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January 28, 2015

Lebanon, Syria: The Resistance Strikes Back

Around noon local time today Hizbullah attacked an Israeli military convoy in the occupied Sheeba farm area. Hizbullah released a statement claiming to have hit several Israeli vehicles with Kornet anti-tank missiles. The statement was labeled as "No. 1". Hizbullah obviously expects the situation to further escalate and to release further statements. It claims that the attack killed several Israeli soldiers. Israel's censors have so far not revealed the number of casualties on its side.

Last week Israel attacked a convoy in the Golan area in Syria killing Hizbullah fighters and Iranian Revolutionary Guard troops including high ranking officers. The UN declared that the attack was in breach of the 40 year old armistice between Syria and Israel. Before the attack the general situation in the Golan had calmed down. After the unprovoked attack Hizbullah and Iran threatened to respond. But Israel was not deterred.

Yesterday two un-aimed rockets were fired from the Syrian side of the Golan demarcation line, probably by Syrian Fee Army or Jabhat al-Nusra fighters which partially occupy the Syrian side and receive logistic and armed help from Israel. The rockets fell into open field and left no damage. The Israeli military responded with artillery fire on a Syrian army headquarter. Its twisted logic says that any attack on the Israeli side from Syria, even when done by Israel supported insurgents, is the responsibility of the Syrian army.

Tonight Israel again escalated the situation with an airforce attack on a Syrian army position in the Golan. Today's attack on the Israeli convoy is the (deserved) response for the various Israeli peace violations.

Israel responded to today's attack by firing some 30+ missiles and artillery rounds into Lebanon. One Spanish UN peacekeeper was killed when the well known UN position was hit by Israeli fire.

Hizbullah's intention is to re-introduce "rules of the game" and to deter any further Israeli attacks on Syria and Lebanon. It will take some serious damage and casualties on the Israeli side before Netayahoo, currently attempting to get reelected,  will accept such.

Posted by b on January 28, 2015 at 06:40 AM | Permalink

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MARJAYOUN, Lebanon: Hezbollah fighters attacked an Israeli military convoy in the occupied Shebaa Farms, in south Lebanon Wednesday, killing four soldiers in a clear response to a recent Israeli airstrike. "The ball now is in the Israeli court if the Israelis launch a wide scale response, Hezbollah will respond in kind," a senior political source told The Daily Star. "At this stage we cannot completely rule out this spiraling out of this incident into a full fledged war," he added. http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2015/Jan-28/285581-blasts-reported-along-the-israeli-lebanese-border-israeli-media.ashx

Posted by: harry law | Jan 28, 2015 6:52:35 AM | 1

What possible justification is there for airstrikes on Syrian army positions, other than to support Al Nusra? I utterly despise these people.

And the Israelis will relish the opportunity to escalate this as a means to further boost anti-Assad forces. Only a bloody nose and two black eyes might make Israel think twice, but at what cost to the resistance?

Posted by: Pat Bateman | Jan 28, 2015 6:58:38 AM | 2

Wow.
Hezbolah can sure hold their own, can't they?!
A very brave force.

Posted by: S | Jan 28, 2015 7:29:52 AM | 3

Bibi's been provoking Syria knowing very well the SAA's busy with all the takfiris rats so they can't realistically strike..

With Hezbollah, he's miscalculated big time and he''l pay heavily for it.. Hezbollah's not in the business of making empty threats...

The question now remains, is Israel prepared to escalate??? Bibi believes in his own BS...

Posted by: Zico | Jan 28, 2015 7:36:36 AM | 4

Israel Attacks Southern Lebanon After Hezbollah Targets Army Convoy


Updated at 2:19 pm (GMT+2): Israel hit Lebanon with a number of rockets after an anti-tank missile was fired at an Israel Occupation Forces (IOF) convoy near the Lebanon border on Wednesday.

"At 11:25 (0925 GMT) this morning, the Quneitra martyrs of the Islamic Resistance (Hezbollah) targeted an Israeli military convoy in the Shebaa Farms composed of several vehicles which was transporting several Zionist soldiers and officers," Hezbollah said in a statement broadcast on the group's Al-Manar television channel

Al-Manar said nine Israeli vehicles were targeted in the attack. Al-Mayadeen news channel's Director Ghassan Ben Jeddo, said at least 15 Israeli soldiers have been killed.

There were conflicting reports on whether an Israeli soldier was abducted during the attack. Al-Akhbar English could not independently confirm the information at this time.

The Shebaa Farms area is a mountainous, narrow sliver of land rich in water resources measuring 25 square kilometers (10 square miles). It has been occupied by Israel since the 1967 Middle East war.


Wouldn't it be sweet if Hezbollah could drive out the Israelis and take some Lebanese land back?

And then the Golan?

Posted by: jfl | Jan 28, 2015 7:39:59 AM | 5

Wouldn't it be sweet if Hezbollah could drive out the Israelis and take some Lebanese land back?

And then the Golan?

Sweet indeed!

Posted by: S | Jan 28, 2015 7:54:29 AM | 6

It seems Bibi is under a lot of pressure to respond harshly.. But trouble is he doesn't have the strong backing of the US in this.. After insulting Obama and other US officials, Israel finds itself in a sticky situation.. And we all know Israel will never initiate any war without the US's approval...

Rumors going round is that the IDF's lost a lot of casualties...

