Did Hezbollah Thwart a Bush/Olmert Attack on Lebanon?

This week Israel’s Military Intelligence Chief Major General Amos Yadlin complained to the Israeli daily Haaretz that “Hezbollah proved that it was the strongest power in Lebanon and if it had wanted to take the government it could have done it.” He said Hezbollah continued to pose a “significant” threat to Israel as its rockets could reach a large part of Israeli territory.”

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Yadlin was putting it mildly.

But what Intelligence Chief Yadlin did not reveal to the Israeli public was just how “significant” but also “immediate” the Hezbollah threat was on May 11. Nor was he willing to divulge the fact that he received information via US and French channels that if the planned attack on Lebanon’s capitol went forward, that in the view of the US intelligence community Tel Aviv would be subject to “approximately 600 Hezbollah rockets in the first 24 hours in retaliation and at least that number on the following day”.

The Israeli Intel Chief also declined to reveal that despite Israel’s recent psyche-war camping about various claimed missile shields “the State of Israel is perfecting”, that this claim is being ridiculed at the Pentagon. “Israel will not achieve an effective shield against the current generation of rockets, even assuming no technological improvements in the current rockets aimed at it, for another 20 years. And that assumes the US will continue to fund their research and development for the hoped for shields”, according to Pentagon, US Senate Intelligence Committee, and very well informed Lebanese sources.

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Hezbollah Could Have Seized Power If It Wanted

Once again, the Zionist entity closely watches the ongoing political crisis in Lebanon and gives its own analysis. 

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Hezbollah proved last week that it is the strongest force in Lebanon and could have seized power if it had wanted to, Israel’s military intelligence chief said in remarks published on Thursday.
 
“Hezbollah did not intend to take control… If it had wanted to, it could have done it,” Major General Amos Yadlin said in an interview with the Israeli daily Haaretz.
 
Lebanon was rocked last week by the worst violence since the end of the 1975-1990 civil war between the Lebanese national opposition and the ruling bloc’s militias. But Yadlin said Hezbollah did not want to follow the example of the Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas, which seized power in the Gaza Strip in June by ousting the forces of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.
 
Hezbollah, a movement formed after Israel’s large-scale invasion of Lebanon in 1982, “understands that if it took power it would have to assume responsibility and expose its numerous weak points,” he said.
 
“Hezbollah proved that it was the strongest power in Lebanon… stronger than the Lebanese army.” He said Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran and Syria, continued to pose a “significant” threat to Israel as its rockets could reach a large part of Israeli territory.

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