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January 17, 2017 / 19 Tevet, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Hezbollah’

Report: Israel Preparing Preemptive Action against Hezbollah

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

The IDF is “cautiously optimistic” in its assessment of the security challenges of 2017, expecting to get to the other side “without having to wage major combat operations,” writes DefenseNews‘ Barbara Opall-Rome, after an interview with a senior defense official in Tel Aviv. However, she quotes the same official, “Today, the most probable war is one in which both sides didn’t want it, but due to the dynamic of escalation, we might find ourselves in it.”

The senior official told Opall-Rome that Israel is cautious and mindful of “unintended consequences” resulting from its actions regarding Hezbollah up north, Hamas in Gaza, the Palestinian Authority, and even faraway countries such as Iran.

In his opinion, the hierarchy of threats against Israel in 2017 will be: 1. The PA; 2. Hamas; and 3. Iran-backed Hezbollah, which, despite the fact that it is the strongest of the three “the probability [for confrontation] is low, as long as we don’t get into a dynamic of escalation.”

Israel is anxious about the possibility that Iran and Hezbollah stay put in a ruined Syria after the Russians have reduced their presence there. The senior official is not concerned about Israel’s ability to deal with Bashar al-Assad, rather “our concern is that Iran and Hezbollah will grow ever more confident in Syria when the superpowers leave or reduce their presence… and that will not be a good end to this story.”

Hezbollah worries this security official because “they haven’t stopped for one day their buildup against Israel… and we don’t want to wait for the first day of the war,” meaning, obviously, that Israel would continue to use preemptive operations, such as the “unconfirmed” attacks on Syrian armories and on truck convoys hauling advanced weapons across the Lebanese border, to be handed to Hezbollah.

“When you let so many weapons systems get into Lebanon, you push a higher probability of a war,” the official said, noting that “[Hizbollah leader Hassan] Nasrallah speaks almost every week about the day they will conquer Israel. And if he speaks like that every week, why wait? Why give him a feeling of being strong enough?”

He also suggested that Hezbollah forces in Syria could turn on the Russians, using their advanced arms, including their anti-aircraft weapons. “If I had opportunity to give advice to President Putin,” he told Opall-Rome, “I’d say you should keep an eye on Hezbollah if you want a stable Middle East and if you want to protect your gains in Syria.”

David Israel

IDF Officials: Hezbollah Took American APCs From Lebanese Army

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Senior IDF officials have informed the United States that the Hezbollah terrorist organization is using American armored personnel carriers while fighting in Syria.

Photographs of the APCs, supplied by the U.S. to the Lebanese Army, were seen posted to the internet while being paraded by Hezbollah guerrilla fighters in Syria.

Israeli military officials say it is clear that the APCs were taken from the Lebanese armed forces.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Prepares for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

The IDF is preparing to deal with unconventional threats on Israel’s northern border, including those involving nuclear, biological and chemical warfare.

The “Yahalom” Special Operations Engineering Unit has established the new Seyfan company for this purpose, which last week joined the unit for its first training exercise.

Another new company is to be established next year, according to military sources. At that time, Yahalom is expected to move from its base near Petach Tikvah to Camp Julis in southern Israel.

Military forces fighting on behalf of the Syrian government have been cited numerous times for their use of chemical weapons against the civilian Syrian population during the ongoing civil war across Israel’s northern border.

In addition, there has been recent evidence that the Islamic State (Da’esh or ISIS) terrorist organization may also have begun using chemical weapons in some of their operations as well. As early as 2015, ISIS was trafficking in chemical weaponry in Europe, according to a European Union parliamentary report.

Hana Levi Julian

US Gives Lebanese Army Third Hellfire-Equipped Cessna [video]

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

The US on Monday delivered to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) a third Cessna 208B Caravan turboprop aircraft (L-403) capable of launching AGM-114 Hellfire laser-guided missiles, as part of the US efforts to strengthen the Lebanese Army, Lebanese and European media outlets reported.

“This Cessna that we see here today will be equipped with Hellfire missiles and a day-time/night-time targeting system,” US Ambassador Elizabeth Richard said at a ceremony in a Beirut Air Base. “It will help the LAF support ground troops, combat extremist groups, and keep Lebanon’s borders secure.”

