12 Republican and 3 Democrat senators are currently sponsoring a bill would impose concrete penalties against Hamas, Hezbollah and any group that exploits the use of human shields.
A bill introduced in the United States Senate last week would “impose concrete penalties” on terrorist groups that set up “their terrorist infrastructure among civilian populations,” singling out Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon as the main perpetrators of the use of human shields.
Senators Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, and 15 other lawmakers have sponsored the bill.
The Anti-Defamation League and AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, are lobbying Democrats and Republicans alike to sponsor what they are claiming is bipartisan legislation. Continue Reading »
London paper cites UK plans to update 2008 decision to blacklist Hezbollah’s military wing by outlawing Lebanon’s entire shiite terror group by end of 2018.
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
The United Kingdom Home Secretary Sajid Javid plans to outlaw all of the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah in Britain later in 2018, according to a report in the London-based Jewish Chronicle on Tuesday.
Official portrait of UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid – UK Parliament
According to the The Jewish Chronicle article, Javid pleded to take “decisive action” against against the Iranian-regime sponsored Hezbollah organization. The paper cited a senior Conservative Party source for the full-blown proscription of the Lebanese Shi’ite entity. Continue Reading »
Just a day after Russian FM Sergei Lavrov said that Iranian and allied forces should withdraw from the Southern Syria “soon,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported [Thursday] that Iran & Hezbollah are preparing to withdraw their troops from Syrian areas close to the Israeli border.
Iran and Hezbollah are preparing to withdraw troops from a southern Syria region close to the Israeli border after Russian intervention, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday.
Citing “a number of reliable sources” the war monitor said that Iranian advisers and Hezbollah fighters will vacate from two provinces in the area of Daraa and Quneitra near to the Israeli party of the Golan Heights. Continue Reading »
Al-Ittihad, an Arabic language newspaper published in the UAE, reported that Sheik Hassan Nasrallah has amassed a net personal worth of around $250 million from Hezbollah, his terrorist organization’s illegal drug operations in the U.S. and Europe.
By Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has amassed a net personal worth of around $250 million due to his organization’s illegal drug smuggling operations, Al-Ittihad, an Arabic language newspaper published in the United Arab Emirates, reported on Monday.
According to the report, which relies on senior Lebanese government sources, the scope of Nasrallah’s fortune was discovered within the framework of a U.S. Continue Reading »
A Colombian police investigation confirms Hezbollah operations in Latin America, that under the guise of a legitimate organization, they actually deal in illegal drug smuggling & distribution, money laundering and agent recruiting operations.
Undercover Hezbollah operations in South America were uncovered in an extensive investigation by the United States and Colombia. According to Colombian media sources, Hezbollah has a presence in the country under cover of a legitimate organization called the “External Security Organization” (ESO), which is essentially Unit 910, Hezbollah’s foreign operations arm responsible for the 2012 terrorist attack in Burgas, Bulgaria and the attacks in Argentina during the 1990’s. Continue Reading »
Increasing Lebanon’s military forces on their southern border is viewed as a way for Beirut to contain Hezbollah’s expansion and control throughout Lebanon’s heartland.
• PM Saad Hariri: Israel still remains Lebanon’s primary threat.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
Lebanon plans to increase its military presence along its southern border with Israel, Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Thursday at a meeting in Rome, where he is seeking financial support for the armed forces.
Bolstering Lebanon’s army and internal security forces is seen as a way for the international community to keep Hezbollah, which has helped sway the Syrian civil war in President Bashar Assad’s favor, from broadening its clout in the Lebanese heartland. Continue Reading »
In 1992, bombers, allegedly linked to Hezbollah, attacked the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires killing 29, and 2 years later, an attack on a Jewish community center in the city left 85 dead. None of the bombers were ever convicted, but now, the US & Argentina are working together against Hezbollah to put an end to their military activities & drug smuggling.
The United States and Argentina are to work together more closely to cut off Lebanese Hezbollah’s funding networks in Latin America, both nations’ top diplomats said Sunday.
Argentina has a large Lebanese expatriate population and US authorities suspect groups within it of raising funds through organized crime to support the Iranian-backed armed movement. Continue Reading »
Attorney General Jeff Sessions orders review to see if President Obama’s administration sabotaged an ambitious multi law-enforcement campaign launched in 2008, allowing the Lebanese Shiite terror organization to engage unhindered, in global drug-trafficking & money-laundering schemes, including within the US, to safeguard Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.
By Reuters, Associated Press
The US Justice Department has set up a team to investigate individuals and organizations providing support to Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Islamist group in Lebanon that the US has branded a terrorist organization, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday.
