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Report: US Sending Indirect Military Aid to Hezbollah

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The United States has reportedly sent indirect military aid to the Hezbollah terrorist organization, according to information released in a New York Times interview with Hezbollah public relations liaison Mohammed Afif.

The aid, which came in the form of new weapons, was channeled via the Lebanese Army, which closely coordinates with the Hezbollah terrorist group, according to Afif. In addition, U.S. intelligence is being channeled to Hezbollah as well, according to Lebanese sources. This would explain how the terrorist organization was able to pinpoint its first UAV bombing so precisely against the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group, which is not associated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group and which in fact currently is fighting against the organization. Al Qaeda has denounced ISIS as “too brutal.”

The assistance to Hezbollah, which appears on America’s list of foreign terrorist organizations, comes in stark contrast to the block placed by the Obama White House on a needed transfer to Israel of Hellfire missiles during this summer’s counter terror Operation Protective Shield in Gaza. The transfer of any weapons and other military hardware to Israel, even routine munitions requests, was temporarily blocked by the State Department and the White House, which required a double signature on any delivery. The hold was released following an intense protest against the action by Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle. However, any form of American military aid – once a ‘given’ by Israel’s “closest friend and ally” – continues to be scrutinized by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry; an unprecedented situation in relations between the two countries.

“We need to open up a new page with world media, with the Arabs and internationally,” Afif told NYT. Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has referred to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as a “monster.” He equated the battle with ISIS as “a battle of life and death no less important than fighting the Israeli enemy, as [its] actions and objectives only serve Israel.”

Afif, meanwhile, has blamed the United States for creating ISIS in the first place by supporting opposition forces in their fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Hezbollah supports with guerrilla fighters. “This beast you which you raised up, as in past cases, you find it’s dangerous for you,” he commented in the report.

While U.S. President Barack Obama has talked about starting air strikes against ISIS in Syria as well as in Iraq – where American attacks have been taking place for several weeks – he has yet to carry out the threat. Both Russia and Iran, which generously supports both Syria and Hezbollah, have warned the U.S. not to venture into Syrian air space without permission from Assad. Since the U.S. has been arming rebels to oppose him, such authorization is unlikely.

Israeli Drone Crashes Near Border in Southern Lebanon

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

An Israeli mini-drone has crashed near Marjayoun in southern Lebanon Saturday morning near the border with Israel.

The small aircraft was flying across the border on a routine surveillance mission when it dropped from the sky, an Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson said.

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was not shot down, according to the IDF spokesperson who said it crashed due to a technical malfunction.

According to the Beirut-based Al-Manar television network linked to the Hezbollah terror organization, the MK-type drone is being held by the Lebanese army.

Lebanon Reports IAF Overflights

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Reports from Lebanon say that Israeli Air Force planes flew over the Marjayoun area in Lebanon, launching flares, late Wednesday night.

Israeli citizens up North report hearing a lot of airplanes flying overhead, and a number of sonic booms.

ISIS Prompts Hezbollah’s ‘Great Need to Remain in Syria’

Monday, September 15th, 2014

The presence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has created a “great need” for guerrilla fighters from the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terror organization to remain in Syria.

That was the message from Hezbollah executive council deputy head Nabil Qaouk, who spoke Monday at a ceremony in the southern Lebanese village of Aita Shaab.

Qaouk was quoted by The Daily Star newspaper in Lebanon as saying that Hezbollah and the Amal Movement had “succeeded in defusing sectarian tensions” following the beheading of soldiers by ISIS last week. He said the murders had “disappointed the radical group.”

Quaouk said, “There could never be a war of words between ISIS and us, but there is the field where we will defeat them. We will not engage in a war of statements or political disputes.

“Day after day, it is becoming clear to Lebanon, the Arab, Muslim and international communities that there is a great need for Hezbollah to remain in Syria. The current situation today imposes on Hezbollah to stay in Syria more than any other time.”

Last month there were five days of clashes between the Lebanese Army and terrorists from ISIS and Jabhat al Nusra (Al Nusra Front) – two radical Islamist terror groups operating with the rebel factions in Syria.

The fight began with the terrorists attempting to invade the small border town. It ended with a cease-fire, but the rebels still hold at least 22 Lebanese soldiers and police officers taken captive during the battle. ISIS has so far beheaded two soldiers, and Jabhat al Nusra has released seven police officers.

Qaouk called for a national strategy and a broad national solidarity to “tighten the noose on the takfiris (false Muslims) and strengthen the Army so that it can free the soldiers,” he said. “The beheading of soldiers by ISIS was aimed at inciting strife between Sunnis and Shiites but Hezbollah and Amal succeeded in eliminating such strife, not just putting out the blaze,” he said.

ISIS is comprised of extremists who claim to follow Sunni Islam. Hezbollah is comprised of those who observe the Shi’ite branch of Islam. Both groups are committed to wiping out the Jewish State of Israel.

Lebanon FM: ISIS Must be Eliminated, Not Contained

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said at a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Thursday, “The priority is to eradicate Daash (ISIS) and not only reduce its size or defeat it… Daash (ISIS) shouldn’t exist at all, and its ideology should vanish and disappear.”

In his speech, Bassil said, “You must not exclude any country or party that is ready to fight Daash, as there is no excuse or justification for the exclusion of any state or party from participating in the war on Daash.”

Bassil also said that Lebanon would be a partner, a pioneer and spearhead in the battle against ISIS, which he believes threatens the entire human race.

He addressed his statements to other Arab foreign ministers at the meeting, as well as US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was also present.

During the speech, Bassil called for the protection of all minorities in the Middle East, he himself is a Christian. Bassil thanked Saudia Arabia for their support for the Lebanese Army.

Bassil has been very outspoken on the need to destroy Da’ash (ISIS).

False Rocket Alarms Up North

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

8:56pm Residents in Israel’s north, near Metulla and Kiryat Shmoneh heard 2 sets of rocket sirens this evening, sending some residents scrambling to the bomb shelters.

TV Channel 2 did not show the alert, but Channel 10 did show it on the screen.

The IDF reports that the sirens were false alarms, and local residents do not report hearing any explosions.

The Lebanese Muslim Activist Who Waves the Israeli Flag

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Over 500 blue and white Israeli flags dotted a solidarity rally held for Israel in Stockholm that was organized by the Zionist Federation in Sweden, this past Sunday, August 31. Among those holding the Israeli flag, was featured speaker Mostafa Geha, a Muslim Lebanese activist and writer, who co-founded the Lebanon-Israel Peace Project.

In an exclusive interview with Tazpit News Agency, Geha explains why he supports Israel and why he is involved with projects that promote peace between Israel and Lebanon.

When Geha was eight-years-old, his father, an intellectual thinker and writer on Islam, was assassinated by Hezbollah in Lebanon because of his ideas. “I cannot forget what happened to my father,” Geha told Tazpit. “I was blessed with a strong mother who was able to raise me and my siblings as a single parent but the bloody experience of my family will always stay with me.” Geha too was targeted by Hezbollah terrorists two years ago on April 14, 2012 as he was leaving work. Shots were fired at his vehicle as he was driving, but he survived the assassination attempt and immediately sought asylum in Sweden, where he lives today.

He recalls that his father wrote about making peace with Israel. “Now I do the same. We must build good relations with Israel, and the Jewish people have the right to a good life without terror and wars.”

“I believe that if we make peaceful relations between Israel and Lebanon, we can have an amazing region,” he says.

Studying the region from a historical point of view, Geha believes that much can be learned from the past. “If we look to our history, we will see how Hiram, the King of Tyre sent building materials and men for the original construction of the Temple in Jerusalem. King Solomon and King Hiram had strong relations and I hope that we will build these relations between Lebanon and Israel once again.”

Geha says that some of his friends have cut contact with him because of his opinions and views. “I can understand them – they are afraid,” Geha told Tazpit. “But I also have some nice Israeli and Jewish friends that I’m proud of.”

He believes that organizations like ISIS, Hezbollah and Hamas are destroying the Middle East with their ideologies and actions. “They are terrorists and don’t believe in human rights and kill anyone who doesn’t agree with their crazy, fanatic ideologies.”

“The fight against this terrorism is the duty of moral individuals and humanitarians. It is the obligation of people who want to live in peace with each other and who wish to benefit from freedom and human liberty that everyone has a right to receive,” emphasizes Geha.

“Supporting Israel is a form of standing against terrorism. Because my father was murdered by terrorists, I know exactly how people feel when they are under terror attack and that’s another reason for me to stand with Israel. The daily reality is not easy for the Jewish people in the land of their fathers and they have an absolute right to defend themselves.”

Geha still hopes for a better future for his country and people. “I want to see our next generation playing and studying together in friendship with Israel. I hope that Lebanon will become a liberal democratic country free of bloody ideologies.”

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