Fighting in Syria doesn’t remove the threat of Hezbollah to Israel, the Zionist newspaper Haaretz titled its article published by Amos Harel on Friday.
Haaretz considered that the prolonged quiet on the Palestinian-Lebanese border cannot rule out the possibility that Hezbollah will abandon his restraint policy in dealing with the current Zionist threats.
The Zionist paper drew a comparison between the current situation and that before 2006 War on the northern front, wondering if the Zionist political and military commanders are repeating the same mistaken assessment.
After the assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and the evacuation of the Syrian army from Lebanon in 2005 inspired the Israeli commanders, including the Chief of Staff Dan Halutz, to exaggerate their expectations regarding the Zionist ability to deter Hezbollah, according to Haaretz.
Halutz, at that time, determined that Israel’s deterrence of Hezbollah is indeed effective, particularly in light of that organization’s failure to carry out attacks on Israel, Haaretz noted.
The Israeli paper reported that Halutz’s statements were made seven months before 2006 War after which Halutz himself resigned.
It is worth noting that the major Zionist officials, including PM Ehud Olmert, resigned after 2006 War due to the defeat that was inflicted upon the entity by Hezbollah.
Haaretz added that the current quiet resembles that which preceded 2006 War, considering that Israel’s political and defense establishment should constantly re-evaluate its basic assumptions regarding the northern front.
“Hezbollah developed over the years from a small cadre of activists into a large guerrilla movement, then into a semi-military organization that is an important regional player and an essential partner in the Iranian-Syrian alliance.”
It’s clear that Hezbollah doesn’t desire a war with ‘Israel’ at this point, but this doesn’t mean it can’t sustain fighting on two fronts at the same time, Haaretz concluded.