Hizballah's Nasrallah reports progress in negotiations for Israeli soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 19, 2007
In a television address Tuesday night, Oct. 16, he affirmed: "Doors hitherto closed have now opened."
Nasrallah disclosed that Hizballah had demanded of Israel the handover of four Iranian diplomats missing in Lebanon since the 1980s. debkafile's sources: The four Iranian diplomats were never held by Israel; they were captured and put to death by Lebanese Christian Phalangists during the country's civil war.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 16, 2007
Even if Hizballah has given Israel documents in the handwriting of the long-missing Israeli navigator Ron Arad, as claimed by a Lebanese newspaper, they still may not clear up the mystery of the fate which befell him after his capture 21 years ago.
Israeli intelligence has long concluded that, after Ron Arad ejected from an Israeli fighter-bomber in 1986 during Lebanon's civil war, the Amal Shiite group (headed by Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri) who captured him passed him to Iran, where he was imprisoned for an unknown period.
Iran has always denied this; any materials and statements emanating from Hizballah are bound to support this contention.
According to debkafile's intelligence sources, today's Hassan Nasrallah is not the powerful figure he was at the time of the 2005 exchange. Tehran has taken Hizballah's military and intelligence functions out of his hands and passed them to its trusted minion, the master terrorist Imad Mughniyeh, confining Nasrallah to the movement's political department and its domestic Lebanese policy.
Decisions on prisoner swaps with Israel, including the fate of the Israeli soldiers Regev and Goldwasser, whose kidnap by Hizballah triggered the 2006 Lebanon War, are therefore up to Tehran - not Beirut.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: Hizballah suspected behind "The Galilee Freedom Brigades" which claims Friday's Jerusalem attack
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2007
The claim was made over the Maan Palestinian news agency Monday Aug. 13 four days after Ahmad Hatib from Manda village, Galilee, died after grabbing the sidearm of an Israeli security guard on Jerusalem's Christian Street and shooting him in the shoulder. Ten people were injured before he was killed.
debkafile cites Israeli intelligence sources as linking the Jerusalem attack to undercover Hizballah cells believed planted in the Galilee villages of Manda and Kafr Kana.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2007
The Terror Alert Center in Jerusalem classes as the highest, concrete risk destinations Egypt (including Sinai), Jordan, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Sudan and Somalia, which Israelis are advised to leave at once. Slightly less dangerous but still very high-risk are Kashmir, the Philippines island of Mindanao, Chechnya and South Thailand up to the Malaysian border.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 25, 2007
In a recorded speech aired by the Arabic al Jazeera TV network Monday night, the Hizballah leader said only he was competent to give out information on the Israeli soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev [kidnapped a year ago on the Israeli side of the Lebanese border.] But he said he would reveal nothing about their condition without something in return.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Hizballah faces Israel on first anniversary of Lebanon War with 50% more rockets and an air defense system
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 17, 2007
It has doubled the number of teams trained to launch rockets and equipped them with vehicles and motorbikes for speedy movement, and topped up its rocket arsenal to 18,000. By the end of the year, Hizballah will have some 2,000 highly trained commando troops, 400-500 more than the number at the outset of the Second Lebanon War, and 15,000-16,000 fighting men in all.
In an exclusive military report below, debkafile details Hizballah's expanded military resources and acquisitions.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2007
One year ago to the day, the Lebanese Shiite terrorist Hizballah sent a unit across the border into Israel and ambushed an Israeli patrol, killing eight of its members and kidnapping two. The raid, followed by a Katyusha rocket attack on northern Israel sparked the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and a 34-day war.
Today, debkafile's military sources report that Hizballah is in better military shape than ever before. its sponsors, Iran and Syria, have not only replenished the rocket stocks depleted by daily barrages against Israeli towns and villages, but topped them up by 50%. Whereas Hizballah started the 2006 war with 12,000 rockets of different types, today the Lebanese Shiite terror group has accumulated 18,000 in its arsenal.
The militia's fighting manpower, including its special intelligence and security agencies, totals between 15,000 and 16,000.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Tehran arms Lebanese Hizballah militia with air defense missile wing as part of war build-up<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2007
April 15, on the eve of Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day, Hizballah and Iranian Revolutionary Guards commanders staged a grand ceremony at the Imam Ali base in northern Tehran to celebrate the launch of Hizballah's anti-air missile wing.
On the warpath again, Hizballah chief attacks international tribunal for Hariri assassins as politically-motivated<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2007
In a televised speech, Hassan Nasrallah said will he confront what he called attempts by the (anti-Syrian) parliamentary majority to change Lebanon's identity - even if it takes 50 years. He attacked the international tribunal set up to try the culprits behind the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri in 2005. He said the court comes with as designed to hand down "ready-made verdicts against certain suspects." Nasrallah was referring to top members of the Assad regime in Damascus, who are the leading suspects, and the four Lebanese generals jailed in Beirut, who he termed political prisoners.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2007
Hizballah's Hussein Kumati claimed the two Israeli soldiers abducted by the Lebanese Shiite group are treated as humanely in accordance with Islamic dictates.
Karnit Goldwasser said the Hizballah official's claim does not prove he is alive or well. The Lebanese captives held in Israel are allowed to communicate regularly and directly with their families with Red Cross assistance. Nothing has been seen or heard of the Israeli captives since they were seized in July 2006.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2007
For the first time in its 20-year history as a reviled international kidnapper, Hizballah is demanding that its representatives be allowed to hold direct talks with Israel.
