Hassan Nasrallah, the chief of the terrorist Lebanese Hezbollah organization is at it again, seeking to challenge Israel to a fight. He is repeating the same bravado as he did in 2006, which led to the Second Lebanon War. In 2006, Nasrallah underestimated Israel’s response to his provocations. In a cross-border raid on July 12, 2006, Hezbollah terrorists lobbed an anti-tank missile at two armored Israeli Humvees patrolling the Israeli side of the border fence. The ambush left three Israeli soldiers dead. Two Israeli soldiers: Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev were taken prisoners, and ultimately murdered.
“O my God, make them like the whirling dust,
Like the chaff before the wind!” Psalm 13:11
In July 2022, Nasrallah warned that Israel and foreign companies would not be allowed to start drilling at the Karish gas field unless Israel agreed on a maritime border with Lebanon. In addition, he warned that if Israel began production, it would escalate into a conflict as early as September, and he did not rule out the possibility of a full-scale war with Israel. Earlier in July, Hezbollah unleashed two drones targeting the Karish gas field; they were downed by Israeli Navy and Air Force units.
In the meantime, US official Amos Hochstein, mediating the maritime border dispute between Lebanon and Israel, was in Beirut last week. He expressed optimism about making progress toward a deal. He met with top Lebanese officials, but apparently not with Nasrallah. Hochstein said that he “remains optimistic that we can make continuous progress as we have over the last several weeks and I look forward to being able to come back to the region to make the final arrangements in a few weeks.”
Nasrallah made his provocative threats in an interview with Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV. The same outlet suggested that Israel’s Interim Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, “surrendered to Hezbollah’s demands.”
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