Hezbollah Now 20 Times Stronger than It Used to Be on Eve of 2006 War: Israeli Analyst

 November 15, 2021

Military correspondent of Israel’s Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Yaakov Lappin, indicated that Hezbollah is now twenty times stronger than it used to be on the eve of 2006 war.

It is important to recall that the Zionist army has intensified the military drills held in simulation of a war against Hezbollah.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Air Force Commander, Amikam Nurkin, ended his first visit to the United Arab Emirates, where he was a guest at the Air Force Commanders Conference, and also visited the Dubai Airshow.

The Zionist media said the visit to the UAE was part of the deepening of the connection and cooperation between ‘Israel’ and the United Arab Emirates – as part of the normalization deal signed about a year ago.

The visit is a continuation of the visit of the UAE Commander of the United Arab Emirates, General Ibrahim Nasser Muhammad al-Alwi, in a “Blue Flag” exercise held about two weeks ago, the Israeli media added.

It is worth noting that the Zionist media indicated that ‘Israel’ is exploiting such visits to the Gulf states to send warning messages to Iran.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

Sayyed Nasrallah: ‘Israel’ Holding More Military Drills for Fear of Hezbollah Invasion, Saudi Pressure on Lebanon Targets Resistance

November 11, 2021

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed on Thursday that the Resistance martyrs are an immense moral, spiritual, and emotional fortune in our cities, villages, families and tribes.

Addressing Hezbollah ceremony on Martyr Day held separately in Beirut’s Dahiyeh, Southern Lebanon, Mount Lebanon and Bekaa, Sayyed Nasrallah called for reviewing the wills of the martyrs loaded with religious and moral lessons.

Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted the noble stance of the martyrs’ families who repeatedly affirm their readiness to make more sacrifices, hailing their steadfastness in this regard.

Hezbollah leader indicated that the martyrs’ blood has led to several important achievements, including the liberation of the prisoners and the occupied territories, ongoing deterrence of the Israeli aggression, prevention of the civil war in Lebanon, frustration of US schemes to control Lebanon completely, and preservation of the nation’s freedom and independence.

Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted also how the Resistance managed to defeat the takfiri war on Syria, adding that the visit of the UAE foreign minister to Damascus represents an Arab acknowledgement of defeat in the terrorist campaign which some Arab regimes paid billions of dollars to fund it.

‘Israel’ afraid of Hezbollah Infantry

His eminence maintained that, for the first time since 70 years, ‘Israel’ shows fear on Lebanon’s border, adding that the Zionist army is drilling periodically because it is concerned about Hezbollah military capabilities.

The Zionists have added the term ‘Galilee’ to the confrontation formula, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who added that the Zionists are afraid of Hezbollah invasion of Galilee settlements.

“Regardless of the liberated region’s area, the consequences of Hezbollah invasion will be strategic, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who added that the Israelis take the military preparations of the Islamic Resistance very seriously.

Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that the Israelis are afraid of Hezbollah infantry and its ability to conquer Galilee and the entire northern area in occupied Palestine, adding that the Zionist enemy is also concerned about the Resistance precision-guided missiles.

Neither the normalization deals, nor occupation sites, nor fences, nor fortresses would be able to protect ‘Israel’ from the Resistance fighters in Lebanon, Palestine and the entire region, Sayyed Nasrallah said.

Sayyed Nasrallah cited a partial US influence in Lebanon, adding that the statesmen often obey the US orders.

Regarding the demarcation of the marine borders with the Israeli occupation entity, Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that the Lebanese state must take a sovereign decision to confront the US pressures and insist on all the national rights, regardless of all the wicked US offers (Hof Line).

Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized that Hezbollah is ready to defend every grain of sand and drop of water in order to protect the national sovereignty.

Sayyed Nasrallah maintained that there are several instances of the US domination over Lebanon in several domains, adding, however, Hezbollah looks for a sovereign state that maintains equality among its citizens.

One of the simplest forms of preserving the national sovereignty is the rejection of the foreign dictates and pressures, Sayyed Nasrallah said.

Fabricated Diplomatic Crisis with Saudi

Hezbollah stressed that the Saudi reaction to the remarks made by the information minister, George Kordahi, is extremely exaggerated, adding that the Saudis did not react at all to similar remarks made by US and UN officials.

Sayyed Nasrallah asked, “Why has not Saudi Arabia that claims to be following the Islamic ruling system and its king alleges to be the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, react to figures, communities and governments which abused and insulted the Prophet?

“Were Kordahi’s remarks more abusive than the insults against Prophet Muhammad?”

Minister Koradahi did not use offensive terms while criticizing Saudi Arabia who stirred up the trouble in order to confront Hezbollah, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who recalled the Saudi role in inciting the Israelis against Lebanon during 2006 War.

Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that Saudi does not deal with Lebanon as a friend, citing the two instances of Iran and Syria which take positive attitudes toward Lebanon despite the involvement of some Lebanese parties in insulting them and conspiring against them.

Sayyed Nasralah stressed that Hezbollah rejects the resignation of the information minister, adding that the Saudis will pressure the Lebanese authorities to make more concessions.

Sayyed Nasrallah explained that when the former foreign minister, Charbel Wehbe, resigned under the Saudi pressures, the KSA authorities did not show any positive reaction.

The ongoing Saudi pressure on Lebanon is part of the ongoing battle with the Resistance, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who noted that Riyadh wants its allies in Lebanon to engage in a fight against Hezbollah and ignite a civil war.

Saudi War on Yemen

Hezbollah Secretary General stressed that the Iranians did not ask the Saudis during their recent negotiations to contact Hezbollah in order to end the crisis in Yemen, adding that Riyadh was advised to hold negotiations with Ansarullah Movement.

Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated that the end of the Yemeni crisis requires that Saudi halts the aggression and lift the blockade on Yemen, adding that the victories in Yemen were created by Yemeni leaders, brains, miracles and divine aids.

Sayyed Nasrallah also underscored that the Yemeni army and popular committees victory in Marib will be resounding, adding that the Saudi aggression will have completely failed after a 7-year costly war.

Hezbollah Reality in Lebanon

Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that Hezbollah is the largest political party in Lebanon, but that its influence in the Lebanese institutions is smaller than that of the other parties.

Sayyed Nasrallah refuted the claims about Hezbollah control of the Lebanese institutions by showing instances of the Party’s inability to change the official decision of the government, including the restoration of ties with Syria in order to sustain the economic cooperation in this regard, the approval of the Chinese, Russian and Iranian investments, and the recuse of the judicial investigator into Beirut Port blast as the Party sees he is politicizing the probe.

Sayyed Nasrallah also wondered how Iran, accused of occupying Lebanon, could not dock a diesel ship at a Lebanese port.

Tayouneh and Khaldeh Massacres

Regarding Tayouneh massacre, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that its file is completely separated from that of the Beirut Port blast, denying any trade off in this context.

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that what is required is the disclosure of truth and restoration of justice in both files, adding that Hezbollah wikll continue following up the investigations into the massacre committed deliberately by the “Lebanese Forces” till the criminal get punished.

Moreover, Sayyyed Nasrallah reaffirmed that criminals involved in Khaldeh massacre will be also punished, adding that Hezbollah will be then ready to hold any reconciliation in the town.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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As Hezbollah’s Military Might Grows, So Does ‘Israeli’ Fear

Nov 1, 2021

As Hezbollah’s Military Might Grows, So Does ‘Israeli’ Fear

By Staff

‘Israel’ Hayom published an analysis piece by Lilach Shoval, in which she considered that ‘Israel’s’ most severe security threat in 2021 and perhaps over the next several years is Lebanon.

While the ‘Israeli’ military and Hezbollah have established mutual deterrence, officials in Tel Aviv estimate that the risk of an escalation is on the rise because tactical events could change the dynamics.

Hezbollah has its own fighters and weapons and continues to strengthen its military capabilities, Shoval wrote.

Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has in recent years created a kind of blood-for-blood discourse, threatening to retaliate against every ‘Israeli’ attack in Lebanon. He has also vowed to retaliate if an attack attributed to the Zionist entity on Syrian soil inflicts harm to Hezbollah members in the country.

Over the past 12 months, the Zionist military has grown increasingly concerned over a possible escalation because of repeated rocket launches from Lebanon, most recently during the 11-day ‘Israeli’ war on Gaza.

The author went on to say that “Hezbollah has more than 70,000 rockets that have a variety of ranges. It also has tens of thousands of mortar shells. Some of the rockets can strike a target at an accuracy of several meters. All this is a source of great concern for the ‘Israeli’ military.”

Additionally, the ‘Israeli’ military estimates that Hezbollah has about a hundred precision-guided munitions as well as the capability to produce more on an industrial scale. Zionist officials are worried that if Hezbollah’s efforts on this front are successful, the balance of power with the ‘Israeli’ would change dramatically.

Another threat posed to the ‘Israeli’ occupation regime is Hezbollah’s drones, antitank missiles, cruise missiles, and of course, its elite Radwan Unit, which includes several thousand fighters who cut their teeth in the Syrian war, Shoval added.

This accumulated experience has led to a perpetual change within the resistance group.

In this context, the author claimed that Hezbollah is preparing for a surprise operation against the ‘Israeli’ regime, during which if a war were to break out, it would deploy its forces to infiltrate the occupied territory and take over outposts or towns close to the border, thereby disrupting the ‘Israeli’ military’s ground maneuver capabilities.

Additionally, Hezbollah’s rockets pose a major challenge to the Iron Dome.

Meanwhile, the author concluded that the Zionist military has to bolster the combat worthiness of its ground forces, which are currently, not in their best shape.

Anxious “Israel” Expects 2k Rockets A Day in Any War with Hezbollah

Oct 18, 2021

Anxious “Israel” Expects 2k Rockets A Day in Any War with Hezbollah

By Staff, Agencies

The “Israeli” entity does not want war with Lebanon’s Hezbollah, however, in order to avoid going through the 2006 war events again, it said it is prepared to face about 2,000 rockets a day from the resistance group if conflict breaks out, a senior “Israeli” military official told AFP.

In May this year, the “Israeli” Occupation Forces [IOF] waged an 11-day war against Palestinian resistance movements in the besieged Gaza Strip, who fired around 4,400 projectiles towards the apartheid entity.

The entity said its Iron Dome system intercepted around 90 percent of the rockets.

The rate of fire surpassed that seen in the entity’s 2006 war against Hezbollah, when a similar number of rockets were launched from Lebanon – but over the course of around a month – the IOF said.

In May, cities like Tel Aviv and Ashdod experienced the “highest number of fire towards them in the history of ‘Israel’”, said Uri Gordin, chief of the IOF’s “Home Front” Command.

“We saw a pace of more than 400 rockets fired towards ‘Israel’ on a daily basis.”

He said that in the case of “conflict or a war with Hezbollah, we expect more than five times the number of rockets fired every day from Lebanon to ‘Israel’”.

“Basically we are looking between 1,500 and 2,500 rockets fired daily towards ‘Israel’,” he told AFP.

Set up in 1992 after the first Gulf War, Gordin’s Home Front Command is responsible for readying the entity in case of threat, conflict or disaster. The unit was criticized for its response to the 2006 war with Hezbollah.

That war was a “wake-up call” for the “Home Front” Command, Gordin said, adding that it had since beefed up its liaison units, which are now active across 250 “Israeli” municipalities to provide assistance in case of any attack.

The “Home Front” Command uses computer projections to predict a rocket’s trajectory after it has been launched, and advises “Israelis”, within a specific range, to head to bomb shelters.

During the Gaza conflict in May, this allowed emergency services to “go to every incident within less than five minutes”, Gordin said from the control room of the unit’s headquarters in Ramla, near Tel Aviv.

He said preparations had been made for any incidents on the border with Lebanon.

Haaretz: In Countering Hezbollah, “Israel” Has a Long-term Problem!

September 18, 2021

 Haaretz: In Countering Hezbollah, “Israel” Has a Long-term Problem!

By Staff, Haaretz

The “Israeli” entity excludes the option of a future war with the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah anytime soon. However, the “Israeli” daily Haaretz sees that in the longer term, the entity has a problem.

Haaretz military analyst Amos Harel says the “Israelis” are well aware that Hezbollah has gained strength and experience. The group is said to have more than 70,000 rockets, and if mortar bombs are included, the number is almost double. The rockets cover every spot in the “Israeli”-occupied Palestinian territories – and more importantly, dozens are equipped with systems allowing for precision strikes within meters of the target.

Harel further sheds light on Hezbollah’s upgrading of the Radwan commando force, an elite unit of several thousand fighters with years-long combat experience in the Syrian war. This experience has led to a change in concept. He says that Hezbollah is preparing for an operation in which, if a war breaks out, its fighters will try to seize an “Israeli” village or town near the border, or a series of outposts and key strongholds, delaying the “Israeli” Occupation Forces [IOF]’s entry into southern Lebanon.

The “Israeli” entity recognized this changing approach around 2015, the military analyst explained. The IOF has taken gradual steps to improve its military capabilities and increase surveillance of Hezbollah. Among its steps, the entity is renovating segments of the border fence [a large budget for this was recently approved] and has opened a new training ground near the border to allow the fielding of another unit on constant alert.

The Haaretz analyst believes that during the periodic exchanges of blows, the sides haven’t gone too far. Each time – in January 2015, August 2019 and last month – both sides apparently preferred to stop before igniting a clash with ground forces.

As part of the response to a possible incursion by Hezbollah, a new reserve unit is being formed in the Northern Command, Harel said. He also clarified that the unit will be under the 91st Division, which is deployed on the Lebanese border. The new unit will operate as a swift intervention force if Hezbollah attacks. On board will be several hundred combat soldiers, mostly from special units and infantry brigades, all al-Galil [Galilee] residents.

The soldiers will be deployed as reinforcements to the non-reserve force in the area, even before the IOF can mobilize additional forces, the analyst supposed. This model is based in part on the Lotar unit stationed in Eilat, which also relies on reservist fighters. This is needed because of the distance between Eilat in the far south and the center of the “Israeli” entity, Harel explained.

According to Col. Benny Meir, the special ops and regional military officer at the 91st Division, the unit, which will become operational by the end of the year, is intended “to help the army in the battle for time”, as reported by Haaretz.

 “If Hezbollah manages to introduce forces into our territory by surprise, the quick counter-organization will be crucial,” Meir says. “Such a force should be high-quality, well-trained, and above all, available. The reservists are highly responsive because people here understand the need. We also see importance in them literally defending their homes.”

Most of the personnel will be 30 to 40 years old, people who have made al-Galil [Galilee] the center of their lives, and they will include a relatively high number of officers. “Age has its advantages too,” Meir says. “You’re looking for people with patience, experience, gravitas – and a sense of perspective.”

Hezbollah Fighters Send Letter to Sayyed Nasrallah: You, Our Master, Are Our Nation, Home, Glory, Dignity, and Pride (Video)

Mohammad Salami

The Islamic Resistance mujahidin (fighters) sent a letter to Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah to thank his eminence over his latest address while commenting on Shwayya incident.

After carrying out the rocketry response to the Israeli aerial aggression on Lebanon on Friday, a group of resistance fighters were intercepted by a number of treacherous people in Shwayya village in Hasbaya district.

Sayyed Nasrallah said during his Saturday speech, ““When I saw the footage of the incident I was affected. I wished that I could reach those fighters and kiss their hands and their foreheads.”

The Islamic Resistance fighters responded to Sayyed Nasrallah:

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Source: Al-Manar English Website

The Yas’ur Hunter: The Next War Will Be Fatal

August 13 2021

By Staff

On the anniversary of the downing of the Yas’ur helicopter on August 11, 2006, al-Ahed news unveils a never-before-seen interview with the Yas’ur Hunter, during which he details the operation and reveals the weapon used to shoot down the aircraft.

