First Confrontation Between Hezbollah and Israel – No Israeli Soldiers Injured

  • Nasrallah warned Israel that he was to take revenge soon.
  • Today was the first attack.
  • Benjamin Netanyahu proudly said not one soldier was injured.

Hassan Nasrallah the head of Hezbollah gave Israel advanced warning that he was going to take revenge for the attack by Israel with drones on the city of Beirut and the people of Lebanon, but he emphasized that he was not looking to start a war. Sunday, at 4:00 Israel time Hezbollah shot three anti-tank missiles at an IDF base and several military vehicles near the Israel settlement of Avivim close to the Lebanese border. Hezbollah claims to have destroyed one army vehicle.

Hassan Nasrallah became the leader of Hezbollah after the Israelis assassinated the previous leader, Musawi, in 1992. During Nasrallah’s leadership, Hezbollah acquired rockets with a longer range, which allowed them to strike at northern Israel despite the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon. In 1993 Israel carried out Operation Accountability. Much Lebanese infrastructure was destroyed during the operation, which Israel claimed was successful. An agreement was eventually reached whereby, Israel ended its attacks in Lebanon and Hezbollah agreed to stop attacks on northern Israel.

The Israel military reported a number of hits by anti-tank missiles fired at an army base and military vehicles. The IDF instructed residents in the area to open up their bomb shelters to prepare for the worst. In the meantime Israel retaliated with 100 artillery blasts and with an army helicopter. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a statement that Hezbollah failed in their terrorist attack to achieve their goals to injure Israeli soldiers. Two soldiers were taken to the hospital after the attack and released immediately. Netanyahu proudly said not one soldier was injured.

In the beginning of the action the media were still not sure what damage had done by the Hezbollah missiles. If one of the missiles would have injured or killed a soldier in would have forced Israel to retaliate with more force than they did, which could have escalated the clash between Hezbollah and Israel into a major war like that conflict that occurred in 2006 when Hezbollah kidnapped three Israeli soldiers. Nasrallah claimed that they had succeeded in injuring or killing soldiers in their attack but later it was confirmed that there were no injuries.

Israel expected an encounter and was prepared when it came. The army said before the attack that its ground forces, air, navy and intelligence improved their preparedness for potential encounters in the North. Nasrallah made a statement that their attack was in revenge for the death of two Hezbollah soldiers who were killed in the Saturday night Israel attack on their bases near Damascus.  He gave the names of these Hezbollah martyrs.

After a few hours of bombing, and after Israel’s counterattack, communities along the border with Lebanon were given permission to return to their routines. This sudden burst of violence raised the prospect of further conflicts between Hezbollah and Israel.  Most Israeli news reporters expected Hezbollah to wait for a time closer to the elections which will be September 17.  Nasrallah did not mention that this attack was in revenge for the Israel drone attack but in response to the Israel attack on Syria where two of their soldiers were killed. He may be waiting for a later date to respond to the attack on Beirut and Hezbollah intelligence headquarters by two Israeli drones, one with explosive.

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David Wexelman

Author of 5 books on the internet on topics of Jewish mysticism, managing two websites.

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