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Friday, April 16, 2010

Hezbullah admits it, Syria denies it

Hezbullah admitted on Thursday that it did receive long-range scud missiles from Syria. Syria is still denying it.
Hizbullah sources confirmed Thursday that the terror group received a shipment of Scud missiles from Syria, the Kuwaiti paper Al-Rai reported.

According to the report, the missiles were claimed to be old and unusable. Hizbullah also accused Israel of blowing the incident out of proportion in order to provoke a media ruckus.

The sources added, "Our organization has many surface-to-surface missiles spread across all of Lebanon, in case Israel attacks the country again.”

In spite of this confirmation, the Syrian Foreign Ministry denied the reports, saying Israel was trying to stoke tensions in the Middle East and could be setting the stage for a possible Israeli "aggression" to avoid Middle East peace requirements.
Here's the most interesting part:
At the same time, according to the Wall Street Journal, the IDF came very close recently to attacking a convoy carrying weapons from Syria to Lebanon, but at the last moment decided against it.

And here's the bad news:
In related news, Col. Ronen Cohen, former head of the Northern Front in Military Intelligence and the current chief intelligence officer for the IDF’s Central Command, said in a research paper that an Israeli bombing of Lebanese national infrastructure would likely unite the Lebanese people behind Hizbullah and its leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah.
As if they're not already.

When we go to war with Hezbullah again (which will happen), I believe we should hit Lebanon's infrastructure regardless of whether it unifies them behind Hezbullah.

Here's more on the Syrian reaction.


At 7:11 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Syrians are engaging in useful denial. Only the naive and dummies will believe they didn't ship Scuds to Hezbollah.

Oh and guess who Hillary Clinton still thinks has to prove sincerity about peace?

See here:

Read it all

But not a word of reproach from her of Syria and Hezbollah. None.

At 7:44 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Yoram Ettinger makes some good points on Ynet about the Obama "Linkage Theory" in which he and Hillary Clinton are big believers. Basically, it holds that Iran's 1400 year old dream of dominating the Levant can be subverted by a quick Israeli-Palestinian settlement. But this is in fact false because first, no Israeli government is going to change Obama's world view about the end of the American superpower and second, there is no need to bring the Arabs into a war with Iran. The US has the capability to defeat Iran outright. And what the Arabs are really looking for is the American will to protect them from Iran. That appears to be missing.

More here:

Refuting The "Linkage Theory"

Ganging up on Israel in other words, will only drive the Arabs to do their own deals with Iran and make Iran confident its hegemonic aims in the Middle East can be achieved without any real opposition from America.

What could go wrong indeed? We can only hope Netanyahu rejects this theory that has found resonance in the highest reaches of this Administration.


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