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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-11-09 10:00 PM
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9. ANALYSIS / On collision course with Egypt, Nasrallah doesn't flinch
In what was apparently one of Hezbollah Secretary-General Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah's most important speeches since taking office in 1992, on Friday he admitted for the first time in the organization's history that it was operating on Egyptian soil. Nasrallah mentioned the swearing-in of Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet, but it was clear that, in the context of Friday's speech, the real enemy was the Egyptian regime.

Nasrallah did not try to contradict Egyptian reports about the uncovering of Hezbollah's network in Egypt: "We do not deny it and we do not apologize." He claimed only that the reports were inaccurate - there were "only" 10 Hezbollah operatives in Egypt, not 50, as Cairo had stated. Hezbollah was merely trying to provide logistical assistance to the Palestinians besieged in the Gaza Strip, Nasrallah said. But he did not make do with a partial confession of the facts. He excoriated the Egyptian regime for failing to act to lift the siege on Gaza and accused it of collaboration with Israel and the United States.


The Egyptian response, for now, is somewhat hesitant, despite the firm steps it has taken on the ground. The most senior official to mention the affair as of last night has been a representative of the general prosecution in Cairo. So far, only anonymous officials have been quoted, warning that Mubarak would not allow Hezbollah to turn his country into a second Lebanon. Weekend editorials in the Egyptian press called Nasrallah an "Iranian agent." In terms of practical steps, the past two days have seen reports of the uncovering of a rocket factory in Egyptian Rafah, the arrest of smugglers on the Israeli border and the capture of a man attempting to smuggle $2 million to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The conflict between Egypt and Iran and Hezbollah might also impact the upcoming elections in Lebanon. It is unlikely all voters will be happy about the affair, which highlights Iran's control over Hezbollah and creates tension between Beirut and Cairo.
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  -Nasrallah: Hezbollah running guns to Gaza through Egypt Behind the Aegis  Apr-11-09 02:57 AM   #0 
  - "...sully the image of Hezbollah..." LOL!  aquart   Apr-11-09 04:14 AM   #1 
  - Well, hell  Chulanowa   Apr-11-09 04:27 AM   #2 
  - U.S. Pledges $900 Million in Aid to Palestinians  oberliner   Apr-11-09 04:34 AM   #3 
  - don't have a problem with that  Alamuti Lotus   Apr-11-09 06:25 PM   #4 
  - So Hezbollah terrorists running weapons to Hamas terrorists isn't a bad thing?  Neo Atheist   Apr-11-09 08:08 PM   #5 
     - to bring the terrorist state of Israel to justice, no not really  Alamuti Lotus   Apr-11-09 08:30 PM   #6 
        - so murder is alright  Neo Atheist   Apr-11-09 08:41 PM   #7 
        - thanks? you are too kind!  Alamuti Lotus   Apr-11-09 09:58 PM   #8 
           - I'd rather apologize for Israel  Neo Atheist   Apr-11-09 11:08 PM   #11 
              - Why? The Israeli govt contains fascists...  Violet_Crumble   Apr-11-09 11:17 PM   #12 
                 - look at what i've said about fascist Avigdor Lieberman before saying something idiotic  Neo Atheist   Apr-11-09 11:27 PM   #14 
                    - Define Fascist?  Kurska   Apr-11-09 11:31 PM   #15 
                    - I haven't heard him regret his role in Kahane's Kach Movement  Neo Atheist   Apr-11-09 11:40 PM   #16 
                       - I'd hazard him a agreesive nationalist bastard  Kurska   Apr-11-09 11:44 PM   #18 
                          - A spade has to be called a spade  Neo Atheist   Apr-12-09 12:05 AM   #22 
                    - I'll leave the saying idiotic stuff to you as you do it so well...  Violet_Crumble   Apr-11-09 11:42 PM   #17 
                       - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-11-09 11:57 PM   #19 
                          - didn't block you, just found better things to do..  Alamuti Lotus   Apr-12-09 12:01 AM   #20 
                          - As long as hamas is around to bring justice we'll all be alright n/t  Kurska   Apr-12-09 12:04 AM   #21 
                          - I forgive you for not noticing the (somewhat veiled?) irony in that line..  Alamuti Lotus   Apr-12-09 12:06 AM   #23 
                             - No really, If I've taken you wrong I apologize, but do you really  Kurska   Apr-12-09 12:08 AM   #24 
                                - see the revised additional text to the previous post  Alamuti Lotus   Apr-12-09 12:10 AM   #25 
                                   - It's amazing that such hyperbole can be mistaken as serious comment.  Kurska   Apr-12-09 12:12 AM   #28 
                                      - indeed  Alamuti Lotus   Apr-12-09 12:17 AM   #30 
                                         - If you intend to transports something across egyptian land it becomes egypt's business.  Kurska   Apr-12-09 12:34 AM   #31 
                                            - true, to a point  Alamuti Lotus   Apr-12-09 05:39 AM   #33 
                          - then i misunderstood your "good day, sir"  Neo Atheist   Apr-12-09 12:10 AM   #26 
                             - once again, a misfired joke reference on my part  Alamuti Lotus   Apr-12-09 12:12 AM   #27 
                                - aha! the voice in my head was Gene Wilder @ Wonka  Alamuti Lotus   Apr-12-09 07:10 PM   #35 
                          - I'm an apologist for Hamas and Hezbollah? They'll be shocked to know that!  Violet_Crumble   Apr-12-09 01:00 AM   #32 
                          - ...The BNP is involved in the government of Britain?  Donald Ian Rankin   Apr-12-09 10:08 AM   #34 
        - Haha wow, Hamas is now the deliever of justice  Kurska   Apr-11-09 11:24 PM   #13 
  - ANALYSIS / On collision course with Egypt, Nasrallah doesn't flinch  bemildred   Apr-11-09 10:00 PM   #9 
  - a more complete report on the speech  Alamuti Lotus   Apr-12-09 12:15 AM   #29 
  - Hezbollah denies Egypt accusations  bemildred   Apr-11-09 10:02 PM   #10 

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