Wednesday, November 23, 2005

EGYPTIAN SANDMONKEY - LEBANESE VOX WEIGH IN

Egyptian Sandmonkey - Israel Hits Right Nerve in Lebanon

After striking inside of Lebanon in retalliation to a Hezballah attack-which the latter used- mortars and rockets toward the Israeli-Lebanese border andwounding 11 Israeli soldiers- Israel planes went all the way to Beirut and dropped leaflets denouncing Hezballah.

The Beirut Spring: Another Letter From Israel originally posted the translation.

Bliss Street Journal weighs in a well. I don't know if I buy the idea that Israel needed to respond to this particular Hezbollah attack so that their enemies don't assume they're going to be weak just because the government is heading to new elections. Regardless, the Hezbollah pile on is getting louder and louder.

Lebanese Blogger Vox Populi - Hezbollah and Argentina

I don't why there was a breakthrough in the inquiry, but here's what I read in the Nahar a couple of days ago.

  • Argentina Identifies Hizbullah's Hussein Berro as 1994 Bomber of Jewish Center
    Jewish civic leaders have welcomed what they called a breakthrough by Argentine prosecutors in identifying the suicide bomber who destroyed the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994 as a 21-year-old Lebanese Hizbullah member.Late Wednesday, prosecutors confirmed that the suicide bomber had been identified as Ibrahim Hussein Berro, a Lebanese citizen, whom they suspect of having driven the explosives-packed van that destroyed the Jewish center, killing 85 people and wounding more than 200. Investigators made the identification after talking to relatives of Hussein Berro in Detroit, Michigan.

    Luis Grynwald, the current president of the AMIA Jewish center, which was flattened 11 years ago and later rebuilt, hailed the development as a major advance in the case.

    Sergio Burstein, a member of a group of relatives of victims of the bombing, told the newspaper La Nacion in its online edition that the breakthrough is "critically important" in providing authorities with new leads in the case.

    Prosecutor Alberto Nisman said Hussein Berro "belonged to Hizbullah" and drove the van rigged with explosives that leveled the seven-storey Argentine-Israel Mutual Aid Association on July 18, 1994. The building was a symbol of Argentina's more than 200,000-strong Jewish community.

    Argentine investigators had faced domestic and international pressure to make headway in the case. But some critics said that Nisman was breaking little new ground in identifying Hussein Berro, who was named as the suspected bomber, in a resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in July 2004, urging a solution to the case. The House resolution said that Hussein Berro reportedly had been in contact with the Iranian Embassy in Buenos Aires.

    Local news reports said questions about Hussein Berro had been raised as early as 2003, prompted by Israeli intelligence reports.

    The Jewish center bombing was the second of two major attacks targeting Jews in Argentina during the 1990s. A March 1992 blast destroyed the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, killing 29 people in a case that had also been blamed on Hizbullah. Hizbullah has denied responsibility for both bombings.

    Leaders of Argentina's Jewish community have accused Iran of organizing the AMIA attack. Tehran repeatedly has denied that.

    Nisman said Wednesday that suspicions of Iranian involvement in the attack were among several lines of investigation, telling a news conference that he would follow all leads in the ongoing probe.

    Investigators believe the attacker entered Argentina in the tri-border region at the joint borders of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, a center of drug smuggling and alleged terrorist fund-raising, Nisman said.

    An official statement said prosecutors and Argentine intelligence officers had worked with the FBI and anti-terrorism authorities in Detroit, where two brothers of Hussein Berro now live.

    Nisman said Argentine investigators went to the U.S. city in mid-September and were able to obtain valuable testimony from the brothers with the help of U.S. law enforcement agents.

    Additionally, Nisman said Hizbullah announced on its radio in Lebanon on Sept. 8, 1994, that Hussein Berro had died in combat with the Israeli army in Southern Lebanon. He alleged the announcement was an attempt to cover up the suspect's death in the suicide bombing.

    The prosecutor also said the young man had left his home for Hizbullah camps in Southern Lebanon for training prior to the attack.

    There was no immediate comment from Hizbullah in Beirut on the Argentine verdict. (AP)

    Beirut, Updated 11 Nov 05, 14:40
    Source

The funny thing is that the current Argentinian president is an anti-Bush leftist, so the Hezbollah cannot say that it's an American conspiracy. But they can always go for the jewish conspiracy theory: a large jewish community lives in Argentina.]

And now the one million dollars question
Since Hezbollah is anti-zionist and not antisemitic, why did they blow a jewish cultural center ?
Answer is in this al-Manar
video

I have posted an analysis on Hezbollah's political strategy here (in French)

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