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Hezbollah Chief Urges War Against Israel, on Anniversary of Israeli Withdrawal from Lebanon

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah called on the Lebanese terror group to fight a war of “comprehensive resistance” against Israel in a speech on Tuesday, the 16th anniversary of the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.

In his speech, Nasrallah called Israel the “real enemy” and the biggest threat to the Middle East. He appealed to the so-called “resistance axis,” which includes Iran, its allied countries, and proxy militias, to continue its fight against Israel’s “occupation.”

Hezbollah Chief Urges War Against Israel, on Anniversary of Israeli Withdrawal from Lebanon

Iran Congratulates Hezbollah on 16th Anniversary of Israeli Withdrawal From Lebanon, Amid Claims Terror Group Digging Tunnels Along Border

Meanwhile, as the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reported, a front-page article in the pro-Hezbollah Lebanese daily Al-Safir on Wednesday asserted that “the Resistance” [Hezbollah] was digging tunnels along Israel’s northern border, causing “the settlers and enemy soldiers to lose sleep.”

According to MEMRI, the article, which appeared without a byline, discussed Hezbollah’s current situation and the group’s actions on both the Syrian and Israeli fronts. Saying that the “celebrations of liberty are held amid heartbreak mixed with joy,” due to the number of Hezbollah fighters killed in the Syrian civil war, on the one hand, and the “joy” over Hezbollah’s victory in some of the local elections held in Lebanon recently, the article went on to say: “In all of its rounds of fighting with the Israeli enemy, the resistance never faced what it has been facing for years in confronting the dark [elements] armed with the Prophet Muhammad’s Koran and Sunnah, who receive funding from tyrannical regimes and innumerable intelligence apparatuses, and are armed with military [equipment] that only armies possess.”

Iran Congratulates Hezbollah on 16th Anniversary of Israeli Withdrawal From Lebanon, Amid Claims Terror Group Digging Tunnels Along Border

Iranian commander: We can destroy Israel ‘in under 8 minutes’ | The Times of Israel

“If the Supreme Leader’s orders [are] to be executed, with the abilities and the equipment at our disposal, we will raze the Zionist regime in less than eight minutes,” Karimpour said Thursday, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency.

In November 2014, Khamenei stated that the “barbaric” Jewish state “has no cure but to be annihilated.” A plan titled “9 key questions about the elimination of Israel” was posted on his Twitter account, using the hashtag #handsoffalaqsa, in reference to the tensions on the Temple Mount. The sometimes grammatically awkward list explained the how and why of Khomeini’s vision for replacing Israel with a Palestinian state.

Iranian commander: We can destroy Israel ‘in under 8 minutes’ | The Times of Israel

Close Encounters: Russian and Israeli Planes Near Dogfight | Observer

Last month, on the eve of Passover, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu jumped onto his plane and rushed to Moscow. He returned later that same day.

The eve of Passover is arguably the busiest day of the year in Israel. It’s true for every sector of Israeli life, politics included. Busier even than the eve of Rosh HaShannah or Yom Kippur. And yet, Mr. Netanyahu flew off to visit President Vladimir Putin. The trip took on the status of “high risk” even “near crisis.” A pro forma visit to Moscow had been planned to Russia, but without the urgency.

The agenda was hurriedly changed after a Russian fighter jet was scrambled to intercept an Israeli jet. And the week before that, Israeli jets were targeted by Russian jets. Israel did not respond to these aggressive Russian acts, the air force showed maturity by not responding and risking a major international crisis.

Close Encounters: Russian and Israeli Planes Near Dogfight | Observer

Iran Supporting Assad to Help Hezbollah Fight Israel, Experts Tell Senate | The Tower

Iran is propping up the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in order to ensure that Hezbollah, which both countries support, has the continued capability to wage war against Israel, expert witnesses told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a hearing Tuesday.

“The gains made by the Assad regime (with Russian and Iranian help) over the past eight months enhance the disturbing prospect of a Syrian government remaining in power in Damascus that is dependent on Iranian funding, Iranian military support, and the importation of Iranian-backed militias,” Tamara Cofman Wittes, the director of the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy, wrote in her prepared testimony (.pdf). “Iran is deeply committed to the survival of its Alawi client and the maintenance of Syria as a channel for Iranian support to Hizballah,” she added.

Iran Supporting Assad to Help Hezbollah Fight Israel, Experts Tell Senate | The Tower

The next war in the Middle East? (Opinion) – CNN.com

“… the truth is that an Israeli-Lebanese [Hezbollah] war that could plunge the Middle East into even greater chaos remains a genuine possibility.”

The death in Syria last week of Mustafa Badriddine, Hezbollah’s top operational commander in Syria, automatically and inevitably raised the fear of another confrontation between Israel and Hezbollah. After all, Lebanese media close to Hezbollah had been quick to accuse the Israelis of killing its storied terror operative.

