When mass anti-government protests engulfed Lebanon, a taboo was broken as strongholds of the Shiite Hezbollah group saw rare demonstrations criticizing the party and revered leader Hassan Nasrallah.
Hezbollah’s precision missile program is the State of Israel’s top priority, just after working to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear capability, a top defense official said on Monday.
Iranian-backed Hezbollah is planning a “calculated strike” against Israel in response to two drone strikes that the Jewish state carried out over the weekend against the Lebanese terror group.
According to Reuters, two sources close to Hezbollah told the news agency confirmed that the preparations were underway.
A reaction “is being arranged in a way which wouldn’t lead to a war that neither Hezbollah nor Israel wants,” one of the sources said, reported Reuters. “The direction now is for a calculated strike, but how matters develop, that’s another thing.”
Israel will inflict a “crushing” military blow on Hezbollah and Lebanon if Hezbollah dares to strike Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at Sunday’s cabinet meeting.
Netanyahu’s comments came after Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, gave an interview on Friday on Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV to mark the 13th anniversary of the Second Lebanon War. Nasrallah said that “Any war will be bigger than the 2006 war for Israel, and it will put it on the brink of extinction.”
The Israeli army underwent a massive simulation within the past week to train troops for combat missions in conditions similar to those in Lebanon, announced the Israel Defense Forces on Friday, February 15.