Lebanon

Hizbullah Retaliates for Quneitra Attack

UNIFIL-11-12This is an open thread for comments, press reactions, and analyses to Hizbullah’s attack on an Israeli convoy in the Shebaa Farms earlier today. I will add relevant clippings and analyses from the comment section throughout the day.

A swift response from Hizbullah to last week’s attack was expected, given that several of their fighters, a commander, and an Iranian general were killed. But many believed that the response would come in the Golan or outside the region altogether (if at all). An in-kind retaliation from within Lebanese/Syrian territory sends the signal that the party is ready for a fight if provoked. But is the rest of Lebanon? The situation in the country is as polarized as it was on the eve of the July War in 2006. If Israel reacts as it did in 2006 (or in Gaza last year), the Lebanese government and army may lose the fragile hold they have over security, and Lebanon will have a second refugee crisis to contend with.

Via Reuters — “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has made security his top priority in a campaign for re-election on March 17, said: that “whoever is trying to challenge us on the northern frontier” should bear in mind Israel’s Gaza offensive last year. Speaking in Sderot, an Israeli town bordering the Gaza Strip, Netanyahu said Israel was “prepared to act powerfully on all fronts,” adding: “Security comes before everything else.”

Hezbollah Hits Israeli Convoy, Kills 4 Soldiers” (Daily Star)

“The Resistance’s Operation in Occupied Shebaa” (Al-Akhbar)

These critical few hours ahead of a major decision by Israel on whether to enter into (another) devastating conflict” (Nick Noe, Mideastwire)

Thoughts from the comment section:

Qusu — The expression ‘nip it in the bud’ comes to mind. If Hezbollah played the game of absorbing blows, that would embolden the Israelis and, with each subsequent attack, the cumulatively necessary response would become so harsh as to necessarily provoke a full scale war. In a way, the Israelis faced this problem in 2006. Having absorbed many Hezbollah skirmish type attacks, when they finally did respond in 2006, they really hand choice but to respond in a disproportionate manner.

Certainly the situation now opens the way for Israel to start a war, but it leaves them the option of a tit-for-tat retaliation too. The calculation of Hezbollah must be that in case the response is tit for tat it will make the Israelis think more carefully before attacking them in Syria in which case a worthwhile goal has been accomplished whereas if all out war is the result, then perhaps they view now a relatively propitious time to engage in it given that:

1) Israel has elections in 45 days and there is no way the war would end in time.
2) US/Israel relations are at an all time low and so US support would be minimal.
3) Hezballah and the LAF are fighting in a de facto alliance with the US and EU against ISIS and there is no appetite to weaken this effort from any Israel-supporter country.
4) The Syrian border is a vaguely controlled area from which countries like Iran could fight with no risk to themselves.

Probably a well through through tactical strike by Hezbollah.

Of course, no one can control events in these times and places so anything is possible as the HA press release clearly states.

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Jim Reilly — My guess is that Israel’s recent strike in the Golan was an opportunistic decision made because some high profile targets had (foolishly? or because of treachery?) become vulnerable. Perhaps, according to Israeli thinking, HA’s Syrian and Biqa’ Valley preoccupations would make a significant HA response unlikely. And if Iran were to step up its bellicosity in the wake of Israel’s killing of an Iranian general, well, this would likely cloud the atmosphere for the difficult nuclear talks that Netanyahu would like to scupper anyway.

So now, HA attacks an Israeli patrol in Shebaa Farms and HA may be thinking, here is our response; what are you going to do about it, Netanyahu? If Israel’s response is limited, then HA has made its point, has brushed up its tarnished Resistance bona fides, and briefly distracts Lebanese and Arab public opinion from HA’s Syrian entanglement.

If Israel’s response is more dramatic (= larger scale), then all political bets are off, given the political complications of the current situation. I don’t think anyone can really calculate what the various outcomes and spin-offs would be, given the tangled web of regional and international interests that now are at play. For the sake of Lebanon and Lebanese, let’s hope these scenarios remain unexplored.

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AIG — If I were Bibi I would retaliate in the Syrian part of the Golan hitting the Syrian army and any affiliates very strongly.