Hezbollah soon suggested that Israel was not, after all, responsible. Instead, it announced that its man was killed by insurgent groups that the Lebanese Shia militia has been fighting in Syria. Yet while we may never find out the exact circumstances of Badriddine’s death, and while the potential for a new and deadly war in the Middle East has, for the time being, been averted, the truth is that an Israeli-Lebanese war that could plunge the Middle East into even greater chaos remains a genuine possibility.

The next war in the Middle East? (Opinion) – CNN.com

The next article sounds like a cheap trick to me. Israel just took out Hezbollah’s top commander and now the new Hezbollah Chief of Staff wants a truce with Israel. I’m wondering if he just wants this truce to prepare for war with Israel? We’ll probably find out soon enough.

New Hezbollah Chief of Staff Declares Truce with Israel

Mustafa Mughniyeh, who replaced Hezbollah’s slain Chief of Staff Mustafa Badreddine, has reportedly declared that Israel, at least for now, is no longer considered the enemy of the Shiite organization. According to cairoportal.com, citing a source they say is familiar with Hezbollah’s internal affairs, Mughniyeh is planning to carry out a major attack against the Saudis.

The Jewish Press » » New Hezbollah Chief of Staff Declares Truce with Israel

Israel expanding ‘Iron Dome’ missile system to warships to protect offshore gas fields | Fox News

Israel on Wednesday said it plans to expand a key missile-defense system to warships, in a bid to protect the country’s lucrative offshore gas fields amid growing aerial threats from regional adversaries.

Israel’s military said it had successfully tested a naval version of its land-based Iron Dome system in recent weeks and would begin deploying it on its newest frigates to protect the country’s strategic assets, including its gas rigs.

Israel expanding ‘Iron Dome’ missile system to warships to protect offshore gas fields | Fox News

French journalist: Hezbollah asked us to avoid saying Israel killed its military chief – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

“On Friday, I spoke with a diplomat in the Levant who told me that the anti-Assad Syrian armed groups do not have the ability to produce such a sophisticated operation even if Israel could resort to use the services of one of these groups,” the French reporter added.

According to Malbrunot, the foreign diplomat told him that “It could be little doubt that the assassination of Badreddine is the continuation of the Israeli liquidations of Hezbollah’s senior leaders.”

French journalist: Hezbollah asked us to avoid saying Israel killed its military chief – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

At some point we will see Hezbollah retaliate against Israel. And when that retaliation comes there will be war.

Hizbollah blames jihadists, not Israel, for killing of military chief Mustafa Badreddine

A statement on Saturday morning said: “An investigation has shown that the blast that targeted one of our positions near the Damascus international airport, that led to the martyrdom of the brother commander Mustafa Badreddine, was caused by artillery bombardment carried out by takfiri groups present in that region.”

“Takfiri” is a term applied to Sunni Islamist radicals who declare other Muslims to be apostates, and is particularly associated with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

However, the Assad regime and its allies, including Hizbollah, regularly use it to refer to any of the Islamist groups they are fighting.

The claim caused some scepticism from observers, including the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, a monitor of the war.

Hizbollah blames jihadists, not Israel, for killing of military chief Mustafa Badreddine

Israel Gains the Upper Hand over Hamas in Gaza’s Subterranean War | Frontpage Mag

In mid-April, Israeli forces secured the capture of Mahmoud Atauna, a senior Hamas operative active in the tunnel business. He provided his interrogators with a treasure trove of information on Hamas operations and activities including those involving the terror tunnels. That same month, the Shin Bet scored another intelligence coup capturing another operative whom officials said provided “extensive information on Hamas activities to dig tunnels that are to be used for Hamas fighters to infiltrate Israeli areas.”

Israel’s anti-tunneling efforts have paid off. In recent weeks, the IDF has uncovered two well-constructed tunnels extending into Israel proper and buried several dozen meters below ground. Hamas terrorists watched helplessly from their posts as Israeli forces converged on their prized possessions, which had taken months, if not years, to construct. In an effort to distract the IDF, Hamas breached the ceasefire which had held since August 2014 and fired a number of mortar rounds. Israel responded with accurate tank fire and airstrikes. Hamas got the message and backed off.

Israel Gains the Upper Hand over Hamas in Gaza’s Subterranean War | Frontpage Mag

ANALYSIS: Hezbollah Doesn’t Want Border War, But Likely to React Following Top Terror Commander’s Death

Israel is bracing for a possible Hezbollah response following the announcement on Friday that one of its top commanders, arch terrorist Mustafa Badreddine, was eliminated in an explosion.

Without citing any actual evidence, Nawar al-Saheli, a Hezbollah member of Lebanon’s parliament, claimed on Friday that Israel was behind the attack and threatened retaliation.

“This is an open war and we should not preempt the investigation but certainly Israel is behind this,” Badreddine commented to the Hezbollah-controlled al-Manar TV station. “The resistance will carry out its duties at the appropriate time.”

ANALYSIS: Hezbollah Doesn’t Want Border War, But Likely to React Following Top Terror Commander’s Death