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Limited Israeli tank incursions into Gaza. Can hear the shelling from the office balcony.
If something huge and terrible doesn't happen in some other area, in the next elections the Likud will be depicted as the poodle of Shas and United Torah Judaism, Haaretz said.
The other arena Netanyahu and his aide Defense Minister Ehud Barak are eyeing, according to the senior official, is the Lebanese arena. In a few days they will have a "battle-hungry chief of staff after their own hearts."
He said incoming Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Yoav Galant proved in Operation Cast Lead that he is a real man's man no less than Kadima MK Shaul Mofaz was as Chief of Staff during the days of the second intifada - before he repurposed himself from the General Staff camp to the peace camp.
The risk that an attack on Lebanon will elicit a missile attack on Israel does not deter real men like them, who would have shown the Iranians who the boss is here were it not for the Americans, the official added.
He predicted that this time an attack on Hizbullah will not end without a war with Syria. The way Damascus has been behaving -- since the start of the investigation into the Hariri assassination and up until the collapse of the Lebanese government on the eve of the filing of the indictments -- shows the close connections between the Alawite minority regime and the Shiite organization, the official believed.
The Israeli army has drawn up plans to dig massive bunkers inside mountains throughout Israel to prevent missile fire from targeting sensitive equipment and advanced munitions, The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday.
The multi-million-dollar plan was set up by the army's Logistics and Technology Directorate, and is set to receive a dedicated budget from the General Staff in the military's next multi-year plan – expected to go into effect in 2012, it said.
Israeli tanks, military vehicles and bulldozers were seen entering two areas of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, prompting an armed faction to fire on a force in the south, and two saying a joint operation fired on the northern force.
Shortly after the reports surfaced, a statement was received by Ma'an from the Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades, the armed wing of the PFLP, and Fatah's Al-Aqsa Brigades, in which the groups announced a joint attack on an Israeli bulldozer.
The brigades said the attack caused the bulldozer to catch fire, and said immediately after the "sky filled with planes" looking for the attackers.
Israeli tank shelling east of Beit Hanoun- artillery shelling in eastern Jabalia
IDF fire rocket at explosives-carrying operatives
IDF troops launched a tank rocket at two terrorists that came near the border fence in the north of the Gaza Strip, apparently carrying explosives. At least one of the operatives was hit.
Israel/Gaza 7 Israeli tank and bulldozer went into Gaza. Claims 1 militant with explosives was killed. Earlier a rocket fired into Israel.
A 17 year old Palestinian was killed today and three other young Palestinians wounded by Israeli fire in northern Gaza
7:58pm Hizbullah sources to MTV: What happened this morning is a direct message to the local and foreign forces. Hizbullah is inclined to make a series of escalatory steps.
7:54pm High-ranking Hizbullah source to MTV: Time for talking is over, it is time for action now. The other camp wants confrontation, so be it.
Arab media outlets report Shiite group held drill simulating takeover of Lebanese capital, surroundings after Hariri indictments are filed. Among the targets – United Nations headquarters in Lebanon
According to a Kuwaiti newspaper and Lebanese media, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah is preparing for the possibility Hezbollah will be indicted, and not just on the political level.
Sources close to the group said that the drill was "a real and weaponless maneuver meant to test the plan to take over Beirut and its surroundings including the port and airport. The sources said the exercise was scheduled to last four hours, but eventually ended after two, and hailed a success.
The drill was conducted in the early morning hours on Tuesday. When word of the drill spread across Beirut panic took over and many residents pulled their kids from their schools.
"This maneuver illustrates the fact that Hezbollah has moved on to a new stage in dealing with the indictments," a Lebanese source said. "Nasrallah has already stressed that the stage after the indictments are filed will not be as same as the previous one." The sources added this was not the last drill.
Saudi Arabia abandons Lebanon mediation efforts (Reuters)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said Wednesday that Riyadh has abandoned mediation efforts in Lebanon, where he described the situation as "dangerous."
