction in the Lebanese parliament.

Although Nasrallah speaks about avenging Mughniyeh’s death and waging war against Israel, he has remained in a secret hiding place since the end of the 2006 Second Lebanon War with Israel out of fear of assassination by Israeli agents.

Hezbollah Leader Announces ‘Threat to Israel’

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Lebanon-based Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Tuesday in a speech delivered live in honor of the Ashura holiday that it is time for the terror group to “direct [its] gaze toward Israel.”

The address, broadcast live over Hezbollah-linked Al Manar TV, focused primarily on the current civil war raging in Syria and how it connects to Israel.

“Southern Lebanon is prepared to fight [Israel], despite the presence of our soldiers in Syria,” Nasrallah proclaimed. “We are capable of aiming at any target in Israel,” he added – making a clear reference to the extended range of the missiles in Hezbollah’s current arsenal.

“We are not afraid of war,” Nasrallah went on. “We are a threat to Israel, not the other way around. Their threats lay in their lost hope, not in their military capabilities.

“The Arab League needs to rise up against the Israeli aggression,” he advised. “Israel exploits changes in the Arab world to attain its goals.”

Referring possibly to the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror organization, Nasrallah said that his group has been facing “the region’s largest threat.”

His fighters are entitled to the honor that comes with victory over Israel, he said.

“Latest developments in Syria and the region convince us that we have made the right choice in joining the Syrian battles,” he said.

The terror chief has remained in hiding since the 2006 Second Lebanon War, fearing a targeted assassination attempt by Israeli intelligence operatives.

Israel’s northern region has been on alert since early this summer. The defense establishment has maintained a close watch along the entire northern border since the start of Operation Protective Edge.

Hezbollah Celebrates Anniversary of Israeli Withdrawal; Barak Silent

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah celebrated the 14th anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from the south Lebanon security zone Sunday with a warning that the terror group’s operatives are, “active day and night to improve our deterrence capabilities,” and that this progress “worries the Israeli enemy.” Since Labor Prime Minister Ehud Barak withdrew from Lebanon against the advice of IDF and civilian security officials, six IDF soldiers have been kidnapped across the international border. The second kidnapping incident, in 2006, led to the Second Lebanon War.

Former Prime Minister Barak did not real ease any statement about the anniversary.

Hezbollah’s Nasrallah Claims Galilee Threat from Syria

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Hezbollah terrorist chief Hassan Nasrallah claimed this week that Israel’s Galilee region is being threatened by events in Syria.

He noted that Israel was growing more worried about Iran as the days pass, and that the Jewish State is now closely guarding the Galilee region areas near the Golan Heights due to fear of cross-border attacks.

Nearly a month after an IDF jeep was blown up as soldiers patrolled along the northern border, Nasrallah also claimed responsibility for that attack, saying it came in response to one he blamed on Israel that prevented his group from receiving sophisticated arms from Iran.

But Israel has yet to acknowledge its part in the air strike, which left four Hezbollah terrorists dead. A missile launcher and two trucks that set out from Syria bearing supplies of missiles allegedly able to carry newer, heavier warheads never reached the Hezbollah warehouses.

According to a report in the Lebanese Daily Star newspaper quoting an interview published Monday in the As-Safir newspaper, Syrian government forces have begun to re-establish their control over Damascus and surrounds. Not good news for the State of Israel, said Nasrallah, who told the newspaper the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is no longer in jeopardy.

Nasrallah claimed that although opposition forces in Syria appeared to have the upper hand last year, the fact that Assad remained in office was proof “the danger of the Syrian regime falling has ended and we have exceeded the risk of partition.”

The Shi’ite terror chief added that although there had been one group in Syria that had opposed Hezbollah’s presence, but that the issue had been settled. Nasrallah said that the presence of “radical groups” in Syria are an existential threat to Lebanon and the region.

The Al Qaeda terrorist organization – a radical Islamist Sunni group – has been referred to by rival terrorists  as a “radical” organization. While the conflict in Syria often appears to Western eyes as a basic civil war, that is not what this is really about.

In the absence of an orderly transfer of power from Assad to another strong administrative hand at the helm, Syria is now in the process of being systematically hacked apart by rival groups backed by various Arab countries, each vying for a piece of the land in which to set up independent emirates.

