On May 10, the Military Media of Hezbollah released a short video warning Israel against carrying out any attack on Lebanon.
The 20-second video features a quote from a recent speech by Hezbollah Secretary-General Hasan Nasrallah, in which he threatens Israel with a “quick and direct” response to any attack, small or large, on Lebanon.
In the video, Hezbollah shows off some of its more advanced weapons, including Russian-made Kornet anti-tank guided missile system, what appears to be an Iranian-made Noor anti-ship missile system and a Syrian-made M-302 heavy multiple rocket launch system.
Hezbollah’s warning came amid unrest along the separation line between Lebanon and Israel. Several security incidents were reported in the area in the last few weeks.
On April 25, a rocket was launched from Lebanon’s South Governorate, the heartland of Hezbollah, at northern Israel. Palestinian gunmen were allegedly behind the rocket attack. In response to the attack, the Israeli Defense Forces shelled the area from which the rocket was launched and “infrastructure” targets in the South Governorate.
Hezbollah has been developing tis offensive and defensive capabilities with help from Syria and Iran since the end of the 2006 war. The results of Israel’s “war-between-the-wars” campaign, which is meant to prevent the delivery of advanced weapons to the Lebanese group, have been questionable to say the least.
Israel’s frustration with the growing capabilities of the so-called “Axis of Resistance” could push it to take military action against Lebanon, despite Hezbollah threats.
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