Israel still deterred by Hezbollah, says deputy terror chief

Hezbollah deputy chief Naim Qassem is challenging Israel’s ability to fight his group after Palestinian groups fire rockets at Israel from south Lebanon, sparking reprisal bombings.

“The Zionist attempts to threaten and frighten us will not succeed, the deterrent balance remains in place,” he says in a statement carried by Hezbollah mouthpiece al-Manar.

The deterrent balance refers to a chilly but mostly peaceful standoff between Israel and Hezbollah in south Lebanon, maintained since the 2006 Second Lebanon War, with neither side seeking a return to battle, but both also vowing readiness to do so.

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