9 September 2017
…Another war with Hezbollah looms
By Justice Nwafor
The tension between Israel and her neighbour in the North has risen again, prompting fears that there may be a military confrontation between Lebanon-based Hezbollah armed group and the Isreali army.
Al-Jazeera reports that the border region has remained restive since the 2006 war between the two sides, while rhetoric about another conflict has become almost constant, as a series of recent developments have renewed such worries.
On September 7, there were reports of an attack by Israeli jets on a military facility in western Syria, killing two people.
Although Israel did not officially respond to the reports, a former major general, Yaakov Amidror, told Israel’s largest radio station, the Army Radio that the attack was an effort to weaken Iran and Hezbollah, who operate in Syria, Al-Jazeera reports.
Amos Yadlin, the former head of Israeli military intelligence, also said on Twitter that the attack sent several “important messages”, including Israel’s refusal to “allow for empowerment and production of strategic arms”.
Earlier this week, Israel also began a 10-day military drill, the largest in two decades, on its border with Lebanon. The Israeli army said the main goal of the exercise was to “improve combat readiness on the northern front” and to “adapt the response to the challenges” facing Israel.
It would be recalled that Israel and Hezbollah fought a bloody 34-day war in 2006 that resulted in the deaths of more than 1,100 people.