Below is an excerpt of the interview. The Islamic Resistance fighter who shot down the “Israeli” helicopter says the entity will be “dealt a hard blow in the next war will”. 

  • Place: South Lebanon – Yatar / Maryamin
  • Date: August 11, 2006
  • Objective: Shoot down a Yas’ur helicopter taking part in a hostile landing operation in Wadi Maryamin
  • The most important objectives of the “Israeli” Air Force during the July 2006 war:
  1. Hit the bank of targets
  2. Destruction of the resistance’s capabilities
  3. Dismemberment
  4. Committing the largest number of massacres against civilians
  • What are the features of the Yas’ur?
  1. A US-made transport helicopter
  2. Code is CH-53 Sikorsky
  3. The “Israeli” army named it Yas’ur. It also calls it the “divine machine” that is “untouchable”.
  4. 27 meters long and 9 meters wide (there is another type with a width of 7 meters)
  5. It can carry up to 35 soldiers with all their equipment and 35 soldiers with machinery
  6. Its propeller is 16 meters wide
  7. It is a heavy-lift transport and strategic aircraft used by the “Israeli” army, along with the Black Hawk aircraft, which can carry only 13 soldiers.
  8. Prior to its downing, the Yas’ur’s task was to transfer the leadership team that would manage the axis of hostile progress.
  9. During its downing, it was carrying five “Israelis”: the pilot, co-pilot, a technical officer [who worked in electronic warfare], and two other officers. All on board were killed.

Haunted by Nightmares: Hezbollah Caught “Israel” Off-Guard

August 9, 2021 

Haunted by Nightmares: Hezbollah Caught “Israel” Off-Guard

By Staff

Tal Lev Ram, Maariv newspaper’s military affairs commentator, said that officials in the “Israeli” security establishment erred in believing that Hezbollah will not respond to the raids in Lebanon.

According to Ram, “Israel” already acted as Hezbollah expected. Following consultations with military officials, “Israeli” politicians decided to end the latest round and not cause an additional escalation.

“The main problem, also in the recent incident, is that, contrary to the assessment of the ‘Israeli’ army, Hezbollah hastened to draw an equation in front of Tel Aviv,” the analyst added. “From an intelligence point of view, the ‘Israeli’ army also has to examine where it did not diagnose Hezbollah’s intention to retaliate and strike.”

In the context of Tel Aviv’s fears of Hezbollah and its steps, the Walla News website reported that numerous scenarios of infiltration from Lebanon towards the occupied territory worry the settlers in the area. They fear the day when Hezbollah fighters will replace the “immigrants” who cross the border in search of “work”, as he put it.

The head of the so-called Shlomi Local Council, Gabbi Naaman, criticized the border situation and said that “it is not possible to keep a fence from the 1940s and not expect that there will be no disaster.” 

“Today a drunk person infiltrates, tomorrow a ‘terrorist’ will enter one of the settlements … Our lives aren’t cheap,” Naaman claimed, noting that he had spoken with the chief of staff about the need to complete the wall in the north.

Moshe Davidovich, head of the so-called “Forum of Front-Line Communities”, articulated his objections about the current state of affairs in an interview with Walla News.

“Unfortunately, in recent times, ordering front-line residents who live near the border into shelters has become routine, which violates the routine of life and harasses families who live in border line settlements.”

The Big Bad Wolf Doesn’t Scare Anyone Anymore! “Israel” Fails to Deter Hezbollah, Turns to Lebanese Voices

9 August 2021

By Fatima Haydar

Last week, the Lebanese Resistance group Hezbollah fired its largest rocket salvo toward the “Israeli”-occupied Palestinian territories in 15 years.

The rocket fire on Friday morning surprised “Israeli” settlers and the “Israeli” Occupation Forces [IOF]’s Iron Dome missile system tried to intercept the rockets as they came raining down.

Hezbollah’s rocket fire came as a retaliation to the “Israeli” entity’s continuous breach of Lebanese sovereignty.

An eye for an eye… an open land in the occupied territories for an open land in Lebanon. A new deterrence equation which Hezbollah has set in the aftermath of the “Israeli” airstrikes on occupied Shebaa Farms.

A Hezbollah statement said the group fired dozens of 122 mm rockets at open ground in retaliation for two “Israeli” airstrikes on open ground in south Lebanon early Thursday.

“The Islamic Resistance rocketed open ground near positions of ‘Israeli’ occupation forces in the Shebaa Farms with tens of rockets,” it said.

Furthermore, in a speech on Saturday night, Hezbollah Secretary-General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah referred to the “Israeli” airstrikes saying, “What happened days ago was very dangerous and a development that did not happen for 15 years”.

“It was necessary for the response to the ‘Israeli’ airstrike to be quick or else it would have lost its value,” Sayyed Nasrallah continued, adding that the rocket barrage “was aimed at consolidating the equation of deterrence”.

IOF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Ran Kochav confirmed the new equation imposed by the group telling reporters after the strikes that the rocket fire “shows Hezbollah’s deterrence as it fired at open areas”.

Now, the “Israelis” are aware that Hezbollah, as the “Israeli” regime, does not seek an all-out war no matter how significantly the group increased its capabilities 15 years since the 2006 July aggression.

“We are not seeking a war,” Sayyed Nasrallah said. “But we are ready for it, and we do not fear it.”

Based on “Israeli” estimates, Hezbollah has rebuilt its arsenal since 2006, and it is now believed to have between 130,000 and 150,000 rockets and missiles. Many of them can reach deep into the “Israeli”-occupied Palestinian territories, including ballistic missiles with a range of 700 kilometers.

It is believed that in the next war, Hezbollah will try to fire 1,500 to 3,000 rockets per day until the last day of the conflict.

But an “Israeli” military intelligence assessment released in February said more limited rounds of violence could be expected. But those limited rounds of violence always have the possibility of causing an all-out war.

During these limited rounds, similar to the most recent altercation with Hezbollah, “Israeli” settlers in settlements on the Northern border will hide in shelters.

“Israelis” across the entity are now aware that they need to be ready for that, because Hezbollah has made it clear it will continue to challenge the “Israeli” entity, despite the real risk of it deteriorating into a full-blown war.

This being said, the once feared “invincible” army, seems more like a barking dog than a biting one!

As military means failed to deter Hezbollah, the “Israeli” entity had one more trick up its sleeve. It took advantage of the already complex sectarian-divided Lebanon, encouraging figures and parties opposing Hezbollah, heading the list are various political and religious Lebanese persona of different affiliations.

“The country of Lebanon and the army of Lebanon have to take responsibility [for] what happens in its backyard,” the entity’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told his Cabinet on Saturday.

And on Sunday, Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rahi called for the Lebanese army to take control of the southern part of the country, and strictly implement UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

“We call upon the Lebanese army, which is responsible with the international forces for the security of the south, to take control of the entire lands of the south, to strictly implement Resolution 1701, and to prevent the launching of missiles from Lebanese territory, not for the sake of ‘Israel’s’ safety, but rather for the safety of Lebanon,” said al-Rahi during Sunday Mass, according to Lebanon’s National News Agency [NNA].

“We want to end the military logic and war and adopt the logic of peace and the interest of Lebanon and all the Lebanese,” stated the patriarch.

This is not the first time the Maronite patriarch echoed “Israeli” views, in August of last year, after the Beirut port blast he incited the Lebanese against the Resistance and called for the state to take control over weapons in Lebanon and to confine decisions of war and peace to the state.

The head of Lebanon’s Kataeb Party and former MP, Sami Gemayel, expressed support for the patriarch on Monday, saying that the party is “convinced” that there are many Lebanese citizens who agree with the patriarch and Kataeb Party.

Not to mention, “Israeli” media, most notably the Jerusalem Post, welcomed the entity’s idea. The “Israeli” outlet on Monday, posted a report detailing the stance of a Lebanese religious figure to the recent confrontation between Hezbollah and the IOF.

