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April 13, 2009

Egypt exposes a Hezbollah network on its soil, claiming it not only smuggled weapons into the Gaza Strip and but also planned to carry out terrorist attacks and subversion activities. Hassan Nasrallah admitted a detained Hezbollah operative was involved in smuggling but denied other accusations.

Hassan Nasrallah as a Iranian windup toy pushing a cart with “We have no other branches [in the Arab countries]” written on the side. The ticking bomb is inscribed “The Iranian project” (Al-Nadwah, Saudi Arabia, April 12, 2009).


Overview

1. The Egyptian and Arab media reported that the Egyptian security services exposed a Hezbollah network which had been active in Egypt for a long time. So far several dozen Lebanese, Palestinian and Egyptians directed by Hezbollah have been detained. The network smuggled weapons (possibly from Iran ) through Sudan and from there to Egypt , and then through tunnels in Rafah into the Gaza Strip for Hamas . In addition, according to the reports, the network was involved in attempted terrorist attacks in Sinai and Cairo , including sites where Israeli tourists congregate, and in subversive activities against the Egyptian regime.

2. Egypt reacted angrily to the exposure of Hezbollah activity on its soil and accused the organization and Iran of interfering in Egyptian internal affairs and endangering its national security. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah , in an unprecedented statement, admitted that Egypt had indeed detained a Hezbollah operative and a number of others connected with him. He claimed that the detainee was a “logistical operative” who dealt with smuggling weapons and fighters into the Gaza Strip. However, he claimed that Hezbollah had no branches outside in Lebanon and that it was not involved in clandestine or subversive activities in any other Arab country ( a fabrication , since Hezbollah has been involved in subversive activity in both Iraq and Jordan ).

3. The Hezbollah network exposed by the Egyptians, apparently shortly before Operation Cast Lead, is more proof of the military support Iran gives Hamas in the Gaza Strip , either directly or through Hezbollah , which operates as a subcontractor to promote Iranian interests . During the period before Operation Cast Lead, Iran and Hezbollah provided Hamas with weapons , among them hundreds of standard 122mm Grad rockets with a range of 20-40 kilometers and advanced anti-tank missiles; technical know-how which enabled Hezbollah to manufacture lethal Shawaz EFPs, inspired by Hezbollah in Lebanon; advanced military training in Iran for hundreds of terrorist operatives belonging to Hamas and the other terrorist organizations; financial support for Hamas's political bureau and military-terrorist wing to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars a year; and political and propaganda support . All of the above were done to strengthen Hamas's military infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, encourage it to continue its terrorist attacks against Israel and sabotage any dialogue between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. 1


Hezbollah network in Egypt exposed
(Updated to April 13, 2009 )

4. The Egyptian and Arab media gave broad coverage to the exposure of the Hezbollah network . It occurred several months ago, apparently before Operation Cast Lead, but the search for the network operatives is still continuing . According to the reports, Egyptian counterterrorism forces in Sinai are pursuing more than a dozen Lebanese suspected of ties to the Hezbollah network (Al-Jazeera TV, April 13, 2009 ; Al-Masri Al-Youm , April 12, 2009 ). According to the April 9 issue of the official Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram , the Hezbollah network began its activities in 2007, when a senior Lebanese operative (who lived in Dahiya, the southern Shi'ite suburb of Beirut and a Hezbollah stronghold) entered Egypt on a forged passport. In November 2008 the Egyptian security forces detained Hezbollah operative Sami Shihab, and it was apparently his detention that led to the exposure of most of the members of the terrorist network .

5. According to the Egyptian media, so far dozens of Lebanese, Palestinians and Egyptians with ties to Hezbollah have been detained. They were organized into a number of squads and were directed by a prominent Hezbollah figure in Lebanon ( Al-Masri Al-Youm , April 12, 2009 ). The central figure in Egypt was Sami Shihab 2, who was detained with two young Palestinians carrying Palestinian passports issued in Lebanon . Sami Shihab, who settled in El-Arish, was the only individual who maintained telephone contact with the Hezbollah figure in Lebanon running the network ( Al-Masri Al-Youm , April 12, 2009 ).

6. According to the Egyptian and Arab media, the network smuggled weapons and money for Hamas use, using tunnels in the Rafah region. The weapons came via Sudan to the Gaza Strip ( Al-Hayat , April 9, 2009 ). The network also planned to carry out a series of terrorist attacks in Cairo and Sinai, including places where Israeli tourists congregate . They established commercial ventures to cover their activities of collecting intelligence information needed to carry out terrorist attacks (including monitoring tourists sites in northern and southern Sinai). They bought safe apartments in Egyptian Rafah and in El-Arish, and observed the movement of ships through the Suez Canal . They also contacted criminal elements in Egypt to obtain forged Egyptian documents which would enable them to leave Egypt and to rent safe houses 3 (Egyptian TV, April 8, 2009 ). Some of them worked for the Hezbollah station Al-Manar TV as a cover for their activities 4 ( Al-Masri Al-Youm , April 10, 2009 ).


Responses to the affair
(As of April 13, 2009 )


Egypt
7. Following the exposure of the Hezbollah network Egypt initiated an anti-Hezbollah, anti-Iran political and media campaign. In a telephone conversation, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak told Lebanese president Fuad Siniora that the Egyptian judicial system would bring those responsible to trial ( Haaretz , April 13, 2009 ). Omar Suleiman, head of Egyptian intelligence , visited Saudi Arabia and told King Abdallah about Hezbollah's subversive activities in a number of Middle East countries, especially Egypt and Saudi Arabia ( Al-Qabas , April 12, 2009 ). Ahmed Nazif , Egyptian Prime Minister said that Egyptian security was a “red line” that could not be crossed or harmed. He said that Egypt was determined not to allow anyone inside or outside the country to endanger the lives of Egyptian citizens or Egypt 's national economy (Middle East News Agency, April 11, 2009 ). Safwat el-Sherif, head of the Shura Council , gave a speech in which he called Hezbollah “crooks and liars” and accused the organization of “exporting conflicts and destruction” while doing nothing to help the Palestinian people (Middle East News Agency, April 12, 2009).


Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak: “We will not permit anyone to harm Egyptian sovereignty or undermine its stability” (Muhit website, April 13, 2009).


8. The Egyptian media angrily attacked Hassan Nasrallah and accused him of planning to harm Egypt , its citizens and its regime. “An Egyptian source” said that Nasrallah's speech proved that Hezbollah wanted to implement its policy in Egypt and the entire region to advance Iranian interests (Note: For Nasrallah's speech see below). He was described by the establishment press and political figures as “the monkey sheikh,” “an Iranian agent,” “a Lebanese from [the Iranian city of] Qom ,” 5 and “leader of the militias in the Iranian party in Lebanon .” On April 12, the editor in chief of Al-Ahram lauded the Egyptian security services which had succeeded in “ exposing the extent of Iranian intervention in internal Egyptian affairs .” On the same day an editorial in Al-Gumhuriya stated that “we will not allow you, monkey sheikh , to make fools of the symbols of our judicial system. You are an experienced criminal who killed his own countrymen, we will not let you threaten the safety and security of Egypt .”


Egypt and Saudi Arabia threatened by Iranian subversion but intent on preventing it ( Al-Watan , Saudi Arabia, April 12, 2009).



9. Other Egyptian reactions:
i) Lawyers and members of the Egyptian Parliament demanded that a warrant be issued for Hassan Nasrallah and that his name be added to the list of the accused, because he had committed crimes which deserved the death penalty ( Al-Masri Al-Youm , Al-Arabia TV, April 12, 2009 ).

ii) Egyptian “security sources” said that the prosecution in the Egyptian high court for national security was investigating the possibility that a number of Muslim Brotherhood activists were involved in the affair ( Al-Jareeda , April 12, 2009 ). Egyptian lawyers also demanded that the Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide, Mahdi Akef be investigated as well ( Al-Masri Al-Youm , April 12, 2009 ). On the other hand, Mahdi Akef defended Hezbollah, saying that “the resistance [i.e., terrorism] had to be supported at all costs” ( Al-Sharq Al-Awsat , April 13, 2009 ).

Hezbollah's reaction

10. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah admitted the involvement of his organization in smuggling operatives and weapons into the Gaza Strip from Egypt , although he denied the Egyptian allegations that Hezbollah was involved in subversion and terrorist attacks. In a strong speech broadcast by Al-Manar TV on April 10, he said the following:
i) The Lebanese citizen detained by Egypt was indeed a Hezbollah operative who dealt only with “logistic activity” along the Egypt-Gaza Strip border: “...Brother Sami [Shihab] is a member of Hezbollah. We do not deny that and are not embarrassed by him...” According to Nasrallah, his activities included transferring weapons and “fighters” [i.e., terrorist operatives]into the Gaza Strip for Hamas . 6 The number of operatives with whom Sami Shihab collaborated did not reach ten and the Egyptian claim that they exposed a complex network of fifty operatives was not true.

ii) The other allegations presented by the Egyptian prosecutor were “fictions” and Hezbollah operatives were not involved in subversion and attacks . Nasrallah “innocently” claimed that Hezbollah was “a Lebanese party” and had no branches in other Arab countries. He added that he was willing to investigate every report about the involvement of Hezbollah activists in political crises in the various Arab countries. 7

iii) He also claimed that the Egyptian regime had collaborated with Israel when it closed the Rafah crossing and destroyed the tunnels under the Egypt-Gaza Strip border. Therefore, the Egyptian regime was to be convicted and not Hezbollah. Nasrallah demanded that Egypt allow the tunnel activities to continue because besides arms and operatives, they make it possible for food and drugs to enter the Gaza Strip (“Day and night Egypt works to destroy the tunnels which are the only life-lines which bring the barest necessities into the Gaza Strip”). The accusations brought by the Egyptian regime against Hezbollah were meant to tarnish its image and that of Hamas, and were based on anger at the respect Hezbollah had gained in Egypt and other Arab countries following the second Lebanon war.


Hassan Nasrallah admitting Hezbollah operatives smuggled weapons and “fighters” [i.e., terrorist operatives] (Al-Manar TV, April 11, 2009).

11. During Operation Cast Lead Hassan Nasrallah's attacks against the Egyptian regime were part of Iran 's propaganda campaign. On December 28, 2008, Nasrallah gave a speech in the southern suburb of Beirut , a Hezbollah stronghold, devoted mainly to attacks against the policies of the Arab countries, especially Egypt . He called on the Egyptian people to rise up against the regime , which he accused of responsibility for what was happening in the Gaza Strip. He claimed that the Egyptian regime was not required to fight against Israel, but only to open the Rafah crossing so that food, medicine, water and weapons could be brought to the men of the “resistance” [the terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip]. Nasrallah, who at the time was probably aware that Hezbollah's network had been exposed, called on the millions of Egyptians to take to the streets so as not to be complicit in the “crimes” of the regime. Asking rhetorically whether the Egyptian regime would be able to kill millions of Egyptians, he answered that it would not. He called on the Egyptians to open the Rafah crossing by turning their chests [toward the gunfire of the Egyptian security forces] (Al-Manar TV, December 28, 2008 ).

Iran
12. So far, the Iranians are keeping a low media profile regarding the affair in Egypt Ali Larijani , chairman of the Iranian parliament, claimed that the “media storm” raised by Egypt was the result of its desire to influence the elections in Lebanon. He said that Hezbollah was committed to supporting the Palestinians, and claimed that Egypt and other Arab countries were spreading false propaganda against Hezbollah: “The governments are accused of collaborating with Israel in its war in the Gaza Strip [i.e., Operation Cast Lead]. They spread propaganda to restore their status [to what it was before the war]. (Al-Jazeera TV, April 13, 2009)



Ali Larijani, chairman of the Iranian parliament(Al-Jazeera TV, April 13, 2009 ).


Syria
13. Syrian propaganda was enlisted into defending Hezbollah. In the April 12 issue of Al-Watan , Alwan Amin Al-Din claimed that the Egyptian prosecution and its intelligence were using accusations against Hezbollah which had been prepared in advance. The accusations, he said, quickly turned into political and media attacks which the Egyptian regime was waging against the “Lebanese resistance” (i.e., against Hezbollah and the other terrorist organizations operating in Lebanon ).


