The mysterious explosion at the Hirbet Salim village in South Lebanon, heard on both sides of the border, occurred, DEBKAfile's military sources report, at one of the 35 large weapons dumps the Hezbollah has built illegally as near as 20 kilometers from the Israel border.
Its men failed to adhere to the handling procedures for the dozens of rockets stored there and suffered casualties, dead, wounded and missing, when they blew up. Hezbollah forces cordoned the disaster area against outside access.
Each of the Hezbollah depots, containing surface-to-surface and anti-aircraft missiles, mortar shells, and large quantities of ammunition and explosives, is heavily fortified, fenced in by barbed wire and guarded by Hezbollah checkpoints around the clock. At least five of these Hezbollah guards were killed in the blast.
In the event of war with Israel, these arsenals are able to arm some 7,500 Hezbollah militiamen who live in hiding wearing civilian clothes among the Lebanese-Israeli border villagers.
This perilous state of affairs is carefully concealed three years after the Lebanese war by Israel's war leaders, its armed forces chiefs, the UN peacekeeping force and the Lebanese president.
They are all conspiring now to mask the facts that the Lebanese border region is swamped with vast amounts of rockets and weapons - triple the quantity Hezbollah commanded on the eve of the 2006 war - and Hezbollah's return in full force in South Lebanon.
The same policy of concealment enabled Hezbollah to launch its surprise attack in 2006.
This week, neither the present chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi nor the OC Northern Command Gabi Eisencott referred to Hezbollah's blatant violations of UN Security Council resolution 1701, which cut short that war with a ceasefire and a ban on Hezbollah's rearming and return to South Lebanon.
The UN peacekeeping force, deployed to prevent these violations, let them happen under its noses, together with the massive smuggling of arms to Hezbollah from Iran and Syria. The truth is that the stockpiling was ordered by Ahmadinijad and Tehran to enable its surrogate, the Hezbollah, to regroup close to the Israeli border and rearm undisturbed, so as to be ready to hit Israel on a signal when it suits Iran's book.
No one can dispute the fact that Israel's enemies are preparing for the right moment. They will pounce as quickly as a cat on an inattentive mouse the second Israel let's its guard down. This is why the urgent rush toward a settlement by Barack Obama and his European cohorts will not produce the desired peace. For peace to happen, the enemies of Israel must disarm...and that isn't going to happen. Bible Prophecy is marching to fulfilment.
Jimmy Root Jr
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