In the wake of Monday night’s alleged attack by Israel on a Hezbollah arms convoy, the organization’s chief, Hassan Nasrallah, warned key military personnel of the possibility of war with the Jewish state, a Lebanese journalist with close ties to the organization said on Thursday.
“In his recent speech, Hassan Nasrallah warned that Hezbollah’s readiness against the [Israeli] enemy has nothing to do with other battles,” Ibrahim Al-Amin, editor of Lebanon’s Al-Akhbar daily wrote in a column. “What he did not say publicly, he told his party’s military personnel in closed meetings where he called them to action, saying that the resistance [Hezbollah] may be forced to wage a battle on three fronts at the same time: in Syria, inside [Lebanon], and against the [Israeli] enemy.”
Israel put its troops on the northern border with Lebanon on high alert Wednesday, shortly after Hezbollah threatened retaliation for the alleged Israeli airstrike. Lebanese media reported Monday that Israeli Air Force jets struck targets near the border with Syria in the Bekaa Valley.
Lebanon’s Daily Star reported that two trucks transferring missiles and a missile launcher were targeted in the raid as they were being transported from Syria to a Hezbollah storage facility. However, Hezbollah denied that a missile or artillery site was the target.
Israel and Hezbollah both denied the reports at the time, but a senior Israeli security official told Time magazine on Tuesday that the Jewish state was indeed behind the bombing. On Wednesday, Hezbollah acknowledged it was attacked by Israel and warned that it would strike back when and where it deemed appropriate.
In his column, Al-Amin compared Israel’s confirmation of the attack a day after it allegedly took place to the conduct of a man who ejaculates prematurely while engaged in sexual relations with a woman because he’s too eager to kiss and tell.
“That’s the way Israel is, always in a hurry,” he wrote. “Its leaders apply the popular Israeli saying regarding the behavior of men, whereby the Israeli man reaches his sexual climax quickly only so he can run and tell his friends that he scored with a woman.”
Ilan Ben Zion contributed to this report.