This has several advantages:
1) It hits Iran and Hezbollah were it hurts the most strategically for them. The last thing they want is to make Assad’s position in Syria even more precarious. That is why they did not retaliate from the Golan.
2) It will show the Lebanese public that Israel is willing to give Hezbollah a chance not to bring Lebanon into the war. If Hezbollah retaliates again from Lebanon, that would be another story but the Lebanese will know Israel made an effort.

Hezbollah will again be faced with three bad options:
1) Not retaliate
2) Retaliate from the Golan and hurt Assad
3) Retaliate from Lebanon a second time and lose more Lebanese public support

Discussion

65 thoughts on “Hizbullah Retaliates for Quneitra Attack

  1. The expression ‘nip it in the bud’ comes to mind. If Hezbollah played the game of absorbing blows, that would embolden the Israelis and, with each subsequent attack, the cumulatively necessary response would become so harsh as to necessarily provoke a full scale war. In a way, the Israelis faced this problem in 2006. Having absorbed many Hezbollah skirmish type attacks, when they finally did respond in 2006, they really hand choice but to respond in a disproportionate manner.

    Certainly the situation now opens the way for Israel to start a war, but it leaves them the option of a tit-for-tat retaliation too. The calculation of Hezbollah must be that in case the response is tit for tat it will make the Israelis think more carefully before attacking them in Syria in which case a worthwhile goal has been accomplished whereas if all out war is the result, then perhaps they view now a relatively propitious time to engage in it given that:

    1) Israel has elections in 45 days and there is no way the war would end in time.
    2) US/Israel relations are at an all time low and so US support would be minimal.
    3) Hezballah and the LAF are fighting in a de facto alliance with the US and EU against ISIS and there is no appetite to weaken this effort from any Israel-supporter country.
    4) The Syrian border is a vaguely controlled area from which countries like Iran could fight with no risk to themselves.

    Probably a well through through tactical strike by Hezbollah.

    Of course, no one can control events in these times and places so anything is possible as the HA press release clearly states.

    Posted by qusu | January 28, 2015, 8:53 am
  2. The extent of Israel’s reaction should consider the following:

    1- Did hizbulla succeed in capturing a live Israely soldier?

    If the answer is YES, then Repeating 2006 with less mistakes is a : “Probably Option”.
    If the answer is NO proceed to question 2:

    2- Does Hizbula hold the body of any killed soldier?

    If the answer is YES, then Repeating 2006 with less mistakes is an : “Unlikely Option”
    If the answer is NO proceed to question 3:

    3- What’s the use of Repeating 2006 ? Since Syria is the battlefield – in the first place, then why doesn’t Israel go fight hizbulla in Syria and spare Lebanon a double-up on the refugee crisis ?

    Posted by XCL | January 28, 2015, 9:19 am
  3. *Probable

    Posted by XCL | January 28, 2015, 9:21 am
  4. As far as I’m concerned and as far and as whether the rest of Lebanon is prepared, I would say the zios can do whatever they want as long as they only bomb out the south and the south of Beirut out of existence.

    If they also choose to bomb out Syria this time, it’s up to them.

    Posted by Mustap | January 28, 2015, 9:38 am
  5. The response will be based on the number of casualties. Let’s wait till the smoke clears and then we’ll see the final response. So far HA is declaring that it has retaliated and killed four IDF soldiers and wounded several. IDF says a few injured superficially!

    IDF has already responded by shelling so called HA positions.

    We have a deal here. HA claims revenge and response achieved…

    IDF will say appropriately responded. If there are IDF casualties or captured soldiers; then the “response” will have to continue. Maybe another HA operative or convoy will be taken out again.

    I do not see a start of a war based on this “almost agreed upon retaliation”.

    Posted by danny | January 28, 2015, 9:43 am
  6. Avigdor Lieberman wants harsh and disproportionate retaliation. So Bibi is damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t.

    No convincing explanation was given that the attack on Hizb/IRG in Syria was necessary. That now makes Netanyahu even weaker if does not retaliate.

    Posted by Ray | January 28, 2015, 10:07 am
  7. This is a massive bitch slap by Hezbollah to Netanyahu and with this man’s ego, retaliation must be hard. Else he will loose the elections.

    Posted by Ray | January 28, 2015, 10:15 am
  8. What the WH will respond to the attack will impact the decision.