Posted by: Zico | Jan 28, 2015 8:47:30 AM | 7

There's a difference between the rockets fired into open fields and the ones' targeting Israeli soldiers; one is used as a pretext to further an agenda. The other is the response to that agenda.

Posted by: never mind | Jan 28, 2015 9:35:57 AM | 8

Thanks b for this story and title, it opens just fine.

Posted by: midan | Jan 28, 2015 9:38:22 AM | 9

Syrian Fee Army

A slip but true b

Posted by: jo6pac | Jan 28, 2015 9:52:28 AM | 10

@7 Bibi might have the backing. Congress is too wedded to an Israeli-adoration policy to not resupply. They applauded a genocide policy after all. The bigger problem for Israel is counters have been developed to their forces, and the U.S. is a tad engaged in areas with oil. Protecting shrines and tourists isn't high on the list.

Posted by: NotTimothyGeithner | Jan 28, 2015 10:02:39 AM | 11

Gosh let's hope so. Any dead Israeli is a good Israeli. The more the merrier.
They will come back like they always do, destroying Lebanese infrastructure and blaming Hezbollah for it. Somehow this explanation will be lost to the Lebanese civilians who are killed.
After they act as ISIS Air Force again...of course someone will deny this reality as well.

Posted by: farflungstar | Jan 28, 2015 10:10:29 AM | 12

The Zionist entity will learn anew, against Netayahoo's threats, that Hezbollah is not Hamas, and Lebanon is not Gaza. Long enough they have been bullying the neighborhood, striking Syria at whim, without any response. It is now time for reckoning. The Zionist entity efforts to appease Iran and Hezbollah after the Quneitra attack were a projection of their schizoid mindset, on one hand half-accepting the strike but stating it was not their intention to kill Iranian Brig. Gen. Allahdadi, Jihad Mughniyeh et al; on the other hand, posturing to the elections with typical macho-man muscle-flexing. In addition, they sent messages to the Axis of Resistance via Russia and others, asking for calm, looking to prevent an escalation with the inevitable retaliation, a very strange and rare response from a chronic bully. In fact, bouncer Lieberman was on a trip to Russia/China delivering that message, and the attack from Hezbollah caught him in Beijing, where he is foaming about a "disproportionate response," i.e., prepare for another massacre of Lebanese civilians. Looking to deescalate a conflict is not typical behavior for the Zionist entity, as it could create the perception of weakness. So, why were they trying to convey that attitude to Iran & Hezbollah? It could well be a deceptive move, showing weakness to invite the Axis of Resistance to attack, creating a pretext for an overwhelming response. It could be that given the low state of relations Obama-Netayahoo, the Zionist entity does not feel in their best footing to start another aggression, precisely when Obama is taking a diplomatic path with Iran and Syria. However, a conflict, any kind of conflict with the Axis of Resistance would be welcomed by the Zionist entity to derail Obama's talks with Iran and the rapprochement with Syria. Information on Hezbollah's attack is still sketchy, Haaretz reporting seven wounded, and al-Akhbar reporting only "casualties" via some Peter Lerner on Twitter.

http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/23434

No doubt this would be an interesting week across the Arc of Resistance, from the Levant to Eastern Europe.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Jan 28, 2015 10:12:43 AM | 13

Footage from the aftermath of the attack showing the twisted and burnt out remains of several military vehicles doesn't correlate with two fatalities.

Posted by: Pat Bateman | Jan 28, 2015 10:26:13 AM | 14

There were seventeen fatalities according to Ziad at SyrPer.

Posted by: SM | Jan 28, 2015 11:17:29 AM | 15

@Pat Bateman | 14

Footage from the aftermath of the attack showing the twisted and burnt out remains of several military vehicles doesn't correlate with two fatalities.

Exactly, judging from the pictures, I doubt anyone could have survived this, and wounded soldiers could have only been from the other vehicles IMO. If 4-6 soldiers per unit, 8-12 fatalities sounds about right.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B8b_37XCMAAoEek.jpg

Posted by: Harry | Jan 28, 2015 11:21:29 AM | 16

Isn't N-yahoo's goal exactly that - i.e., to provoke a wider war ... just in time for the election? What else does he have to run on?

Posted by: GoraDiva | Jan 28, 2015 11:33:51 AM | 17

Hezbollah needs to launch drones over their targets so those of us following along at home can rejoice at the shtetl state's destruction.

Posted by: ruralito | Jan 28, 2015 11:38:44 AM | 18

From RT:

http://rt.com/news/227007-israel-lebanon-missile-idf/

Posted by: ben | Jan 28, 2015 11:48:37 AM | 19

The hubris!!!

Israel now telling the UN it reserves the right to protect itself.. I guess this nonsense statement is only reserved for them.

While the commit murder, the cry victim... Gotta love this.

Posted by: Zico | Jan 28, 2015 11:49:14 AM | 20

There are going to be some Israeli mothers less-than-pleased that their precious boys were made into pink mist by Hizbollah missiles to help Bibi win an election. Hopefully that will make a difference.

I suspect that Israel, like its US sponsor, is mostly just a lot of talk and bluster, but without any stomach for a real fight. By rather sharp contrast, Hizbollah, from Nasrallah down to the young ones, does what it says and is willing to sacrifice. Resistance entails not simply the willingness to inflict suffering, but the willingness to endure suffering. The Irish knew that once, and the Shia know that now. The cult of suffering that is Shi'ite Islam is strange and foreboding to many of us in the "west." But that fact may simply be another indicator of our own decadence and, ultimately, weakness.

