Israel-Hezbollah Confrontation is ‘Exchange of Messages’, War is Not on Horizon, Expert Says

The reason for this is not only the reluctance of Hezbollah to draw Lebanon into another bloody conflict, especially now when the country is mired in deep economic and political crises. It also stems from israel being preoccupied with other problems and the split within its own coalition.

Friday saw another escalation on the Israel-Lebanon border after militants from Hezbollah, a Shiite group linked to Iran and one of the Jewish state’s biggest foes, launched 19 rockets into israel.

Three of those rockets fell inside Lebanon, the remaining 16 reached Israel. Only ten of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system.

Losing Control

Dr Eyal Zisser, the vice rector of Tel Aviv University and a leading expert on Hezbollah, has been monitoring the situation closely. He says the recent round of hostilities only further reiterates the basic fact that “the Lebanese Army has not been in control of Lebanon”.

This is not the first time Hezbollah and its allies have targeted Israel. In May, amid the Jewish state’s confrontation with Hamas, Palestinian groups positioned in southern Lebanon fired several rockets on the country’s northern communities.

Back then, Hezbollah didn’t take responsibility but it was widely believed it had okayed the move and that the Shiite militia cooperated with the Palestinian groups to subdue Israel. 

More recently, on Wednesday, tensions flared up again after several rockets hit northern Israel.

Israel retaliated for those attacks,…

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