Hizballah has become major military force

Thursday, April 29, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Tuesday acknowledged that Lebanese terrorist militia Hizballah has been the recipient of a massive amount of short, medium and long-range rockets and missiles in recent months.

Speaking at a joint press conference with visiting Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Gates blamed Syria and Iran for providing Hizballah with "far more rockets and missiles than most governments in the world."

Gates did not directly address recent reports that Syria has transferred Scud ballistic missiles to Hizballah, which if true would put all of Israel within range of the terror group's arsenal.

Also this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted that Hizballah has increasingly been permitted to mingle with the Lebanese army, making it increasingly difficult to differentiate between the two should another war break out along Israel's northern border.

Israel fought Hizballah in the Second Lebanon War in 2006. The UN resolution (1701) that brought an end to that conflict demanded that Hizballah be disarmed and prevented from operating as an armed force. Gates, Barak and Netanyahu all sidestepped the fact that the UN has utterly failed to enforce those conditions.

Many in Israel and Lebanon expect another war to erupt as a result of the international community's inability or unwillingness to reign in Hizballah.

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