Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV revealed details of the kidnapping of two IDF soldiers,
which led to the 2006 Lebanon war. The video shows what appears to be Hezbollah
forces preparing for the mission in the same place where the 2006 kidnapping
Khalid Bazzi, also known as Hajj Qasim, led the operation for
Hezbollah and is shown on the video to be involved in the planning of the attack
in – what the program claims – is the site from where the attack was actually
launched. He is shown standing up high in the tree observing the site of where
the attack would take place, while another soldier is on the ground under
The video also showed live video of the attack with Hezbollah
militants jumping out from trees and bushes to attack an approaching IDF
vehicle. The footage of the attack appears to be from previously released
Bazzi was killed by an Israeli air strike during the
On July 12, 2006, Hezbollah terrorists attacked a group of Israeli
soldiers in Israeli territory, killing eight and kidnapping IDF reservists Eldad
Regev and Udi Goldwasser. Israel responded by attacking Hezbollah and other
targets in Lebanon, and Hezbollah responded by firing numerous Katyusha rockets
at Israeli population centers for more than 100 days.
The bodies of the
two IDF soldiers were returned to Israel in an exchange in 2008 for Lebanese
terrorist Samir Kuntar.
An article on Al-Manar’s website from earlier
this month stated that during the 2006 war “the Zionist entity used all its
power to destroy Hezbollah, but failed in achieving the least of its goals.”
Israel then “pulled out defeated” and today, Hezbollah is much stronger than it
was in the summer of 2006, according to the article.
The article also
quotes media reports noting the recent decision by the IDF to reduce and
restructure its forces.