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Report: Mossad Agent Infiltrated Hizbullah's Upper Echelons
By IsraelNationalNews.com & Reuters
Hizbullah says it recently exposed a Mossad agent embedded among its "elite operations
unit." in what the Iranian-backed terror group says is "the most serious [intelligence]
breach in Hizbullah's history."
According to Lebanese media reports, "sources close to Hizbullah" claimed an Israeli
intelligence cell - comprised of four Hizbullah members under the command of the Mossad
agent - had managed to foil a number of attempts by the Shia Islamist group to carry out
attacks in revenge for the assassination of its most senior military chief, Imad
Mughniyeh, back in 2008.
Israel never confirmed or denied it killed Mughniyeh, who died in a massive car bomb
blast in Syria, but Israeli intelligence services are widely believed to be the most
likely party to have targeted the elusive terrorist kingpin.
According to the latest dramatic report, the Mossad infiltrator had managed to climb
the ranks within Hizbullah to become the deputy head of the terrorist group's "foreign
operations apparatus", known as Unit 910. Hizbullah sources claimed the alleged agent - a
man from south Lebanon identified only by his initials, "M.Sh" - received several payments
of $1 million from the Mossad.
According to Lebanon's Al-Janoubia news site, the Mossad "cell" was responsible for
the "failure of Hizbullah operations in a number of countries against Israeli interests in
past years." Al-Janoubia reported that Hizbullah launched an internal investigation after
Unit 910 - which is responsible for carrying out terrorist attacks outside of Lebanon -
saw a string of carefully-planned attacks foiled, causing "a state of frustration in the
Hizbullah has attempted to "avenge" Mughniyeh's assassination via a number of terrorist
plots against Israeli and Jewish civilian targets, but apart from the 2012 bombing of an
Israeli tourist bus in Bulgaria, which killed six people, all have fallen flat.
In October, Peruvian counter-terror police arrested a Lebanese man who they said was
planning "major" terrorist attacks against Jewish and Israeli targets in the country's
capital, Lima. The man was later identified as Hizbullah operative Mohammed Amadar; police
reportedly zeroed in on him after a tip-off from Israeli intelligence and found him in
possession of "traces of explosives."
In April of this year two other Hizbullah members - French-Lebanese Daoud Farhat and
Lebanese-Filipino national Youssef Ayad - were arrested in Thailand. The pair are believed
to have been part of a plot to attack Israelis over the Jewish festival of Passover.
That was only one of a number of apparent Hizbullah-sponsored terror plots in the Asian
country, which is popular with Israeli tourists. In September 2013, Thailand jailed
Swedish-Lebanese citizen Atris Hussein for possessing bomb-making equipment, as part of
another suspected Hizbullah plot.
Another joint Swedish-Lebanese citizen and self-confessed Hizbullah member, Hossam
Yakoub, was jailed by a Cypriot court earlier that year for "criminal activities." More
serious charged were dropped, although Yakoub admitted he had been conducting
reconnaissance missions on Israeli tourists and gathering information on "the Jews."
After the series of failures Hizbullah set up a secret unit to investigate the presence
of double-agents in an operation closely monitored by Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corp.
"After close monitoring of the most important security officials, the unit arrested five
Hizbullah members including the [Unit 910 deputy chief]," Hizbullah sources claimed. The
alleged spies are believed to still be in Hizbullah custody.
According to Lebanon's Elnashra news, the agent helped to "foil many attacks by
Hizbullah against Israeli targets aiming to avenge the assassination of Hizbullah
commander Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus" in 2008. Intriguingly, in the case of Farhat and
Ayad, the Islamist duo were outed as Hizbullah agents by a mysterious website called
"Stop910" - which is dedicated to exposing the activities of Hizbullah's foreign
The website describes itself as "an association of western intelligence organizations,"
and offers cash rewards for information exposing Hizbullah terrorist activities outside of
Lebanon."We call upon you to assist in our activity, whose purpose is to end
Hizbullah-perpetrated terror in Lebanon and abroad," the site says. "We ask that you send
us any and all details that you have to help in this effort, especially information on the
true identity of the people in the photos displayed on this site."
It also offers information on the structure of Unit 910: "Hizbullah's elite and
strictly compartmented clandestine unit is commanded by Talal Hamia, and functions as the
far-reaching strategic arm of Hizbullah and Iran," it claims. "The unit is composed of a
small group of operatives, mainly Lebanese Shiites whose families were not born in
Lebanon, some of which even hold authentic foreign identity documents allowing them to
travel across the world under false identities and tourist or business cover stories."
Analysts have suggested the site is likely operated by Israeli intelligence services
given the amount of high-level raw-intelligence in contains.
Palestinian Shot Dead After Hurling Bomb at IDF Troops
By Israel Hayom. Reuters & IsraelNationalNews.com
Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man in the Qalandiya refugee camp north of
Jerusalem early Tuesday morning after he threw an improvised explosive device at them as
they conducted an arrest operation. No Israeli soldiers were wounded in the incident.
The dead Palestinian man was identified as 20-year-old Mahmoud Adwan, according to
Reuters. Another Palestinian man was wounded and detained by the Israel Defense Forces. In
total, seven wanted Palestinian terrorist suspects were arrested by Israeli security
forces overnight in Judea and Samaria.
