Nasrallah: Hizballah can fight Israel without aid from Iran or Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 4, 2011, 1:35 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Lebanese Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah, while inspecting his fighting units in the last two weeks, has briefed commanders on updated operational plans for firing 10,000 rockets at Tel Aviv and Israel's air force and reserve mobilization bases in a surprise attack, debkafile's military sources report.
"The Zionist enemy cannot stand up to a salvo on that scale," he told them. "He can't locate our secret launching bases or put a stop to a missile offensive that is sure to determine the war's outcome."
He assured the troops that Hizballah is capable of fighting Israel without Iranian or Syrian help.
In answer to questions, Nasrallah said the militia must be prepared to fight Israel without outside military assistance. "We don't know in what situation our war may find Iran. We do know Bashar Assad has been fighting a rebellion for the past ten months and is in no condition to come to our aid," he said.
To boost morale, Nasrallah reported the arrival of advanced weapons, including anti-tank and anti-air missiles from Libya. debkafile's sources report they were delivered to Lebanon by sea and air freighters from the Libyan capital of Tripoli.
A Hizballah purchasing mission in Tripoli and Benghazi bought the weapons from military units making up the National Transitional Council ruling Libya as an interim government. Iranian and Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood agents were on hand to pay for the merchandise on the spot.
In the briefings to his men, the Hizballah leader also dredged up a two-year old plan to use the projected massive rocket assault as cover for five commando brigades to surge into northern Israel and seize designated sectors of the Galilee up to the outskirts of Carmiel. He assured Hizballah troops that even if Israel Defense Forces units stormed into Lebanon, they were capable of taking the war across the border into enemy terrain.
Nasrallah's master plan first appeared exclusively inDEBKA-Net-Weekly issue 430 of Jan., 22, 2010, along with the map attached to this article.
In all his meeting with fighting units, the Hizballah chief makes a point of warning them to beware of American and Israeli spies who constantly try to penetrate their rank s. So far, they have not been able to locate the militia's secret rocket-launching facilities.
debkafile's sources comment that, while Israel's leading politicians and mass media hammer away at the whys and wherefores of a potential strike against Iran's nuclear sites on the strength of largely fictitious information deliberately disseminated to make a point, Israel faces a real and imminent threat of a cross-border flare-up with Hizballah and Syria.
Syrian President Bashar Assad made it clear in a British press interview Sunday, Oct. 30, that if he has his back to the wall as a result of foreign intervention in the uprising against him, he will "burn the Middle East." Three weeks ago, on Oct. 4, the Syrian ruler warned that if he faced foreign intervention, he would need "not more than six hours to transfer hundreds of rockets and missiles to the Golan Heights to fire them at Tel Aviv."
On Nov. 3, Birgul Ayman Guler , head of the Turkish opposition Republican People's Party, remarked after a visit to Damascus: "The West has written a plot about democracy and liberty. But this plot… is nothing but the plot for an invasion."
Our sources note that Ayman's party is against Prime Minster Tayyip Erdogan's policy of supporting the Syrian opposition to Assad. He has expanded this support by hosting rebel command posts and training facilities on Turkish soil and providing them with arms. The Turkish prime minister is seen as acting out the policy of intervention not just of his government but of NATO, of which his country is a full member.