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A “Double War Crime”

Photo: Ashernet

Photo: Ashernet

Responding to today’s rocket attacks on Israel from Lebanon, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said:

“What is happening in Lebanon is that Hezbollah is stationing thousands of missiles and rockets in apartments, in the heart of the civilian population, and is thus perpetrating two war crimes simultaneously. It is organizing the firing at civilians, just as it did today, and it is hiding behind civilians as human shields … This is a double war crime that that is being perpetrated under the aegis of the Lebanese government and army, which are not lifting a finger to prevent this arming and these crimes. We hold the Lebanese government responsible for this development.”

There’s more on this volatile and dangerous situation on the IDF blog. Please, keep the people of Israel in your prayers today.

 

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Sunday, December 29th, 2013 at 8:07 AM  | Stand For Israel

Hezbollah Pointed to over Deadly Beirut Blast

(Photo: wikicommons/ upyernoz)

(Photo: wikicommons/ upyernoz)

A bombing in Beirut killed Mohamad Chatah, advisor to Lebanon’s former prime minister, Saad al-Hariri. Four others were killed along with Chatah — a vocal critic of both Hezbollah and Syrian President Bashar Assad — when the car carrying them was destroyed by an explosion. Hariri blamed Hezbollah for the bombing:

“As far as we are concerned the suspects … are those who are fleeing international justice and refusing to represent themselves before the international tribunal,” Hariri said, referring to five Hezbollah suspects indicted for the 2005 killing of his father.

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Friday, December 27th, 2013 at 10:49 AM  | Stand For Israel

Breaking: Lebanese Sniper Kills IDF Soldier Near Border

Lebanon-Israel border

The IDF suspects the Lebanese soldier was acting alone:

A Lebanese army sniper killed an Israeli soldier near the border fence near Rosh Hanikra on Sunday night.

An initial IDF assessment, based on data from lookout positions on the border, found shots were fired by a soldier from the Lebanese Armed Forces who apparently was acting alone.

Six to seven shots were fired at the IDF soldier who was standing on a road adjacent to the electronic border fence with Lebanon.

Please pray for the loved ones of the solider who was killed, and for the safety of all the brave men and women of the IDF who put their lives at risk every day defending their country.

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Sunday, December 15th, 2013 at 5:39 PM  | Stand For Israel

Syria and Hezbollah Have Hollowed Out the Lebanese State

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(Photo: Wikimedia Commons/ Darwinek)

We disagree with Hussein Ibish on most of the particulars in the Middle East, but he is no terrorist apologist and his viewpoint is usually worth a look – especially when he isn’t talking about Israel or the United States. Here, Ibish dissects the debilitating impact that Bashar al-Assad’s Syria and the terrorists of Hezbollah have had on Lebanon:

In fact the Lebanese political crisis – fuelled, if not created, by the Syrian conflict – is perhaps even more alarming than the spillover of physical violence seen thus far. The Lebanese state is experiencing a degree of fragmentation and disarray that is, for its institutions, at least as severe as what happened in the worst periods of the civil war. The spillover thus threatening the equilibrium of unstable elements that has held Lebanon together, more or less, in recent years.

 

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Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at 9:10 AM  | Stand For Israel

Israel Strikes Terrorist Targets in Lebanon

IAF-300x199In response to yesterday’s rocket fire into northern Israel, early Friday morning the IAF struck terrorist targets north of Beirut:

The Israeli Air Force struck a “terrorist” target 7 kilometers south of Beirut early on Friday morning, the IDF said in a statement.

The airstrike was carried out in response to four rockets being fired from Lebanon into northern Israel on Thursday.

“Yesterday’s attack is a blatant breach on Israeli sovereignty that jeopardized Israeli civilian life. Israel will not tolerate terrorist aggression originating from Lebanese territory,” the IDF said in a statement.

The IDF Spokesman Brig-Gen. Yoav Mordechai said that the Israel Air Force struck targets a few kilometers from Beirut, and that “echoes of the blasts could be heard in Beirut.”

“The strike forms a clear message by the IDF and Israel to decision makers in Lebanon whom we see as responsible for yesterday’s rocket attack,” Mordechai said.

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Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at 8:15 AM  | Stand For Israel

Bomb Kills 22 in Beirut Hezbollah Stronghold

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From the Lebanon Daily Star:

A car bomb killed at least 22 people and wounded over 150 in the southern suburb of Beirut Thursday, a stronghold of Hezbollah, security sources told The Daily Star.