Saudi King Abdullah and Syrian President Bashar Assad had been in contact "with commitment to end the whole Lebanon problem," said the foreign minister in an interview with Arab satellite TV network al-Arabiya.
"When that did not happen, the custodian of the holy mosques said he was pulling his hand out" from the effort, he told the Saudi-owned TV channel.
Describing the situation in Lebanon as "dangerous," Faisal expressed fears of division in the multi-confessional nation.
"If the situation reaches full separation and (regional) partition, this means the end of Lebanon as a state that has this model of peaceful cohabitation between (different) religions and ethnicities," he added.
10:58am Hizbullah statement: Nasrallah discussed the “proposed solutions” with the foreign ministers of Turkey and Qatar.
11:18am Belgium’s ambassador after meeting with Caretaker Minister Butros Harb: The situation in Lebanon is unstable because the country is in an unstable region.
11:29am Israeli warplanes overflew Nabatiyeh, Iqlim al-Tuffah, Kfarkila and Khiam and staged mock raids.
2:02pm The March 14 general-secretariat described the resignation of March 8 ministers as an escape from their national responsibilities.
2:05pm March 14 vowed to continue to defend Lebanon against the coup that aims at turning it into an Iranian base on the Mediterranean shores.
From 2010 : Syria warns Israel: `Next war will come to your cities
Remember October 2009 :
Clashes erupt in north Lebanon between pro-Hezbollah, pro-parliament activists (DPA)
January 4 2010 :
Hamas official in Beirut: If Israel attacks, Hamas will stand by Hezbollah (Ch. 10)
January 23 2010 :
Likud Min. Peled: Israel is heading toward confrontation with Hezbollah (Ch. 10)
February 25 2010 :
IDF wraps up Northern Command drill simulating war with Hezbollah, Syria (Ch. 10)
April 18 2010 :
`Israeli minister said Syria will return to stone age if Hezbollah attacks Israel` (Ch. 10)
May 25 2010 :
Hezbollah's Nasrallah threatens to attack Israel-bound ships in future war (Reuters)
August 3 2010 :
Nasrallah: Hezbollah will respond if Israel assaults Lebanese army in the future (Reuters)
August 12 2010 :
Lebanon PM: Hezbollah showed serious evidence against Israel in Hariri killing (Ch. 10)
August 28 :
Kuwaiti newspaper: Israel planning to strike Hezbollah weapons depots in Syria (Army Radio)
September 18 :
Report: Israel complains to UN, claiming ties between Lebanon army, Hezbollah (News Agencies)
September 21 :
Next Israel-Hezbollah war will be worse, says U.S. analyst (Haaretz)
November 10 :
IDF: Hezbollah refused Hamas request to bomb Israel during Gaza war (Haaretz)
Reports from Lebanon suggest a steadily escalating confrontation between Iran's Hizbullah and pro-Western gov't
8:10pm Hizbullah sources to MTV: Opposition factions are on alert and Hizbullah’s cadres have been informed that a state of emergency is in effect.
The source added that this is one of the steps toward carrying out a complete coup against the government.
8:08pm Hariri sources to MTV: The stances he has informed Bin Jassem and Davutoglu of will not be affected by “street messages.”
7:51pm OTV: Groups from two Arab countries, which are at odds with the Opposition and the Resistance, have been deployed in the vicinity of several hotels.
Riot Police deployed at Grand Serail
Al Balad : a source close to the gov't fears clashes this weekend throughout
Al Balad : barbed wires have been installed around the serail (headquarters of the Prime Minister of Lebanon)
Future News: PM Saad Hariri will make a speech to the Lebanese at 7 p.m. to discuss recent developments
3:34pm MP Hussein Moussawi: Bellemare’s signature on the slanderous indictment prepares the ground for a war on Lebanon and the Resistance; the U.S. administration’s welcoming of this signature confirms the collusion between the STL and that administration.
