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June 26, 2016 / 20 Sivan, 5776

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Arab League Declares Hezbollah a Terrorist Group

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

Lebanon-based Hezbollah is paying an increasingly high price for its loyalty to Iran; on Friday, the Arab League joined other world leaders in a formal vote declaring the Iranian proxy a terrorist entity.

 

“We decided to label Hezbollah a terrorist group in accordance with a project submitted by the United Arab Emirates regarding Iranian interference in the Arab region,” Arab League Deputy Secretary-General Ahmad Bin Hali said in a statement. Only Lebanon and Iraq abstained in the vote.

The tiny island kingdom of Bahrain, a member of the GCC and the Arab League, was the first Arab nation to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist entity in March 2013.

The vote followed a similar move by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) earlier this month, prompted by Bahrain. The six-member Council was led by Saudi Arabia in blacklisting Hezbollah on March 2. Among the offenses listed by the GCC were attempts to recruit new terrorists and smuggling weapons and explosives. In particular, Hezbollah’s support for the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen is of great concern to the Saudis and its Gulf partners.

The United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman had all joined Saudi Arabia in pulling their staff members from embassies in Beirut. They also issued warnings against travel to Lebanon.

Hezbollah is listed as a terrorist organization in the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada and Israel. However, the EU and UK make a distinction between the group’s military and “political” wings.

Shortly after the GCC’s decision to label the Lebanese organization a terrorist group, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah slammed the Gulf Arab countries’ decision.

He accused the GCC of indifference or outright collaboration with the Israeli state, according to a report in the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency.

“The Lebanese resistance is the only one that regains Arab dignity and fights for the Palestinian people,” Nasrallah said.

“Arab regimes led by Saudi Arabia side with Israel against our struggle. They do so because the defense of Israel is the guarantee to their survival.”

Hana Levi Julian

Kerry on Syria: May Be Too Late to Keep Whole, May Get Much Uglier

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Tuesday the world community may not be able to save Syria – what once was Syria, anyway – if the current fighting continues much longer.

Speaking at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the State Department’s annual budget request, Kerry had a grim outlook for the future of Syria.

“It may be too late to keep it as a whole Syria if we wait much longer,” the Secretary said, according to Reuters.

Even if the regime’s Russian-backed forces re-take the northern city of Aleppo – the largest commercial hub in the country – Kerry said it is hard to hold territory in Syria at this point.

For starters, the Secretary told the committee that he cannot guarantee that Russia will stick to the new cease-fire signed this week between the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and moderate opposition forces. Moscow and Washington also signed on to that truce, which excluded the Da’esh (ISIS), Al Qaeda and Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) terrorist groups.

The U.S. military is already looking ahead to a “Plan B,” he said, and will continue to support rebel efforts to overthrow Assad if Russia abandons its obligations under the truce.

“This can get a lot uglier,” Kerry warned. “Even if Russia took Aleppo… holding territory has always been difficult,” he said, according to Foreign Policy magazine. “Russia has to be sitting there evaluating that.”

Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) asked Kerry what would happen if in fact “this cease-fire doesn’t hold? I don’t think Russia believes that anything is going to happen.”

Kerry ducked the question, replying instead, “I’m not going to say this process is sure to work because I don’t know. But I know that it’s the best way to end the war, and it’s the only alternative available to us if indeed we’re going to have a political settlement.”

The Arab world, on the other hand, may not be as willing to wait around and see.

Gulf nation governments and that of Saudi Arabia have already warned their citizens to leave Lebanon if they haven’t already. As early as last week, rumors were flying that Turkey and Saudi Arabia were preparing their troops for a ground invasion of Syria to deal with the Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist threat on their own.

Hana Levi Julian

New IDF Barrier at Northern Border Frustrates Hezbollah

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

Innovative new barriers under construction along Israel’s northern border seem to be frustrating Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist organization.

An article published by the Hezbollah-backed Al Manar TV news outlet commented this weekend (Feb. 20) that the “artificial barriers” were being built “in order to prevent Hezbollah fighters from invading Galilee.”

According to the report, the IDF has been building “cliffs and scarps that turns the military movement in the area very difficult.”

The news outlet claims the IDF is creating the barriers as an acknowledgment of its “incapability to face the Islamic Resistance fighters directly. An Israeli officer considered that Hezbollah has not abandoned the southern front despite [his] intervention in Syria.”

