Hizbullah has acknowledged that the Jewish army used pilotless drones and not jet-fighters to attack its garrison at the Lebanese-Syrian border, near the Bekaa area of Janta on February 24, 2014. The statement claimed that the Israeli strike didn’t kill or injure any of the resistance Mujahedeen (Fighters), noting that it only caused material damage.
The statement stressed that “the Resistance will choose the appropriate time, place and way to retaliate Israel’s flagrant aggression against Lebanon, its sovereignty and territories, not against the resistance only.”
The Zionist regime, in a message via European parties, has warned that it considers Hizbullah controlling Syrian-Lebanon border a great threat to Israeli security.
The Zionist regime knows the seriousness of Hizbullah threats. According to Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot, the Zionist regime on Wednesday ordered troops on the northern border with Lebanon to be put on high alert, shortly after Lebanese party of Resistance, Hizbullah, vowed to retaliate the enemy strikes against Lebanon Monday evening.
Now, the Zionist regime is crying “foul”, saying that Hizbullah has deployed the Russian cruise missile, Yakhont, which is capable of striking Israel’s entire Mediterranean coast.
On February 27, Zvi Bar’el admitted in Israeli daily Ha’aretz that by admitting “Israeli jet fighter attack”, Hizbullah has changed the war equation. Now it grants the Lebanese organization double legitimacy.
“First, if it decides to attack Israel, it will no longer be accused of starting a war; it can defend the attack as merely “settling accounts.” Second, it can parlay the Israeli strike into official government support for it to retain its arms, which have come under increasing criticism within Lebanon due to the organization’s participation in the Syrian civil war,” wrote Zvi Bar’el.
Amal Abdo Saad-Ghorayeb Ph.D, a Lebanese academic, political analysist and independent journalist whose articles have been published by Open Democracy, Foreign Affairs and Lebanese online newspaper Al-Akhbar English, commented on Hizbullah’s threat to respond to Israel’s latest flagrant aggression. She is daughter of a Muslim father and Christian mother. She claims that her religion is “Resistance” against all imperial powers interring in Lebanon’s internal affairs.
“And I am equally confident that if any committed observer is asked “will Hizbullah really respond to Israel’s attacks on Monday?” he or she will tell you that as the first such attack since the end of the July War in 2006, Hizbullah has no choice but to respond, irrespective of how deeply mired it is in the Syrian conflict and in safeguarding Lebanon from terrorist infiltration. It has to respond because confronting Israel will always constitute the larger part of its raison d’etre, even if its mission has expanded over the years. And it will respond because to not respond would upset its doctrine of deterrence and “balance-of-terror” with Israel which it painfully earned after two decades of blood and sacrifice. Hizbullah will respond because there is no precedent of Hizbullah not retaliating for an Israeli attack (I am not including assassinations here) and it is highly unlikely that it would want to set a new precedent for its enemies. We just have to wait and see when and how it will do so, because no matter how committed we are as observers we are not privy to Hizbullah’s military strategy,” she said. Read the rest here.