Author: Abdel Bari Atwan
The Israeli occupation state commemorated the tenth anniversary of its July 2006 war on Lebanon yesterday (Sunday) according to the Hebrew calendar by issuing a number of threats… Naftali Bennett, the leader of the radical Jewish Home, said that Israel must prepare for a new fighting dogma whereby the whole of Lebanon is targeted ‘because Lebanon equals Hezbollah and Hezbollah equals Lebanon’. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, the general commander of the Israeli army, threatened to turn Lebanon into the ‘southern suburbs’ – Hezbollah’s stronghold in Beirut which was bombarded by Israel.
Such threats cannot be possibly made by officials and military commanders who are certain about their victory. These sides are rather living through a state of fear and panic and they want to induce some reassurance into the hearts of the illegal Jewish settlers following the major defeat that they and their army sustained ten years ago. Indeed, after a 33 days long assault where Israel used all its military tools including modern jets, Merkava tanks, and special infantry units, the assaulting forces failed to progress a single kilometre into the Lebanese lands thanks to the opposition of the Lebanese Islamic Resistance Fighters.
Although Israeli jets did succeed in destroying the Suburbs and some towns and cities in South Lebanon – a vindictive and savage measure designed to cover for the failure to force a Hezbollah surrender – anyone who visits the south these days will see no trace of the destruction wrought by the war but will certainly encounter an even stronger will to resist and confront any new Israeli assault.
Hezbollah leader, Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, said in a recent speech that the party who is willing to sacrifice most is the party that will win the next war. We have no doubt that the Arab Islamic party is the most willing to offer up its martyrs, just as it did in the previous wars; perhaps even more so now, because the next war could be decisive and it could be the last war. There are more than 100,000 missiles waiting for the Israelis and there will be no red or green or yellow lines this time.
If one commando operation implemented by two Palestinian young men in Tel Aviv a few days ago rocked the Israeli settlers and terrorized them, how will things look when rockets of all sizes and ranges will start falling over their heads…?
The Israelis are living a state of panic and terror because they are well aware of the fact that they constitute the next target for the bloody mess that is currently reigning over the region, and that the state of security and stability they are currently enjoying is fake and misleading in addition to being temporary and short-lived…