Hezbollah: Israel Trying to Set 'New Equation'

Israel hopes to achieve by the airstrike 'what they could not achieve in war,' says Hezbollah #2 Naim Qassem, "but they are too weak."

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Hezbollah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem
Hezbollah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem

The airstrike on a Hezbollah convoy in Syria’s Golan Heights last week was an attempt by Israel to impose a “new equation” in the conflict, Hezbollah’s deputy leader said Sunday.

“It is an attempt from the Zionists to lay the foundation for a new [military] equation in the framework of our struggle with Israel and achieve by this strike what they could not achieve in war,” Naim Qassem said, according to the Lebanese Daily Star. “But Israel is too weak to be able to set new steps or new rules.”

Qassem spoke during a ceremony marking one week since the death of Jihad Mughniyeh, who was killed alongside five other Hezbollah fighters and an Iranian general during an airstrike allegedly carried out by Israel in the Syrian town of Quneitra. Jihad Mughniyeh was the son of the late Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh, who was also killed by Israel.

“The assault on the convoy was direct and it targeted Hezbollah,” he said, adding that Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah would present the militia's formal position on the matter this week.

“We will continue our jihad and we will be where we should be without [allowing] anything to stand in our way,” he said.

Qassem argued that the airstrike in the Golan Heights proved Israel’s cooperation with “terrorist groups” in the area.

The convoy was 7 kilometers away from the Israeli border at the time of the attack, he disclosed. Separating the convoy from Israeli territory was territory claimed by the Nusra Front rebels near the Syrian-Israeli border.