Category Archives: Israel

IDF officer: Hezbollah gearing up for war, just like in 2006 | The Times of Israel

An IDF battalion commander stationed on Israel’s border with Lebanon on Wednesday said the Hezbollah terror group’s recent activity was “reminiscent of what they did before the Second Lebanon War.”

In an interview with Channel 2, Lt. Col. Eliav Elbaz described how Hezbollah was “obsessively” monitoring Israeli soldiers from across the border.

“The other side is obsessively gathering [information] about everything happening here, everything our security forces [are doing],” Elbaz said.

“Right now they’re up to their necks in the war in Syria, but we still see them walking around” and scouting the Israeli positions, he said. It’s “reminiscent of what they did before the Second Lebanon War,” he added.

Of a possible future crisis, he said “we’re not going to see small war in Lebanon. It’s going to be decisive. It’s going to be full-scale war.”

IDF officer: Hezbollah gearing up for war, just like in 2006 | The Times of Israel

Related: Has the countdown to next Hamas-Israel war begun? – Al-Monitor | 1913 Intel

Has the countdown to next Hamas-Israel war begun? – Al-Monitor

But on April 14, an anonymous senior Israeli officer made an unprecedented statement about Israel Defense Forces (IDF) plans for the next potential military confrontation with Hamas in Gaza. Israeli media reported that the official was a prominent source from the IDF leadership in the southern area.

The Israeli plan for a potential war against Hamas in Gaza received wide media coverage in the Palestinian and Israeli press. It calls for each Israeli battalion to kill as many Hamas members as possible and thwart the movement’s moves and goals. The IDF has developed a strong defense and attack system capable of protecting the Gaza envelope and minimizing the threat of mortar shells, while the Israeli air force would launch an extraordinary and efficient offensive.

Abu Mujahid, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees, told Al-Monitor, “The resistance in Gaza is preparing itself for the worst in its upcoming confrontation with the Israeli army. We take the IDF threats to launch a new war against Gaza very seriously. We have growing speculations that the Israeli enemy has begun the countdown for a new aggression against Gaza, and the resistance is getting prepared around the clock in order not to give the Israeli army a chance to launch a sudden attack.”

Has the countdown to next Hamas-Israel war begun? – Al-Monitor

Bahrain warms to Israel: Iran ‘our biggest problem’ | World Tribune

Gulf states are looking to improve relations with Israel while sending a message to Iran that it is “our biggest problem,” Bahrain’s foreign minister said.

Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said several Gulf states decided to cut ties with Iran and designate Hizbullah a terror organization to let Teheran know that “we are serious in confronting them.”

Bahrain warms to Israel: Iran ‘our biggest problem’ | World Tribune

Israeli general warns of ‘devastating war’ with Hezbollah – The Washington Post

Golan said any future war will be “much harsher” than anything experienced in the past 20 years.

“In any future crisis, they are not going to see a small war in Lebanon. It’s going to be decisive. It’s going to be full-scale war,” he said.

“That could create devastating damage to Lebanon,” including in civilian areas, where he said Hezbollah hides and operates. “There is no other way to take out this threat without … creating large damage to the Lebanese infrastructure, to Lebanese houses and other civilian facilities.”

Israeli general warns of ‘devastating war’ with Hezbollah – The Washington Post

What do think Hezbollah, Iran and Syria are thinking when they hear stuff like this? Should they play nice?

Hezbollah, Iran and Syria are saying to themselves, we are going to launch an attack with chemical weapons that is so massive that Israel’s existence will be terminated. Israel will not get a chance to counter-attack, unless it uses its nuclear arsenal. And I think Israel will use nuclear weapons in response to a chemical weapons attack.

So, in the next war with Israel, I expect only one side to exist when the dust settles.

Israeli military uncovers first Hamas tunnel into Israel since 2014 war | World news | The Guardian

The Israeli military has destroyed a Hamas tunnel that had penetrated southern Israel, the first to be detected since the end of the last war in Gaza in 2014.

The tunnel – about 30-40 metres deep, lined with concrete slabs and equipped with communication lines, air supply and rails for further excavation – was uncovered last week although its existence was confirmed only on Monday.

The tunnel reportedly entered Israel in an area some distance from Israeli military bases and civilian homes.

Speaking at a media briefing, Lt Col Peter Lerner said the tunnel extended several hundred metres under Israel and was large enough for a man to stand in.

Israeli military uncovers first Hamas tunnel into Israel since 2014 war | World news | The Guardian

Defector Iranian Pilot Threatens to Seek Asylum in Israel So He Can Take Down Regime | The Tower

An Iranian helicopter pilot who defected to Turkey last year has threatened to move to Israel and work against the Iranian regime if it does not stop harassing his son and wife, the Times of Israel reported on Wednesday.

Maj. Ahmad-Reza Khosravi, who flew for the Iranian Security Service, told the Times that he fled Iran after repeated attempts to leave the service due to his ideological differences with the government. Khosravi said that if the regime did not stop harassing his wife and son, he would seek to hurt the regime. “If you do not leave me alone and stop harassing my family, I will seek asylum in Israel and start fighting you, even with arms,” Khosravi said in a message to Iranian leaders.