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Lebanese Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai (C) holds his national flag as he blesses exiled members of Israels former South Lebanon Army (SLA) proxy militia and their families on May 28, 2014, outside Saint Peter’s church in the Israeli village of Capernaum on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The Maronite patriarch celebrated mass with former members of the mainly Christian-led disbanded Lebanese militia as part of his controversial trip to the Jewish state. Those who attended, a fragment of the thousands who fled across the border with Israeli forces in 2000 when Israel ended its 22-year occupation of Lebanon, said Beshara Rai’s historic visit would do little to change their circumstances. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images)

In 2014, Al-Rahi visited Occupied Palestine during a visit by Pope Francis – a step condemned by the Lebanese and seen by many as a sort of indirect normalization with the occupying entity.

However, the Lebanese who have gone through a bloody civil war that has lasted for 15 years, know better than to have history repeat itself over again.

Lebanese of all walks of life took to social media platforms to express outrage at the patriarch’s comments using the hashtags “Patron of bias” and “patron of surrender”.

As the “Israeli” entity tries whatever means possible to deter Hezbollah, but in vain; all it can do now is keep on huffing and puffing, hoping that, in an alternative world, the brick wall Hezbollah has built to defend Lebanon will come crumbling down.

Hezbollah vs. ’Israel’: Will the Rules of Engagement Change & Who Has the Initiative?

08-08-2021

Did the latest “Israeli” air attacks on southern Lebanon come as a surprise? Tel Aviv claims the strikes are a response to attacks on occupied areas in northern Palestine and a bid to break the long course of deterrence that has been around for nearly 15 years since Resolution 1701 was issued in 2006.

But what was more surprising was Hezbollah’s missile response against the backdrop of those attacks that targeted occupied areas in the Shebaa Farms and the Upper Galilee. So, how should all this be interpreted? Is it accurate to say that the two sides, or one of them, chose to change the rules of engagement enforced since the end of the July 2006 aggression? What is the best way to describe the current situation and how will it develop?

Hezbollah’s limited missile response, targeting uninhabited areas in the vicinity of “Israeli” military sites and not targeting these sites directly, carries several messages:

The resistance movement isn’t interested in escalating the situation and widening the confrontation.

The resistance isn’t interested in breaking the rules of engagement that came into force following the 2006 resolution.

The resistance is also not afraid of responding or the repercussions in case this aggression was one form of the enemy’s response, which isn’t far from the concepts of aggression that were restricted or controlled by the rules of engagement until now.

The resistance is also ready to deal with any change that “Israel” makes in the rules of engagement or in terms of the restrictions of the conflict or dispute.

More importantly perhaps, the resistance isn’t concerned about “Israel’s” efforts to exploit the situation in Lebanon with respect to the economic, financial, and social decline. Hezbollah separates conflicts, clashes, and confrontations with the enemy from the internal crisis in Lebanon. Nevertheless, “Israel” is the main contributor to the worsening state of affairs as it views the Lebanese economic and financial crisis as an alternative to the military confrontation that it feared and distanced itself from.

On the other hand, what “Israel” wanted from the recent escalation [the air raids on Lebanese territory] included tactical military and political objectives.

Militarily, “Israel” has been attempting to reveal several ambiguities, which Hezbollah succeeded in keeping ambiguous:

What new capabilities and weapons does it have?

What new tactics does it use, in defense or in attack?

What are its intentions in case “Israel” carried out an attack or if it did not carry out an attack?

“Israel” doesn’t want to tolerate these ambiguities but isn’t willing to engage in a broad confrontation to get answers. Instead, it’s feeling the pulse with a limited air and artillery attack, which focused on uninhabited areas and didn’t cause any losses.

Israel also quickly demonstrated, prior to the completion of the missile and artillery exchange with Lebanon, that it is not interested in a broad confrontation, and that it does not want to go towards expanding the engagement or hostilities.

For its part, Hezbollah has shown what it wants in this confrontation and the restrictions it adheres to and at the same time the points or actions it does not accept and considers a change in the rules of engagement. And with “Israel’s” unwillingness to create new rules of engagement, we can conclude that the last round of escalation in the south has gone to the square of cautious calm, after “Israel” sensed that any uncalculated adventure will not be safe at a time when it does not seem ready to bear the repercussions.

Hezbollah Releases Footage of Recent Operation in Retaliation to Continued ’Israeli’ Attacks

Hezbollah Releases Footage of Recent Operation in Retaliation to Continued ’Israeli’ Attacks

By Staff

The Islamic Resistance released footage of the operation in which Hezbollah fighters launched 20 retaliatory missiles towards the occupied territories in response to the continued ‘Israeli’ attacks against the Lebanese sovereignty.

Footage Confirms Islamic Resistance Positioned Rocket-Launcher in Woodlands, Not Residential Areas, to Strike Israeli Enemy

Al-Manar TV Channel broadcast a footage which shows how the Islamic Resistance positioned the rocket-launcher, it used to strike the Israeli-held Shebaa Farms, in woodlands away from the residential areas.

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Hezbollah had earlier stressed that the rockets which hit occupied Shebaa Farms in retaliation to repeated Israeli aggression were fired from woodlands which are far from residential areas.

In a statement, Hezbollah War Media Center said a vehicle belong to the Resistance was intercepted by a group of citizens in Hasbayya’s town of Shwayya.

The Islamic Resistance voiced keenness to preserve safety of the Lebanese citizens.

“At 11:15 a.m. on Friday, the Islamic Resistance responded to the Israeli aggression by targeting vicinity of Israeli enemy posts in Shebaa Farms with dozens of rockets fired from woodlands that are far from residential areas,” the statement read.

It added, however, that Resistance fighters as they were returning from their mission their vehicle was intercepted by several citizens in Shwayya in Hasbayya province.

“The Resistance has been and will stay keen to ensure the safety of its people,” the statement added.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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Hezbollah Is “Israel’s” Main Concern

July 28, 2021

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By Staff

“Israel” is constantly obsessing about Hezbollah. The constant state high alert along Lebanon’s southern frontier governs and restricts the movements of the “Israeli” troops there. 

In a lengthy article, a military analyst at ‘Walla’ News website, Amir Bohbot, revealed the extent to which the “Israelis” fear any movement on the border that Tel Aviv thinks has a connection with Hezbollah.

According to Bohbot, a classified unit called the “Galanit Anemone Unit” was established a year and a half ago. It consists of officers and intelligence soldiers from the Galilee formation, soldiers from Unit 9900 of the Mock Intelligence and Unit 8200, which is the largest and most powerful intelligence-gathering unit in the Zionist entity. The unit was formed in order to focus on the confrontation with Hezbollah and what is happening on the northern front.

Below is the text of the article:

Soldiers of the Galanit Anemone team, located unknown individuals in civilian clothing moving suspiciously along the border. Combining the various intelligence capabilities from the 8200 and the 9990 units in the Intelligence Division, the Northern Command turned on the red light due to changes in the region.

The classified team in the Galilee formation operated under the command of an intelligence officer of the 91st Infantry Division, whose military career is well intertwined with the activities of Hezbollah over the past two decades, and explains some of the challenges facing the Galanit Anemone Unit.

Lieutenant Colonel T., 37, began his service as an intelligence NCO in 2003 in the Galilee. In 2005, he was in the area during an attempted kidnapping in the town of Ghajar on the border with Lebanon, when Hezbollah fighters tried to kidnap soldiers. A year later, in the summer of 2006, when he had become the head of the research brigade in the Intelligence Division “Aman” and was in the port in Kiriya, Tel Aviv, a terrifying report arrived about the activation of the “Hannibal Procedure”.

“There was an alert, and there were reinforcements on the ground. As soon as the alert level declined, Hezbollah surprised us and kidnapped Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev,” the lieutenant colonel recalled.

The shortfalls in intelligence and the delivery of information to the forces on the ground are engraved in Lt. Col. T.’s head and accompany him in his daily operational activities. In 2014, he became the intelligence officer of the 769th Brigade under the command of Brigadier General Dan Goldbus, when the first explosive device was detonated against an “Israeli” army force.

