Hezbollah leader Nasrallah's son taunts Israel on Twitter with smileys

On his popular Twitter feed, Nasrallah posted two messages with smiley face icons.

January 22, 2016 22:14
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Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah speaking on live television about the death of terrorist Samir Kuntar. (photo credit: screenshot)

Jawad Nasrallah, the son of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, appeared to be taunting Israel through social media on Friday just days after authorities here revealed that he had tried to activate a terrorist cell in the West Bank.

On his popular Twitter feed, Nasrallah posted two messages with smiley face icons.

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One of them asks: “How does one wake up a sleeping cell?” No other details followed.

The second post reads: “Receive a wage [from God] that is commensurate with your cell.”

Security forces announced on Wednesday the foiling of a suicide bombing and shooting cell based in Tulkarm in the West Bank that was under the command of Hezbollah, and which was set up by the son of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

Five Palestinians are in custody on suspicion of joining the Hezbollah terrorist cell, and they were close to carrying out attacks, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said.

Juad Nasrallah used an online social media network to recruit Mahmoud Za’alul, a resident of Tulkarm, the Shin Bet said.

Za’alul, 32, acting on Hezbollah instructions received from his handler, a man named only as “Fadi,” set up an email account through which he received directions on how to recruit more terrorists, gather field intelligence and select targets, the agency said.

The cell was instructed to use encrypted communications to receive instructions on how to carry out suicide bombings, assemble bomb vests, gather intelligence, and set up training camps, the Shin Bet said.

Additionally, members of the cell were ordered to gather intelligence on security personnel operating in the area.

The terrorists allegedly asked Hezbollah for assistance in getting weapons and funds to carry out attacks.

“Hezbollah sent $5,000 from abroad to advance the terrorist plot,” the Shin Bet said.

Two members of the cell, Muhammad Masarwa and Ahmed Abu El-Az, both born in 1996, purchased a firearm from Za’alul and were arrested before being able to proceed with a shooting attack on the IDF, the agency added.

Za’alul, the alleged field commander of the cell, spent time in Israeli prison between 2001 and 2005 for security offenses, while another member of the cell, Rabah Lavadi, 28, from Tulkarm, spent 2002- 2007 and 2008-2011 behind bars for security offenses.

The fifth suspect, Muhammad Wahid Za’alul, was also born in 1996.

“This is another attempt by Hezbollah to carry out an attack in Israel, which has been thwarted by the Shin Bet and the IDF,” the security service said.

They added that Hezbollah’s Unit 133, which is responsible for overseeing the Lebanese movement’s attacks against Israel, has in recent years tried to set up terrorist infrastructure in Judea and Samaria, without success. The latest investigation uncovered “a most unusual incident in which a terrorist cell, orchestrated by Hezbollah, was ready to act,” the Shin Bet said.

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