The article went on to predict a “victory” by the Syrian army and Hezbollah as the “probably outcome of the crisis.”

Hana Levi Julian

Report: IAF Airman Ron Arad Tortured to Death in Lebanon in 1988

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

The mystery over the fate of missing Israeli Air Force navigator Ron Arad may almost be solved – but the people who know the truth remain in a Beirut court house.

The Lebanon Daily Star reported Saturday that one of five people charged in a military tribunal as a collaborator with Israel told the court he knows what happened to Ron Arad.

The navigator had bailed out of his smoking aircraft as it fell from the sky over Lebanon in October 1986, as did pilot Yishai Aviram. The IDF managed to rescue Aviram shortly after but Arad was never found, and it was believed that he was taken captive by the Shi’ite Amal terrorist organization, handed to Hezbollah, sent to Iran and then back to Lebanon.

German negotiator Gerhard Konrad told Israel in 2008 that Hezbollah said Arad died during a 1988 escape attempt, but had no idea where he was buried.

Now, according to the report published in the Daily Star, it would appear the claim by Hezbollah may be at least partially true, albeit not entirely.

The defendant identified only as Moufeed K. testified that he was a commander in the military wing of the (Shi’ite) Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) in 1988 when he was informed a captive had been taken.

He and the other members of the group took the captive to the town of Dhour Choueir, near Beirut, he told the court. He did not remember whether the captive was wearing an aviator’s uniform; this is relevant because recently information came to light that former Hezbollah second-in-command Imad Mughniyeh found Arad’s parachute and uniform, and had kept them in order to use them as bargaining chips in a future prisoner exchange deal with Israel.

Moufeed told the court he told his men to ‘clean up their captive’ and then left. He was informed a short time later that the prisoner was dead.

“They told me he had entered the bathroom and stayed there for a long time,” he testified, according to the Daily Star. “When they went to check on him they found him dead… Of course he passed away due to exhaustion and of course he was subject to beatings and torture as that is how interrogations are carried out.”

Only later did Moufeed realize who the captive was, he said. Ten years later, in 1998, Arad’s name began to appear in the media once more and Moufeed “went to our base to ask the young men who were involved where they had buried our prisoner.” He said that he and the men went to verify the body was that of missing airman Ron Arad. Two of the other defendants at the current tribunal, Elias D. And Mahdi D. decided together with Moufeed to request a meeting with then-President of Lebanon, Emile Lahoud.

At this point, reported the Daily Star, the judge shut down the proceedings and closed the court to the public. The case was adjourned until April 20.

There have been countless theories over the years about what happened to Ron Arad. In 2004, an IDF commission determined he had died in the 1990s. In 2008, the State of Israel officially declared him dead, after receiving the information gleaned from Hezbollah via the German negotiator.

Regardless of when or how he died, the pain to his wife and children who were bereft and left wondering and hoping desperately for so long is unimaginable. May his memory be for a blessing, may he rest in peace, and may his blood be avenged.

Hana Levi Julian

Shi’ite Lebanese MP: Israeli Forces Stole Our Goats!

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

The latest accusation against Israel from Lebanon is a charge that the IDF has begun to indulge in cross-border livestock rustling.

Lebanon and its Big Brother Iran spent each day last week building up the accusation and whipping up local angst and rage against the Terrible Israelis.

The espionage eagle wasn’t creative enough, it seems. Nor was the griffon vulture. There is no end to the amazing myths about the superpower of Israel’s intelligence apparatus, it seems: the Zionist Entity can turn any living creature into a spy. Even one’s poor kidnapped goats and sheep. So watch out!

Our story begins with a herd of goats that apparently went missing in the southeast Lebanese village of Halta.

So who’re ya gonna call?

A small group of farmers and shepherds gathered to hold a protest last Wednesday in the village, claiming the goats were “confiscated by Israeli forces,” the state-run National News Agency reported. It is not really clear who the farmers blamed, but state-run media made certain to guide the way.

That same day, Lebanese MP Qassem Hashem added more fuel to the fire. Hashem, a member of Amal in the parliament’s Development and Liberation bloc, issued a statement condemning Israel’s “brief seizure of Lebanese cattle.”