At that time, an assessment began to form that Hezbollah had tunnels deep in the ground and in the rocks below the border. Eventually, Lt. Col. T. became the operations commander for locating and destroying the tunnels in Galilee. In 2018, he closed the circle and was appointed head of the Lebanese branch of the research division and played a significant role in the psychological warfare against Hezbollah operatives on the border seeking revenge for killing Hezbollah operatives in Syria, including the attempted attack on the Gladiola outpost in the Shebaa Farms [Mount Dov] in 2020.

About a year and a half ago, under strict conditions of secrecy, a classified team called “Kalanit Hagalil” was established under his command. The team combined soldiers and intelligence officers from the Galilee formation, with soldiers from the 9900 unit for visual intelligence and the 8200 unit, which is designated as the largest and most powerful intelligence-gathering unit in “Israel”.

“They all sit together around the same table and do multidisciplinary intelligence. Their first organized work was the exposure of the tunnels on the Lebanese border,” Lt. Col. T. explained, emphasizing that blending their expertise produces valuable and very significant intelligence for the Northern Command.

The idea was born in the sharp mind of Brigadier General Y., who was formerly the Galilee Squad Intelligence commander and now commander of Unit 8200. He is now nicknamed “Y. Hezbollah” due to his extensive knowledge of the organization’s secrets.

He was the one who initially put forward an assessment that wasn’t based on actual intelligence about Hezbollah digging tunnels. A commander of an area parallel to his in Unit 8200 and Lt. Col. T. cooperated. In the planning stages, an objective was set for the special team to gather information on routines in real-time and war requirements in the field of warning, pursue and track operatives, take over an area [control], produce information on enemy plans, produce targets, and monitor Hezbollah’s activities along the border. The idea was approved and supported by the current “Aman” chief, Major General Tamir Heiman.

“As soon as the 8200 commander arrives here, to the area, and tells his people ‘you are the most important’, this expresses everything. He conveys a message to everyone. Partnership yields successes that cannot be talked about,” Lt. Col. T. explained. “We collect information about residential areas, forests, and open areas. After an attempt to target an officer and a soldier on the border with sniper fire last August, we responded by attacking targets that we had produced. This intelligence is produced by the squad. Thwarting what is happening on the border is carried out in cooperation between the Galanit Anemone, the Shin Bet, and the police.”

Meanwhile, Hezbollah continues to wage nerve-wracking psychological warfare against the army and has been moving along the border for a decade. In some cases, it puts people at points near the border on the pretext that they are environmentalists, shepherds, or hikers.

But the leader of the Galanit Anemone refers to a new phenomenon: the Radwan Unit. Hezbollah’s elite fighters are moving along the border.

In this context, he says, “The soldiers of the Galanit Anemone not only detect Hezbollah members on the line of contact but also track them down and try to find their whereabouts. It’s months-long work. They move close to the border, observe, and gather intelligence about the ‘Israeli’ side. At first, they were unknown to us”.

According to estimates by Northern Command officers, the Radwan Unit is building operational capabilities for future warfare. Lt. Col. T. asserts that in addition to the firepower built by Hezbollah, which ranged between 130,000 and 150,000 missiles, the party gathers intelligence along the borders in order to carry out its threats and incursions and attacks inside settlements and outposts along the borderline.

“When Hezbollah sets up an anti-tank missile launcher cell in the border area, we must detect it before it launches the missile,” Lt. Col. T. added, “and after we exposed Hezbollah’s tunnels and destroyed them, it tries to find other routes to infiltrate into “Israel”.”

In the past year, the efforts to infiltrate into “Israeli” territory intensified, but Lt. Col. T. and the intelligence soldiers in the Galilee formation warn that the Radwan Unit and other Hezbollah operatives will one day be able to use these infiltration methods to carry out operations.

“Hezbollah is no longer the same terrorist organization that we knew before. It is an army in every sense of the word. It is an organization that learns, draws conclusions with capabilities that would not embarrass a regular Western army and despite its size, it operates under very high and strict secrecy,” said the Galilee intelligence officer.

Soldiers and commanders of the Galanit Anemone sit in the operations room throughout the day and receive signal intelligence from Unit 8200 [phone calls and exchange of messages from the area], drone and satellite images, surveillance balloons, and other sensors, some of which belong to the 869th Field Intelligence Battalion.

Soldiers, religious and secular, including members of the Druze community who speak fluent Hebrew worked to expose the party’s movements in the region and thwart any suspicious trend during the period of tension in which Hezbollah sought revenge by killing soldiers.

“The Galanit Anemone operates in routine and emergency. In my head, I always have a picture of my childhood friend from Kiryat Shmona, Liran Saadia in the Egoz unit, who was killed in the Second Lebanon War, during a battle with a cell of saboteurs. He was hit and killed by an anti-tank missile in the town of Maroun al-Ras. We did not have information to prevent this. Our goal is to deliver intelligence information to the field.”

According to the division’s intelligence officer, they are monitoring broader activities and looking for a reference on the ground, such as a third-generation anti-tank missile unveiled by the Iranian security industry that may reach the region and pose a threat to the army and the settlements near the fence.

July War Diary: Hezbollah Fighters Turn Lebanese Towns into Graveyard for Israeli Invaders

 July 21, 2021

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Hezbollah fighters standing beside a rocket launcher (photo from archive).

In the tenth day of July War in 2006, the Israeli enemy went crazy with its air strikes and bombardment of Lebanon.

Meanwhile, the Resistance fighters’ heroic confrontations with the occupation soldiers in the southern border towns made it clear to the invaders that “this land is forbidden to you”.

The Israeli warplanes in that day (Friday, July 21, 2006) launched more than seventeen air strikes on Baalbeck city, killing or injuring dozens of Lebanese civilians. The strikes also destroyed Mudeirej Bridge which links Beirut to Bekaa.

More than 100 strikes were also launched on the southern city of Tyre, with Israeli warplanes dropping leaflets there, calling on residents to evacuate the area.

The Israeli air strikes, meanwhile, targeted several schools that hosted displaced Lebanese in Bint Jbeil (south Lebanon) and in Baalbeck (Bekaa).

Strikes on the southern city of Nabatieh and Beirut’s southern suburb (Dahiyeh) also did not stop, with more residential areas were targeted.

Israeli artillery also fired internationally-banned cluster bombs at several Lebanese towns in the south, including Maroun Al-Ras, Khiyam, Aitaroun, Qulaiaat, Ebl Sukei and Houla.

For its part, Hezbollah kept the rocket fire at occupied territories, with missiles pounding Israeli cities of Safad, Haifa, Nahariya and Taberias, as well as settlements of Upper Galilee, Lower Galilee and Kiryat Shmona.

A Raad-2 rocket hit the Israeli city of Haifa, killing or injuring 30 Israelis.

Also on Thursday (July 21, 2006), the Israeli soldiers repeated attempts to make a ground incursion in the southern border towns. Israeli media reported that at least 300 and 500 Israeli soldiers backed by 30 tanks were already believed to be over the border. However, Resistance fighters were closely monitoring the invaders. Hezbollah fighters who were positioned in the border town of Maroun Al-Ras repelled the Israeli infiltration. Several Israeli soldiers were killed and at least three Merkava tanks were destroyed, with the occupation military acknowledging that 7 soldiers were killed. The Israeli army usually minimizes its military losses.

On the political level, it was clear that the United States was opposing a cessation of hostilities, in a bid to make more pressure on Hezbollah. Then US Secretary of State Condaleezza Rice made her well-known stance, describing the war on Lebanon as a part of the “birth pangs of a new Middle East”.

Then US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, also defended the Israeli war, wondering about the futility of “holding talks on ceasefire with a terrorist organization”.

