Palestinians try opening a second front

posted at 8:08 am on January 8, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

As attempts go, though, this one fails to impress.  Obviously looking to expand the war to take the heat off of Hamas in Gaza, someone launched three rockets from southern Lebanon yesterday, moderately injuring two people in a retirement home.  Hezbollah denied that they had attacked, and their denial makes some sense:

Two people were lightly wounded when terrorists in Lebanon fired three Katyusha rockets at the area of Nahariya in northern Israel on Thursday morning. The IDF returned fire.

One of the rockets went through the roof of a Nahariya retirement home and exploded in the kitchen as about 25 elderly residents were eating breakfast in the adjacent dining hall. One resident suffered a broken leg, another bruises, apparently from slipping on the floor after emergency sprinklers came on. …

An Al Jazeera reporter with close ties to Hizbullah said there was no chance the rockets were fired by the Shi’ite terror group, because the rockets were of an outdated model that Hizbullah had not used for years. Channel 10 also quoted him as saying that had Hizbullah wisheded [sic] to open a second front on Israel’s North it would have fired dozens of rockets and not only three.

When Hezbollah goaded Israel into a war in the sub-Litani region in 2006, they launched a large number of missiles, and more effective missiles, in their attack.  Firing three old missiles sounds more like the actions of a Hamas auxiliary crossing the border in order to stir up another war to distract Israel from Gaza.  However, it also seems unlikely that any group could haul around missiles without getting Hezbollah’s permission to do so, and Hezbollah might not mind the idea of Israel engaging them at this point.

The Lebanese government issued a statement saying that they would investigate the rocket fire and try to determine who attacked Israel.  Their army defused eight Katyushas in December in the same town where this missile attack originated, but their ability to hold the line on attacks is obviously limited.  Hezbollah dominates the sub-Litani, even after Beirut promised in 2006 to have its own army take control in that region and the UN bolstered its UNIFIL mission.  Their writ does not consistently run in that area, thanks to Hezbollah, which means thanks to Iran and Syria.

Carl in Jerusalem is live-blogging the events.  Right now, it looks as though the PFLP was responsible for the attack, and the Lebanese Army may have found eight more missiles.  We can expect more provocation from Palestinian radicals and Hamas allies in attempting to relieve Gaza by opening a second front.  They may be too late.  Israel has gained most of their objectives in Gaza already, and any provocation could tempt Israel in doing the same to Hezbollah in Lebanon, unencumbered by Hamas in the south.


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Thats fast, hizbolla does really worry. Good.

the_nile on January 8, 2009 at 8:15 AM

No surprise, the media coverage/world opinion and protests are completely emboldening the terrorists.
Expect even more attacks not just on Israel, but Jewish populations world wide. The media is too busy playing the “poor Palestinians” as victims and NOT covering the numerous attacks on Jews worldwide.
As Weaselzippers.net says, “It’s a scary time to be a Jew”

beththebaker on January 8, 2009 at 8:20 AM

This kind of nonsesense from north of border helps Israel, IMHO. While Hezbollah obviously fights in solidarity with the Pals, Hezbollah can’t claim to have been “oppressed” by Israel any more than any other anti-Zionist Arab (or Persian) group. This helps a little with the “proportionality” issue, and also helps underscore who the aggressor really is. If it would be considered “understandable,” in the eyes of the EUsful idiots, that Israel would take umbrage at taking rocket fire from the Hezbies in the north, how much more so taking many orders of magnitude more from the south. By here I descend into rationality–a level of discourse beneath the refinement of European sophistication.

smellthecoffee on January 8, 2009 at 8:26 AM

As Weaselzippers.net says, “It’s a scary time to be a Jew”

beththebaker on January 8, 2009 at 8:20 AM

There’s a lot of non-Jews who are looking out for them. Heck, I’d consider converting, just so Muslims will hate me more than the average infidel. If a Muslim hates you, that’s got to give you like a bajillion points with God and I could use the points.

venividivici on January 8, 2009 at 8:27 AM

Iranian boy scouts, no doubt.

Do these people do anything besides try and kill other people and themselves?

If not, why do we care so much when they get killed.

People begging for death all the moments they’re not trying to kill others deserve what they’re asking for.

NoDonkey on January 8, 2009 at 8:30 AM

These attacks constitute plausible deniable for Hezbollah. No doubt Hezbollah can honestly claim that they did not fire those rockets, but there is also no doubt that the knew about and granted consent to their being fired. In spite of their assertions of victory against Israel two years ago, Hezbollah knows full well the consequences of attacking and does not want to bring the wrath of the IDF down on their own heads.

doriangrey on January 8, 2009 at 8:37 AM

So much of this can be traced back to Iran and Syria, it would be nice if the world or at least a few brave nations decided to do something about them once and for all.

Bishop on January 8, 2009 at 8:46 AM

Not sure why Hezbollah is staying out of this. That decision can’t be making Hamas happy. Perhaps Abbas and the rest of the Arabs are using Israel to accomplish a coup d’etat in Gaza, in order to reinstall the PA there. They may have warned Hezbollah not to intervene. Any comments from the Iranians or Syrians?

JiangxiDad on January 8, 2009 at 8:48 AM

That must have been quite a threat to the terrorists to target a nursing home. I guess they must have feared the tenants running them over with their walkers and clubbing them with their canes, of all things. I can see the headline in Al Jazeera now; “Infidel Soldiers Targeted in Preparation for Upcoming Jihad”….

DL13 on January 8, 2009 at 8:49 AM

Not sure why Hezbollah is staying out of this.

JiangxiDad on January 8, 2009 at 8:48 AM

Because their a$$holes still havent healed up from the last a$$kicking Israel gave them????

doriangrey on January 8, 2009 at 8:53 AM

PFLP

Splitters!

The Iranians aren’t stupid. A second front on Israel’s north will only show the world that Israel is under siege. It’s more effective to make it simply a one on one dispute between Israel and Hamas. And make sure that Hamas hides behind women and children when its cowardly fighters attack.

rbj on January 8, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Because their a$$holes still havent healed up from the last a$$kicking Israel gave them????

doriangrey on January 8, 2009 at 8:53 AM

Sounds logical, but that’s why I don’t automatically buy it when it comes to radical Islam. If they are Iran’s proxy in the Arab world, what’s the point of sitting at home while the Israeli’s seem to be winning, especially when they have a civilian population to hide behind, and a press that will never be more accomodationist? Something seems to be missing from the picture. You suggest they may have no capabilities left. Maybe true, I don’t know, but that’s not the conventional wisdom.

JiangxiDad on January 8, 2009 at 9:01 AM

maybe the world wide protests against the Jews, especially the notion that they should go back to the ovens, is why USA Jews voted predominantly for Obama. They want no action in Israel & want to stay passive.

kelley in virginia on January 8, 2009 at 9:02 AM

The reason why Hezb’allah hasn’t attacked Israel again is because they can’t. No matter what the talking heads say, Israel actually won the war in 2006. How you can tell this is from the rhetoric coming from Nasrallah at the time. First they were going to destroy Tel Aviv and the whole of Israel. As the battles wore on, they were going to destroy Haifa and maybe northern Israel. Why did they change? Because their armaments were destroyed.
At the end, they were crowing and cheering that they kept Israel from invading and driving them north of the Litani River. Why? Because Israel basically destroyed them.

Give Hezb’allah a couple of years and maybe they can rebuild, but their enclaves in Southern Lebanon are so completely destroyed that it’ll take longer…..

On Topic: I’d really advise the Palestinians to stop poking the tiger. The tiger seems kinda annoyed right now.

maybe the world wide protests against the Jews, especially the notion that they should go back to the ovens, is why USA Jews voted predominantly for Obama. They want no action in Israel & want to stay passive.

Are you saying that American Jews want another Holocaust? I’m not really picking up what you’re putting down there, darling.

mjk on January 8, 2009 at 9:08 AM

maybe the world wide protests against the Jews, especially the notion that they should go back to the ovens, is why USA Jews voted predominantly for Obama. They want no action in Israel & want to stay passive.

kelley in virginia on January 8, 2009 at 9:02 AM

I am a Jew who did not vote Obama… and any Jew who did for the reason you stated has not learned the lesson of the Holocaust! It is a shonda that the American Jews have a death wish.
BTW, Israeli Jews (absentee ballots)overwhelmingly supported McCain

beththebaker on January 8, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Are you saying that American Jews want another Holocaust? I’m not really picking up what you’re putting down there, darling.

mjk on January 8, 2009 at 9:08 AM

No, they are NAIVE… they believe it could not happen again! Trust me…. I have argued with my jewish community so much this election cycle that I am now a “black sheep”! It is the MOST FRUSTRATING time for me to be a Jew.

