Saturday, April 11, 2009

Hizbullah in Gaza

Egypt arrested a cell of terrorists that were smuggling weapons into and out of Gaza. Hassan Nasrallah has admitted his men were part of the ring, and accused Egypt of supporting the Israeli side by not allowing his men to freely smuggle weapons into Gaza. Egypt is not very pleased with the goings-on, because the cell was also taking aim at the Egyptian government--a charge that Nasrallah, of course, denies.

Buried near the end of the latest Ynet article about the story is some information that leads me to one very important question:
According to the report, some of the suspects entered Egypt through the tunnels connecting between the Gaza Strip and Sinai, and the head of the network was senior Hizbullah member Mohammad Kabalan, who managed to escape. The man reportedly resided in Egypt between 2007 and 2008 in a bid to recruit and arm terrorist elements.
The question: How did Hezbullah agents get into Gaza?

One would hope they're getting in via the smuggling tunnels from Egypt. Because the alternative is that they're getting in through Israel.

In any event, Egypt is hopping mad at Hezbullah, and that's a good thing.
Egyptian officials responded angrily to Hassan Nasrallah's speech Friday, in which the Hizbullah secretary-general admitted that his organization has been smuggling weapons into Gaza.

"Nasrallah wants to turn Egypt into a playground like Lebanon," one of the officials told the London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper on Saturday.

Following the arrest of Hizbullah men in the country, the source added that "Egypt is not a playground in which others can play. Egypt is not a building without a doorkeeper."
This is literally a case of "The enemy of my enemy is my friend."