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Jerusalem News-735
12 Adar-1 5768, 18 February 2008
1. The Recent Earthquake was centered in Lebanon!
Imad Mughniyeh: The Aftermath
3. Guysen News International


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1. The Recent Earthquake was centered in Lebanon!
Lebanon news Another Earthquake Hits Lebanon
Posted by tearsforlebanon on February 15, 2008

Beirut - An earthquake measuring an estimated at 5.1 degrees on the Richter scale struck Beirut, east and south Lebanon at 12:37 pm Friday causing minor damage and sending many
panicked residents into the streets.
Five people were lightly injured in south Lebanon according to police reports

The head of the Bhannes Center for Seismic and Scientific Research, Iskandar Sursock, said the epicenter of the tremor is a small sliding plateau south of Zrariyeh village in Tyre ( Sour) province, which is not the major sliding plateau that caused the lethal quake in 1956.

He said Lebanon may witness in the coming 15 days a series of aftershocks which should not pose a bigger threat than Friday's quake.

Head of Lebanon's National Center for Scientific Research Moueen Hamze said aftershocks were probable. "We urge citizens to take precautions," he said.

Residents of Syria, Jordan, the West Bank and Israel also reported feeling the earthquake.

People in some areas of Beirut left their apartments and went into the streets after the jolt at 12:37 pm, which lasted a few seconds.

In the southern coastal city of Tyre, residents ran toward the seashore and began reciting verses of the Koran.

NBN TV reported material damage in the southern villages of Sreefa and Mais al-Jabal and cracks in some southern roads. It also said that some villages experienced power cuts.

The chimney on one building in Tyre came tumbling down, crushing several vehicles, but there were no immediate reports of victims.

An earthquake measuring an estimated at 4.2 degrees on the Richter scale was felt at Dawn on February 12 . It was followed by another aftershock 10 minutes later. The earthquake epicenter was near the town of Tyre (Sour) in south Lebanon . The aftershock was felt as far as Bint Jbeil near the Israeli border

The largest earthquake of modern times struck Lebanon in 1956 and caused 136 deaths, destroyed 6000 buildings and damaged 1700 more. It destroyed a big part of the old city of Saida ( Sidon) In 1759 an earthquake completely destroyed Beirut and Damascus killing 40000.

Sources: Naharnet, Ya Libnan

2. Imad Mughniyeh: The Aftermath
Eyal Zisser

Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 14:59:21 +0200
From: dayancenter <dayancen@POST.TAU.AC.IL>
Subject: Dayan Center, TEL AVIV NOTES - "Imad Mughniyeh: The Aftermath"
Imad Mughniyeh: The Aftermath
Eyal Zisser

Extracts Only:
On late Tuesday evening, February 12, 2008, Imad Mughniyeh, the head of the military wing of the Lebanese Hizballah organization, was killed in a car-bomb attack in Damascus. Mughniyeh's body was taken to Beirut, where he was buried two days later in an impressive ceremony organized by Hizballah. The organization's spokesmen, led by Secretary-General Hasan Nasrallah, quickly blamed Israel for Mughniyeh's liquidation and warned that the organization's revenge would not be slow in coming. Nasrallah even added that just as Israel killed Mughniyeh "outside the natural borders of the battlefield" (i.e. not within Lebanon or Israel), so might Hizballah act in response, a not very subtle hint at the organization's willingness to target  Israeli and Jewish targets worldwide.

Nasrallah's emotional - some would say, hysterical - response to Mughniyeh's killing is understandable. This development constitutes a severe blow to Hizballah.

It was Mughniyeh who established the organization's impressive military wing, which now includes a replenished array of ground-to-ground missiles. He was the brain behind the various terrorist attacks carried out by the organization over the years. He was the one who conducted the organization's war with Israel in the summer of 2006. Without him, Hizballah will be a completely different organization.

As for Nasrallah, he is a skillful politician and an outstanding public relations person, but he understands almost nothing about military matters. It is no wonder that there are those in Lebanon who have already claimed that Mughniyeh was much more important to Hizballah than Nasrallah.

The blow to Hizballah's position and morale lies also in the shattering of the near-mythical belief in Mughniyeh's immunity. He had been pursued for decades by the intelligence services of no less than 42 countries, but had succeeded in evading them all. ...Since that fateful Tuesday,  every child in Lebanon knows that whoever got to Mughniyeh can also get to Nasrallah.

