IDF goes on high-alert after Israel’s Defense Minister orders his generals to prepare plans that ‘neutralize’ Lebanese infrastructure in a quick-response retaliatory strike should Hezbollah, now a major party in Lebanon’s government, fulfill its vow to attack Israel.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Defense Minister Benny Gantz (Blue and White) on Thursday ordered the IDF to prepare a response targeting Lebanon, in case Hezbollah harms IDF soldiers or Israeli citizens, Israel Hayom reported.
After the IDF caught five Sudanese men trying to sneak into the country across the Lebanese border last overnight, they were questioned and returned subsequent to ascertaining the 5 were nefarious migrants, not potential terrorists.
Israeli forces caught five Sudanese men who tried to illegally enter the country across the Lebanese border overnight and sent them back, the army said in a statement.
A military spokeswoman told AFP it was believed the men had intended to seek work in Israel, which was home to more than 6,000 Sudanese asylum seekers as of January.
IDF Lookout tower for watching Israel’s border with Lebanon.
Analysis: IDF Chief of Staff’s speech contained specific warnings, not only to Israelis, but also threats aimed at Hamas, Hezbollah, Lebanon and even Iran, in an attempt to convey that in the next conflict that Israel is forced into will include intense, devastating fire.
By Gal Perl Finkel
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi said on Wednesday that the Israeli army is preparing vigorously for a military campaign.
His lecture at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya seemed to be aimed at both the ears of Israeli citizens and the ears of Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas.
Unlike the bravado generated by our enemies’ generals and political leaders, Israel has always fulfilled its objectives.
With Hezbollah’s annual budget of nearly $1 billion, the sanctions that the Trump administration issued this year against the Shite organization’s money men, as well as Iran, have caused such a devastating economic crisis it forced Nasrallah to declare “economic jihad” about six months ago. – Since Hezbollah is the 2nd-largest employer in Lebanon, after the government, can Hezbollah’s funds be cut off without affecting the entire Lebanese economy?
In a picture that could have been taken from a PR notice for the series “Narcos,” a man who knows the good life is sitting on a pile of dollar bills, a cigar in hand, looking like he’s enjoying himself. Continue Reading »
The Daily Beast reports three Hezbollah commanders admitted how salaries for combatants have been halved, but the terror group is still strong militarily and talked about preparing for the next war, “The sanctions now have us preparing for dealing with the Israeli front. We will fire the first shot this time,” said one commander.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Hezbollah’s commanders, hurting from sanctions on Iran, are preparing for war with Israel, the Daily Beast reported.
Speaking to the Daily Beast, Hezbollah’s “Commander Samir” (not his real name), who commands 800 terrorists on the Israel-Lebanon border, said: “The sanctions now have us preparing for dealing with the Israeli front. Continue Reading »
As part of Operation Northern Shield, today the IDF destroyed a fifth Hezbollah attack-tunnel that had only recently crossed into Israel.
A number of days ago, IDF troops exposed an additional cross-border attack tunnel that was dug from the Shiite village of Ayta ash Shab and crossed into Israeli territory. A short while ago, the tunnel was neutralized by an explosion.
The IDF notified the heads of the relevant local authorities and UNIFIL in advance.
The IDF had previously found and begun to destroy four other attack tunnels which violated Israeli territory during Operation Northern Shield.
The IDF stated that it “holds the Lebanese Government accountable for the attack tunnels dug from Lebanese territory and for the consequences of this violation. Continue Reading »
WATCH: Hand-picked CNN reporter, who’s trusted for being fair & balanced, interviews an IDF officer (in combat gear and referred to as Lt. Colonel R.), as to how complicated the attack-tunnel finding operation really is.
For the first time since the beginning of Operation Northern Shield on December 4, Israel allowed a foreign news source to take a look at one of Hezbollah’s cross-border tunnels discovered only meters away from Lebanon.
The CNN footage shows reporter Ian Lee dropping a camera several meters into the ground, passing limestone walls before exposing a sophisticated tunnel, complete with ventilation and lights. Continue Reading »
London-based Arabic media outlet reports that the Russian government sent a stern warning to Lebanon to not permit ongoing violations of Israeli territory by a member of its government, Hezbollah, following the IDF’s discovery, and UNIFIL’s verification, of 4 attack-tunnels thus far.
