Daily Israel Report

Following Explosion, MK Warns Hizbullah

"If Hizbullah tries to do anything, it will be seriously hurt, and it knows it,” says MK Sheetrit.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/8/2013, 1:43 PM

Meir Sheetrit
Meir Sheetrit
Flash 90

MK Meir Sheetrit (Hatnua), who is a member of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, warned Hizbullah following the explosion of a bomb Tuesday night in which four IDF soldiers were wounded. 

"Hizbullah, from our standpoint, is an enemy, and we are being proactive,” he said. “We follow closely everything that Hizbullah does.”

"Hizbullah has been talking a lot,” said Sheetrit, “but if it tries to do anything it will be seriously hurt, and they understand this. Therefore, despite all of [Hizbullah chief Hasan] Nasrallah's talk, they are not doing anything on the ground.”

It is not publicly known yet who planted the bomb, but it reportedly exploded amidst IDF soldiers about 400 meters north of the border fence, on Lebanese territory. Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon confirmed Wednesday that the soldiers were hurt in an explosion, saying, “We are of course investigating the incident, to see if it was an old bomb, (or) a new bomb… But this operation was of course carried out in a responsible manner."

"Hizbullah is Iran's long arm, reaching the area to the north of Israel,” MK Sheetrit said, “and we are not complacent about this. We have a smart, strong army and we have the tools for defending the citizens of Israel.”

"Hizbullah has gotten weaker following the battles in Syria,” Sheetrit added. “The fact that so many Hizbullah fighters have been killed in Syria weakens the organization, although it is supposedly learning how to take part in a different kind of warfare.”

Sheetrit said that Israel is following the events in Syria's civil war, as is the rest of the world. “We are very worried by what is going on in Syria; we are afraid that Syria will be abandoned to terrorism. We are following what is happening to the chemical weapons, along with the rest of the world. We are pleased to see that the chemical weapons stores are guarded at present, and we hope that no one uses them.”