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      Av 21, 5766, 8/15/2006

      Guess Who's Already Violating the Cease-fire?


      Yesterday's UN-mandated cease-fire had barely gone into effect when Hizbullah terrorists already began to violate it.

      While the media has been playing up the "relative calm" of the situation, Hizbullah has made it abundantly clear that it has little intention of abiding by the terms of the cessation of hostilities.

      Nasrallah_sucks_big_timeTheir actions speak for themselves:

      * At 11:30am on Monday, three and a half hours after the cease-fire went into effect, a Hizbullah gunman opened fire on Israeli troops in the Lebanese village of Hadata.

      * At 1:00 pm on Monday, a group of Hizbullah gunmen accosted Israeli soldiers in the village of Randouria, resulting in an exchange of fire.

      * Earlier today, Hizbullah fired a series of mortar shells at Israeli positions in southern Lebanon.

      In addition, Hizbullah thug-in-chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah declared yesterday that his organization will not disarm, despite being required to do so by the UN resolution.

      In effect, Hizbullah is once again probing to see how much they can get away with, and whether the international community has the resolve to call them to account for their actions.

      Unfortunately, if past experience is any indication, they don't have very much to fear.

      Stay tuned – things are likely to get a lot hotter in the days to come.