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ISRAEL MAY TRY TO STOP HEZBOLLAH FROM GETTING WEAPONS FOR THE FIRST TIME
July 21 2012
Jerusalem, Israel – Looking at the heartache and chaos inside Syria it’s easy to be angry, frustrated, and sad. It is, after all, an ever unfolding humanitarian tragedy that has extended well beyond politics and sovereignty. That was made clear the first time government forces decided to kill women and children in a deliberate slaughter.
That shift, away from two sides fighting a war, altered the dynamic of the conflict and effectively ensured that no amount of politicking or negotiation was ever going to bring about a happy solution, at least not unto itself. It has also ensured that the conflict will keep raging, real passions now fueling it.
Because the war has become so widespread and so aggressive it means that it has also extended beyond the borders of Syria itself. Refugees have started to flee into neighbouring nations such as Turkey and Lebanon. Turkey has increased security along the border to deal with possible conflicts akin to the kind that shot down their fighter a few weeks back. Israel, too, the long-time nemesis of the Syrian government has started to express concerns that many of most dangerous weapons, primarily chemical, will start to make their way to groups such as Hezbollah which would make them a real and potent threat for the first time and provoking a desire to actually stop the weapons before they get to the fighters.
“I have instructed the military to increase its intelligence preparations and prepare what is needed so that we will be able to consider carrying out an operation,” said defence minister Ehud Barak. “We are following ... the possible transfer of advanced munitions systems, mainly anti-aircraft missiles or heavy ground-to-ground missiles, but there could also be a possibility of the transfer of chemical means from Syria to Lebanon.”
Normally Israel has turned a blind eye to weapon transports from Syria to Hezbollah because they are crummy weapons and give Israel another enemy in the region.
Syria has the world’s largest collection of chemical weapons and no one seems to know what’s going on with them.
“The danger here is pretty clear. Israel is fine with Hezbollah getting their silly little rockets that they almost need to toss over the border but if Hezbollah gets their hands on more formidable weaponry, the kind used by governments, that will change the equation dramatically and force their hand,” said Scrape TV Middle East analyst David Gershwin. “It’s been a long time since they attacked Hezbollah and I’m sure more than a few people are itching to get back in the game and them possessing weapons of mass destruction, well, that’s a good reason to get back in the war.”
Syria has long been the primary supplier of weapons, mostly cast-off garbage, to Hezbollah which controls the southern half of Lebanon.
“They are obviously fine with Hezbollah getting old rifles and makeshift rockets and the like but if they are able to get ahold of real weapons it will mark a shift in the arrangement the two countries have and force Israel to strike which I’m sure they will be just fine with,” continued Gershwin. “It has been like six years since they attacked Lebanon and so they have to be getting a little eager to get things going again. This could be the perfect excuse and reason to start that whole thing up again and would actually be legitimate so all power to them.”
Hezbollah has not commented on possibly getting Syrian chemical weapons but everyone is pretty sure they would like to have them.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent