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Report: Lebanese Villages are Hezbollah Military Bases, Human Shields

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

The Hezbollah terrorist organization is now using not only families – as does Hamas in Gaza – but entire villages as human shields in southern Lebanon.

The Iranian-backed Shiite terrorist organization has created an entire military structure in the nation across Israel’s northern border.

In the process, it has also placed its fellow Lebanese citizens directly into the path of the crossfire that will inevitably come – possibly with the next Hezbollah provocation, perhaps with a multi-site cross border raid and abduction attempt.

In any of those scenarios, the Israel Defense Force will certainly strike back at the source of the fire.

But in a stunning set of maps and aerial photography provided to The New York Times by Israeli military officials this week, it is clear Hezbollah has moved its military infrastructure into the villages of the innocents, and around their municipal boundaries.

To the naked eye, a common village on a hilltop in southern Lebanon near the border looks pretty much like any other.

But with enhanced Israeli military equipment, one can see a Hezbollah command post surrounded by anti-tank positions, underground tunnels, infantry positions, rocket launders and arms depots.

In short, each village comprises an entire military base par excellence, financed an equipped by Iran and Syria.

To date, Hezbollah has increased its arsenal to approximately 100,000 rockets and missiles of various ranges. At this point, both Hezbollah and Israel acknowledge the terror group can reach any point in Israel with its firepower.

Israel does not intend to allow its citizens to live as sitting ducks, an IDF official told NYT.

The interview with the prominent newspaper was, in effect, provided as a sort of international “red alert.” It is a warning to the world that Israel would like to see this issue placed on the world agenda, especially since it is precisely this phenomenon that was supposed to be prevented under the terms of the United Nations-brokered cease-fire agreement that ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

The UNIFIL (UN Interim Force in Lebanon) troops were to monitor such activities and – one would assume – find a way to prevent them from occurring.

In effect, a third Lebanon War will have been caused by the inability of the UN force to carry out its responsibilities – and of course, the unending violations of the cease-fire agreement by Hezbollah, and Lebanon, which allowed, aided and abetted the terror group in its mission.

“Where is the world?” asked former national security adviser Yaakov Amidror. Now a presence at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar Ilan University, Amidror wondered, “Why does it not stop the buildup?”

Dozens Killed in Strategic Syrian Qalamoun Battles

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Arab sources report that dozens of combatants from both Hezbollah and Free Syrian Army/Jabhat al-Nusra (the Syrian Rebels) have been killed in ongoing fierce fighting in the Qalamoun region. The battle has been dubbed “The Spring Battle” by Arab media.

The area, along the Syrian-Lebanon border is strategically critical. It controls the Lebanon-Damascus supply pipelines and is how Hezbollah supports Bashar Assad’s army and regime in Damascus.

If Assad/Hezbollah loses control of the area, Damascus is more likely to fall to the Syrian Rebels. It will also cut off Assad’s Alawite region in northwest Syria from from Damascus too.

Hezbollah believes that if Assad falls, so will they.

Assad is unable to send significant, if any, forces to assist in this battle, and his army is stretched thin in other areas, in particular around Damascus, which is a primary target for the Syrian Rebels.

At the moment, it is believed that the Syrian Rebel forces are winning in the Qalamoun region.

A source close to Hezbollah told Reuters that Nasrallah has deployed 85% of his combat forces to fight in Syria, leaving only 5% of his forces on the border with Israel.

A Lebanese paper claims that 1500 Hezbollah terrorists have been killed since they joined in the fighting in Syrian’s civil war.

The number of senior Hezbollah commanders killed in Qalmoun fighting has risen to six.

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.

Sources: Al Qaeda Bombed Hezbollah and Framed Israel

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Israeli media have quoted “reliable sources.” probably Israeli officials, that Al Qaeda-linked rebels and not the Israel Air Force bombed Hezbollah targets early this morning.

Several Hezbollah fighters in Syria were killed in the attack near the Lebanese border, according to the Qatari-based Al-Jazeera, which said the IAF was behind the attack.

A Syrian army base, where long-range missiles are kept, reportedly was bombed.

The Israeli sources said that the Al Nusra front, affiliated with Al Qaeda, was behind Monday morning’s attack and took advantage of Israel’s killing four Hezbollah terrorists last night as they were planting a bomb along the border with Israel at the Golan Heights. A Hareidi unit spotted the terrorists.

Arab media quickly picked up the thread Monday morning, connected the dots and concluded that the bombing was a continuation of Israel’s reported strikes on Friday and last Wednesday  deep inside Syria.

Sources said Al Nusra is trying to force Hezbollah back into Lebanon. Hezbollah is fighting with forces loyal to the Assad regime and against rebels and a host of terrorist organizations that include Al Nusra. The elephant on the war front is the Islamic State (ISIS), which controls a large part of the war-torn country.

Israel consistently does not confirm or deny reports of strikes in Lebanon, Syria and other terror-based countries. The possibility remains that the Israeli Air Force indeed bombed Hezbollah again but wants to avoid appearing too offensive in the eyes of Iran and Russia, which has agreed to ship to Iran the advanced S-300 anti-missile system.

 

Reports: IAF Strikes Syrian/Hezbollah Targets Overnight

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Please see this article for an update on who bombed the sites.

Arab sources are reporting that the Israeli Air Force struck Assad’s and Hezbollah positions in Qalamoun, Syria around 2 AM Monday morning.

