Hezbollah Commander Plays Down Talk Of Escalation, Dismisses Israeli Warnings As Bluster

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Amid growing fears that Hezbollah and Israel could come to a head following the death of a Shiite terror operative last week, the Lebanese militia’s deputy chief dismissed as bluster the warnings from Israeli leaders, saying he did not expect a war to break out in the coming months.

“Should Israel decide to go to war with us, then we will confront them, with the 2006 [Second Lebanon] War for our the model of resistance,” Naim Qasim, Hassan Nasrallah’s second-in-command, told Hezbollah’s own al-Mayadeen TV.

“We’ve grown used to Israeli threats, they do not say anything new. This is just saber-rattling bluster,” Qasim added, saying the political instability in Israel and the United States was another reason why he could not envisage a war between Hezbollah and Israel in the near future.

Earlier in the day Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stern warning to the Lebanon-based terrorist militia, saying Israel will not tolerate any aggression from the north, while Defense Minister Benny Gantz advised Hezbollah to refrain from “testing” the Jewish State.

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