Hizballah says it is about to attack Israel

Friday, October 03, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

A senior Hizballah leader told a Lebanese newspaper on Friday that his group will "soon liberate" areas it claims are Lebanese territory under Israeli occupation.

Speaking to Lebanon's Daily Star, Hizballah's operational chief for all southern Lebanon, Sheikh Nabil Qaouk, said that the northern half of the border town of Ghajar and the hotly disputed Shebaa Farms would shortly be under Lebanese control.

As to the method of obtaining control of those areas, Qaouk was crystal clear: "Betting on liberating land via diplomacy and politics is a sterile bet. The only guaranteed way to recover the remaining occupied land is the resistance and nothing else."

Israeli military leaders have been warning for the past several weeks that Hizballah may be preparing to renew hostilities against the Jewish state.

In the aftermath of the 2006 Second Lebanon War, Hizballah has done anything but disarm in compliance with UN Resolution 1701, and the terror group is today believed to possess nearly triple the number of missiles it had before the last conflict.

Hizballah is also far more firmly entrenched in the Lebanese government, having won veto power in the ruling coalition as part of a power-sharing deal. Later last summer, the Lebanese government reaffirmed Hizballah's duty to remain armed and in conflict with Israel.

Though the UN has verified the Shebaa Farms as part of the previously Syrian-controlled Golan Heights, Hizballah has for years used Israel's control of the small mountainous region as justification for continued aggression.

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