Posts Tagged ‘Lebanon’

 

Iran’s Two-Front Strategy

editor 17 July 2018

By Tony Badran.. With simmering conflicts on the Golan and in Gaza, Tehran looks to strip Israel of its strategic advantages. Israel is about to face two active fronts on its borders: one in Gaza, and the other in the Golan Heights. As factions in Gaza fired rockets at Israel, an offensive of the alliance backing the Assad regime was underway in southern Syria, which is likely to reach the Golan soon. While this might appear as random coincidence, it’s more by design: The escalating attacks from Gaza should be seen as part of a coordinated Iranian strategy. [Picture top right: Christians for Israel International](more…)

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Analysis: Latest Israeli airstrike in Syria likely stopped new Iranian threat

editor 13 April 2018

By J-Wire.. The recent missile strike on a military airbase deep in the central Syrian desert looks like the latest instalment in a long-standing Israeli campaign to police its red lines against highly dangerous developments to its north…writes Yaakov Lappin/JNS. Usually, such strikes are driven by incoming intelligence of threatening activity underway in Syria—activity that breaches Jerusalem’s ban on Iran from constructing military bases in Syria, from setting up weapons factories there and from using Syria as a transit zone for the trafficking of advanced arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon. [Photo top right: The Syrian Tiyas Military Airbase, also known as the T-4 Airbase located in Homs province | Credit: Screenshot via Wikimapia].  (more…)

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The problem is Hezbollah

editor 23 March 2018

By Ziva Dahl..Current U.S. policy toward Lebanon confirms Voltaire’s observation that “the human brain is a complex organ with the wonderful power of enabling man to find reasons for continuing to believe whatever it is that he wants to believe.” Our Lebanese strategy of providing training and advanced military aid to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) is based on the fallacy that it will promote stability and prevent Hezbollah from taking over the country. News flash: That takeover has occurred. [Photo top right: Hezbollah Soldiers | Credit: MEMO – Middle East Monitor]. (more…)

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Graham returns from Israel: We must ‘stop the Iran-Assad machine’

editor 1 March 2018

By Joe Gould.. WASHINGTON — War between Israel and Iranian proxy forces is imminent, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators warned Tuesday (February 27, 2018) after a trip to the Middle East last week. “Any time you leave a meeting where the request is ammunition, ammunition, ammunition, that’s probably not good,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said of a meeting with Israeli officials. Graham is the Senate’s lead appropriator for the U.S. State Department and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. [Photo top right: Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is the Senate’s lead appropriator for the U.S. State Department and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)].  (more…)

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Who Is Qais al-Khazali, and Why Should You Care?

editor 20 December 2017

By Jonathan Spyer.. Last Saturday (December 9, 2017), a recording emerged of an Iraqi Shi’a militia leader called Qais al-Khazali visiting the Lebanon-Israel border area. The short video shows him in the company of two other uniformed men. They are in the village of Kafr Kila, which is adjacent to Metulla. At a certain point in the recording, Khazali addresses the camera. [Photo top right: Qais al-Khazali, head of Asaib Ahl al-Haq speaks to the press in Baghdad 3 April 2004. (Photo: AFP – Sabah Arar) | Photo credit: Elie Chalhoub]. ‘”I’m at the Fatima Gate in Kafr Kila, at the border that divides south Lebanon from occupied Palestine,” he tells his listeners. Khazali continues: (more…)

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Netanyahu: Hariri’s resignation a ‘wake-up call’ on Iran threat to the region

editor 9 November 2017

By TOI Staff and Agencies..  PM Netanyahu calls on international community to address ‘Iranian aggression’ after Saad Hariri steps down, citing Islamic Republic’s ‘grip’ on Lebanon. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday (November 4, 2017) warned that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s resignation should be a “wake-up call” to the international community to the threat posed by Iran’s regional ambitions, which he said endanger not only Israel but the entire Middle East. [Photo top right: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discusses Israel’s foreign policy at Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, in London, on November 3, 2017. (AFP Photo/Adrian Dennis)](more…)

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Mossad chief: Iran ‘closer than ever before’ to Israel’s borders

editor 4 October 2017

By Judah Ari Gross.. At event honoring espionage service, top spy Yossi Cohen says agents conduct ‘thousands of operations,’ some deep in enemy countries. The head of the Mossad intelligence service warned on Monday that Iran, through its proxies, is operating closer “than ever before” to Israel’s borders with Lebanon and Syria, though he also said Israel was operating deep in enemy territory. [Photo top right: Mossad chief Yossi Cohen speaks at an event honoring agents from the security service on October 2, 2017. (Screen capture: Government Press Office/YouTube)](more…)

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Hezbollah’s Missilies Will Not Rust

editor 5 August 2017

By Caroline Glick.. Israel weighs its options in the face of a dangerous military buildup across the border. Last month (June 2017) IDF Military Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Herzl Halevi made a stunning revelation. Hezbollah and Iran are transforming the terrorist group into a military force capable of independently producing its own precision weapons. (more…)

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The Iranians are at the borders

editor 21 July 2017

By Avi Issacharoff.. With its ascendancy in Syria, the Islamic Republic is seeking to consolidate its position against Israel and the US. Eleven years have gone by since the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War, which began with the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. It ended 34 days later with a trumpet blast from Hezbollah, which had lost approximately 700 of its troops. [Photo top right: Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah addresses supporters in Beirut, Lebanon, on November 3, 2014. (AFP/STR)](more…)

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World Shrugs as Hizballah Prepares Massive Civilian Deaths

editor 30 March 2017

By Noah Beck.. Originally written for the Investigative Project on Terrorism

Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah recently warned Israel that his Iran-backed terror group could attack targets producing mass Israeli casualties, including a huge ammonia storage tank in Haifa, and a nuclear reactor in Dimona. Also last month (February, 2017), Tower Magazine reported that, since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, Iran has provided Hizballah with a vast supply of “game-changing,” state-of-the art weapons, despite Israel’s occasional airstrikes against weapons convoys. [Photo top right:A rocket display in the southern town of Sderot, for years Hamas’s primary target (photo credit: Moshe Shai/Flash 90)] (more…)

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