Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hezbollah retaliates for Israeli first strike- Missile hits IDF convoy

Israel has launched a ground invasion into Lebanon
A UN peacekeeper was also killed in southern Lebanon, in an incident likely related to the border flare-up.
A missile fired by the Lebanese Hezbollah group struck an Israeli military convoy on Wednesday, an apparent retaliation for a deadly airstrike attributed to Israel that killed six Hezbollah fighters in Syria earlier this month.
Israel reported unspecified casualties from the attack, and its military said it responded with aerial and ground attacks into Lebanon, including at least 50 artillery shells according to Lebanese officials. A Spanish peacekeeper was killed in southern Lebanon, in what the United Nations said was an incident likely related to the border flare-up.
Lieut. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman, said there were Israeli casualties in the attack, but did not elaborate. The military said it was responding with aerial and ground strikes on Hezbollah positions. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would respond “forcefully.”
In a statement, Hezbollah said its fighters destroyed a number of Israeli vehicles that were carrying Israeli officers and soldiers and caused casualties among “enemy ranks.”

The Israeli military said an anti-tank missile hit an Israeli military vehicle near the Israeli-Lebanese border on Wednesday, and said residents of the area had been ordered to remain in their homes.
An hour later, mortars were fired at several Israeli military locations on Mount Dov and Mount Hermon, the Israeli military said
 Can't forget the Israeli strikes on Syria!

More on Israel's twin hits on Syria- IAF and Shelling


 UPDATE # 1:
Seven IDF  soldiers lightly to moderately injured -2 IDF soldiers dead
Lebanon's foreign ministry denounced the Israeli shelling and airstrikes on Hezbollah targets in Lebanese territory on Wednesday, which followed an attack on Israeli soldiers, which left at least seven injured and two dead. 
Liberman calls for disproportionate response
 UPDATE # 2:
 Or were 15 IDF soldiers killed?  IDF Vehicle Comes Under Fire on Lebanon Border, 15 Israeli Soldiers Killed

  Israeli artillery fire killed the UN peacekeeper (I suspected as much when reading the early reporting) 
 BEIRUT // A United Nations peacekeeper was killed in southern Lebanon on Wednesday by Israeli artillery shells.

Before the  (Hezbollah) attack, Israel had deployed tanks and drones along the frontier at several points
 So, here is my question:  Did Israel strike the area the UN peacekeeper was stationed in,  to kick this whole thing off ? What is the timeline? 

UPDATE # 4: Spain blames Israel for death of peacekeeper 

Spain's ambassador to the United Nations is blaming Israel for the death of a Spanish U.N. peacekeeper during the Israeli military's exchange of fire with the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group in a disputed border area.
"It was because of this escalation of violence, and it came from the Israeli side," Spanish Ambassador Roman Oyarzun Marchesi told reporters.
 The U.N. peacekeeper has been identified as Cpl. Francisco Javier Soria Toledo, 36, and U.N. officials have said only that the cause of his death is under investigation.
The Security Council condemned the peacekeeper's death in the strongest terms and offered its deepest sympathies.

Again, I ask did Israel strike the area the UN peacekeeper was stationed in, to provoke a response from Hezbollah?  The Spanish Ambassador said-" this escalation of violence came from the Israeli side"

Brief but extremely relevant digression!

For the Canadians and other interested readers: Israel has targeted many a UN peacekeeper, through the years, including those stationed in Lebanon- Including a Canadian! Which was hushed up dam quick by the Canadian government! 2006- Stephen(loves Israel more then Canada) Harper
Hess-von Kruedener, from Kingston, Ont.,was one of the observers killed in a bomb shelter under a building marked as a UN post. 
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has suggested the post was deliberately targeted.
Killed in a bomb shelter under a building marked, clearly as a UN post
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he doesn't believe Israel deliberately attacked a United Nations post in southern Lebanon in a bombing that killed four UN observers, including a Canadian.
"I certainly doubt that to be the case," Harper said on Wednesday
However... this man's wife/widow, made it very clear that Israel was attacking the UN post and this was corroborated by reports at the time-

 Cynthia Hess-Von Krudener, widow of the dead Canadian peacekeeper asserts that Israel intended to destroy the bunker. She says that in the days prior to his death, her husband emailed her with concerns about Israeli bombing of Lebanese schools and hospitals. One of his emails speaks about Israel waging “a campaign of terror against the Lebanese people.” Ms. Hess-Von Krudener believes that Israel destroyed the UN post to silence the reports of the peacekeepers: Obviously they [the Israelis] were unhappy with what they [the peacekeepers] were observing. Maybe that post was in the way as well. I know my husband was reporting war crimes. And I guess [the Israelis] don’t want to deal with that.”
"In a briefing note to the UN, Jane Lute,assistant secretary general for peacekeeping operations, said the IDF had been repeatedly firing too close to the patrol base on Tuesday."
Ireland's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that a senior Irish soldier working in south Lebanon warned the Israelis six times that they were putting the lives of UN observers in danger with their air strikes.
"On six separate occasions, he was in contact with the Israelis to warn them that their bombardment was endangering the lives of UN staff in south Lebanon," said aspokesperson forIreland's Department of Foreign Affairs
"He warned, 'You have to address this problem or lives may be lost.'"
 Lives were lost. At the hands of the IDF and Canada's so called Prime Minister excused the loss of a Canadian life. This is why I ask repeatedly if Israel struck the peacekeeper as a provocation? This is Israel's modus operundi.


