A reported Hezbollah plot to assassinate former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was thwarted by an alleged Israeli agent who had infiltrated the terror groups’ highest ranks.
London based newspaper, Al-Araby-Al-Jadeed, reports that the Lebanese Terror organization, Hezbollah, planned to assassinate former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, back in 2009.
The assassination was planned as pay back over the killing of Imad Mughniyeh who was Hezbollah’s international operations chief.
Mughniyeh was assassinated on February 12, 2008, when his car exploded in the Kafr-Sousa neighborhood in Damascus. Though the assassination was widely attributed to Israel, a recent report by The Washington Post claims the assassination was a CIA-Mossad joint operation.
Al-Araby’s report claims the Olmert assassination was thwarted by Mohammed Shurba, a high ranking Hezbollah officer. Shurba was recently arrested by Hezbollah amid concerns that he may be an Israeli agent.
According to the report, Shurba also provided Israel with vital information that helped prevent a Hezbollah terror attack on the Israeli embassy in Azerbaijan in 2009.
As of now, Hezbollah hasn’t released any official response to Al-Araby’s report. One reason for Hezbollah’s lack of response could be embarrassment over Shurba’s high position in the organization. In recent years Shurba held important roles within the organization, among them, head of the personal security detail of Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s secretary general.
By Yotam Rozenwald
Tazpit News Agency