Hamas
14. Hamas has shown itself particularly inconvenienced by the exposure of its ties to Hezbollah, and its senior figures barely relate to the issue. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum denied any connections between Hamas and the affair. He said that Hamas had no information about it beyond what had been reported by the media, adding that no Egyptian official had spoken with Hamas about it (Al-Jazeera TV, April 9, 2009). He also said that Hamas was not involved in the affairs of any country and did not enlist activists or operatives outside the Palestinian territories 8 ( Felesteen , April 11, 2009). Usama Hamdan, Hamas representative in Lebanon , claimed that Hamas would never harm Egypt's national security 9 and that it focused on “resistance” to the occupation in order to “liberate Palestine” (QudsNews website, April 13, 2009).



1 For an analysis of Iran 's support for Hamas, see “ Iranian Support of Hamas” at http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/English/eng_n/html/iran_e004.htm , or download the .pdf file at http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/English/eng_n/pdf/iran_e004.pdf . For Arab and Western media reports about preventing Iran 's efforts to rebuild Hamas's military-terrorist infrastructure after Operation Cast Lead, see http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/English/eng_n/pdf/ipc_e020.pdf .

2 According to the April 12 issue of Al-Ahram , his full name is Muhammad Yussuf Mansour Sami Shihab .


3 The integration of terrorist and criminal activities is characteristic of Hezbollah's modus operandi in Lebanon and further afield . See, for example, “ Iran increases its political and economic presence in Latin America, America 's back yard. It foments radical Shi'ite Islamization and exports the Iranian revolution, using Hezbollah to establish intelligence, terrorism and crime networks, liable to be exploited against the United States and Israel” available in Hebrew and soon available in Hebrew and English.



4 Egypt supports Al-Manar TV broadcasts in the Middle East and beyond by enabling the use of its Nilesat communications satellite.



5 The religious and spiritual center of the Iranian Ayatollas.



6 The “fighters” mentioned by Nasrallah are, in our assessment, Hamas operatives who received training in Iran or Lebanon and Syria and returned to the Gaza Strip with Hezbollah's logistic aid.



7 Nasrallah's attempts to represent Hezbollah as a purely Lebanese party are of course untrue. For example, in the past Jordan uncovered attempts by Hezbollah to recruit operatives, especially among Israeli Arabs, and to smuggle weapons to Judea and Samaria . For example, in June 2001 three Hezbollah operatives were captured and detained: they had planned to smuggle 25 Katyusha 107mm rockets into Judea and Samaria . Then as now Hassan Nasrallah represented the smuggling attempt as a justified, legal step taken by Hezbollah to support the Palestinian people. In addition, in recent years Hezbollah has been involved in supporting the Shi'ite militias fighting in Iraq against the United States and its allies, to serve Iranian interests.



8 Also a false claim. In the past Hamas operatives were detained in Jordan . Hamas maintains a presence in Syria and Lebanon , using them for its terrorist activities.



9 Hamas's contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood are regarded by the Egyptian regime as harmful to its national security.
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'Hizbullah cell posed as Aksa Brigades'



Leaders of the alleged Hizbullah terror cell caught in Egypt recruited operatives pretending they were being drafted to Fatah's Aksa Martyrs Brigades, A Sharq Alawsat reported Monday morning.

On Sunday, the London-based paper said that among the detainees were two Arab Israeli residents of the Sinai and five Muslim Brotherhood members.

The two Israeli Arabs, Nimr Fahmi and Nasser Abu Omar, have admitted to providing information to Mansour and to another Hizbullah leader, Muhammad Qablan, on five Egyptian towns that border Israel, the paper said.

The suspects were tasked with acquiring information about the villages, such as the number of medical units, residents, schools, entrances and exits, and on places in southern Sinai from where one could infiltrate Israeli.

Meanwhile, according to a report in Sunday's pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat, Egyptian state security prosecutors have requested the harshest penalty, which includes the possibility of a death sentence, for the man accused of leading the terror cell that plotted attacks in the country.

The main suspect, whose real name is Muhammad Yousef Mansour but is known as Sami Shehab, is accused of joining "a clandestine and illegal group that aimed to overthrow the regime, threaten public peace and violate laws, using terrorism as the means to achieve these goals," the London-based paper said.

Egyptian officials have accused Hizbullah of organizing a 49-member cell that plotted attacks against Israeli and Egyptian targets. About half of the members are believed to have been arrested so far.

Shehab, a Lebanese citizen, has also been accused of espionage for a foreign organization, Hizbullah, and supplying prohibited information without authorization, receiving military and material aid from a foreign entity illegally, and possessing weapons and explosives "in order to terrorize the citizens and commit crimes," the paper said.

Prosecutors have asked for the harshest possible punishment for Mansour under Egyptian law, "the death sentence or life imprisonment if terrorism is the means used to achieve or carry out goals called by for a particular group."

Mansour's lawyer, Muntasser al-Ziyat, however, argued that his clients' interrogations should be declared invalid since they occurred during the night, with each session lasting more than 10 hours, and were conducted without taking into account his client's mental or physical state.

Ziyat told the paper that the confessions were coerced from Mansour, "who was detained for more than five months in an illegal detention center."

Security sources also told A-Sharq al-Awsat, in a report published on Sunday, that Hizbullah intelligence had conducted geographic and social surveys of a number of Egyptian villages on the Israeli border.

On Thursday, an Egyptian newspaper reported that two Palestinian Fatah members accused of belonging to the Hizbullah cell planned to carry out a major suicide attack in Tel Aviv.

They were arrested a few weeks ago and are being questioned by prosecutors, according to the independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Meanwhile, an Egyptian lawyer representing the ruling party has filed a lawsuit demanding that Hizbullah's Al-Manar satellite TV station stop transmitting on the Nilesat satellite frequencies, A-Sharq Al-Awsat reported on Sunday.

The lawsuit also asks that Al-Manar's license to transmit be canceled in light of the Hizbullah cell that was recently discovered in Egypt.

"The Al-Manar satellite channel is the tongue of Hizbullah, which began recently to broadcast false news about Egypt, describing her as an agent and as taking care of the Jewish interest and seeking to achieve the Zionist agenda, which is an insult for the government of the state, its president and her people," the lawsuit stated.

The TV station also caused confusion among neighboring peoples and created chaos between different sects, according to the lawsuit.

Egyptian security forces uncovered five smuggling tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border on Saturday, Israel Radio reported.

The openings of the tunnels were found in the Egyptian part of Rafah, a town cut in half by the Gaza-Sinai border. Food, motorcycles and computer components were inside the tunnels, according to the Egyptians. Egyptian security officials said Saturday that the tunnels would be destroyed.

Also on Sunday, the speaker of the Lebanese parliament, Nabih Berri, called for dialogue between Egypt and Hizbullah, saying that he considered the rift between the two to be "differences of opinion."

Berri said he could guarantee that Hizbullah was not planning to strike tourist or strategic targets in Egypt.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit responded by saying that Cairo did not need a mediator for this issue as it was being handled by the country's judicial system.
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With quiet campaigning and moderate talk, Hizbullah is building its strength for Lebanon's June 7 parliamentary elections - and the terrorist Shi'ite Muslim group and its allies stand a good chance of winning.

That could mean a stunning shake-up for one of the Middle East's most volatile countries, replacing a pro-US government with a coalition dominated from behind the scenes by Hizbullah, the proxy of Iran and Syria in Lebanon.

The US ambassador in Beirut has already expressed concern, and Hizbullah's opponents warn the consequence may be the West isolating Lebanon and Washington reducing its millions in aid.

But Hizbullah, whose name means "Party of God," has taken the strategy of a low-key election campaign with a moderate message, aiming to show that a victory by its coalition should not scare anyone.

Hizbullah's leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, has even said that if the coalition wins, it would invite its opponents to join in a national unity government to ensure stability. His deputy, Sheikh Naim Kassem, says the West will have to accept the election results.

Kassem said foreign diplomats are already approaching Hizbullah, "some wanting to open a new page." Britain has said it is willing to talk to Hizbullah's "political wing" and a Hizbullah member of the current parliament recently traveled to London.

The moderate tone is in part because Hizbullah does not want to suffer the same fate as Hamas, which won legislative elections in 2006 but was boycotted by the West and crippled by an Israeli-led closure of the Gaza Strip.

"There are pitfalls for winning or losing," said Hizbullah expert Amal Saad-Ghorayeb. "They (Hizbullah) see the dangers of winning."

Nevertheless, a Hizbullah win would almost certainly mean changes that would dismay the West and Israel. It would mean less pressure from Lebanon's government to rein in Hizbullah's arsenal of rockets pointed at the Jewish state and more backing for efforts to change Lebanon's electoral system to solidify Shi'ite power further.

Israel's worry is "whether Iran and Syria will succeed in adding Lebanon to their bloc," said Israeli political analyst Barry Rubin. "It would be a huge defeat for the West."

So far, Hizbullah has campaigned quietly, with none of its trademark fiery anti-Israel rallies. Its 11 candidates have been holding town hall meetings in Shi'ite villages, focusing on promises to root out corruption and improve government performance, and stressing government by consensus.

By contrast, leaders from the US-backed majority have held three splashy rallies since February before several thousand people in a Beirut hall, with balloons, confetti and speakers projected on a giant screen.

Nasrallah says Hizbullah knows that trying to dominate Lebanon's politics would destabilize the country, which in the past four years nearly tumbled into a repeat of the 1975-1990 civil war as the pro-Syrian and pro-US camps struggled for the upper hand.

"In such a sectarian system, it is in the interest of Lebanon and its stability that there is understanding and partnership among Lebanese in running their country's affairs," he said in a recent televised speech.

Under Lebanon's complex political system, no group can rule alone. The 128-member legislature must be half Christian and half-Muslim, with the Christians divided among Orthodox and Catholic parties and Muslims among Shi'ite, Sunni, Druse and Alawite sects. Moreover, in any government, the prime minister must be a Sunni, so Hizbullah would need allies from that sect.

Lebanon's population of 4 million is roughly divided in thirds between Christians, Sunnis and Shi'ites, with smaller sects mixed in. The exact numbers are unknown because a census would be too politically risky - the last one was held in 1932.

The pro-US bloc - largely Sunnis with Christian allies - holds 70 seats in the 128-member parliament, so a handful of races could tip the balance.

Hizbullah's 11 candidates will likely win easily given the movement's overwhelming support among Shi'ites. Its coalition of pro-Syrian, Shi'ite and several Christian parties now has 58 seats in parliament. About 30 seats - from both camps - are reported to be toss-ups. But some political analysts believe Hizbullah's coalition has a strong chance of winning a majority because smaller electoral districts created since the 2005 election favor its candidates. There are no reliable independent polls in Lebanon.

The leader of the pro-US bloc, Sunni billionaire Saad Hariri, has said a Hizbullah win would "put Lebanon into very difficult times," threatening its economic growth.

In an interview with Beirut's Naharnet news Website, US Ambassador Michele Sison warned that American relations with Lebanon - and future US aid - "will be evaluated in the context of the new government's policies and statements." Since 2006, the United States has committed over a billion dollars to Lebanon, including $410 million to the country's security forces.

A victory by the pro-Syrian coalition would likely see Hizbullah pushing to fulfill its campaign promise to eliminate the sectarian distribution of parliament seats, which would boost the power of the growing Shi'ite population. Hizbullah would also see a win as a mandate for its opposition to US Middle East policies and its strong anti-Israeli line.
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Inquiry and Analysis - No. 512


April 27, 2009
No. 512
Egypt: The Hizbullah Cell in Egypt – A Joint Conspiracy by Iran, Syria, Qatar, Hizbullah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood
By: Y. Yehoshua *
Introduction
In April 2009, Egypt's public prosecutor 'Abd Al-Magid Mahmoud announced that a Hizbullah cell had been exposed in Egypt. According to the prosecutor's statement, the investigation of the suspects revealed that the cell had planned to perpetrate attacks against Egypt:
undermining security by attacking strategic facilities and tourist sites, especially in Cairo and Sinai; assassinating top officials; and spreading the Shi'a. It was further stated that the cell members had received assistance from outside the country, had been trained in obtaining and manufacturing explosives and making bombs, and had been instructed to lease premises in various locations along the Suez Canal, where they could monitor shipping traffic. [1]

Since the story broke, the Egyptian press has published numerous additional - and sometimes conflicting - details about the cell members, their plans, and their contacts with senior Hizbullah officials, and about the involvement of other organizations and countries in the affair.

