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Iran Offers to Arm Lebanese Military (Again)

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

Iran has made a serious offer to arm the Lebanese military, according to numerous reports in Lebanese media, all quoting Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian Parliament.

Boroujerdi publicly made the offer in a news conference after placing a wreath on the grave of former Hezbollah “Number 2″ terror chief Imad Mughniyeh, assassinated in Damascus in 2008, and that of his son, Jihad, also assassinated more recently.

Mustafa Mugniyeh was appointed by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah to take command of Hezbollah’s forces on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights in place of his older brother, Jihad, in June 2015.

“Iran’s permanent and firm stance is to stand by the brotherly Lebanese Republic of Lebanon, government and people,” Boroujerdi said. “We therefore reiterate our firm will in the field of arming the Lebanese army.”

The Iranian official added that the issue “has been seriously discussed with [former] Defense Minister Samir Moqbel during his visit to Iran. The matter is at the disposal of the Lebanese government,” he said.

The offer comes on the eve of a visit to Saudi Arabia by Lebanese President Michel Aoun, who reportedly is hoping to convince Riyadh to resume its multi-billion dollar aid package to the Lebanese military.

Saudi Arabia cut its funding to Beirut last February in response to the country’s deepening ties with Iran, the torching of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and a Saudi Consulate in Iran as well.

The destruction was part of a riot triggered by Saudi Arabia’s execution of an Iranian-backed Shi’ite cleric and activist. Riyadh cut its diplomatic ties with Tehran in January 2016 over the affair.

Aoun is a close ally of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization, which is involved in fighting Saudi-backed opposition forces against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

But although Iran has offered arms to Lebanon more than once since 2010, Beirut has been hesitant to accept, according to YaLibnan, due to suspicions about the intentions behind the offers.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Raids Large Underground Illegal Weapons Factory in Hebron [video]

Monday, December 19th, 2016

A combined force of IDF Paratroopers, Armored, and Corp of Engineers battalions overnight Sunday uncovered and captured one of the largest illegal weapons factories in Judea seized this year. The factory, located in the basement of a residential building in Hebron.

The raid, led by Judea Brigade Commander Yitzhak Cohen, resulted in the arrest of the factory owner and the seizing of all the weapons, ammunition and production equipment, including 15 lathes. The factory employed between 10 and 15 workers on a regular basis, and further arrests are expected.

Source: IDF

Source: IDF

In addition to the lathes, the IDF seized in the raid 70 rifle barrels, hundreds of trigger housings, dozens of springs, hundreds of various caliber bullets, 60 gun parts, 5 magazines, 6 weapon handles, and a homemade M-16 rifle.

In 2016 the IDF executed hundreds of raids on suspected illegal weapons workshops, exposing 40 facilities and seizing more than 420 illegal weapons.

David Israel

Watch: Weapons Workshop Captured in Judea [video]

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

A weapons workshop was captured overnight Thursday in a combined operation of IDF and GSS forces at the Jabal Johar neighborhood of Hebron.

Additional IDF weapons searches in the area captured a handgun, a rifle sight and homemade bullets in the town of Idhna. In Wadi Siman village security forces found an M-16 rifle.

Captured M-16 rifle

Captured M-16 rifle

A Border Guard operation in Hebron captured homemade weapons, bomb making materials, and homemade bullets.

Since the beginning of 2016, security forces have captured 424 weapons and 39 weapons workshops in Judea and Samaria.

David Israel

Armed Palestinian Authority Police Block IDF From Entering Jenin [video]

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Palestinian Authority police forces blocked Israeli military personnel from entering the city of Jenin on Sunday.

Video footage posted by the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency, that allegedly “went viral on Facebook, purported to show” PA security officers armed with assault rifles standing in front of Israeli military vehicles, blocking them from advancing into the city.

Another video clip, this one posted by the Hamas-linked Al Quds news network, showed the IDF vehicles turning around and leaving the city, as PA police officers are heard firing their weapons in the air.

