Hizbullah Makes Clear It Will Strike Israel from Lebanon Even If It Is Attacked in Syria

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira - On April 17, three Hizbullah units, working simultaneously, penetrated the border fence with Israel at three locations. Hizbullah is pleased with its operational capability to identify key points along the border fence with Israel and damage them. Hizbullah wants to make clear that even though its ability to operate cross-border tunnels under the fence has been impaired, it is still operationally capable of crossing the fence aboveground. Hizbullah directly linked its "fence operation" to the airstrike on its vehicle in Syria near the border with Lebanon, affirming that its response was completely symmetrical to the Israeli move. Hizbullah's operation was aimed at warning Israel that any attack on it, even on Syrian soil, will prompt a retaliation from Lebanon. The writer is a senior research fellow at the Jerusalem Center.

2020-04-22 00:00:00

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