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Nasrallah’s Tip Off & The Bitter Taste of Betrayal

So this morning we got a little love from our cousins in the North.. A Palestinian Group was able to get up close and personal and shoot a few older model rockets over the border.


Although no one is actually taking responsibility for the shooting of these 4 rockets into Nahariya and the Western Galilee there are the usual suspects. There was no real surprise here and there was an expectation both in the army and civilian authorities that an attack will be coming especially after the speech by Nasrallah.

The Army Command-Directorate of Orientation issued a statement on Thursday saying that “an unknown party launched a number of rockets toward the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and Israel retaliated and launched artillery shells on the southern region of Naqoura.”

The Army statement added that no casualties resulted from the Israeli bombing, stressing Army units were cooperating with the UNIFIL and took adequate measures to protect the residents and control the situation. (Al Manar TV)

But we all know who runs the show in Lebanon and if you were listening carefully last night to the nightly rant of the bearded, semi hysterical Hezbollah leader I swear you could hear a hidden tip off…

On Wednesday, Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, warned that “all possibilities” were open against Israel as he gave a speech condemning Israel’s offensive in Gaza and voicing support for Hamas….

The comments marked the first time he has spoken so openly on the possibility of a renewed conflict with Israel since the war in Gaza began on December 27.

Nasrallah warned that the 2006 conflict would be “but a walk in the park” compared to what awaits Israel if it launches a new offensive on Lebanon.

“We have to act as though all possibilities are real and open [against Israel] and we must always be ready for any eventuality.

“We are ready to sacrifice our souls, our brothers and sisters, our children, our loved ones for what we believe in.” (Al Jazeera)

So, if one was to listen to the message and put that together with the attack this morning, one could make the claim that we were duly warned. But why would he do that? Hezbollah is not looking for another fight (at least not right now) and yet they had to let the “rogue faction” blow off some steam. Now I know they’re not Jewish but that sounds like … guilt. They feel a little guilty.

I guess sending an entire nation to a state of chaos and death can cause a little guilt even in Nasrallah.

Let’s face it, the Iranians and Nasrallah pushed and egged on Hamas, they made them believe that when the time came they would be there and instead hung them out to dry. The way its being described here is that Nasrallah would fight Israel until the last drop of Gazan blood.

That’s what I call the bitter taste of betrayal. I hope that when this war is over the Palestinian people keep in mind what their “friends” were doing to help them… With friends like that who needs enemies..

Wild West Nahariya

Nahariya BoardwalkAs if Katyusha Rockets weren’t enough, it seems as though the northern resort town of Nahariya is turning into the Wild West of Israel. Early Tuesday morning two fragmentation grenades were cast upon the house of Nahariya Mayor Jacki Sabag. Another grenade was thrown at about the same time on the house of a local police detective. At the time of the events, Mayor Sabag was home with his wife and daughter. Both incidents ended with no casualties, but the houses were damaged.

Police officials speculated that the motive for the casting of the grenades was to threaten and scare Mayor Sabag. One assumption is that the event was an attempt to try to influence the results of coming tenders that the city council was going to announce soon.

More than 20 hand grenades were thrown in the streets of Nahariya in the past six years. Last incident was eight months ago, when a grenade was tossed into a pub on the city’s promenade resulting in five injured people.

Did national crime organizations find their way in to the quiet northern city? I really hope that they did not. Where else in Israel can you find a city, that its main road is divided by a river? That in summer time you can ride carriages pulled by horses? A city where drivers actually stop to let people cross the street?

In the name of the citizens of Nahariya and the neighboring towns (Kibbutzim, Moshavim, Kfarim and more) I am appealing to the local and national criminals and grenade tossers: We are still trying to recover from the recent Lebanon war. If you have any unfinished businesses with anyone, we would really appreciate if you try to solve them legally, quietly and peacefully, like most people do. We don’t handle bombing sounds that well these days.

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