For his part, then Lebanese President Emile Lahoud said that the Israeli war on Lebanon was planned before the Resistance operation in which it captured Israeli soldiers, noting that the Zionist regime took Hezbollah’s border operation a pretext to launch its military campaign against Lebanon.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

July War Diary: More Surprises Disclosed as Haifa Enters the Equation

July 16, 2021

Israeli enemy went ahead with its aggression on Lebanon on the fifth day, with the Lebanese Resistance continuing to surprise the Zionist occupation by expanding the range of rocket fire targeting the occupied territories.

Lebanon witnessed on that day (Sunday, July 16, 2006) the largest displacement since 1982 with Lebanese civilians fleeing southern towns and Beirut’s southern suburb (Dahiyeh) to Beirut, Mount Lebanon and even to Syria.

Media reported that the Western countries were evacuating citizens outside Lebanon, in a clear indication that the United States had given the Zionist entity the green light to destroy Lebanon and kill Lebanese civilians.

Meanwhile, the diplomatic efforts aimed at reaching a ceasefire were reportedly halted, and the final say was only for the battlefield.

Israeli warplanes pounded on Sunday (July 16) the residential areas in Dahiyeh and the southern towns, razing hundreds of housing units in that areas.

Lebanese military sources stated that Israeli occupation had used white phosphorus incendiary bombs against civilian targets on villages in the Arqoub area in the South, accusing the Zionist entity of using banned weapons against Lebanese civilians.

On the other hand, the Lebanese Resistance surprised the Israeli enemy by targeting a railway maintenance depot in Haifa by unguided rockets, killing at least eight Israelis and injuring several others.

In addition to Haifa, Katyusha rockets also hit the northern cities of Acre, and Nahariya.

In an address via Al-Manar, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed that the battle is going ahead and vowing more surprises. He threatened that the Israeli chemical factories in the occupied territories were under the reach of Resistance rockets.

Source: Al-Manar Eglish Website

Hebrew Media: Hezbollah Can Fire Some 3,000 Missiles per Day in Any Future War with ‘Israel’

15/07/2021

Hebrew Media: Hezbollah Can Fire Some 3,000 Missiles per Day in Any Future War with ‘Israel’

By Staff, Agencies

Zionist media estimated that Lebanon’s Hezbollah currently possesses an arsenal of 150,000 missiles of different types, warning that the resistance movement will be capable of firing up to 3,000 missiles toward the occupied territories per day if a war breaks out.

“According to the estimates of the ‘Israeli’ occupation army, the arsenal of Hezbollah includes 150,000 missiles of various types,” ‘Israeli’ Hebrew-language Walla website said.

The report added that Hezbollah’s arsenal includes “missiles with a range of 15 to 700 kilometers, winged missiles with a range of 200 kilometers and drones capable of covering a distance of 400 kilometers.”

“In any upcoming confrontation with the organization [Hezbollah], the ‘Israeli’ army estimates that around 1,000-3,000 rockets will be fired per day,” it added.

Earlier this month, former Zionist army chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot warned of the threat posed to the occupying entity by Hezbollah, saying the resistance movement possesses thousands of long-range rockets and dozens or more precision-guided missiles.

Speaking to The Jerusalem Post newspaper, Eisenkot discussed “the unmatched more than 150,000 rocket threat,” which the group presents to ‘Israel.’

He said the movement, which is Lebanon’s de facto military power, has “strengthened its capabilities” since the 2006 war.

Lebanon fought off two Zionist wars in 2000 and 2006. On both occasions, battleground contribution by Hezbollah proved an indispensable asset, forcing the occupation’s military into a retreat.

On the contrary, the ‘Israeli’ military is said to be at the minimum level of readiness for confronting any threats that it may face in the future.

In the same respect, Major General Eyal Zamir, a former deputy chief of staff of the Zionist military, warned Monday against the ‘Israeli’ military’s lack of combat preparedness and said the latest war on Gaza, which paralyzed life in much of the occupied territories, took place while Hezbollah “was calm.”

Tel Aviv knew the Lebanese resistance movement had more firepower, which, Zamir said, was 10 times more than that of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement.

During the 11-day confrontation with Gaza, Palestinian resistance movements fired over 4,000 rockets into the occupied territories, some reaching as far as Tel Aviv and even Haifa and Nazareth to the north.

Shocked by the increased military might of the Palestinians, the Zionist regime was eventually forced to announce a ceasefire, brokered by Egypt, which came into force in the early hours of May 21, in what was widely viewed as a humiliating defeat for the Zionist regime’s so-called “invincible” military.

Hezbollah’s Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said late last year that the Lebanese resistance movement has, within the space of just one year, doubled the size of its missile arsenal, and has the entire occupied territories inside the range of the precision projectiles.

“Any target across the area of occupied Palestine that we want to hit accurately, we are able to hit accurately,” he said in an interview with al-Mayadeen.

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“Israeli” Politician: July 2006 War Is a Symbol of Folly & Irresponsibility of the Gov’t & Army

14/07/2021

“Israeli” Politician: July 2006 War Is a Symbol of Folly & Irresponsibility of the Gov’t & Army

By Staff, Agencies

This week marks the 15th anniversary of the July 2006 War the “Israeli” entity waged on Lebanon.

If we didn’t need any more evidence that there’s still a belligerent force facing “Israel” from north of the Lebanese border, Hezbollah released a reminder on Tuesday.

The Lebanese Resistance group released a video of the 2006 operation and abduction of “Israeli” Occupation Force [IOF] soldiers.

The revulsion of seeing the tragedy replayed and the timing of its release are a sobering reminder of the peril that still confronts the entity from its north, 15 years after the harrowing conflict that still divides “Israelis” as to what was achieved and at what cost.

According to former Meretz leader Zahav Gal-On, writing in Haaretz this week, the July War “has become a symbol of the folly and irresponsibility of the government and army, which dragged the ‘state’ into a needless war while concealing their failures behind lies”.

On the other hand, those behind the decision to launch the attack on Lebanon, including then-prime minister Ehud Olmert and then-IOF chief of staff Dan Halutz, staunchly supported the efforts in retrospect.

The “state”-appointed Winograd Commission, headed by retired “Supreme Court” judge Eliahu Winograd, discovered “grave failings in the decision making… both on the military and political levels” in its final report, which was particularly harsh about the conduct of the ground war in the last few days of the conflict, in which the “Israeli” entity lost many soldiers for questionable gains.

Stopping short of blaming any one individual or institution, the report said, “The ground operations at the end of the war did not bring any clear achievements… or stop the launching of Katyusha rockets. After the decision for a ceasefire there was no intelligent discussion on how to stop the ground war.”

After 15 years, Hezbollah still provides a lethal threat to “Israel”. “Israelis” believe it has continued to build its arsenal since 2006 and now is estimated to have hundreds of thousands of short-range rockets and several thousand missiles that can reach deeper into the entity.

It is believed that in the next war, Hezbollah will try to fire some 1,500-2,000 rockets per day until the last day of the conflict.

Whether the war was a victory or a disaster for the “Israeli” entity will continue to be debated for years to come.

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Special Footage of the July 2006 Hezb Allah Operation Capturing Israeli IDF Terrorists

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Special Footage of the July 2006 Hezb Allah Operation Capturing Israeli IDF Terrorists

The Lebanese Hezb Allah resistance party has released new special footage, showing for the first time details of the brave operation of Hezb Allah soldiers blocking a vehicle of the Israeli IDF at the southern Lebanese borders arresting two of the Israeli terrorists.

The operation took place on 12 July 2006 after an unknown period of combing the area, monitoring the movements of the Israeli IDF terrorists, and selecting the target and timing of the operation.

Hezb Allah late commander Imad Mughniyeh is said to have planned the operation which took place in Khallet Wardeh area of the Lebanese Ayta ash Shab region, commander Mughniyeh was later assassinated by the Israeli terrorists in a complicated terrorist attack in Damascus in February 2008 with the help of their US patrons and the ‘intelligence’ services of another state believed to be an Arab one.

The following special footage was released by the Hezb Allah media on the 15th anniversary of the operation.

The video is also available on BitChute.

