Hezbollah planning “terrorist strike” as Israel gets ready to attack Lebanon
I haven’t seen such rhetoric since before 9/11.
Netanyahu has made a speech implicating that Hezbollah (which is either a political party or a terrorist organization depending on who you ask) is working in concert with Iran to produce terrorist attacks in 24 countries. (Sorry Bibi, I think you mean Mossad not Hezbollah).
World leaders should declare Hezbollah a terrorist entity, Israel’s leader has said, hours after Bulgaria blamed the Lebanese group for a deadly bus bomb.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hezbollah had built a “worldwide terrorist” network and was planning attacks in two dozen countries.
He spoke after Bulgaria said militants linked to the Shia group carried out the July 2012 Burgas bombing.
Five Israeli tourists and a bus driver died in the Black Sea resort attack.
Israeli quickly blamed Hezbollah – and Iran – for the bombing, which also saw some 30 people injured.
Meanwhile, Canada has said a dual Canadian-Lebanese national was involved in the bombing and is believed to be still at large.
As well this morning the IDF has ordered Haifa Airport to evacuate in preperation for some unseen event.
My guess would be that they are preparing for a strike on Lebanon/Hezbollah and expect some retaliation for it.
Citing security concerns, the Israeli Airports Authority has instructed all civilian planes making use of the northern airport to divert to other airports • Lebanese reports: Israeli warplanes conducting mock raids over Nabatiyeh.
Israel ordered all private aircraft out of the Haifa Airport by 11:00 Wednesday, citing security concerns, Army Radio reported.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit refused to elaborate but said “security needs relating to the air space in the area have been addressed.”
The airport is operated by the Israeli Airports Authority, who told Israel Hayom that any plane that needs to depart or land at the airport would be allowed to do so. However, Army Radio reported that the IDF had imposed a mandatory evacuation of the airport and has restricted flights for civilian aircraft in the area.
The move may be related to reports out of Lebanon that Israeli warplanes were on Wednesday conducting “mock raids” over Lebanese territory. According to the website of the Lebanese Ministry of Information, “Israeli warplanes were conducting mock raids over the area of Nabatiyeh.”
This all comes after the revelation that the Bulgarian bombing last year was carried out by Hezbollah. The White House has released the following statement on the incident:
The United States commends the Government of Bulgaria for its professional and comprehensive investigation into the barbaric July 18, 2012 terrorist attack in Burgas. Today, following a thorough review of the evidence collected to date, Bulgarian authorities announced their judgment that Lebanese Hizballah was responsible for carrying out this act of terrorism, which killed six innocent civilians and injured many others.
Bulgaria’s investigation exposes Hizballah for what it is – a terrorist group that is willing to recklessly attack innocent men, women, and children, and that poses a real and growing threat not only to Europe, but to the rest of the world. We commend Bulgarian authorities for their determination and commitment to ensuring that Hizballah is held to account for this act of terror on European soil. The United States will continue to provide the Bulgarian Government assistance in bringing the perpetrators of this heinous attack to justice.
Hizballah’s dangerous and destabilizing activities – from attacking tourists in foreign countries to leader Hassan Nasrallah’s active support of Bashar al-Assad’s violent campaign against the Syrian people – threaten the safety and security of nations and citizens around the world. Bulgaria’s implication of Hizballah underscores the importance of international cooperation in disrupting terrorist threats. We call on our European partners as well as other members of the international community to take proactive action to uncover Hizballah’s infrastructure and disrupt the group’s financing schemes and operational networks in order to prevent future attacks.
The United States is proud to stand with its friend and NATO ally Bulgaria. We deeply value our strong partnership on a wide range of issues including advancing global and regional security in Afghanistan and the Balkans, expanding economic and commercial ties, and promoting cultural and education programs.
As I am posting this, unverified reports are coming in from Damascus of Air Raid Sirens being sounded. Either it’s a malfunction, a test or perhaps they are getting ready for a show down.