The activity of the Hizbullah cell in Egypt is perceived by the Egyptian government as part of a large-scale, carefully planned conspiracy by the countries and organizations of the Iranian axis - comprising Iran, Syria, Qatar, Hizbullah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. It perceives this conspiracy as aimed at undermining Egypt's security and standing, and at helping Iran in its bid for regional hegemony.

The affair has become a focus of a media war between the moderate, anti-Iran camp, led by Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and the Iranian axis. In this struggle, Egypt was naturally backed by its ally, Saudi Arabia, who harshly condemned Hizbullah and Iran. Conversely, the media outlets of the Iranian axis attacked Egypt, stating that it had deliberately created this crisis, to tarnish the image of the resistance, and to intervene in Lebanon's upcoming parliamentary elections - all in retaliation for the defeat of the moderate camp in the wake of the Gaza war. [2]
Following are excerpts from articles and statements on this affair.

Attacks in Egypt on Hizbullah and Iran
After the exposure of the affair, the Egyptian press published many articles condemning Hizbullah, and also condemning Iran, owing to Hizbullah's ties with this country and in light of reports in the Egyptian press about Iranian involvement in the affair. [3]

Muhammad 'Ali Ibrahim, editor-in-chief of the Egyptian government daily Al-Gumhouriyya, wrote that Hizbullah was worse than Israel, since it had planned to harm Egypt in the name of Islam: "To those who defended Hassan Nasrallah, I say... by Allah, he is worse than Tel Aviv, [because] the Jews recruit spies to gather information and [find out] secrets, while Nasrallah recruits them to destroy and fell the Egyptians' [sources of] livelihood... Oh Sheikh Hassan, may Allah's curse be upon you and upon your masters who hired you to destroy Egypt... Sheikh Hassan, from now on, I regard you as [no better than former Israeli prime ministers] Yitzhak Shamir and [Menachem] Begin, and [Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor] Lieberman - the Zionists who aspire to kill us because we threaten their existence. Except that you aspire to kill us in the name of Islam, the religion, sacrifice, and martyrdom. Again: May Allah's curse be upon you!" [4]

Hizbullah's activity in Egypt was regarded as part of an Iranian plan to take over Egypt so as to promote Iran's bid for regional hegemony.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said in a speech: "We will not allow any interference [in our country] by foreign forces that are hostile to peace, who push the region towards hell out of a desire to spread their influence and [impose] their agenda on the Arab world... and who [use] their agents to threaten Egypt's national security, violate its borders, and undermine its stability. To these [forces] we say: We are well aware of your plots, and we will expose them and repay you as you deserve. Stop trying to clear yourselves [by pretending to support] the Palestinian cause. Beware the wrath of Egypt and its people." [5]

In an interview with the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Abu Al-Gheit said that Iran had used Hizbullah to infiltrate Egypt: "Iran and its proxies in the region want Egypt to be a servant of Iran when [Iran enters] the Middle East, but Egypt cannot be anyone's servant, because it itself is the ruler of this region." Abu Al-Gheit added: "In the recent years, Iran has worked to grab certain Arab [bargaining chips], for it to use in managing its negotiations with the Western world... When Iran, in the guise of Hizbullah, sits on the shore of the Mediterranean, this sends a clear message to the West, to Israel, to Egypt and to all the Arabs: 'We are here, and we will have an impact on your interests.' Time has revealed... that Iran [in fact] uses this party [i.e. Hizbullah] to gain a foothold in Egypt and to say to it 'We are here'..." [6]

The Egyptian press called Hizbullah "an agent of Iran" and "an Iranian party that does not represent even the Lebanese," as Al-Gumhouriyya chief editor Muhammad 'Ali Ibrahim wrote. [7] The editor of the daily Roz Al-Yousef, 'Abdallah Kamal, who is close to Gamal Mubarak, wrote in an editorial: "Hizbullah's intelligence apparatus is subordinate to Iran's intelligence apparatus... Considering Hizbullah's religious subordination to Iran, it is inconceivable that it would carry out an operation like the one in Egypt without receiving a green light from the religious and intelligence authorities in Tehran..." [8]

Khaled Imam, editor of Al-Gumhouriyya's evening daily Al-Masaa, characterized the affair as "another chapter in the filthy Iranian plot against Egypt," adding: "Iran launched this secret operation [against Egypt] by means of its authorized agent in the region [i.e., Hizbullah], after its paths were restricted and it found the gate to Egypt completely closed to it..." [9]

Ibrahim Nafi', former Al-Ahram editor, wrote: "Hizbullah has begun to export its terrorism from the internal Lebanese [arena] to [the rest of] the Arab [world], in a way that serves the Iranian policy and its aims... The aims are purely Iranian, and the Palestinian cause is only an excuse for the [Hizbullah] movement." [10]

The Circle Expands: A Joint Conspiracy by Iran, Syria, Qatar, Hizbullah, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood
While at the start of the crisis, Egypt leveled accusations only at Hizbullah and Iran, after a week it extended its accusations to the entire Iranian axis, including also Syria, Qatar, Hizbullah, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood. The Egyptian press stated that all these parties were involved in a long and carefully planned conspiracy aimed at harming Egypt. [11]

An investigative article in Al-Ahram stated that the affair was "part of a large-scale conspiracy against Egypt that had been carefully planned with the deliberate intention of undermining its security," and that "international forces had been involved in it." According to the article, "in the period prior to the Israeli invasion of Gaza... it was already clear that a large-scale and [officially] authorized conspiracy [was taking shape], which involved the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the branches [of this movement] in the Arab states and Europe, as well as Hamas, which is the military branch [of the Muslim Brotherhood], and also Hizbullah, Iran, Syria and Qatar..." [12]

The daily reviewed the role of each country and organization involved in the conspiracy. About Syria, it stated: "Syria's role was reflected in [the attitude of] its media, in the statements of its president [Bashar Al-Assad,] and in his embrace of [Hamas political bureau head] Khaled Mash'al and other Hamas leaders... [It took the form of] an unprecedented cooling in Syria-Egypt relations, which led [Syria] to harm Egypt and its political role." According to Al-Ahram, Syria deliberately harmed Egypt by insisting on convening the January 2009 Doha summit despite the absence of a proper quorum, and with the attendance of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and of Khaled Mash'al, in violation of the Arab League charter and regulations. The daily added that "Hizbullah is known for its close ties with the Syrian regime, which gave it three quarters of the Syrian weapons prior to the withdrawal of the Syrian army from Lebanon."

As for Qatar, the article accused it of participating in the conspiracy by means of its TV channel, Al-Jazeera: "As usual, [Qatar's role] started out as a media role [played out] by means of Al-Jazeera. This channel gave up [any pretense of] neutrality and worked to mobilize the Arab and Egyptian pubic opinion, to stir up [people's] emotions, and to drop blatant hints about Egypt's involvement in a plot against Hamas, along with Israel and the U.S.... We must not forget Al-Jazeera's excessive focus on the speeches of Hassan Nasr[allah] and [Khaled] Mash'al, and on the Muslim Brotherhood protests in Egypt." Al-Ahram also accused Qatar of organizing the Doha summit, at Iran's suggestion, in order to torpedo Egypt's policy: "Iran advised the Qatari mini-state to organize an Arab League summit attended by [representatives of] Iran and Hamas, even though Egypt had already announced [its intention] to organize a summit for the same purpose [of discussing the Gaza crisis]... [Through this move], the leaders of this mini-state tried to sabotage Egypt's policies and contacts with certain countries in the region, as well as [its relations with] Turkey and the European Union."

Turning to the Muslim Brotherhood, the daily stated that "its role was [played out] gradually." According to the article, before and during the Gaza war, the Muslim Brotherhood tightened its coordination with other opposition forces, forming a front that demanded the opening of the Rafah crossing and even called to open it by force and to reduce the export of Egyptian gas to Israel. The daily also stated that the Muslim Brotherhood, with the help of Al-Jazeera, had tried to incite the Egyptian people against the regime by claiming that Egypt was assisting Israel in the war on Gaza. Another claim was that five of the suspected members of the Hizbullah cell were Muslim Brotherhood members, who had ties with the Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide, and that they had been particularly close to Hizbullah operative Sami Shihab.

As for Hamas, the daily stated that it had insisted on firing its "useless rockets" because it believed that the Gaza war would last no more than three days, in the course of which the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt would incite the Egyptian masses, forcing Egypt to open the Rafah crossing. In this scenario, ultimately the Egyptian regime would be toppled and the peace agreements with Israel would be revoked. [13]

Roz Al-Yousef editor 'Abdallah Kamal likewise argued that Hizbullah's activity inside Egypt was part of an anti-Egypt plot by the pro-Iranian axis: "Iran is striving to form a regional coalition of all the organizations and gangs under Hizbullah's leadership. It wants... [Hizbullah] to be its most widely deployed [force, and its major] tool in carrying out its plans against the Arab countries."

Kamal added: "Hizbullah is [now] the official and authorized representative of the countries that call themselves the 'resistance camp,' of which Syria, Iran and Qatar are self-proclaimed members. This coalition formed during the Gaza war, and is mainly aimed at harming Egypt... Also part of this group are organizations that claim to be upholding [the principle] of resisting the Israeli enemy, including Hizbullah, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Palestinian [Islamic] Jihad." Kamal stated further: "Hizbullah has long been the tool of Iranian policy in Lebanon, [and has been fulfilling this role] openly. Since the advent of the Iranian-Syrian alliance, and the deepening of the Syrian [involvement] in Lebanon, Hizbullah has become a joint tool of [Iran and Syria]... Historically, Hizbullah was created by Iran, but many of the preparatory meetings prior to its establishment took place in Damascus, back when Ali [Akbar] Mohtashemi-[Pour] was [Iran's] ambassador there. He has been described as the spiritual father of Hizbullah, while his successor, Mohammad Hassan Akhtari, was the father [of the actual organization] on the ground, as was revealed in a series of interviews that appeared in the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat..." [14]

According to Kamal, "the plot [against Egypt] was the fruit of many years' work, and its scope became clear when [Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide] Mahdi 'Akef expressed his desire to send 10,000 of his men to [join] Hizbullah in its war against Israel... This statement alone indicates a tightening [of relations], and [the emergence of] a unique coalition of Sunni and Shi'ite organizations under the guise of 'resistance.'" Kamal concluded: "The ongoing media campaign, especially on the part of the main sponsor [of this coalition] - namely Qatar - has helped...to create a sense of closeness that blurred the differences between the Sunni and Shi'ite [coalition members]." [15]

Saudi Press: Iran and Syria Are Jeopardizing the Security of the Arab Countries
The press of Saudi Arabia, Egypt's ally and the leader of the anti-Iranian camp, likewise voiced harsh criticism against Hizbullah and Iran. The daily Al-Jazirah stated in an editorial: "The security and legal apparatuses in Egypt and Morocco were alert and saved their countries from the plots of evil [forces]. They [also] raised the alarm among other Arab and Muslim countries that have become targets of [Shi'ite] religious missionary [activity] and of terrorist attacks that serve [the interests of a certain] country in the region, [namely Iran], which is undermining the security of the Arab states and which threatens them all in a bid to realize its regional aspirations." [16]

An editorial in the Saudi daily Al-Watan stated: "Tehran's empty political and media declarations cannot disguise the game it is secretly playing [against] the superpowers... and its maneuvers that are jeopardizing the national security of the Arab countries. Tehran must know that the Arabs will not let it play fast and loose with their strategic interests, at any price." [17]

The Saudi press made implicit threats not only against Iran but also against Syria. Another Al-Watan editorial stated: "Just as Hizbullah operated in Egypt, and previously in Jordan, [some] other organization or party may [one day] operate in Syria or Iran with a similar purpose. This is something that no country can tolerate." [18]

Speakers for the Moderate Camp: "Resistance" and "Support for the Palestinians" - A Guise for Terrorism in the Service of Iran
Speakers for the moderate camp denied the allegation of the Iranian axis that, by exposing the Hizbullah cell, Egypt was harming the resistance and serving Israel's goals. They stated that Hizbullah's activity in Egypt was not resistance but terror, and argued that the support for the Palestinians was just a guise for Iran's plan to destabilize Egypt, embroil it in a confrontation with Israel, and harm its standing in the region.

