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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

As Obama Seeks to Send Ambassador to Damascus, Syria Ships M600 Missiles to Hezbollah

Will there be war this summer between Hezbollah and Israel?

As the Obama administration seeks to send Robert Ford as the first U.S. ambassador to Damascus since the Assad regime murdered Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005, Syria continues to arm Hezbollah to the teeth. However, the primary missile threat facing Israel does not consist of the Scud-Ds recently shipped to Lebanon, which must be fueled for one hour before firing. Rather, Israel's greatest concern is Hezbollah's arsenal of M600 missiles. As reported by Yaakov Katz and Rebecca Anna Stoil of the Jerusalem Post earlier this month:

"Hizbullah has received hundreds of advanced surface-to-surface missiles from Syria that are capable of targeting Tel Aviv and causing extensive damage to Israel in the event of a future war with the Iranian-backed Shi’ite guerrilla groups, it was recently revealed.

Meanwhile, Brig.-Gen. Yossi Baidatz, head of Military Intelligence’s Research Division, told the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday that Syria was unquestionably transferring long-range rockets to Hizbullah, and that the recent reported transfers were just 'the tip of the iceberg.'

The Syrian-made surface-to-surface missile, called the M600, is based on a solid propellant and is a clone of an Iranian missile called the Fateh-110. The M600 has a range of 250 km., carries a 500-kg. conventional warhead and is equipped with a sophisticated navigation system, giving Hizbullah accuracy it did not have until now."

What does the Obama administration have to say about this transfer of arms to a terror organization responsible for the 1983 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut, which killed more than 60 embassy employees and U.S. Marines? Absolutely nothing. Isolated by Obama, Israel will need to navigate this burgeoning crisis alone.

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