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Subject The 'Divine Victory' - Ceasefire saved Hizballah from surrender in 06 Lebanon war..
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Original Message Hizballah Officer: Cease Fire Saved Hizballah From Surrender

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Steve Schippert

In the midst of last year’s Israel-Hizballah war in southern Lebanon, I observed in analytical commentary that Hizballah Is On The Ropes. After the internationally pushed ceasefire was implemented, Hizballah claimed a “Divine Victory,” a message that remains persistent in the Iranian-backed terrorists’ propaganda.

But, according to at least one Hizballah officer interviewed on Israel’s Channel 10, Hizballah was indeed on the ropes in southern Lebanon, saved only by the ceasefire. He said that Hizballah fighters would have begun to surrender in as little as ten more days if not for the ceasefire.

As reported by the Jerusalem Post, the ceasefire saved much of Hizballah from surrender.

“The cease-fire acted as a life jacket for the organization [at the end of the Second Lebanon War],” a Hizbullah officer said in an interview aired by Channel 10 on Tuesday.
In the interview, the unnamed officer said Hizbullah gunmen would have surrendered if the fighting last summer had continued for another 10 days.

His statement sharply contrasted with those made by Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah on several occasions since the monthlong war.

At the end of the war, Nasrallah said his organization had gained a “divine victory.”

The officer shown on Channel 10 said the organization’s gunmen had been running low on food and water and facing rapidly diminishing arms supplies.
He went on to describe how Hizballah fighters were ordered to fire Katyusha’s from civilian complexes in order to either shield themselves with Civilians or draw fire and resultant propaganda coup of civilian casualties, ultimately the centerpiece of international demands for Israeli ceasefire.

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