Israel’s Warning

P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator living in Beersheva and author of the book Choosing Life in Israel. 


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While these days the focus is understandably on Al Qaeda, alarming news has also surfaced about Hezbollah, the Shiite terror group that is clustered near Israel’s border and has taken control of Lebanon.

The French daily Le Figaro reports that Hezbollah’s arsenal now numbers 40,000 missiles, and that the organization fields over 10,000 fighters. Le Figaro also gives details on three Hezbollah units tasked with maintaining and transporting the missiles, and on Syria’s close involvement in the whole enterprise.

The article says that last January one of the three, Unit 108—in a move picked up by U.S. intelligence—received a delivery of 26 Syrian M-6002 missiles somewhere between Damascus and the Syrian-Lebanese border. While Unit 108’s main barracks are near that border, it also has a base near Damascus Airport for handling weapons shipments from Iran.

Le Figaro quotes the French Defense Ministry as saying Israel might strike Unit 108’s sites in Syria.

The paper also says the Syrian army has its own Scud missile base near Damascus. And while Syria denies having supplied Hezbollah with Scuds, satellite images seem to show Hezbollah operatives being trained in their use at the base.

Ron Ben-Yishai, veteran military analyst for Israel’s largest daily Yediot Aharonot, ascribes much significance to the report and writes that “whoever provided [Le Figaro] with sensitive intelligence information” had reasons for doing so.

One of those reasons, Ben-Yishai says, is:

to slam the facts in the face of international public opinion, so that the UN, the West, Arab states and the global media won’t pretend to be surprised if and when Israel undertakes powerful, destructive strikes. Such actions would target the immense rocket and missile arsenal in Lebanon, as well as the states that contributed to establishing it, that is, Lebanon and Syria.

Ben-Yishai goes on to note that in recent months Israel has been conveying that point to the international community, including declassified maps of how Hezbollah stores weapons near schools, hospitals, and homes in southern Lebanese villages. Hezbollah thereby wants to make it hard for Israel to attack the targets, while also setting Israel up for “war crimes” accusations if it does.

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  • badaboo

    To muchi-boy and the rest of the anti-Israel antisemites . You use the word zionist but you mean JEW . But all of the spouted bigotry aside , just remember this , the people of the US , to the order of almost 80% FAVOR ISRAEL , FAVOR SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL -politically , militarily and financially . Israel on it's own has the ability to utterly destroy Iran , Syria , and Hezbolla in Lebanon . The Saudis are no match . This will not change regardless of your wasted words , and twisted rationals . When Israels enemies cross the imaginary line in the sand , where Israel sees it's survival at serious risk , it will pre-empt those threats .The arab nations who hold those threats will be squashed .
    Put your arab pipedreams to sleep muchiboy , save your breath, your hopes will never come to pass .

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      "just remember this , the people of the US , to the order of almost 80% FAVOR ISRAEL , FAVOR SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL -politically , militarily and financially . Israel on it's own has the ability to utterly destroy Iran , Syria , and Hezbolla in Lebanon ."

      And remember this,badaboo,might does not make right.You only have to think back to the cruel work of the Nazis,or the Stalinist,or the Khmer rouge.Those in or with power must be especially vigilant to avoid abusing that power.We need to ask ourselves if success results from our strengths or our enemies weaknesses.Muchiboy

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