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Lebanon Launches Rockets at Israel

Friday, July 11th, 2014

A rocket was fired into Israel from Lebanon on Friday morning. It landed in the upper Gallilee.

Israel believes it was an indpendent terrorist group and not Hebollah that fired the rocket.

Israel fired back with artillery at the source of fire.

Waiting for Hezbollah? 

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Hezbollah has called for a broad campaign in solidarity with the Palestinian people Saturday, Lebanon’s Daily Star newspaper reported.  The paper quoted a statement released by the Iran-supported terror group urging all Arab states to support Palestinians as they clash with Israeli police and Border Police troops in Arab-majority cities and neighborhoods around the country.

“We must stand by the Palestinian people and provide all forms of support in their battle, in which they defend everyone else from the Zionist danger,” said a statement released by the party Saturday.

In addition, the statement condemned the “surprising silence of the Arab world and the globe alike,” which, according to the statement, was getting heavier by the day.

The party also criticised Arab countries for being distracted with controversial issues and derailing from the central issue to the Arab and Islamic nation — that of the “usurped and oppressed Palestine,” according to the Daily Star.

“The Zionist crimes that affect Palestinians in Jerusalem and the ‘West Bank’ and the Gaza Strip, are a continuation of a series of crimes that have not stopped since the occupation of Palestine. [Palestinians] are witnessing an escalation every time, each crime more egregious than the one preceding it,” said the statement. 

However, security officials do not expect Hezbollah to become involved in the current round of fighting between Israel and the Palestinians, for the simple reason that the terror group is far more concerned about the possibility that rebels challenging the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad could spill over into Lebanon to challenge Hezbollah’s hold on the south of that country.

The Hebrew-language Rotter website said Tuesday that “unusual” movement was detected amongst Hezbollah troops in south Lebanon, and quoted a source north of the border that said military vehicles, artillery and missile launchers were seen Monday moving towards the Syrian border in the northern region of the Beqa’a Valley, in order to “welcome” Syrian opposition fighters gathered on the Syrian side of the Syria-Lebanon border.

Third Terror Group Says it Kidnapped Israeli Teens

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

A new, previously unmentioned group says it is responsible for kidnapping three Israeli teens on June 12.

Identifying itself as the Hezbollah Brigades, this is the third such group to say it abducted the boys while hitchhiking home from yeshiva in Gush Etzion on June 12.

If in fact the claim is authentic, this cell may be part of the larger global jihad group of the same name that operates in Syria and in Iraq.

The Israeli government continues to insist the Hamas terrorist organization that rules Gaza — and which in recent years has infiltrated Judea and Samaria — is responsible for the abduction.

The so-called Hezbollah Brigades, or “Kata’ib Hezbollah” is a Shi’ite milita group active in Iraq and Syria tied to, but not formally a part of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist organization.

According to U.S. military sources the group is linked to a cluster of special groups which receive funding, training, logistics and materiel from Iran’s Quds Force, despite official denials from the Iranian government. The Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist organization also is backed by Iran, as are the Islamic Jihad and Hamas terrorist organizations that operate in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

The U.S. State Department has also said in the past that the Kata’ib Hezbollah has received weapons and training from Lebanese Hezbollah. Both groups appear on the U.S. State Department List of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

A message from someone who claims to be a member of this group was posted Thursday on the Arabic-language Gaza-based Sahafa website, linked to Amad Press.

The message, printed in Arabic, was also made available in audio, read by a man.

However, the Hezbollah-controlled Al-Manar broadcast stations in Lebanon did not post anything on the new claim, nor were there any other reports about it in Lebanon media.

This raises questions as to whether in fact the group is truly connected with the kidnapping. Hezbollah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah has never been shy about claiming responsibility for terrorist attacks, nor has he ever hesitated to comment on the attacks of others associated with his organization.

Nevertheless, it is still possible the attack was carried out by the group. In past years there have been several international terror attacks carried out by Hezbollah cells that were not mentioned by Nasrallah; only later did the connection come to light.

Fouad Ajami, ‘Genuine Arab Hero,’ Dead at 68

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Foaud Ajami, a prolific writer and a scholar of the Middle East and, in particular, Arab and Islamic policies, has died.

Ajami was born into a poor Shiite Muslim family in Arnoun, Lebanon in September of 1945. He emigrated to the United States in 1963, where he attended university. He taught at Princeton and then, in 1980, became director of the Middle East Studies at the international relations graduate program, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University.

The winner of a MacArthur Prize in 1982, Ajami was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush in 2006. He was an advocate of the Iraq war and an acerbic critic of U.S. President Barack Obama.

On the occasion of Israel’s 60th anniversary, Ajami rebuked his fellow Arabs for refusing to accept the existence of the Jewish State, choosing instead to inculcate their followers with the fervent desire and belief that Arab might would excise Israel from their midst like a boil. He wrote in U.S. News and World Report:

In its short history, Israel has held up a mirror for the Arabs, who have not liked what they have seen. In the first Arab-Israeli war, in 1948, the paramilitary and volunteers of the new state turned back Arab armies. Although outgunned and outnumbered, the Jews prevailed. There was the embarrassment of the numbers. The population of the new state was a mere 650,000, while that of the surrounding Arab states was approximately 40 million. No Arabs had been prepared for what had unfolded: The war was thought to be a routine endeavor, the defeat of the Jewish state preordained. There were men of public affairs in these Arab states who knew better, but they hadn’t had the courage to tell the truth to the unsuspecting crowd.

