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US Busts Hezbollah Drug, Money-Laundering Scheme

(Photo: flickr/peaceworker46)

(Photo: flickr/peaceworker46)

While Iran is the major backer of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist organization – and will be able to back them even further now that sanctions have been eased – the terror group has its own sources of income, as well. However, Israel Hayom reports that one of these sources – a drug-trafficking and money-laundering scheme – has been busted by U.S. DEA:

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced on Monday that an international operation had led to the arrests of members of a Hezbollah cell in Europe involved in drug trafficking and money laundering.

According to the DEA, the Lebanese terrorist group uses the money it makes from the sale of cocaine in the U.S. and Europe to fund the purchase of weapons for use in Syria, where Hezbollah is fighting to preserve the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

A DEA statement said the “ongoing investigation spans the globe and involves numerous international law enforcement agencies in seven countries, and once again highlights the dangerous global nexus between drug trafficking and terrorism.”

 

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 at 7:22 AM  | Stand For Israel

Hezbollah Terror Cell Planned Attacks

(Photo: Shin Bet)

(Photo: Shin Bet)

While terrorists continue to kill and injure Israelis, Israel’s security has thwarted many more such attacks. The Times of Israel’s Judah Ari Gross reports that the son of Hezbollah’s leader had recruited a terror cell in the West Bank to carry out attacks against the Jewish state and its people:

A terror cell based in Tulkarem in the West Bank and recruited and funded by Lebanon-based Hezbollah planned to carry out a shooting attack and suicide bombings against Israelis, but was stopped by a joint operation of the Shin Bet security service and the army, officials announced on Wednesday.

Jawad Nasrallah, son of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, recruited the cell via social media, the Shin Bet said…

“The Hezbollah organization is trying to enlist and activate terror cells from afar secretly through the Internet,” the statement said…

“The Hezbollah organization is trying to ride the terror wave that has taken over Israel in recent months and is acting feverishly to inflame passions on the ground,” it said.

The cell was an attempt to incite the population and “seduce the youth into carrying out attacks as orders and with monetary funding,” the security service said.

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Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 at 7:28 AM  | Stand for Israel

IDF Shells Lebanon in Response to Bombing of Forces

(Photo: IDF Spokesperson)

(Photo: IDF Spokesperson)

A bomb – claimed by Hezbollah – was just detonated in an attack on IDF forces near the Lebanese border. The Times of Israel’s Judah Ari Gross reports that the IDF has shelled Lebanon in response to the explosion:

An improvised explosive device reportedly detonated near Israeli army bulldozers near the border with Lebanon Monday afternoon, the military said…

The bomb was a Hezbollah attack, according to a security source quoted by AFP.

Israel fired “targeted” artillery shells into Lebanon in response to the attack, the IDF said in a statement.

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Monday, January 4th, 2016 at 8:52 AM  | Stand for Israel

Rockets Hit Northern Israel Hours After Hezbollah Terrorist Killed

(Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90)

(Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90)

Most of the violence facing Israel in recent weeks has been that of terrorism in and around the Holy City, while most rocket attacks have been directed at southern Israel – launched from terrorist groups in Gaza. However, The Times of Israel reports that shortly after a Hezbollah terrorist was killed, rockets were launched into northern Israel:

At least three rockets landed early Sunday evening in open areas near the northern city of Nahariya in the Western Galilee, only hours after an alleged IDF airstrike killed Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar, who had been previously jailed in Israel for his part in the 1979 murders of a family…

Security forces were searching the area adjacent to Nahariya and along the border with Lebanon for other rockets that may have landed within Israeli territory. The IDF launched an investigation into the incident, and was attempting to determine who fired the rockets.

Lebanon’s Naharnet news site reported that two rockets were fired at Israel from the al-Hinniyeh area, and two more were fired from Tal al-Maaliyeh. Some reports by Lebanese media suggested that a fourth rocket may have landed in the sea.

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Monday, December 21st, 2015 at 7:28 AM  | Stand for Israel

Congress Cracks Down on Hezbollah’s Finances

(Photo: wikicommons/ yeowatzup)

(Photo: wikicommons/ yeowatzup)

While the free world faces the very real threat of terrorist attacks from many different groups, some good news came out yesterday in the American war on terror. The Times of Israel reports that the U.S. Congress has cracked down on those that finance Hezbollah:

The US House of Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to impose tough new sanctions on banks that knowingly do business with the Lebanon-based Shiite movement Hezbollah.

The House adopted the measure 422 to 0, following a unanimous vote in the Senate on November 17.

