Over a month has passed since a Hezbollah fighter was killed in SyriaHezbollah has released a video warning Israel that it will conduct proportionate reprisal attacks for every attack against Hezbollah. Meanwhile, Israel and Hamas have announced a ceasefire with respect to the Gaza strip. This may reflect Israel’s desire to calm the situation on the Gaza front for a while so that it can devote all its military attention to the border with Lebanon as it tries to fend off Hezbollah’s reprisal attack(s).
Speaking on Sunday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed that the group will kill an Israeli soldier for every Hezbollah member killed.
Nasrallah described the action as the most effective means of deterring further Israeli attacks.
“Let the Israelis understand that whenever they kill one of our mujahideen, we will kill one of their soldiers. We are committed to an equation. Our objective is not revenge but punishment and to establish a balance of deterrence.”
Israel has been continuously reinforcing its military presence and activities along the contact line with Lebanon and Syria over the last month in anticipation of a military strike by Hezbollah. Over the last couple of days, Israel has carried out additional strikes against Lebanon although no casualties have been reported, presumably an attempt to avoid increasing the scale of the pending Hezbollah response.
In a new video released by Hezbollah, an armed militant is featured shooting his rifle at a target featuring a Star of David. The clip features a Hebrew voiceover with an Arabic accent reciting a passage from Exodus 21 (24-25)
“Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.” LINK
The terrorists using our Torah against Israel.
Posted by Meir HaLevi Weinstein on Sunday, August 30, 2020
Last week, Israeli attack helicopters struck observation posts of the Hezbollah along the Lebanon border after shots were fired at Israeli troops operating in the area, the Israeli military announced on Wednesday.
Israel has been bracing for a possible attack by the Lebanese resistance group since an Israeli airstrike killed a Hezbollah fighter in neighbouring Syria last month. Israeli troops have also traded fire in recent weeks with the Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza.
The military said no Israeli forces were wounded by the sniper fire, and there were no reports of casualties in Lebanon. Earlier, Israeli troops fired flares and smoke shells along the heavily guarded border. Hezbollah-run Al-Manar TV reported that two homes were damaged by the shelling.
In the aftermath of the incidents the military ordered civilians in nearby communities to shelter and blocked off roads near the border. The restrictions were lifted early Wednesday. The incident took place near the northern Israeli town of Manara.
In a briefing with reporters on Wednesday evening, Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said the fighting began when Hezbollah snipers, located between two U.N. peacekeeping positions, opened fire. He accused the militant group of using the U.N. positions for cover, and of deliberately locating its militiamen to draw fire that could have harmed the peacekeepers. “The choice of the location by Hezbollah is not accidental,” he said.
Conricus said the Hezbollah operatives were just a few dozen meters from one of the U.N. positions, though he said visibility was poor and it was impossible to say at this stage whether the peacekeepers were aware of the snipers’ presence.
UNIFIL said it observed flares fired from several Israeli positions along the border and were informed that there had been small arms fire from Lebanon directed against an Israeli patrol in the vicinity of Manara.
UNIFIL’s commander, Maj. Gen. Stefano Del Col urged restraint and asked both sides avoid further provocations. “I call on both parties to fully cooperate with UNIFIL to help determine the facts,” Del Col said.
Lebanon’s Higher Defence Council said it would file a complaint with the U.N. Security Council “over Israel’s aggressions on Lebanon”. Israel also planned to lodge a complaint.
While tensions between Israel and Hamas had escalated over the last couple of weeks, they announced earlier today that an agreement has been reached to implement a ceasefire. The move was foreshadowed last week by Israel’s defence minister.
“We will continue to work to restore complete quiet to our southern region,” Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz said. “In the north, we will not allow Nasrallah, who tried to harm our country but met with an alert and prepared army, we will not let him harm our soldiers or our country.”
Israel considers Hezbollah to be its toughest and most immediate threat. After battling Israel to a stalemate during a month-long war in 2006, Hezbollah is believed to be far stronger today.
At the United Nations, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Wednesday of last week that UNIFIL has launched an investigation and called on both parties to fully cooperate with the probe. LINK
Speaking after the sniper fire against Israeli positions last Tuesday night, Nasrallah said that such attacks would not stop until an Israeli soldier is killed and the balance is restored.
“If the resistance fighters carried out 100 operations and have not killed a Zionist soldier, the attacks will continue until the equation is equal again,” he said.
He added his terror group was “in no hurry” to kill a solder: “Your soldiers will eventually appear on the roads,” he said.
Addressing the recent UAE-Israel normalization deal, Nasrallah called it an “act of treason.”
“We condemn all attempts to acknowledge Israel and all forms of normalization with this enemy. We renew our condemnation of the stance of the officials in the UAE. Any such agreement is treason.” LINK
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