Many are radical Islamists linked to groups like Al Qaeda or Hezbollah, although some are independent. A separate sector of groups is loosely tied together in the moderate secular council of opposition forces known as the Syrian National Council.

It is this group with which the West tried to form a relationship – only to discover that any military support it provided was handed over to radical Islamic terrorists whenever the groups united together to fight Syria’s government army.

Israel has been providing medical support to the opposition forces – and possibly to Assad’s forces as well, it is not really clear – in a field hospital set up in the ‘no man’s land’ buffer zone in the Golan Heights. Critically wounded Syrians are somehow spirited over the border and brought to Israeli hospitals in Tzfat and sometimes elsewhere in Israel for special care.

Nasrallah Has Golden Opportunity to Become Martyr in Syria

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Hezbollah’s supreme leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed on Friday he is willing to personally fight against Syrian rebels, and the next day he had his big chance when it was reported that one of his commanders there was killed.

“If the battle with these terrorist Takfiris requires for me personally and all of Hezbollah to go to Syria, we will go to Syria,” Nasrallah said in a speech on Friday.

The very next day, Hezbollah commander Hossam Ali Nisr was buried in his hometown in Lebanon after being killed in fighting near Damascus, the Beirut Daily Star reported. It was not disclosed when he was killed, but it is known that more than two dozen Hezbollah terrorist fighters died in the battle.

Nasrallah’s speech on Friday was delivered after terrorists who are fiercely opposed to Hezbollah exploded a car bomb in one of its stronghold south of Beirut, killing 24 people and injuring approximately 300 others.

“If you think that by killing our women and children … and destroying our neighborhoods, villages and cities we will retreat or back away from our position, you are wrong,” Nasrallah declared in a rare public appearance.

However Nasrallah, like almost all terrorist leaders, prefers to sit in his comfortable headquarters, where he issues instructions for martyrdom.

The chances of his personally endangering his own life and fighting against Syrian rebels are about the same as his recognizing Israel as a partner for peace.

Will Hezbollah Terrorism Save Israel from Delusional Peace with PA?

Monday, August 5th, 2013

“All of Palestine, from the sea to the river, must return to its people,” Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in Beirut Friday night in a rousing and inciting speech against the American-led “peace process.”

“No one in the world, no king, prince, sayyid, leader, president or state has the right to give up a single grain of sand of Palestine’s land,” he stated adamantly.

Supporters of Israel “want us Shia to exit the Arab-Israeli conflict and to get Iran out of the conflict,” Nasrallah declared in his public speech in 11 months.

“Call us infidels, call us terrorists, call us criminals, say what you want, try and kill us anywhere, target us any way you want, we are the Shia of Ali and we shall not abandon Palestine.”

His speech came one week after the resumption of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, under the guiding if not manipulative hand of the Obama administration.

President Barack Obama has out-maneuvered Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu into accepting a process that has an end goal of forcing Israel to accept virtually all of chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ demands, with the probable exclusion of allowing the immigration of several million foreign Arabs claiming Israel as home.

Nasrallah’s threatening speech indicates Israel may be in the macabre situation of Hezbollah terrorist attacks thwarting a so-called peace agreement that would leave Israel dependent on written promises to act as a security from a new armed Arab state within Israel’s current borders.

A deal between Israel and the PA would make the United States a renewed power in the Middle East and would pose a direct threat to Hezbollah.

“Americans and Qataris have tried to push the compass away from this priority (Israel) by inventing other enemies” to incite Muslims against Shi’ite, Nasrallah said in his speech,

“There are a lot of terms being used deliberately against the Shia, and the side standing behind this language hopes that the Shias will curse and insult our Sunni colleagues,” he said. “But the two groups are on the same side, they are both fasting during Ramadan.”

Nasrallah spoke Friday on International Quds ([Jerusalem] Day, devoting a large part of his speeches to his harshest-ever descriptions of Israel and echoing remarks once made by former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Israel is “a cancerous growth” that must be eliminated, according to Nasrallah.

“The only solution is to destroy it without giving it the opportunity to surrender,” he added, For good measure, he tossed in the United States as a prop for his declared war on any American-led agreement between Jerusalem and Ramallah.

“We say to America, Israel, Great Britain and their regional tools, we say to every enemy and friend … we in Hezbollah will not abandon Palestine and the people of Palestine,” Nasrallah stated.

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