Tag Archive for Hizbullah

New Lebanese PM Seeks Neutrality on Syrian Uprising

Lebanon’s new PM Tammam Salam pledged to safeguard the country from the ongoing war in Syria.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Moderate Lebanese MP Tamam Salam was named on Saturday as the country’s new prime minister, pledging in his first address to the nation to safeguard the country from the war raging in neighboring Syria.

Lebanon's newly named PM Tamam Salam - Photo AFP

Lebanon’s newly named PM Tamam Salam – Photo AFP

“There is a need to bring Lebanon out of its state of division and political fragmentation, as reflected on the security situation, and to ward off the risks brought by the tragic situation in the neighboring country and by regional tensions,” he said, according to a report by the AFP news agency. Continue Reading »

How to Assassinate a Senior Hizbullah Terrorist

A Lebanese newspaper reports a detailed accounting of the assassination of Hizbullah terrorist Imad Mughniyeh inside Syria in 2008.

By Elad Benari


A report published on Tuesday in the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar purports to present a detailed account of the 2008 assassination of senior Hizbullah terrorist Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus.

Imad MughniyehAs expected, the report pointed the finger at the Israeli Mossad as being behind the operation.

According to Al-Akhbar, as soon as the 2006 Second Lebanon War ended, Hizbullah began the largest operation to restore its military organization and raise the level of its readiness and weaponry. Mughniyeh was put in charge of developing and enhancing the military abilities of the group in Lebanon. Continue Reading »

Israeli Submarines Spotted Off Coast of Lebanon

Israeli subs have allegedly been spotted cruising off of Lebanon’s coast between Sidon & Nakura.

By Chana Ya’ar


Israeli submarines have allegedly been spotted cruising off the coast of Lebanon between Sidon and Nakura, according to a report in Lebanese media.

The Dolphin-class submarine first entered service in 2000. – Photo- IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

French tracking installations informed the United Nations that the subs had been detected, according to the report, published in the Al-Dayar daily newspaper.

Israel Air Force jets regularly patrol the skies of Lebanon for a number of reasons, deterrence against weapons transports from Syria to the Hizbullah terrorist organization among them. Continue Reading »

Polish call to Ashton: Make Efforts to Acknowledge Hizbullah as Terror Group

Polish MEP Michal Tomasz Kaminski has called on EU’s Ashton to step up Europe’s efforts to designate Hizbullah a terrorist organization and stop their operations in EU member states as bases for money-laundering & fundraising.

By Elad Benari


Polish MEP Michal Tomasz Kaminski on Thursday called on EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to step up Europe’s efforts to designate Hizbullah a terrorist organization after last week’s Bulgarian’s report that the Lebanese group was behind the terror attack on Israeli tourists in Burgas in July 2012.

Hezbollah rocket launcher

Hezbollah rocket launcher, used to kill Israeli civilians, in violation to the Geneva Conventions

The European Jewish Press (EJP) reported that in a written question to Ashton, ahead of Monday’s meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers where the issue is likely to come under discussion, Kaminski asked why the EU remains “reluctant to call Hizbulllah by its proper name”, after Ashton’s official response to the Burgas findings expressed “the need for a reflection over the outcome of the investigation.” Continue Reading »

After Syria Threatened Israel, White House Warns Syria on Weapons

Syria warns it reserves the right to retaliate to alleged Israeli air strike on its military research center.

By Gil Ronen


The White House on Thursday warned Syria not to transfer weapons to Hizbullah, as tensions mounted following reported Israeli raids on a military research center and a weapons convoy.

“Syria should not further destabilize the region by transferring weaponry to Hizbullah,” said Ben Rhodes, a US deputy national security advisor.

Syria on Thursday warned that it reserves the right to retaliate to what it says was an Israeli air strike on a military research center near Damascus, as it lodged a complaint with the United Nations. Continue Reading »

Report: Hizbullah Bases Sets Up Close to Syria’s Chemical Depots

According to an Israeli media outlet, Hizbullah terrorists are setting up bases in Syria very close to known chemical weapons storage facilities.

By Chana Ya’ar


The Lebanon-based Hizbullah terrorist organization is setting up bases in Syria close to known chemical weapons storage facilities, according to a source quoted in a report published Monday by Israeli Hebrew-language news outlet Ynet.

Chemical war drill

Chemical war drill – IDF Spokesman’s Unit

Hizbullah, which is generously funded and equipped by Iran, has been working to shore up the government forces backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, together with Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.

But even with that assistance, the loyalists are beginning to lose their grip on the country, and it appears likely that Assad’s regime may soon fall. Continue Reading »

Iran Spying on Israel from Golan Heights

A recent U.S. report indicates Iran has established intelligence stations in several areas in the Middle East, including Syria’s Golan Heights.

By Elad Benari


Iran has been establishing signals intelligence stations in several parts of the Middle East, including the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the U.S.-based World Tribune reports.

The Defense Department has indicated that one of the intelligence stations was established in the Golan Heights, close to Syria’s border with Israel, the report said.

The Pentagon’s counter-terrorist support office said the stations were established by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps together with Tehran’s leading ally, Syria, according to the World Tribune. Continue Reading »

Intel Officials: Iran’s Ability to Attack Israel Minimal

Iran’s retaliatory capability to attack Israel has been significantly compromised this past year, intelligence officials reported.