Republicans have criticized former President Barack Obama following a December Politico report that the Obama administration hindered a Drug Enforcement Administration program targeting Hezbollah’s trafficking operations during its negotiation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal for fear of jeopardizing it. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Mossad and an Israeli law NGO were going after Hezbollah’s finances before the US’s Operation Cassandra, but when Obama slowed the investigation down, agents turned to the Israeli NGO to keep the heat on the terrorists.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB
Long before the US ramped up the pressure against Hezbollah’s financial network in 2006, and then dialed it down in 2009-2010, the Mossad and an Israeli NGO were going after the terror group’s monetary oxygen.
In fact, even when the US returned to taking a backseat, Shurat Hadin – Israel Law Center – kept going after a major Hezbollah allied Lebanese bank and connected banks, winning a major US court decision in 2012. Continue Reading »
US magazine published a report revealing President Obama’s administration sabotaged an ambitious multi law-enforcement campaign launched in 2008, allowing the Lebanese Shiite terror organization to engage unhindered, in global drug-trafficking & money-laundering schemes, including within the US, to safeguard Obama’s nuclear deal would not be impeded.
The Obama administration allowed Hezbollah members to engage in drug-trafficking and money-laundering operations—including activities carried out within the United States—in a bid to secure a nuclear agreement with Iran, an extensive investigation conducted by Politico magazine reveals. The first part of the investigation was published Monday.
Project Cassandra was an ambitious law enforcement campaign launched in 2008 by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), aimed at targeting the Lebanese terror organization’s criminal activity. Continue Reading »
Until the IDF openly identified Munir Ali Naim Shaiti, also known as Haj Hasham, as Hezbollah’s main man in Syria’s Golan, the Arabic-language press seems to have been taken off guard that he had replaced Samir Kuntar, who was assassinated the previous year.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
As the war of words with Hezbollah continues, the security establishment is raising the lid over the identity of the Shi’ite terrorist group’s new top commander on the Golan Heights.
The IDF Military Intelligence Directorate has identified Hezbollah’s main man on the eastern, Syrian-held side of the Golan as Munir Ali Naim Shaiti, also known as Haj Hasham. Continue Reading »
After Israel’s DM Lieberman alleged how Lebanon’s army is an “integral part of Hezbollah,” and now both would be legitimate strategic targets in the next war with Hezbollah, a Lebanese military official impugned Lieberman’s allegation, asserting that country’s army is totally independent, subordinate to the government alone.
By Lilach Shoval, News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff
A day after Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman accused the Lebanese militia Hezbollah of controlling the Lebanese army, warning that both would be in Israel’s crosshairs in any future war, a Lebanese military official rejected the allegation Wednesday, saying that the Lebanese army is “fully independent and subject only to the authority of the political government.”
NCTC Director Rasmussen Briefs on US Efforts to Counter Hizballah – Twitter
Speaking to Lebanese daily Al Joumhouria, the official said further that the military’s policy was decided solely by its commanders. Continue Reading »
Watch short State Department briefing detailing Shiite group’s history in terror throughout Europe, Asia, South America, offerings $12 million for information leading to the capture of two of their senior operatives, as Hezbollah is determined to give itself an option to attack on American soil.
By Elad Benari
The United States on Tuesday announced multi-million dollar rewards for two senior members of the Hezbollah terrorist group.
Reports earlier this week said the State Department would offer a reward of $12 million to anyone with information leading to the discovery, arrest, or charge of the two, but the State Department would not confirm the reports until Tuesday’s official announcement. Continue Reading »
After female trainees dropped out of pilot program to serve in armored corps units, IDF command decides to cancel project.
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Arutz Sheva Staff
The pilot program for female soldiers in the IDF armored corps failed after two of the twelve female recruits dropped out during basic training.
Female IDF soldiers in combat training – IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit
As part of the pilot program, the IDF sought to have three female soldiers serve in a tank and work together with one male soldier.
Following the dropouts, the IDF plans to examine whether the tanks can be manned by an all-female crew. Continue Reading »
In the largest IDF drill since 1998, tens of thousands of people participated from the different military branches, including reservists, to bolster their preparedness for the next war on Israel’s northern frontier.
By Yoav Zitun
The Navy is drilling fighting off Hezbollah naval commandos mounting a surprise attack on Israel as part of a large-scale amphibious training exercise taking place in the north this week.
Among other scenarios, the Israeli sailors faced a swarm of jet skis and small motorboats carrying Hezbollah fighters, divers and suicide bombers.
IDF NAVY drill – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
The drills are designed to prepare the navy for the most extreme scenarios in any future opening of a military campaign launched by Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. Continue Reading »