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The UK COMPLETELY bans support for Hezbollah! (I still want a blow job from Alex Younger)… maybe the EU should follow? (ban the EU? Well! :D)… maybe the US should sanction Lebanon!

“Ban ALL support for Hezbollah (they organise fundraising parties in top London restaurants for fuck sake!)
Maybe the EU should think about doing the same!
… And many top Mossad officials have stated exactly what the solution is… the US puts sanctions on Lebanon!”
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“I still want that blow job off Alex Younger! I’M NOT FUCKING JOKING!”
😀

British report: UK to outlaw Hezbollah’s so-called political wing

Home Secretary Sajid Javid is expected to ‘proscribe the entire Shia organization as a terrorist group,’ according to the report, a move that must be approved by Parliament.

The United Kingdom’s home secretary plans to outlaw all of Hezbollah’s organization this week.

According to a report by The Telegraph report by the paper’s Sunday political editor Edward Malnick, “Sajid Javid is preparing to ban Hezbollah, the Iran-backed militant group, as soon as this week.”

The article said, “The Home Secretary [Sajid Javid] is expected to proscribe the entire Shia organization as a terrorist group, preventing supporters from parading its flag through the streets of Britain. The move will have to be approved by Parliament, raising the prospect that it could be opposed by Jeremy Corbyn, who once referred to members of the group as ‘friends.”’

The United Kingdom and the European Union merely classify Hezbollah’s so-called military wing a terrorist entity. Hezbollah political members operate in the United Kingdom and appear at the annual al-Quds day rally in London with Hezbollah flags. The rally promotes the destruction of the Jewish state.

The Telegraph noted that “it follows warnings by MPs that the UK had created a false distinction by proscribing the military wing of the group but failing to outlaw its political side.”

On Monday, a draft order was laid in Parliament that will proscribe Hezbollah in its entirety alongside Ansaroul Islam and Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM), who operate in the Sahel region in Africa. Subject to the parliament’s approval, from Friday, when the order comes into effect, being a member or invited support from these organizations will be a criminal offence with a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

According to the article, an MP well-versed with Javid’s plan to ban Hezbollah said: “It has been worked on for some time and is now imminent – and long overdue. It was a curious anomaly not to proscribe Hezbollah’s political wing as well given that such a range of other countries had made a similar decision. In the current climate, it is a really strong signal that we won’t tolerate celebrations of terrorism and antisemitism on the streets of the UK.”

The Jerusalem Post reported on articles in the London-based Jewish Chronicle in June and September of 2018 which said Javid was slated to outlaw all of Hezbollah, but the reports did not materialize. Britain banned Hezbollah’s military wing in 2008 because the Lebanese militia attacked UK soldiers in Iraq. However, the United Kingdom allows Hezbollah’s political wing to operate.

The United States, Canada, the Arab League, the Netherlands and Israel consider Hezbollah to be a unified terrorist entity without separate military and political wings.

The European Union designated Hezbollah’s military wing a terrorist organization in 2013 due to Hezbollah’s role in blowing up an Israeli tour bus in Bulgaria, which resulted in deaths of five Israelis and their Bulgarian Muslim bus driver.

An additional 32 Israelis were injured in the terrorist attack. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has steadfastly refused to outlaw all of Hezbollah. German intelligence agencies say there are 950 Hezbollah members in the federal republic who raise funds and recruit new members. Hezbollah members across Germany raise funds, recruit new members and spread antisemitism, according to 2018 German intelligence reports reviewed by the Post.

“We have made it clear that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization and asked all allies to consider the same designation,” US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell told The Washington Examiner in December.

A specialized Bulgarian court for terrorism crimes is currently holding a trial in absentia for the two Hezbollah operatives who participated in blowing up the Israeli bus. The Hezbollah suspects, Lebanese-Australian Meliad Farah and Lebanese-Canadian Hassan El Hajj Hassan, have fled to Lebanon. The Lebanese authorities have refused to extradite the men to Bulgaria. Interpol has issued arrest warrants for the two men.

Reacting to the announcement of the government’s move to proscribe antisemitic, terrorist organization Hezbollah in its entirety, Marie van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Jonathan Goldstein, chair of the Jewish Leadership Council and David Delew, chief executive of the Community Security Trust, said:

“We welcome the Home Secretary’s move to proscribe Hezbollah in full. The Jewish community, including our organizations and leading community newspapers, have long led the call for this ban. Hezbollah was responsible for the deaths of 85 people in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires and remains a threat to Jewish communities around the world, launching deadly attacks against civilians in Israel and Bulgaria and planning for attacks in other places such as Cyprus.”