Roz Al-Yousef editor 'Abdallah Kamal wrote that the claims of resistance and support for the Palestinians were nothing but "pretexts meant to disguise a comprehensive campaign of deploying [Hizbullah operatives] in Egypt and Jordan." He added: "The investigations and findings of the Egyptian authorities indicate... that the affair is much broader than it appears, [and involves much more than just] extending logistic support to the resistance [in Gaza]... The objective of [the Hizbullah cell was]... to embroil Egypt in a confrontation with Israel." About Iran, Kamal wrote: "One of Iran's major goals... is to perpetuate the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, so as to expand Iran's arena of operations in the region, which will enable it... to undermine the security of the [Middle East] countries, to abolish the peace agreements [with Israel], and ultimately to impose a completely new political vision [upon the region]."

Kamal stated further that Hizbullah and Iran could not be trusted, because they may be employing the Shi'ite principle of taqiyya: "Hizbullah's machinations are an overt reflection of the Shi'ite principle of taqiyya... namely giving outward expression to what you do not truly believe in your heart... [Nasrallah] said that he supported the resistance, while his [real] plan was actually broader. In light of this [principle of] taqiyya - which is part of the political and security activity of anyone affiliated with the Shi'ite political organizations in the Arab world and in the Persian state - we are leery of any open discussion or positive dealings with these [organizations], because they cannot be trusted or believed. They usually say one thing, while meaning another. [19]

Egyptian spokesmen stressed that Egypt supported the resistance, but that Hizbullah's actions in the country could not be regarded as such. Egyptian Minister of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Moufid Shihab said, "Egypt supports the Palestinian resistance, but support for the Palestinians does not justify violating the Egyptian law." [20] Al-Gumhouriyya editor Muhammad 'Ali Ibrahim wrote: "We welcome every bullet and missile fired at Israel, but it is inconceivable that Egypt should become an arms depot, which will attract the resistance to [its territory], and it is inconceivable that branches and funding offices of the resistance should be established in our country... When Nasrallah tries to establish a Hizbullah base in Egypt, I and all other Egyptians can only oppose it, for we do not want him to do in Egypt what he did [in Lebanon] in his May 7, [2008] coup, when he took over Beirut..." [21]

Hizbullah's actions in Egypt were characterized as terrorism. Ibrahim wrote: "Egypt respects the resistance [but] does not sponsor terrorism... We will never agree to terrorism in Sinai, under any label. [Hizbullah wants] to sow death [there], and then have us applaud [its men] as heroes of the resistance. But you and your gang are terrorists, Sheikh Hassan..." [22]

The chief editor of Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Tareq Al-Homayed, likened the head of Hizbullah to Osama bin Laden, calling him "bin Nasrallah." He wrote: "What Nasrallah and bin Laden have in common is that neither of them believes in states, borders and international laws...

"The danger posed by bin Nasrallah and his ilk [lies in the fact] that they strive to overthrow governments and to create in the Arab countries pockets of chaos controlled by Iran, which are to become states [within states], like the one in Lebanon, in which the [central] authorities and the state command no respect. [The goal is to] turn the Arab states into hotbeds of weapons and violence. There is an excuse, of course, namely defending Palestine, as bin Nasrallah said. This is the same excuse that Saddam Hussein used when he occupied Kuwait, and that bin Laden used after he wreaked havoc in our countries and throughout the world..." [23]

The spokesmen of the moderate camp argued that Hizbullah's restraint during the Gaza war constitutes further proof that it is not concerned with resistance but with promoting Iran's interests. An editorial in the Saudi daily Al-Jazirah stated: "If Nasrallah is so concerned about the situation in Palestine, where was he during the Gaza war? [Then,] he had an opportunity to display his loyalty to the Palestinian cause and to make the sacrifices he is so eager to make. [Instead,] he hurried to deny any connection to the rockets that were fired from Lebanon into Israel during the aggression against Gaza, so as to avoid getting involved in the war..." [24]

Al-Gumhouriyya editor Muhammad 'Ali Ibrahim addressed Nasrallah, saying: "If you did not want to [jeopardize] Lebanon by supplying weapons to the Palestinians during the Gaza war, out of fear that Israel would retaliate against the Lebanese, why do you want to embroil Egypt in a confrontation [with Israel]? Did you [receive] orders from Iran to embroil Egypt in a military escalation in the Middle East, which would distract it from [defending] its national security, so that, in the meantime, Tehran could sign an agreement with the U.S., giving it [free reign] in the Arabian Gulf [region] and placing it in charge of the oil [trade with the West]? Are you party [to an attempt] to embroil Egypt in an unfortunate escapade, so as to remove it from the power equation in the region?...[25]

The Iranian CampResponds:

The Crisis with Hizbullah Is Aimed at Reaping Political Profit
Hizbullah leaders claimed that the organization's activities in Egypt were part of its support of the Palestinian resistance, and that the allegations of attempts to harm Egypt's security were baseless. Hizbullah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah, whom the Egyptian public prosecutor accused of direct involvement in the affair, [26] admitted that Hizbullah had operated in Egypt, but claimed that its only aim was to extend logistic assistance to the Palestinians in Gaza and to fight Israel. He dismissed all the allegations of planning terrorist attacks and assassinations in Egypt as fabrications and lies. [27]

Nasrallah's deputy, Nai'm Qassem, who has also been implicated in the affair, accused Egypt of creating the crisis deliberately and of "blowing the affair out of proportion." [28] He told the independent Egyptian paper Al-Shurouq: "We do not think that what we did was a violation of Egypt's sovereignty. It was a simple act that had to be done for the sake of Palestine. [Such activity] must naturally be carried out in secret, since the Egyptian regime is against it." Qassem added that the Hizbullah operatives had received clear orders "not to operate against Israelis inside Egypt, which shows that Hizbullah had no intention of harming this country..." According to him, "the Egyptian security forces are guiding some of the media outlets of the regime [and instructing them] to fabricate stories and pictures in order to distort and corrupt the image of the resistance." [29]

Egypt Is Trying to Improve Its Regional Status, in Order to Counter the Growing Strength of Iran and the Resistance
Speakers for the Iranian axis stated further that the accusations against Hizbullah stemmed from political considerations, and from the need to improve Egypt's image. They argued that the standing of Egypt and Saudi Arabia - the leaders of the anti-Iranian camp who, according to them, serve U.S. and Israeli interests - has declined since the victory of the resistance camp in the Gaza war. This political defeat, they said, was reflected in the convening of the January 2009 summit in Doha with the participation of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as well as in the March 2009 Arab League summit in Doha, held in the absence of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said at the opening of a Majlis session, "[The Hizbullah affair] was meant to make up for the damage to the image of [certain] governments that have been accused of collaborating with Israel's escapade in Gaza." [30] The conservative Iranian daily Jomhouri-ye Eslami stated that Egypt was trying to avenge the defeat of the "Tel-Aviv-Cairo-Riyadh axis" in the Gaza war. [31] On Hizbullah's TV channel, Al-Manar, it was claimed that the Egyptian government was "trying to break out of its distressful isolation in the Arab [world], which became an established [fact] at the [March 2009] Doha summit." [32]

An editorial in Jomhouri-ye Eslami stated that the entire affair was a conspiracy aimed at saving Mubarak's image in the eyes of his people: "It was expected that Mubarak would invent an excuse in order to prepare the ground for persecuting the [Egyptian] people, and for imprisoning his opponents through [various] plots... Hosni Mubarak's collaboration with the Israelis during and the Gaza war, [which continues] to this very day... makes him a war criminal that should be tried and punished by an international court, along with the heads of the Zionist regime. This is the desire of all the free people in the Arab and Muslim world, and the Egyptian people itself has stressed this on several occasions...

"This reality frightens Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, so he fights it using familiar tactics such as reiterated accusations, and arrests. These useless efforts [only] expose his great weakness and herald the end of his oppressive and tyrannical rule. He is afraid of the 'Nasrallahs' that are emerging in Egypt, and he is absolutely right to be afraid. The culture of resistance is sweeping through Egypt, like a flood [that threatens] the servants of America and the Zionist regime. This flood will end the life of the unblessed Hosni Mubarak." [33]

Egypt Wants to Turn the Resistance into the Arabs' New Enemy
Iranian speakers stated further that the Egyptian government was trying to weaken Hizbullah and the resistance and to set them up as the Arabs' new enemy, instead of Israel - all in retaliation for the successes of the resistance. [34]

An editorial in the Syrian government daily Al-Thawra stated that the accusations against Hizbullah were an attempt to hobble the resistance after its victories in Lebanon and Gaza. He added that, in the future, resistance leaders may have arrest warrants issued against them by the International Court and by Interpol at the request of Arab leaders. [35] An editorial in the Saudi daily Al-Watan explained this position: "Hizbullah constitutes a tangible threat to Egypt owing to its support of the resistance in the [Gaza] Strip, and because it defeated Israel in the Lebanon war of summer 2006 - a victory that completely upset the [previous] regional and international military balance. The Egyptian government sees its relations with Israel as 'strategic and crucial,' and as part of these relations, it is fighting the resistance and tightening the rope around its neck, and using all the knowledge and experience at its disposal to withhold [from Gaza] not only weapons and military equipment but also food and drugs." [36]

Another Al-Watan article stated: "After George Bush failed to turn Iran into the Arabs' new imaginary enemy... Cairo launched a campaign that corresponds with Israel's interests... and which [is meant to] ensure that the resistance - in the form of the Lebanese Hizbullah and the Islamic resistance movement Hamas -becomes the Arabs' new imaginary enemy." [37]

The chairman of the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar, Ibrahim Al-Amin, who is close to Hizbullah, described a future scenario in which the Egyptian regime persecutes anyone who supports the resistance: "The attack on the resistance is heading towards [a situation in which] resistance will be presented as a disgrace and as a violation of Egyptian law... If things indeed develop in this direction, the campaign against politicians and people in the media who oppose the attack on Hizbullah will soon come to the point of imposing a legal and political ban [on any expression of support for the resistance]. Anyone who defends the resistance will be dragged to state security headquarters, [deprived of] his freedom, identity and honor, [and maligned] in the government papers and on the Egyptian-Saudi [TV channels]. Judging by the form this campaign is taking, it will [soon] be forbidden to make any contact with the resistance forces... It will even be forbidden to participate in conferences, symposiums and meetings attended by resistance leaders from Lebanon or Palestine... The purpose of this campaign is to declare that the conflict between Egypt and Israel is over, and that [now] the real enemies are those who carry the banner of resistance. Anyone who supports this group is an enemy of Egypt, and anyone who does not bother [to make clear that he] backs and supports the governments' moves is an Iranian agent." [38]

Egypt Is Trying to Tip the Elections in Lebanon
Another claim was that Egypt is trying to distort Hizbullah's image and thereby to influence the upcoming parliamentary elections in Lebanon. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki stated that Egypt's accusations against Hizbullah were "old and hackneyed," adding: "As the parliamentary elections in Lebanon draw near, overt and covert [forces] are trying to create a crisis." [39] Iranian Majlis Speaker 'Ali Larijani likewise drew a connection between the accusations against Hizbullah and the Lebanese elections. [40] The Iranian website Ayande News stated that Egypt and Saudi Arabia, having failed to defeat Hizbullah on the battlefield during the 2006 war, were now hoping to defeat it in the parliamentary elections through their propaganda and accusations. [41]

Lebanese columnist 'Alwan Amin Al-Din wrote in the Syrian Al-Watan that, while Egypt claimed that Hizbullah was intervening in its internal affairs, the fact was that Egypt was the one intervening in Lebanon's internal affairs in an attempt to harm Hizbullah. Egypt's intelligence apparatuses, he said, have been intervening in Lebanon since 2005 by arming militias, training fighters, and dispatching experts and officers to Lebanon, who operated there during the 2006 war with Israel and after it. Amin Al-Din wondered whether Egypt's accusations against Hizbullah were meant to serve the March 14 Forces in its upcoming election campaign against this organization. [42]

Iranian Weekly: The Anti-Iranian Campaign Is Motivated by the Possibility of Iran-U.S. Rapprochement
An editorial in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) weekly Sobh-e Sadeq stated that the affair reflected the concern of the "oppressive totalitarian countries," meaning Egypt and the other members of the moderate camp, about a possible rapprochement between the U.S. and Iran. The article argued that the surge of anti-Shi'ite and anti-Iranian sentiment in Egypt and in the other countries of the "appeasement camp" could be understood as a "banal deception" on the part of their regimes, aimed at inciting the people. The article added that the heads of these Arab regimes "must understand that... Iran's growing influence in the region stems from its actual support of the Palestinian resistance and of the oppressed people in Palestine and in the other Arab countries that are suffering from the greed for power and the oppression of America... [Conversely,] Egypt and the other members of the appeasement camp make it their first priority to serve America and the Zionist regime, in order strengthen the foundations of their own regimes.

