Hassan Nasrallah Secretary-General of Hezbollah has threatened to kill an Israeli soldier every time the Israeli military kills one of his group’s fighters.
The Lebanese leader made the new threat in a televised speech on August 30 commemorating the 10th of Muharram, a holy Islamic day highly admired by Shiites.
Israel, which killed a fighter of Hezbollah in the July 20 airstrikes on Syria’s Damascus, is expecting a retaliatory attack by the group.
“I tell the Israeli that if you kill one of our fighters, we will kill one of your soldiers. We don’t care to retaliate by hitting machines or locations or causing material damage. All this financial damage can be replaced due to the large amounts of money you have,” al-Manar quoted Nasrallah as saying.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) deployed addition troops and weapons on the separation line with Lebanon following the July 20 incident. Movement in the region was also restricted.
“After Hezbollah member was martyred in the Israeli attack on Syria, Israel instantly knew that there will be retaliation based on the equations we drew with our power, not our speeches. This is how respect is attained,” Nasrallah noted in his speech.
Recently, the IDF’s attempted to trick Hezbollah fighters into targeting low-flying drones and a robot soldier. Nasrallah’s new statement indicates that the group is determined to target and kill Israeli service members. This is the worst case scenario for the IDF.
Hezbollah’s upcoming response will likely be limited and well-calculated. Nevertheless, Israel may use it as a pretext to launch a large-scale attack on Lebanon.