Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Israel can handle Hizbollah Rabbi jonathan Ginsburg

Syria Arming Hizbullah with More Missiles - Richard Beeston, Nicholas Blanford and Sheera Frenkel
With the help of experts from Iran and North Korea, Damascus is pressing ahead with its development of sophisticated missiles at a secret site built into Jabal Taqsis, a mountain near the opposition stronghold of Hama. The missile program is run by the Scientific Studies and Research Center in Damascus, which is on a U.S. sanctions list.
The Times reported last year that Hizbullah had taken delivery of two advanced Scud D surface-to-surface missiles with a range of 700 km. Since then, the Syrians have handed over eight more of the ballistic weapons, which have been assembled with the help of North Korean experts. The projectiles, which carry one-ton warheads, are accurate to within tens of meters and bring all of Israel, Jordan and large parts of Turkey within Hizbullah's range. Hizbullah also has M600 missiles based on the Iranian Fateh-110 - with a range of 250 km and 500 kg warheads.
Sources close to Hizbullah said the flow of weapons entering the Bekaa Valley from Syria had accelerated in March when protests erupted against the Assad regime. One Hizbullah fighter joked that the scale of the arms shipments into Lebanon was so great that "we don't know where to put it all." An Israeli military intelligence source said, "Now that they see Syria as possibly unstable, we are seeing the movement of a lot of weapons into Lebanon." (The Australian)


Hizbullah Lost the Second Lebanon War - Amira Lam and Yossi Yehoshua
Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, who just completed five years as commander of the IDF's Northern Command, said in an interview that since the Second Lebanon War in 2006: "Hizbullah has doubled its rocket capacity, but I think the improvements we've made - in terms of range of targets, firepower, and maneuverability - are greater in the long run. Today we are in a much better position opposite them. Our intelligence picture of the organization has greatly improved. Our target bank has also improved and Hizbullah understands this."
"The reason they have not acted against us in the past five years is not out of concern for the welfare of the residents of the State of Israel. This organization feels, in my opinion, that the ground is dropping from beneath its feet. Now the group is charged with the murder of Hariri, and Nasrallah fears for his life. The person who used to travel around Lebanon so grandly lives today in a bunker as the last of the wanted men and speaks to his people via plasma screens." (Yediot Ahronot-Hebrew, 15July2011)

See also Second Lebanon War Revealed Iran's "Shi'ite Crescent" - Yossi Melman
In evaluating the Second Lebanon War, with all due regret over the 121 soldiers who died and the hundreds more wounded, Israel came out of the war with significant strategic and political assets. The northern border has been quiet for five years. Contrary to Hizbullah's wishes, the Lebanese Army deployed in the south and an international force was stationed along the border, creating a barrier. Hizbullah's fortification line along the border was destroyed.

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