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May 28, 2016 / 20 Iyar, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Lebanon’

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.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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.

Hana Levi Julian

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.

Hana Levi Julian

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.]

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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.

JNi.Media

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