Israeli officials have exploited the massive explosion at the Port of Beirut this August to revive a dormant propaganda campaign that had accused the Lebanese militia and political party Hezbollah of storing ammonium nitrate in several countries to wage terror attacks on Israelis.
The Israeli intelligence apparatus had planted a series of stories from 2012 to 2019 claiming Hezbollah sought out ammonium nitrate as the explosive of choice for terrorist operations. According to the narrative, Hezbollah purportedly planned to covertly store the explosive substance in locations from Southeast Asia to Europe and the United States — only to be foiled repeatedly by Mossad.
In each one of those cases, however, the factual record either contradicted the Israeli claims or revealed a complete dearth of evidence.
Hoping to seize the Beirut explosion as a historic propaganda opportunity, the Israeli government clearly believes that it can fashion a new and more powerful narrative by knitting together false claims related to these episodes.
Israel’s objective is to force Hezbollah out of the Lebanese government by implicating it in the calamitous blast.
So far, Western corporate media appears inclined to accept the baseless Israeli claims on face value.After Beirut Blast, Israel Revives Tales of Hezbollah Ammonium Nitrate Terror Plots