According to the US Embassy in Beirut, the Cessnas are part of a $30 million package that includes maintenance support and training.

Lebanon’s army is fighting the Islamic State and al-Qaida’s Syrian branch in border areas. It is not currently engaged in hostilities with terrorist group Hezbollah, located in south Beirut.

David Israel

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri Leads 30-Minister Government

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri launched a new 30-minister government on Sunday, one that ranged from one end of the political spectrum to the other and included all parties with the exception of the right-wing Christian Phalangists. The latter rejected the minister of state portfolio it was offered.

“This is a government of entente,” Hariri said, after six weeks of hard work forming the new coalition following the election of President Michel Aoun.

Hariri, 46, is not a supporter of Iranian-backed Shi’ite Hezbollah, some members of which have been accused of involvement in the 2005 murder of his father, also a prime minister of Lebanon. But a return to power required him to support the Hezbollah candidate for the presidency – Aoun – and to at least tolerate two ministers from the terrorist organization.

The prime minister is also an opponent of Syria and any meddling or other influence from the regime of its President Bashar al-Assad, “spillover” or other “negative consequences” from its savage civil war, AFP reported.

New portfolios in the government include an anti-corruption ministry and a first-time minister of state for women’s affairs.

Hana Levi Julian

Liberman: We’re Blocking Smuggled Weapons of Mass Destruction from Syria to Hezbollah

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) on Wednesday afternoon told the EU countries’ ambassadors to Israel that the Jewish State’s primary goal is to protect its citizens, defend its sovereignty and “prevent the smuggling of sophisticated weapons, military equipment and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) from Syria to the Hezbollah.”

Liberman stressed that “we have no intention of intervening in the Syrian civil war, but when I’m asked, time after time, what would be the nature of a possible future order in Syria, I reiterate my position that it makes no difference what kind of order will win out – in any case the Iranians and Assad must leave Syria and must not be part of the new order.”

The defense minister told the ambassadors that in recent months he’s seen a growing cooperation between Hamas and ISIS in the Sinai. “In today’s world it is quite clear that we can’t count on the international community, and every country must count only on itself,” he said.

Liberman also told the ambassadors that it would be unrealistic and impossible to reach a permanent arrangement between Israel and the Arabs in Judea and Samaria, especially in light of the extremist positions of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

“Therefore the idea of a permanent arrangement will be delayed for at least a few years, and meanwhile we must provide for normal life for Jews and Arabs alike in Judea and Samaria,” Liberman said, adding, “Today it’s clear the settlements are not an obstacle to peace, and that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not the focal point nor the cause of instability in the Middle East – and yet, European leaders continue to view the settlements as the biggest problem in the world.”

“At least 500 people are killed every day in the Middle East, from South Sudan to Iraq,” Liberman noted, “which is much more serious and important than hat’s happening in Amona – but you don’t see any mention of it in European media.”

“The fact that you keep talking only about the settlements is hypocritical,” Liberman concluded, telling the ambassadors, “I’m waiting for you to start talking bout North Korea and the Iranian ballistic missiles.”

David Israel

Reports: Israel Attacked Syrian Airport Overnight [video]

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Hezbollah affiliated Al Mayadeen on Wednesday morning reported an overnight bombardment by Israeli planes of the Mezzeh military airport south-west of the old center of Damascus, Syria. The bombardment was apparently carried out from Lebanese airspace.

According to Syrian media, “in the capital, Damascus, residents woke at about four o’clock in the morning to loud explosions and high pillars of fire and smoke inside the military Mezzeh airport near the capital, the result of what appeared to be the targeting by a missile of the Zionist military. The site experienced strong and intermittent explosions over half an hour, while fire trucks and ambulances were rushing to the scene.”

The statement added that “until this moment the Syrian military has not issued an official statement to explain what happened, but it is almost certain that what happened is the targeting by a Zionist missile of the Mezzeh military airport out of Lebanese airspace.”

Several Arab social media news sources insisted the explosions were the result of a fire in an ammunition armory on base, and not an Israeli attack.

 

JNi.Media

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