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Did the Mossad do the impossible?

Analysis: If Hezbollah's report about an Israeli spy within its ranks is true, it means Israel's secret service succeeded in recruiting a human senior source from Shiite organization's special units.

Published: 12.19.14, 00:42 / Israel Opinion

Only time will tell, a long time probably, whether the sensational reports that Hezbollah uncovered an Israeli spy within the organization are true.



On the one hand, it is in Hezbollah's interest, after suffering for many blows from the Israeli intelligence in the past few years, to show that it has managed to expose and locate the source of the leak which has undoubtedly been bubbling within it.


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The organization, and media outlets affiliated with it, have reported in the past about Israeli agents that never existed. On the other hand, compared to the Middle Eastern environment it is living in, Hezbollah is usually known for its relatively accurate reports, and the way it released the statement to the media points to a sort of confidence in the discussed information.


If the report is true, it comes as painful news to the Israeli intelligence and it is definitely a gloomy situation for the man himself. Who knows what he's going through in the interrogation cells somewhere under the ground in southern Beirut's Dahiya neighborhood.


But if the report is true, it also shows that the Mossad has succeeded in doing what has been considered impossible for years: Recruiting a human senior source from Hezbollah's special units.


Hezbollah's Unit 910 was, for example, behind the bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992, and the terror attack at the Jewish communities' building in the Argentinean capital in 1994.


According to foreign reports and Hezbollah's announcement on Tuesday, Israel managed to infiltrate Unit 910 in February 2008, when it targeted Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyah.


His brother-in-law, Mustafa Badr al-Din, replaced Mughniyah as commander of all of Hezbollah's special units, leaving Talal Hamiyah in charge of Unit 910. But al-Din failed to restore Mughniyah's satanic abilities, and almost all of 910's attempts to avenge the death of the beloved and admired brother-in-law (apart from the terror attack in Burgas)
failed because of the assailant's amateurism and, more importantly, because of the accurate intelligence Israel provided the police and intelligence agencies in the countries in which 910 tried to operate.


On Tuesday, the organization declared that it now understands how these attacks were thwarted. This is just another stage in the terror attacks, assassinations and intelligence war between Israel and Hezbollah. To be continued.


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