A Hizballah suicide terror revival launched by the Burgas bus bombing (DEBKAfile) Special Report 07/20/12 1:29 PM (GMT+02:00)
The suicide bombing attack in Bulgaria that left five Israelis dead
and more than 30 injured Wednesday, July 18, is seen by Israeli and
Western intelligence and counter-terror sources as marking
Hizballah’s regression to its old tactics. After a 17-year break in
major international attacks, the Lebanese terrorist group is again
sending suicide killers to murder Israelis and Jews.
In the 1980s, Hizballah was notorious for its massive bomb attacks
against US Marines in Lebanon and the US embassy in Beirut, which
left more than 300 dead. In the early 1990s, the Israeli embassy in
Buenos Aires, Argentina was blown up killing 29 people, followed by
the destruction of the Jewish center in the city leaving 85 people.
It is now evident that the old Hizballah is back and fully equipped
with suicide killers standing by for action worldwide at the bases of
its far-flung terrorist, espionage, dope-smuggling and money laundry
Western counter-terror experts give Israel’s Mossad, Shin Bet and
Military Intelligence a failed mark for missing those preparations
and not appreciating the significance of the bungled Iranian-backed
Hizballah bomb and assassination plots over the past year or two in
India, Turkey, Azerhianjan, Thailand, Georgia, Kenya and Cyprus. They
were experienced ought to have realized that Hizballah planners were
testing the ground and their own methods and analyzing their
performance, before concluding that suicide attacks would get them
the optimal results, namely, maximum fatalities.
The experts estimate that it will take Israel’s intelligence and
counter-terror agencies time to get organized for catching up with
Hizballah’s plots and developing preventive measures. As one
said, “It may take weeks or even months before Israel is able to come
to grips with the new Hizballah terror deployment. Iran’s external
terrorist arms and Hizballah planners will try and take advantage of
Israel’s vulnerability in that period for repeated attacks.
In any case, they warn, the Bulgarian bombing was a first shot.
Hizballah must be put down firmly by a strong Israeli deterrent. Its
terror offensive must be nipped in the bud before it spills over into
Iran’s al Qods and its Lebanese surrogate have planted a network of
sleepers on the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and among certain Arab
Israeli communities, who may be called into action at any time.
Israel’s response to the attack in Bulgaria so far has been feeble
and hesitant, a frustrated counter-terror official told DEBKAfile. A
complaint to the UN Security Council on Thursday, July 19, the day
that international body demonstrated its irrelevance for halting the
Syrian bloodbath was worse than useless; it was a sign of weakness.
This type of reaction will serve only to encourage Tehran and
Hizballah to keep going. Indeed, The Security Council did more harm
than good by condemning the bombing attack and the Israeli deaths,
without naming the perpetrators. Iran and Hizballah got off scot-
free. (Copyright 2000-2012 DEBKAfile. 07/20/12)
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