Israeli minister: Hezbollah agents entering Gaza

Washington Post:

By JOSEF FEDERMANThe Associated Press
Thursday, January 27, 2011; 2:25 PM

JERUSALEM — Israel’s minister of strategic affairs said Thursday the Lebanese Hezbollah guerrilla group has infiltrated agents into the Gaza Strip to train Palestinian militants.

Gaza is ruled by the Hamas militant group, which, like Hezbollah, is sworn to Israel’s destruction.

The minister, Moshe Yaalon, Israel’s former military chief of staff, told reporters that “Hezbollah experts can get into the Gaza Strip, like the Iranian rockets are coming to the Gaza Strip.” He said Hezbollah militants can go from Lebanon to Sudan, then to Egypt and on to Gaza.

Israel charges that archenemy Iran sends rockets and other weapons to Gaza militants, smuggling them into the seaside strip through tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border.

Yaalon said Hezbollah has a special unit, called 1800, to deal with the Palestinian militants. He said the Lebanese guerrillas also operate in the West Bank, paying militants.

Yaalon offered no evidence to support his claims.

Israel has long accused Hezbollah and its Iranian backers of supporting Palestinian militants, but officials have said little about an actual physical presence of Iranian-backed militia in Gaza.

Hamas has often denied that foreign forces are in Gaza. On Thursday, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called Yaalon’s claim “fabricated,” and said “all the factions in Gaza are Palestinians.”

Yaalon’s office said Hezbollah has been infiltrating Gaza quietly since Israel withdrew in from the seaside strip in 2005.

Israel and Hezbollah fought a bitter month-long war in 2006, when Hezbollah rained almost 4,000 rockets on Israel as Israeli forces caused widespread destruction in Beirut and south Lebanon. A year later, Israel launched a punishing war in Gaza to try to put a stop to daily rocket attacks by Gaza militants.

Associated Press writer Ibrahim Barzak in Gaza City contributed to this report.

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One Reply to “Israeli minister: Hezbollah agents entering Gaza”

  1. Israel is doing the right thing.

    They should put a total blockade on the PA to starve them into some form of control.

    But that would be like what the Nazis did to Jews, Slavs and others during WWII, and Israel doesn’t want to repeat those atrocities on anyone, even though Muslims all over the world would like nothing more than to wipe Jews off the face of the earth.

    And yet the west, in need of OPEC oil and gas (remember why the Muslim world is so wealthy?) plays dumb and stupid.

    We allow the Nobel committee to award a terrorist leader like Arafat the Peace Prize while condemning Israel’s right to defend itself. We allow Saudi Arabia to fund terrorist-inspiring madrassa schools and mosques all over the world while ignoring the steady build up of arms by Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey which could easily point to Europe as to Israel.

    The threat is real and Israel is the lonely fighter on the front lines, ready to take out key enemy leaders at a moment’s notice. Yet the Muslim-led UN and the closet Muslim led US turns on that fighter.

    Shame on the west for ignoring what is clearly in front of it: the threat of wholesale slaughter by Islam on the world’s non-Muslim population in the name of jihad.

    Like the EDL, I support Israel’s right to exist.

    Like the EDL, I condemn Islam in all its manifestations as an aberration, something that should have died over 1,300 years ago along with its psychopathic founder.

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