by: Ilse Strauss
Tuesday, 1 September 2020 | Hezbollah will not rest until they’ve killed an Israeli soldier. Moreover, the Lebanese terror group is willing to bide their time to achieve their bloody goal. Revenge is, after all, a dish best served cold.
“Let the Israelis understand that whenever they kill one of our mujahideen [Islamic jihad fighters], we will kill one of their soldiers,” Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah vowed on Sunday during a televised speech. “We are committed to an equation.”
And according to Nasrallah, Hezbollah currently owes Israel a reckoning to restore the equation that has been imbalanced after one of the terror group’s fighters died in an Israeli air strike in Syria.
On July 20, a series of air strikes targeted several sites around Damascus, including an incoming Iranian weapons shipment bound for Hezbollah. Several Iranian and Syrian personnel died in the strike. The casualties also included Ali Kamel Mohsen, a Hezbollah militant reportedly overseeing the receipt of the state-of-the-art arms cache courtesy of the mullahs in Tehran and then facilitating its transport to southern Lebanon where the Iranian terror proxy could put them to terrible use during any future conflict with Israel.
Within a few explosive moments, Hezbollah lost their new toys of terror and a trusted fighter. Moreover, the strike dealt a crippling blow to ego and honor. A livid Hezbollah immediately pointed a finger at Israel—who has admitted to executing hundreds of strikes in Syria to keep Iranian weapons out of Hezbollah hands—and vowed bloody payback to avenge their fighter and restore their honor. In fact, in line with his so-called “equation” policy, Nasrallah reportedly told his special forces that an Israeli casualty was the only remedy to restore the imbalance.
Israel took the threats seriously and beefed up the security level on its northern border, placing troops on high alert for possible attacks. Hezbollah did make good on their vow to attack. However, every effort to breach the border, much less maim and murder, has proven a failure.
Over the past month, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has thwarted at least three Hezbollah infiltration attempts and downed a Hezbollah drone over Israeli territory. The third attempt came last week when Hezbollah snipers opened fire on Israeli soldiers, prompting the first Israeli retaliatory strikes on the terror group’s infrastructure in Lebanon since the 2006 Second Lebanon War.
This means the IDF has sent Hezbollah back to Lebanon with their tail between their legs on three separate occasions—each time without coming close to inflicting an Israeli casualty and each time dealing their already wounded honor another crippling blow.
Yet Nasrallah refused to be fazed. In fact, according to the terror chief, each fruitless effort forms part of an elaborate revenge ruse. “Everything that has happened” in the weeks since the Hezbollah terrorist died in the alleged Israeli strike “is part of the punishment,” he vowed.
“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,” Nasrallah warned.
Israeli defense officials estimate that Hezbollah is unlikely to launch a large-scale attack on the Jewish state in the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion. However, Jerusalem is not dismissing Nasrallah’s warnings as idle threats. And just because the attack is not coming in the next few days it doesn’t mean it isn’t coming eventually.
“We are not in a hurry,” Nasrallah pointed out.
Israel is well aware of that. Hezbollah isn’t going anywhere. And as long as the terror group remains a puppet of their terror masters in Tehran and continues pursuing their objective of annihilating the Jewish state, more attacks are a matter of when, not if. We pray that Israel will be ready.
Posted on September 1, 2020
Source: (Bridges for Peace, September 1, 2020)
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