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LEBANON: Israel prepping for Nasrallah kill, says Hezbollah

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Everyone in Lebanon has been noticing how Hezbollah's rhetoric has been heating up lately. 

The group's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, made it clear in a number of speeches this week that his party would tolerate neither spies, Israeli "aggression" nor what he described as Lebanese government hypocrisy. 

It's volatile talk ahead of critical June 7 elections in which Hezbollah needs to sway at least some Christians to vote in its favor.

On Monday, Nasrallah warned that the Islamic militant group would be on high alert as Israel prepared to conduct its largest military maneuvers since 1961, a series of armed forces and emergency services drills expected to take place toward the end of the month.

Now, the group's former international relations officer, Nawaf Moussawi, tells the pan-Arab daily Al Sharq al Awsat that the drills are a "rehearsal to confront the repercussions of the assassination of Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, which will lead, if achieved, to a total explosion."

Although Israel has not discussed the drills publicly, the left-leaning Israeli daily Haaretz reported that the air force carried out drills Thursday and that the United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon had assured the Lebanese government that the maneuvers were defensive and nonthreatening.

Moussawi goes on to say that Hezbollah is dealing with these maneuvers "responsibly and seriously" but also with "readiness and alertness" in case Israel has decided to assassinate Nasrallah.

Local media have been reporting that at least one of the suspects arrested and charged with spying for Israel recently was tasked with pinpointing Nasrallah's exact location, thought to be a secret underground bunker somewhere in Beirut.

Moussawi's comments are made against a background of tightened security on the part of both Hezbollah and Lebanon's Internal Security Forces, which have arrested yet another suspected spy, identified only as Ziyad S., according to the Lebanese daily Al Akhbar. 

The paper also reported Hezbollah's discovery of a number of "spy cameras" at the entrances to businesses and organizations in Beirut's southern suburbs, where most of the party's offices are located.

Speaking via closed-circuit television to festive crowds gathered in the southern town of Nabatiyeh today for the anniversary of Israel's 2000 withdrawal from southern Lebanon, Nasrallah warned against allowing sectarian politics to interfere with the spy-network investigations.

"I say, start by executing the agents from the Shiite community!" he said to thunderous applause.

Nasrallah went on to suggest the alleged agents might be connected to the series of bombing and assassinations that had rocked the country since 2005.

-- Meris Lutz in Beirut

Photo: With the image of an Israeli funeral as a back drop, flag-waving Hezbollah supporters in Lebanon watch a video address by the Islamic militant group's leader Hassan Nasrallah on a TV screen. Credit: Mohammed Zaatari / Associated Press

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The humanistic resolution of the Palestinian dilemma would be that the Palestinians would stop trying to demolish Israel and accept that it exists. When Gaza was given back they had a second chance...as did Egypt when it made peace with Israel, as did Jordan when it made peace with Israel.

Gaza instead voted in leaders that had a charter dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Even the return of Gaza didn't change that. So now they want even more land so they can have more sites in which to send off rockets toward Israel. Please. Be real.

What do you expect Hezbollah to say...Israel is good and not their enemy. Their rhetoric reflects their position and feelings and how they have no respect for the law. They were kicked out of Lebanon years ago and stayed and started War and destroyed much of the country, but in their heads they won. Typical violent Muslim behavior.

Lofty idealistic political speeches will not change the reality of the Middle East or US dependence on its oil. The timing of this political sermon was centered on the elections in Lebanon. Nasrallah and Netanyahu were laughing and plotting to destroy each other as Obama spoke. As an American I was not the least bit swayed by this clever Obama (Clinton)/Israel effort to divert attention away from the Lebanese elections or sway the Christian vote. Very few Americans even know that elections are being held unless they know Middle Eastern politics. I believe Obsma has a confused religious identity. Maybe the young people of Cairo are impressed. I was not.

Nassrullah is right to be concerned. How we might see Hezbollah is irrelevant. Israel's leaders as a bunch of terrorists threatenening Israel's security. It will not hesitate to eliminate such a perceived threat. Just as it did not hesitate to assasinate a poor old blind man who was the spiritual leader of Hamas.

Hezbollah is the voice of independant Lebanon. Harriri is the voice of Washington, Hamas the voice of Palestine and the PLO the reluctant voice of Jerusalem.

The rhetorical tactic of Nasrallah.
Nasrallah has one rhetorical tactic that he deploys every time Hezbollah experiences internal pressure in Lebanon: he accuses his opponents of working for the CIA, the Mossad, the Jews, or the Americans. For Nasrallah “there is an American plan that we are fighting against. This is the nature of the crisis.” And: “This struggle is between an honorable resistance, which is endorsed by Arabs and Muslims, and the United States and its allies.” More about the “honorable resistance” at : http://israelagainstterror.blogspot.com/2008/08/hizbullahs-role-in-attacks-against-us_30.html

The rhetorical tactic of Nasrallah.
Nasrallah has one rhetorical tactic that he deploys every time Hezbollah experiences internal pressure in Lebanon: he accuses his opponents of working for the CIA, the Mossad, the Jews, or the Americans. For Nasrallah “there is an American plan that we are fighting against. This is the nature of the crisis.” And: “This struggle is between an honorable resistance, which is endorsed by Arabs and Muslims, and the United States and its allies.” More about the “honorable resistance” at : http://israelagainstterror.blogspot.com/2008/08/hizbullahs-role-in-attacks-against-us_30.html

meant to add "would be bombed."

The difference between legitimate freedom fighting and terrorism is the use of violence against innocent civilians. Say all you want about Israel policies, if Israel were to let down it's security, more buses, pizza parlors, schools and shopping malls. How dare you compare these cowardly murderers to our countries founding fathers?

USA to Israel: We must have peace in the Middle East?

How do we categorize the fighters of the wars of 1775-1783, the wars of American Independence? The forces from the 13 colonies assembled and fought an asymmetric war against the organized forces of England. When the members of these American forces were captured by the English forces, often they were killed and labeled as terrorists.

How do we label the defense-liberation forces of Lebanon and Palestine? Do we call these terrorists because they have been fighting those who have occupied their land, killed their families and children? As Americans would we fight for the defense of our homeland? Those who help the people of Palestine and Lebanon are called the sponsors of terrorists. France helped our forces to fight the British forces. Were French sponsoring the American terrorists?

The success or failure of the administration of President Obama with Israel would determine the nature of future stability for the Middle East. Any rational and humanistic resolution of Palestinian dilemma has been non-starter with Israel. The problems of Palestinian subjugation to Israel occupation are the seeds for an unstable world including the Middle East.

The Palestinian issue, over 40 years of baffling by Israel throwing one excuse after another to derail any prospect, is independent of any other world concern for the US administration. Secretary of State Clinton should not allow Israel to dictate the foreign policy of the United States. USA can’t afford war after war to support failed attempts to stabilize the region. Palestinians have paid a high price for failed attempts to consider the human side of the Palestinians struggle for peaceful life.

The problem of Iranian nuclear fuel cycle is just a diversion from the real problems in the Middle East, the problem is a humanistic resolution of Palestinian dilemma.


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