According to Israeli and Arab media reports, the Israeli vehicles entered Jenin via a different entrance to the city shortly after.

Both Israeli and Palestinian Authority security forces have targeted Jenin in recent months, in order to keep a lid on terrorist activity, Ma’an reported.

It’s not unusual for Israeli military forces to make the rounds of cities in the Palestinian Authority to capture and detain terror suspects.

Security coordination and cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian Authority forces is far closer than is realized by most people outside the region — or for that matter, most civilians even living in the region — to the benefit of all.

Hana Levi Julian

Liberman: We’re Blocking Smuggled Weapons of Mass Destruction from Syria to Hezbollah

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) on Wednesday afternoon told the EU countries’ ambassadors to Israel that the Jewish State’s primary goal is to protect its citizens, defend its sovereignty and “prevent the smuggling of sophisticated weapons, military equipment and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) from Syria to the Hezbollah.”

Liberman stressed that “we have no intention of intervening in the Syrian civil war, but when I’m asked, time after time, what would be the nature of a possible future order in Syria, I reiterate my position that it makes no difference what kind of order will win out – in any case the Iranians and Assad must leave Syria and must not be part of the new order.”

The defense minister told the ambassadors that in recent months he’s seen a growing cooperation between Hamas and ISIS in the Sinai. “In today’s world it is quite clear that we can’t count on the international community, and every country must count only on itself,” he said.

Liberman also told the ambassadors that it would be unrealistic and impossible to reach a permanent arrangement between Israel and the Arabs in Judea and Samaria, especially in light of the extremist positions of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

“Therefore the idea of a permanent arrangement will be delayed for at least a few years, and meanwhile we must provide for normal life for Jews and Arabs alike in Judea and Samaria,” Liberman said, adding, “Today it’s clear the settlements are not an obstacle to peace, and that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not the focal point nor the cause of instability in the Middle East – and yet, European leaders continue to view the settlements as the biggest problem in the world.”

“At least 500 people are killed every day in the Middle East, from South Sudan to Iraq,” Liberman noted, “which is much more serious and important than hat’s happening in Amona – but you don’t see any mention of it in European media.”

“The fact that you keep talking only about the settlements is hypocritical,” Liberman concluded, telling the ambassadors, “I’m waiting for you to start talking bout North Korea and the Iranian ballistic missiles.”

David Israel

Report: IAF Attacked Weapons Storehouse, Convoy in Syria

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

According to London-based Arab newspaper Rai al Youm, Israel attacked overnight Wednesday a weapons storage facility outside Damascus belonging to the Syrian army and a military convoy.

IAF planes attacked an armory of the Syrian army’s fourth division, and a convoy near the highway connecting Damascus and Beirut, Lebanon. The convoy was reportedly preparing to haul a large weapons load for Hezbollah. The attack consisted of two separate sorties.

According to Lebanese website el Nashra, the attack took place at 1:20 Wednesday morning, as four loud explosions were heard from the outskirts of Damascus. The armory, located near the highway, sustained major damages.

So far there has been no report of the Syrian army firing at the two IAF attacks. In September, President Assad’s army shot at Israeli planes flying over Quneitra, in southern Syria, near the Israeli Golan Heights border.


Israel Navy Allegedly Opens Fire at Gaza ‘Fishing Boats’

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Israeli Navy forces allegedly opened fire Sunday (Nov. 27) at vessels described as Gaza “fishing boats” by the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency.

No injuries were reported among the fishermen, Ma’an reported. A spokesperson for the IDF said they were checking the report.

Gaza terrorists often import arms, ammunition and other contraband via maritime deliveries from Iran and elsewhere.

Various terror factions from Gaza use fishing boats to gather their contraband — as well as conduct reconnaissance — for future attacks against Israel.

Such vessels are sometimes detained along with their operators by Israeli Navy commandos when they stray from the Gaza fishing zone.

Hana Levi Julian

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