The evening attack, which the Lebanese Army confirmed was a car bomb, occurred on the main road between Ruwaiss and Bir al-Abed, a neighborhood of the southern suburb that in July was the target of a similar explosion, the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

Lebanon has seen a spike of security incidents linked to the crisis in neighboring Syria, particularly after Hezbollah announced in May it was fighting alongside forces loyal to President Bashar Assad against rebels in Syria.

The car bombing Thursday occurred around sunset as residents returned home from work.

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Thursday, August 15th, 2013 at 1:28 PM  | Stand For Israel

Four IDF Soldiers Injured Near Lebanese Border

Four Israeli Defense Soldiers were injured this morning by a blast near the Lebanese border. Though the injuries were not life-threatening, the soldiers were airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment. JPost reports:

Photo: IDF

Photo: IDF

For most of Wednesday, security officials declined to comment on the incident, until Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon broke the official silence to say that the soldiers were on a routine mission to ensure quiet along the border “for northern residents” and “the residents of Israel in general.”

“During the operational activity, the force went over an explosive device. We are of course investigating the incident, [and seeking to verify] if this is an old or new device,” the defense minister added.

The IDF said it was monitoring developments on the northern border.

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 at 3:56 PM  | Stand For Israel

E.U.’s Moral Confusion on Terrorism

HezbollahSoldiers-300x199The Europeans aren’t confused about European terror groups like the Red Brigade or the Irish Republican Army. So Emanuele Ottolenghi, writing at Commentary Magazine, wonders why there’s so much confusion about Hezbollah. Yes, the E.U. finally decided to place them on their terror list – but only the “armed wing” of Hezbollah!

But the E.U. sticks to its own imagined distinction when it comes to radical Islamic groups engaged in terrorist activities. Though you will be hard pressed to find reference to an armed wing of Hezbollah within Hezbollah, such references abound in the Western press. It is a convenient way to avoid having to tackle the problem of Hezbollah–a proxy of the Iranian regime whose ideology justifies the use of violence for political ends and whose entire structure thus serves the purpose of carrying out such violence.

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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 at 7:58 AM  | Stand For Israel

E.U. Designates Hezbollah a Terrorist Organization

(Flickr/ Xavier Häpe)

(Flickr/ Xavier Häpe)

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu applauds the European Union’s decision to include Hezbollah on its list of terrorist organizations:

“I welcome the fact that the EU has also declared Hezbollah to be a terrorist organization and I thank the leaders of its member states. In recent years, the State of Israel has invested great effort in explaining to all EU member states that Hezbollah is the terrorist arm of the Iranian regime and perpetrates attacks around the world. For years, the organization has carried out attacks against innocent civilians across the globe. Recently, it has sought to perpetrate dozens of attacks, some of which were actually carried out, in Asia, Africa, America and Europe, including the reprehensible murder in Bulgaria and an attack that was foiled in Cyprus.”

It’s a good decision by the E.U.; it’s a bit difficult to combat a threat if you can’t call a foe by its rightful name.  Still, it’s worth noting that the move comes only after months of prolonged debate, and intense diplomatic pressure from the U.S. and Israel. Which begs the question: what took you so long, E.U.? We don’t expect a reply, of course. Instead we’ll give the last word to journalist Michael Totten, who knows Lebanon and Hezbollah better than most, and narrows the field of plausible answers to the question of why the E.U. dragged its feet for so long by telling us what the answer surely isn’t:

[Hezbollah’s] first act of terrorism was the destruction of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut in 1983. I could sit here all day and list all the incidents between then and now, but I won’t. European officials know perfectly well what Hezbollah has done. Their refusal to blacklist it has nothing to do with their ignorance or with Hezbollah’s innocence.

 

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Monday, July 22nd, 2013 at 2:11 PM  | Stand For Israel

Anniversary of Two Hezbollah Attacks

Hezbollah_FlagNineteen years ago today, a terrorist drove a van filled with explosives up to the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (also known as the AMIA, or Argentine Israelite Mutual Association) building in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and detonated the charge, killing 85 people, and injuring 300. It is also the one-year anniversary of the bombing of a bus filled with Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria. That attack killed six people, and injured 32.

The culprit in both of these attacks was the same: Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed, Lebanon-based terrorist group that has proven, with these and other attacks on Jewish, Israeli, and western targets, that its deadly reach extends far beyond the Middle East. While it has taken the European Union months of deliberation to decide whether to label Hezbollah a terrorist organization, the victims of any of Hezbollah’s murderous attacks undoubtedly wouldn’t hesitate to do so.

Today, please take a moment to remember in your prayers the victims of the terrible attacks in Buenos Aires and Burgas. And give thanks, too, for the men and women who put their lives on the line fighting terrorism around the globe.

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Thursday, July 18th, 2013 at 12:51 PM  | Stand For Israel