Addressing the moderate states, the article stated: "If you really want to stop [the growth of] Iran's influence and find your true place [in the region], you must support the Palestinian people and resistance, stand firm against the influence of the Zionist regime, of America and of the [global] arrogance in your countries and in the region, respect the will and aspirations of your peoples and act accordingly... [Otherwise,] you can expect your influence and your legitimacy to diminish..." [43]
*Y. Yehoshua is Director of Research at MEMRI



[1] Al-Ahram (Egypt), April 9, 2009.
The Egyptian daily Al-Ahram reported further that the suspected cell members had admitted in their interrogation that top Hizbullah operatives had been involved in planning the cell's terrorist activities, and that the plan was overseen by Hizbullah's intelligence chiefMuhammad Qabalan. According to the report, Qabalan stayed in Egypt in 2007-2008 in order to begin training the terrorists. The plan was to smuggle them into Egypt in small groups, which would be ready for action when the time came. Al-Ahram (Egypt), April 11, 2009.
[2] On the ongoing "cold war" between the two camps in the Arab world, see MEMRI Inquiry and Analysis No. 510, "The Doha Summit - A Defeat for the Saudi-Egyptian Camp," April 8, 2009, http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=ia&ID=IA51009 ; MEMRI Inquiry and Analysis No. 492, " An Escalating Regional Cold War - Part I: The 2009 Gaza War," February 2, 2009; http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=ia&ID=IA49209.
[3] A senior Egyptian official told Al-Ahram that Iran had played a crucial role in the affair, and that two employees of an Iranian satellite channel in Cairo had been involved in the terrorist plot. Al-Ahram (Egypt), April 9, 2009. According to the Egyptian daily Al-Masaa, the Egyptian investigation has revealed that senior Hizbullah operative Muhammad Yousef Mansour (known as Sami Shihab) had been dispatched to Iran several times, on Nasrallah's orders, in order to be trained in terrorist tactics by the Revolutionary Guards. Al-Masaa (Egypt), April 13, 2009.
[4] Al-Gumhouriyya (Egypt), April 10, 2009.
[5] Al-Gumhouriyya (Egypt), April 24, 2009.
[6] Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), April 14, 2009.
[7] Al-Gumhouriyya (Egypt), April 12, 2009.
[8] Roz Al-Yousef (Egypt), April 18, 2009.
[9] Al-Masaa (Egypt), April 10, 2009.
[10] Al-Ahram (Egypt), April 12, 2009.
[11] It should be noted that the Kuwaiti daily Al-Siyassa spoke from the start about Qatari involvement in the affair. Quoting the attaché of the Egyptian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, it reported that, according to some of the detainees, Qatar had been involved in funding and training the terrorist cell, and the cell commander, Sami Shihab, had entered Egypt using a Qatari passport that had been given to him in Doha. The source stated that this was the reason that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had boycotted the March 30, 2009 Arab League summit in Doha. Al-Siyassa (Kuwait), April 10, 2009.
[12] Al-Ahram (Egypt), April 18, 2009. According to the article, "the date for the start of [Hamas'] military actions in Gaza had been known and determined in advance by several parties, [namely] Iran, Syria, Qatar, Hizbullah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as the Qatari channel that belongs to the state of Al-Jazeera." The daily also contended that Hamas' rejection of the tahdiah had been planned in advance by all these parties.
[13] Al-Ahram (Egypt), April 18, 2009.
[14] About the interview with Akhtari, see MEMRI Inquiry and Analysis No. 448, "The Iranian Roots of Hizbullah (1),"
http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=ia&ID=IA44808#_edn ref2.
[15] Roz Al-Yousef (Egypt), April 19, 2009.
[16] Al-Jazirah (Saudi Arabia), April 11, 2009.
[17] Al-Watan (Saudi Arabia), April 17, 2009.
[18] Al-Watan (Saudi Arabia), April 19, 2009.
[19] Roz Al-Yousef (Egypt), April 19, 2009.
[20] Al-Gumhouriyya (Egypt), April 20, 2009.
[21] Al-Gumhouriyya (Egypt), April 11, 2009.
[22] Al-Gumhouriyya (Egypt), April 12, 2009.
[23] Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), April 12, 2009.
[24] Al-Jazirah (Saudi Arabia), April 12, 2009.
[25] Al-Gumhouriyya (Egypt), April 12, 2009.
[26] According to the prosecutor's statement, Nasrallah himself had ordered to carry out the terrorist operation in Egypt. The daily Al-Ahram claimed that the secret codeword for launching the operation was embedded in Nasrallah's January 2009 'Ashura Day speech. The Hizbullah cell-members were supposed to carry out attacks on the following day, in various locations across Egypt, but the plan failed because the cell-members had already been apprehended - a fact that was unknown to the Hizbullah leadership at the time. Al-Ahram (Egypt), April 9, 2009. According to Egyptian press reports, the public prosecutor is considering filing charges against Nasrallah, after the latter has admitted in a TV interview that Hizbullah was involved in transferring arms through Egypt into Gaza. Al-Misriyyoun (Egypt), April 14, 2009.
[27] www.hizbollah.tv, April 10, 2009.
[28] According to Al-Ahram, Nasrallah charged Qassem with overseeing the cell's operations, and Qassem, in turn, delegated the task to Hizbullah operative Muhammad Qabalan. The latter, who was in Egypt in March and April 2008, placed Hizbullah operative Sami Shihab in charge of the cell. Al-Ahram (Egypt), April 14, 2009.
[29] Al-Shurouq (Egypt), April 14, 2009. It should be noted that the Egyptian press has published several transcripts of the detainees' testimonies, which contained conflicting claims regarding the goals of the Hizbullah cell. According to the Egyptian daily Al-Masri Al-Yawm, Sami Shihab admitted in his interrogation that his mission was to establish a Hizbullah office in Egypt - called "the Egypt Bureau" - as part of Hizbullah's "ring unit," which is in charge of activities in the "ring countries" (i.e., the countries bordering Israel) and is tasked with supporting the Palestinian cause. According to this report, Shihab claimed that the Hizbullah leadership had instructed him to refrain at all cost from harming Egypt, and had stressed that the goal was not to target Israelis inside Egypt, but to help the Palestinians by infiltrating Palestine and fighting the Jews there. Al-Masri Al-Yawm (Egypt), April 13, 2009.
According to Al-Ahram, on the other hand, Shihab has admitted that the cell's activity was directed against Egypt and had nothing to do with helping the resistance in Gaza. Hizbullah had appointed him to make all the necessary arrangements for carrying out terrorist attacks inside Egypt, especially against tourists from Israel and other countries. The operations were to involve suicide bombings, car bombings, or bombs planted in locations frequented by Israeli tourists in Sinai. Al-Ahram (Egypt), April 14, 2009.
[30] IRNA (Iran), April 12, 2009.
[31] Jomhouri-ye Eslami (Iran), April 21, 2009.
[32] www.islamonline.net, April 9, 2009.
[33] Jomhouri-ye Eslami (Iran), April 12, 2009. "Unblessed" is a pun on the name Mubarak, which means "blessed."
[34] 'Ali 'Omar, a Hizbullah MP in the Lebanese parliament, said that Egypt's attack on Hizbullah was meant to distort the image of the resistance and to create a new enemy for the Arabs. Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), April 13, 2009.
[35] Al-Thawra (Syria), April 12, 2009.
[36] Al-Watan (Syria) April 12, 2009.
[37] Al-Watan (Syria), April 13, 2009.
[38] Al-Akhbar (Lebanon), April 18, 2009.
[39] IRNA (Iran), April 15, 2009.
[40] IRNA (Iran), April 11, 2009. A similar remark was made by Hizbullah MP 'Ali 'Omar. Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), April 13, 2009.
[41] Ayande News (Iran), April 11, 2009; http://www.ayandenews.com/fa/pages/?cid=5725. [42] Al-Watan (Syria), April 12, 2009. [43] Sobh-e Sadeq (Iran), April 20, 2009.
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Lightbulb From singers to terror attacks !!

I don't know if cited before here, Hezbollah trying to use lebanese singers to find " good " places where Hezbollah cell can make terrors attacks in various places in Egypt. This is Hizbollah strategy and fortunatly it was detected before any attack, singers is the best way that hezb. use for that because most arabs never pass in mind that a singer can help terrors cell to make such as activity.

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The United Nations special tribunal investigating the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri has reached surprising new conclusions -- and it is keeping them secret. According to information obtained by the German magazine SPIEGEL, investigators now believe Hezbollah was behind the Hariri murder. But some Israeli intelligence sources believe that the revelations are designed to get Syria, long suspected of the crime, off the hook and to justify action against Hezbollah.

On February 14, 2005, a massive bomb exploded in front of the Hotel St. Georges in Beirut, just as the motorcade of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri passed by. The explosives ripped a crater two meters deep into the street. Body parts were hurled as far as the roofs of surrounding buildings. Twenty-three people died in the explosion and ensuing inferno, including Hariri, his bodyguards and passersby.

SPIEGEL claimed, citing "sources close to the tribunal and verified by examining internal documents", that "it was not the Syrians, but instead special forces of the Lebanese Shiite organization Hezbollah ("Party of God") that planned and executed the diabolical attack. Tribunal chief prosecutor Bellemare and his judges apparently want to hold back this information, of which they been aware for about a month. What are they afraid of?

SPIEGEL cites the following claims about the assassination investigation:

"Captain Eid's team eventually identified eight mobile phones, all of which had been purchased on the same day in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. They were activated six weeks before the assassination, and they were used
exclusively for communication among their users and -- with the exception of one case -- were no longer used after the attack. They were apparently tools of the hit team that carried out the terrorist attack. But there was also a "second circle of hell," a network of about 20 mobile phones that were identified as being in proximity to the first eight phones noticeably often. According to the Lebanese security forces, all of the numbers involved apparently belong to the "operational arm" of Hezbollah,which maintains a militia in Lebanon that is more powerful than the regular Lebanese army. While part of the Party of God acts like a normal political organization, participating in democratic elections and appointing cabinet ministers, the other part uses less savory tactics, such as abductions near the Israeli border and terrorist attacks, such those committed against Jewish facilities in South America in 2002 and 2004."

But the Israeli Debkafile website dissents, citing an unnamed intelligence source who reported claimed: "The cell phones in the possession of the assassins were used for calls to the secret forward command set up by Syrian military intelligence a few streets away from the scene of the mighty explosion in which the former Lebanese prime minister and at least 20 others were killed. They were registered under fictitious names. Since the German paper does not identify the users, its "new evidence" contributes nothing new to the investigation. Furthermore, absolving Syrian president Bashar Assad and Syrian military intelligence chief, his brother-in-law Gen. Asif Shawqat of complicity in the crime suggests that the sources of the leak to the German newspaper had their own political agenda.

Debka criticized Israeli politicians for uncritically and perhaps cynically giving the report more credence than it deserves: "A senior Israel intelligence official criticized Israel ministers for jumping on the SPIEGEL report, which was front page news in the Israeli media. "At the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, May 24, defense minister Ehud Barak commented that Hizballah was an Iranian arm and negative influence. He hoped the Lebanese people would draw the right conclusions – a hint at the general election in two weeks. Foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman called for an international arrest warrant to be issued against Hizballah's leader Hassan Nasrallah for complicity in the Hariri murder."