Posted by: Martin Finnucane | Jan 28, 2015 11:49:23 AM | 21

I am really wondering if Hezbollah launched the first strike in this situation OR.... did Israel

It has come out that Israel killed the Spanish UN peacekeeper.
Therefore the question has to be asked- did Israel strike the are where the UN peacekeeper was station to provoke a response from Hezbollah in Lebanon

Prior to the UN peacekeeper being killed Israel had stationed tanks and drones along the frontier

Given Israel's penchant for provocation that contention cannot be dismissed out of hand-

What is the timeline?

Posted by: Penny | Jan 28, 2015 11:51:53 AM | 22

@farflungstar@12

Any dead Israeli is a good Israeli. The more the merrier.

Sorry to disagree, can't put all Israelis in one bag. Even though most Israelis support the Zionist entity, there are plenty of them who have a conscience and oppose the apartheid regime. A recent example are the 43 reserve officers and soldiers from the secretive 8200 SIGINT (Signal Intelligence) unit, who were dumped by the Zionist army for signing a public letter in protest of Zionist policies in occupied Palestine. Like them, there are many, e.g. the "Breaking the Silence" soldiers, Gush Shalom, etc. The resistance of any Israeli to participate in the oppression of Palestinians is even more heroic as they become pariahs in a society that believes their right to oppress and kill others is their God-given right, and anyone who opposes their "chosen people" delusion is a self-hating Jew. Saying that "any dead Israeli is a good Israeli," sounds like paraphrasing Zionist hatemongers who say "aravi tov u aravi met," "A Good Arab is a Dead Arab.”

Have we met the enemy and the enemy is us? Think again.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Jan 28, 2015 11:52:08 AM | 23

"It will take some serious damage and casualties on the Israeli side before Netayahoo, currently attempting to get reelected, will accept such."

Yep. That's right. Fortunately, Bibi is as dumb as an ox and as thick as 2 planks (one suspects Iron Dome was named after the thing Bibi does his thinking with). Hezbollah would probably call it quits for now but Bibi will escalate and Hezbollah will resume its attacks on "Israel" all the way up to .... the elections.

Good 'thinking' Bibi.
You'll know how badly you've blundered when your constituents are ringing you, from their bunkers, to complain that Hezbollah is making them feel like Palestinians.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 28, 2015 11:52:16 AM | 24

"Hezbollah is not Hamas"

The reported 2014 Gaza war crimes were reported by zio press and slanted to reflect a military superiority that no longer exists. Hamas was dug in and killed many more IDF forces than reported in the fake news. Israel is surrounded by enemies and desires a move back to Europe via Ukraine. Unfortunately Russia is kicking NAZI ass. Now the criminals play the victim.

Israeli FM seeks good relations with Russia ...

http://shareverything.com/2015/01/28/israeli-fm-good-relations-with-russia-top-priority/

Recent Israeli (read Rothschild/Vatican/Brit Royals) on the short end of the stick.

AFRICAN UNION CHINA INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL

http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/African-Union-China-agree-big-infrastructure-deal-20150127

RUSSIA TURKEY ANNOUNCE GAS ROUTE HUB IN GREECE

http://www.thetoc.gr/eng/news/article/russia-turkey-announce-new-gas-route-with-hub-in-greece-borders

Posted by: Alberto | Jan 28, 2015 12:03:27 PM | 25

@farflungstar@12

Any dead Israeli is a good Israeli. The more the merrier.

Sorry to disagree, can't put all Israelis in one bag. Even though most Israelis support the Zionist entity, there are plenty of them who have a conscience and oppose the apartheid regime. A recent example are the 43 reserve officers and soldiers from the secretive 8200 SIGINT (Signal Intelligence) unit, who were dumped by the Zionist army for signing a public letter in protest of Zionist policies in occupied Palestine. Like them, there are many, e.g. the "Breaking the Silence" soldiers, Gush Shalom, etc. The resistance of any Israeli to participate in the oppression of Palestinians is even more heroic as they become pariahs in a society that believes their right to oppress and kill others is their God-given right, and anyone who opposes their "chosen people" delusion is a self-hating Jew. Saying that "any dead Israeli is a good Israeli," sounds like paraphrasing Zionist hatemongers who say "aravi tov u aravi met," "A Good Arab is a Dead Arab.”

Have we met the enemy and the enemy is us? Think again.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Jan 28, 2015 12:10:58 PM | 26

I suspect this is bibis response to two things. One is the "rehabilitation" of Assad, and second it is an attempt to gin up anti-Iran fervor in the U.S. thereby wrecking any rapprochement between the U.S. and Iran. Any time anyone speaks of peace or agreement we can count on israel to do everything it can to sabotage it. And Zico@7? I humbly disagree. Remember, israel is the tail that wags the American dog. They don't ask for or seek permission...they present their actions as a fait accompli. Washington D.C. is infiltrated by Zionists. I hope I'm wrong, but I see this as calculated on israels part to justify further intervention in Syria and God forbid, an invasion of Lebanon, justified of course...as "self defense". israel needs water and they covet the Litani river. I look for the typical over-reaction. I, as always, hope for the best, but expect the worst.

Posted by: Scott | Jan 28, 2015 12:18:21 PM | 27

I don't think US will buy their bullshit this time. Obummer is sick of satanyahoo and will probably refuse to back him up to show him who is the boss.

