In what was described by the IDF Blog as “highly unusual”, Hezbollah organized a terror cell in central Israel planning terrorism. However, the plot was foiled by Israeli security forces—including the IDF—who caught the terrorists. The IDF Blog said the group, which had located in the Judea and Samaria region (West Bank), was led by a Hezbollah operative that had been recruited online by the son of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
Israeli Prime Minister spokesman Ofir Gendelman said on Twitter that the cell, comprised of Palestinian terrorists organized by the Lebanese Hezbollah group, had planned suicide bombings and more. Gendelman Tweeted that Hezbollah “has tried for years to establish a terror infrastructure in the WB [West Bank] using Palestinians. All attempts were foiled by Israel.”
The IDF Blog said that terror cell was planning a shooting attack, but had also received lessons on explosives and training suicide bombers. The Blog said Hezbollah is using the internet to orchestrate terror plots and “is taking advantage of the Palestinian population, and is seducing its young people to carry out attacks in return for money.”
Hezbollah’s violence against civilians is sadly nothing new. That pattern was brought up by the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, David Roet, in his speech this week to the UN Security Council during the debate on protecting civilians in armed conflict, which was posted on the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
Roet said that “terrorizing civilian populations is part of Hezbollah’s modus operandi. This is what they do. Israel has warned time and time again that letting Hezbollah’s actions go unchecked will only result in more death, pain and suffering.”
As evidence, Roet pointed to the indiscriminate rocket fire from Hezbollah at Israeli civilians and the significant storing of weapons in civilian areas in Lebanon.
“Those villages, where innocent civilians go about their daily lives have been transformed to military bases. Who speaks for those people?,” asked Roet. “Who protects these people from Hezbollah?”
Roet also believes that it’s about time the powerful UN Security Council do something in light of Hezbollah’s actions.
Said Roet, “Deliberately putting the lives of innocent civilians in harm’s way is a war crime… The Security Council should send a clear message to Hezbollah and to Lebanon that this cannot be tolerated.”
(By Joshua Spurlock, www.themideastupdate.com, January 20, 2016)