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Israel Will Target Hezbollah's Nasrallah for Assassination if There's War

  • Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters.

    Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters. | Photo: Reuters

Published 28 November 2017

“It is clear" that if Hassan Nasrallah "dies it will influence the (military) campaign,” said a spokesperson for Israel's military chief.

The Israeli military has designated the head of Lebanon's resistance and social movement Hezbollah as an assassination target whenever Tel Aviv launches its next war against Lebanon.

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“It is clear that if he dies, it will influence the (military) campaign,” said Brigadier General Ronen Manelis, Israel's military's chief spokesperson. “There won't be a clear victory picture in the next war, though it's clear that Nasrallah is a target,” Manelis stated during a press conference in the city of Eilat, according to PressTV.

Last month, after repeated warnings that Hezbollah forces would deliver a fierce response in the event of yet another Israeli act of aggression, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that Tel Aviv does not “have a correct picture about what is awaiting them if they go to the idiocy of this war.”

In 2000 and 2006, Israel initiated two wars against Lebanon, both of which were repelled by Hezbollah resistance fighters.

Meanwhile, Manelis continued to ratchet up the drumbeat of war, affirming that the Israeli army is currently engaged in psychological and media warfare against Hezbollah, according to PressTV. He noted that the army is “active” in transitioning from “traditional media consumption to social media ... Just in the past few weeks, we've taken a great many actions that caused consternation on the other side.”

Manelis' remarks come amid a slew of Israeli threats against Lebanon. Consequently, Lebanon's Army Chief Commander General Joseph Aoun ordered soldiers to stand at full attention along the entire southern border in the need to respond to Israel's “threats and violations.”

While Israel ponders the benefit of assassinating the leader of Hezbollah — a group that recently claimed military victory over the Islamic State group on the Syria-Lebanon border, and the evacuation of the remaining militants after a ceasefire deal — the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center released a report stating that Israel may join forces with Islamic State group in the near future to attack Iranian forces based in Syria. The alliance would take place, according to HispanTV, whenever the terrorist group loses most of its territory.

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