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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

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.”

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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.

 

 

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Lebanon-al Nusra Prisoner Exchange Has Begun

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

A prisoner exchange between Lebanon and the Jabath Al-Nusra Syrian rebels has finally begun after numerous false starts this past week.

The Red Cross also received the body of one of the Lebanese soldiers killed last year.

The Syrian rebel prisoners are on their way back to Syria.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Hezbollah Leaders Fears ‘Zionist Plot’ for Syria to Recognize Israel

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Hezbollah’s second-in-command, Sheikh Naim Qassem, has warned of a plot to form a new Syrian government that would recognize Israel, according to the Iranian Tasnim News.

He was quoted as telling the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought:

What is happening in Syria is damaging a government that supports the resistance in the face of the Zionist occupiers.

Tasnim reported, “Sheikh Qassem underlined that the crisis in Syria is part of a broader plot with the purpose of establishing a new government in Damascus that would recognize the Tel Aviv regime and give in to the US and Israeli demands.”

If Qassem is worried about the Obama administration’s recognizing the Golan Heights as being part of Israel, he can relax, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu indirectly brought up the issue in his meeting this week with President Barack Obama, but the President ignored the hint.

Lebanon, which is dominated by Hezbollah, and Iran are fighting side by side to try to keep Bashar al-Assad in power. The intervention of Russia to support Assad has been parallel with secret Israeli-Russian cooperation on aerial and ground combat operations.

Israel reportedly attacked Syria yesterday in what appears to be another interception of advanced weapons from Syria to Hezbollah.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

3 Accused ‘Israeli Spies’ Caught in Lebanon

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

Three people arrested in Lebanon on Sunday have been accused of spying for Israel.

A Syrian national, his Lebanese wife and a second man, also a Lebanese citizen, allegedly confessed to recording “sensitive” locations in southern Lebanon and sending the footage to their “employers to be used in later attacks,” according to the charges. They also allegedly admitted to gathering information on military and government targets for Israeli intelligence, AFP reported.

“In the framework of pursuing operations to combat terrorism and espionage… the directorate of General Security arrested a spy network working for the Israeli enemy in the south [of Lebanon],” said the Lebanese security service in a statement released to media on Sunday.

It is not clear exactly where the alleged “spies” were arrested or what their ethnic and/or religious affiliations are.

There is a massive internecine conflict taking place in Lebanon — and elsewhere in the Middle East — centered largely but not entirely on the civil war that is raging in Syria. It involves the deep rift between the Sunni and Shi’ite streams of Islam as well as the political divide that has been created by the horrific human rights abuses originally carried out by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Those in the Syrian opposition forces have also become equally abusive in their battle to overcome their enemies; and the opposition itself has since divided many times over, fragmenting into radical Islamist forces and those which are less extremist but which are still perfectly willing to exert unbelievable cruelty in order to win their greater battle.

In Lebanon itself, there is also a separate battle taking place between those who are for and against the Syrian regime, and those who support and oppose Da’esh (ISIS), which also has begun to encroach upon what until now has been primarily territory ruled by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization.

Among those fighting for the Syrian regime are fighters from Russia and Iran, as well as the Hezbollah guerrilla forces which today also comprise a large part of Lebanon’s military strength. Lebanon and Syria never made peace with Israel, and Hezbollah has broken its own “ceasefire” agreement with the Israeli armed forces countless times since the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

Over the past six years, more than 100 people have been accused of spying for the Jewish State in Lebanon. There has been no response from the Israeli government, which does not comment on such matters.

Hana Levi Julian

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