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February 10, 2016 / 1 Adar I, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Lebanon’

Hezbollah Explodes Roadside Bomb Targeting IDF

Monday, January 4th, 2016

The IDF fired artillery shells into southern Lebanon after Hezbollah exploded a large roadside bomb targeting the IDF along the Lebanon-Israel border in the western Har Dov section.

Two armored IDF vehicles, including a D-9, were clearing a road in the area at the time when the roadside bomb first exploded nearby.

No IDF soldiers were injured in the attack.

Hezbollah are trying to use the heavy fog for cover to lay bombs along the border, and took credit for the explosion.

Lebanese sources are saying that Israel fired back on the Sheba farms region as well as a Lebanese army position, and there are injuries in the Sheba farms region.

Israeli farmers along the border have been moved back, and the blasts from the explosion could be heard by Israeli residents of the Galilee causing the local regional council to evacuate Har Ve’Guy school in Kibbutz Dafna located in the Upper Galilee. The evacuation, however, was not carried out per instructions or recommendations of the IDF. No additional emergency instructions have been ordered for the civilian population at this point.

he incident took place two weeks after Israel reportedly assassinated Samir Kuntar, a Lebanese terrorist who was released by Israel as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal. The IDF has also been conducting a series of controlled explosions in the area in order to prevent Hezbollah from exploiting the stormy weather in an effort to exact revenge for Kuntar’s death.

Since Kuntar’s assassination mid-December, Hezbollah Secretary General Hasan Nasrallah has promised to exact such revenge. “The blood of Samir Kuntar continues to force the enemy to hide in tunnels along the entire border. They wait and we wait. They are scared. The snow has now arrived and the pressure on them is even greater. They are even more trapped in their tunnels. Our response, God willing, shall arrive,” Nasrallah said this week.

Content from TPS was used in this report.

Correction/Update: Hezbollah did not shoot an anti-tank missile during the attack as was originally reported.

Lebanese Military Court Accuses UNIFIL Worker of Collaborating With Israel

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

A Lebanese judge has issued an indictment against an employee of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) on a charge of “collaborating with Israel.”

Lebanese Military Investigative Judge Riad Abou Ghida issued the order of indictment on Tuesday against UNIFIL employee Hani Matar. The judge also issued a similar indictment against Syrian national Ramez al-Sayyed and his wife, according to LBCEurope.

UNIFIL announced last month that one of its Lebanese employees had been transferred to Lebanese authorities after being accused of spying for Israel.

Although the charges were brought in Lebanon’s military court, Lt. Colonel Lila K. Chhetri, listed on the UNIFIL website as the agency’s senior military public information officer, declined to comment on the issue. JewishPress.com was unable to reach UNIFIL Public Information spokesperson Andrea Tenenti.

UNIFIL was created by the United Nations Security Council in March 1978 to “confirm Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, restore international peace and security and assist the Lebanese government in restoring its effective authority in the area.”

The organization is also required to “accompany and support the Lebanese armed forces as they deploy throughout the south of Lebanon and extend its assistance to help ensure humanitarian access to civilian populations and the voluntary and safe return of displaced persons.”

In addition to that mandate, the Council tasked the Force with monitoring the cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah terrorists following the 2006 Second Lebanon War — a task that was to include preventing the terrorist group from rearming itself — at which it has failed spectacularly. Hezbollah has not only rearmed to levels nearly double those at which it began prior to the 2006 Second Lebanon War; the terrorist group has also integrated into the social fabric of its host country to the point that it has now become the second largest governing entity and military organization in Lebanon.

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.

Nasrallah Unleashes Barrage of Words and Threatens ‘Israeli Rats’

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah was in rare form Sunday, delivering one of his patented angry speeches against Israel with bare threats to attack sometime in the future.

Marking seven days since the assassination of terrorist Samir al-Kuntar, allegedly killed by an Israeli air raid in Syria, Nasrallah sounded like a fat cat ready to hunt down the “Israeli rats.”

Hezbollah  has anywhere between 100,000 and 150,000 missiles ready to rain down on Israel, but Western diplomats recently have warned him that an attack on Israel would be followed by a reprisal that would blow up Lebanon and remove Hezbollah’s legitimacy.

