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Old 11-28-2009, 06:56 PM
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Exclamation 500 Tons of Weapons for Hezbollah Intercepted by Israeli Navy

500 Tons of Weapons for Hezbollah Intercepted by Israeli Navy





Massive Arms Shipment Intended for Hezbollah Intercepted by Israel Navy

Roughly 500 tons of weapons, rockets, and missiles was uncovered aboard the cargo vessel “Francop” flying an Antiguan flag, which was intercepted and brought to the Ashdod port. The Israel Navy force which intercepted the ship included naval commandos, missile boats, intelligence and explosive experts.

36 shipping containers with 500 tons of weaponry were found on the ship disguised as civilian cargo, and hidden among hundreds of other containers onboard.

Israel Naval and Engineering Corps forces are currently unloading the containers and are sorting through the various types of weaponry found aboard.

The naval commando force boarded the vessel and conducted an initial search. The search was conducted in accordance with the usual search protocols as dictated by International Law.

Following the initial search and after it became clear that the vessel was carrying weapons, the vessel was directed by the Israel Navy to dock at the Israeli Ashdod Naval base for additional searches and a detailed inspection of the hull’s cargo. It should be emphasized that the captain of the ship agreed to the search. The Israel Navy conducted all activity without any force.

The weapons found onboard the ship originate from Iran, and were intended for the Hezbollah terror organization, for use against the State of Israel and its citizens. The weapons uncovered at sea last night constitute a harsh violation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1747 and 1701 that strictly forbid Iran from exporting or trading any form of weapons.

This is a well-known Iranian technique, taking advantage of cargo ships flying different flags in order to smuggle containers loaded with large amounts of highly volatile weaponry to terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah.

Following the necessary inspections of the boat, it is expected to be released.

The overnight operation was authorized by the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense of the State of Israel. Commander of the Israel Navy, Maj. Gen. Eliezer Marom, commanded the operation from a forward command cell. The IDF Chief of the General Staff authorized the operation, after the confirmation of intelligence information gathered by the IDF.
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Old 11-28-2009, 07:15 PM
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The Karine A, purchased by the PLO under yasser 'the lying mouth' arafat had 50 tons of armaments, 10 times less than the Francop. What did the UN do back then? What will the UN do now?
Quick, folks, answer me! I am starting to turn blue from holding my breath!!!
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Old 11-28-2009, 07:25 PM
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Arrow Lessons from the Karine A -Déjà Vu All Over Again

The warnings and threats against republishing this article were rather convincing. Since I do not want to bring about problems to the forum and I love my family jewels, I hereby declare that
“I Am Merely Quoting”,
and directing interested readers to the original site:
http://globalgeopolitics.net/wordpress/2009/11/06/mideast-lessons-from-the-karine-a-dj-vu-all-over-again/
The author’s analysis and insights are worth reading!

MIDEAST: Lessons from the Karine A -Déjà Vu All Over Again

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Global Geopolitics Net Sites / IPS
Analysis by Marsha B. Cohen
WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (IPS) – As Israeli Defence Forces munitions experts sorted through 300 tonnes of weapons found on a German-owned, Cypriot-operated cargo ship flying the Antiguan flag, Israeli politicians were sifting through the various talking points that could be offloaded from the vessel.
Israeli officials charged that the weapons, seized on Wednesday, were supplied by Iran and destined for Hezbollah militants.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the Israeli Foreign Ministry officials almost immediately began ”consultations to determine Israel’s public relations stance in explaining the operation and its ramifications to diplomats and the foreign press”.
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http://globalgeopolitics.net/wordpress/2009/11/06/mideast-lessons-from-the-karine-a-dj-vu-all-over-again/
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:57 AM
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The IDF Spokesperson's Office has posted a slide show on-line, depicting some of the weapons captured aboard the Francop.
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Old 12-06-2009, 09:17 AM
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Israel should use some of these armaments against Hezbollah, in the next skirmish.

It will effect Hezbollah unit morale, in a negative way.
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Default The right thing to do

The stuff must be returned to it's rightful owner. I would suggest dropping on awfuldiddlejob's head from 30000 feet.
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