beththebaker on January 8, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Don’t these terrorists worry about what Jimmy Carter will say? While he is busy condemning the Israeli’s these idjits are making him look like a fool. He doesn’t need their help. He can look like a fool all by himself.

kanda on January 8, 2009 at 9:12 AM

maybe the world wide protests against the Jews, especially the notion that they should go back to the ovens, is why USA Jews voted predominantly for Obama. They want no action in Israel & want to stay passive.

kelley in virginia on January 8, 2009 at 9:02 AM

Nah, it’s pretty much the Dershowitz thing. Born liberals, not religious, completely assimilated, afraid of being kicked out of the lefty club, afraid of religious Christians, with nowhere else to go. In other words, in a pickle. Dumbasses.

JiangxiDad on January 8, 2009 at 9:16 AM

kanda on January 8, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Apparently not, they KNOW that A$$ is always on their side… check out the link to his piece in the headlines section of hot air.
He is a fool to us….but not to the world ):

beththebaker on January 8, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Well they tried to goad the West Bank Palestinians to start a new “infant-ada” and Fatah said thanks but no thanks, this is your deal Hamas.

Mr. Joe on January 8, 2009 at 9:21 AM

Israel should go for broke…in Gaza and if necessary in southern Lebanon. After 20 January, they are going to be left high and dry by the incoming Administration so willing to kow-tow to “world opinion” anyway. Destroying Hamas and Hezzbollah as entities now seems prudent…after all both have vowed to destroy Israel, matter of fact, have been claiming they wish to do so for years.

Why is is that Hamas can be offered so many accommodations by the rest of the world when it is clear they are bent on destruction of Israel and the subjugation of Palestinians…and Israel acting to defend itself is condemned? Better a decimated or dead Hamas than a decimated and dead Israel.

coldwarrior on January 8, 2009 at 9:24 AM

It is a shonda that the American Jews have a death wish.
BTW, Israeli Jews (absentee ballots)overwhelmingly supported McCain

beththebaker on January 8, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Official repression of Jews by governments and the Church in Europe in the past led to the Jewish interest in “liberal” ideas. In other words, it was thought a different kind of political philosophy, combined with secularism and greater assimilation would reduce or eliminate anti-semitism. But the world has changed, and too many Jews remain wedded to notions that are no longer helpful. The American Jewish community has got a lot of thinking to do.

btw, historical events often dictate future political philosophies, and not just with Jews. American southerners have a specific sociological and political bias as a result of the surprising loss of the Civil War. It affected the Germans after the surprise loss of WWI, as I think the legacy of slavery affects social/political perceptions for African-Americans. All of these groups pay/paid a price for this, as will the Jews. An ethos formed to withstand one assault doesn’t automatically work for another.

JiangxiDad on January 8, 2009 at 9:27 AM

As of 9:25 AM I don’t see anything on cnn.com about this. Foxnews.com had it as a breaking news early on and at least MSNBC.com has an item on it.

CarolynM on January 8, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Why is is that Hamas can be offered so many accommodations by the rest of the world when it is clear they are bent on destruction of Israel and the subjugation of Palestinians…and Israel acting to defend itself is condemned? Better a decimated or dead Hamas than a decimated and dead Israel.

coldwarrior on January 8, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Don’t you know that it is fashionable worldwide to be anti-Jew? The leftists think the destruction of Israel would solve the “conflict” and in a way, it would.

beththebaker on January 8, 2009 at 9:29 AM

Channel 10 also quoted him as saying that had Hizbullah wisheded [sic] to open a second front on Israel’s North it would have fired dozens of rockets and not only three.

They are just getting warmed up?
Practice for new Hizbullah recruits martyrs?
Waiting for Obama to become President?
Waiting for oil to go a little lower to then start this oil price raising adventure?

albill on January 8, 2009 at 9:29 AM

coldwarrior on January 8, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Hopefully, the Arab world is essentially on-board with this. They fear the Persians, and I figure that behind-the-scenes they must be rooting for Israel, if not actively aiding them. I hope we see regime change in Gaza, and not Israeli re-occupation.

JiangxiDad on January 8, 2009 at 9:29 AM

JiangxiDad on January 8, 2009 at 9:29 AM

Those Persians are Jimmy Carters fault. He could have nuked them in 79…but noooooo.

kanda on January 8, 2009 at 9:38 AM

I hope we see regime change in Gaza, and not Israeli re-occupation.

