Iran Pays, Syria Smuggles, and Hizbullah Receives Weapons

[Ha'aretz] Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff - The Israel Defense Forces on Tuesday released photographs taken by drone aircraft of the southern Lebanon village where a Hizbullah arms depot exploded on Monday. The photos show persons, possibly Hizbullah operatives, removing something resembling a 4-meter-long missile from the depot, loading it onto a truck and moving it to a hiding place in a different village. A senior IDF source said that Hizbullah has tens of thousands of rockets in about 300 storage facilities spread throughout 160 Shi'ite villages in southern Lebanon. "Syria feels quite comfortable," he said. "There is no international pressure [on Damascus] to break off its ties with Iran or the "axis of evil." It pays no price for its role in the smuggling." "In places where [UNIFIL peacekeepers] still try to carry out searches, there is such intense friction with Hizbullah that the UN people usually opt to give up." Security Council Resolution 1701 that ended the Second Lebanon War is losing its value. Hizbullah is hiding its arms caches among civilians and is counting on severe international criticism of Israel in case of future conflagration in southern Lebanon. The Hizbullah build-up should be seen within the context of the ongoing, secret war of Western countries, Egypt and Israel against Iran and its allies.

2009-10-14 06:00:00

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