Obama will sign the legislation, a senior administration official told AFP, adding that the administration has worked with Congress for years “to intensify the pressure against the Hezbollah terrorist organization.”

 

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Thursday, December 17th, 2015 at 7:22 AM  | Stand for Israel

Boosted by Nuke Deal, Iran Ups Funding to Hezbollah, Hamas

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(Photo: flickr/theisraelproject)

Besides the obvious threat of a nuclear Iran, the deal made with the Islamic Republic poses many other dangers to Israel, the greater Middle East, the United States, and the world. One of these already being witnessed, reports The Times of Israel’s Avi Issacharoff, is increased funding to Iran’s terror proxies, Hezbollah and Hamas:

Since the deal was signed, Iran has significantly increased its financial support for two of the largest terror groups in the region that have become political players, Hamas and Hezbollah. In the years before the deal was signed, the crippling sanctions limited this support, which had significantly diminished along with Iran’s economy. But Tehran’s belief that tens, or hundreds, of billions of dollars will flow into the country in the coming years as a result of sanctions relief has led to a decision to boost the cash flow to these terror organizations.

This support, for example, has enabled Hezbollah to obtain highly developed new armaments, including advanced technologies that many militaries around the world would envy. Al-Rai, a Kuwaiti newspaper, reported Saturday that Hezbollah has received all the advanced weaponry that Syria has obtained from the Russians. The report cited a security source involved in the fighting in Zabadani, on the Syria-Lebanon border, where Hezbollah is fighting the al-Nusra Front, the Islamic State, and other groups. It is evidently the growing Iranian financial support that is enabling the Lebanese Shiite militia to purchase advanced weapons, including ones that were hitherto outside of its reach…

As regards the Palestinians, in the past two months, Iran has sent suitcases of cash – literally – to Hamas’s military wing in Gaza. Not everyone is happy about this, including some Hamas officials. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, who was always the man who controlled the money, has found himself outside the circle of Iranian funding over the summer. Tehran, which was none too pleased by his visit to Saudi Arabia and meeting with King Salman, decided to take revenge on him in an original way. It bypassed…

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Monday, September 21st, 2015 at 7:14 AM  | Stand For Israel

Justice Finds Child-Killer Terrorist

(Photos: wikicommons/Mardetanha)

(Photos: wikicommons/Mardetanha)

In the past, Stand for Israel has told the tragic story of the Harans, the Israeli family who in 1979 were murdered by terrorists. One of those child-killing terrorists, Samir Kuntar, was reportedly killed today by an IAF airstrike. Tablet’s Liel Leibovitz writes that an unrepentant murderer of children such as Kuntar at last received the justice he deserved:

Danny Haran, 31, and his daughter Einat, 4, were taken hostage. Smadar, Danny’s wife, managed to grab her infant daughter Yael, 2, and hide in the apartment’s narrow attic. Terrified, and anxious to keep the child from crying, Smadar accidentally choked her baby to death. Kuntar and his men, meanwhile, took Danny and Einat to the beach, where they were met by Israeli soldiers and police officers. A short firefight ensued, but Kuntar had other targets in mind. He shot Danny in the back at close range, murdering him in front of his small daughter. Then, he took Einat and smashed her skull against a rock with the butt of his rifle.

Samir Kuntar was captured later that evening, and sentenced to life in an Israeli prison. There, he married an Israeli citizen, completed a bachelor’s degree and part of a master’s degree through the Tel Aviv-based Open University, and contemplated a run to the Lebanese parliament, cashing on his popularity in his native country. On July 16, 2008, Kuntar was released as part of a deal between Israel and the Hezbollah, and wasted no time espousing his favorite cause and calling for the kidnapping and murder of more Israelis. If he was indeed killed this morning in Lebanon, it’s nothing less than justice finally served.

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 2:50 PM  | Stand For Israel

The New Hezbollah: How Israel’s Enemy Is Preparing for the Next War

(Photo: wikicommons/ yeowatzup)

(Photo: wikicommons/ yeowatzup)

Of the many alarming things about the Iranian nuclear agreement, one of the most frightening is the sanctions relief given to the Islamic Republic, and what Iran will do with these billions in funds. One of the main beneficiaries of this money will be Iran’s terrorist proxy, Hezbollah. Yediot Achronot’s Ronen Bergman provides a current and in-depth look at the terrorist organization as it continues to fight in Syria and prepares for its next war with Israel:

Despite Hezbollah’s tough situation – and perhaps because of it – Nasrallah and his men are constantly busy preparing for the next war in Israel. “They are operating on the ground as if the war is about to break out tomorrow morning,” says a senior military source…

According to estimates, Hezbollah currently has 80,000 to 100,000 missiles and rockets, which are all directed at Israel. In addition, the organization has greatly improved its unmanned aerial vehicles and has built a unit of “suicide” aircraft, which can reach many areas in Israel and explode on selected targets.