The Arab sources claim that Israel hit a Scud missile storage site and injured a number of soldiers from the 155 Syrian division in three sorties. Al-Arabiya claims that 30 Syrian soldiers were killed. There is no official response from Syria or Hezbollah.

The attack came hours after Israel killed four Syrians who were planting a bomb on the Golan Heights along the Israeli side of the Israel-Syrian border.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims the four planting the bomb on Sunday evening were Syrian soldiers.

Israel has launched a number of airstrikes in Syria lately, as Syria, though primarily Hezbollah and Iran, attempt to use the chaos and civil war in Syria to establish a new front against Israel on top of the Golan Heights. This would be the third Israeli IAF attack in two days.

In part, Israel is sending a message to Russia and Iran that they will destroy any missile systems, and in particular, the S300 missile system, that are transferred into Syria or Lebanon.

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Sunday night that Iran is trying to transfer sophisticated weapon systems to Hezbollah, and Israel will not let that happen, anywhere or anytime. He said Hezbollah is trying to establish a terror infrastructure along Israel’s border with Syria.

On Israel’s Independence Day, one of the Free Syrian Army groups sent a letter to Israel wishing Israel a happy Independence Day. The letter stated they look forward to peace with Israel and the opening of the Israeli Embassy in Damascus.

Israeli Air Force Reportedly Bombed Missiles Site Deep inside Syria

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

The Israeli Air Force bombed several missile sites deep inside Syria near the Lebanese border on Saturday and last Wednesday, according to several Arab news sources.

Hezbollah, Syria and Israel have not commented, but Syrian opposition forces posted a YouTube showing columns of smoke over what they said was an army base.

The IAF reportedly killed three people in an aerial strike on a Hezbollah weapons convoy headed from Syria to Lebanon on Wednesday.

The aerial bombings serve as a reminder to Iran and Russia of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin this month that Israel will not hesitate to bomb Russian-made S-300 advanced anti-missile systems if the Islamic Republic of Iran tries to ship them to Syria or Lebanon.

Including the attacks on Wednesday and Saturday, Israel has carried out at least seven strikes on Syrian targets in the past two years.

Moscow, with one eye on the proposed nuclear surveillance agreement with Iran that is to be concluded on June 30, said last week that the S-300 systems will not arrive in Iran in the “near future.”

Netanyahu Warned Putin of Israeli Attacks on Weapons to Hezbollah [video]

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Vladimir Putin that Israel will attack weapons that Iran or Syria tries to ship to Hezbollah, according to a Defense News report of the conversation between the two leaders last week.

The official statement after their hour-long talk simply said that the Prime Minister criticized Russia’s sale of the S-300 advance anti-missile system to Iran as a “direct result of the dangerous deal on the table” between Iran and the P5+1 countries.

What was not reported was Netanyahu’s warning to the Russian president that Israel’s “red line” is any attempt by Iran or Syria to transfer, to place any advanced weapons in the hands of Hezbollah, Iran’s world-wide proxy terrorist network operating out of Lebanon.   Syria and Hezbollah are heavily armed with Russian weapons, and Hezbollah’s missile arsenal is considered to be larger than almost any army in the world.

Defense News reported this week, “Israel is monitoring ‘active and ongoing leakage of Russian material,’ including SA-22 short-range and SA-17 medium-range air defense systems, via Syria to Iranian-backed Hezbollah allies in Lebanon.”

It quoted an Israeli official as saying:

We’ve discussed this with our friends in Washington and Europe and made multiple demarches to Moscow over a period of weeks and months.

Our red line policy is clear: We view unauthorized third-party transfers of Russian-origin equipment as legitimate targets.

In plainer English, if Iran tries to move a Russian s-300 antimissile system to Syria or Hezbollah in Lebanon, Israel will make sure it doesn’t get there.

There was no hint of the warning in the official press release of the conversation between Putin and Netanyahu, which stated, “Israel views with utmost gravity the supply of S-300 missiles from Russia to Iran, especially at a time when Iran is stepping up its aggression in the region and around the borders of the State of Israel.”

Israel has attacked Hezbollah-bound weapons in Syria at least five times in the past two years, including a strike in January on weapons and a military unit planning to attack Israel from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

Israel previously has made it clear that it will strike to stop the transfer of “game-changing” sophisticated weapons and chemical weapons to Hezbollah.

However, Israel does not appear prepared to attack Russian weapons, including the S-300 systems, to Iran.

Netanyahu has done his best to express anger at the Russian sale of the S-300 to Iran.

Israel will take the unusual step of not sending its ambassador to Russia for Saturday’s annual victory parade, which this year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

The United States, France and Germany have snubbed the parade because of Russian’s belligerency in Ukraine, which Israel has no trouble overlooking.

The Foreign Ministry did not cite the sale of the Russian-made S-300 anti-missile systems to Iran as the reason for boycotting the parade.

Some people have tried rationalizing the snub by explaining that attending the parade would require violating the Sabbath.

Benny Briskin, the Director of International Programs of the Russian Jewish Congress, was quoted by Metro website as saying, “Jews in Israel, especially at a state level, do not have the right to participate in ceremonies which are somehow connected with travelling [on the Sabbath]. If the Israeli president – the top public official of the country – publicly violates the Sabbath even for the very best occasion, it might lead to a scandal, up to the dissolution of the government.”

That would be a nifty explanation if it weren’t for the fact the Israel is sending low-level officials to the parade.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/netanyahu-warned-putin-of-israeli-attacks-on-weapons-to-hezbollah-video/2015/04/20/

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