Israeli Security: Hizbollah Remains the Same

Published June 29th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Hizbollah movement remains unchanged in ideology and objectives, despite the recent halt in its attacks, a high-ranking Israeli security official said Thursday. 

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Hizbollah continued plans "to kidnap Israelis and to conduct operations on Israeli territory." 

"Ideologically and politically, Hizbollah has stayed loyal to its fundamentalist options and submits to the influence of Syria and Iran, whose strategic choices remain unchanged, for the meantime at least," he said. 

The Israeli official referred to a recent interview, which Hizbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah gave to the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir, in which he said: "Our men have received instructions not to open fire on the Israeli border until further orders." 

The Israeli official said that despite the apparent calm on Israel's border with Lebanon, "all our indications show that Hizbollah still wants to be the flag-bearer for revolutionary Islamist schemes." 

The official said it was "paradoxical, as such schemes are suffering set backs, in Algeria as well as Morocco, in Sudan and in the Palestinian territories." 

He said Hizbollah had no plans to act like other Lebanese factions and participate democratically in the next elections - TEL AVIV (AFP) 

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