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Israeli general: Hezbollah warehouses military assets in one-third of Shiite homes in southern Lebanon

Posted by Tip Staff - November 23, 2016


An Israeli general told an audience on Wednesday that Hezbollah keeps weapons in one-third of homes in Shiite villages in southern Lebanon. Brig. Gen. Ram Yavne, head of the IDF’s Strategic Division, gave the example of the village of Chakra, and said that all of the Shiite villages of southern Lebanon are utilized in the same way. “This use of civilians as human shields must be condemned,” Yavne said at The Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference in Jerusalem.
Israeli officials have warned that another war with Hezbollah would be devastating. An Israeli defense official told The New York Times in May 2015 that the buildup of Hezbollah’s terror infrastructure in southern Lebanese villages meant that “civilians are living in a military compound” and that their lives were at risk. Geoff Corn, an international military law expert, explained to The Weekly Standard that if Israel were to strike in this instance, “both legally and morally, the cause of these tragic consequences will lie solely at the feet of Hezbollah.” Because of this, Corn said, “Hezbollah should be pressured starting today to avoid locating such vital military assets among civilians.”
Hezbollah’s arsenal of rockets, numbering some 130,000 and much of it warehoused in the aforementioned Shiite villages, is more than that of all non-U.S. NATO countries combined. In July, Hossein Salami, the deputy director of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, stated, “Today, more than ever, there is fertile ground – with the grace of God – for the annihilation, the wiping out, and the collapse of the Zionist regime...In Lebanon alone, over 100,000 missiles are ready to be launched.” He continued, “They are just waiting for the command, so that when the trigger is pulled, the accursed black dot will be wiped off the geopolitical map of the world, once and for all.”


Israel’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent in October, setting a record for the country’s lowest recorded rate, the Central Bureau of Statistics announced Monday.
The drop in the unemployment rate followed a rise to five percent in September.
The number of Israelis working full-time—meaning more than 35 hours a week—rose by nine percent from September to October. Part-time work dropped by 0.3 percent over the same time period.
Israel achieved its previous low in August, when the rate was 4.6 percent. That was then the lowest rate since Israel adopted the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s formula for calculating unemployment in 1992.
Israel’s unemployment rate has been low this year in comparison to other developed economies. When the unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent in May, Motti Bassok of Haaretz explained that the rate was “not only low historically but low by international standards, and by conventional economic definitions there’s no unemployment at all in Israel.”


Iran is smuggling weapons to the terrorist group Hezbollah inside commercial flights to Lebanon, the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations has charged in a letter to the UN Security Council. Such actions would violate several Security Council resolutions.
Citing reports from Israel’s intelligence agencies, Ambassador Danny Danon wrote that “the Iranian Al-Quds Force packs weapons, ammunition and missile technology to Hezbollah in suitcases and puts them on Mahan Air flights.” The transfer of arms to Hezbollah violates Security Council resolutions 1701, which ended the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, and 2231, which implemented last year’s nuclear deal with Iran.
The arms were either shipped directly to Hezbollah on commercial flights to Lebanon, or flown to Damascus, Syria, and then shipped to the terror group over land, Danon wrote.
Danon’s accusations echo those made by Emanuele Ottolenghi, an Iran expert who has tracked Iranian air traffic to Damascus. Ottolenghi noted in February that the United States government had repeatedly pledged to take action against Mahan Air—which is on the Treasury Department’s sanctions list for supporting terrorism—but has failed to do so. The airline notably acquired rights to fly commercial routes to European and Asian cities despite objections from Washington, the Associated Press reported in November.
Hassan Nasrallah, the general secretary of Hezbollah, said in June that “We are open about the fact that Hezbollah’s budget, its income, its expenses, everything it eats and drinks, its weapons and rockets, are from the Islamic Republic of Iran.” And earlier this month, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, the chief of staff of Iran’s army, bragged that Iran had provided Hezbollah with the rocket technology it needed to target Israeli civilians.

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols was in Jerusalem this week, along with his wife Deidre, to visit the new Shalva National Children’s Center — the largest center of its kind in the world. Shalva- Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities is renowned for providing state-of-the-art care and community outreach services to thousands of families with special needs children in Israel. The Pujols’ oldest child, Isabella, has Down syndrome.  Since 2005, The Pujols Family Foundation has also provided a wide array of activities to special needs children in five different cities across the US. “I feel blessed that through my own life experience with my daughter, she has taught me to give back to people with disabilities so that they can develop their full potential in life and give back to society,” said Dominican American professional baseball star Pujols. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to visit Shalva and to see what is done in Israel to assist youngsters with disabilities and was impressed with their unique facilities, which don’t exist anywhere else.” The Pujols were given a tour of Shalva’s brand new $55 million dollar facility. “We were privileged to host Albert and Deidre Pujols who do so much all over the world for people with disabilities,” said by Avi Samuels, Shalva director. “Albert maintained that this was not a one-time visit to Shalva, but rather the beginning of a long-term friendship, where we will work together to do great things for special needs people of all ages in the near future. Shalva is excited about forging this important relationship with Albert, Deidre and their worthy foundation.” (via Israel21c)

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