“The group’s genocidal intentions towards world Jewry were made clear in 1992 when they stated, ‘The war is on until Israel ceases to exist and the last Jew in the world has been eliminated,’” the three continued in their statement. “The case against Hezbollah has grown as the world has witnessed the terrorist organization’s widespread and active complicity in the wanton slaughter of civilians in Syria in support of Bashar al-Assad and his allies. The previously held false distinction, between the ‘political’ and ‘military’ wings, was denied by even the group’s leader Hassan Nasrallah, who said that, ‘The story of military wing and political wing is the work of the British.’”

“This has led to a situation where Hezbollah supporters were free to parade the flags of this antisemitic terrorist organization on the streets of London,” they continued. “Following today’s announcement, we call on all of the relevant authorities to ensure that this will no longer be tolerated. The government, and in particular the Home Secretary and the Foreign Secretary, have our thanks for their leadership on this issue and we encourage other countries to follow suit. We would hope that all political parties would back this measure to secure our community and the rest of the UK from the murderous, antisemitic terrorists of Hezbollah. It is customary for terrorism proscriptions to be supported on a cross-party basis and we call on MPs and peers to back the motions in both Houses of Parliament this week.”

Israel urges EU to follow Britain in full blacklisting of Hezbollah

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel lauded Britain’s decision on Monday to ban Hezbollah and urged the European Union likewise to class the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shi’ite militia and political movement in its entirety as a terrorist organization.
“All who truly wish to combat terror must reject the fake distinction between ‘military’ & ‘political’ wings,” Israeli Security Minister Gilad Erdan said in a tweet thanking his British counterpart, Sajid Javid. “Now is the time for the #EU to follow suit!”

Former Mossad chief reveals revolutionary plan for defeating Hezbollah

In his second solo interview, as part of this extended profile by The Jerusalem Post, Pardo elaborated at length about what was an unheard-of idea until this week…
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After decades rising up the chain, Tamir Pardo was the chief of Israel’s elite, feared and revered Mossad, from 2011 to 2016.

Since Pardo’s intelligence profile and contacts are still more current – unlike other Mossad chiefs who retired long ago – he has been slower to do official solo interviews with the Israeli media.

His first was with Channel 2’s Uvda program which was aired in late May and early June.

In his second solo interview, as part of this extended profile by The Jerusalem Post, Pardo elaborated at length about what was an unheard-of idea until this week: defeating Hezbollah with sanctions led by an alliance of the US, the EU and moderate Sunni-Arab states.

According to Pardo, who can go from being understated to taking over a stage, “The ability to limit the Hezbollah threat with sanctions is 10 times easier than with Iran – and if [US President Donald] Trump would do it now, it would have a big effect on the Iran nuclear standoff.”

Why is his revolutionary idea necessary and how would it work?

“Lebanon is the only state in the world with a terror entity which has more raw power than the country’s army. Hezbollah is Lebanon. It sits in the government and the parliament. It decides all political issues. It is separate from the army and its army is huge. It has lots of fighting experience which should not be taken lightly,” Pardo told the Post.

The waxing-philosophical former Mossad chief continued: “This same organization, Hezbollah, is an inextricable part and operative of a third state – Iran. This model has no comparable analogy in the world.”
DURING THE Second Lebanon War in 2006, there was a concept of attacking Hezbollah without attacking the rest of Lebanon, Pardo explained. But he said this concept is now outdated.

Going into further depth, he said somberly that, “Israel can still carry out a war against Hezbollah. We can solve this theoretically with a war. But now to defeat Hezbollah completely, we would need to invade all the way until northern Lebanon because of their long-range missiles.”

Estimates are that sending ground troops as deep as northern Lebanon would likely entail far higher casualty rates for Lebanese civilians and for IDF troops than were seen even in the war. On top of all that, the Israeli home front would be hit by Hezbollah’s around 130,000 rockets.

Intimating he is reaching the crescendo of a finely laid out framework, Pardo said that in that light, “I argue that we can solve the Lebanese issue with a different and more fitting solution.”

“If Trump announces sanctions against Lebanon like he did against Iran, the Lebanese economy would not be able to last for more than three to four months. Lebanon is not Iran. It is a tiny nation which relies on the West and the Sunni moderate countries,” he said.

“Even if only some aspects of the serious Trump sanctions on Iran were imposed on Lebanon,” he said, this would be much more effective than a war against Hezbollah – if there was “a clear message that sanctions would only be removed if: 1) Hezbollah gave up its arms or was absorbed entirely into the Lebanese army, and 2) Iran has to withdraw its tentacles completely from Lebanon.”
Animated by the discussion, Pardo said this strategy could be a game-changer if it combined “Trump’s ability along with France… and support from the moderate Gulf states – since they have identical interests to us to neutralize Hezbollah, because it is giving them trouble in Yemen and other areas.”