Debka's report and the Israeli ministers' reactions serve to underscore the growing jitters in Israel and the West that Hezbollah will score a victory in the June 7 elections and thus bring Lebanon solidly into the Iranian axis. That development, it has been speculated, will provoke an Israeli reaction and is the cause for the week-long serious of nationwide civil defense drills based on the scenario of an all-out regional war in which missiles fly at Israel from two or even directions. It has also caused US Vice President Joe Biden to make the first visit by such a senior US official in more than a quarter century, promising a major upgrade in the Lebanese armed forces -- as long as Hezbollah doesn't take them over.
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One solitary Arab country has never been under absolute Muslim hegemony: multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and religiously heterogeneous Lebanon. For this, it has paid a price - even before Persian Shi'ite radicals took power in Teheran in 1979 and set up Hizbullah in 1982.

In 1958, for instance, Sunni nationalists tried to force the country into the pan-Arab orbit under Egypt's Abdul Gamal Nasser. The Christians, then less fragmented, more numerous and wielding clout, said no and were backed by president Dwight Eisenhower.

By 1975, civil war had pitted Muslims against Christians, drawing in the PLO, Syria and Israel; it lasted into the 1990s.

Only two months ago, Damascus opened an embassy in Beirut, which suggests it may have abandoned the claim that Lebanon is part of Greater Syria.

Israel, needing to defend its northern border - first against Palestinian incursions, more recently against Hizbullah - has repeatedly been drawn into the quagmire.

This is the context for Lebanon's election campaign, which culminates on June 7. It is being waged in 26 districts for 128 parliamentary seats. Iran's proxies are led by Hizbullah (fielding only 11 candidates) and include Nabih Berri's (Shi'ite) Amal and Michel Aoun's (Christian Maronite) Free Patriotic Movement. They're competing against the Sunni-led "March 14 coalition" backed by Saudi Arabia and headed by Sa'ad Hariri. Other members include the mercurial Druse leader Walid Jumblatt and former Phalangist chieftain Samir Geagea.

The election is "free," but not cheap. One voter told The New York Times: "Whoever pays the most will get my vote. I won't accept less than $800."

It costs money to pay your opponent to drop out, to purchase positive news coverage, and to fly in expatriates. To help citizens remember to whom they owe allegiance, the parties helpfully provide them with prepared ballot slips.

TWO BIG news stories frame the lead-up to the voting. Hizbullah and its allies say they've uncovered a spy ring working for Israel (21 local suspects arrested, several others reportedly having fled to Israel). The disclosures, Hassan Nasrallah declared in a campaign message, prove that his movement can best face down "the Zionist enemy."

The other big story, revealed over the weekend in Germany's Der Spiegel, is the surprise revelation that an independent (partly UN-funded) tribunal investigating the February 14, 2005, assassination of Rafik Hariri will lay the blame at Hizbullah's - not Syria's - doorstep. German investigators will reportedly name as the mastermind Hajj Salim, Imad Mughniyeh's replacement, who reports directly to Nasrallah and Gen. Kassim Sulaimani in Iran. Hariri was murdered, Der Spiegel speculates, because Nasrallah felt threatened by the Sunni billionaire's broad-based popularity. Hizbullah claimed the story was intended to divert attention from the Israeli "spy networks."

Even the rosiest election result scenario - a slight gain for the anti-Iranian bloc - would not fundamentally shift Lebanon's alignment of forces. The prime minister, as always, will be a Sunni, the president a Christian and the parliament speaker a Shi'ite. Sorry to say, Hizbullah will remain the dominant social, political and economic movement - regardless of how many seats its partisans capture. It has the guns, the cash and the backing of a ruthless regional power. It seeks to change the constitution and ultimately capture de-jure control of the country.

It's hard to see how US Vice President Joe Biden's Friday visit to Beirut, coming on the heels of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's trip last month and aimed at tacitly bolstering the relative moderates, did much good. The last thing the "moderates" need is to be publicly embraced by Washington. They know that the West has been loath to confront Hizbullah or its patron, and that's what matters.

In February 2005, in the wake of the Hariri murder, tens of thousands of Lebanese demonstrated in the streets, eventually forcing Syria to withdraw its troops from the country. There was a fleeting sense that, just maybe, the forces of extremism had been routed. But the following month, Hizbullah massed far greater numbers, dashing hopes that popular sentiment alone could overcome the Iran-Hizbullah behemoth.

Rather than going for an overt power grab, Hizbullah is slowly metastasizing deep inside Lebanon's body politic. The process offers a sobering glimpse into Iran's regional modus operandi and its patient imperial designs.
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The United Nations special tribunal investigating the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri has reached surprising new conclusions -- and it is keeping them secret. According to information obtained by the German magazine SPIEGEL, investigators now believe Hezbollah was behind the Hariri murder. But some Israeli intelligence sources believe that the revelations are designed to get Syria, long suspected of the crime, off the hook and to justify action against Hezbollah.

On February 14, 2005, a massive bomb exploded in front of the Hotel St. Georges in Beirut, just as the motorcade of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri passed by. The explosives ripped a crater two meters deep into the street. Body parts were hurled as far as the roofs of surrounding buildings. Twenty-three people died in the explosion and ensuing inferno, including Hariri, his bodyguards and passersby.

SPIEGEL claimed, citing "sources close to the tribunal and verified by examining internal documents", that "it was not the Syrians, but instead special forces of the Lebanese Shiite organization Hezbollah ("Party of God") that planned and executed the diabolical attack. Tribunal chief prosecutor Bellemare and his judges apparently want to hold back this information, of which they been aware for about a month. What are they afraid of?

SPIEGEL cites the following claims about the assassination investigation:

"Captain Eid's team eventually identified eight mobile phones, all of which had been purchased on the same day in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. They were activated six weeks before the assassination, and they were used exclusively for communication among their users and -- with the exception of one case -- were no longer used after the attack. They were apparently tools of the hit team that carried out the terrorist attack. But there was also a "second circle of hell," a network of about 20 mobile phones that were identified as being in proximity to the first eight phones noticeably often. According to the Lebanese security forces, all of the numbers involved apparently belong to the "operational arm" of Hezbollah,which maintains a militia in Lebanon that is more powerful than the regular Lebanese army. While part of the Party of God acts like a normal political organization, participating in democratic elections and appointing cabinet ministers, the other part uses less savory tactics, such as abductions near the Israeli border and terrorist attacks, such those committed against Jewish facilities in South America in 2002 and 2004."

But the Israeli Debkafile website dissents, citing an unnamed intelligence source who reported claimed: "The cell phones in the possession of the assassins were used for calls to the secret forward command set up by Syrian military intelligence a few streets away from the scene of the mighty explosion in which the former Lebanese prime minister and at least 20 others were killed. They were registered under fictitious names. Since the German paper does not identify the users, its "new evidence" contributes nothing new to the investigation. Furthermore, absolving Syrian president Bashar Assad and Syrian military intelligence chief, his brother-in-law Gen. Asif Shawqat of complicity in the crime suggests that the sources of the leak to the German newspaper had their own political agenda.

Debka criticized Israeli politicians for uncritically and perhaps cynically giving the report more credence than it deserves: "A senior Israel intelligence official criticized Israel ministers for jumping on the SPIEGEL report, which was front page news in the Israeli media. "At the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, May 24, defense minister Ehud Barak commented that Hizballah was an Iranian arm and negative influence. He hoped the Lebanese people would draw the right conclusions – a hint at the general election in two weeks. Foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman called for an international arrest warrant to be issued against Hizballah's leader Hassan Nasrallah for complicity in the Hariri murder."

Debka's report and the Israeli ministers' reactions serve to underscore the growing jitters in Israel and the West that Hezbollah will score a victory in the June 7 elections and thus bring Lebanon solidly into the Iranian axis. That development, it has been speculated, will provoke an Israeli reaction and is the cause for the week-long serious of nationwide civil defense drills based on the scenario of an all-out regional war in which missiles fly at Israel from two or even directions. It has also caused US Vice President Joe Biden to make the first visit by such a senior US official in more than a quarter century, promising a major upgrade in the Lebanese armed forces -- as long as Hezbollah doesn't take them over.

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Hezbollah Supporters Targeted in Africa



By Matthew Levitt

Following earlier designations targeting Hezbollah networks in South America, the U.S. Treasury designated today two Hezbollah supporters based in Africa. The action is significant, given that Hizballah operatives in Africa raise and launder significant sums of money, recruit local operatives, collect preoperational intelligence, and support the organization's terrorist activities against Israeli, U.S., and other Western interests.

According to information released by the Treasury Department:
Kassim Tajideen is an important financial contributor to Hizballah who operates a network of businesses in Lebanon and Africa. He has contributed tens of millions of dollars to Hizballah and has sent funds to Hizballah through his brother, a Hizballah commander in Lebanon. In addition, Kassim Tajideen and his brothers run cover companies for Hizballah in Africa. In 2003, Tajideen was arrested in Belgium in connection with fraud, money laundering, and diamond smuggling.
Tajideen is well known to law enforcement officials. According to a 2007 Greenpeace report:
One of the companies managed by the Tajideen family has a history of allegations of money laundering. In May 2003, following a four month international investigation by Belgium’s Economic Crimes Unit, judicial police raided the Antwerp offices of Soafrimex, managed by Kassim Tajideen, arrested several of its officials and froze its bank accounts.158 The company was accused of ‘large-scale tax fraud, money laundering and trade in diamonds of doubtful origin, to the value of tens of millions of euros’. In December 2003, Belgian authorities informed the Congolese embassy in Brussels that investigations undertaken in the DRC had shown that the company systematically undervalued its imports, shipping and insurance costs and that it filed false customs declarations.
Also designated today was Abd Al Menhem Qubaysi, a Hezbollah supporter based in Cote d'Ivoire who functions, according to information released by the Treasury Department, as “the personal representative of Hizballah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah.” The Treasury statement continues:
Qubaysi communicates with Hizballah leaders and has hosted senior Hizballah officials traveling to Cote d'Ivoire and other parts of Africa to raise money for Hizballah. Qubaysi plays a visible role in Hizballah activities in Cote d'Ivoire, including speaking at Hizballah fundraising events and sponsoring meetings with high-ranking members of the terrorist organization. Qubaysi also helped establish an official Hizballah foundation in Cote d'Ivoire which has been used to recruit new members for Hizballah's military ranks in Lebanon.
Africa has long been a hub of Hezbollah activity, including not only fundraising but operational planning as well. In 2003 Israeli intelligence officials warned of a Hizballah plot to kidnap Israeli businessmen and diplomats in Africa. The warning included both general threat information related to Hizballah activity in the Horn of Africa (especially Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania) as well as detailed intelligence identifying at least one specific diplomat as a target. According to Israeli officials, the warnings came from a number of sources and were given extra attention in light of threats by Hizballah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah to "work day and night to abduct more and more Israelis" if a negotiated prisoner swap then being negotiated through the Germans was not concluded. Commenting on the kidnapping threat, Israeli officials told local media that they considered the Horn of Africa "particularly sensitive" to Hizballah activity, adding, "For Hizballah, Africa constitutes a very comfortable base of operations. On the one hand, there is a strong base for extremist Islamic groups there, and on the other hand, the local security forces and intelligence agencies are very lenient."

Similar threat reporting has resurfaced in the wake of the assassination of Hezbollah chief of external operation, Imad Mughniyeh, focused on plots to kidnap Israeli officials or businessmen in Africa and Europe. In August 2008 the counterterrorism bureau within the Israeli National Security Council warned Israeli nationals living in Africa of a specific warning of a pending Hezbollah attack targeting Israelis in Africa. A few weeks later, senior Israeli officials confirmed that two attempts by Hezbollah operatives to kidnap Israeli citizens abroad had recently been thwarted. Warning were also issued in April 2009 to Israeli business people traveling to Europe in response to what was described as "pinpoint" intelligence of a specific threat.