    Posted by Ray | January 28, 2015, 10:19 am
  9. Avigdor Lieberman wants harsh and disproportionate retaliation.

    No, Avigdor Lieberman wants a PROPORTIONATE response to mollify anti-zios(?). He wants Israel to launch only inaccurate Qassam missiles into Southern Lebanon (sarcasm intended).

    Of all the scenarios, conspiracies and guesses mentioned above, I think Danny is the closest. The GOI seems to return fire and hit high value targets; not much else. Israel would really prefer to not get into a full scale, month long battle and re-destroy Lebanon, but since when has that ever deterred wesistance-pros?

    Nice to know that the Hezzies are not refocused on joos instead of fellow muslims. They’re slow learners.

    Posted by Akbar Palace | January 28, 2015, 10:34 am
  10. typo: …NOW refocused…

    Posted by Akbar Palace | January 28, 2015, 10:35 am
  11. The Wise Kingdom has deemed the above as Non-events.

    I, of course, concur.

    Prez. Obama, cutting short his visit to India, visited the Wise Kingdom yesterday at the head of a HUGE bi-partisan delegation. Washington, literally, moved to Riyadh for one day. The Prez. and his first Lady were deeply moved by the warmth and hospitality they received.

    The new Wise King told the Prez. that Ayranians MAY NEVER get a bomb. The Prez. concurred.

    Posted by Mustap | January 28, 2015, 11:00 am
  12. Nevertheless, it seems we already have conflicting claims. Hezbos say 4 zios killed, 1 zio captured and untold many seriously injured.

    Zios say 2 killed, none captured, few slightly injured.

    It looks like hezbos are eager to inflate the score in order to say we made the zios pay. But we have no info on the ranks involved.. If hezbos didn’t score a general at least, then their attempt is far fetched and they still fall far below the 12 Ayranians/hezbos the zios scored, one of whom was an Ayranian General. Would Nasrallah settle for 2 vs. 12 not to mention ranks? Is this a revenge for the father or for the son? Or is it for the ‘sprite’?

    May be too little too late?

    Way to go hezbos.

    Posted by Mustap | January 28, 2015, 11:10 am
  13. At least this time he didn’t bow down to almost kiss the King’s feet and actually brought along the first Lady sans headscarf.

    Could the message have been any clearer?

    AP – Proportionate in English = Disproportionate in Israeli

    Posted by Ray | January 28, 2015, 11:10 am
  14. There are rumors that Ofer Winter, the Commander of the Givati Brigade Unit was killed.

    Posted by Vulcan | January 28, 2015, 11:27 am
  15. He didn’t have to bow this time.

    General Bonaparte went there ahead of him and did all the bowing he could.

    Even though, he ain’t gonna become prez. I tell you Baabda/Rabyeh route is a no-go.

    يعني بالعربي غير سالكة

    Posted by Mustap | January 28, 2015, 11:28 am
  16. AP – Proportionate in English = Disproportionate in Israeli

    Ray,

    “Proportionate”, which indeed, is an English word, is only something only the IDF is required to uphold and no other military force. The rules of war are clear, and “proportionality” is determined on a case-by-case nature. If you fire 5 bullets, I don’t have to return 5 bullets. And no military is stupid enough to fight this way. WW2 is a great example as well as many recent engagements.

    Every day the US and Obama boast about how many drone strikes they targeted against ISIS (and the surrounding civilian population). What missiles have ISIS fired at the US? Oh well, “proportionality” is never applied to the US (or any other country except Israel for that matter).

    Posted by Akbar Palace | January 28, 2015, 11:51 am
  17. Ray, this article is for you. Enjoy…

    http://time.com/3019833/gaza-israel-war-death-rocket-invasion/

    Posted by Akbar Palace | January 28, 2015, 12:05 pm
  18. I’d like to point out to the American based commentators of this blog what every first Lady wears when received by a Pope.

    Controversy when it comes to American women officially visiting the Kingdom 🙂

    Posted by Ray | January 28, 2015, 12:07 pm
  19. My guess is that Israel’s recent strike in the Golan was an opportunistic decision made because some high profile targets had (foolishly? or because of treachery?) become vulnerable. Perhaps, according to Israeli thinking, HA’s Syrian and Biqa’ Valley preoccupations would make a significant HA response unlikely. And if Iran were to step up its bellicosity in the wake of Israel’s killing of an Iranian general, well, this would likely cloud the atmosphere for the difficult nuclear talks that Netanyahu would like to scupper anyway.