“I think it is very sad that this strategy has not been carried out,” because it is “much easier for other countries to close their eyes and let Israel deal with Hezbollah alone,” said the former spy chief.

He continued, “They are closing their eyes to Iran getting into Syria through Hezbollah… Hezbollah’s involvement with Iraqi Shi’ite militias… [and] Yemen and even Iranian actions through Hezbollah in Africa.”

Pardo admitted that, in the short term, sanctions would harm Lebanon’s Sunni and Christian communities. But he said this harm would pale compared to the harm against them if there was a general war between Israel and Hezbollah.

WHAT ARE Pardo’s views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Here, he is more circumspect. But, in a variety of ways including public speeches, it can be gathered that he believes the single biggest problem is that Israel must decide for itself what borders and solution it wants, get consensus and then implement it soon.

This could be done through negotiations or unilaterally.

It is likely that Pardo, whose natural inclination is to sit as the skeptic, would say that in the near-term, Israel will need to make decisions unilaterally because the Fatah West Bank and Hamas Gaza Palestinians cannot unite now.

Furthermore, his view is that there can be no negotiated deal until they unite and sign on to an agreement together.

How should Israel decide the intractable questions of borders and Jerusalem with so many polar-opposite political viewpoints?

It would seem that Pardo would support Israel deciding on its borders, including Jerusalem, by a referendum which offers multiple options. The options could be everything from an almost complete West Bank withdrawal and the Palestinians taking the predominantly Arab Jerusalem neighborhoods like Shuafat, to no West Bank withdrawal at all.

His view is that if the Palestinians later made a peace-deal offer and asked for additional areas in return, then Israel could address that offer when it comes up. But at least Israel would have set borders and will need to invest sufficient funds in Arab areas it is keeping that may currently be in limbo.
Pardo stands behind his earlier public statements that even former prime ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert were not ready to set Israel’s borders and so hedged on the issue.

He foresees a disaster over the horizon if Israel does not resolve its conflict with the Palestinians, though preferring not to play the prophet, he would not set an exact date for the disaster.

If there is no end date, why couldn’t the conflict go on endlessly?

The former spy chief’s view would be that it will not go on endlessly and that not knowing the end date is actually a scary thing.
Pardo believes that Israel must resolve the borders issue before the demographic problem ends the possibility of the two-state solution and leaves only the one-state possibility.

Unfortunately, if Israel does not solve the issue, he thinks that whoever emerges to resolve it for Israel will seek to force a solution which will be worse than if the country resolves it for itself.

WHAT ABOUT all of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s achievements diplomatically with India and other countries – and this despite not having resolved the Palestinian issue?

Pardo would say that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi visiting Israel proved nothing because he also told the Palestinian Authority everything they wanted to hear when he visited them.

Netanyahu’s achievements with India, Africa and elsewhere may help on the margins, according to Pardo’s thinking, but they will not change the UN, the moderate Sunni states or most of the world’s view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He would say that anyone who thinks otherwise is living in a dream world.

Likewise, he sees Trump’s moving the US embassy to Jerusalem as less significant than it could have been if it had been done as part of a deal with the Palestinians.

How does he view the current Iranian nuclear standoff and other threats?

It can be gathered that Pardo thinks it will take time to see the impact of the US sanctions on Iran which really only fully started on August 6.

While some have cited the current wave of Iranian domestic protests as stemming from the new sanctions, he would argue that the protests are a result of several chronic economic problems in Iran which predate these sanctions.

At the top of his list for causes are the corruption of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and Tehran investing funds gained in the Iran nuclear deal into foreign adventures instead of into the Islamic Republic’s domestic scene.

REGARDING TRUMP’S leaving the deal, the former Mossad chief had opposed the withdrawal of the US. He believed it would give Washington less leverage and impact, making the situation more dangerous.

Furthermore, he was concerned that the US leaving the deal could be part of it moving further out of the Middle East altogether, which could be very bad for Israel.

In any event, he is convinced that Trump’s leaving the deal will lead to a new deal at some point.

He would say with a playful wink that there is no doubt that whoever signs the new deal will say it is a better deal. But Pardo did not trust Iran’s word after the first deal and will not believe them after any “ultimate deal” the US gets later. Quite simply, he believes that the current regime in Tehran has no credibility for keeping deals.

Nor does he put any faith in stopping the Islamic Republic from obtaining a nuclear weapon through a narrowly tailored one-time military attack on its nuclear facilities.

He would confidently say that if, at the final point of no return, Israel had to attack Iran’s nuclear program, it would find a way to deal with Iran’s newer anti-missile systems – no matter how advanced. In fact, that very confidence is why he would oppose attacking at any earlier time.

RATHER, HIS view would be that there are three ways Iran could be stopped from going nuclear.

