On July 14, 2013, Israeli daily YNet reported that Israeli army’s propaganda branch launched a new website, “Hizbullah, Army of Terror”, to mark the 7th anniversary of defeat in 2006 war with Hizbullah. According to the newspaper, “the website will offer in-depth information, analysis on Hizbullah, in bid to push additional countries to add group to terrorist list“. The problem with the web’s name is; Hizbullah has no tank, no jet, no bomb and no navy ship – which are part of a conventional army.
The website claims that “Seven years later,” Hizbullah is more stronger than ever.
“Hezbollah has developed capabilities to strike anywhere in Israel,” the website warns.
A neon-green graphic that follows the text shows the different weapons Hizbullah now has in its arsenal and how far each one is able to reach. The missile with the longest range, the Scud-D, can travel more than 430 miles, potentially penetrating deep into Israel and several American military assets in the region.
“Since the war, Hezbollah has tripled the size of its missile arsenal. In 2009, Israel army intelligence report revealed that Hizbullah had built close to 1,000 military facilities throughout southern Lebanon. The installations included more than 550 weapons bunkers and 300 underground facilities. Since the report’s release, Hizbullah has continued to build facilities in the region, enhancing its ability to strike at nearby Israeli towns and cities,” says the website.
The website says that Israel is in more danger now than ever before.
Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibovich, the head of the new Hasbara (propaganda) branch, says some 30 soldiers work there, and put out content in English, Hebrew, Arabic, French, Spanish and Russian. Two of the soldiers, she says, are native Egyptians who moved to Israel about seven years ago.
The website has posted some very funny articles; calling Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah: “A Life of Terror” and claiming “Hizbullah Violates UN Resolutions”. To my recollection, no country has issued arrest warrant against Nasrallah while many Israeli politicians and military leaders are avoiding half-a-dozen European nations fearing being arrested as mass murderers. It’s not Hizbullah but Israel which has violated over 67 UN Resolutions so far.
However, a great majority of Lebanese who put their trust in Hizbullah rather Lebanese army to defend the country – are not impressed with contents of the website.
“This is the kind of information that any person can get on the web,” Farid Chedid, the editor of Lebanon Wire told The Media Line. “There is nothing new – it’s just a compilation of anti-Hezbollah propaganda.”
“Hizbullah in not only a military resistance and political part – it also runs a network of schools and clinics, providing salaries to thousands of Lebanese and social services to many more,” says Chedid.
In December 2010, Gen. Giora Eiland, former national security adviser to former prime ministers Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert, told Israel Radio that the Jewish army can’t defeat Hizbullah alone.
“Israel does not know how to beat Hizbullah. Therefore a war waged only as Israel-versus-Hezbollah might yield better damage on Hizbullah, but Hezbollah would inflict far worse damage on the Israeli homefront than it did 4-1/2 years ago. Our only way of preventing the next war, and of winning if it happens anyway, is for it to be clear to everyone that another war between us and Hezbollah will be a war between Israel and the state of Lebanon and will wreak destruction on the state of Lebanon. And as no one – including Hizbullah, the Syrians or the Iranians – is interested in this, this is the best way of creating effective deterrence,” said Gen. Eiland.
So far, only the US, Britain, Canada, Netherlands and Bahrain have bought Israel’s unproven terrorist allegations (in Argentina, Bulgaria, Turkey, Cyprus, India, Thailand, etc.) against Hizbullah by listing it “a terrorist organization”. The European Union (EU), so far, has resisted pressure from Israel, the US, the UK, France, Germany and western Jewish lobby organizations to classify Hizbullah as “a terrorist organization”.
What a shame, while Israelis boast their army to the 4th most powerful force, thanks to Washington’s military and financial support - is affraid of a Muslim guerilla force of a few thousands fighters.
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