Jerusalem, April 10 – As the world hopes a ceasefire will come into effect in Syria, Israel fears more weapons will end up in the hands of the Hezbollah terrorist organization. Jerusalem is reportedly concerned arms will flow across the porous Syrian border into Lebanon.
Hezbollah already has in excess of 40,000 rockets and missiles aimed at Israel – more than it possessed on the eve of the 2006 war with Israel.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has repeatedly called for an end to the transfer of weapons to Iran-funded Hezbollah by Syria. This movement of arms to Hezbollah contravenes U.N. Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1701, which states “there will be no weapons without the consent of the Government of Lebanon.”
Hezbollah’s backing for Syrian President Bashar Assad and his slaughter of his people is punishing Hezbollah’s political wing on the home front.
“In Lebanon, (Hezbollah leader) Hassan Nasrallah is losing a lot of his supporters who are fed up with him and the duplicity of his policies, especially in light of his support for the systematic and atrocious slaughter perpetrated by the Assad regime,” wrote the pan-Arabic daily Al-Hayat. “In Syria, slogans are being chanted against him and his party, calling for him to be fought on par with the regime of Bashar al-Assad that is slaughtering the people. Hezbollah is even being accused of participating in the killing of Syrians alongside the Shabbiha, or the regime’s thugs.”
Hezbollah’s terrorism and financial operations are not restricted to the Middle East. The organization has hundreds of operatives in the United States with thousands of donors, according to the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security.
Additionally the group is active in South America and Africa. “Hezbollah uses West Africa as a transit point for funneling money, arms, and drugs to far-reaching corners of the globe,” said Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosor during a recent debate in the UNSC.