Nasrallah reiterated on Sunday what he said last Monday, after Kuntar was killed and what he has said several times following previous assassinations of his terrorists:

The retaliation to Samir’s assassination will inevitably come….

The Israelis are hiding like rats along the border … The Israelis are worried and they should be worried — along the border and inside Israel. Their threats will not benefit them.

He carved out a picture of Kuntar fighting for the “liberation” of the Golan Heights and maintained, “When the activities of the resistance started near the Golan, Israel grew very anxious, and it started retaliating in a disproportionate manner to any shelling or gunfire on the border, even if it did not cause casualties.”

Following are some choice quotes of Nasrallah’s fiery speech which probably was mostly for local consumption:

The retaliation to al-Kuntar’s assassination is now up to the resistance fighters. [TBG: He meant, “I am too chicken to admit I am afraid to attack, so I will blame the underlings for being cowards.”]

The retaliation to Samir’s assassination will inevitably come. [TBG: Nasrallah’s time will run out unless he lives forever.]

The Israelis are hiding like rats along the border. {TBG: Fat rats can swallow the cheese without being tapped.]

[Nasrallah to Palestinians]: Do not await from Arabs a Decisiveness Storm, Restoration of Hope or an Islamic military alliance for combating terrorism. [TBG: The Palestinian Authority can go to hell.]

Those who are staging stabbing operations in Palestine know that they would either be martyred or jailed. [TBG: That is why I preach terror but don’t carry out any attacks myself.]

Iran: Kuntar Killing ‘Newest Model of State Terrorism’

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

(JNi.media) In a rare feat of pot calling the kettle black, Iran on Sunday condemned Israel’s assassination of Samir Kuntar, the man who in 1979 shot a little girl’s father in the back of his head, drowned him to make sure he died, then smashed the girl’s brain with the butt of his gun.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari denounced Kuntar’s assassination in the wake of the airstrike of the “Zionist regime planes.”

Ansari said the attack is a clear evidence of violation of national sovereignty and territorial integrity of an independent state and member of the United Nations and the newest pattern of state organized terrorism of the Zionist regime. To clarify, the state whose sovereignty the Zionists violated was Syria, which is currently being violated by at least nine different armies, including Iran.

Ansari described Samir Kuntar as “a symbol of resistance against occupation and invasion of the Zionist regime, who after close to three decades of captivity was released a few years ago in an exchange operation of captives with Lebanese Hezbollah.” Actually, Kuntar was released in exchange for the bodies of two IDF reservists, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser.

Jaber Ansari extended his condolences to “Kuntar’s family, his fellow fighters, Lebanese and Palestine resistance as well as Lebanese government and nation.” He added that “such acts of the Zionist regime have turned to a permanent and constant conduct and are the most dangerous form of state terrorism.” He called on international organizations and world governments to “condemn such terrorist acts and to not allow the global community’s intention of campaigning against terrorism be weakened under the influence of the terrorist measures of the Zionist regime.”

On Saturday, Director General of the Dept. of Intelligence, Ram Ben-Barak, a former senior Mossad official, told a weekend forum in Be’er Sheva that Mossad’s arm is longer and deadlier than ever. Ben-Barak said that there is no enemy leader who can afford to sleep quietly at night, immune from waking up to face the barrel of a weapon during the night. Ben-Barak, who was one of the candidate for the leadership of Mossad, noted that Israel has done everything it could in the operational and intelligence areas to stop Iran’s nuclear program.

Netanyahu Source: ‘Kerry Is Replaced Soon, Let him Say What He Wants’

Monday, December 7th, 2015

A political source close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Ma’ariv on Sunday night that “Kerry’s scathing speech did not shock the Israeli government because everyone knows that he will be replaced soon. Everyone is busy with a countdown to the election of a different US president, and until then Kerry can say whatever he wants.”

Interestingly, when MK Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List) was asked by Israel Radio about the same Kerry speech Sunday, he described it as “a strong speech by a weak man,” which stands to show that some observations by Israel’s political animals are universal.

