On Thursday, IDF military engineers drilled deep into the ground by the perimeter fence of Zarit in northern Israel, checking for tunnels that the jittery residents suspect Hizbullah was digging under their homes. For the residents of this community, located 100 yards from the border fence, fears about the next round of fighting are palpable.
The idea of armed Hizbullah fighters popping out of tunnels is no fantasy: Israel uncovered more than a dozen tunnels built by Hamas and running into its territory from Gaza during the war there last summer.
Yossi Adoni, 47, the chairman of the Zarit residents’ committee, said he had seen an unusual amount of movement of construction equipment on the other side of the border in recent years. Adoni said residents started complaining about the nighttime noises in 2008 and that he had received dozens of reports from people claiming to have heard an incessant knocking.
Hassan Nasrallah, the Hizbullah leader, repeated a threat in a recent television interview to invade the Galilee.