Mughniyeh's liquidation came at an already difficult time for Hizballah, as the organization is consumed with debilitating political struggles inside the Lebanese political arena. It is under constant attack by its political opponents, led by the representatives of the "March 14th" coalition (Sa`d al-Din al-Hariri, Walid Junblatt, and their Christian partners). Hizballah is still having a hard time recovering from the Second Lebanon War. In this context, the reference is not necessarily to the damage done to Hizballah's own missile arsenal, hit hard by Israel in summer 2006 but which has apparently been restored, but rather to the extensive and lasting economic damage experienced mainly by Lebanon's Shiite population, Hizballah's core constituency.

It is true that Hasan Nasrallah declared a "divine victory" in the Second Lebanon War, a claim he repeated during Mughniyeh's funeral. However, the quiet reigning along the Lebanese-Israeli border ever since the war, which Hizballah has taken every precaution to preserve, says a great deal about the current balance of power between Israel and Hizballah and about Israel's deterrent power, which was actually reinforced in the aftermath of the war.

Mughniyeh's killing also constitutes a severe blow to Syria and its president, Bashar al-Asad. After all, Mughniyeh was liquidated under Bashar's very nose, in the heart of his own capital, Damascus. It will be remembered that this is not the only blow the Syrian president has suffered during the past year. At the beginning of September 2007, the Israel Air Force carried out, according to media reports, an attack against a nuclear installation in northeastern Syria that the Syrians were trying to build with the assistance of North Korea.

Previous editions of  TEL AVIV NOTES can be accessed at, under "Commentary".

3. Guysen News International
From: Guysen Israel News <>
18 February 2008, 12 Adar-1
23:39  An archaeologist from the Antiquities Authorities has described the crack in the Temple Mount as minor. He rejected the accusations of the Waqf, the Muslim custodian of their holy sites, who claimed that archaeological excavations are taking place under the Temple Mount.  (Guysen.International.News)

18:18  The head of American Information has not ruled out the possibility that the killing of Imad Moughnieh is ''an internal affair'' for Hezbollah. In an interview with the Fox television channel, Mike McConnell said that the United States was still studying the issue. He said that for the time being, the threat of revenge mainly affects Israel but Washington is making every efforts to be ready for all eventualities.  (Guysen.International.News)

16:37  Tehran holds Hamas and the Islamic Jihad accountable for the assassination of the senior Hezbollah terrorist Imad Moughnieh. During his visit to Damascus following the funeral of the arch-terrorist, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki blamed Khaled Meshaal and the secretary-general of the Islamic Jihad, Ramdan Challah, and said that they were responsible for the ''security breach ''which led to the assassination of Moughnieh. According to some reports, shortly before his killing, Moughnieh had met with leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.  (Guysen.International.News)

15:58  The ministerial committee headed by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert approved the granting of a budget of 350 million shekels for the protection of 3,300 homes located within a radius of 4.5 kilometers of the border with the Gaza Strip.  (Guysen.International.News)

12:55  According to the British Sunday Times, Imad Moughnieh was attempting to procure long-range missiles that can be equipped with chemical warheads that can reach Tel Aviv, for Hezbollah,. According to Israeli sources, the head of Hezbollah operations eliminated last week in Damascus, was cooperating with Syria in the preparation of anti-Israeli attacks to avenge ''the Israeli raid in September 2007''.  (Guysen.International.News)

12:37  Barak described the death of Imad Moughnieh as a ''blow to Hezbollah and global terrorism''. "For decades, Moughnieh ordered the murder of hundreds of civilians and soldiers around the world, I believe that it will take time to find a replacement", the Defense Minister said.  (Guysen.International.News)

10:07  A new initiative to make an academic boycott of Israel was launched by British students. Students at the prestigious London School of Economics decided at a meeting last Thursday to take action against the "Zionist apartheid regime until it puts an end to "discrimination and its oppression of the Palestinians''.  (Guysen.International.News)

07:54  Lebanon: Moughnieh Imad, the head of Hezbollah operations eliminated last Tuesday in Damascus, had acquired "Fatah 110" missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv, for the Shiite terrorist organization.  (Guysen.International.News)

05:57  The British Sunday Times claimed in its edition today that the Israeli intelligence service were responsible for the death of Imad Moughniyeh on Tuesday evening in Damascus.  (Guysen.International.News)

03:25  Iraq: 3,960 American soldiers have died in the country since the beginning of the intervention of the international coalition forcesin March 2003, according to the United States Department of Defense.  (Guysen.International.News)

02:26  Somalia: the Elman Human Rights organization reported statistics on violence in the capital Mogadishu in January. 292 people were killed and 325 were wounded. (Guysen.International.News)

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