Speaking at the Brookings Institute Saban Forum last Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry warned that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is likely to end up in a one-state solution, complete with the collapse of the Palestinian Authority and an Israeli obligation to retake the Arab portion of Judea and Samaria.

Kerry assured his audience that the US is still committed to a two-state solution, but noted that while Prime Minister Netanyahu has been paying lip service to it, a number of Israeli cabinet ministers are on the record in opposition to Palestinian statehood, and so, if things remain the way they have been, the Palestinian Authority is not likely to survive.

Netanyahu retorted in his own speech to the Saban Forum Sunday, delivered via video, saying the blame should be placed where it belonged, namely the Palestinians.

“President Abbas refuses to [go to] his people and say — it’s over. No more claims after a peace deal,” Netanyahu said. “The Palestinians have not been willing to cross the conceptual and emotional bridge of accepting a state next to Israel, not one instead of Israel. Not just Hamas, but also the PA. They refuse to accept a Jewish state for the Jewish people.”

Netanyahu hammered his point in on who is the real culprit in the conflict, saying, “Insofar as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is concerned, I think there is another misunderstanding. People have long said that the core of this conflict is the acquisition of territories by Israel in the 1967 War.

“That’s an issue that needs to be addressed in any peace process, as is the question of settlements, but it’s not the core of the conflict. In Gaza, nothing changed. In fact, instead of getting peace, we gave territory and got 15,000 rockets on our heads. We took out all the settlements; we disinterred people from their graves; and did we get peace? No. We got the worst terror possible.”

He pointed to earlier examples where Israeli concessions did not yield peaceful results:

I think that happened earlier too, when we left Lebanon and people said, ‘Well, if you leave Lebanon, then Hezbollah will make peace with you.’ And in fact, we got 15,000 rockets from there too. And so people are naturally saying, look, if we want a solution vis-à-vis the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria, in the West Bank, how can we ensure that this doesn’t happen again?

Well, in order for us to ensure that it doesn’t happen again, we have to address the root cause of the problem. Why has this conflict not been resolved for a hundred years?

Why has it not been resolved after successive Israeli prime ministers, six in fact after the Oslo Agreement, have offered to make peace, have offered the Palestinians the possibility of building a state next to Israel – it’s because the Palestinians have not yet been willing to cross that conceptual bridge, that emotional bridge, of giving up the dream not of a state next to Israel, but a state instead of Israel.”

Report: Terrorists Tried to Attack Israeli Gas Rig during War in Gaza

Monday, December 7th, 2015

A security official told a Knesset committee the attack during Operation Protective Edge missed its objective of blowing up the rig.

Terrorists in Hamas-controlled Gaza tried to blow up an Israeli oil-shore gas rig during the Protective Edge counter-terror campaign last year, a government official told a Knesset committee.

During the war, as JewishPress.com reported, Hamas claimed to have targeted the Noa offshore gas rig.

Yossi Cohen, who heads the National Security Council, revealed to the Knesset Economics Committee that there have been several attempts to attack offshore rigs, according to Globes.

The Knesset hearing was focused on the controversial gas agreement that Opposition parties are fiercely protesting. Cohen said that Israel must protect the rigs and explained:

We are procuring naval warfare vessels designed for this. The navy is prepared to protect the rigs…. Already during Operation Protective Edge there were attempts to hit our rig but fortunately their weapons are not accurate enough and did not succeed in hitting the rig.

But the weapons in the hands of the terror organizations surrounding us are already more sophisticated and accurate and our vulnerability has increased.

A direct hit on an offshore platform would scare investors away from Israel, sink the shekel, cripple offshore gas supplies and exports and throw the country into a deep recession.

Hezbollah is considered one of the major enemies that would try to wreak havoc with the Israeli economy if war breaks out across the northern border.

Lebanon has claimed rights to Israel’s oil and gas discoveries and has threatened to use force, which practically speaking means using Hezbollah’s advanced weapons and intelligence.

The Jewish Press.com reported here last week that Israel has developed a missile designed to protect offshore rigs not only locally but also for the global energy industry.

 

 

 

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