There are some 2,500 non-uniformed Hizbullah fighters in southern Lebanon, and the organization has trebled its pre-war missile arsenal, government sources said Wednesday following a security cabinet meeting on Hizbullah's current strength and the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.2 - Lebanon's prime minister formed a national unity Cabinet on Friday in which Hezbollah and its allies have veto power over government decisions.
According to the sources, Hizbullah today has some 40,000 short and medium-range missiles inside Lebanon, and UN Security Council Resolution 1701 - the resolution that put an end to the Second Lebanon War and provided an expanded mandate for UNIFIL - has been completely ineffective in stopping arms from pouring in to Hizbullah from Syria.
The vast majority of the missiles are north of the Litani river, but can still "blanket" the northern part of Israel, the sources said.
The security cabinet meeting came as the government is apparently trying to place the implementation of 1701 back on the international agenda.
Prime Minister Fuad Saniora, who announced the Cabinet formation in Beirut, had been struggling to form a government since former army chief Gen. Michel Suleiman was elected president in May.THESE ARE THE FRUITS OF APPEASEMENT.
- WE SHOULD HAVE VAPORIZED NASRALLAH YEARS AGO.
- NOW HE AND HIZBALLAH ARE STRONGER THAN BEFORE - AND WE HAD HIM ON THE ROPES.
- I EXPECT ANOTHER WAR HERE BEFORE THE ELECTION: BECAUSE IRAN DOESN'T WANT TO BE ATTACKED; THEY WOULD RATHER LEBANON IS ATTACKED.
- I'M SURE IRAN THINKS THAT IF THEY CAN STALL AND PUT OFF AN ATTACK UNTIL AFTER OBAMA IS ELECTED THEN THEY WILL GET TO HAVE NUKES.