A few days ago, Israel sent a couple of its unmanned aerial vehicles towards Beirut. They were entrusted with a mission to damage objects that are associated with the Shiite Hezbollah group. The attack was relatively successful – one drone was shot down, but the second flew to the target in the southern part of the capital of Lebanon. A little earlier, the IDF struck at Syria. This was again connected with Hezbollah – supposedly, the group was preparing a cunning plan to send kamikaze drones towards the Jewish state. Then several Lebanese perished.
Of course, all this seriously angered the members of the Party of Allah (the name of the designated group), and they promised to avenge both the death of their brothers in neighboring Syria and the attack on Beirut.
On Sunday in Israel, they realized that the northern neighbor is keeping his promises. The northern part of the country was rocket attacked. To the honor of the Shiite party, it should be noted that they shot clearly at the military base of the Israeli military and at military vehicles, and not at civilians, although the latter had to hide in a bomb shelter. At least some of them. Avivim was attacked, but it did not entail any serious consequences. In response, the IDF sent a large number of shells towards Lebanon. Over a hundred, according to Israeli journalists. This led to fires in the forested areas of southern Lebanon. So while for Lebanon this Hezbollah’s action has become more destructive than for Israel.
Tel Aviv is already not enough in its country, it intends to join another.
It was supposed that this was revenge for the attack on Beirut, but a little later, journalists found out that in fact Israel had not yet responded to the Lebanese capital. So far, they have just gotten even with him for the incident in Syria. So the residents of Avivim and other northern settlements of the Jewish state continue to live in fear and await the next bombing. And the local army has no real methods to completely protect them from the threat. Civilians fear a repeat of 2006, when countless rockets rained down on their heads, killing dozens of them.
Indeed, now Lebanon and Israel are one step away from another war. However, Tel Aviv is often embroiled in such stories, and then comes out of them with almost no consequences for themselves. Maybe now it’s possible to crank something like that. Moreover, as it turns out, foreign forces were involved in the process. For example, Russia, according to Asharq Al-Awsat, known for media coverage of Middle East events.
According to the publication, Moscow acts as a negotiator between the parties. The Kremlin is interested in preventing conflict and is doing everything in its power to prevent a full-fledged war. In this direction, he succeeds, according to reporters. It is as if Russia is negotiating so skillfully that both sides have already notified each other that they do not want to fight. So, Moscow gave Tel Aviv evidence that this Hezbollah strike would not pose a serious danger to Israel. Limited attack in order not to lose face. At the same time, Hezbollah assures that she does not want to continue the fighting.
To the Lebanese, Russian diplomats conveyed similar desires to Israel – no large-scale war. It will only harm everyone, and there will be no winners at all. It is believed that these are more indicative actions in the interests of the ruling circles of the Jewish state, which seek to strengthen their positions before the elections. Well, if Russia has a merit in this, then we can confidently talk about our country reaching a new level – now its word has become significant in resolving even the most acute regional conflicts. It is only a pity that this did not work out with Ukraine.
Some sources say that Russia is indeed participating in a project to resolve the Lebanese-Israeli conflict. Iran greatly helps in this matter, which through its influence on Hezbollah helps to achieve the required results. We have fairly good relations with Israel, so for awhile we found the common language.
But at the same time, our interlocutor does not exclude a possible exacerbation. It’s all about the position of Israel. For example, even Hezbollah’s limited strike on Sunday served as a serious incentive to reconsider his desire not to fight. Tel Aviv did not want the attack to be carried out, especially in those areas that were especially badly damaged in 2006. Hezbollah, in turn, was seriously angry at the fact that Israel responded to the three missiles it launched with a hundred of its shells, some of which were also with incendiary mixture. It is hoped that after the elections in Israel, the situation will normalize. Firstly, such hints were made by team members of Benjamin Netanyahu, and secondly, the United States will intervene in the situation with its “great” Middle East plan. America is not interested in destabilizing Lebanon and intends to use the country’s partially loyal authorities in future projects to consolidate in the Middle East. But for now, you have to wait for the Israeli elections and see who will win. Russia is doing everything possible to protect the parties from bloodshed.