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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Minister hints Israel behind attack on Hezbullah missiles

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz hinted in a Facebook posting on Wednesday morning that Israel was behind Monday night's attack on a Hezbullah weapons transport in the Bekaa Valley. This is from the first link.
"Hezbollah missiles went up in smoke and (Hezbollah leader Hassan) Nasrallah is silent."
Katz added "may those engaging in the work (of stopping Hezbollah) be blessed."
Meanwhile, Beirut's Daily Star reported that four Hezbullah terrorists were killed in the attack, which targeted two trucks carrying missiles and a missile launcher to Hezbollah warehouses from Syria.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the sources told The Daily Star that the airstrike, which took place late Monday evening, was aimed at two trucks, one transferring missiles and the other carrying a missile launcher. The sources said the trucks were heading to Hezbollah’s missile warehouses in Lebanon.
They said the Israeli attack killed four Hezbollah members, but gave no further information.
And while Hezbullah is making noises about targeting 'Israeli officials' (a report whose origin was apparently from Haaretz), here in Israel it's believed that Hezbullah has a much greater interest in keeping Bashar al-Assad in power than in exacting revenge from the IDF, and that therefore there will be no response.
Hezbollah is so deeply involved in Syria that it has set up a special training camp to train the Syrian army, called the 881 barracks, a Hezbollah brigade commander told Now Lebanon in an interview.
Hezbollah did not directly refer to the attack, but made statements referring to the “Palestinian cause.”
“All that is occurring [in] our arenas will not accomplish our enemies’ goal of diverting our interest and concern from the Palestinian Cause,” said a Hezbollah statement released on Tuesday, according to Lebanon’s National News Agency.
The group condemned Israeli action after clashes broke out on Tuesday between police and Palestinians at the al-Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount.
Such rhetoric is typical for the group and seems to indicate that it wants to avoid any escalation with Israel.
I doubt that Hezbullah will respond. Any response would likely bring a full-scale attack on Lebanon and put Hezbullah's base there at risk. They cannot take that chance.

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