Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper published an article in says that Israel is currently dealing with three difficult and complex arenas, dealing with infiltrations coming from the south, raids carried out by the Air Force on the Gaza Strip and in the north, and the escalating tension with Hezbollah.
The article focused on Hezbollah, and explained that the cross-border skirmishes that took place on Monday, considering that although they were carried out by Palestinian factions in Lebanon, most of them Hamas and Islamic Jihad, he believes that Hezbollah approved of them, and they are the skirmishes that led to the occurrence of at least 3 members of Hezbollah and a senior Israeli officer, deputy commander of the 300th Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Alim Abdullah, were killed after exchanges of strikes between the two sides.
According to the article, what is striking is that since 2006, Israel has avoided killing Hezbollah members on Lebanese soil, and has even taken many steps not to kill any members of the party – supported by Iran – in Syria, so as not to aggravate the situation.
The article adds that the question on everyone’s minds is whether these skirmishes will remain only in the areas along the border, or might they get out of control and turn into a comprehensive war on the northern front as well?
As has been said dozens of times before, the war with Hezbollah is different from the war with Hamas, and has more serious repercussions on the home front.
The advantage that the Israeli army enjoys now after the massive deployment of reserve forces is that its prepared, and the air force is on high alert, in addition to the presence of the US aircraft carrier USS Gerald Ford.
If a comprehensive war doesn’t break out now, we may later wonder why Israel didn’t start it, given the necessity of changing the paradigm in the Middle East, and Israel’s hopes to develop its northern region despite being constantly exposed to the threat from the Radwan Unit – an elite unit affiliated with the Lebanese Hezbollah, more equipped and professional than Hamas in Gaza.
Despite the costs and prices that will be paid, with gaps in fortifications and preparations, Israel must prepare to eliminate a threat in the north that is tens of times greater than the Hamas threat in the south.