Another Middle East scholar whom the world lost far too soon, Barry Rubin, summed it up this way:

You want to know what’s wrong with the study and analysis of the Middle East in the West in a single sentence? Ok, here it is:

Edward Said is treated like a guru and hero; Fouad Ajami isn’t.

Ajami was the co-chair of the Hoover Institution’s Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, he is the author of seven books on the Middle East and hundreds of articles.

Like Barry Rubin, Ajami succumbed to cancer. Ajami was 68.

Hezbollah Most Heavily Armed Force in Region Besides Israel

Monday, June 9th, 2014

The Lebanon-based Hezbollah guerrilla fighting force is among the most heavily armed in the region, according to IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, who told the 2014 IDC Herzliya Conference on Monday that Israel is facing a lethal threat.

Israel’s military chief said just Israel and the top five nations of the world currently have more firepower today than Hezbollah. According to Gantz, the only nations more heavily armed than Hezbollah – which is supplied by Iran – are “the U.S., China, Russia, Israel, France, [and] the UK.”

It was a sobering moment for the audience at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, who heard that Israel is facing a new type of threat, one that originates from underground. Terrorists in Lebanon and in Gaza use bunkers, where they store their arms – in much the same way Israelis used underground facilities to produce bullets during the British Mandate to prepare for the 1948 War of Independence.

Attendees also heard the army chief explain that Israel’s neighbor to the north, Syria, is disintegrating. Regardless of what happens on the other side of the border, none of the options will be particularly good for Israel, Gantz explained. He added that “decades of conflict” are likely to continue in Syria, “perhaps more.” Hezbollah is actively involved in that war, fighting to defend President Bashar al-Assad; the experience gained in that fight may well aid the terrorist organization later in a future war against Israel, Gantz warned.

Moreover, a second front is again developing in the south with Gaza, where mid-to-long range missiles have again been stockpiled for a future war with Israel as well. Both the ruling Hamas terror organization and its allied Islamic Jihad terrorist group are fully backed by Iran, as is Hezbollah. All three would function as proxies for Iran, which has not given up its dream of annihilating Israel.

Nor has Iran abandoned its goal of developing a nuclear weapon of mass destruction, Gantz said.

Israel will take whatever action is deemed appropriate to neutralize that existential threat against the Jewish State, he said.

Lebanese Car Crashes into Israel Border Fence

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

On Saturday night, a Lebanese car ran into the crash/infiltration barrier separating the border between Lebanon and Israel. The incident happened near the entrance to the Fatma/Metulla gate, according to a report on Rotter.

UNIFIL soldiers towed the car away. It doesn’t appear to have breached the fence.

No other information is known about the incident.

Lebanon Calls for US Help to Pilfer Israeli Gas

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Lebanon’s parliament speaker announced Thursday that Beirut would ask the United States for help to cut in on Israel’s natural gas reserves in the Mediterranean Sea, the Times of Israel reported Thursday.

The field is located off the coast of Nahariya, south of Lebanon’s territorial waters. The area in question is a 1,400- square kilometre maritime that is considered part of Israel’s exclusive economic zone. US geologists believe the area contains up to 123 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 1.7 billion barrels of oil.

Until that discovery was made, Lebanon had never laid claim to the area.  Since then, however, Hezbollah spokespeople have mentioned the issue repeatedly in their speeches, apparently planning to turn the area into a “maritime Sheba Farms,” a reference to the area of Israel that Hezbollah claims as “occupied” Lebanese territory. The United Nations regards that area as part of Syria, where as UN maps show the site as clearly being inside Israel.

For Hezbollah, however the supposedly-“occupied” Farms create pretext to continue preparations to fight the Israeli enemy.

Seize the momentum

Apparently seeking to seize on the momentum created when the United States legitimised Hamas’ participation in the Palestinian unity government, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri asked Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday to intervene on Lebanon’s behalf. who paid a surprise visit to Lebanon Wednesday.

TOI quoted the as-Safir newsper, which said that Berri told Kerry he hoped the US would mediate between Lebanon and Israel “in a balanced and fair manner.” Berri also apparently tried to bribe Kerry, offering an opportunity for US companies to become “partner(s) in oil exploitation in Lebanon,” the website added.

Lebanese factions fought a devastating civil war from 1975-90, destroying the country’s tourism industry and much of its export trade. In the past, the country, which is poor in natural resources, has been a haven of cultural freedom and tolerance, with a thriving nightlife and culture scene in the capital, Beirut.  Since then, the country’s economy has basically stagnated.

In addition, Lebanon has essentially been taken over by Iran, via its local proxy, Hezbollah. Following Israel’s withdrawal from the security zone the terror group has repeatedly kidnapped Israeli soldiers, most recently provoking the Second Lebanon War in 2006. As a result, Beirut has incurred massive national debt with little ability to repay it.

TOI reported that the United States has asked Lebanese officials to hold off on drilling in disputed waters until a final deal on borders can be reached.

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