  1. Was this the retaliation that Iran promised? Or was this merely retaliation for the latest round of airstrikes?

    Yesterday Syrian troops battling near Lebanon Border

    Assad yesterday reiterating what Hez has been saying re the Takfiri

    Iran just dropped the dollar in trade....warning shot on talks? Yesterday Iran and Russia announced a joint clearing bank in the shadow of reports of S3/400 deliveries

    Through it all another failed Lebanon Presidential vote, the 18th

    Greek outcome about to make things interesting. Revival of the Burgas (emphasis) Pipeline?

    Ditto Brazil...
    Brazil Hopes to Ink Pantsir-S1 Air Defense Deal With Russia by Mid-2015

    Perhaps the only question now is when the S&P moves on Brazil? The same hedges who are behind the Argentina fight are pushing the Petrobras "default" fight.

    1. Given way the markets traded today and he precedent of strong dollar collapses. Asian, 87, the fed is probably begging for a Russia or Iran push. Russia learning escalation is the name of game. So far it has been one sided. Russian ministry said there was plenty to act on if Russia wanted to retaliate for the spy allegations.

    2. I expected the US market was going to be a bit more lively today given the Fed decision?
      But, it wasn't? Perhaps the market had already figured, as I did , the interest rate increase wasn't going to happen.
      We shall see what tomorrow brings

    3. This morning Canada printed a negative monthly GDP after US gdp missed. Mexico currency is under assault while the Canadian dollar has wilted. Mexico is probably the more interesting case at the moment going back to the student (there it is again) kidnappings. Nieto is in trouble but why? Reform under delivery? Something else? Nieto has been cozy of late - like his Latam peers - with Russia and China. Maybe a coincidence but the gas explosion yesterday was in front of a children ward (meme) and the company that owned the truck was Nieto. Strange times.

  2. Revenge is so sweet! You should see how the idf supporters are crying foul on Facebook. Last week they were cheering like children.

    Links for the s300 talks please?

    1. I found this news regarding iran and russia talking s300

      Moscow and Tehran have signed military cooperation deal that implies wider collaboration in personnel training and counter-terrorism activities. It may also resolve the situation concerning the delivery of Russian S300 missiles, Iranian media reported.

      Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and his Iranian counterpart Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan, signed the document during a visit by Russia’s top brass to Iran’s capital on Tuesday.

      Under the new agreement, the broadened cooperation will include military personnel training exchanges, increased counter-terrorism cooperation and enhanced capabilities for both countries’ Navies to use each other’s ports more frequently.

  3. re iran dropping dollar

    Iran no longer uses the US dollar in trade with foreign countries. Instead, Iran employs other currencies like the Chinese yuan, euro, Turkish lira, and Russian ruble, explained Deputy Head of the Central Bank of Iran Gholamali Kamyab

    I did hear the news about the revival of the Burgas Pipeline
    more on that here

  4. I updated the post with information on the Spanish Ambassador to the UN blaming Israel and a blast from the past- when Israel bombed UN peacekeepers in 2006, killing one Canadian- An incident PM Harper downplayed.

  5. "I ask repeatedly if Israel struck the peacekeeper as a provocation?"
    I suspect not in this case but I do think it was deliberate.

    My take, for what it's worth:

    Originally a Syrian village Ghajar, where the 'blue-hat' was killed, is a weeping sore for UN, Lebanon and Israel. It seems some bureaucrat has arbitrarily drawn the 'blue line' through the middle of Ghajar creating a problem (from Israel's POV) of border security. It appears that the villagers themselves are now dependent on Israel and have no great desire to be attached to Lebanon.

    2001: Divided village of Ghajar poses new quandary for UN
    "UN to be entrusted with preventing entry of Hizbullah forces"

    2006: Israel to hand over north Ghajar to UN,7340,L-3335576,00.html

    2010: US, UN Welcome Israeli Ghajar Withdrawal Plan

    2010: Ghajar residents distraught as Israel prepares to split town (they are dependent on Israel for services)

    2013: Israel Fencing Off Lebanese Village Would Violate UN Resolution

    So, from their perspective, Israel has been prevented from building a security wall and the UN has been entrusted with border security around Ghajar. That security has failed - the bargain has been broken and the pound of flesh must be extracted - so the UNIFIL base has been deliberately targeted by the IDF for 'breach of contract'.

    1. "UNIFIL base" wasn't a good choice of words. The very few media reporting it at all say 'UN position' which I guess means a watch-tower or check-point, etc; but not a 'base' where there would be a large density of personnel.

    2. Thanks for that info Gimlet- I didn't doubt for a minute that Israel targeted the UN peacekeeper, intentionally. Israel has done that so often, that it's par for the course, IMO

  6. From twitter:

    Carolina Valladares @CarolinaValla16 · 2h 2 hours ago
    #Spain diplomatic sources tell me difficult not to know the coordinates of #UNIFIL control positions - they can easily be seen from #Israel

    Carolina Valladares @CarolinaValla16 · 21h 21 hours ago
    #Spanish soldier killed by #Israel in UNIFIL mission was on duty at #UN post 428 in Abasiya, #Lebanon - tell me Spanish diplomatic sources

    and a picture of the watchtower-

  7. Ahh those pesky Hezbollah, talk about an army which has no tanks nor jets giving the other side who is armed to the teeth a hiding they deserve, Penny, what you write is mainly old news ( not trying to be a smart arse or demeaning you) there is so much more, it would take me months to write up what i know/learned, but i have limited time for myself.

    Yours faithfully.


    P.S, keep up the good work, i am watching your page btw almost everyday.