    So now, HA attacks an Israeli patrol in Shebaa Farms and HA may be thinking, here is our response; what are you going to do about it, Netanyahu? If Israel’s response is limited, then HA has made its point, has brushed up its tarnished Resistance bona fides, and briefly distracts Lebanese and Arab public opinion from HA’s Syrian entanglement.

    If Israel’s response is more dramatic (= larger scale), then all political bets are off, given the political complications of the current situation. I don’t think anyone can really calculate what the various outcomes and spin-offs would be, given the tangled web of regional and international interests that now are at play. For the sake of Lebanon and Lebanese, let’s hope these scenarios remain unexplored.

    Posted by Jim Reilly | January 28, 2015, 12:15 pm
  20. Some people believe that if Iran and the Shi’ites of Lebanon were magically wiped off the world, the region would be actually become a better place.

    I’m not of that opinion.

    Posted by Ray | January 28, 2015, 12:24 pm
  21. My guess is…

    Jim,

    Why guess? Do you know any Israelis? How about Israeli newspapers…

    Maybe HA is employing some cool Hamas techniques in their effort to “Free Palestine”? Maybe there’s a REAL danger to Israel as “far-fetched” as that sounds;)

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.639472

    http://www.haaretz.com/misc/tags/Hezbollah-1.476768

    Posted by Akbar Palace | January 28, 2015, 12:33 pm
  22. AP,

    Often what we think we know at a given moment — particularly if it is based on claims, counterclaims, selective leaks, etc. — turns out later to have been only part of the story, or not the story at all. So, I make my best guess.

    Posted by Jim Reilly | January 28, 2015, 12:45 pm
  23. Jim,

    Just checking. A lot of people on this website like to make claims and “guesses”, when, often, they have no factual evidence.

    Certainly, no one knows the whole story, but usually it only takes a little effort to piece things together. If Hezbollah (or Hamas) has an itchy trigger finger, I’m sure they’ll get what they want: pictures of dead children and neighborhoods turned to rubble. Isn’t that what everyone wants?

    http://news.yahoo.com/michelle-obama-navigates-limits-women-saudi-arabia-192549108.html

    Posted by Akbar Palace | January 28, 2015, 12:50 pm
  24. General Bonaparte mouthpiece said:

    “Some people believe that if Iran and the Shi’ites of Lebanon were magically wiped off the world, the region would be actually become a better place. “

    Wrong as usual.

    The truth is since the Hezbos so-called Shiite chose to become Ayranian stooges, they no longer draw sympathies from anyone in the Arab world. Since, General Bonaparte chose to put himself in the Ayranian saddle, he too draws no sympathies. Does the term fifth column mean anything to the senile ‘military genius’?

    Posted by Mustap | January 28, 2015, 12:56 pm
  25. If I were Bibi I would retaliate in the Syrian part of the Golan hitting the Syrian army and any affiliates very strongly.

    This has several advantages:
    1) It hits Iran and Hezbollah were it hurts the most strategically for them. The last thing they want is to make Assad’s position in Syria even more precarious. That is why they did not retaliate from the Golan.
    2) It will show the Lebanese public that Israel is willing to give Hezbollah a chance not to bring Lebanon into the war. If Hezbollah retaliates again from Lebanon, that would be another story but the Lebanese will know Israel made an effort.

    Hezbollah will again be faced with three bad options:
    1) Not retaliate
    2) Retaliate from the Golan and hurt Assad
    3) Retaliate from Lebanon a second time and lose more Lebanese public support

    Posted by AIG | January 28, 2015, 1:15 pm
  26. The last scenario mentioned by AIG is the most plausible and the one which makes a lot of sense. Most importantly, it will signal to hezbos/Ayranians that their attempts to free themselves from the ‘redlines’ drawn after 2006 have failed, and they’ll be held to account if they attempt any alterations. It may well be the zios have no other choice in order to restore the balance, and it may well also be that’s why they made their first hit in the first place.

    ……Of course, in addition to the other considerations mentioned in the scenario. But, the one I mentioned is the MOST important.