Special Footage of the July 2006 Hezb Allah Operation Capturing Israeli IDF Terrorists

Israel had planned to bomb Lebanon at the end of the summer of 2006, plans were drawn by the Israeli leaders to restore some of the Israeli pride which was completely lost in the year 2000 when the Lebanese resistance spearheaded by Hezb Allah managed to evict the decades-long Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon in a very humiliating manner. It took the Israeli military commanders 6 years to plan for an operation that they thought will eliminate Hezb Allah and restore Israel’s hegemony over Lebanon again. Khallet Wardeh operation by Hezb Allah only brought the Israeli operation 2 months earlier when the Israelis were encouraged by their US patrons, the Saudis, and other evil forces to bomb Lebanon and destroy the country’s infrastructure in the 33 days war of aggression.

Khallet Wardeh operation was meant to arrest Israeli IDF terrorists to exchange them with Lebanese and other Arabs kidnapped by the Israeli terrorist ‘state’ for years. Israel had other plans.

After 33 days of the continuous relentless Israeli bombing of Lebanon, the Israeli regime of Ehud Olmert was begging their patrons and friends to enforce a ceasefire, they realized their bank of targets was false and they failed to achieve any military victory over Hezb Allah which in turn started retaliating by bombing Israeli forces and wiping out entire Israeli tank columns and the Hezb Allah chief vowed to start bombing the Israeli capital of Tel Aviv in retaliation for the Israeli bombing of the Lebanese capital Beirut, and after Hezb Allah destroyed live on TV one of Israel’s most advanced navy ships, an INS Hanit, a Sa’ar 5-class corvette, Hezb Allah chief Hassan Nasr Allah telling the Lebanese people live on TV: ‘Look at the Israeli navy ship at sea which was bombing you, now look at it how it will burn out.’

Israel INS Hanit Sa'ar 5-class corvette navy ship - ساعر 5 سفينة حربية اسرائيلية
The Israeli INS Hanit navy ship of the Sa’ar 5-class corvette destroyed by Hezb Allah in 2006

Israel failed to achieve the goals of its years-long planned military aggression, Hezb Allah managed to achieve not only their set goal of exchanging the arrested Israeli IDF terrorists with the kidnapped Lebanese and Palestinians in Israeli captivity. Hezb Allah was declared a clear victor by all analysts including a special committee created by the Israelis themselves and the operation resulted in the collapse of the Israeli cabinet with its head Ehud Olmert sent to prison on some corruption charges.

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The ‘Israeli’ Military Is Not Big Enough To Wage War on Multiple Fronts

13/07/2021

The ‘Israeli’ Military Is Not Big Enough To Wage War on Multiple Fronts

By Staff, Agencies

The Zionist military’s outgoing deputy chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir, this week issued a warning that should keep every ‘Israeli’ up at night.

Speaking at the handover ceremony for his replacement on Monday, Zamir raised the issue of the Zionist military’s relatively small number of soldiers and reservists compared to the threats facing the occupation entity.

“We may face a heavy, long, multi-frontal campaign, combined with internal challenges,” said Zamir. “This requires decision-making ability, breathing space and a strong reserve.”

Zamir cited the 11-day May aggression against Gaza and the Palestinian resistance factions’ retaliation as an example, during which the Zionist military had had to manage a presence on several fronts, including the Lebanese border where it must counteract Hezbollah.

Zamir viewed the ‘Israeli’ military as on the verge of the minimum size needed to face more complex threats than those it has experienced in recent years.

Despite the advanced technological capabilities, ‘Israel’ also needs a critical mass of people to improve the military’s overall quality and quantity, the outgoing general said.

One way of fixing the problem is by convincing ‘Israeli’ Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi to rely less on technological advancements and more on the quantitative manpower needed to fight a multifaceted war, including in the internal front.

The outgoing deputy chief of staff also referenced several other issues dealing with the military’s human capital in his speech, including the military’s classification process, which Zamir admits often excludes youths from the periphery from serving in the military more technologically inclined units, such as the renowned 8200 intelligence gathering unit.

Zamir’s statements should worry every ‘Israeli,’ who must now demand a solution from Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and War Minister Benny Gantz – who themselves inherited the issue from former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose policies during his 12-year rule enabled the sizable reduction of ‘Israeli’ military troops.

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Mleeta National Monument of Resistance – the “Miracle of Lebanon”

Steve Sweeney
International Editor of the Morning Star newspaper in Britain.

11 Jul 2021

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Source: Al Mayadeen

“the National Monument is not about war, it is about peace.”

“We are blessed” Mohammad tells me, a sentence he would repeat a number of times during our gatherings.

He is referring to the so-called “Miracle of Lebanon,” the 2006 war that catapulted Hezbollah to legendary status in the country, as it became the first Lebanese force to defeat “Israel”.

And it was a loss that led to serious recriminations in Tel Aviv as Israeli soldiers were humiliated by the resistance fighters, in a war they were expected to win, but instead, ended up weakening the Zionist regime and strengthening the very forces they hoped to crush.

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The victory remains a source of national pride and certainly boosted the standing of the Shia political movement in the minds of the Lebanese people.

This was a war that pitted resistance fighters against one of the most technically advanced nations on the planet. “Israel” has the world’s fourth-largest military and, despite denials, is a major nuclear power.

But as Robert Taber points out in his seminal work ‘The War of the Flea’, a conventional army cannot defeat a resistance force fighting for a sacred cause that carries the support of the civilian population.

“Yes, here, the resistant had much more than the support of his own people,” Mohammad said, “all inhabitants in surrounding areas were part of the forces that fought against “Israel”. The resistance couldn’t have survived and arisen without the support its people.”

We are at the National Monument, in the mountainous village of Mleeta in southern Lebanon, the site of the 2006 resistance base, described disparagingly by Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper as “Hezbollah’s Disneyland.”

It was clear that the newspaper, known for supporting Nazi Germany during the 1930s has never set foot in the former Hezbollah military post that has been turned into a museum commemorating the 2006 war.

Far from the “theme park where children are indoctrinated the glory of martyrdom,” the Mleeta museum is a respectful commemoration to the Lebanese people martyred during “Israel’s” war.

In fact, it is not different from war memorials in other countries, including Britain’s Imperial War Museum or the Museum of the Battle of Normandy in France.

But not for the first time, the Daily Mail was missing the point as Mohammad explained “the National Monument is not about war, it is about peace.”

Opening in 2010 to mark the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Hezbollah’s ability to oust “Israel” from Lebanon. The popular tourist site consists of original Hezbollah bunkers and a 200 meter tunnel that was made a fully operational resistance command center.

An array of weapons, including anti-aircraft guns, that were used in the defeat of the Zionist entity are displayed on the so-called Martyr’s Hill, which also commemorates all those who sacrificed their lives defending Lebanon.

“We are blessed” Mohammad told me once again. 

He is referring to the natural green blanket that provided the resistance fighters with camouflage, making the base impenetrable and undetectable despite the close proximity of the Israeli Sujud military post.

“The trees here remain green all year round, Mohammad told me, “Night vision doesn’t work. They didn’t know Hezbollah was here, they never discovered the military base” my guide explained as he pointed at the mountain opposite where the Zionist soldiers were located.

“Nature always defeats technology,” he said,” It is the master of everything. This is the nearest place to God.”

But life in the mountains was tough. The nearest hospital was over an hour away and it was difficult for those who were wounded to receive treatment. 

Movements were restricted to avoid detection and it was cold – fires were not allowed to avoid them being spotted by Israeli surveillance planes.

“There were no roads as there are now,” Mohammad explained. “Volunteers were expected to make their own way here, which wasn’t easy as they would have to carry weapons and missiles too.”

A large part of the resistance was what Hezbollah leader Sayed Hassan Nasrallah has described as “the brain war” which had a huge impact on moral as “Israel” did not know what technology Hezbollah fighters were using.

His infamous statement stressing that “Israel” is “weaker than a spider’s web” is encapsulated in a showpiece at the entrance of the museum, which proudly displays helicopters and tanks downed by the resistance.

