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Reported #Israel attack against #Hezbollah: why now?

18 Jan

Leader of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah. Source

According to the Lebanon based Daily Star newspaper, today, an Israeli attack against a number of vehicles on the Syrian side of the Golan heights killed 9 people. Among them were senior members of Hezbollah and an Iranian field commander.

Why would Israel undertake such an operation? And why now?

There are a number of possibilities:

1 – It appears that in his recent interview on the 15th of January, Hezbollah Chief Nasrallah set a red line for Israel. He stated:

“The repeated bombings that struck several targets in Syria are a major violation, and we consider that any strike against Syria is a strike against the whole of the resistance axis, not just against Syria,” he told the Beirut-based Arab news television.

The “axis of resistance” which he mentioned is made up of Iran, Syria and Hezbollah.

In other words, any attack against Syria will now be considered as an attack against Hezbollah and Iran, as well as Syria.

This declaration would be considered as a new red line, for Israel.

When it comes to Syria, Israeli security officials seem to have an allergic reaction to red lines being drawn for Israel.

For example, at the end of January 2013, Iran drew a red line for Israel around Syria. According to foreign reports, it took Israel only a couple of days to cross that line.

2 – We are getting close to elections in Israel. There is the possibility that Netanyahu may lose. At the beginning a Likud lead government headed by Netanyahu looked certain. By as time has passed, Netanyahu’s challenger Isaac Herzog from the Labour party has started to catch up.

So a war just before elections may boost Netanyahu’s chances. And lets face it, it would not be the first time that a war was started just before elections here in Israel. And Netanyahu would not be the first Israeli leader to do this.

3- In his interview with i24 news tonight, Amir Oren of Haaretz newspaper stated that we are getting close to the anniversary of the assassination of former Hezbollah commander Imad Mighniye who was killed on the 12 of February 2008. Hezbollah may have been planning to retaliate, and Israel may have decided to take the initiative.

4 – Perhaps Hezbollah was planning to place some of its Iran made Fatah 110 missiles and its other new missiles which Nasrallah bragged about in his recent interview on Israel’s border with the Syrian side of the Golan heights.

These are all possibilities. Lets not jump to conclusions. We just finished a war in Gaza based on the assumption of some people in Israel that the Hamas central command in Gaza had ordered the kidnapping and killing of 3 Israeli teenagers. It turns out that it had not.

Video: The #Israel Hospital Admitting #Syria Fighters

24 Dec

The war in Syria has caused lots of deaths and casualties.

Some of the injured opposition fighters have been brought to Israel.

Is it possible that some of them belong to the Al Qaeda affiliated Al Nusra front?

Why is Israel treating injured Syrian fighters? Are we trying to build goodwill towards Israel among the opposition, in case Assad falls? I hope so.

Simon Ostrovsky of VICE news has filmed a 4 part report from his recent trip to the Israel – Syria border.

Below you will find part 2, which includes an interview with an injured Syrian Free Army (SFA) fighter.

#ISIS terrorists love Pringles and the iphone 6

16 Dec

Imagine one of the poorest areas of Syria, namely the east of the country where for years very few if any could afford foreign-made products. 

Now imagine one of the most fundamentalist and puritanical movements in the world, namely ISIS living there.

Recently, demand for the latest technological products such as the iphone6 and western snacks such as Red Bull and Pringles have shot up in that part of Syria.

How does that work?

The podcast below from the Financial Times asks Erika Solomon, the FT correspondent in Beirut about this interesting phenomenon.

You can listen here

Ehud Barak interview with Russia Today

1 May

I have tremendous respect for Ehud Barak as a soldier and a strategist.

Israel and Israelis owe him much for his service and contribution to this country, especially the decision to withdraw from Lebanon in 2000, which he headed as prime minister.

It’s unfortunate that such a brilliant man also happened to be such a difficult person (please note that I am being polite). Almost all the politicians who worked with him fell out with him. His personality was a major reason. You hear about how badly he treated people. This is one reason why he no longer has a future in Israeli politics. Almost no one can or is willing to work with him.

This recent interview with Russia Today is recommended. You can agree or disagree with him, but he is someone who deserves to be listened to. He is a very clear thinker. He also seems to be a Putin fan..say what?

Israel, Iran and the Arab League conference

27 Mar

The annual Arab league conference just took place in Kuwait.

Where are the Arab leaders when many Arabs are being massacred in Syria and Egypt?

Which country in the Arab world is moving towards Islamic Jihad while trying to repair relations with Syria?

What about Pakistan? how does it play a part in the politics of the Arab world? How does Iran fit in all this?

With the Shiite – Sunni war raging in Syria, is the Palestine – Israel peace process still relevant? What should Israel do?

And last but not least: we know about the concept of Democracy, now meet its new Egyptian version called Democra-sisi. (Trademark Meir Javedanfar :-) )

To discuss these and more, Dr. Bruce Maddy – Weitzman of the Tel Aviv University Moshe Dayan centre and I took part in the I24 news “The Daily Debate” program.

Documentary- Rojava: Syria’s Unknown War

8 Jan

Map: Syria’s Kurdish inhabited areas

One of the lesser discussed angles of Syria’s current civil war is the Kurdish angle.

The country’s Kurds are an important minority. The political outcome of the current civil war for Syria’s Kurds could impact other Kurdish minorities in the region. It could also impact the region’s geopolitical map.

For now, Syria’s Kurds are facing an important and powerful enemy in Syria: Jihadist groups.

The documentary below looks at the Syrian Kurdish PYD party and its YPG militia, which is affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in neighboring Turkey.

According to VICE, which produced the documentary:

In September of 2013, VICE crossed the border into Syria’s Kurdish region to document the YPG’s counteroffensive against the jihadists, who had struck deep into rural Hassakeh in an attempt to surround and capture Ras al-Ayn.

You can watch the documentary below. I highly recommend it.

Nasrallah could be regretting his military support for Assad

19 Nov

If Assad goes, so does Nasrallah’s biggest weapon route from Iran, as well as a loyal ally. Therefore Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah does have some genuine geopolitical reasons for wanting Assad to stay.

But Nasrallah should have supported Assad with more discretion. When Assad is killing Sunni civilians en mass in Syria, sometimes even gassing them, Nasrallah standing politically by Assad’s side and declaring public support for him is only going to create more intense animosity towards Hezbollah in the Sunni world. And Al Qaeda and its Saudi sponsors are bound to take advantage from this opportunity for they have been waiting for many years to settle scores with Hezbollah. An example of this was witnessed today when Al Qaeda affiliated groups attacked Iran’s embassy which is situated in a Hezbollah stronghold.

If Nasrallah had no choice in the matter, which is also possible, then this only reinforces the belief that he is the Iranian regime’s puppet in Lebanon. Nasrallah should not have allowed Khamenei to have such a strong hold on him.

It would not be the first time Nasrallah has made a major mistake.

In 2006 he made the mistake of starting a war against Israel by crossing inside Israel’s border and killing two of its soldiers and then kidnapping their bodies. After the war, which cost Lebanon’s economy billions of dollars Nasrallah publicly regretted his decision.

Although not publicly, perhaps privately he is regretting Hezbollah’s support for Assad as well, or for having to listen to his Iranian commanders telling him to support Assad.

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