    We’ll watch and see. But I’ll tell you again. The Wise Kingdom considers all the above, in addition to priors and posteriors as NON-events.

    Posted by Mustap | January 28, 2015, 1:38 pm
  27. Native Lebanese killers killed on their way to kill Syrians, by foreign thieves killers. The killers retaliate and kill a couple of foreign thieves killers. The foreign thieves killers will probably kill some more Lebanese killers and a whole bunch of lebanese non-killers.

    Shoo ya3ni ?

    May Allah subhana wa ta3alla give patience to the weak.

    Posted by 3issa | January 28, 2015, 1:57 pm
  28. Reblogged this on Angela Joya.

    Posted by angelajoya | January 28, 2015, 2:01 pm
  29. 3issa from the far end of the Arab world is also telling us the above in addition to priors and posteriors are NON-events, and he’s the least concerned.

    3issa is moving closer to swearing allegiance to His Wise King, the descendent of the Holy Prophet. Go for it 3issa. That’s the only sensible thing to do. At least, Your Wise King is a TRUE descendant unlike the Ayranian pretenders.

    Posted by Mustap | January 28, 2015, 2:06 pm
  30. There’s another scenario which the zios may consider which will give them leverage over the hezbos for the time being without firing back at least until the elections are over, if elections are in fact an impediment to a military escalation, which I don’t think they’re since even Livni sounds more hawkish than the Yahoo.

    The scenario works in tandem with the UNSC which is currently in session to discuss the non-events. the zios may demand that the UNSC issues a chapter 7 resolution to disarm the hezbos, otherwise they (zios) would be forced to take ‘unprecedented’ escalatory measures to achieve similar objective(s).
    ………………………………….

    Posted by Mustap | January 28, 2015, 4:17 pm
  31. QN; PLEASE stop the spammer!

    Posted by danny | January 28, 2015, 3:50 pm
  32. Is something bothering you?

    Just because your so-called leader is also not going to be in Baabda is no reason for you to be upset. We know. He too went and did the bowing – not gonna work.

    I mean c’mon be reasonable. It’s a very long journey from the mountains to the city not to mention jail time.

    Posted by Mustap | January 28, 2015, 4:10 pm
  33. While everyone is trying to find out what’s next, the following dialog was recorded and made public by ‘deep throat’:

    Hezbos to Zios: reduce your aggressions against us.

    Zios: We told you destroy an armored vehicle or two not to kill two soldiers.

    Hezbos: You killed more leaders from us.

    Zios: No problem. Between now and then do one or two operations and we will announce some soldiers were killed.

    Hezbos: But you should make your operations less aggressive. Your jokes are way above board.

    Zios: No need to worry. Everything is accounted for and the bill is paid.

    Hezbos: What about ISIS?

    Zios: That was a big screw up which was not taken into consideration.

    Posted by Mustap | January 28, 2015, 5:10 pm
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    Posted by roger | January 28, 2015, 5:55 pm
  35. Well QN the spammer has identified itself. Let us breathe please.

    Posted by danny | January 28, 2015, 6:25 pm
  36. COMMENT DELETED DUE TO ITS SENSITIVE NATURE.

    Posted by danny | January 28, 2015, 6:26 pm
  37. As much as I don’t like the Obama’s, I was glad Michelle didn’t wear a “hoodie”.

    “You go girl!”

    Posted by Akbar Palace | January 28, 2015, 6:33 pm
  38. You have Asthma? Breathe. What’s your problem?

    Try non-ad-hominem. It may work.

    Posted by Mustap | January 28, 2015, 6:40 pm
  39. Unfortunately QN has been kept hostage by an idiot. We have an important topic to discuss…Instead of having to hear from people with brains; we unfortunately have to be subjected to brain eaters!

    Alas QN; you are the master of your own blog’s demise!

    Posted by danny | January 28, 2015, 7:10 pm
  40. if we do as you say, suggesting eating such a brain like yours, we may starve to death.

    Since I started commenting here, I haven’t seen a trace of it.

    Go back and read what you say in your comments. Here, I’ll give a summary:

    Ooooh, lol, aaaaaah, heeeeheeee, hoooohooo.

    Again, instead of attacking others do some real commenting. Who’s holding you by the arms?