One conjecture by Israeli intelligence officials is that Hizballah has been told to offer to trade information about Goldwasser and Regev for word about Iranian ex-general Ali Reza Asgari, said to have disappeared in Istanbul on Feb. 7.
The first positive action by Tehran has been to call its proxies off from hounding the pro-Western Fouad Siniora government of Lebanon; Hizballah has been told to end its boycott of the government in return for additional cabinet seats. Therefore, Iran emerges with its Lebanese cat's paw's position in Beirut enhanced, well before diplomacy for an accommodation on Tehran's nuclear ambitions and the stabilization of Iraq has gone anywhere.
To solidify its position, Hizballah must behave like a respectable political party rather than terrorists who conduct terrorist and kidnapping raids against the neighbors.
Hizballah's strength is greater today than it was in the Lebanon War last summer - Israeli military intelligence research chief
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2007
Brig-Gen Yossi Baidatz reporting this to the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee was interrupted by defense minister Amir Peretz who disputed this data as relating to Hizballah's "potential strength."debkafile notes: The official Israeli government line is that Hizballah came out of the war weaker.
Baidatz added Qassam missile attacks from Gaza have increased since the Mecca Reconcilian Accords were signed by Fatah and Hamas leaders two weeks ago.
DEBKAfile reports: Syria has delivered Russian-made SA-18 "Grouse" Igla 9K38 anti-air missiles to Lebanese Hezballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2007
Moscow guaranteed the shoulder-carried SA-18 "Grouse" Igla 9K38 was sold to Damascus under the strict prohibition of its transfer to Hizballah, debkafile notes. The pledge was given to the US and personally by Russian president Vladimir Putin to Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert.
IDF special units uncover two Hizballah bunkers in Israeli territory east of the Biranit outpost<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 29, 2007
The bunkers contained food and digging tools - apparently used by Hizballah before the war of summer 2006. They were blown up in a controlled explosion.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> refutes claims that Lebanon's pro-Syrian bloc has suspended its street offensive to topple the Siniora government<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2007
On arriving in Paris Wednesday, Jan. 24, prime minister Fouad Siniora said that Lebanon has been paying the price of "imposed decisions coming from outside, like Iran and Syria."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 15, 2006
The disaster that overtook one of the Israeli Navy's state of the art warships, Ahi-Hanit, was thoroughly planned in advance by an enemy which managed to take Israel's military commanders by surprise. It has shocked Israel's military to a degree comparable to the profound effect on US forces of al Qaeda's 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Aden.
debkafile's military sources reveal that the warship was struck from Beirut by an Iran-made C-802 shore-to-sea missile of the Silkworm family. Weighing 715 kilos, with a range of 120km, the missile is armed with a strong anti-jamming capability, which lends it a 98% success rate in escaping interception.
The Israeli ship is armed with an advanced Barak anti-missile system, which may have missed the incoming missile. Israeli military planners must now look at the vulnerability of the navy following the appearance of the first Iranian C-802 missiles.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 5, 2006
debkafile's Gulf sources suspect that the tough talk indicates that a secret dialogue is afoot somewhere in the world and has reached the stage of muscle-flexing, or even a point of decision. These same sources did confirm the existence of bilateral negotiations three months ago in Washington and Geneva, which broke up without agreement. They are less sure about the resumption.
Whether or not these talks have resumed, debkafile's military sources affirm that the United States, Iran, the Gulf emirates and Israel are pushing ahead with preparations for a showdown over Tehran's nuclear plans - as first revealed in DEBKA-Net-Weekly on May 19:
Washington has begun signaling allied governments in the Persian Gulf and Israel that a US military operation against Iran's nuclear sites is in the works for 12 to 18 months hence at the soonest.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 20, 2005
Ernst Uhrlau, Angela Merkel's new head of the BND, Germany's foreign intelligence service, is revealed by debkafile's counter-terror sources as the man behind Berlin's secret decision to trade German archeologist Susanne Osthoff kidnapped in Iraq on Nov. 25 for the jailed Hizballah terrorist wanted in America, Mohammad Ali Hammadi.
Uhrlau attained international prominence as broker in the Hizballah-Israel prisoner swap and the failed effort to track down the missing Israeli navigator Ron Arad.
The swap of a hostage kidnapped by Iraqi guerrillas for a Lebanese Hizballah terrorist exposes for the first time the clandestine operational links between the Hizballah and Iraqi guerrillas and fellow-terrorists.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 22, 2005
This was the first time the Hizballah had sent a specially-trained motorbike commando unit into action. Its mission was to kidnap Israeli soldiers and bring them to Beirut for a macabre display in Lebanon's Independence Day ceremonies Tuesday, Nov. 22. This was to be an act of defiance against Israel and more particularly the anti-Syrian government. The Lebanese prime minister would not dare send troops against him to free the Israelis - even though their abduction was a brazen contravention of international law. He and his government would then be dismissed by the Lebanese people and the Arab world as nonentities.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2004
Hamas-Hebron claimed responsibility for the double suicide attack Tuesday, August 31, on two crowded Beersheba buses, which left 15 Israelis dead and up to 100 injured. The twin blasts hit passengers, passing vehicles and pedestrians on the busy main street of this southern Israeli town, the first such attack inside Israel in six months. The suicide bombers may not have come from Hebron; they could equally have reached Beersheba from the Gaza Strip or infiltrated the Israeli Negev from Egyptian Sinai. the Gaza Strip to undergo, almost unnoticed, a geopolitical transformation that threatens not only to fill the space left by Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon's fading plan to evacuate the Gaza Strip, but also to make the Palestinian terror war against Israel far more dangerous. The fallout is beginning to ripple out into further reaches of the Middle East.