Having learned the hard way just what happens when they challenge the Israeli's directly, the terrorist group Hezb'allah has taken to hiring Palestinian terrorists to attack Jewish targets instead of using some of their stockpile of 42,000 missiles on the innocent:
Hizbullah, Israeli officials told the Post, has paid tens of thousands of dollars to Palestinian terrorist groups, asking them to carry out large-scale attacks against Israel - including the kidnapping of IDF soldiers - in retaliation for the February assassination of Imad Mughniyeh.
Hizbullah has accused Israel of killing Mughniyeh in a Damascus car bombing on February 12. Hizbullah has threatened repeatedly to avenge the assassination.
Hizbullah's decision to ask the Palestinian groups to attack Israel in its place stems from concern, officials said, that an attack carried out directly by Hizbullah operatives would lead to a fierce Israeli military response in Lebanon.
Defense officials have said in recent months that in the event of a renewed conflict with Hizbullah, Israel will not limit its strikes to Hizbullah targets but will also feel free to strike at Lebanese infrastructure now that Hizbullah is part of the government in Beirut.
According to the defense officials, while the Palestinian terrorist groups have received large sums of money from Hizbullah, their failure to carry out attacks against Israel has caused tension between Gaza and Lebanon.
Knowing this, I doubt whether Hezb'allah will be as protected as they might think. The Israelis have a knack for discovering connections between Palestinians and their sponsors. Whether uncovering such connections in the aftermath of a terrorist attack would be enough to elicit an all out response by the IDF is an open question - for deliberate reasons. Israel wants to keep Hezb'allah guessing.
And I suppose congratulations are in order to the United Nations International Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) whose close inspection of the border with Syria only allowed an additional 28,000 missiles to be delivered to Hezb'allah through their Syrian conduit with Iran. You might recall that the one of the main reasons Israel stopped short of destroying Hezb'allah in the war was the promise by the UN that UNIFIL would keep the terrorists from rearming. At the time, it was thought that Hezb'allah had around 14,000 missiles. So the news that the terrorists have tripled that number means that the UN peacekeepers are either all made up of refugees from schools for the blind or they deliberately allowed an enormous amount of arms to make their way to Hezb'allah.
This is the bunch Obama wants to depend on to keep the peace?