Fox News has just announced that the two kidnapped Israeli soldiers may be taken to Iran. Fox said this news has just crossed the wires, but I’m still trying to find the article.
Here’s the article from Haaretz:
Israel has concrete evidence that Hezbollah plans to transfer the two Israel Defense Forces soldiers abducted Wednesday to Iran, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said Thursday.
“We have concrete evidence that Hezbollah plans to transfer the kidnapped soldiers to Iran. As a result, Israel views Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria and Iran as the main players in the axis of terror and hate that endangers not only Israel, but the entire world,” AFP quoted Deputy Director General of the Foreign Ministry Gideon Meir as saying.
An Al-Jazeera correspondent said Thursday that he had evidence that the two soldiers – identified Thursday as Ehud Goldwasser, 31, of Nahariya, and Eldad Regev, 26, of Kiryat Motzkin – were alive during the abduction. He said they were transferred to a Shi’ite mosque in a nearby town, where the abductors changed clothes. According to the report, one of the soldiers was transferred in a cab, to make it difficult for Israeli intelligence to locate him. The Al-Jazeera correspondent stressed that he had received the information from a source close to Hezbollah, and that members of the organization refuse to disclose more information with nothing in return.
Update: Al Aqsa announced that it’s going start attacking Israeli cities from the West Bank. I mentioned yesterday that if the terrorists see more momentum swinging their way that Israel would have to deal with assaults from all sides. It didn’t take long.
Update II: The Israeli Ambassador has confirmed: Israel is at war.
Update III: Hezbollah rockets have hit Haifa. Andrew Cochran from the Counterterrorism Blog comments on the significance:
I was a lunch with the Israeli Ambassador to the US when he announced that a Hezbollah rocket hit Haifa – the gasp from the crowd was an audible recognition of the major escalation that the attack represents, in part because it wasn’t clear beforehand whether the rockets had sufficient range. I would draw a parallel to the 1914 Sarajevo shooting of Archduke Ferdinand, which ultimately led to World War I.
Update IV: The United States proved that it is the only friend Israel has on the UN Security Council when it vetoed a draft resolution that demanded that Israel stop its attacks and “disproportionate use of force” in Gaza.