JiangxiDad on January 8, 2009 at 9:29 AM

I disagree… what regime would help the situation? Fattah?
Israeli “occupation” arguably would make the situation worse, but I want the ultimate goal… Israel being able to better protect herself. Whatever makes that happen is fine by me.

Israel’s biggest problem is how they have allowed the history of the creation of Israel and the history of the “Palestinians” to get completely twisted to the point that no one knows the true story. The lie has been told and perpetuated so long, it is treated as absolute truth. Israel’s major Public Relation failures will never be corrected…

beththebaker on January 8, 2009 at 9:39 AM

The only thing the Palis understand is humiliation and defeat. And the Israelis are finally giving them what they need. Hezb’ulla is probably still a little dazed over the events of 2006 and isn’t willing to take another whipping so soon.

JimK on January 8, 2009 at 9:53 AM

I disagree… what regime would help the situation? Fattah?
Israeli “occupation” arguably would make the situation worse, but I want the ultimate goal… Israel being able to better protect herself. Whatever makes that happen is fine by me.

Not sure there’s any solution in the short term. Generational change is probably needed, and a recognition by the Muslims that whatever historical claim they have to land, so too do the Jews, and even the Christians, whose Byzantine empire ruled for over a thousand years. Imo, Islam gets in the way of those types of acceptances, and is the source of the problem.

JiangxiDad on January 8, 2009 at 10:08 AM

But… but… But Big Joey Biden said we kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon!

Enoxo on January 8, 2009 at 10:16 AM

I am worried for my Jewish friends with families abroad. As someone said – it’s a scary time to be a Jew. With Israel finally focused on castrating Hamas, any other distractions will require help from friends, and I do not believe for one second that Obama is a friend in that sense.

Jaibones on January 8, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Not sure why Hezbollah is staying out of this.

JiangxiDad on January 8, 2009 at 8:48 AM

It could be, that hezbolla is just scared to death.

Johan Klaus on January 8, 2009 at 10:27 AM

I am a Jew who did not vote Obama… and any Jew who did for the reason you stated has not learned the lesson of the Holocaust! It is a shonda that the American Jews have a death wish.
BTW, Israeli Jews (absentee ballots)overwhelmingly supported McCain

beththebaker on January 8, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Blessings to you, Beth.

The difference here is the difference between people who know the reality of the threat, and people who are naive and deluded by our liberal media. Hats off to American Jews who can see through the fog of bs and swim against the tide.

Jaibones on January 8, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Don’t you know that it is fashionable worldwide to be anti-Jew? The leftists think the destruction of Israel would solve the “conflict” and in a way, it would.

beththebaker on January 8, 2009 at 9:29 AM

The muslims would not stop with Israel.

Johan Klaus on January 8, 2009 at 10:31 AM

An Al Jazeera reporter with close ties to Hizbullah said there was no chance the rockets were fired by the Shi’ite terror group, because the rockets were of an outdated model that Hizbullah had not used for years. Channel 10 also quoted him as saying that had Hizbullah wisheded [sic] to open a second front on Israel’s North it would have fired dozens of rockets and not only three.

Who cares what this head of the Hydra calls itself – it’s the same body. Focusing on naming the head that is currently biting is a sucker’s game.

What is important – pointing out that terrorists don’t care who they kill… who is immaterial, it’s the killing that matters most to them. Hindu, Christian, other less pure Muslims, black, white, Asian, Jews (for the bonus)- in their psychosis all must die, die, die. Death is their true G*D. In this episode they honor their G*D by bombing the elderly.

Muslim Terrorists bomb retirement home. That’s it.

batterup on January 8, 2009 at 10:31 AM

I disagree… what regime would help the situation? Fattah?
Israeli “occupation” arguably would make the situation worse, but I want the ultimate goal… Israel being able to better protect herself. Whatever makes that happen is fine by me.

Israel’s biggest problem is how they have allowed the history of the creation of Israel and the history of the “Palestinians” to get completely twisted to the point that no one knows the true story. The lie has been told and perpetuated so long, it is treated as absolute truth. Israel’s major Public Relation failures will never be corrected…

beththebaker on January 8, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Beth,

I think the relative quiet of the last two years in the West Bank has set the stage for the West Bank to be given statehood thru their example of compliance with the Israelis and willingness to let the Intifada go away. Small steps, to be sure. But I believe Fatah is beginning to see the light, and will tone down the rhetoric, and eliminate the radicals sooner rather than later, allowing Israel to make peace with the West Bank and condone statehood for the West Bank.