    We’re eager to see ‘real’ brains. Promise not to eat’em.

    Here’s a real comment on the topic, just to show you how easy it is:

    Hezbos received direct orders from the Ayranians to carry out the attack. The reasoning is that while a Lebanese killed by Israel can wait indefinitely to be avenged an Ayranian could not and should not. Retaliation must come immediately. Hence, we know now the subject of the attack was avenging neither the father nor the son. Those can wait indefinitely per directive 10-289 issued by the chief executive.

    You see? There’s nothing to it. It’s like 1, 2, 3 and right on topic.

    Now your turn. Try your ‘brainlet’ and make a comment.

    Posted by Mustap | January 28, 2015, 8:14 pm
  41. Is it Hizbullah, Hizballah or Hezbollah?

    Can we at least get the spelling right?

    Posted by Ray | January 29, 2015, 4:22 am
  42. AIG,

    Ever thought of writing to Bibi with your thoughts? As eloquently displayed above. He may take heed.
    Seriously though that would be the best option but what target within Syria would actually spell all of the above?
    Don’t forget that the resistance camp is also pushing the narrative that Islamic State is funded by Israel and the U.S. And attacking HA in Syria would be spun to make it look like the Israelis are aiding the IS.

    Posted by Maverick | January 29, 2015, 5:16 am
  43. The Day After.

    It has now been confirmed that our ‘Deep Throat’ revelations are accurate verbatim. Please see above for explanations about ‘Deep Throat’. As it turned out, the revealed dialog did take place through members of the UN peacekeepers stationed in the area, as the Zio government just confirmed. In fact, the Hizzies specifically asked the Zios to reduce the level of their aggressions and apparently they (Hizzies) apologized for the unintended killings confirming that the real intent was to destroy armored vehicles no more and no less as per previous agreed upon understandings.

    This development confirms the wise view taken by the Wise Kingdom, namely that the priors, the current and posteriors of what we’re witnessing are in fact NON-events.

    With regards to the First Lady’s visit to the Wise Kingdom and the confusion it generated among some commenters here, who unfortunately do not understand how things work in the real world, here’s what actually happened. The first Lady did not have to cover her head while meeting political figures in Riyadh, and in particular the Wise King himself who she had the honor to shake hands with. No one asked her to do any covering. Some paparazzi and parasites in the media tried to spin false reporting of purported videos in order to attack the Wise Kingdom, a practice the Kingdom is very much aware of and pays no attention to considering it as nothing but barking in the wind. However, when she (1st Lady) visits places of worship or individuals who have religious authority, then she has no choice but to cover up, as we can see in this report recalling her recent visit to Indonesia,

    http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2015/01/27/michelle-obama-not-blurred-out-on-saudi-tv/

    We can only educate so much, but if someone insists on not knowing there’s very little we can do.

    Posted by Mustap | January 29, 2015, 10:42 am
  44. The above comment is another nail in the coffin of Saudi religious absurdity.

    Posted by Ray | January 29, 2015, 11:38 am
  45. We’re not surprised general Bonaparte ended up on a deserted island. No change 300 years later is foreseen.

    Posted by Mustap | January 29, 2015, 12:45 pm
  46. Do feel free to send me on an all paid retirement to the same Island, anytime, for the rest of my life!

    Posted by Ray | January 29, 2015, 1:24 pm
  47. And I do hope you end up finding fulfillment and suitable employ, joy and happiness living within the Wise Kingdom. You have my full recommendation should you need it.

    Posted by Ray | January 29, 2015, 1:40 pm
  48. Serious?

    You think I’m responsible for your welfare?

    No surprise again, especially when we’re dealing with oranges.

    Posted by Mustap | January 29, 2015, 2:13 pm
  49. Islamofacists kill 27 in Egypt.

    Since the Zios weren’t involved, it’s a “non-event”….

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4620994,00.html

    Posted by Akbar Palace | January 29, 2015, 7:39 pm
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    9:55 AM – 28 Jan 2015

    Gee, I wonder if the afore mentioned gentlemen reminded Bibi, Ron Dermer and Sarah “We told you so” and put the brakes on his demented plans to do another Gaza on Lebanon, Syria, Iran and possibly the WH.

