Israel warns Lebanon on likely Hezbollah retaliation

Israel warns Lebanon on likely Hezbollah retaliation
Sat Mar 1, 2014 15:35:07

The Israeli regime has reportedly warned the Lebanese government to prevent the Hezbollah resistance movement from retaliating for a recent Israeli airstrike against the movement’s positions on the Lebanon-Syrian border.

“It is self-evident that we see Lebanon as responsible for any attack on Israel from the territory of Lebanon,” the regime’s Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Friday.

The Tel Aviv regime is technically at war with Lebanon and Syria.

The regime has neither confirmed nor denied carrying out the Monday’s air strike, in keeping with its silence on at least three such attacks over the past year targeting suspected Hezbollah targets.

In an unusually blunt public statement about the Israeli aggression, Hezbollah declared on Wednesday that it would “choose the time and place and the proper way to respond” against its Zionist enemy, with which it fought a major war in south Lebanon in 2006, forcing an Israeli retreat with unprecedented losses of military troops and hardware.

Meanwhile, Israel has repeatedly boasted about its intent to target the Lebanese territory in any new conflict, threatening to destroy “thousands” of residential buildings that it claims Hezbollah uses as “bases.”

Some Israeli analysts have discounted Hezbollah’s threat earlier this week about a retaliatory effort against the regime’s assets, citing the engagement of some Hezbollah forces in Syria to help repel the foreign-backed insurgency against the Syrian government.


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