Israel tests the Resistance
By: Ibrahim al-Amin
Published Thursday, February 27, 2014
Hezbollah took about an entire working day before announcing its stance on the latest Israeli aggression. In a short statement, Hezbollah said that the Israeli enemy raided one of its positions inside Lebanese territory, finally solving the mystery of the targeted area while confirming that it will retaliate.
However, the party made a mistake by saying that it “will choose the time, place, and appropriate means to respond.” In fact, Hezbollah doesn’t need to use such an expression, mostly interpreted by the Arab public as a justification for not retaliating. Hezbollah is not an Arab regime or party in the habit of not delivering on its threats.
For the enemy, a working day became 36 hours. Israeli politicians, military and intelligence officials, had to wait this whole time for Hezbollah’s reaction. While many of them didn’t expect such a statement, others maintained this possibility as to avoid further miscalculations. In the end, the reply came and it shook up the situation, pushing Israel to look to the northern front from a different perspective.
Monday night, an enemy aircraft targeted a fixed Resistance’s position located right on the border separating Syria and Lebanon. As there are no obvious border lines, it is fair to say that the target “ is in both Syria and Lebanon.” Israel chose this location on purpose to give Syria and the Resistance a chance “to deny” the strike, a procedure usually adopted by Israel when dealing with its enemies at the northern front to allow them to contain raids without a big fuss.
Officials who took this decision in Tel Aviv thought that the location would allow Hezbollah to imitate Damascus in ignoring the strike completely. Israeli officials must have argued that the party is currently busy in Syria and that the open military battle there and the security and political battle inside Lebanon have exhausted it, so it is in no position to open a new front.
Knowing Israel so well, we have learned to take other theories into consideration. The Hebrew state might have been trying to test Hezbollah by checking its initial reaction after the raid or has been seeking to figure out how it would deal with such an event. In this case, one of the test’s results was Hezbollah’s public announcement yesterday acknowledging the raid and saying that it targeted one of its positions inside Lebanon. We can also assume that the Israeli test is not restricted to the raid itself or the resulting statement, therefore it is fair to ask: is Israel instigating the Resistance to retaliate in order to determine how much its involvement in Syria and its security alertness in Lebanon has impacted its readiness on the Israeli front?
In this case, is Israel getting ready for a new round of fighting against the Resistance? For a clash? Or even a confrontation that would escalate into a full scale war? This time, the aggression was not an intelligence operation such as an assassination for example, but an obvious military one, giving Hezbollah a larger scope for a military retaliation, which the party won’t be required to discuss.
Hence we ask, is Israel signaling its intent to wage a full scale battle? Does it believe that it can now accomplish all what it has failed to deliver in the last decade? Is it aiming to support the Syrian armed groups which are now cooperating with Israel, by launching strikes that may assist them in toppling the Syrian regime?
These legitimate questions derive from the Israeli vindictive mentality against the Resistance and the fact that all parties, whether inside Syria or in neighboring and regional countries and the West, must realize that any attempt to change the situation in Syria must go through a strike against Hezbollah whether there or in Lebanon.
There is much evidence suggesting this Israeli approach. Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah has already warned in a recent speech that the Resistance’s alertness against Israel is not related to any other battles.
What Nasrallah refrained from saying in public, he said in meetings with Hezbollah’s military and security officials, urging them to work as if they are fighting on three fronts: in Syria, in Lebanon, and against the enemy!
Obviously, the Resistance in Lebanon is unlike any other party opposing Israel. When the Resistance says that it will retaliate against the aggression, it means that it will retaliate. It will respond in a way that will make the enemy understand that it cannot change the rules of the game.
Meanwhile, the statement issued yesterday aborted a festivity in political, military and media Israeli circles that was anticipated if Hezbollah had remained silent about the aggression.This is Israel… always in a rush; its leaders adhere to an old Israeli saying: an Israeli man reaches orgasm fast, just so he can rush to tell his friends that he had sex! But in Lebanon, we now have a saying of our own: If you strike, we shall strike… wait for the retaliation!
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.