    So, what was the real story on the killing hitjob that resulted in the HA operation against the helpless IDF patrol in their unarmored vehicles in an area on “highest alert”? Hubris gonna get you again and again and again.

    Posted by lally | January 29, 2015, 7:41 pm
  51. Has Twitter now been appointed the Universal official mouthpiece of every government/military official in the world?

    It looks like it became a gold mine for every conspiracy theorist. With its wide and instantaneous reach, it definitely has the capacity to stirr huge storms in many teacups throughout the world all at once.

    Having said that, do we really believe a Zio is actually shedding real tears over 27 Egyptians killed in Egypt?

    Posted by Mustap | January 29, 2015, 8:07 pm
  52. “Yossi Melman @yossi_melman · 23h 23 hours ago
    Hilarious story by Oren in Haaretz. Sarah #Netanyahu forced her staff to give her the refund deposit from empty bottles in the #PM residence
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    IDF responded quickly to Syria, beyond restraint, as a message. With Hezbollah, no such quickness. War is long, both sides know. Cooler now

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    Yossi Melman @yossi_melman · Jan 28
    If round is over Israel folds. PM threatened & restrained. Hez has last word. Targeting Mughneiyeh & Iran general may have been too quick
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    Ya think?

    Posted by lally | January 30, 2015, 1:01 am
  53. Today’s QN Question of the Day:

    Does UNFIL do anything?

    Posted by Akbar Palace | January 30, 2015, 7:54 am
  54. I’m just wondering if there’s a tweet that would let us know on how to send to the hizzies our ‘well wishes’ with regards to their latest ‘stunning success’.

    If we can’t do that or don’t know where and how to do it, then there’s very little sense tweeting all those tweets telling us how successful they were.

    Posted by Mustap | January 30, 2015, 8:47 am
  55. Interesting speech by Nasrallah today. He exposed the motives behind the Quneitra attack as politically motivated by Netanyahu, that Nusra is Israel’s Army and that the rules of engagement in the entire region have changed. He is now officially Mr. Lebanon!

    Posted by Ray | January 30, 2015, 10:11 am
  56. Afterthought* If Netanyahu gets re-elected, expect a lot more Butchery in Israel and probably a Hot summer in Lebanon.

    Posted by Ray | January 30, 2015, 10:20 am
  57. This was a Grendizer move by SHN if ever I’ve seen any 🙂

    Posted by Ray | January 30, 2015, 12:14 pm
  58. Today’s Hizzies question:

    Guess who said if I had known even 1% that the war with the ‘Joos’ will escalate as it did I would have NEVER started it?

    Looks like our ‘Deep Throat’ informer is right on the mark.

    Posted by Mustap | January 30, 2015, 1:07 pm
  59. How convenient that this story has been published now. Blatant leaks by the Israelis. How much further will Bibi go to torpedo the Iran-US talks?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/cia-and-mossad-killed-senior-hezbollah-figure-in-car-bombing/2015/01/30/ebb88682-968a-11e4-8005-1924ede3e54a_story.html

    Posted by Ray | January 31, 2015, 1:41 am
  60. The Arab world followed the Wise example of the Wise Kingdom and treated Nasrallah’s latest noise chatter as a NON-event.

    The Wise Kingdom continues to lead the Arab World towards higher levels of Wisdom.

    Posted by Mustap | January 31, 2015, 2:36 am
  61. Lally,

    Here’s an article from the Washington Post. As you can see, it is a respected newspaper and held to legal standards. So, in the future, you may want to reference sources like this instead of your conspiracy theories, opinion or tweets. Just a suggestion HaBB…

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/cia-and-mossad-killed-senior-hezbollah-figure-in-car-bombing/2015/01/30/ebb88682-968a-11e4-8005-1924ede3e54a_story.html

    Posted by Akbar Palace | January 31, 2015, 11:44 am
  62. Today’s question for Hizzies?

    How do you know Nasrallah is a liar?

    Answer: he promised, just two weeks ago and on previous occasions, to invade Galilee in response to any Zio aggressions.

    So far Galille is needle drop quite. Instead, he assured Zios behind closed doors he has no intentions to do any of that. Effectively, he swallowed the killing of 12 hizzies/RGs for two Zio soldiers.

    Posted by Mustap | January 31, 2015, 6:46 pm

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