After 19 years in the service, Khosravi said that he wanted to resign “due to the differences in beliefs and opinions with the regime, and since I do not believe in the religion of Islam….I had problems with the regime’s policies, because they are based on deception, duplicity and lies.”

Defector Iranian Pilot Threatens to Seek Asylum in Israel So He Can Take Down Regime | The Tower

Report: US Army Building Fortified Missile Base in Israel Against Potential Iranian Threat | Algemeiner.com

The US is building a fortified missile base in central Israel to be permanently manned in case of a regional emergency, according to i24News, citing a report in the Hebrew news site Walla on Thursday.

According to the report, Israeli security sources said that the base is in advanced stages of construction and is being built in response to the potential missile threat posed by Iran. The base, which can withstand a ballistic-missile attack, will be connected to a nearby US Army-run radar facility in Dimona, located in the Negev Desert. Dimona is the location of the Negev Nuclear Research Center, an Israeli nuclear installation that is historically suspected of housing Israel’s nuclear weapons program.

Report: US Army Building Fortified Missile Base in Israel Against Potential Iranian Threat | Algemeiner.com

Expert Says Israel Supplied Baku With Missiles a Day Before Attacks | Asbarez.com

An Israeli military strategist reported that Israel supplied Azerbaijan with laser anti-tank missiles on March 31, one day before Baku launched a savage attack against all border targets in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Voice of America Armenian Service reported.

Alexander Murinson from the Strategic Research Department of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies within Bar-Ilan University of Israel said Azerbaijan has claims for a new role in the region, and it attempts to clarify its position on the Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh. Also, he reflected on the sources of Azerbaijan’s purchase of weapons.

“On March 31, Israel supplied laser anti-tank missiles to Azerbaijan,” Murinson noted. “Azerbaijan is the first country to acquire these missiles, and this certainly has given an advantage to its military capabilities. Even though Israel does not officially support any side in the conflict, it obviously has close ties with Baku.”

Expert Says Israel Supplied Baku With Missiles a Day Before Attacks | Asbarez.com

Game Changer: German newspaper Bild claims Hezbollah has the SA-17, it’s a ‘big deal,’ expert says

The Hezbollah terrorist organization recently acquired an advanced missile system, a German news outlet claimed on Thursday evening, which — if true — could have serious implications for the Israeli Air Force.

The Iran-funded terror group somehow came into possession of the Russian SA-17 missile battery, which had previously been given to the Bashar Assad regime, journalist Julian Roepke of the German Bild newspaper said on Twitter, citing anonymous, but presumably Israeli, “intelligence sources.”

The German report did not indicate where the alleged SA-17 battery was being kept or when it fell into Hezbollah’s hands, and the IDF has not responded to requests for comment.

However, if the information is indeed credible, this development would be “interesting,” said Nadav Pollack, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Studies, whose research focuses on Hezbollah.

If Hezbollah has the SA-17, it’s a ‘big deal,’ expert says | The Times of Israel

If the SA-17 is a red line, then what will Israel do? It would appear that this SA-17 is now game for attack. Interestingly, on March 21, 2016 the leader of Hezbollah made it clear that an attack on Lebanon will bring a response from Hezbollah where nothing is off the table.

Right now we don’t know the location of the SA-17. It might be in Syria.

Globes English – We’ll hit Russian arms going to Hezbollah, Netanyahu tells Putin [April 20, 1915]

An Israeli official told “Defense News” that Israel was monitoring active and ongoing leakage of Russian material, including SA-22 short-range and SA-17 medium-range anti-aircraft missiles, from Syria to Hezbollah allies in Lebanon. “We’ve discussed this with our friends in Washington and Europe and made multiple demarches to Moscow over a period of weeks and months. Our red line policy is clear: We view unauthorized third-party transfers of Russian-origin equipment as legitimate targets,” “Defense News” quotes the official as saying.

Several attacks on Syrian territory in the past couple of years that appeared to destroy convoys carrying weaponry to Hezbollah in Lebanon have been attributed to Israel.

Globes English – We’ll hit Russian arms going to Hezbollah, Netanyahu tells Putin

Hezbollah chief warns Israel there will be ‘no red lines’ [March 21, 2016]

The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah has warned Israel against attacking Lebanon, saying it will fight any new war with the Jewish state without any red lines.

In an interview with the Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen station Monday, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah says the group has a comprehensive list of targets in Israel that includes nuclear reactors and biological research centers it can hit.

“There will be no ceiling, limits or red lines,” he said. “We can strike any target we want inside occupied Palestine.”

Hezbollah chief warns Israel there will be ‘no red lines’

Liberman: Corruption probes will topple [Israeli] government within months | The Times of Israel

Former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman said Saturday the recently announced corruption investigations into two senior lawmakers will destabilize the political system and bring down Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition before the end of 2016.

A once staunch ally of the prime minister, Liberman asserted during a cultural event in Modi’in that the graft probe into Interior Minister Aryeh Deri would unseat Netanyahu’s coalition, which has only a narrow Knesset majority. The investigation into opposition leader Isaac Herzog would also contribute to destabilizing the Knesset, he added.

Liberman: Corruption probes will topple government within months | The Times of Israel