Israel worried Hizballah may attack during holidays

Monday, September 29, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff  

Israeli military officials are preparing for a possible Hizballah attack in northern Israel over the holiday season starting Monday evening with Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year.

During Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Succot, Israelis congregate in homes, synagogues and other public venues, making them an easier target for terrorists who may infiltrate from southern Lebanon.

The Jerusalem Post reported that intelligence assessments are that Hizballah also sees this time as an opportunity to attack due to the transitory status of Israel's government.

Ehud Olmert is currently head of a caretaker government and his replacement as leader of the ruling Kadima Party, Tzipi Livni, is still fighting an uphill battle to cobble together a new coalition. Neither is likely to respond to a Hizballah attack with any severity at this time.

In related news, the Israeli army has sealed off the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria for Rosh Hashanah to prevent Palestinian terrorists from exploiting the holiday season.

Security officials reported at least 10 concrete warnings of planned Palestinian attacks, including kidnapping attempts, during Rosh Hashanah.

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