“Hezbollah has an interest to divert the attention from what is happening in Syria,” the journalist from Beirut says,” and to repeat all the time: Don’t think that the fighting in Syria is discouraging us from fighting Israel.”

A Lebanese journalist was recently permitted to enter some of the “modern bunkers” built by the organization. He was led there with his eyes covered, and the cover was only removed once the door behind him was closed. His report spoke about new electricity and ventilation systems, modern encoded communication with the Hezbollah headquarters in the Dahiya, and more. All this, he was explicitly told, is part of the preparations ahead of the next war with Israel…

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Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 7:28 AM  | Stand For Israel

They Touched the Sky: Remembering Those Lost in Second Lebanon War

July 12 marks the ninth anniversary of the start of the 2006 Second Lebanon War. On that day, Hezbollah terrorists began to fire rockets into Israel. At the same time, they ambushed an IDF patrol on the Israeli side of the border, killing three IDF soldiers and abducting two. These hostilities forced the Israeli military to respond, resulting in more than a month of conflict. During the war, 121 IDF soldiers were killed and 1,244 were wounded, while 44 Israeli civilians died and nearly 1,500 were injured. One of the brave IDF soldiers who lost her life was Sergeant Major Keren Tendler. In the above video, and this Jewish Journal article by Noga Gur-Arieh, Keren’s mother remembers her daughter, who paid the ultimate price to protect the Holy Land:

After completing the Air Force mechanics course, Keren entered squadron, and from the very first moment, she was simply elated. She called her family every day, thrilled, to share every experience. Then, she decided she wanted to become an on-flight mechanic on a “Yas’ur” helicopter. This type of job is far from simple, and this type of helicopter is very large and complex. She went through a series of tests, including boot camp and courses, as the sole woman in a group of men. But she was a natural athlete, a swimmer, and it helped her overcome the physical difficulties and reach higher benchmarks than her male companions.

In 2002, Keren finally started living her dream as the first woman to qualify to serve as an on-flight mechanic on a “Yas’ur” helicopter. In an interview with the Air Force magazine, she said: “I see myself as a combat soldier just like the others. My aim is to show other girls that they can do this job, too…”

“Yes. On August 11, she entered Lebanon for the first time on another flight that was aimed to support IDF forces in the field. She returned home late that night, and tried to calm us down by assuring us that everything was fine, quiet.

The next day she was on…

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Friday, July 10th, 2015 at 9:40 AM  | Stand For Israel

With a Score to Settle, Hezbollah Will Not Give Up

HezbollahSoldiersWriting for Yediot Achronot, Ron Ben-Yishai says that a recent attempt to plant explosives on Israeli side of Syria border fence shows an attempt to carry out an attack that leaves no Syrian fingerprints:

The attempted attack across Israel’s border with Syria on Sunday night would not be the first time that the Lebanon-based Hezbollah organization has tried place explosives beyond the border fence, in Israeli territory.

The aim was to place explosives so that the shrapnel would wound IDF patrols on the Israeli side of the border, leaving no Syrian fingerprints that could give Israel grounds to attack Damascus.

In the aftermath of the attack it is still unclear if Hezbollah was responsible. But it is certainly highly likely, using its own fighters and locals who work in its name.

The area where the explosives were planted is close to Syrian army fronts and is controlled by the Syrian regime, unlike the central and southern Golan Heights, which are under control of the rebels.

An almost identical type of attack occurred in March 2014, when an explosive was placed beyond the border fence, on the Israeli side, hitting an officer and soldiers from the Paratroopers Brigade.

The attack was similar to several others on the Lebanon border, with Hezbollah taking advantage of the fact that Israel built the border fence slightly to the west, several feet from the cease-fire line, so that it would be in a better topographical position to block infiltrations and shooting.  …

Stopping the attempted attack has reopened an account that Hezbollah wanted to close, and one can expect similar attempts in the future. In the meantime, the IDF is not taking any special measures, but there is no doubt that that there will be heightened intelligence awareness on the Golan Heights and in the north in general.

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 at 9:23 AM  | Stand For Israel