Hezbollah’s newest rocket hearth on Israel from Lebanon was a “message” to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who was sworn in in June, “that the equation of response has not modified” and that Israel doesn’t set the agenda within the area, stated Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami on Saturday.
Salami made the feedback to Hezbollah deputy secretary-general Naim Qassem on Saturday throughout a gathering between the 2 in Tehran, based on Iranian media.
The assembly got here a day after Hezbollah fired 19 rockets at Israel within the heaviest barrage for the reason that 2006 Second Lebanon Conflict.
A photograph of Salami and Qassem was printed on Saturday on the IRGC’s Telegram channel. Qassem was in Tehran for the inauguration of ultra-conservative Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. At his inauguration ceremony on Thursday, each Qassem and Hamas terror group chief Ismail Haniyeh could possibly be seen within the viewers.
On Saturday, Salami additionally advised Qassem in the course of the assembly that “the capacities are prepared for the collapse of the Zionist regime,” according to Iranian state-linked media Tehran Instances.
Salami additionally harassed (Arabic) the continued help of Iran for “the resistance” in Lebanon.
Tensions on Israel’s northern border have escalated dramatically in latest days.
On Friday, Hezbollah fired a barrage of 19 122mm rockets into northern Israel, sending residents in numerous cities within the Golan Heights and Galilee scrambling to shelters. The phobia group instantly took accountability for the rocket hearth.
Sheikh Naim Qassem, Deputy Secretary Normal of Hezbollah in Lebanon, met this night with IRGC Commander Main Normal Hossein Salami. pic.twitter.com/1xJI0yejzL
— Tehran Instances (@TehranTimes79) August 7, 2021
Israel responded with artillery strikes. Witnesses reported artillery hearth by Israeli forces on the Lebanese aspect of Shebaa Farms and outdoors the city of Kfar Shouba after the assault.
Hezbollah additionally launched a video of the assault exhibiting a cellular rocket launcher maneuvering into place, elevating the launcher and firing the salvo of rockets at Israel.
Earlier within the week, on Wednesday, rockets fired from Lebanese territory landed in northern Israel, sparking fast-spreading blazes; Israel blamed Palestinian terror teams and responded with airstrikes that focused open areas in southern Lebanon on Thursday morning, the primary to be publicly acknowledged by Jerusalem since 2014.
On Friday, Qassem advised reporters that though the group didn’t consider it was heading in the direction of an escalation with Israel, they have been “ready to reply” ought to Israel strike Lebanese territory once more.
America, in the meantime, urged Lebanon’s authorities to forestall Hezbollah from firing rockets into Israel
A Shiite terror group backed by Iran, Hezbollah has lengthy exerted a strong function in Lebanon, which is wracked by an financial meltdown and has solely had a caretaker authorities for practically a yr.