Posted by: Yobo | Jan 28, 2015 12:21:45 PM | 28

Zico @ 20 -- Ah, yes: Israel's government and the US use the same rationales for their aggressions against other nations.

Posted by: jawbone | Jan 28, 2015 12:24:29 PM | 29

It's quite odd that some people here seem to desire a widening conflict in southern Lebanon and actually think that Hezbollah could invade Israeli held territory. Lebanon is very fragile and any major disruption in the south could cause major disruption elsewhere. This could also open up the country to renewed attacks from the IS and al-Nusra if the Lebanese Army is drawn into a conflict with Israel.

The best that can be hoped for is that these small retaliations are limited and don't cause a major conflict.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Jan 28, 2015 12:25:15 PM | 30

- Re-introduce the "rules of the game" ? what's meant by that ?
- Was that Israeli convoy driving around near the border of Lebanon not meant as a provocation ? To lure Nasrallah into doing something that would justify more Israeli "military actions" ? I am not sure if this is the best way to go forward for Lebanon & Nasrallah.

Posted by: Willy2 | Jan 28, 2015 12:36:33 PM | 31

"The best that can be hoped for is that these small retaliations are limited and don't cause a major conflict."

depends on who's doing the hoping. Israel is an embarrassment. A bizarro shtetl whose inhabitants built their own wall. Off the map!

Posted by: ruralito | Jan 28, 2015 12:41:59 PM | 32

Willy2

So Lebanon/Hezbollah/Syria should sit and wait while Israel bomb them every now and then?

Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 28, 2015 12:43:39 PM | 33

Wayoutwest @ 29,

Sour grapes much???

Hezbollah handed the IDF's collective asses to them in 2006. Out of frustration, the IAF, as always, resorted to bombing civilian areas and them claiming they were Hezbollah positions - ditto Gaza. Most of the casualties on the Israeli side during that war were IDF soldiers. Whereas the IDF, like the cowards they are deliberately target civilian areas and give some flimsy excuse.

You pathetic attempt at always talking down Hezbollah and exaggerating the IDF and their nusra/takfiri forces in the region is not washing here.

The ball is now in Bibi's court, if he's got balls he should make the next move...

In case you didn't get the memo, the rules of the game's changed and days where the IDF could act with impunity is over. Think it's about time you get use to this reality.

Posted by: Zico | Jan 28, 2015 12:54:29 PM | 34

And the US public, at least that listening to NPR, is treated to an hourly news update which conflates the killed in recent military activity between Israel and Syria/Hezbollah, making it impossible for the casual listener to gain any understanding who did what when and to whom.

The wording was along the lines of "two IDF soldiers and a UN obersver (may have said Spanish soldier) were killed." Not any indication of who killed the UN observer.

Pretty typical of protective cover provided by NPR to the US government and its oh so close ally, Israel.

Posted by: jawbone | Jan 28, 2015 2:11:40 PM | 35

The U.S. and Israel have grown accustomed to killing anyone they want, even killing people "collaterally", with impunity. Well, welcome to punity... And god help us all...

Posted by: Charles Van Wey | Jan 28, 2015 2:13:28 PM | 36

I agree with Wayoutwest@29. Lebanon is very fragile and the LAST thing it needs is the devastation it will endure in yet another war. And I would humbly suggest anyone who thinks war is a good idea...please enlist somewhere and see what I have. No sane human being wants what war brings. It's been my experience that those that lust for it the most...have never seen it up close and personal. There are NO winners in wars. Only sorrow. Let us hope cooler heads prevail and this does NOT escalate into the abyss.

Posted by: Scott | Jan 28, 2015 2:34:10 PM | 37

Scott

That I agree with, but it could never be the fault of Lebanon if Israel attack the whole of Lebanon, like they use to in their wars and Lebanon/Hezbollah/Syria have the right to defend their soil which they did today, so its all legal.

Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 28, 2015 2:38:35 PM | 38

Hi Anon@37. It's not a matter of fault. I don't dispute israels bloodlust or Lebanons right to defend itself. Legal? We live in a world where legal is outlawed and illegal is the norm. All I meant to say is War is Hell beyond belief. And anyone who chooses that path should be damned to it for eternity. There are many agendas in play here...and as I said, I pray cooler heads prevail.

Posted by: Scott | Jan 28, 2015 2:57:48 PM | 39

Lone Wolf - those Israelis you speak of are few and far between. And judging from their gov't the peace-loving electorate is given a choice of Right, Further Right, and Far out Supremacist Right. You are correct - I should have said ALMOST any dead Israeli is a good Israeli - after all, they are trained to hate the Arabs from birth and are conscripted to kill them and treat them like animals, which they are clearly allowed to do. Who doesn't want to see the bully get a beating once in awhile? Just like the AmeriKans, these fucks can reap what they sow.

Put all the Israelis in one bag and tie the top of the bag tight and cut off their air. Let them fight with one another and see who can claw the others to death and make it out of the bag first. First one out wins the right to stay there and defend their precious desert warzone. The lucky losers get to leave and live someplace better.
Give them a dose of their own bitter medicine. Let them know their any good Arab is a dead Arab is equally applicable to them - let them pay for and suffer tenfold the hell they have brought to others for decades.

