One of Hezbollah’s recent achievements has been boosting Israel’s security, said former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy on Thursday, according to Israeli Channel 2 News.
“Hezbollah, day by day, is contributing to the security of the state of Israel,” said Halevy during a conference held by the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies in Israel.
Halevy’s seemingly shocking comments were not quite as controversial as they may have first appeared. One of the conclusions reached at the conference was that the path to victory in smaller wars against irregular forces and terrorist organizations — like Hezbollah in Lebanon or Hamas in Gaza — can be achieved through a confluence of various interests.
Halevy went on to address Hezbollah’s involvement in the bloody Syrian civil war. He stressed that the group’s entanglement in the fierce combat raging in Syria boosted Israeli security because it has kept the organization’s hands tied while inflicting many casualties among its well-trained fighters.
Another way Hezbollah is contributing to Israel’s security, he said, is by “challenging and weakening [the Islamic State] in a significant manner, a manner in which we are not capable. We cannot compete with them.”
Halevy also highlighted recent events in Gaza, wherein Hamas reportedly has been making efforts to suppress the growth of the Islamic State in the Gaza Strip.
“A group of individuals raised the flag of the Islamic State atop a mosque [in Gaza],” said Halevy, “and within a few hours they were buried and the flag was burned.”
He noted that, “if we had done this, we would not have had any casualties, and they would have condemned us the world over.”