The first is a full invasion, which he thinks is a bad idea. The second is convincing Iran through a variety of coercive measures to back off – which he would say is exceedingly difficult. The third is internal regime change. While regime change could happen, he would not be able to predict whether it will happen in three days or 30 years, if at all.

After all of that, always full of surprises, Pardo’s view would be that Iran’s conventional weapons threaten Israel more than its nuclear program (at least as things currently stand.)

He also believes that it is a major problem that Israel has let Iran use Hezbollah for many years – and now to have its proxies on Israel’s Syrian border, while the IDF has no equivalent border with Iran.

One thing is for sure: as more time passes since Pardo’s retirement, we will only hear more no-holds-barred commentary about current major security questions from the man who, until just over two years ago, lived in the shadows and was largely responsible for the fate of the nation.

US denied Israeli request to slap sanctions on Lebanon, official reportedly says

Pompeo said to reject Netanyahu’s proposal for economic embargo on Beirut, during meeting last week a day before tunnel operation launched
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The United States denied an Israeli request to place sanctions on Lebanon, a day before the IDF launched an operation to uncover and destroy what it says is a network of cross-border tunnels snaking into the country from its northern neighbor, a senior Israeli official has reportedly said.
Meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayahu in Brussels last Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rejected the premier’s proposal to slap Beirut with a an economic embargo for its ostensible support for Hezbollah, Haaretz quoted a senior Israeli official as saying on Wednesday.

Pompeo reportedly cited the US’s strategic ties with Lebanon.
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Instead, the secretary of state agreed to increase measures against the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist group, which Israel says planned to used the tunnels as a surprise component of an opening salvo in a future war, to allow dozens or hundreds of terrorists into Israel, alongside a mass infiltration of operatives above-ground and the launching of rockets, missiles, and mortar shells at northern Israel.

Pompeo told Netanyahu during the meeting that the US was committed to “confronting the totality of the Iranian regime’s threats through maximum pressure,” according to a State Department statement released at the time.
In a public statement before the closed-door talks, Netanyahu thanked Pompeo for the administration’s “strong” stance on Iran, and said he looked forward to discussing joint Israeli-US efforts to “curb Iran’s aggression in the region, in Syria, in Iraq, in Lebanon and elsewhere.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pictured in front of a menorah on the second night of the Hanukkah festival, during their meeting on the sidelines of a NATO conference in Brussels, Belgium, on December 3, 2018. (Gaby Farkash/GPO)
Netanyahu told Pompeo that sanctions were justified against Lebanon as it was responsible for Hezbollah’s violation of UN Resolution 1701 which set the terms for the end of the 2006 war between Israel and the terror group, the official was reported as saying.
On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives approved a bill that would target for sanctions Hezbollah and the Gaza-based Hamas terror group for using civilians as human shields, guaranteeing that it will become law.
“This critical and timely legislation mandates new sanctions against Hamas, Hezbollah and foreign state agencies that use civilians as human shields or provide support to those doing so,” the American Israel Public Affairs Committee said in a statement after the House passed the bill. The Senate passed the measure in October.
The bill calls Hezbollah and Hamas “repeated” practitioners of an action that violates international law. It notes reports that Hezbollah is concealing missiles in villages in Lebanon and that Hamas routinely

Amid the ongoing tunnel operation, Netanyahu on Tuesday warned Hezbollah that it would face an “unimaginable” response if it tried to interfere with IDF efforts.
Netanyahu made the threat while touring the northern border, where troops have been working since last week to find the attack tunnels and render them unusable.
“If Hezbollah makes the mistake, and decides, in any way, to attack us or to oppose our operation, they will be hit with unimaginable blows,” Netanyahu vowed, as the army said it uncovered a third Hezbollah cross-border attack tunnel that penetrated Israeli territory from southern Lebanon.
The army said it had drilled into the passage and planted explosives inside it to ensure it cannot be used.
Netanyahu said the army had secretly tracked the tunnel-digging project before launching Operation Northern Shield, deflecting criticism that the military had allowed the terror group to build up attack infrastructure under the border.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) tours the northern border to see IDF operations to uncover the Hezbollah attack tunnels on December 11, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
“They thought they were undetected, but we knew and we planned,” Netanyahu said. “We kept it secret and it did not leak. We have planned this with great attention to detail and we are carrying out exactly what we planned.”
The army has also said it is aware of the existence of other tunnels, but has yet to fully expose them.
The operation has raised tensions of a possible fresh conflict on the volatile border, which has seen two wars in recent decades, though Lebanon has downplayed chances of war so long as Israeli troops do not cross the border. UN peacekeepers have also stepped up patrols to ensure the frontier remains calm.
Netanyahu said Israel was “completely prepared” for any challenges.

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