Posted by: farflungstar | Jan 28, 2015 3:42:52 PM | 40

Zico @ 33 Wow must be crying into his Matzoball soup right about now. Watch the coverage of just how much this is supposed to matter to Europeans and AmeriKans that some precious Israeli soldier / inbred dogsh!t got rightfully blasted. The old folks lap this up - how curiously tone deaf they are with Israeli massacres - their deaths don't get the same face time on prime-time and a helluva lot more get killed...but no one is supposed to care.

Can we just all agree that ISIS does have an Air Force? Fuck the KKK Israelis.

Posted by: farflungstar | Jan 28, 2015 3:49:32 PM | 41

One thing the Israeli government cannot lie about is the number of Israeli Jews who die in war. If they lost more than two soldiers then it would be known by the Jewish majority and we would hear about it. That is one lie that they cannot escape.

Posted by: ToivoS | Jan 28, 2015 5:12:55 PM | 42

Punity - a lovely word that. Let's hope it catches on. World will be a much better place then.

Posted by: bridger | Jan 28, 2015 5:51:01 PM | 43

@farflungstar@39

Lone Wolf - those Israelis you speak of are few and far between.

You are correct, no question about it. Not my intention to defend the Zionist entity from the judgment of history. Your paraphrasing of "Any dead Arab is a good Arab" in reverse called my attention, and decided to share my thoughts with you. The Zionist entity has no hope of redemption, since most Jews inside and outside the entity have no sense of wrongness. Their delusional sense of superiority from the rest of the human race has taken them to a path of no return, where their only drive is hate, and their only end is self-destruction.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Jan 28, 2015 9:10:31 PM | 44

Hizbullah released a statement claiming to have hit several Israeli vehicles with Kornet anti-tank missiles. The statement was labeled as "No. 1".

Is that too subtle for Bibi to get his head around? If so, how many "Israelis" will he toss under the bus of Blind Ambition this time?

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 28, 2015 9:33:04 PM | 45

Lone wolf@ 25: "can't put all Israelis in one bag."

True, how true. As it is with every nation on earth. Thanks for the reminder..