If Gaza gets run by Fatah, the “moderation illness” might inject itself there as well and both areas could be given statehood by Israel.

I’m not following the West Bank as closely as you, I’m sure. So I could be ill informed. But it seems like the West Bank has been pretty quiet lately, and things seem to be getting better there. Abbas doesn’t spout off the hatred nearly as often as Arafat, and so I perceive that things are slowly moving in the correct direction.

Am I wrong?

Subsunk

Subsunk on January 8, 2009 at 10:40 AM

I hope Israel doesn’t let off. Hope they tell the other Countries including our to F’ off! They need to keep stomping out Gaza. Then they need to set an example and bomb Iran sites. Once you know who is in office. He won’t help Israel. Also, there were a lot of Jews that didn’t vote for that Circus Clown. A lot of my family didn’t vote for him. But the ones that did, may God forgive them for their blindness. Not sure if you saw on MSM. But, Joe the Plumber is going to Israel for some web site to cover the war. I hope he tells them that the Circus Clown won’t help them. No matter who represents the Palestine People, they will not stop with their violence that is a fact.

sheebe on January 8, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Ed, am I losing my mind? Why is it that cnn.com still hasn’t said a word about this Lebanon incident?
It’s 10:50 AM and 13 minutes ago they updated a story on how Israel is pounding Gaza yet not a mention of an attack from Lebanon.

Am I missing something?

CarolynM on January 8, 2009 at 10:53 AM

What a shame! Israel bombed the UN facilities that were providing relief, now the UN is pulling out.

angelat0763 on January 8, 2009 at 11:16 AM

But… but… But Big Joey Biden said we kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon!

And Reagan pulled out of Lebanon saying that the politics of the Middle East were too complicated for us to be involved with. Who was right?

angelat0763 on January 8, 2009 at 11:18 AM

What are the odds that Muslims in Lebanon are lying? I believe that Muslims are known to fib to unbelievers.

BL@KBIRD on January 8, 2009 at 11:20 AM

angelat0763

Shouldn’t a Jew hating Muslim lover like yourself be out in the streets shouting about ovens?

BL@KBIRD on January 8, 2009 at 11:22 AM

. .first from Carl in Jerusalem’s Israel Matzav blog:

* The rockets fired from Lebanon were shot from next to a UNIFIL base.

* recall that UNIFIL Patrol Takes Nights Off, UN Admits Hizbullah Arming (Nov. 2006)

heroyalwhyness on January 8, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Subsunk on January 8, 2009 at 10:40 AM

I had to go to funeral… just in case you check this thread… in a way you are right, fatah is better than Hamas and Abbas is better than Arafat. Lupus is better than cancer and being a quadruple amputee is better than death…
The main problem is two fold. First, Fatah and the Palestinians do not believe in the mere existence of Israel. Abbas’ public rhetoric has toned down, but the underlying hatred remains. The vast majority of the Arab world wants Israel GONE and those that don’t have real bounties on their heads. Iran and Syria have tons of control over the Palestinians, and I doubt it would change a whole lot unless the head of the snakes were amputated. Secondly, the Palestinian children have been brought up to hate,to fight and to believe martyrdom is the highest honor. This mindset is hard to eradicate. And considering the Muslims(and leftists) in America that are exposed to our freedom,etc. as well as around the world, are protesting in the streets calling for “bigger ovens” , calling for Jews to be killed…but couldn’t get together to denounce 9-11, Bali, London, India,etc proves to me that there are way too many RADICALS worldwide.
These are people who do not protest Hamas using Arab children as human shields, but call Israel “baby killers” when she defends herself from rockets (6,000) firing into her cities where children are…it is hypocritical at it’s best, pure hatred at worst…

beththebaker on January 8, 2009 at 3:03 PM

What a shame! Israel bombed the UN facilities that were providing relief, now the UN is pulling out.

angelat0763 on January 8, 2009 at 11:16 AM

You are an idiot.. a true hypocrite.. I bet you went to University within the last 20 years…. your mom should sue as they made you dumber!

beththebaker on January 8, 2009 at 3:05 PM