The Amal MP is a firm supporter of Iran and Hezbollah. He was quoted by Alahednews six years ago as saying it had become a norm that the international community and the United Nations were “not to be depended on… namely because their role has been reduced to counting violations.”

(It was the Shi’ite Amal group that seized Israel Air Force navigator Ron Arad when he was lost in October 1986 in a mission over Lebanon and later handed him over to Hezbollah. Hezbollah told a mediator the airman was killed during an escape attempt, but provided no proof. His status and whereabouts remain unknown to this day.)

By Thursday (Feb. 11) South Lebanese residents were demonstrating in front of the United Nations Internation Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) office in the village of Kfar Shuba over “Israeli abduction of cattle,” NNA reported via The Daily Star.

“Israeli forces Thursday returned 134 goats to south Lebanon in ‘bad condition,’ but are still holding another 91,” Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported Friday.

Apparently everyone took a break on Friday so they could go to the mosque and hear a few more invectives against Israel and so forth.

By Sunday (Feb. 14) the story had been embroidered enough to make Iran’s Press TV news.

“Israeli troops have crossed into Lebanon and made off with cattle in the southeastern village of Halta in the latest violation of the Arab country’s territories,” proclaimed the Iranian news outlet in bold letters on its news site.

“The Israeli patrol crossed the “Blue Line” and encroached 100 meters inside the Lebanese territories and drove 100 heads of cattle belonging to a Lebanese national towards the occupied territories on Wednesday,” Press TV claimed. The outlet accused the IDF of more livestock rustling in September 2015.

Lebanon has had no president since May 25, 2014, when former president Michel Sleiman completed his term in his office.

The reason, according to Yalibnan News, is because, “the parliament was unable to reach a quorum… the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militant group and its ally MP Michel Aoun’s Change and Reform block Mps boycotted the [27] sessions” dedicated to the effort.

Iranian involvement in Lebanon has been so helpful for the country that once was considered the Riviera of the Middle East…

Hana Levi Julian

5-Member Hezbollah Terror Cell Nabbed in Israel

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Cleared for release: In a joint operation, IDF, ISA and Israel Police arrested a terror cell funded and guided by Iranian-backed Hezbollah.

The five-member cell was based in the Tulkarem area and was plotting a shooting attack.

The leader of the cell, a Hezbollah operative, was recruited online by Jawad Nasrallah, the son of Hezbollah terror chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah.

According to a statement released by the IDF, the cell received instructions and guidance from an additional Hezbollah operative named “Fadi.”

It was “Fadi” who directed other operatives regarding the execution of terror attacks using explosives, training suicide bombers, gathering information on security forces and purchasing weapons.

The Hezbollah terrorist organization has for many years been generously funded, equipped and trained by its patron, Iran and continues to function as its proxy in the region.

Mahmoud Za’alul, 33, was recruited by the younger Nasrallah via the Internet, according to the Shin Bet, and reported to “Fadi,” who told him to open an email account. It was after he did so that Za’alul was given instructions on how to recruit other cell members and conduct reconnaissance in order to carry out terror attacks.

Hezbollah paid $5,000 to the cell via foreign currency transfers, according to the report.

Muhammad Massawareh, 20, and Ahmed Abu al-Az, 20, two of the five suspects who were arrested, were both from Tulkarem. They purchased weapons from Za’alul, intending to attack Israeli security forces, but were arrested before they could carry out the attack.

Also arrested were Muhammad Za’alul, 20, and Rabah Labdi, 29, both from Zita. Labdi is a convict who was incarcerated in Israeli prison from 2002 to 2007, and 2008 to 2011.

“The Hezbollah organization is trying to latch on to the recent wave of terror flooding Israel and is working vigorously to fan the flames,” said the Shin Bet, “Contributing to the growing incitement by exploiting the Palestinian population and tempting young people to carry out terror attacks under its instruction, for payment.

“The organization is using remote enlistment and handling of terror cells over the Internet with the goal of perpetrating terrorist acts from afar, without leaving a signature,” the Shin Bet warned.

All five of the suspects were indicted in a Samaria military court.

They were charged with membership in an illegal organization, contact with the enemy, channeling enemy funds into the region, intent and involvement in manslaughter, arms dealing, intent to shoot people, and interfering with legal proceedings.

Hana Levi Julian

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.

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