May Mark the Beginning of the Third Israel Hezbollah War
This is a new story so the details are somewhat unclear. Multiple sources are reporting that persons unknown, presumed to be Hezbollah fighters, have fired missiles upon IDF patrols near the Israel-Lebanon border. It is unclear whether one or two IDF vehicles were struck. There are reports that 4 IDF troops are dead in what is clearly a response to the unprovoked Israeli strike near Quneitra on January 18th that killed 12 people from Hezbollah and the Iran Revolutionary Guard (IRGC).
Hezbollah have now released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack which reads
“At 11:25 [Wednesday morning] the Quneitra Martyrs unit targeted with appropriate missile weapons an Israeli military convoy comprising several vehicles and [transporting] Zionist officers and soldiers causing the destruction of several vehicles and inflicting many casualties on the enemy,” the brief Hezbollah statement read.
“The ball now is in the Israeli court if the Israelis launch a wide scale response, Hezbollah will respond in kind,” a senior political source told The Daily Star. “At this stage we cannot completely rule out this spiraling out of this incident into a full fledged war,” he added.
Hezbollah news channel Al-Manar said nine Israeli vehicles were targeted in the attack, while Al-Mayadeen news channel’s Director Ghassan Ben Jeddo, said at least 15 Israeli soldiers have been killed.
Hezbollah and Iran had no choice but to do something after continual Israeli strikes on their forces in support of the losing Syrian jihadists that Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia along with many Western nations have supported since the start of the Syrian Civil War in 2011. These nations have acted without any regard for the suffering of the Syrian people. Whether this turns out to be an isolated incident or starts a new war between Hezbollah and Israel, no-one should be in any doubt as to the identity of the author. This is what happens when the seasoned war criminal and legendary psychopath Netanyahu feels politically vulnerable. This is Netanyahu’s response to domestic unpopularity and international isolation.
Israeli shelling of Southern Lebanon is ongoing. The Israeli Prime Minister offered a typically depraved response on the Israeli Government twitter feed. https://twitter.com/IsraelHatzolah
PM Netanyahu: “To all those who try to challenge us on the north, I suggest you look at what happened in the Gaza Strip.” (To that list we might add Manhattan, Kuta Beach, Beirut and Buenos Aires, twice.) This quote actually appears to indicate that PM Netanyahu is actually proud of his Gaza crimes and sees the Gaza operation as a template for future operations. By all accounts more than 1400 civilians died in the Gaza operation, a minimum of 70% of the casualties were civilians. So here we have the Israeli Prime Minister dramatically confessing that those deaths were no accident and he intends to operate in the same criminal manner in future,
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