By David Lev


Iran’s ability to attack Israel has been compromised significantly in the past year, Israeli diplomats meeting in Jerusalem were told by Defense Ministry intelligence officials. According to the study by the officials, Iran’s attempts to prop up Bashar al-Assad and the weakness of Hizbullah has taken a great toll in manpower and treasure from the Islamic Republic.

The officials, quoted in Maariv, said that neither Syria nor Hizbullah are in any position to not only start a war with Israel, but would also be largely unable to respond on behalf of Iran in the event of an Israeli strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities.

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Egypt Seeks Warm Ties with Hizbullah

Egyptian ambassador to Lebanon admits that Egypt is pursuing a relationship with Hizbullah as a “real political and military force”.

By Elad Benari


Egypt will pursue a relationship with the Hizbullah terror group as a “real political and military force” on the ground in Lebanon, the Egyptian ambassador to Lebanon told the Lebanese newspaper Daily Star on Saturday.

Speaking after Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-backed new constitution was signed in to law, Ambassador Ashraf Hamdy said Egypt would keep contacts “tight,” even with its enemies.

“We are stretching our hand out in the proper, balanced way to all regional powers, but of course, we will continue to develop our foreign policy according to our interests,” he said. Continue Reading »

Hizbullah Blames Israel for Huge Explosion in Southern Lebanon

An explosion, apparently at an illegal Hizbullah weapons depot, rocked Lebanon near the border early Monday morning.

Hizbullah accuses Israel.

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


A huge explosion, apparently at a Hizbullah weapons depot, rocked Lebanon near the border Monday morning, the country’s state news agency reported.

Hizbullah immediately accused Israel of carrying out an aerial bombing.

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is responsible for maintaining security in the area, and it is investigating the blast, but Hizbullah cordoned off the area.

The explosion apparently was in an ammunition depot east of the port city of Tyre. Continue Reading »

Lebanese Bank in New York Accused of Funding Hizbullah Terrorist Org.

A Lebanese bank in New York is accused of aiding Hezbollah by using funds to finance terror in the Middle East.

By Scott Krane


A lawsuit brought against a Lebanese bank accused of money laundering should be heard in New York, according to a lawyer for victims of rocket attacks in Israel.

Hizbullah demonstration (file)

Hizbullah demonstration – Reuters

Robert Tolchin told the Court of Appeals panel in that a Lebanese-Canadian Bank account that worked with an American Express Bank to wire millions of dollars to Hizbullah agents, thought responsible for the terror attack.

The Lebanese bank’s attorney, Jonathan Siegfried, contested that New York courts don’t have jurisdiction because the suit doesn’t allege injury to a New York plaintiff and doesn’t name a New York-based defendant. Continue Reading »

Patriot Anti-Missile Battery Deployed in Northern Israel

Patriot anti-missile battery installed on Mt. Carmel near Haifa in what the IDF reports is “not an unusual thing.”

By Chana Ya’ar


A Patriot anti-missile battery has been installed in the north, atop Mt. Carmel near Haifa. However, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, deployment of a Patriot battery “is not an unusual thing.”

The system, operated by the IDF Air Defense Command, is capable of intercepting flying objects (balllistic missiles, aircraft and other threats) at ranges between 60 to 160 kilometers ( 37 to 99 miles). The Patriot system was used during the Gulf War to intercept missiles fired at Israel from Iraq. Continue Reading »

Hizbullah Fighters Dying in Syria, Sources Say Funerals are Secret

Hizbullah has recently increased their size and type of its assistance to al-Assad’s gov’t

By David Lev


Hizbullah has increased the size and scope of its assistance to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as he fights to retain his position as leader of Syria in the face of a wide-ranging rebellion. According to a report in Thursday’s Washington Post, Hizbullah has sent special advisers to Syria in order to assist Assad in beating back rebel forces.

Official sources in the Lebanese government said that the assistance Hizbullah is providing Assad was increased after a major attack on Assad’s forces on July 18. Continue Reading »

Britain’s Hague Recommends that the EU Designate Hizbullah as a Terror Org

Britain’s Foreign Secretary presses the EU to have Hizbullah put on its list of terrorist organizations.

By Elad Benari, Canada


Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague on Friday urged the European Union to place the military branch of the Lebanese-based Hizbullah on its list of terrorist organizations, AFP reported.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague

British Foreign Secretary William Hague

“I would like to see the EU designate and sanction the military wing of Hizbullah,” Hague was quoted as having said in response to a question on arriving for talks with his EU counterparts.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, however, appeared to suggest this was not possible now. Continue Reading »

Missile Attack on Tel Aviv Might Force Evacuation

The entire population of Tel Aviv would be evacuated if unconventional missiles were to strike the city, a Home Front officer says.

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


The entire population of Tel Aviv would be evacuated if unconventional missiles were to strike the city, a Home Front officer told the AFP news agency in an interview.

Colonel Adam Zusman, chief of the Home Front Command in metropolitan Tel Aviv, told the interviewer, “In case of a missile attack on the center of Israel, especially unconventional, the population from Tel Aviv and other cities will be evacuated and relocated in other areas of the country. Continue Reading »