The Hezbollah terror organization claims it has been compromised by a Mossad spy, who allegedly thwarted several planned terror attacks over the years.
Has Israel’s famous Mossad spy organization been successful in infiltrating the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terror organization? After much reporting and speculation, the terror organization claims that its security apparatus has been compromised by an Israeli spy.
Reports that surfaced in December indicated that an Israeli spy had been successful in infiltrating and operating within Hezbollah for several years, hindering its terror operations and exposing its leaders to Israeli targeting.
Lebanese news sources identified the man as Mohammad Shawraba, a “fat fish,” a major asset, who lived under the guise of a business man in southern Lebanon.
The sources reported that he infiltrated the Hezbollah’s 910 unit, which is responsible for its international operations, thus foiling several potential attacks around the globe. He may have also been responsible for some operations in which some of the Hezbollah’s top brass were eliminated. Shawraba was also reportedly responsible at one point for the personal security of Hezbollah head Hassan Nasrallah.
His exposure came after months of intensive investigation by Hezbollah, during which he was fed false information.
The agent’s exposure has forced the shutdown of the unit and several other security-related changes in the terror organization, and some commanders were dismissed.
Hezbollah is Compromised, but Not Incapacitated
Hezbollah finally publicly admitted to being compromised, telling the NY Times that they were “battling espionage within its ranks” and had uncovered “some major infiltrations.”
This is not the first time that Hezbollah has claimed it discovered spies within its ranks. It has allegedly been infiltrated in the past by Israel and the CIA, but this breach is apparently of graver significance.
Hezbollah, however is trying to minimize the scope of the damage it has incurred. A Hezbollah fighter and party member in the Bekaa Valley town of Baalbek is quoted by the Times as saying that the infiltration “won’t affect the whole party” but would have a strong effect on the areas in which Shawraba worked.
Talal al-Atrissi, a Lebanese analyst close to Hezbollah, called the breach “a loss but not a substantial loss” for the party. “The party works in tiny circles, not big circles,” he told the Times. “Even party members don’t know each other.”
Hezbollah’s security woes have not stopped it from threatening Israel. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, who has been in hiding ever since the Second Lebanon War, made a rare appearance in Beirut in November in which he threatened Israel and claimed that the terror group’s rockets can hit anywhere in Israel. Ben-Gurion Airport and Israel’s seaports will be targeted during an eventual attack on Israel, he said. “You should close all of your airports and your ports because there is no place in the land of ‘occupied Palestine’ that the resistance’s rockets cannot reach,” he bragged.
By: Aryeh Savir
Staff Writer, United with Israel
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