In his analysis Al Jazeera’s Ali Hashem notes that Hezbollah is trying to send a message to the Israelis that escalating the situation in Gaza and perhaps launching a ground invasion would mean that this conflict would take on a new dimension.
Hezbollah is now officially involved in the war in Israel after the group claimed responsibility for an attack in three Israeli territories. Saturday’s attack came 50 years and a day after Egyptian and Syrian forces launched an attack during the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. in an attempt to regain land seized by Israel during a brief conflict in 1967.
But what does this involvement of Hezbollah mean for the continuation of the war and to what extent is the state of Israel threatened?
In his analysis, Al Jazeera’s Ali Hashem notes that Hezbollah is trying to send a message to the Israelis that an escalation of the situation in Gaza, and perhaps the launch of a ground invasion, would mean that this conflict would take on a new dimension.
Hezbollah chose the Shebaa farms to send a message to Israel. The area is considered by Lebanon as occupied territory, so Hezbollah does nothing against the Lebanese government’s policy. Shebaa Farms is a thin strip of disputed territory along the Lebanese border in the Golan Heights, formerly Syrian territory held by Israel since the Six-Day War of 1967. The area has been the site of decades of conflict between Hezbollah and Israeli forces. .
There will be some criticism of Hezbollah from its political rivals in the country, but the powerful organization chose this region to put things into perspective without overstepping the mark.
What is the significance of the Shebaa Farms border area?
The area was captured during the 1967 war – there is an issue with its demarcation as it is disputed between Lebanon and Syria.
Israel occupied it when it was considered Syrian territory. However, after 2000, when Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon, the Lebanese government claimed that this land is Lebanese.
What challenges does Hezbollah’s involvement pose?
In recent years, Hezbollah has been stockpiling weapons, it already has precision missiles… [που] they are capable of reaching any point in Israel. It also already has tens of thousands of fighters who are well-trained, highly experienced, and the Israelis have warned of Hezbollah’s power. Therefore, if Lebanon enters the conflict for good, we are heading for a regional conflict, a completely different scenario.
It is recalled that Israeli artillery opened fire today in southern Lebanon after Hezbollah targeted three Israeli army positions in the disputed area of Shebaa Farms.
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