Africa is also becoming an area of concern regarding terrorist groups engaged in drug trafficking. According to Southcom Commander Admiral Stavridis, drug traffickers have expanded their presence in West Africa as a "springboard to Europe." Hezbollah has long maintained a strong presence in Africa, and has utilized Africa as a strategic point to from which to raise and transfer funds and to engage in criminal enterprises, such as diamond smuggling. INTERPOL Secretary General Ron Noble recently highlighted this trend as well, noting that “recently, authorities have dismantled cocaine-trafficking rings that used their proceeds to finance the activities of the FARC and Hezbollah, while drugs destined for European markets are increasingly being channeled through West African countries.”

Today’s designation is a welcome response to the growing presence of Hezbollah support networks in Africa. Tajideen and Qubaysi are both indicative of the tendency of Hezbollah supporters to raise funds for Hezbollah through illicit activities ranging from exploitation of charities to involvement in blood diamonds to fraud, money laundering and more. Such activities, while extremely lucrative, expose participants to law enforcement scrutiny and present a rare opportunity for public action to counter their activities. Expect further actions such as this one as law enforcement and intelligence agencies around the world continue to crack down on Hezbollah’s illicit support networks worldwide.
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Many Western analysts, even at the highest levels, seem to think that if a country is holding more or less free elections, then it attained "freedom," and that that in itself will be, in very large part if not in full, an effective antidote to the problem of "terrorism." Yet in Iraq, Shi'ites in particular used the electoral process to advance their agenda of establishing a Shi'ite state in Iraq, and now Hizballah acknowledges that they, too, regard elections as a useful tool in their jihad. The next time someone tells you that Hizballah is moderating, and that its participation in the electoral process is an indication of that, remember this one.

"Hizbullah Official: Elections Part of Jihad Battle," from Israel National News, May 28

IsraelNN.com) Lebanon's June 7 parliamentary elections are part of "part of our jihadist and political battle in Lebanon" and an opportunity for obtaining support for the line of the resistance, said Hizbullah political council chairman Ibrahim Amin Al-Sayyid. His comments were translated by MEMRI from an Iranian News Agency report....

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Expert: Hezbollah Bigger Mass Casualty Threat than al-Qaeda



Hizbullah has a greater capability of staging a mass casualty terrorist attack in the US than al-Qaida does, and military action against Iran might trigger exactly that, according to a top counter-terrorism official with the New York police.

"Hizbullah at the strategic level, with its state sponsors, more or less decided not to attack the United States interests directly in the continental United States at all," Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism Richard Falkenrath of the New York Police Department told the Washington Institute for Near East Affairs this week. "But our assessment is, if they ever change their minds, they have the capacity to inflict terrible damage on the United States, and I worry about that a lot. We haven't seen it yet, but I don't like to be in a position where our defense lies in the strategic decision of a terrorist organization."

Falkenrath added that he had seen various intelligence assessments on what would cause Hizbullah to change that strategic decision and that "direct US military operations against the Hizbullah leadership are regarded as one," as well as attacks against its state sponsor, Iran.

He suggested that the Lebanese terrorist group has focused its violent acts abroad because "they would have too much heat on them if they did attack the United States, and they can accomplish most of their interests without it."

Another terrorism expert, Daniel Byman of the Brookings Institution's Saban Center, said Hizbullah had so far calculated that it wouldn't be worth the blowback from the United States when its main agenda focuses on Israel.

"From their point of view, the United States is a place you raise money and can use for propaganda," he explained.

Byman, who spoke at a Brookings event on Iran this week, said that even with the chaos there over the presidential election, he didn't expect to see Teheran's support to terrorist groups abroad diminish in the near term. With many of the more moderate voices in Iran's ruling institutions siding with the opposition, and thereby finding themselves ostracized or marginalized, he contended that the hardliners have only strengthened their position.

"If you think about the people sitting around the table," he said, "some of the more pragmatic voices are going to be missing or weaker."

So long as Hizbullah is dormant, Falkenrath assessed that al-Qaida remained the most serious external terrorist threat to America, and that the greatest risk for the execution of a high-casualty event came from "European-descent radicals who have sought training in Pakistan and are somehow reinserted into their homelands." Should they infiltrate American territory, Falkenrath said, New York City was still their destination of choice.

"New York remains at the very top of their list, both symbolically and in terms of physical consequences of a successful attack," he said. "New York, unfortunately, has a very special place in the extremist mindset."

Falkenrath, a former member of the Bush White House's homeland security team, criticized the Obama administration and the Democrat-controlled Congress for not sufficiently emphasizing terrorism prevention in their budget priorities.

"We've seen these budgets slowly trickle down. The levels are shrinking; the competition for grant funding is becoming more fierce; and, frankly, the bureaucracy and the bureaucratic process that we have to go through to actually get the monies dispersed and spend them is becoming ever more onerous," he said, noting that the difficulties began under the Bush administration.

Instead, he said that the federal government had been shifting its focus to preparedness when it came to responding to a large attack or disaster.
"I think a pure focus on preparedness and getting ready to clean up the consequences of an attack should not crowd out the things that the country, and particularly the American law enforcement community, can do to protect the country in the first place," Falkenrath maintained.

As an example, he pointed to bio-detection and bio-surveillance, which he claimed had become "a distant, low priority at the federal level," where once it had led the way to providing state-of-the-art and other equipment to monitor the New York subway and other public places for radiation to detect exposure in the event of an attack.

That project, he said, had been eliminated under the Obama administration's 2010 homeland security budget, which passed the US House of Representatives on Wednesday.

However, before the vote, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) proposed an amendment allocating $40 million for that initiative, according to Congressional staff, which was adopted overwhelming by the House. The bill, which also includes $18 million for a security grant program which provides funds to many Jewish institutions around the country, still needs to be passed by the Senate and signed by the president.
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Can Hezbollah Launch Long-Range Terror Attacks?
By Aaron Mannes

In his new book Homeland Security, Assessing the First Five Years, former DHS secretary Michael Chertoff argues:
Al-Qaeda and its network are our most serious immediate threat, they may not be our most serious long-term threat….[Hezbollah] has developed capabilities that Al-Qaeda can only dream of, including large quantities of missiles and highly sophisticated explosives.
Chertoff’s statement is conventional wisdom among many terrorism experts. Shortly after 9/11 then Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage stated:
Hezbollah may be the 'A-Team of Terrorists' and maybe al-Qaeda is actually the 'B' team.
But Hezbollah has not carried out a successful out-of-area attack since the 1996 Khobar strike. Is Hezbollah still capable of carrying out long-range terror attacks?

In 1992, exactly one month after Israel assassinated Hezbollah Secretary-General Abbas al-Musawi, the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires was bombed. Two years later, on July 18, 1994 Hezbollah bombed the Jewish communal offices in Buenos Aires, at least partially in response to Israel’s capture of Hezbollah leader Mustafa Dirani on May 21 and a bombing of a Hezbollah training camp on June 2.

In contrast, it has been almost a year and a half since Hezbollah terror master-mind Imad Mughniyeh was assassinated. Hezbollah has threatened revenge against Israel for the assassination of Mughniyeh. But attempts to kidnap Israeli tourists and bomb the Israeli embassy in Baku have been foiled. Azerbaijan borders Iran and Iran has a very large Azerbaijani population, so Hezbollah and its IRGC allies should have had a relatively easy time carrying out an attack.

Has Hezbollah’s ability to launch an attack deteriorated, or is it merely biding its time? In and of itself, this is an important question – but it achieves even greater significance in light of the unstable situation in Iran. One constraint on Western action is the concern of long-range terror by Hezbollah and its allies in the IRGC. If that threat is not be as significant as previously assessed, then one barrier to action is lowered.

Terror International
There is no question that Hezbollah has been one of the most terrorist groups. The bombings and hostage crisis in Lebanon in the 1980s were textbooks cases of how to use terrorism to advance a cause. The 1983 Marine barracks bombing led to the withdrawal of an international peacekeeping force from Beirut – leaving Lebanon as prey for Syria and Iran. Six months earlier a Hezbollah car bomb destroyed the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 including about half a dozen experienced CIA Middle East operatives – a blow from which the CIA has never recovered.

Hezbollah attacks were not limited to Lebanon. Besides the Buenos Aires attacks, Iran and Hezbollah worked hand in hand throughout the 1980s to carry out attacks in Europe to advance Iranian interests and eliminate opposition to the regime.

Victims of their Success
Hezbollah’s very effectiveness led to a heavy focus on their operations. Hezbollah’s international terror attacks declined after the 1996 Khobar tower bombing. One reason was that U.S. intelligence outed Iranian intelligence operatives worldwide. According to Jeff Stein’s always informative blog SpyTalk intelligence agencies worldwide have focused on Hezbollah and have scored a number of successes rolling up Hezbollah cells. In addition, in 2007 Ali Resa Asgari, an IRGC commander who had worked closely with Hezbollah defected to the west.

The Weakest Link
Hezbollah is known to have supporters everywhere there is a substantial Lebanese Shiite population (including West Africa, Latin America, Europe, Australia, and the United States.) Cells of Hezbollah operatives committing petty crimes to raise money for the organization have been discovered in Latin America but also in the United States. At the same time, Hezbollah remains an organization with tremendous capabilities. It has money, recruits, overseas supporters, and access to technology. So what Hezbollah capability has been degraded that hampers their international operations?

While Hezbollah has supporters worldwide, this support may have limits. Some of these groups, such as the network of drug traffickers recently arrested in Curacao are in it for the money and their support is limited to financing. This is NOT to downgrade the importance of cracking down on terrorist financing operations, merely to point out that such groups may have limited utility in carrying out terror attacks. Even if they have the motivation to carry out these attacks, they usually lack the skills. Terror attacks require high-level skills at constructing explosives, surveillance of targets, and operational security. In addition, suicide bombings require suicide bombers who need to be indoctrinated.

It would appear that Hezbollah is having some difficulties moving these key personnel without detection. Past attacks have relied heavily on support from Iranian Embassies. These Embassies appear to be carefully monitored by intelligence agencies. While there have been numerous reports of high staffing levels at Iranian Embassies throughout Latin America, the mere fact that these reports are public (to the extent that Iran’s Ambassador to Nicaragua had to publicly deny that the IRGC was operating out of his Embassy) indicates that the Iranians and Hezbollah are no longer able to operate in the shadows.

Implications
The downgrading of Hezbollah’s international reach (if it is true, as this post posits, and not the product of a strategic decision by Hezbollah) has been achieved at a high cost in intelligence resources. Unfortunately, Hezbollah continues to have the motivation to carryout international attacks, and will search for new avenues through which to launch these attacks. Intelligence agencies must remain vigilant. Further, Hezbollah and Iran certainly retain capabilities in Iraq and the Persian Gulf - which are particularly sensitive theaters.

However, Hezbollah is being pulled in a number of directions and the inability to carryout international attacks complicates their situation. In my work modeling Hezbollah at the University of Maryland there is substantial evidence that Hezbollah is sensitive to public opinion in Lebanon. One crucial example is not launching attacks against Israel before elections. It is unclear what Hezbollah will do now that the elections are over, but the fallout from the 2006 as well as Lebanon’s mini-civil war in which Hezbollah fought the government, have tarnished Hezbollah’s reputation. There are some reports that suggest Hezbollah is now facing recruitment difficulties. However, their core constituency and their Iranian sponsors are virulently anti-Israel and will insist that Hezbollah strike at Israel. Unwilling to open a direct front on Israel’s northern border and unable to strike at Israeli targets abroad, Hezbollah will find it difficult to satisfy its constituencies.

Now is the time for a political offensive that exacerbates these tensions and works to deligitimate Hezbollah.

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Hezbollah Opposes the Right of Return
Hezbollah persecutes and tortures southern Lebanese trying to come home after they fled for safety, to Israel.

By: Elias Bejjani
Let no one ask us to tag as traitors our Southern 'Lebanese' citizens who entered Israel at a certain period, because the 'Lebanese' state has abandoned them. They are our brothers and we will definitely demand that they return to their homes, and families.”
-- Lebanese MP, Sami Gemayel, June 28, 2009.