Posted by: ben | Jan 28, 2015 10:09:04 PM | 46

http://blogs.rediff.com/mkbhadrakumar/2015/01/28/irans-red-line-warning-to-israel-via-us/
~~~
It may seem at fist glance that Israel’s sense of timing in killing an IRGC general at this juncture when Obama is juggling with so many balls in the air and the Israeli lobby on the Hill is in full cry, has been perfect. Israel, after all, would know the stature and role of the IRGC in the Iranian power calculus and that it is raising a hornet’s nest in Tehran in terms of the alignments within Iran’s policymaking process. By provoking the IRGC at such a delicate juncture, Israel aimed at multiple objectives.

But then, historically, Tehran has outwitted the best-laid Israeli plots against Obama’s nuclear talks with Iran, and its calibrated reaction today shows that Israel may have bitten more than it can chew. Put differently, Israel may have scored a point in tactical terms by killing an IRGC general, but it may turn out to be a Pyrrhic victory in strategic terms if Iran’s long arm retaliates with the incremental consolidation of the so-called ‘Resistance’ in the Golan Heights right under the nose of the Israeli military or in the West Bank, as Iran is openly warning. (This was, after all, what Iran did in Lebanon over time.) As Iran would see it, the western opinion too has reached a point after the Paris attacks when Iran’s operations in Syria and Iraq against the extremist groups (not only the Islamic State) are in the interests of the West.

Posted by: okie farmer | Jan 28, 2015 10:09:31 PM | 47

@Wayoutwest@29

It's quite odd that some people here seem to desire a widening conflict in southern Lebanon and actually think that Hezbollah could invade Israeli held territory. Lebanon is very fragile and any major disruption in the south could cause major disruption elsewhere. This could also open up the country to renewed attacks from the IS and al-Nusra if the Lebanese Army is drawn into a conflict with Israel.

Brigadier-General Itai Brun, head of military intelligence research at the Zionist entity occupation army, recently stated Hezbollah troops will invade the entity's territories in any upcoming conflict between them. He went further and stated Hezbollah will defeat them through a war of attrition and heavy losses. It is not odd then, that some posters believe Hezbollah could invade Zionist entity territory in any new war. Lebanon has always been very fragile, and was always very exposed to the Zionist entity military designs until the appearance of Hezbollah. Remember Shabra and Shatila? Hezbollah was only emerging when that massacre happened, otherwise the results would have been very different altogether. Hezbollah is the backbone of Lebanon's defense and Shaykh Hassan Nasrallah a trusted military strategist and statesman in Lebanon and beyond by all parties, friends and enemies. He anticipated the AQ takfiris fighting in Syria would eventually invade Lebanon, and went out to meet them, altering the strategic balance in favor of Syria. After ISIS declared the "caliphate" in Syraq, critics of Hezbollah begin to see the light, and Lebanon's government and army saw the danger in full. Your fears of "renewed attacks" by ISIS/AN takfiris have already been calculated into the equation by Hezbollah. Long ago they realize the Zionist entity and the takfiris were one and the same, bastard children of the empire of chaos. Nasrallah had already said they could fight the Zionist entity and the takfiris, no problem. In the meantime, Hezbollah is graduating from a highly sophisticated guerrilla to a battle-hardened army, a necessary step in facing the Zionist entity.


@Scott@38

Legal? We live in a world where legal is outlawed and illegal is the norm.

Agreed, but for those concerned about legal issues, the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement condemning the Zionist army bombing of Lebanon, further stating that, "The operation has been launched from the occupied Lebanese Shebaa Farms and targeted an Israeli military convoy that was present on the Lebanese occupied soil," the ministry said, stressing that the attack did not violate the Blue Line that was demarcated by the U.N. following the 2006 war.

https://tinyurl.com/jvs76ut

So, Hezbollah took care of covering all angles of the attack, even the legality of it, preempting the usually vociferous critics in Lebanon, US/Eurostan/Saudi agents. Yes, war is hell and all that jazz, and any reasonable person would certainly hope the recent spat doesn't escalate further into a full blown war, but no one can accuse Nasrallah of being a warmonger, differently from the Zionist entity. Yesterday's strike against the Zionist entity was different from the operation that ignited the 2006 Summer War. That operation didn't have a context, it came out of nowhere, a lightning in a clear sky. Hezbollah's latest attack had already been announced, and as much as Netayahoo/Lieberman/Ya'alon/Livni bark at the moon, they were expecting it. Your prayers for "cooler heads" to prevail might have been answered, according to "The Times of Israel,"
...Reports late on Wednesday said that Hezbollah and Israel had agreed, via UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, to consider the latest violent flare-up over. After consulting his security chiefs, Netanyahu reportedly decided not to further escalate the situation, and it was assumed that Hezbollah would make a similar choice though the situation remained highly tense and unpredictable...

https://tinyurl.com/qjrmdpz

Let's hope for the best, and prepare for the worst.

PS: Hoping for the best, Spain just blamed Israel at the UNSC for the killing of a Spanish UNIFIL member. That's the first positive result on an international level of Hezbollah's operation. and it is telling of the Zionist entity downgraded stance on foreign affairs.

https://tinyurl.com/m5r2m35

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Jan 28, 2015 11:40:10 PM | 48

@Wayoutwest@29

It's quite odd that some people here seem to desire a widening conflict in southern Lebanon and actually think that Hezbollah could invade Israeli held territory. Lebanon is very fragile and any major disruption in the south could cause major disruption elsewhere. This could also open up the country to renewed attacks from the IS and al-Nusra if the Lebanese Army is drawn into a conflict with Israel.

Brigadier-General Itai Brun, head of military intelligence research at the Zionist entity occupation army, recently stated Hezbollah troops will invade the entity's territories in any upcoming conflict between them. He went further and stated Hezbollah will defeat them through a war of attrition and heavy losses. It is not odd then, that some posters believe Hezbollah could invade Zionist entity territory in any new war. Lebanon has always been very fragile, and was always very exposed to the Zionist entity military designs until the appearance of Hezbollah. Remember Shabra and Shatila? Hezbollah was only emerging when that massacre happened, otherwise the results would have been very different altogether. Hezbollah is the backbone of Lebanon's defense and Shaykh Hassan Nasrallah a trusted military strategist and statesman in Lebanon and beyond by all parties, friends and enemies. He anticipated the AQ takfiris fighting in Syria would eventually invade Lebanon, and went out to meet them, altering the strategic balance in favor of Syria. After ISIS declared the "caliphate" in Syraq, critics of Hezbollah begin to see the light, and Lebanon's government and army saw the danger in full. Your fears of "renewed attacks" by ISIS/AN takfiris have already been calculated into the equation by Hezbollah. Long ago they realize the Zionist entity and the takfiris were one and the same, bastard children of the empire of chaos. Nasrallah had already said they could fight the Zionist entity and the takfiris, no problem. In the meantime, Hezbollah is graduating from a highly sophisticated guerrilla to a battle-hardened army, a necessary step in facing the Zionist entity.


