by: Kate Norman
Tuesday, 20 July 2021 | Israelis in the north woke up to rocket alert sirens early Tuesday morning. Two rockets were fired into Israel from southern Lebanon, Israel’s military reported, causing no damage or casualties.
Israel’s Iron Dome aerial defense system intercepted one of the rockets, and the other landed in an open area, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Twitter.
Even though the rockets did not harm any civilians or cause damage, the Jewish state takes any attack seriously. In response to the rockets, the IDF said its artillery struck in Lebanon, firing toward the launch site—the same site from which Palestinian terrorists operating in Lebanon fired towards Israel in May, the Times of Israel reported.
Though Israel did not name this morning’s culprit, last week the IDF and Israel Police thwarted a large weapons smuggling operation by Lebanese terrorists—possibly Hezbollah. The weapons were likely bound to be used in terrorist attacks against Jews.
Nonetheless, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said the state of Lebanon is responsible for this morning’s rockets, “as it allows terrorists to operate within its territory.”
“Israel will act against any threat to its sovereignty and its citizens, and will respond in accordance to its interests—at the relevant time and place,” Gantz continued.
“We will not allow the social, political and economic crisis in Lebanon to turn into a security threat to Israel,” the defense minister added. “I call on the international community to restore stability in Lebanon.”
Lebanon is on the verge of collapse, buckling under the weight of government corruption, a political and military chokehold by the Hezbollah terrorist organization, and a collapse of its economy and the value of the Lebanese currency, the lira.
The chaotic situation is creating a breeding ground for Iranian entrenchment, particularly through Iran-backed Hezbollah. The terror army is estimated by the IDF Northern Command to possess around 150,000 precision-guided missiles and rockets.
However, the state of Lebanon is in such dire need that Gantz offered earlier this month for Israel to send humanitarian aid to its northern neighbor.
“As an Israeli, as a Jew, and as a human being, my heart aches seeing the images of people going hungry on the streets of Lebanon,” Gantz said.
Lebanon never answered Israel’s offer to help.
Although Israel is more than happy to extend a hand of help to its neighbor, the Jewish state will not allow attacks on its sovereignty—no matter who pulls the trigger.
Hours before the rockets, Israel allegedly conducted overnight strikes in Syria near Aleppo, Syrian media reported. The Israeli military was targeting a factory a research site in the area, Lebanese channel Al-Mayadeen reported.
Syria claimed it thwarted the attack, preventing any damage—a common boast dismissed by military experts as empty claims.
Israel, in keeping with its longstanding policy, did not comment on its alleged involvement in the strikes.
Posted on July 20, 2021
Source: (Bridges for Peace, July 20, 2021)
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