All day Monday, Washington leaned heavily on Israel’s government and military leaders to hold back from a military strike to punish the Lebanese hands behind the shooting dead of Navy Master Sgt. Shlomi Cohen Sunday, Dec. 15. The Obama administration was anxious to avert a major flare-up that might jeopardize its plans for dealing with the Syrian war in cooperation with Tehran.
However, early Tuesday, an audacious bomb-car attack close to a main Hizballah base in the Beqaa Valley of eastern Lebanon demonstrated that the Syrian-Lebanese arena was out of US control.
Hizballah will now be trying to figure out how to even the score against the Middle East intelligence agencies conducting a relentless covert war on Hizballah facilities and leaders as well as Iranian targets, which seemingly know every last detail of their whereabouts and movements. They suspect the Saudis of spearheading this war, but Tuesday, a Hizballah lawmaker accused Israel of orchestrating a wave of attacks in Lebanon, including the Baalbek bomb blast, with the aid of “local sleeper cells. “ The group reported two injured from the blast, but witnesses attested to several casualties including fatalities and vehicles catching fire…..(la suite)…..