Albalad: bulldozers working to set up concrete barriers around the Grand Serail (headquarters of the Prime Minister of Lebanon)
prospective deputy Walid Jumblatt to speak at 6 pm
Albalad: possibility of holding a summit Lebanese - Syria - in the country during the next few hours
Lebanese Army arrested "Arab security personnels" in Habtoor metropolitan hotel, Jadeed TV said they are more than 250 most of them saudi
siyese : Jumblatt will support Karami as prime minister
Tanks were seen around the palace and the headquarters of the Lebanese government minister after the reference sources close to Hezbollah followers to be ready to go to the street.
AnNahar confirms reports of Jumblatt taking opposition´s stance due 2 heavy pressure exerted on him; will vote 4 Karami as PM.
Hisham Youssef, Arab League Chief of Staff:Situation in LEB could explode any time if parties insist on their position
source tells albalad "chances are the new gouv't be formed next week, karami as PM"
Albalad: sources confirmed that the leadership of the army to "Full attention" of any action on a field as possible and strengthened units operating in Beirut
The opposition has planned ten “scenarios for future mobilization that will be announced subsequently,” the source said.
Al-Arabiya quoting March 14 source: PSP leader MP Walid Jumblatt completely joins opposition
“As far as I am concerned, what is happening means that Hezbollah has decided to resort to military action and to pursue the coup it launched by withdrawing its ministers from the government last week,” Majdalani told AFP on Thursday.
OTV: Hariri might withdraw his candidacy
March 14 Source forecast the future stream of benzene masses to the streets of the Lebanese capital Beirut after Hariri's speech
OTV: Hariri will withdraw his candidacy for the premiership
Lebanon is in a catch 22, either side with Hariri and face the wrath of Hezbollah or side with Hezbollah and face the wrath of Israel
Head of the Intelligence Department of the Italian Army, Adriano Santini, arrived on Thursday in Beirut with an accompanying delegation, aboard a private jet.
Sec Clinton says any decision about #Lebanon must be made by Lebanese; all international efforts must support Lebanese in their decisions.
Hariri: strove to prevent sedition from Lebanon
hariri: "we will not resort to violence. we will respect the constitution and its institutions."
alihashem: Hariri's stance today is a preemptive strike, getting his supporter to the streets before the opposition can form their cabinet
Hariri: "we will take part in consultations with the president next Monday and we will commit to my candidacy as PM."
Hariri Said: May Gods curse be upon civil strive (looking deep in the camera and making a gest with his head) AND ANY person that makes steps to civil strife!
Qatar and Turkey are following Saudi Arabia and Syria to stop their efforts on Lebanon - and the situation is serious
Originally posted by Cherryontop
Thank you for all the updates.
Watching the situation closely.
It is overly simplistic for the international media to make this recent collapse of the government only about Hezbollah. It is about the Lebanese struggle for independence, both militarily and ideologically."
"Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday issued a warning to Israel and the United States and some European countries, calling on them to "stop the incitement to sedition" in Lebanon if they do not want to turn people against it.
It quoted Nasrallah as assuring the delegation that the Opposition has a "new approach" following the submittal of the indictment to pre-trial judge Daniel Fransen on Monday.
"What was proposed before issuance of the indictment is no longer applicable," Nasrallah was quoted as telling Davutoglu and Sheikh Hamad..."
The ASVAB is a timed multi-aptitude test, which is given at over 14,000 schools and Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) nationwide and is developed and maintained by the Department of Defense.
Democratic Gathering bloc leader MP Walid Jumblatt reportedly decided to side with the opposition during the upcoming parliamentary consultations to name a new premier.
Speaker Nabih Berri’s political aide, MP Ali Hassan Khalil, and Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s political aide, Hussein Khalil, travelled to Damascus on Thursday to meet with the country’s officials, New TV reported.
10:08pm Future News: The sound of an explosion has been heard in Sidon and its suburbs.
10:21pm Information obtained by NBN: Reports about an explosion in Sidon are groundless.
10:35pm Future News: March 14 leaders stressed that the coalition will vote for caretaker PM Saad Hariri in the upcoming parliamentary consultations.
Update: Future TV reported that the Israeli warplanes broke the sound barrier at a low altitude over Sidon and this may have been source of the noise that sounded like an explosion.
people being stopped by army at check points