‘Israelis’ Don’t Want War, Await Sayyed Nasrallah’s Rational Explanation - Haaretz
By Staff, Haaretz
Friday morning’s rocket fire from Lebanon was unusual, but even more so given the claiming of responsibility, Amos Harel wrote for Haaretz.
Hezbollah made sure to claim responsibility. The decision to launch rockets and the ensuing announcement are part of Hezbollah’s attempt to maintain a balance of deterrence with ‘Israel’ despite Lebanon’s accelerating collapse.
Harel described the incident as a dangerous challenge for Zionist Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Hezbollah already succeeded once – too often – when it dragged a new prime minister, Ehud Olmert, into the 2006 war. This time, it’s more complicated because the incident took place during regional theatrics between ‘Israel’ and Iran, even if most of this conflict is clandestine, according to the author.
It seems Hezbollah felt that ‘Israel’s’ unusual use of combat capabilities warranted an exceptional response. It seems these considerations have more to do with the big picture in Lebanon and the region.
Hezbollah said the rocket fire was a response to ‘Israeli’ aggression, and the fact that Hezbollah took responsibility has more repercussions than the act itself.
It is safe to assume, according to Harel, that Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s speech later on Saturday will give a rational explanation, as usual, and won’t be brief.
At this point, the ‘Israeli’ response to the rocket fire has been local and limited. And despite the security assessment, ‘Israel’ isn’t conveying a particularly strong fighting spirit, according to the author.
Although the ‘Israelis’ don’t want war, Harel said it doesn’t mean they have to buy the ‘Israeli’ military’s explanations.
‘Israel’ finds itself surrounded by failed, Harel said, adding that an escalation in one place could cause a flare-up on several fronts; the rocket fire from Lebanon and Syria during the fighting with Gaza in May was the first glimpse of such a possibility.