Israelis ‘at risk from Hizbollah assassins’

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 5, 2009

The Israeli defence establishment is readying itself for another round of warfare with Hizbollah following fears that the Lebanese movement is planning an operation against Israelis overseas and stepping up its efforts to rearm itself with weapons that would change the balance of power.

February 12 is the first anniversary of the assassination of Hizbollah’s operations chief, Imad Mughniyeh, in a car bomb in Damascus. Hizbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah last week blamed the Mossad for the assassination.


Alert after attacks from Lebanon

By Yaakov Katz, January 14, 2009

The IDF is on heightened alert along the Lebanese border out of fear that Hizbollah will attack Israel while it is preoccupied with its war in the south.

The alert level was raised immediately after Israel began the operation in Gaza and increased after four Katyusha rockets hit the northern city of Nahariya last week, lightly injuring two people. On Sunday, gunshots were fired at an IDF patrol in the Golan Heights and three more rockets hit the north on Wednesday morning.


Review: Waltz with Bashir

By Gerald Aaron, November 20, 2008

"Waltz with Bashir," says Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman of his extraordinary and disturbing evocation of the horrors of the First Lebanon War of the early 1980s, "was always meant to be an animated documentary.
"For a few years, I had the basic idea for the film in my mind but I was not happy at all to do it in real life... Then I figured out it could only be done in animation with fantastic drawings."


Israel will ‘never discover’ Arad’s fate

July 18, 2008

Israel will probably never find out the fate of missing navigator Ron Arad, a senior Israeli figure said this week.

Last weekend, Hizbollah delivered a dossier on its efforts to locate the navigator, who bailed out over Lebanon 22 years ago, as part of the prisoner deal.


First grisly stage of prisoner swap begins

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 11, 2008

The IDF Chaplains Corps began exhuming bodies from a special graveyard this week as part of the first stage of the prisoner exchange between Israel and Hizbollah.

For its part, Hizbollah presented their preliminary report on missing IAF navigator Ron Arad, shot down over Lebanon in 1986.


Hizbollah, Israel settle terms of prisoner swap

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 4, 2008

Israel is due to receive Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, captured two years ago, in the next two weeks in return for five Lebanese prisoners and the bodies of 10 Hizbollah fighters.

The cabinet voted this Sunday in favour of the plan despite Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warning that the two soldiers are presumed to be dead.


You can’t be Hizbollah now: UK to ban support for group

By Bernard Josephs, July 3, 2008

Support for the armed wing of the Lebanese Hizbollah militia is to be barred under Britain’s anti-terrorism laws, the Home Office announced on Wednesday.

The group’s external security organisation was already included in the government’s list of outlawed terror groups, drawn up under legislation passed eight years ago. Now Hizbollah’s entire military structure is to be banned. This reflects UK anger that the organisation, which faced Israel in the second Lebanon war, also supports terrorism against British troops in Iraq.


Prisoner swap close as families cling to hope

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 20, 2008

A prisoner deal between Israel and Hizbollah is a “matter of days” away, according to Israeli officials, as the families of the captured israeli soldiers cling to hope they might still be alive.

In the deal, Israel will transfer to Lebanon convicted murderer Samir Kuntar and four Hizbollah members. Israel will receive its two soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, who were captured two years ago. The unofficial assumption in Israel is that the soldiers are dead.


Hizbollah ‘eager’ to do prisoner swap

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 30, 2008

Hizbollah has indicated that it is eager to reach a prisoner-swap deal with Israel, which will include the two captured Israeli soldiers and six Lebanese prisoners being held by Israel.

Lebanese media outlets close to Hizbollah have been reporting an impending deal this week, although Israeli sources suggest this is an effort by Hizbollah to push the negotiations forward.