At a House hearing on Tuesday, experts on the terrorist organization Hezbollah discussed its increased dominance in Lebanon and how its activities and strategies increase the likelihood of a future, more deadly war with Israel. Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies stated, “Hezbollah has made Lebanon complicit both financially and economically, as well as militarily because of all the weapons that it’s moving from Syria that it’s getting from Iran and is storing the majority of it in civilian areas. Hezbollah has essentially painted a big target on the back of all of Lebanon.” Israeli officials have warned that by moving most of its military infrastructure into Shiite villages in southern Lebanon, Hezbollah is placing Lebanese civilians at risk and using them as a human shields. Yaakov Amidror, former Israeli National Security Advisor has stated, “At the end of the day, it means that many, many Lebanese will be killed.”
Badran asserted that “these strategic weapons that are being moved to Lebanon, as well as Hezbollah’s entrenchment in Syria and its expansion into the Golan along with the IRGC, and the building of new infrastructure on Syrian soil, creates a situation for Israel that will, I think, accelerate upcoming future conflict which… is going to be far bloodier than we’ve ever seen on both sides.” Former Treasury official Matthew Levitt estimated that Hezbollah now has 130,000-150,000 rockets, while Badran stated that Hezbollah has the capacity to launch up to 1500 rockets at Israel per day. The terror group has also gained additional military expertise and experience through its operations in Syria and from fighting alongside the Russians. Furthermore, Levitt noted that Hezbollah now has more sophisticated weapons, including an increase in the number of guided systems as well as GPS kits from Iran that can be attached to unguided rockets. He stated that the Israelis “are trying to cope with a situation where hundreds of rockets are fired at specific buildings in Tel Aviv and one can understand why they won’t tolerate that type of situation” and why “from a deterrent perspective that if it happens, their response will be much more severe than it has been in the past.”
A spokesman for the Palestinian Authority’s security forces wrote a Facebook post after Tuesday’s attacks in Belgium blaming the United States and Europe for the rise of global terror. “Those who prepare the poison will taste it themselves, and today Europe is having a taste of what it prepared with its own hands,” Adnan al-Damiri wrote. He added that the West was responsible for “exporting the Jewish terror to Palestine, supporting it and justifying it….Unless you fight terror everywhere, first and foremost in Palestine, since the [Israeli] occupation is the ugliest form of terror…you will be burnt by its fire, and terror has no religion.”Al-Damiri’s comments were first reported by Palestinian Media Watch. A cartoon in the official Palestinian newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida made a similar point. The cartoon showed a cartoon figure with a globe for a head, meant to represent the West, attempting to detonate the Middle East, only to have the explosives detonate under the figure.
The claim that the United States created ISIS has been made a number of times by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He also said that the United States was behind the Paris terror attacks last November. (via TheTower.org)