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Syria and Hezbollah Launch Attack on Rebels at Israel’s Golan Border

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Israel’s former northern Golan Heights neighbor Bashar al-Assad is fighting with Hezbollah against rebels, supported by Al Qaeda, to regain the territory on the Syrian side of the strategic Golan.

Tanks and artillery are in action within five miles of the Israeli border, where the Israel Air Force last month bombed Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guards commanders planning launch an attack on the Israeli Golan.

Israel enjoyed a certain sense of security from Assad before the civil war erupted four years ago because for all his hatred of Israel, attacks on the Golan were not high on his agenda. Both sides enjoyed mutual hatred and a cold peace while the United States, particularly the Obama administration, enjoyed making believe that Assad was the key to peace between Israel and the Arab world.

The civil war exploded that illusion, and once Hezbollah joined up with Assad, the terrorist army’s threat from Lebanon extended eastward to the Golan.

Al Qaeda-backed rebels have taken over most of the territory near the Golan border, and Israeli residents have suffered dozens of rocket attacks, some of them accidental and some intentional.

Iran is believed to behind the new offensive against the rebels, and Hezbollah can be assumed to be taking advantage of Assad’s weakened position to exact the price of victory over the rebels by setting up new bases to attack Israel.

Israeli would not be able to retaliate on Hezbollah in Lebanon if it attacks the Golan from Syria, which no longer can be considered a country where one regime is in charge.

Israel has built some links with the rebels and the Al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and has treated more than 1,000 Syrians, some of them in Israeli hospitals and some in field hospitals on the Israeli side of the Golan.

Heavy fighting this week has put Hezbollah in control of several villages that Assad had lost to the rebels. If Assad and Hezbollah can regain the area between the Golan and Damascus, it will have eliminated the major stronghold of the non-jihadist opposition. The Islamic State (ISIS) controls a major part of Syria north of Damascus.

Rami Abdurrahman, director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said, “The operations are being led by Hezbollah’s special forces. Their aim appears to be to eventually reach areas bordering the occupied Golan and set up a border zone under Hezbollah’s control.”

His description of the Golan as “occupied” underscores the fact that no matter who is in charge in Syria, he won’t be a friend of Israel.

 

 

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Israel May Have Been ‘Faking’ That Killing Iranian General Was a Fluke

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Israel knew exactly who it was eliminating an Iranian Revolutionary Guard general in Sunday’s strike on Iranian and Hezbollah forces, according to the usually reliable al-Rai Kuwaiti newspaper.

First reports of Sunday’s attack on terrorists, known as “fighters” in sterile MediaSpeak, indicated that the aerial bombing wiped out six Hezbollah members, including a top General and an Iranian soldier.

Israel, of course, played dumb.

Reports from Iran began to surface that six Iranians were also killed including a Guards commander, and anonymous Israel officials told foreign wire services, “Huh?”

Israel’s intelligence is unarguably the best in the world. It occasional slips up, but it usually is on the mark. But someone in the top echelon was trying to sell a story that, yes, the IDF attacked terrorists who were planning to launch attacks on Israel, but did not know that one of the targets was Iranian General Mohammed Allahdadi.

Then the threats poured in like Hezbollah missiles during the Second Lebanon War. Revenge will come. Israel is doomed. Run for the sea.

Israel media analysts had a field day clawing Israeli intelligence to bits.

No one thought “out of the box” and suggested that maybe Israel was faking it to convince the Iranians, “Gee, sorry. It was an accident.”

It might have been, but it is difficult to believe that Israeli intelligence knew so many details that it was able to pinpoint the targets without knowing exactly who they are.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Anti-Hezbollah Legislator Says It Has Chemical Weapons

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

An anti-Hezbollah Lebanese legislator said Sunday that the terrorist organization has chemical weapons and missiles buried underground in bunkers that were built under the supervision of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Khaled Daher told the Saudi Arabia newspaper al-Watan Saturday that the existence of chemical weapons is behind Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s threat two months ago that Israel “will face what you have not seen before.”

“There are restricted areas no one can approach or enter, this indicates the seriousness of the contents of those sites , which are certain to be long-range missile bases,” he said.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Azerbaijan Arrests 22 in Iran Terror Plot

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

The Azerbaijani National Security Ministry announced that 22 people have been arrested on suspicion of spying for Iran, AFP reported Wednesday.

“Twenty-two citizens of Azerbaijan were arrested by the National Security Ministry for cooperating with the Iranian Sepah [the Iranian Revolutionary Guards],” the Ministry said, according to AFP. “Firearms, cartridges, explosives and espionage equipment were found during the arrest.”

The 22 individuals were allegedly instructed to “commit terrorist acts against the US, Israeli and other Western states’ embassies and the embassies’ employees.”

Azerbaijani authorities did not clarify if these were new arrests – since Azerbaijani authorities did not release the date of the arrests – or confirmation of earlier arrests made in February.

Situated between Europe and Asia, and with Iran straddling its southern border, Azerbaijan has recently become a strategic front in a war of subterfuge between Israel and Iran, with reports that both have activated intelligence operatives in this the largest country in the Caucasus region.

Arrests come amid attempts to patch up Iran-Azeri relations

The announcement of the arrests came a day after Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev met with senior Iranian officials in an effort to prevent a further deterioration in relations with Iran due to Azerbaijan’s recent crackdown on Iran-linked terror plots, and its burgeoning ties with Israel.

Iran has grown increasingly nervous since it’s northern neighbor signed a multi-billion dollar arms deal with Israel last month, whereby Israel will supply Azerbaijan with drones and missile defense systems.

“We will not allow Azerbaijan’s soil to be used against Iran under any conditions,” Abiyev pledged after meeting with his Iranian counterpart Ahmad Vahidi in Tehran.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the official Islamic Republic News Agency that “[w]e are sure that we will face no problem from our brother and neighbor Azerbaijan.”

Coming on the heels of these magnanimous proclamations, the arrests are likely to inflame tensions and nullify any good will the high-level meetings may have fostered between the two countries.

Jewish Press Staff Writer

Israel, US to Hold Joint Military Exercise

Friday, January 6th, 2012

The Israeli military will take part in a major missile defense drill in partnership with the United States, following a 10-day Iranian naval exercise near the Strait of Hormuz.

The Israel-US Drill is called “Austere Challenge 12”, and will work to improve defense systems.  No date has been announced.

On Wednesday, Iran announced that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards would conduct further military exercises.

Malkah Fleisher

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