Iran Behind Katyushas in Galilee?

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Explosions, generally of a mysterious kind, have been rocking the Middle East lately. On Monday night residents of the Western Galilee were awoken by some of them when someone—it’s not clear who—fired four Katyusha rockets from just over the Lebanese border. The rockets damaged a chicken coop and a gas tank.

Israel responded with artillery fire into southern Lebanon. Although Hizbullah has amassed tens of thousand of missiles there—making a mockery of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 (2006) that was supposed to prohibit that from happening—the IDF didn’t think Hizbullah had fired the Katyushas.

The Shiite organization has been in a tough bind. One of its patrons, the Assad regime in Syria, is tottering, and Lebanon’s anti-Hizbullah March 14 coalition is accordingly getting bolder. And last week a Hizbullah arms depot was hit by one of those unexplained explosions, with some accounts saying Israel was behind it. Hizbullah, then, is not seen as itching for a clash at this point.

Instead the IDF assessed that a small Al Qaeda-linked or Palestinian group had fired the rockets—as has happened before from Lebanon, the last time in October 2009. By late afternoon on Tuesday an Al-Qaeda-affiliated group indeed claimed it was responsible.

The attack came hard on the heels of a reportedly much larger explosion in Esfahan, Iran, home of a major nuclear facility. Are the various Middle Eastern booms connected to each other?

One who thinks they are is security professional Daniel Nisman, who argued in an op-ed on Tuesday that Monday night’s Katyusha attack was

in no way a fluke…. It is no coincidence that the relative calm in the [Israeli] north was shattered just hours after another mysterious explosion rocked a strategically important Iranian city. The reported blast in Esfahan…was the latest in what is perceived to be an enhanced sabotage campaign by Western spy agencies following the latest critical report by the IAEA.

While sharing the view that Hizbullah was not a likely culprit, Nisman said the

Syrians and Iranians…still need an outlet from which to send a warning message to the Israelis. Palestinian and Sunni militant groups provide the most convenient option…. The fact that the attack was small…signals that the Iranians and Syrians seek to warn…Israel that its operations to undermine Iranian or Syrian aspirations will not go unchecked.

In a warning of another kind on Sunday, Iranian defense minister Ahmad Vahidi had already talked of “150,000 missiles” hitting Israel if it attacks Iran.

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  • StephenD

    With all its bluster, Iran doesn't want a head to head confrontation with Israel. Iran knows it doesn't stand a chance. So, they use proxies to do their dirty work. IF only…if only Israel could somehow hold on it shouldn't be too long before these people kill themselves off. It's too bad but the end result of living in a Death Cult is…Death.

  • Al Dente

    Gee, I guess the Israelis should have to account for every round fired against those poor, innocent peace-loving Iranians while they and their minions fire at will. Once upon a time armies wore uniforms. Now, every towelhead is a "civilian" and can cry foul when fire is returned. Combatants not in uniform formerly were executed on the spot. Now the good guys have to sift them all out. It's a new game, new rules. If we have to account for every offensive move against a clearly defined and self-proclaimed enemy (while they don't), then perhaps we should disregard the obligation and fire at will.

  • Marty

    It probably doesn't bother iran or hizbullah that hundreds of thousands of Israeli muslims live in the general area being targeted by their missiles. After all, if any are killed the iranians can always blame Israel (somehow) and the islamic victims will get to go to paradise. Because Israel is humane and democratic it would never announce that it would like to wipe iran off the map. But it's fun to speculate about world reaction should it do so.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    In a warning of another kind on Sunday, Iranian defense minister Ahmad Vahidi had already talked of “150,000 missiles” hitting Israel if it attacks Iran.

    Israel must respond to those threats by letting Iran know that before it lets that happen, that Israel will react to protect its citizens by nuking those missiles into oblivion.

    Israel also needs to make it publicly known as well that it does not lack the will to use nukes if that is what it takes to stop Iran from getting the Islamic bomb. Indeed, it must show Iran that it will not back down or be intimidated.

  • 11bravo

    I think Isreal should get the coordinates of where the rocket was fired from and use about 10 artillery pieces in a 30-60 minute response. Make sure it is completely out-ofproportion!!
    That should do it!!

  • Ben

    I see Iranian actions are the result of mixture of retribution fright and contempt of western leaders tied by their democracies.

  • FriendofGaryCooper

    Where can one give more money to Israel, to put the Iron Dome defenses in place,
    in the Galilee?

    • ziontruth

      The whole philosophy behind the Iron Dome defenses is misplaced. Playing defense against guerrilla attacks is well known to be a losing proposition. Israel's only prospect of long-term peace lies in removing the sources of those attacks. Where the sources are in the Land of Israel, the entire enemy population must be expelled and the area repopulated by Jews. If the source of attack is outside, on the borders, for example in Lebanon, then an effective solution that minimizes Jewish Army losses would be the time-honored scorched earth policy.

      Of course, both solutions require the Jewish State to abandon international "law," which declares them illegal (thus giving the victory to the Islamic imperialists), and to replace it with the Jewish laws of warfare, in which they are perfectly legal. Israel will sooner or later need to resign from the United Nations. May it happen quickly.

  • Flowerknife_us

    Proxies are Fruit ripe on the vine. The support is distant and problamatic for one while potentially fracturing for the host of the other.