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February 17, 2011

Tensions rising in Israel as Hezbollah's leader calls for "Holy warriors of the Islamic Resistance" to prepare to invade Israel

Topics: Israel

As Robert Spencer points out, with the Muslim Brotherhood advancing in Egypt and already talking about setting aside the Camp David Accords, and with Barack Obama abandoning the U.S.'s most reliable Middle Eastern ally (Mubarak), Nasrallah no doubt sees his best chance coming soon. Add the fact that Obama has decided to rebuke Israel in the UN Security Council, and it practically becomes a no-brainer for Nasrallah ... he has no concern about any reaction from the U.S.

From the Associated Press: "'Prepare to Invade Israel,' Hezbollah Leader Tells Followers":

[...] Hezbollah's leader told his Shiite guerrilla group Wednesday to be prepared to invade northern Israel, a day after Israel's defense minister warned that the quiet along the tense border could erupt into violence.

The comments by the two sides illustrate the fragile situation along the frontier since they Israel and Hezbollah fought a bitter, six-week war in the summer of 2006. The war ended in a U.N.-brokered truce but officials on both sides of the border believe it is only a matter of time before hostilities resume.

"I tell the holy warriors of the Islamic Resistance to be ready for a day when, if war is imposed on us, your command might ask you to control the Galilee area," Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech Wednesday. The Galilee refers to land in northern Israel....

And it's not as though Iran-backed Nasrallah needs any encouragement, but there's the not-so-little matter of Iranian warships heading to the Suez Canal on their way to Syria.

Meanwhile, Judith Levy reminds us that in addition to the Iranian warship issue, Libya is calling on Palestinians to rise up and attack Israel ... and the Jordanian Foreign Minister -- after recommending that a Jordanian soldier who shot and killed seven Israeli schoolgirls in 1997 be released early from prison -- declared that Israel, which has a peace treaty with Jordan, is an enemy and a terrorist state. She then takes us through a little thought experiment to help you understand why all this is happening all of a sudden.

Posted by Richard at February 17, 2011 10:16 AM

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