“This was a turning point in the war” Mohammad said as he indicated the destroyed Merkava tank. Known as God’s chariot, the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) believed that it was indestructible.

“The resistance did something that “Israel” didn’t expect,” he added. “This was one of their most elite tanks and it was destroyed by the resistance forces. It was a harsh damage to the Israeli military and people’s moral, who turned against the war.”

The war that was supposed to be won swiftly by “Israel”, ended with a UN-brokered ceasefire and the withdrawal of IDF troops just a month after the invasion was launched.

Nearly 2000 Lebanese people were killed and around one million internally displaced as Israeli missiles destroyed civilian infrastructure.

During the war, the United States, Britain, Australia and Canada backed “Israel”. Washington provided “Israel” with precision-guided missiles as part of the so-called “War on Terror.”

The British government, led at the time by Tony Blair, shamefully blocked a move by the European Union to call for an immediate ceasefire.

This was a stark contrast to the people of those nations who demonstrated, claiming an end to “Israel’s” war.

Chants of “We are all Hezbollah” reverberated on the streets of London which provoked some controversy as leading figures in the smaller left-wing parties scurried to tell their members not to join in.

What it reflected was an expression of unconditional solidarity with the resistance party, rejecting the media’s portrayal of Hezbollah, classified as an “Islamist terrorist party.”

It was a British, European, US classification that triggered nervousness around the chants.

Another guide named Mohammad – “we are all called Mohammad here” he joked – said that this was a hypocritical move designed to delegitimize the resistance.

“They are guilty of double standards” he added as we discussed Operation Timber Sycamore – the covert CIA program; millions of dollars in cash, weapons and training were channeled to a myriad of Salafi groups in Syria.

“We are against terrorism” he told me, as he went on to condemn any actions against the people of Europe, Britain and the US.

At the time of writing, Lebanon is going through another crisis – an economic crash due, in large part, to the US Caesar sanctions that aimed people’s starvation and submission, with the intention of disarming Hezbollah.

To do so would be to leave the people of Lebanon at the mercy of “Israel” and trigger a potential massacre. The monument in Mleeta serves as a reminder of why that must never be allowed to happen.

It is not up to the US – or for that matter the Western liberal left – to determine how the Lebanese people resist. The only beneficiaries of a disarmed Hezbollah are “Israel” and US imperialism.

We saw during “Israel’s” recent bombardment of the Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza strip efforts to delegitimize the resistance through the media and other channels by branding Hamas – the democratically elected government – as terrorists.

Deranged, former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has used the Hezbollah bogeyman to demonize Venezuela, Cuba and other Latin American countries, insisting on having operating cells there.

This dangerous narrative shifts the focus away from the real global terrorists – US imperialism. 

Washington has at least 800 military bases across the world and has funded death squads and supported coups in Latin America and the Middle East at great human cost.

Fearful of the decline of the dollar as the world currency – and with it the ability of the US finance capital to control world markets – it has embarked on a new Cold War against China and imposed crippling sanctions on other countries during the middle of the pandemic.

As Sayed Nasrallah said about “Israel”, the US is weaker than a spider’s web. But this also makes it more dangerous.

Hezbollah remains an important force in the fight against US imperialism and supporting the rebuilding of Lebanon. We might not agree on everything – in fact we almost certainly don’t. But this is to miss the point.

The future of Lebanon must be determined by its people, not external forces driven by their own imperialist interests.The opinions mentioned in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Al mayadeen, but rather express the opinion of its writer exclusively.

An “Israeli” Analysis Rules Out “Victory” in Any Future Confrontation

An “Israeli” Analysis Rules Out “Victory” in Any Future Confrontation

Translated By Staff

On the cusp of the fifteenth anniversary of the July 2006 war and the victory of the resistance, the “Israeli” media is pumping out material to cover the occasion. Today, the narrative in “Israel” underscores the inability of the “Israeli” army to emerge triumphant from any battle. One of the central questions being raised is whether the army’s ground forces that have not been used extensively for many years are capable of performing incursions into “enemy” territory – in this case Lebanon.

An article by “Israel” Hayom’s military correspondent Lilach Shoval concludes that without drastic improvements within the media sphere, the “Israeli” army would also be defeated at the tactical and even strategic level in the next war. She notes that victory will not be evident, while the feeling of bitterness from 2006 may repeat itself.

Below is the text from Shoval’s article:

Fifteen years have passed since the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War, which left the “Israeli” public with a resounding feeling of missing out on an opportunity and failure after the “Israeli” army failed to win the battle. Katyusha rockets were fired until the last moment, and Hezbollah pursued the withdrawing forces. In terms of time, failure seems dangerous, at least in terms of the relative calm that has prevailed on the border since that war. But this calm is misleading and is not necessarily a direct result of the military steps of the war.

A balance of mutual deterrence prevailed between “Israel” and Hezbollah in recent years, and the two sides are not interested in a broad confrontation at this time. Nevertheless, “Israel” and Hezbollah are preparing for the day the order is issued, through a reasonable assumption that a confrontation could erupt at any moment as a result of one tactical incident or another.

“Israeli” army officials rightly believe that the next confrontation will not be similar to the previous ones. The lessons the “Israeli” army learned during those years, the updated operational plans, as well as the training and equipment upgraders, are reasons to hope that the army will act in a different way next time.

Those concerned in the “Israeli” army realize that if in the past Hezbollah’s previous victory entailed launching rockets until the last day and withstanding attacks from the “Israeli” army, today the organization is talking about launching attacks against the “Israeli” forces. This understanding, combined with the events of “Operation Guardian of the Walls” and “Operation Resolute Cliff” [Protective Edge] in Gaza, which were a small prelude to the war in the North, is prompting the “Israeli” army to prepare a strong defense along the border.

After all, the central question to be asked is whether today’s ground forces, which haven’t been utilized for many years, are sufficiently suitable for land incursions into enemy territory. In light of the understandable unwillingness to maneuver on the ground and all that comes with it, it seems that in recent years the “Israeli” military partly reverted to the approach that accomplishments can only be achieved from the air.

The military and political leadership is very afraid about ground forces entering the battle because their efficiency has not been proven in recent years. They are also concerned for the lives of soldiers and the sensitivity of “Israeli” society towards this issue. The “Israeli” army, for its part, is doing all it can to prepare the ground forces so that the political leadership can feel more comfortable activating them when and if the next confrontation occurs. Meanwhile, the “Israeli” army continues to rely on its air force. If on the eve of the Second Lebanon War, the “Israeli” army had hundreds of targets to attack from the air, today there are thousands, and the Intelligence Division knows how to add more in real time. There is a high dose of energy behind any potential attack, and the air force can attack thousands of targets per day.

According to estimates by the “Israeli” army about strikes on the home front, Hezbollah will launch about 1,500 missiles at “Israel”. The Iron Dome will provide a good response, but, contrary to the expectations of the “Israeli” public, the system will not be able to intercept all the missiles.

In the army, officials are very afraid of the deep gap between the public’s expectations in this field and what is expected to happen in practice during the northern confrontation. One of the lessons learned – specifically from Operation Guardian of the Walls – is the need to find a more effective solution to hitting missiles in enemy territory. If we are talking about the “Israeli” home front, defense of the northern settlements received less attention in recent years than in the settlements near the fence in Gaza, and the condition of the shelters there is also worrying.

There is also a weak cell – the media, which was a weak point in the recent confrontations. In “Operation Guardian of the Walls”, the weakness of the “Israeli” media was exposed internally and externally. The gap in linking qualitative information with the media was also exposed. The “Israeli” army is not the only one to blame for the failure of the media because, at least in the international arena, the intervention of other parties, such as the Foreign Ministry, is required.

Without a drastic improvement in the media’s efforts [explanations], the “Israeli” army will also be defeated at the tactical and even the strategic level in the next war. Victory will not be evident, and the bitterness from 2006 may repeat itself.

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