High Alert on the Northern Border

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers, deployed along the northern border, have been put on high alert following Wednesday's prisoner swap with Hezbollah.

"There is a feeling that we are on the verge of a collision with Hezbollah," one IDF officer said. "They are continuing to smuggle weapons from Syria and to build up positions in southern Lebanon," he said.

After two years of relative quiet since the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006, along with Wednesday's one-sided prisoner exchange at the Rosh Hanikra border crossing, IDF commanders believe Hezbollah may be planning another cross-border kidnapping or even infiltrating a northern Israeli town near the border.

Hezbollah commander in south Lebanon, Sheikh Nabil Kaouk, said the prisoner exchange evidenced Israel's "humiliating failure in confronting the resistance both militarily and politically."

Kaouk said by accepting Hezbollah's offer, Israel admitted its defeat.

Meanwhile in the Gaza Strip, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the prisoner exchange affirms that kidnapping pays.

"Today is a great victory for the resistance movements and for Hezbollah," Zuhri said. "It shows that the only successful way to free the prisoners is by kidnapping soldiers," he said.

Sources: YNet news, Haaretz

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