On the seventh anniversary of the martyrdom of Hezbollah military leader Hajj Imad Mughniyeh, a biography, which includes unpublished pictures and a rich material that tackle his life, was circulated recently.
Replicas was written in Arabic and translated to English and Persian under the supervision of Hajj Imad Mughniyeh’s daughter, Fatima.
Two of the pictures were published in public for the first time showed Hezbollah military commander with the Lebanese former minister and Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjiyeh. Continue reading Mughniyeh to Franjiyeh: Our Most Important Instructor Is the Israeli Enemy
by Mohamed Salami, Al-Manar
“The Preemptive strike” is the term which most political and military analysts used to describe the campaign which the Syrian Army and its allies in Hizbullah and the IRGC have launched against the terrorist groups in the southern part of the country.
Being preemptive, the Syrian military campaign is launched to foil all the terrorist plots devised by the takfiri groups which are directly supported by the Zionist entity, the West and a number of Arab countries. Continue reading Resistance Forces’ Preemptive Strike in Southern Syria Frustrates Israeli-Jordanian-Takfiri Plots
by Shuki Sadeh, Haaretz
Some of them live in Israel, but most of them don’t. Some, but by no means all, have business interests in the country. Most give generously to right-wing causes, but there are a few exceptions, including those who give across the whole range of the political spectrum. Continue reading Who are the biggest contributors to the Zionist entity’s politics? Many live in New York and Miami
Israeli calculations don’t always meet their goals. In 1982, the Israeli army invaded Lebanon and killed more than 20,000 Lebanese and Palestinians — mostly civilians, as usual — in the hope of ridding Lebanon of the Israeli occupation’s enemies. The results of that invasion are well-known, but let’s just say that Israel never had more formidable opponents and resisters than the ones that its own brutality and savagery produced in Lebanon. Furthermore, Israel often casually invades and bombs for electoral benefit. Shimon Peres could never run a campaign without engaging in a massacre or bombing campaign. Crimes and massacres are part of Israel’s electoral politics.
It’s unclear what Israel’s motives are in this campaign. Typically, Western media and Arab oil media volunteer that those who were killed were planning an attack on Israel. No one asks how the Israeli military is able to read Arab minds and predict what every Arab is up to at any point of their existence. It can thus tell when an Arab considers engaging in a “terrorist” attack, and kills him before he acts. This gives Israel the right to kill any Arab anywhere.
It’s possible that Israel was testing the readiness and vigilance of its enemy, Hezbollah. It is also possible that Israel has assumed that Hezbollah is too distracted to respond to Israeli attacks. On both counts, Israel was wrong. Israel does not understand Hezbollah, and has a long history of misunderstanding its enemies. Israel (like the Saudi clients in Lebanon) assumes wrongly that Hizbullah is no more than a client of the Iranian regime and that it has no domestic home-grown basis. In fact, Hizbullah’s roots in Lebanon are now more entrenched than ever, and it has succeeded in equipping the population (even beyond its constituency) with a culture of resistance to Israel and its aggression. Continue reading Hizbullah and the New Rules of Engagement
by Jean Aziz, Al-Monitor
Two events marked the Lebanese political scene during the last days of January 2015. The repercussions of these events are expected to extend over more than a month. The first event, leaked through the media, was the visit to Beirut on Jan. 29 by Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, a shadowy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Quds Force — as described by some in the West.
The second was the content of the speech delivered the next day after the visit by Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, in particular regarding the party’s stance on Israel and the new and developing confrontation. Continue reading Qassem Suleimani in Beirut: An Exceptional Event
by Alaa al-Lami, Al-Akhbar English
Recently, Israel stole one of the symbols of Iraqi Jewish heritage, a rare ancient copy of the Torah. The incident went smoothly and quietly, with blatant collusion between Israel, the United States, the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq, and the Jordanian authorities, amid suspicious silence from the Iraqi federal authorities and the Iraqi cultural scene, save for a few objections.
The Torah manuscript in question, known as the Iraqi Old Testament Scroll, was written using concentrated pomegranate juice on deer-skin parchments. The manuscript was seized by US forces, among other Iraqi antiquities, which survived the systematic destruction by the illegal Anglo-American invasion and occupation. Continue reading The Great Israeli Theft of Iraqi Jewish Heritage
by Jamal Ghosn, Al-Akhbar English
The dominant media narrative of the “Middle East Conflict,” with its accompanying “peace process,” has a hard time contextualizing today’s developments in the Shebaa Farms of the Golan Heights. According to that pro-Israeli narrative, the status quo in Palestine — and around it — is perfectly fine and any deviation from it must be rectified.
While the Israeli military was bombarding the besieged Gaza Strip last summer, even the most radical global protests only called for a stop to the bloodshed, and thus for a return to the pre-war status. Following the same logic, any “recognition” of the status quo is celebrated as progress towards ending the conflict. That is what happens when symbolic votes are held in European parliaments recognizing a Palestinian state. The implication of this is that the Palestinians have no qualms about the occupation they endure, and all they really want is for it to be administered by Abu Mazen instead of the Israeli generals. Continue reading On Hizbullah’s Shebaa Farms Operation: This is not the War
by Arash Karami, Al-Monitor
Mohammad Ali Jaffari, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), has said that the attack by Hezbollah that killed two Israeli soldiers was the “minimum” response to Israeli strike that killed an Iranian and six Hezbollah fighters.
At a conference today called “Jihad Will Continue,” Jaffari told reporters, “Hezbollah’s response to Israel was a minimum response that was given to the Israelis, and I hope this response will be a lesson not to make these mistakes anymore.” He continued, “The response the tyrant Israelis received for their ugly actions, which our brothers in Hezbollah gave them along the Lebanese-Syrian border, was a minimum response.”
Jaffari said that the Israelis knew their “idiotic” actions would be answered and that the Israelis “should await a stronger response not only around their borders but anywhere in the world where Zionist Israelis are.” Continue reading Hizbullah strike was ‘minimum response,’ warns IRGC commander
by Ibrahim al-Amin, Al-Akhbar English
It is possible now to talk about the “next day” in the struggle against Israel. The Resistance’s daring attack in the Shebaa Farms was a result of the enemy’s miscalculation in assessing the reality of the Resistance.
By doing so, the enemy gave Hezbollah the cue to engage in its favorite “hobby,” namely to turn threats into opportunities. This is what made the Resistance’s military response, and its political and operational implications, akin to turning a new page.
Fundamentally, the Resistance has had its say. Now it’s Israel’s turn. Continue reading The Resistance’s New Equation: Deterrence by Punishment