In a speech on Tuesday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened to strike the ammonia gas storage tanks in Haifa in a future conflict with Israel, which he claimed would have a similar effect to a nuclear bomb, killing tens of thousands. Nasrallah boasted, “We can say that Lebanon today has a nuclear bomb, seeing as any rocket that might hit these tanks is capable of creating a nuclear bomb effect.” During the last war against the Iranian-backed terror group, 160 Israelis were killed, including 43 civilians. 6,000 Israeli homes were hit, 300,000 Israeli residents were displaced and more than a million were forced to live in shelters. Hezbollah is now believed to have increased its arsenal, with a total of around 100,000 rockets and missiles including both short and medium-range projectiles.
Although Hezbollah is largely distracted in its war to prop up the Assad regime in Syria, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot stated on Wednesday that the group constitutes the largest threat out of all the terrorist groups surrounding Israel. According to Israeli military officials, Hezbollah is hiding its military infrastructure in Shiite villages in southern Lebanon, which is likely to lead to heavy Lebanese civilian casualties in the event of another war. Last year, reports indicated that Iran and Hezbollah were attempting to build up terror infrastructure on the Golan Heights along the Syrian border, in the hopes of establishing another front against Israel.
Primarily armed and funded by Iran, Hezbollah has reportedly recently acquired sophisticated arms from Russia. The terror group now has advanced radar technology that could allow them to “lock on” to Israeli fighter jets conducting reconnaissance missions in Lebanon, and fire missiles at them. According to a report in the Daily Beast, Russia has also provided Hezbollah with long-range missiles, laser-guided rockets, and anti-tank weapons. The report cited two anonymous Hezbollah commanders who claimed that there are no strings attached to the weapons and that they could be turned against Israel.
For the first time, Egyptian textbooks will cover the 1979 Camp David peace agreement with Israel, The Times of Israel reported on Wednesday. A reporter for Israel’s Army Radio saw a new ninth-grade textbook on Egyptian modern history, reporting that it covered the Camp David Accords, which officially ended the state of war between Israel and its southern neighbor, in an unbiased manner.
Eight clauses from the treaty were reproduced in the textbook, including phrases that Egypt and Israel would be “ending the state of war,” with “each side respecting the sovereignty and independence of the other side.”
The textbook mentioned that Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin won the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts, explaining that “the reason they won was the great effort they invested in reaching peace in the Middle East.” However, the textbook doesn’t mention that Sadat was assassinated by Egyptian opponents of the peace agreement.
According to Army Radio, the mention of the peace treaty is part of a systemic change in Egyptian textbooks started in 2014 by Egypt’s Education Ministry in what was described as a “bid to counter radical Islamic ideologies.” Content in over 1,300 books has been changed.
Some of the change has been political. Former President Hosni Mubarak’s role in the 1973 Yom Kippur War has been reduced. Mubarak was deposed in 2011 after nearly 30 years as president. Material in the textbooks added during the reign of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammad Morsi has also been removed, such as content calling for a return to Islamic values. Morsi was deposed by his then-defense minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, now the president, in 2013. (via TheTower.org)