@Scott@38

Legal? We live in a world where legal is outlawed and illegal is the norm.

Agreed, but for those concerned about legal issues, the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement condemning the Zionist army bombing of Lebanon, further stating that, "The operation has been launched from the occupied Lebanese Shebaa Farms and targeted an Israeli military convoy that was present on the Lebanese occupied soil," the ministry said, stressing that the attack did not violate the Blue Line that was demarcated by the U.N. following the 2006 war.

https://tinyurl.com/jvs76ut

So, Hezbollah took care of covering all angles of the attack, even the legality of it, preempting the usually vociferous critics in Lebanon, US/Eurostan/Saudi agents. Yes, war is hell and all that jazz, and any reasonable person would certainly hope the recent spat doesn't escalate further into a full blown war, but no one can accuse Nasrallah of being a warmonger, differently from the Zionist entity. Yesterday's strike against the Zionist entity was different from the operation that ignited the 2006 Summer War. That operation didn't have a context, it came out of nowhere, a lightning in a clear sky. Hezbollah's latest attack had already been announced, and as much as Netayahoo/Lieberman/Ya'alon/Livni bark at the moon, they were expecting it. Your prayers for "cooler heads" to prevail might have been answered, according to "The Times of Israel,"
...Reports late on Wednesday said that Hezbollah and Israel had agreed, via UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, to consider the latest violent flare-up over. After consulting his security chiefs, Netanyahu reportedly decided not to further escalate the situation, and it was assumed that Hezbollah would make a similar choice though the situation remained highly tense and unpredictable...

https://tinyurl.com/qjrmdpz

Let's hope for the best, and prepare for the worst.

PS: Hoping for the best, Spain just blamed Israel at the UNSC for the killing of a Spanish UNIFIL member. That's the first positive result on an international level of Hezbollah's operation. and it is telling of the Zionist entity downgraded stance on foreign affairs.

https://tinyurl.com/m5r2m35

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Jan 28, 2015 11:40:10 PM | 49

Sorry about the double post, I only posted once. Could you please correct it from your end, b? Thanks.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Jan 28, 2015 11:56:40 PM | 50

#48 lone wolf. Israel does not hit UN facilities by mistake. They do this deliberately. The two attacks on Qana were designed to send a message to not just the Lebanese but also to the UN. Israel gets away with these attacks because the US always supports them during UN deliberations. If the US was powerless to protest the obvious attack against the USS Liberty in 1967 it is unlikely we would care too much about a killed Spaniard.

Why do they do this? I guess they are sending messages to the rest of the world that they cannot be stopped? Especially, with the backing of the world's last superpower whose foreign policy is controlled by the Israeli lobby. One day the American people will wake up and realize they are being led by this tiny terrorist nation, the Zionist entity in Palestine, and put a stop to it. Not today however.

Posted by: ToivoS | Jan 29, 2015 12:27:16 AM | 51

@bridger

It's not in the dictionary, but we know what it means!

Posted by: Charles Van Wey | Jan 29, 2015 12:56:15 AM | 52

LW@48

Israel continually makes statements about the threat from Hezbollah for local political consumption. If Hezbollah is so powerful why in almost 10 years have they not driven the IDF from Shebaa Farms?

The most recent poll I have seen shows over 60% of Lebanese oppose Hezbollah which is a total reversal of the support they enjoyed immediately after the July War. Could it be because of the fact that Hezbollah has tried at least once to overthrow the government and establish an Islamic Republic modeled on Iran?

The Islamic State and al Qaeda are mortal enemies of Israel so this nonsense about their cooperation is just more pitiful Iranian propaganda.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Jan 29, 2015 1:18:39 AM | 53

@Lone Wolf #47:

Thanks for that very informative comment.

@Lone Wolf, ToivoS:

The term "Zionist entity" is vague. It could also refer to the Anglosphere plus Europe west of Russia.

Posted by: Demian | Jan 29, 2015 1:22:50 AM | 54

The most recent poll I have seen shows over 60% of Lebanese oppose Hezbollah which is a total reversal of the support they enjoyed immediately after the July War. Could it be because of the fact that Hezbollah has tried at least once to overthrow the government and establish an Islamic Republic modeled on Iran?
The Islamic State and al Qaeda are mortal enemies of Israel so this nonsense about their cooperation is just more pitiful Iranian propaganda.
Posted by: Wayoutwest | Jan 29, 2015 1:18:39 AM | 52

I Love the logic.

The latest polls I've seen put
- Vlad's popularity among Russian voters at 84%,
- Francois Hollande's popularity among French voters at 14%,
- Tony Abbott's popularity among Oz voters at 28%.

Like Hezbollah, each is still incumbent (Iranian propaganda notwithstanding).

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 29, 2015 1:58:35 AM | 55

thanks b. some ought to read the previous thread you made on this topic for insight into how some posters viewed the event that precipitated this. i notice cold has yet to comment here, and i stress 'yet'..

@21 Martin Finnucane.. thanks for your insight into this.

@25 lone wolf. thanks for pointing all that out here.

@36 scott.. i agree strongly with you, excluding the first 3 sentences.

@38 scott.. i agree here too and with lone wolfs additional caveat to you @47.

@50 toivos. thanks. good question. most likely a plurality of reasons for the initial nutjob attack that b addressed in a previous thread..

Posted by: james | Jan 29, 2015 2:11:16 AM | 56

H@54

You seem to be under the impression that Hezbollah is the government of Lebanon, their political wing does hold 12 seats out of 126 in the parliament but that is hardly "incumbent", they don't even represent all the Shia population.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Jan 29, 2015 2:31:26 AM | 57

WoW @ 56.

12 seats in a 126 seat parliament = 9.5% of the votes, 40% of the popularity.
Hezbollah must be doing something right...

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 29, 2015 2:53:35 AM | 58

Wayoutwest

"The Islamic State and al Qaeda are mortal enemies of Israel so this nonsense about their cooperation is just more pitiful Iranian propaganda."