And in a related story, as the first night of Chaukah began on Tuesday evening, a
15-year-old Arab terrorist wielding a knife was arrested at the Gush Etzion Junction in
Judea and confessed in investigation to planning "to stab to death a Zionist."
Police announced that shortly after 5 p.m. a citizen contacted the police 100 emergency
hotline reporting he had offered to give a hitchhiking youth a ride from Gush Etzion
Junction in the direction of Hebron. The youth stood at a hitchhiking station at the
junction, and something about him raised the suspicions of the citizen, leading him to
phone the police.
Hebron district police officers accompanied by IDF soldiers from the Kfir Brigade's
Duchifat Battalion arrived at the station and arrested the Arab youth - and discovered a
knife concealed on his person. As noted, he admitted in investigation to planning "to stab
to death a Zionist," and was brought in for investigation by the Israel Security Agency
(ISA or Shin Bet).
The plan brings to mind the statements of a female Arab terrorist who was arrested at
the Kalandiya Checkpoint in northern Jerusalem two weeks ago, after approaching the
checkpoint with a knife. In investigation she admitted she wanted to "murder Jews." This
is not the first time the Gush Etzion Junction has been targeted. Two weeks ago a female
Arab terrorist from Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party stabbed
a Jew before trying to flee and being shot and seriously wounded.
Israeli Discovery May Help Early Detection of Uterine and Colon cancers
A breakthrough discovery by researchers at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem
will allow early detection and possible prevention of colon and uterine cancers. According
to the study, a genetic mutation related to Lynch syndrome has been shown to increase the
risk of these types of cancers. The discovery of the mutation among members of certain
population groups allows for a quick identification of at-risk patients.
The recent study included researchers from Hadassah, the Rabin Medical Center in Petach
Tikva, and the Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv. The results show that it is possible
to identify genetic mutations, present in populations of different backgrounds in Israel,
that alter the genetic material's ability to correct its own errors, thus significantly
increasing the affected person's chances to suffer from colon or uterine cancer. Being
able to detect a mutation that is characteristic of a certain population makes identifying
the syndrome much simpler and more inexpensive.
The research group, led by Dr. Yael Goldberg from the Sharett Institute of Oncology at
Hadassah Hospital, said the characteristic mutation exists in Jews from various
backgrounds, including European, Iranian, Afghan and Georgian.
"The study is of immense importance in the prevention and early treatment of cancer.
Identifying the genetic mutation allows us to find subsets of healthy people who carry
that mutation, and put them on an early prevention and observation program. Early
detection of cancer is one of the most important tools in healing the deadly disease,"
senior oncologist and acting director-general of Hadassah Hospital Prof. Tamar Peretz
Israeli and Palestinian Children Recreate 1914 Truce Soccer Match
By Reuters and Israel Hayom
Israeli and Palestinian children played a game of soccer on Monday in Haifa to mark the
centenary of the legendary football match between German and Allied troops on the Western
Front during the Christmas truce of 1914. During that war, troops from both sides laid
down their arms in an unofficial Christmas truce. Legend grew that the opposing troops
played football in the no-man's zone between them. It is a legend that history cannot
verify -- but one which remains a powerful symbol of peace. The event in Haifa was hosted
by the British diplomatic mission.
"You can see behind me, not just young kids enjoying themselves sharing football but
also something very special happening, which is kids from different communities that do
not normally get to talk to each other, that do not normally get to play together.
Building links, building friendships through the medium of football and I can not think of
a better way of commemorating the Christmas truce a hundred years ago than doing this
today," said the British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould.
Israeli Arab sports anchor Zuhair Bahloul said the match was a "value activity" in
times of escalation of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "Recently, we have a very
dangerous gap between the both population, the Arab and the Jews, and I think if we want
to look for some of the optimistic position, I think, the co-existence between the Arab
and the Jewish kids, it is a value activity, and I am feeling so proud about that, of
course," said Zuhair Bahloul.
The "Football Remembrance" matches marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War
Christmas truce are being hosted by the British diplomats in various countries around the
world including Israel, Brazil, Russia, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Cambodia and many others.
Jewish Group Funds Israeli Honeymoons
By BBC News
American honeymooners could be treated to trip to Israel, as long as one of them is
Jewish, it's been reported. It's part of an initiative by a US organization, Honeymoon
Israel, which wants to encourage non-Jewish partners to engage with Israel and Judaism,
the Israeli Ynetnews website reported.
Couples have to pay $1,500 towards the cost of a nine-day honeymoon, but the rest -
about $8,000 will be covered for them. The trip will include visits to Jerusalem and Tel
Aviv, and couples will be guests of an Israeli family, the report said. The aim is to
build a "personal connection to Israel and to Judaism," says co-founder Avi Rubel.
To benefit, at least one member of the couple has to "identify as Jewish", and one must
never have been to Israel before. The program is also open to unmarried couples who live
together, and lesbian and gay couples, the Honeymoon Israel website said.
"In many places in the US, 50 to 60% of Jewish couples are in mixed marriages. This is
a way to bring the non-Jewish partner closer to Judaism," said Rubel. It has been compared
to the Birthright Israel organization, which provides free trips to Israel for young
Jewish adults around the world. Honeymooners will start arriving in 2015, with groups of
couples from Los Angeles and Phoenix being the first to benefit. But the organization says
it's raised enough cash to fund the trips for the next three years. "As far as we are
concerned, it is the Jewish people's gift to the couple," he said.
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