By David Rosenberg
The Russian government has warned Lebanon not to permit violations of Israeli territory by the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah, the London-based Arabic media outlet Asharq Al-Awsatreported.
According to the report, Moscow warned the Lebanese government in a letter “not to play games with United Nations [Security Council] Resolution 1701”, referring to the August 11th, 2006 motion by the Security Council marking the end of the second Israel-Lebanon war. Continue Reading »
Immediately after the IDF exposed the fourth Hezbollah cross-border attack-tunnel, explosive devices were placed inside the tunnel rendering it useless, but extremely dangerous for anyone entering from the Lebanese side.
The Israeli Defense Forces announced on Sunday morning that it had exposed a fourth tunnel on Israel’s northern border as Operation Northern Shield enters its third week.
The IDF operation, aimed at locating and destroying an unknown number of tunnels built by Lebanese Hezbollah, was made public on December 4 after being carried out for over four years previously under the name “Operation White Gold.”
Imagine terrorists digging an attack tunnel like this towards your home.
Immediately after the IDF uncovered yet another Hezbollah attack-tunnel, explosive devices were placed inside the tunnel rendering it neutralized and extremely dangerous for anyone entering from the Lebanese side.
Arutz Sheva Staff
A short while ago, IDF troops exposed a cross-border attack tunnel that crossed the Blue Line from Lebanese territory into Israel.
The attack tunnel is under the IDF’s control and does not pose an imminent threat, the army stated.
IDF soldiers participating in operation Northern Sheild – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
Explosive devices have been placed inside the tunnel by the IDF. Any entrance from the Lebanese side is dangerous. Continue Reading »
Lebanese actor Ziad Itani, who was arrested in November for spying for Israel, fell victim to a plot hatched by the former (now, herself arrested) Lebanese cyber security official, Maj. Susan Hajj Hobeiche.
Lebanese actor and director Ziad Itani was arrested in November on accusations of cooperating with and spying for Israel. It is now evident that Itani fell victim to a plot hatched by Major Susan Hajj Hobeiche, the former head of the Lebanese Anti-Cybercrime and Intellectual Property Bureau who was arrested Friday.
Itani was accused of being recruited by a female Israeli intelligence agent and that the two exchanged information. Continue Reading »
The Lebanese Daily Star reported Monday that Lebanon’s economy minister recommended the film, ‘The Post’ for blacklist because of its director Steven Spielberg, who has been blacklisted since his 1994 film ‘Schindler’s List.’
Following detonation of car-bomb that exploded in the Lebanese city of Sidon that left Hamas official, Mohamed Hamdan “slightly wounded,” Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV station reported both Hamas & Fatah blame Israel.
By Reuters, AP
Mohamed Hamdan, a Palestinian Hamas member, survived an attempt on his life Sunday after a bomb planted in his car in southern Lebanon detonated, wounding him, the Lebanese military and the terror group said, with Hamas identifying Israel as the culprit without providing evidence. Hamdan’s leg reportedly had to be amputated.
Hamdan in the hospital – Arab media
Hamdan, also known as Abu Hamza, was “slightly wounded” in the attack, a Hamas official in Sidon, Ayman Shanaa, told a Palestinian television station, Paltoday.It Continue Reading »
At the last moment the Lebanese Army chief, who’s already in Washington D.C., decides to boycotts a major conference of chiefs of staff from NATO + US allies, due to the attendance of Gadi Eizenkot, the IDF Chief of Staff.
By Elad Benari
Lebanon’s chief of staff, Gen. Joseph Aoun, boycotted a major conference of chiefs of staff hosted by the United States, which was attended by IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot.
Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
The conference was held at the beginning of the week in Washington, Haaretz reported. Although Aoun did not attend, army heads from other Arab countries like Egypt and Jordan, which have peace treaties with Israel, as well as Saudi Arabia, which doesn’t, did participate in the event, the newspaper noted. Continue Reading »
U.S. Ambassador to U.N. Nikki Haley stressed how United Nations’ forces must do more to prevent the acquisition and distribution of illegal weapons, which are “almost entirely in the hands of Hezbollah terrorists.”
By Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Monday urged the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon to step up efforts to prevent the spread of illegal weapons in southern Lebanon, which she said “are almost entirely in the hands of Hezbollah terrorists.”
Haley made clear in a statement that the United States is seeking “significant improvements” to the force, known as UNIFIL, when the U.N. Continue Reading »
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