That you love for Israel is beyond clear. People have already told you earlier about the facts, are you slow or something?

UN report cites contacts between Israel, Nusra Front in Golan Heights
http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/12/10/un-report-cites-contacts-israel-nusra-front-golan-heights/

Interesting that you support the occupier, aggressor against the resistance fighters. Says alot about yourself.

Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 29, 2015 3:19:41 AM | 59

Demian #53. Yes Zionist entity is vague that is why I prefer the "Zionist experiment in Palestine" but that has never caught on.

Posted by: ToivoS | Jan 29, 2015 4:49:41 AM | 60

the winner is the Iranian arms industry. Cheap, versatile, accurate. It looks like the convoy was attacked by Iranian reverse engineered fourth generation Kornet's. Iranian arms have proved very successful in Syria, Iraq, their drones are being battle tested, their short range missiles tested daily in Syria, some of their "secret" weapons are being used. A $10M vehicle knocked out with a $7000 kornet, now that is what i called economic sense.

Posted by: papa | Jan 29, 2015 5:57:26 AM | 61

A $10M vehicle knocked out with a $7000 kornet, now that is what i called economic sense.

That's the thinking of the shareholders of Western defense contractors. They are thankful to Iran and Syria for playing The Game and helping to improve the replacement rate on all this high-priced weaponry thus improving the profit realization rate. That $10 million isn't a cost, it's profit. It's only a cost if you're a naive plebe or a propagandist spreading disinformation.

Posted by: Cold N. Holefield | Jan 29, 2015 6:50:44 AM | 62

@54: "- Tony Abbott's popularity among Oz voters at 28%."

Putin survives another G20 poodle...

Tony "shirtfront" Abbott is now on the nose big time after recently offending almost everyone (except perhaps John Winston "I'm Ya Man GWB!" Howard) with offering an olde Knighthood to a UK 'foreigner'(like one of the former PMs, Julie Gillard, his actual birthplace).

Tony has totally misread the electorate who largely support 'growing up' and establishing a Republic and removing the British Union Jack from the corner of the Ozzie flag.

Those rusted on conservatives that rejected the last manipulated referendum on this issue really only want to hang on until current monarch, Betty Windsor (aka Betty "Saxe-Coburg-Gotha") moves on to try and crawl through the eye-of-the-needle in the next world.

Here is an arch conservative's opinion.

Posted by: x | Jan 29, 2015 6:57:43 AM | 63

James @ # 55 Re Cold . . . Awaiting instructions perhaps ???

Posted by: Kiwicris | Jan 29, 2015 7:32:42 AM | 64

Posted by: x | Jan 29, 2015 6:57:43 AM | 62

The SMH piece captures most of the idiocy beautifully.
It seems the only person King of Oz Tony consulted was Armed Forces Supremo, Angus Houston i.e. NO-ONE in the party of which he is Absolute Monarch.
Good Friend, Rupert Murdoch couldn't help himself from 'helping' either. Rupert, being a dedicated Right-wing Crank, offered a Right-wing Crank solution...
"Sack that effing, uppity bitch, Chief of Staff, Peta Credlin!"

What makes Rupert's suggestion so delicious is that the first thing Right-wing Cranks ALWAYS do, whenever they get themselves into a (seemed like a good idea at the time) jam is Find Someone To Blame - exactly the way Rupert Himself did when he blamed and sacked EVERYONE at News of The World over (NewsCorp's) Phone Hacking crimes.

Accountability is not the strong suit of Right-wing Cranks (bless their Black Little Hearts).

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 29, 2015 8:01:30 AM | 65

H@57

The fact that 30 some percent support Hezbollah or viewed them as useful does not translate into more than about 25% of that number wanting them in government says even more about how their intentions are viewed by the people in Lebanon, not very well.

OT, an interesting development in Iraq, the Yazidis that provided the rationale for the US air war are seeking an alliance with Israel, they claim they share the same fate as Israel, admire and love the Israelis and seek aid and opportunities to immigrate to Israel.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Jan 29, 2015 10:51:51 AM | 66

WoW @ 65.

Now you're just trying to confuse me. And it's working.
Where did 25% of "30 some percent" come from?

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 29, 2015 11:50:34 AM | 67

Hezbollah's coalition won 55% of the vote in the last parliamentary election. If it wasn't for the Lebanese confessional system, they would be in charge of the government.

Posted by: Ussama | Jan 29, 2015 12:06:44 PM | 68

U@68
I might believe that Hezbollah won 55% of the Shia vote in this election but otherwise would require more data. The March 8 Alliance, which Hezbollah is a part of, took 57 seats while the March 14 Alliance took 71.

Lebanon certainly has a fractured and confusing system, thank the French, with many competing and allied factions.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Jan 29, 2015 3:31:58 PM | 69

Lebanon certainly has a fractured and confusing system, thank the French, with many competing and allied factions.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Jan 29, 2015 3:31:58 PM | 69

the american/british systems R simple...get to choose between two basically identical pro-war pro-israel parties

Posted by: brian | Jan 29, 2015 3:37:58 PM | 70

The evidence:
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-people-of-lebanon/

Posted by: Ussama | Jan 29, 2015 3:52:43 PM | 71

@62 "It's only a cost if you're a naive plebe or a propagandist spreading disinformation."

Or an army, which is now down two vehicles, or the government which now has to purchase two new vehicles for that army.

It's a cost to both of those, just as firing those missiles puts a cost on the other side i.e. they are now down several missiles, and have to purchase replacements.

Only..... the former has to spend $10,000,000 while the latter has to spend $7,000.

Now, that's real enough, and no denying it. So why do you deny it?

Posted by: Johnboy | Jan 29, 2015 4:56:06 PM | 72

Kiwicris @64.. well he did show up with his corporate warmongering wisdom @62 after all!

Posted by: james | Jan 29, 2015 4:59:02 PM | 73

U@71

Because this was a parliamentary election which can be compared to congressional elections in the US in some ways the 55% number is misleading. Also Hezbollah cannot claim all of that 55% vote because they are only one of eight factions in the March 8 Alliance. In fact the Free Patriotic Movement took the most seats 19 in that alliance and Amal took the same number as Hezbollah.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Jan 29, 2015 5:39:20 PM | 74

Hezbollah traditionally gives most of its share in parliament, in the cabinet, and in local elections to its allies. It is by far the most important part of the March 8 alliance. Then comes the Free Patriotic Movement.

Posted by: Ussama | Jan 30, 2015 3:43:04 AM | 75

wayoutwest

Here we see your corrupt "manichean" views again, Hezbollah doesnt have 100% of the votes therefore you wont support their resistance against occupation.

Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 30, 2015 4:11:53 AM | 76

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