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Saturday, February 3, 2007

Nasrallah admits 'intelligence failure', Syrian and Iranian help

Smoking gun:
""Iran assists the organization with money, weapons, and training, motivated
by a religious fraternity and ethnic solidarity," Nasrallah said. "And the
help is funneled through Syria, and everybody knows it.""
(If you had any doubts)
Nasrallah admits 'intelligence failure' Staff, THE JERUSALEM POST Feb. 3, 2007

In an admission which underscores previous statements made by Hizbullah,
leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said that his organization suffered from an
"intelligence failure" regarding the size and timing of an Israeli response
in last summer's war.

"Frankly, we were surprised by the size and strength of the response,"
Nasrallah told Professor Sa'ad A-Din Avrahim, the director of an Egyptian
think tank, in an interview which was published Saturday in the Kuwaiti
newspaper Al-Rai Al-aam. "I don't hide the fact that we expected Israel at
some point to attack.but the information we had did not suggest they would
choose to attack when they did."

On the topic of kidnapped IDF soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev,
Nasrallah told Avrahim that the organization chose to conduct the action as
part of an ongoing struggle against the continued incarceration of Lebanese
prisoners inside Israeli jails, and the continued Israeli occupation of
Shaba Farms.

Moving to the issue of Iran and Syria, Nasrallah emphasized the integral
role which both states have played in strengthening and assisting the
guerilla organization.

"Iran assists the organization with money, weapons, and training, motivated
by a religious fraternity and ethnic solidarity," Nasrallah said. "And the
help is funneled through Syria, and everybody knows it."

The Hizbullah leader added that his organization is ready to accept
assistance from any Arab or Islamic party, like Egypt or Saudi Arabia.

Responding to accusations that his organization acts as "a state within a
state," Nasrallah said that the current Lebanese government has yet to
fulfill its obligation of securing the release of Lebanese prisoners in
Israeli jails, and getting Israeli-occupied land back. Accordingly,
Nasrallah said that the people, or part of the people, are free to try and
realize those goals by themselves.

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