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Hezbollah Threatens Israel – So What Else Is New?

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The Israelis have been steadily, relentlessly, conducting a bombing campaign in Syria, in order to prevent Iran from building its own permanent bases inside the county and, especially, from delivering to Hezbollah operatives precision-guided missiles. After each attack, Iran threatens to retaliate, but somehow never manages to follow through. And the same goes for its mini-me, Hezbollah, that huffs and puffs and threatens to blow Israel’s house down, whenever a Hezbollah member is killed in an Israeli attack. The latest chapter in this multi-volume work is here.

Hezbollah-linked social media accounts are mourning a member killed in Syria. On Tuesday night hundreds of accounts shared images of the dead “martyr” and also vowed revenge against Israel….

Statements attributed to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah also suggested Israelis keep an eye open in case of an attack. Hezbollah monitored Israeli media for responses, suggesting Israel was concerned. “There is fear and alertness in Israel,” Al-Mayadeen noted.

“There is alertness in Israel,” but no signs of fear. After all, ever since the Israel-Hezbollah war in 2006, the terror group has not managed to land a serious blow on the Jewish state. An informal ceasefire was observed, and Hezbollah refrained from attacking Israel until late August 2019, when it fired anti-tank missiles at a military vehicle in northern Israel. There were no casualties. And Israel fired artillery volleys in response at three Hezbollah-dominated villages; no casualties were reported by Hezbollah, which may even have been the truth. And now Israel has again been killing Hezbollah fighters in Syria, both some who were targeted, and others who were in the wrong place — Syrian or Iranian bases — at the wrong time.

Meanwhile, Israel has uncovered and destroyed all of Hezbollah’s terror tunnels into the Galilee, and has continually bombed Iranian shipments of precision-guided missiles on their way to Hezbollah in Lebanon, without any discernible response, save for the usual threats.

Social media accounts [of Hezbollah members and supporters] put up hashtags indicating it was a “sincere promise” to retaliate. Images of Mohsin showed him in fatigues with a rifle. He was allegedly killed during airstrikes in or near Damascus in the early morning hours of Tuesday. “If the blood of the martyrs awaken us wherever we fall asleep, hope ignites us that the possibility of responding is an opportunity to come,” one social media user noted.

The loss of this Hezbollah fighter is one of several who have been killed in Syria in the last year. Last fall Israel carried out an airstrikes against a “killer drone” team and killed two Hezbollah members. Other Hezbollah members have been killed fighting on behalf of the Syrian regime….

After the deaths of these Hezbollah fighters, the same script is always followed. Someone appears on the terror group’s Al-Manar TV station to warn Israel that it is now in mortal danger, or Hassan Nasrallah himself appears, filmed in his secret lair, delivering a statement full of all kinds of threats directed at the Jewish state. Israel’s Northern Command prepares to deliver a decisive blow in response to anything that might come from the terror group and then…nothing happens. Hezbollah does nothing. Something “will happen,” the swaggering bezonians of South Beirut promise. There are burnings of Israeli flags, crowds cursing the Zionists and, of course, the de rigueur display of smartly goose-stepping Hezbollah fighters, eyes right, but somehow, even though Hezbollah has 140,000 missiles hidden throughout Beirut and southern Lebanon, none of them is launched at Israel, the threats go unfulfilled, the marchers go back home.

Meanwhile, the Israelis, alert but determined, continue to attack, at will, not only Iranian and Hezbollah forces in Syria, but also, beginning on June 25, through both conventional and cyber attacks, at many different sites — Natanz and Khojir, Ahvaz and Shiraz, Mashhad and Tehran – deep within Iran itself. And the threats come from Iran, too, but it’s been many weeks since the devastating attack on the new centrifuge production facility at Natanz that has set Iran’s nuclear project back by two years, and still Iran has not dared to respond, for it surely knows that Israel will then deliver an overwhelming blow.

As a result of its intrepid campaigns against Hezbollah and its Iranian sponsor, Israel has made the world — for itself, for its Arab allies, and for the West, too — a less dangerous place. It surely deserves our collective gratitude.

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