Fearful of Response, Lebanese Slam Hezbollah

Many Lebanese say they are tired of Hezbollah using the country's territory to attack Israel – because they are the ones who pay the price.

Yaakov Levi,

Hezbollah members
Hezbollah members
Reuters

While Hezbollah continues to provoke, threaten, and attack Israel, many ordinary Lebanese say they have had enough of the terror group using the country's territory to attack Israel – because it is they, not Hezbollah, who sustain the damage of an Israeli response. While reports in the Lebanese media said that “gunshots of joy” were heard in Beirut and Tripoli, celebrating the Hezbollah attack on Har Dov in northern Israel, a flood of messages on social media presented a different message altogether.

No less a personage than Michel Suleiman, the former president of Lebanon, asked on his Facebook page “where is the interest of Lebanon if it gets sucked into a war with Israel, which is the one that wants war.” Hezbollah, he said, was serving the interests of Israel by prompting a response when it attacks the country. Ordinary Lebanese also took to social networks Twitter and Facebook, saying that if Hezbollah wanted to fight Israel, it should find another venue to launch attacks from, because Lebanese were tired of spending time, energy, and money rebuilding after Israeli responses to Hezbollah provocations.

Also speaking out against Hezbollah was Christian leader Samir Jaja, who said that Wednesday's incident “shows that Hezbollah is expanding its activities against Lebanon.”

Earlier Wednesday, the Lebanese terror group fired antitank missiles at two IDF vehicles in the Har Dov area (Shebaa Farms) in a Hezbollah ambush Wednesday morning. Six casualties in light to moderate condition have been taken to Ziv Hospital in Tzfat. Additional casualties were evacuated to Rambam Hospital, but so far, no information has been released about their condition. The IDF vigorously denied Hezbollah claims that an IDF soldier had been kidnapped, and a Lebanese report later confirmed that Hezbollah had failed to capture an Israeli soldier.

Over the past several years, many Lebanese have increasingly criticized Hezbollah for its attacks on Israel from south Lebanon, not only because it made the country a target of Israeli responses, but because it was also closely allied with Syrian forces under the command of Bashar al-Assad. As Hezbollah terrorists assist Assad's soldiers in fighting Syrian rebels, the rebel groups respond by attacking targets in Lebanon. Dozens of Lebanese – soldiers and civilians – have been killed in these attacks, and many Lebanese blame Hezbollah for these deaths.




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