After this weekend’s conflict on Israel’s border that saw the IDF respond to Hezbollah fire at Israeli military vehicles and personnel, the Lebanese terror group, of course, is hailing its victory, despite not winning at all. Ynet News’ Ron Ben Yishai reports that Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah not only claimed victory, but also hinted at surprises that could hamper the IDF’s efforts to thwart his Iran-backed missile program:
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Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah spoke mainly to his home crowd in a victory speech Monday night, a day after a brief clash with Israeli troops that saw the Lebanese group launch anti-tank missiles at an IDF base near the border and the IDF reply with massive artillery fire.
Nasrallah was also speaking to all Lebanese factions who have been critical of Hezbollah’s reckless behavior, which it says could have dragged Lebanon into another costly war without consulting its government or any consideration of its impact.
I was reminded of my trip to Lebanon just days after the end of the 2006 Second Lebanon War.
I visited the streets of the predominately Shi’ite Dahiyeh district of Beirut – a Hezbollah stronghold – as well as the destroyed villages in the south of the country, battered by Israeli bombing, where giant signs with the words “Victory is from God” were everywhere.
Thirteen years ago, Nasrallah claimed victory although both he and Lebanon suffered severely.
Now, during this latest speech his followers bore the same signs – “Victory is from God” – as he tried to create an alternative narrative that would justify his recent actions and the haste in which they were carried out…