The Rockets of Hezbollah

I usually avoid politics on LibraryPlanet.com. I even have another place to write about them, but since that site needs some work done right now, I am going to break with my usual modus operandi and do it here. Dave Winer wrote a post yesterday, and in the proud tradition of Scripting News, it disappeared and then reappeared later. During the disappearance, I send Dave an e-mail concerning one sentence in the post.
bq.If I’m not mistaken, Hezbollah didn’t start firing rockets into Israel until they were attacked by Israel. – “Dave Winer(Israel is wrong)”:http://www.scripting.com/2006/08/01.html#israelIsWrong Since Dave did not choose to correct his statement, I thought I would share my findings with you. Please note as I noted to Dave, this is not supposed to be a comprehensive list. * Israel fires rockets into Lebanon. UPI NewsTrack (May 28, 2006): pNA.
bq.JERUSALEM, May 28 (UPI) — The Israeli military responded to rockets fired from Lebanon Sunday with airstrikes on two militant strongholds in Lebanon. The military also exchanged artillery fire with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, The New York Times reported. The newspaper said the shooting began when a militant group in Lebanon fired several Katyusha rockets into northern Israel around 4 a.m. Sunday. * Israeli paper alleges Hezbollah helping Palestinians improve rocket capabilities. BBC Monitoring International Reports (March 9, 2006): pNA.
bq.Hezbollah explosives experts have arrived in the Gaza Strip in order to help the Palestinian terrorist organizations that are operating there. According to worrying information received by the defence establishment, the experts intend to improve the range of Qassam rockets and manufacture more lethal explosive devices. * Hezbollah guerrillas attack Israeli troops in Chebaa Farms. The America’s Intelligence Wire (Feb 3, 2006): pNA.
bq.The television said Hezbollah fighters attacked the Israeli military outpost of Roueissat el-Alam with rockets and shells. A Hezbollah statement said the outpost took “direct hits” from the shelling, but did not mention any casualties. * Hezbollah’s strategic threat to Israel. Patrick Devenny. Middle East Quarterly 13.1 (Wntr 2006): p31(8).
bq.The Hezbollah missile threat to Israel has expanded not only in quantity but also in quality. In recent years, the group’s operational artillery reach has grown. * Hizbullah-Israeli border exchanges intensify. Nicholas Blanford. Jane’s Intelligence Review 17.3 (March 2005): p20(3).
bq.Lebanon’s Hizbullah organization, the Islamic Resistance, has increased activity around the Shebaa Farms, intensifying the pattern of retaliatory exchanges with the Israel Defense Force (IDF). * Fighting breaks out on Lebanon-Israel border: 7 May.(News Digest)(Brief Article). MEED Middle East Economic Digest 48.20 (May 14, 2004): p3(1).
bq.New clashes erupt between the Israeli Defence Force and Hizbollah in the Shebaa farms area, close to the border between Israel and Lebanon. Israeli jets attack Hizbollah bases after fighters from the group fire rockets and mortars into Israel. * Hezbollah shells Israeli positions in disputed southern Lebanon border area. The America’s Intelligence Wire (Oct 27, 2003): pNA.
bq.Hezbollah guerrillas shelled Israeli positions in a disputed southern Lebanese border area on Monday for the first time in two months, security officials said. The Lebanese officials said Hezbollah forces fired a volley of rockets and mortar shells at the Israeli military outposts of Roueissat el-Alam, al-Samaka and Ramtha inside the Chebaa Farms area. * User Friendly – Syria gets lucky. Janine Zacharia. The New Republic (April 29, 2002): p13.
bq.The recent upsurge in violence against Israel — both from Palestinian suicide bombers in the West Bank and Hezbollah rockets in southern Lebanon — may have temporarily quieted the Bush administration’s rhetorical offensive against Iraq. * Flare-up along Israel-Lebanon boundary. United Press International (Oct 22, 2001): p1008295u0452.
bq.Hezbollah guerrillas on Monday fired rockets and mortars at four Israeli positions in the hills above the Shabaa Farms in the northern Golan Heights, UNIFIL and Israel defense sources said. * Hezbollah attacks Israeli troops. United Press International (June 29, 2001): p1008180u4728.
bq.Hezbollah guerrillas attacked an Israeli patrol in a disputed area on the border Friday, wounding two Israeli soldiers and triggering retaliatory shelling, Hezbollah and Lebanese security sources said. The attack was the first by Hezbollah since April 14, when the group fired rockets on an Israeli tank in the Shabaa region — the same area that was the site of Friday’s attack — killing the tank’s commander and prompting retaliatory Israeli attacks on the Lebanese side of the border. * Israel, Lebanon, and peace. (future of peace negotiations in wake of recent Arab terrorism against Israel) (Editorial). National Review v44.n5 (March 16, 1992): pp16(2).
bq.As Middle East peace negotiators reconvened in Washington in the last week of February, Israeli helicopter gunships swooped down on the motorcade of Hezbollah leader Sheikh Abbas Musawi in southern Lebanon and blew him up; Shiite radicals stepped up their attacks on Israelis along the Lebanese border; Israel launched a major ground incursion and then pulled back; and Katyusha rockets landed on a kibbutz, killing a five-year-old girl.