Rockets strikes reveal new foe in Lebanon
By Sami Moubayed
DAMASCUS – Speaking in Beirut on January 7, the Muslim Ashura holidays, Hezbollah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah told supporters, “We have to act as though all possibilities are real and open [against Israel] and we must always be ready for any eventuality.”
Twenty-four hours later, Nasrallah’s words seemed to become reality when rockets were launched from South into Israel, near the town of Nahariya, threatening to open another front to the Israeli war on Gaza.
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, stationed on the
borders between Israel and Hezbollah, declared a state of emergency, while the pro-US government of Fouad al-Siniora condemned the attack but fell short of blaming Hezbollah. For its part, Hezbollah denied having ordered the Ketyusha attack.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) responded with fire into South Lebanon, drowning an Israeli statement on Wednesday, which said that Israel would send a senior o…