Israeli airstrikes against Lebanon are a dramatic shift in policy - analysis


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Israeli airstrikes against Lebanon are a dramatic shift in policy - analysis
It is said that no one blinks in south Lebanon without Hezbollah knowing — how could it not have known about a Palestinian group's plans?
AUGUST 5, 2021

The Israel Air Force strikes against targets in south Lebanon mark a shift in government policy by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who has pushed for a more aggressive approach against Iran and its proxies. The airstrikes, the heaviest since the Second Lebanon War in 2006, were in retaliation for three rockets that were fired toward the northern city of Kiryat Shmona. Following the airstrikes, the IDF fired some 100 artillery shells, and warned that “attacks will continue and even intensify in the face of terror attacks against the State of Israel and its citizens.” There have been several rockets fired toward Israel from south Lebanon in the 15 years since the war, but five instances of rocket fire have taken place in the past three months alone. None of the recent projectiles were launched by Hezbollah, which has full control in south Lebanon. Without naming a group, Israeli defense officials blame Palestinian terrorists in the area.


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Hezbollah says they fired rockets after Israeli airstrikes​

By Associated Press August 6, 2021

BEIRUT — The militant Hezbollah group said it fired a barrage of rockets near Israeli positions close to the Lebanese border on Friday, calling it retaliation for Israeli airstrikes on southern Lebanon a day earlier.

Israel said it was firing back after at least 10 rockets were launched from Lebanon, and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett swiftly convened a meeting with the country’s top defense officials.

The attacks were a significant escalation between Israel’s new government and Iran-backed Hezbollah, and comes amid rising tensions between Israel and Iran that has played out in the Persian Gulf.