Associated Press – November 29, 2010
Iranian Red Crescent ambulances were used to smuggle weapons to Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group during its 2006 war with Israel, according to newly leaked U.S. diplomatic memos.
The memos say the “IRC shipments of medical supplies served also to facilitate weapons shipments.”
Hezbollah and Israel fought a 34-day war that killed 1,200 Lebanese and 160 Israelis.
The more than 250,000 classified State Department documents were released Sunday by online whistleblower WikiLeaks.
According to one of the documents, a person whose name was not published “had seen missiles in the planes destined for Lebanon when delivering medical supplies to the plane.”
The plane was allegedly “half full” prior to the arrival of any medical supplies, according to the memo.
A Hezbollah spokesman declined to comment, saying he had yet not read the document.
Iran, whose ties to Hezbollah date back nearly 30 years, allegedly funds the militant group, sending millions of dollars a year, and is suspected of supplying much of its arsenal.
During the month long conflict, Hezbollah fired nearly 4,000 rockets at northern Israel, including several medium-range missiles that for the first time hit Israel’s third-largest city, Haifa. Israeli weaponry, including warplanes, destroyed areas in southern and eastern Lebanon and Hezbollah’s stronghold of Dahiyeh in southern Beirut.
Comment – November 29, 2010
During the 2007 war in Lebanon there were repeated claims that Israeli forces had attacked clearly marked Red Cross ambulances. Israel denied the accusations but the above report would go some way to justifying claimed Israeli actions, if the Wikileaks disclosures were actually true.
There is good reason however, to doubt the authenticity of these disclosures. The fact that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says they haven’t harmed Israel and that a senior Israeli government official says that the Zionist state has “come out looking very good” in the latest Wikileaks, should ring alarm bells.
Add to this the fact that the latest disclosures reveal heightened concern in intelligence assessments and diplomatic cables over Iranian efforts to develop a missile that could strike Western Europe, and there is good reason to suspect Zionist involvement in the Wikileaks disclosures.
For as they say, when investigating any crime one should always ask Cui Bono? Who benefits? And in the case of the latest Wikileaks disclosures Israel would seem to be the chief beneficiary. Ed.