Israel Failed Attempt to Eliminate Nasrallah

Palestinian news sources claim Monday that Israel thwarted in assassination attempt on terror organization Hezbollah's leader Nasrallah.

Cynthia Blank ,

Nasrallah addresses rally, 17.8.12
Nasrallah addresses rally, 17.8.12

Israel failed in an attempt to eliminate Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah earlier in the month - at least according to Palestinian news sites Monday, Channel 2 reported. 

The news sites claim that logistical issues thwarted the Israeli plan to eliminate Nasrallah during a ceremony for the Shiite Ashura holiday.

The terror organization's leader made a rare public appearance in Lebanon's southern suburbs on November 3, where he addressed crowds in anticipation of the holiday. It was his first public appearance since July and he drew wild cheering from supporters. 

The Palestinian reports were based on the quotes of a European source in the Dutch newspaper Telegraph. The source claims that Sayeret Matkal (General Staff Reconnaissance Unit - a special elite unit in the IDF) was preparing to hit Nasrallah during recent Ashura commemorations. 

The plan was to hit Nasrallah exactly, with a missile, giving the impression of an explosive device. However, the source claims, the heavy security around the Hezbollah leader during his public speech prevented the implementation of the plan. 

During this same speech where Sayeret Matkal allegedly failed to assassinate Nasrallah, the terrorist leader spoke with open threats to and about Israel. 

In his speech, which was broadcast on the Lebanese TV station Al Manar, the Hezbollah leader said his organization is fighting for Syrian President Bashar Assad in Syria to prevent a "Zionist hegemony" in the region, warning Israel not to get involved.

"We need to open our eyes on Israel," said Nasrallah. "We are completely ready in southern Lebanon despite the presence of our fighters in Syria, and we have the capability to hit every point in Israel."

The terror leader also claimed "we are not afraid of war. We are a true threat to Israel and we aren't deterred by their threats. Their threats aren't based on military strength, but rather on their lost hope."

"The Arab League needs firmness against the Israeli aggression on Al-Aqsa (Mosque) and settlement building," continued Nasrallah. "Israel is manipulating the upheavals in the Arab world to achieve its goals."

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) responded to Nasrallah's threats the next day by telling "the boastful coward" that if Hezbollah were to attack Israel, "we will destroy Lebanon to its core, and return it to the stone age - and him (Nasrallah) under the stones."