This is so cloak and dagger it might as well come from a Hollywood thriller. The Mossad has established a Twitter account and website devoted to exposing Hezbollah personnel and units engaged in acts of terror and drug-dealing. The site purports to have been founded by “western intelligence agencies.” This is false. It is a Mossad site. The domain is registered to an “Adrien Peeters” of Roulers, Belgium. But this is likely a pseudonym.
The site periodically publishes posts with the names and pictures of Hezbollah operatives who are either wanted by Israeli intelligence or suspected of engaging in activity against Israel. It offers bounties on the heads of Islamist killers and does so publicly. Mossad is attempting to use the internet and social media as part of its psychological operations against Islamist groups with which it’s at war:
We call upon you to assist in our activity, whose purpose is to end Hezbollah-perpetrated terror in Lebanon and abroad. We ask that you send us any and all details that you have to help in this effort, especially information on the true identity of the people in the photos displayed on this site.
We wish to thank you in advance for your information. We would like to stress the following points:
- Do not hesitate to send any information whatsoever, even if it seems of minor importance or irrelevant, any piece of information may be useful.
- A considerable sum of money is promised to anyone who sends us information that contributes to our effort.
I’ve recently reported here that the Israeli couple murdered at the Brussels Jewish museum were, in actuality Israeli intelligence operatives. Both Miriam and Emanuel Riva worked for Mossad. Though the original claim was that they were “economists,” that appears to be only the tip of the iceberg. Though I don’t yet know his specific role, I suspect he used his finance background to track Hezbollah activities (drug and arms dealing) in Europe.
It’s becoming more and more clear (though there are a few unexplained oddities about this theory) that the attack was a planned “hit” by Hezbollah. At least, this is what the Mossad now believes. These postings are the Israeli spy agencies attempt to tell Hezbollah: “we know who you are, where you live, and you don’t have long before we settle accounts.” Nor is this an empty threat. Israel routinely assassinates Islamist opponents in Arab/Muslim countries including those from Hezbollah. From Mahmoud al-Mabouh to Khaled Meshal to the Iranian nuclear scientists to Imad Mugniyeh to the latest killing of Hassan al-Laqqis. In the case of Unit 133, the new posting specifically names the commander as Mouhammad Ataya. This certainly means he’s near the top of Kidon’s hit-list.
If this theory is correct, then the Riva killings were the work of a French Muslim recruited by Hezbollah while he was in Syria doing jihad. Though Mehdi Nemmouche was reputed to belong to ISIS, a former Al Qaeda-linked group, this appears to be a ruse. Hence the ISIS logo in his belongings when captured was an effort to deflect attention from his Hezbollah links.
What does all this prove? That the Israeli-Islamist game of tit-for-tat killings serves no purpose. It is a completely bankrupt approach to the enemy. It leaves both sides, as Martin Luther King once said “toothless and blind.” The Rivas are, alas, collateral damage in Israel’s unending war against its enemies. They didn’t have to die. But as long as Israel prefers the bullet to political compromise, other Rivas will pay the price as well.