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MI chief: Hezbollah may try to attack north soon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent   
Monday, 21 July 2008


Military Intelligence Chief Amos Yadlin told cabinet ministers on Sunday that there is a chance Lebanon-based Hezbollah guerillas may attempt a terror attack on Israel's northern front in the near future.

According to Yadlin, Hezbollah views certain matters as unfinished business, namely the disputed border territories of Shaba Farms and the divided village of Ghajar, as well as Israel Air Force flights over Lebanon. Militants may use these issues as an excuse to carry out attacks, Yadlin said.

The intelligence chief also said that Israel's enemies are continuing to bolster military force out of concern that tensions in the region will escalate this summer.
Yadlin added that Syria is feeling increased international pressure and isolation because of its continued military support of Hezbollah, amid an environment of renewed ties with the West.

Last week, Israel and Hezbollah completed a long-awaited prisoner exchange, in which Hezbollah returned the bodies of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser in return for Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar, four Hezbollah militants and 197 bodies of enemy dead.

Now that the exchange has taken place, the defense establishment is worried that Hezbollah may seek a calculated escalation along the Lebanese border, and try to disrupt Israel Air Force flyovers in Lebanese airspace.

Hezbollah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah declared last Wednesday, Appearing alongside Samir Kuntar on the day of the prisoner exchange, that his organization would now try to free the Lebanese land still occupied by Israel.

"Our worry now is to free the rest of our lands ... protect our water and our sovereignty and our honor," Nasrallah said, calling the prisoner release a victory for the resistance.

Hezbollah on Saturday also announced it would attempt to kidnap Israeli soldiers again, according to statements made by the deputy head of the Lebanese Shi'ite militia, Sheikh Naim Kassam, Army Radio reported.

Meanwhile, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported last week that Hezbollah has deployed sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles in the mountains in central Lebanon, in order to threaten IAF flights.

Israeli intelligence sources said it appears the organization is looking for new excuses to clash with Israel, and that along with the fight for Shaba Farms (Mt. Dov), disrupting the flights could become another key area of operation. Until now, the IAF has enjoyed complete freedom of operation, which it used to collect intelligence.

Hezbollah identified this aerial freedom as its own weak spot - the IAF carried out attacks deep in Lebanon, and special forces reached the Lebanon Valley via helicopter.

Although senior military officers believe Israel still has substantial deterrent power over Hezbollah, they are concerned the organization is still seeking to "settle accounts" with Israel over the February assassination of Imad Mughniyah in Damascus.

Hezbollah blames the Mossad for the killing. There are general terror alerts for Israel and Israeli targets abroad, and Canada last month reported it had arrested five Hezbollah members seeking to attack the Israeli embassy there.



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