It has been reported in the last week that Syria has supplied Hezbollah with Scud missiles that have the capability to hit all of Israel.  I know that Syria and Israel are enemies but I don’t believe these missiles would have been given to Hezbollah unless this was approved by Iran since they are the major backers of Hezbollah.  This is a continuing disturbing development as I believe that Iran through its proxies; Hezbollah to the North in Lebanon and Hamas to the South in the Gaza strip are preparing for another war.  It has been widely reported the war Israel fought with Hezbollah in 2006 was a stalemate at best and because of this it gives Hezbollah and Iran the fortitude to try to push for another war to try and take Israel out for good.

But I think Iran should not underestimate what Israel may do.  I mean Israel has a history of making a pre-emptive strike and I believe if they think these Scuds pose a threat Israel will strike in Lebanon and this time I believe they would also hit Damascus. Maybe not pre-emptively but I have read in the Jerusalem Post that Assad and his government in Syria would be attacked if they continue with this support of terror groups in Lebanon.

Seems to me the powers in our government and the western nations see this going on and have the intelligence reports to confirm this and the common folk only have what they read in the news!!  I am not a pessimist but I see this ending very badly in a war because you can see what his happening if you just pay attention!!   Ahmadinejad may be bluffing in order to provoke Israel into a pre-emptive strike which would allow him to rally possibly the arabs and terror groups to attack Israel. Because after all Ahmadinejad believes in the return of the Mahdi and he must help usher in this return.

I remember when the Ayatollah came to power in Iran during the Carter Presidency and these people have been at war with us ever since.  It is no coincidence these terror groups all began to spring up after 1979!!  Seems like to me Iran is behind all of this and I think they are playing a dangerous game that could come out very badly for them.  The article referenced is listed below:

Israeli officials say Syria gives Hezbollah Scuds


FILE - In this file photo taken Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006, a plane  releases its payload to extinguish a fire caused by a rocket fired by  Hezbollah guerril AP – FILE – In this file photo taken Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006, a plane releases its payload to extinguish a fire …

By MARK LAVIE, Associated Press Writer Mark Lavie, Associated Press Writer Wed Apr 14, 7:54 pm ET

JERUSALEM – Israeli defense officials said Wednesday they believe Hezbollah has Scud missiles that could hit all of Israel, a day after Israel’s president accused Syria of supplying the Lebanese guerrillas with the weapons for the first time.

Israeli officials say the introduction of Scuds could alter the strategic balance with Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed militia that battled Israel to a stalemate during a monthlong war in 2006.

President Shimon Peres, speaking in Paris, charged that Syria is playing a double game, talking about peace, while “it is delivering Scuds to Hezbollah to threaten Israel,” according to a statement from his office.

The remarks by Peres, whose position is largely ceremonial, went beyond public assessments of senior Israeli defense figures. He gave no details.

In Washington, the Syrian Embassy dismissed the allegations and accused Israel of trying to divert attention from questions about Israel’s nuclear program. Israel is widely believed to possess nuclear arms, though it does not confirm or deny this.

“If we are to discuss armament in our region, we should begin with Israel’s massive nuclear weapons arsenal and continuous arming with top-caliber U.S. weapons, which helps perpetuate its occupation of our territories,” said embassy spokesman Ahmed Salkini. “The timing also indicates a sinister attempt to undermine any U.S.-Syrian rapprochement.”

In Washington, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley expressed concern but did not confirm that Hezbollah now has Scud missiles.

“Regardless of the issue of Scuds, we remain concerned about the provision of increasingly sophisticated weaponry to parties, to Hezbollah, and this is an issue that we continue to raise with Syria,” he said, adding that such weapons endanger Lebanon’s security.

Some Scud missiles have a range of hundreds of miles (kilometers) and could reach any target in Israel if fired from Lebanon. They can carry an explosive warhead of up to 1 ton.

The defense officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were discussing a classified intelligence assessment, stopped short of stating unequivocally that Scuds are now deployed in Lebanon.

They said tensions have risen along Israel’s border with Lebanon after media reports that Hezbollah was seeking the missiles, and they believed Hezbollah now has them.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak issued a statement urging the public to remain calm, but said “the introduction of systems that disturb the balance endanger stability and calm.”

Israel charges that most of Hezbollah’s weapons, including rockets, come through neighboring Syria, which is a main sponsor of Hezbollah, along with Iran. But Peres’ statement was the first time Israel has publicly accused Damascus of providing Scuds.

At the U.N., deputy U.S. ambassador Alejandro Wolff alluded to the reported transfer of Scuds from Syria to Hezbollah. “We are increasingly concerned about the sophistication of the weaponry being transferred,” he said.

President Barack Obama is interested in restoring U.S. relations with Syria, frozen after charges from the previous administration that Damascus was aiding anti-American forces in neighboring Iraq.

Some Republican senators have said they may hold up the confirmation of Robert Ford, the Obama administration’s nominee to be the first U.S. ambassador to Syria in five years, over the concerns.

Hezbollah pelted Israel with nearly 4,000 unguided Katyusha rockets during the 2006 war, causing widespread damage and dozens of casualties in Israel’s north. Scud missiles have several times the range and explosive firepower of Katyusha rockets and would pose a much more serious threat.

In 1991, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq struck Israel with 39 Scud missiles as the U.S. and its allies invaded his country. Fourteen Israelis were killed during the conflict.

Israel has deployed an anti-missile system called Arrow, designed to intercept missiles from Iran and possibly Syria. It has successfully tested a system to stop shorter-range missiles and rockets like Scuds and Katyushas, as well as homemade rockets fired from Gaza, but it is not yet operational.

Boaz Ganor, an expert from Herzliya’s Interdisciplinary Center, said Scud missiles in the hands of Hezbollah could be a game-changer, not only because of their potential for damage.

“In Syrian hands, it was rationally administered, and now it’s not clear that in the hands of Hezbollah it will be administered rationally,” he said.


Associated Press Writers Matthew Lee in Washington and Edith M. Lederer at the U.N. contributed to this report.