We value, and greatly appreciate MP Sami Gemayel's courageous, genuine and transparent stance in regard to our Southern Lebanese citizens who because of serious and imminent fears for their lives and the fate of their children were forced in May 2000 to take refuge in neighboring Israel. These citizens are not traitors by any means, but patriotic, noble, decent, and Lebanese par excellence.

It is worth mentioning that in May 2000, the Israeli government after its occupation of the “Southern Lebanese Security Zone” for 25 years had decided for internal reasons to unilaterally withdraw its troops in accordance with UNSC Resolution 425.

In the aftermath of this withdrawal, more than 6,500 Southern Lebanese men, along with members of their families, had no option but to leave their towns, villages and abandon all their properties and to hastily run for their lives. While Israel was logistically preparing for withdrawal, Hezbollah waged a merciless and savage media campaign against the Southern Lebanese Citizens. The campaign was aired publicly on all local and international TV and radio stations. The most frightening threats were uttered personally by Hezbollah's General Secretary, Sheik Nasrallah, who savagely said, “We will enter their bedrooms, pierce their stomachs, slaughter them and slice their throats.”

Between 2000 and 2005, Syria which was still occupying Lebanon, accordingly had the sole and upper hand in appointing, firing, disciplining, exiling and fully controlling all the country's governments officials, officials, armed forces and members of the parliament, at the same time was intimidating and manipulating the judiciary to serve its schemes.

The Syrians not only fully hindered the dignified return of our people from Israel, but made hell the lives of those southern citizens who hesitated and did not escape to Israel. They were ripped of their civil rights and deprived of all governmental services while been tagged as collaborators and traitors. Many of them were exposed to arbitrary trials and sentenced harshly.

The 4,000 Lebanese whose nostalgia made them take the risk, not consider the consequences and return from Israel to Lebanon were immediately arrested, tortured, humiliated, imprisoned and charged with treason, collaboration, contacting an enemy and living in an enemy country.

The trials that they had were a mere farce, biased, fabricated, false and void from all recognized standards of international laws. The military prosecutor tried all these cases, and in the majority of these trials, the accused Southern Lebanese citizens were not allowed to even hire lawyers to defend them. Most of the local and international human rights organizations have stated in their documented reports that each of these theatrical trials did not last for more than 10 minutes. Many of these victims were sentenced in absentia and more than seventy of them received death penalties.

In 2005, the Syrian army was forced to withdraw in accordance with UNSC Resolution 1559, and the Syrian occupation was over. Since then numerous attempts were initiated by the Maronite church, a few Christian MPs and other human rights bodies all aiming to secure a dignified and safe return for the more than 2,500 Southern Lebanese people who had remained in Israel. Unfortunately all these genuine attempts were aborted by Hezbollah, the Iranian terrorist militia who after the Syrian military withdrawal in 2005 had become the sole controlling military power in Lebanon.

Hezbollah's mullahs’ swollen are mistaken to believe that they can forever block the return of our people from Israel to our Land of the Holy Cedars, and unjustly deprive them from embracing the Lebanese soil that they, their fathers, and their grandfathers have for the past 7,000 years been safeguarding, plowing, planting, and enriching with their sweat, blood, and sacrifices.

No matter what the hardships are or will be, the free people of Lebanon will not allow Hezbollah’s mullahs to topple the Lebanese regime of multiculturalism, freedom and peaceful co-existence and replace it with a replicate of the Iranian mullah’s Islamic Republic. Iran’s denominational “Wilayat Al-Faqih doctrine” of Khomeini has been stubbornly rejected by the majority of the Lebanese people and will never ever be forced on them.

Meanwhile, the ongoing suffering of our people in Israel is not that different from the kind of suffering that our people in West Beirut and Mount Lebanon went through last year when Hezbollah fighters, the “Mujahedeen” invaded their suburbs, destroyed their homes, vandalized, shut down and occupied their schools, hospitals, media facilities and institutions, kidnapped, humiliated, tortured and with cold blood murdered more than 100 innocent civilians.

It is both a shame and a crime for all of Lebanon's 18 mosaic communities dignitaries and members, and for all Lebanon's clergy, politicians, officials and intellectuals to be demoralized and scared by Hezbollah's rhetoric, and accordingly succumb to its derailed "Khomeini" criteria for treason and patriotism, as well as for good and evil. These criteria that Hezbollah tags as "divine" have been sadly hindering the honorable and safe return of our people from Israel.

We call on Lebanon's President, House Speaker, Prime Minster and all politicians and clergy to help in ending the dilemma of our people in Israel. Their return needs to be a priority, and it must be with honor, dignity, respect and definitely without any kind of farce trials. These people are heroes and not traitors, and every Lebanese with faith and conscience is fully aware of this reality and substantially unshaken tangible fact.

MP Sami Gemayel has taken the initiative in courageously and transparently addressing the dilemma of our people in Israel. Hopefully he with the help and support of other MPs from all Lebanon's religious denominations will soon see that an appropriate amnesty law is drafted and passed in the Parliament, for enough is enough.

History teaches us that nothing in this mortal, earthly life lasts except the face of God, and that all human wicked traits such as injustice, lying, heresy and arrogance, eventually hurt those holding on to them in the face of their fellow men.

We advise all those who are intentionally inflicting pain and injustice on our people in Israel and arrogantly blocking their return to their homeland, to read the following biblical verse and take notice on how Almighty God rewards the meek and how He takes revenge on the wicked:
“For, behold, the day comes, it burns as a furnace; and all the proud, and all who work wickedness, will be stubble; and the day that comes will burn them up,” says Yahweh of Armies, “that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But to you who fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in its wings. You will go out, and leap like calves of the stall. You shall tread down the wicked; for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I make,” says Yahweh of Armies.
(Malachi 4:1-3.)
Elias Bejjani is a human rights activist, journalist and political commentator.
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Hezbollah persecutes and tortures southern Lebanese trying to come home after they fled for safety, to Israel.


I hope that Israel will put this 'problem' before the U.N. Human Rights Committee, and bring the International media's attention to this denial of the right to return to the Arab homeland by native borne Southern Lebanese by fellow Arabs.

Oh, I forgot that would be bringing Islam in to disrepute.

We can't have that can we.

Its amazing the Southern Lebanese can live in safety and respect in Jewish Isreal, but, are threatened with death if they return to their native Moslem homeland?

I wonder what spin Obama and Clinton would put on this 'two state' problem.

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The current administration will just say, its an internal Lebanese problem, that doesnt concern the U.S. Cowardly way of saying we don't dare make Hezbollah angry at us.
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Exclamation Explosion of weapons cache in southern Lebanon home

Explosion of weapons cache in southern Lebanon home shows Hizballah's deliberate use of civilian areas
"... For the first few hours, Hizbullah sealed off the area and refused to grant UNIFIL or the Lebanese army access."

Hizballebanon Update. "UNIFIL: Lebanese arms cache a 'serious violation' of ceasefire," by Yaakov Katz for the Jerusalem Post (with additional reporting by the Associated Press), July 15:
A day after Israel cried foul over an explosion that uncovered a hidden Hizbullah arms cache in southern Lebanon, the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon said Wednesday that storing the ammunition was a "serious violation" of the UN-brokered ceasefire that ended the Second Lebanon War in 2006.
According to estimates in the IDF's Northern Command, Hizbullah has turned hundreds of homes in southern Lebanese villages into warehouses to store short- and medium-range Katyusha rockets.
The IDF released video footage taken from an Israeli aircraft, showing a home that had exploded on Tuesday in the village of Hirbet Selm - located some 20 kilometers north of the Lebanese border. The roof is seen in the footage with dozens of holes, which IDF ballistic experts said were the size of 122-mm. Katyusha rockets.
UNIFIL said that it considers the incident a "serious violation" of the UN resolution that ended the conflict, which specifies that there should be no presence of unauthorized assets or weapons in the area of operations.
Following the incident, Israeli defense officials accused Lebanon of violating United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701.
"This is a major violation of resolution 1701," one Israeli official said. "The weaponry was stored inside a village and is proof of our longstanding claim that Hizbullah uses civilian infrastructure to hide its weaponry."
Contrary to Lebanese media reports which claimed that the cache was hidden in the village before the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Israeli defense officials said that the weaponry was recently placed inside the storehouse.
According to the officials, the cache was hidden in a storehouse inside the village and contained dozens of 122mm Katyusha rockets as well as high-powered machine guns. Some of the rockets reportedly flew into the sky.
The blast took place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, and for the first few hours, Hizbullah sealed off the area and refused to grant UNIFIL or the Lebanese army access. IDF sources said that the clearing of the home and the unexploded ordinance had taken over 24 hours.
The sources said the IDF had been aware prior to the explosion that the home was being used as a storehouse for weapons. Several months before the explosion, an IDF aircraft captured footage of several senior Hizbullah operatives entering an underground tunnel near the house and reappearing from an exit 700 m. away.
"This house was connected to an entire underground network that was built right under the noses of UNIFIL and the Lebanese army," one IDF officer said. "This is a major violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701."
The Katyusha rockets that went off in Hirbet Selm were being stored in a two-story home. It was unclear on which floor they were being stored, but the home was shown on Lebanese television in close proximity to other village buildings.
In addition to the 122-mm. rockets, IDF ballistic experts said it was likely that the home also contained mortar shells and additional types of ammunition.
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"Lebanese civilians hurt 14 UNIFIL troops," from the Jerusalem Post, July 18:
Villagers in southern Lebanon on Saturday prevented UN peacekeepers from searching an abandoned building near a suspected Hizbullah weapons depot that exploded last week, a Lebanese security official said.
The official said dozens of men in Bir e-Salasel surrounded UNIFIL vehicles on Saturday and ordered the peacekeepers to leave.
Fourteen UNIFIL men were wounded when some 100 locals attacked them, Israel Radio reported. When the troops called for backup, the villagers fired at the reinforcements.
The village is close to Khirbat a-Silm, the site of Tuesday's explosion in an abandoned building about 15 km. from Israel.
UN peacekeepers had no immediate comment on the incident in the Nabatiya governate, and Hizbullah has remained silent since the explosion.
Earlier, UNIFIL boosted its forces along the Israeli border, hours after 15 Lebanese civilians carrying Lebanese and Hizbullah flags crossed into Israel.
The group, which included several children, entered Israel in an area where there is no border fence, and returned to Lebanon after several minutes.
IDF soldiers spotted the group, and seeing it was unarmed, decided not to take action.
Nonetheless, the army stressed that the incident was a violation of Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the Second Lebanon War....
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Exclamation 'Hizbullah training Lebanese Armed Forces'

Lebanese defense officials believe there is a secret pact between Hizbullah and top officers in the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), the Kuwaiti paper Asiyassa reported on Monday.

According to the account, a LAF battalion will operate within the Hizbullah framework and have independence and access to the group's ****nal.

The paper said Israel gave the United States and European governments which have UNIFIL contingencies (France, Germany, Spain and Italy) information which proves Hizbullah was training dozens of LAF soldiers to prepare them to fight alongside Hizbullah guerrillas in case the IDF attacks Lebanon. Israel conveyed the information on July 1, according to the report.

The LAF battalion in Hizbullah, according to Asiyassa, will include 150 troops who will have access to areas south of the Litani River from where Hizbullah fighters are currently banned in the framework of UN Resolution 1701. Hizbullah reportedly trained the officers on the use of specific Iranian missiles with average- and long-distance ranges.

On Monday morning, Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah was quoted by two Lebanese newspapers as warning that the group would strike Tel Aviv with missiles from Lebanon if Israel attacked the guerrillas' south Beirut stronghold in a new war.

The papers - As-Safir and Al-Akhbar - both with close ties to Hizbullah - said Nasrallah made the threat during a weekend closed meeting with a group of Lebanese expatriates.

The former equation has changed. Now it will be Dahiyeh against Tel Aviv, not Beirut against Tel Aviv," Nasrallah was quoted as saying.
The southern Beirut suburb of Dahiyeh houses Hizbullah's headquarters.

He warned that if the Israelis hits Beirut, "there will be a more painful equation for the Israelis." The papers did not elaborate.

A Hizbullah media official contacted by The Associated Press could not confirm the reports, which is not unusual for the group.

Over the weekend, Nasrallah said he believed Israel would initiate an attack against Lebanon by the summer of 2010.
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