Hizbol­lah is qui­etly re-arm­ing

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - AN­SHEL PF­EF­FER

AN ex­plo­sion in Le­banon, 10km north of the Is­raeli bor­der, is fur­ther proof of Hizbol­lah’s ef­forts to rearm its forces, de­spite UN Res­o­lu­tion 1701 specif­i­cally for­bid­ding this.

A lo­cal Hizbol­lah leader, his son and three other civil­ians were killed in the ex­plo­sion in a vil­lage east of Tyre on Mon­day evening. Le­banese sources tried to claim that the ex­plo­sion occurred dur­ing an at­tempt to defuse an old Is­raeli bomb, but aerial re­con­nais­sance footage re­leased by the IDF shows Hizbol­lah re­mov­ing a mis­sile from the build­ing, prov­ing Is­raeli claims that the ex­plo­sion occurred in a se­cret Hizbol­lah weapons store.

UN Res­o­lu­tion 1701 man­dated that the Le­banese Army take re­spon­si­bil­ity for se­cu­rity in south Le­banon and that UNIFIL watch that Hizbol­lah does not re­build its mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­ity in the south.

Ac­cord­ing to a se­nior IDF of­fi­cer, “UNIFIL has im­proved its op­er­a­tions and is giv­ing Hizbol­lah a hard time but it still can’t con­duct searches in the 160 Shia vil­lages in the south where Hizbol­lah has a free rein.”

While most of Hizbol­lah’s mis­siles were wiped out dur­ing the Sec­ond Le­banon War, Syria and Iran have re­sup­plied it with tens of thou­sands of rock­ets. Is­rael be­lieves Iran is in­ter­ested in main­tain­ing Hizbol­lah’s abil­ity to launch mis­sile strikes on Is­rael in case Is­rael launches a mil­i­tary strike against Iran’s nu­clear in­stal­la­tions.

This is the sec­ond such ex­plo­sion in three months. To­gether with the cap­ture of a Ger­man ship this week, car­ry­ing weapons from Iran to Syria and Hizbol­lah, it is proof of an on­go­ing in­tel­li­gence and mil­i­tary bat­tle be­tween Is­rael and other west­ern coun­tries, and Iran and its al­lies Syria, Hizbol­lah and Ha­mas.

Both or­gan­i­sa­tions are sta­tion­ing mis­siles aimed at Is­raeli towns within built-up civil­ian ar­eas in prepa­ra­tion for a pos­si­ble at­tack on Is­rael at Iran’s or­ders.

Ac­cord­ing to a se­nior in­tel­li­gence source, Iran was an­gry that both Ha­mas and Hizbol­lah al­lowed them­selves to be drawn into fight­ing with Is­rael dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Cast Lead and the Sec­ond Le­banon War in a way which ex­posed their plans and gave Is­rael a pre­text to de­stroy their weapon caches.

Ira­nian of­fi­cers have since tight­ened their con­trol, es­pe­cially on Hizbol­lah, and it is ex­pected that any fu­ture at­tacks will only take place on their or­ders.

A Le­banese sol­dier se­cures the house in which a Hizbol­lah leader was killed, fol­low­ing an ex­plo­sion

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