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Lebanon upholds verdict over general’s Israel leaks

Retired Lebanese general Fayez Karam’s sentence of two years in jail was upheld by a military court on Tuesday in Lebanon. The politician, member of the Christian Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), a group allied with Hezbollah, was found guilty of providing information to Israeli intelligence services n the two groups, but not of spying for … Continue reading

Analysis: ‘Hezbollah has long-range surface-to-air missiles’

The Israeli army is reevaluating the threat from Lebanon as it will now operate under the assumption that Hezbollah is in possession of advanced weapons system obtained since the beginning of the upheaval in Syria. These weapons systems include sophisticated long-range surface-to-air missile and Russian-made air-defense systems. Jerusalem Post, Israel Click here for the full story

Hezbollah says Ban Ki-moon not welcome in Lebanon

As the secretary-general of the UN is set to arrive in Lebanon on Friday, Sheikh Mohammad Yazbek, head of Hezbollah’s Shura Council, said that Ban Ki-Moon is not welcome. This follows Ban’ criticisms of Hezbollah, saying that the group was a threat for the stability of Lebanon. The Daily Star, Lebanon Click here for the … Continue reading

Report: Armed groups trained in Jordan, Turkey infiltrate Syria

In the past two months, Syrian and Arab volunteers infiltrated Syria after completing their training on street fighting, mine and improvised explosive devices planting, storming military barracks and security centers. These fighters infiltrated Syrian territory from Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and the Kurdish and Sunni regions of Iraq. Al Bawaba, Jordan Click here for the full … Continue reading

Israel to construct barrier on Lebanese border

Israel plans to build a wall that would separate its northernmost town from a Lebanese village in a bid to quell tensions in the area. Work on the  five-meter-high wall is due to begin in the coming weeks. Once completed, it will stretch one kilometer and be equipped with electronic surveillance measures, including cameras and motion sensors. … Continue reading

Opinion: Is the Shiite Crescent a myth?

King Abdullah of Jordan received much criticism when he said in 2004 that the Arab countries had been surrounded by a “Shiite Crescent.” Now, as the waves of the Arab Spring begin to hit the shores of Syria, the Iran-Iraq-Syria-Lebanon axis is becoming more obvious. Today’s Zaman, Turkey Click here for the full story

Analysis: Neither Hezbollah, Israel has interest in new war

The escalating violence in Syria and renewed speculation of an imminent attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities have the potential to bring Hezbollah and Israel closer to war in 2012 than at any other time since the last one ended five years ago. Yet despite the uncertainties surrounding a volatile and rapidly changing Middle East, as … Continue reading

Analysis: Will Hizbullah Get Syria’s WMD if Assad Goes Down?

When—or even if—the spiraling protests will push the Syrian leader out of power is unclear. But Israel fears that Assad’s chemical weapons could end up with Hizbullah—or that he could resort to desperate measures. The Daily Beast, United States Click here for the full story

Hezbollah denies drugs, money laundering claims

Lebanese group Hezbollah on Thursday denied charges by the United States that the Shiite militant movement was involved in drug trafficking and money laundering schemes to fund its activities. Agence France-Presse, France Click here for the full story

Israel concerned by increased Hezbollah violence in south Lebanon

Israeli defense officials are worried about an increase in violent activity by Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, agreeing with a French assessment that the Shi’ite group is responsible for recent strikes against the UN force in the area. Haaretz, Israel Click here for the full story

Lebanese defense minister blames Israel for rocket attacks

Lebanese Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn Monday blamed Israel and its agents for the firing of mysterious rockets from Lebanon into the Jewish state in an attempt to undermine security and stability in south Lebanon. The Daily Star, Lebanon Click here for the full story

Lebanon army: We dismantled rockets aimed at Israel

The Lebanese army dismantled on Monday four rockets in southern Lebanon that were set to be fired into Israel, a Lebanese security official said. An Israeli military spokesperson said that the presence of weapons in southern Lebanon was “a concern” and a clear violation of UN Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 war between Israel and … Continue reading

Report: Hezbollah in dire financial straits

French daily Le Figaro reported that the civil uprising in Syria against President Bashar al-Assad has significantly reduced the flow of money to Hezbollah. Moreover, the report said, Iran has recently cut its financial aid to Hezbollah by 25% due in part to the international sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program. Ynetnews, Israel Click here … Continue reading

Opinion: What if the Syrians had still been here?

The tendency among many Lebanese today is to deride the Independence Intifada of 2005. This is a result of the high expectations unleashed, then dashed by Lebanon’s factionalism and sectarianism. The Daily Star, Lebanon Click here for the full story

Hezbollah protests release of 4 convicted Israeli spies

Hezbollah officials protested Tuesday the release of four Lebanese convicted of collaboration with Israel and asked for “an explanation of the legal reasons” behind the move, during a visit to the justice minister and the state prosecutor. The Daily Star, Lebanon Click here for the full story

Syria denies involvement in attack on UNIFIL

Syria denies involvement in a bombing that wounded five French U.N. peacekeepers in southern Lebanon, a day after France said Damascus was probably behind the attack. The Daily Star, Lebanon Click here for the full story

One person wounded in south Lebanon by rocket

One person was injured in southern Lebanon Sunday when a rocket apparently fired toward Israel hit a Lebanese border village, security sources in Lebanon said. Reuters, United States Click here for the full story

Hezbollah, Lebanese officials condemn attack on UNIFIL

Hezbollah condemned Friday’s attack on a French UNIFIL patrol near the southern city of Tyre which left five French peacekeepers and one Lebanese civilian wounded. Meanwhile, Lebanese Forces attributed the attack to the presence of what they described as “illegal militant organizations,” a clear reference to Hezbollah. Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun also condemned the attack, … Continue reading

Hariri: I openly and proudly support Syria’s uprising

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Wednesday that he “openly and proudly” supports the uprising of the Syrian people, one day after Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah repeated his support for the Syrian regime.“If Hezbollah openly supports the Syrian regime, we openly and proudly support the Syrian revolution and the Syrian people,” Hariri said. The … Continue reading

Lebanon road bomb wounds French peacekeepers

A bomb struck a UN peacekeeping patrol in the Lebanese coastal town of Tyre on Friday, wounding five French soldiers, one of them severely, and two civilians, a security official and the army said. Agence France-Presse Click here for the full story


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Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

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