Winds of War - Israel and Lebanon
The Israeli government has recently threatened that should Hizbullah join Beirut's incoming government, it would respond to any attack launched by Hizbullah by targeting Lebanon itself. Israel stated that if Hizbullah attacked any Israeli anywhere it was prepared to attack targets on Lebanese soil.
Hizbullah officials stated in response that the organization was even stronger today than at the beginning of the Second Lebanon War in 2006, and that its armed wing was well prepared for any possible confrontation with Israel. The officials also stated that Israel would not dare start a new war with Lebanon since the United States would not support such a move at the current time.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has stated that there are no "winds of war" blowing in the north, only a war of words and media. However, Israeli troop movements and training exercises on the northern border seem to tell a different story. In reaction, the Lebanese army has moved some of its forces south.
Although both sides claim that there are no winds of war in the north, they seem to be acting just as they did before the 2006 war. Both continue to prepare for the next battle while claiming that nothing serious is going on.
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