In recent months, the Israeli Defense Forces have gone about confronting Iran on a variety of different battlefields, including Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Lebanon.
But the reasons for the attacks remain the same: Iran is resupplying their proxy terrorist army Hezbollah and other groups, with technologically advanced missiles. Although Hezbollah has 100,000 missiles, most of them are short-range and wildly inaccurate. Now Iran is supplying the terrorists with sophisticated, long-range guided missiles capable of hitting any city or town in Israel.
And in Hezbollah’s home base in Lebanon, the Iranians are openly assisting the terrorists in building their arsenal.
As usual, the Iranians are building the bases in civilian areas to make sure there are plenty of human shields to protect the terrorists’ behinds.
The IDF is obviously making the case for war with Hezbollah and, if necessary, Iran.
By naming Iranian officers allegedly operational in Lebanon, Israel is effectively painting targets on their backs for its air force. In insisting that the Lebanese government should dismantle Iranian efforts to build Hezbollah guided missiles, Israel is warning that it’s prepared to risk MAD to prevent what it sees as strategic weapons ending up in the hands of terrorists.
Israel also knows, and so does everyone in Lebanon, that there’s nothing that the Lebanese government could do to stop Hezbollah’s weapons programs. So, Israel is simply making the case for war, in public.
In perhaps the most useless news of the year, the United Nations has reauthorized the 10,000-man United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). It was UNIFIL that, in 2006, politely stepped aside and allowed Iran to resupply Hezbollah after the war in Lebanon. The force was specifically tasked by the UN Security Council with preventing that. It was one of the stipulations Israel demanded in halting its attacks.
Now, Hezbollah is stronger than ever and openly daring Israel to stop its buildup.
The Lebanese government is, as usual, powerless to stop anything in their own country. But even Sunni leaders like former Prime Minister Saad Hariri are supporting Hezbollah and opposing any Israeli incursions into their territory.
Israel bears full responsibility for last weekend’s attack on Beirut’s southern suburbs, Prime Minister Saad Hariri told the head of the United Nations Friday.
“This unacceptable act threatens the stability and peace that has prevailed on the international border for 13 years,” Hariri said in a telephone call to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Friday afternoon, according to a statement from the premier’s office.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, two Israeli drones were seen hovering in a residential area of Beirut’s southern suburbs. One crashed and a second exploded shortly after, damaging Hezbollah’s media offices.
Such aggressions, Hariri said according to a statement to his office, “threaten to drag the region into an unaccounted for conflict.”
With elections in Israel scheduled for September 17, one is tempted to see these maneuvers by the IDF and Netanyahu as little more than an election ploy. Would Bibi really pull the trigger so close to an election?
The fact is, Iran has their own timetable and Prime Minister Netanyahu has his. Elections or no, Netanyahu will strike Lebanon if conditions are right. He already has what he believes is his casus belli. Whether Israeli voters would agree with him is another question.