U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen criticized Israel for withholding work permits and blocking travel by Palestinians from the occupied West Bank, saying the measures hurt both sides and risked tipping off a broader regional conflict.
A large-scale conflict with Israel would exacerbate Lebanon's economic woes and could result in devastating consequences for the Lebanese population © Mana Today
Since Oct. 8, tensions have risen at the Israel-Lebanon border, with the Hezbollah militia launching intermittent attacks against Israeli targets.
Despite these provocations, several factors suggest that Hezbollah is unlikely to launch a full-scale offensive against Israel in the near future.
Lebanon is currently grappling with a severe economic crisis, characterized by hyperinflation, currency devaluation, and widespread poverty.
Hezbollah, as a significant political and military player in Lebanon, is well aware of the economic hardships facing the country.
A large-scale conflict with Israel would exacerbate Lebanon's economic woes and could result in devastating consequences for the Lebanese population. Hezbollah's leadership is keenly aware of the potential backlash it could face if it were seen as the catalyst for further economic deterioration.
Hezbollah draws much of its support from Lebanon's Shia Muslim community, but it operates within a diverse and multi-sectarian society.
Launching a full-scale offensive against Israel would not only endanger Lebanon's economy but also alienate a significant portion of the population that is not supportive of Hezbollah's military actions. The Lebanese government and people are wary of being dragged into another devastating war with Israel.
Hezbollah is backed by Iran, which plays a crucial role in shaping the militia's actions. At present, Iran's regional strategy appears to be focused on exerting influence through proxies, intelligence operations, and asymmetric warfare rather than launching large-scale military confrontations. A full-scale war with Israel could jeopardize Iran's broader regional objectives and alliances.
While Israel has shown restraint in responding to Hezbollah's attacks, there is a limit to its tolerance for ongoing provocations.
The constant threat from Hezbollah rockets and infiltrations into Israeli territory puts significant pressure on Israel's security apparatus.
As the number of attacks continues to rise, Israel may be compelled to take more decisive action to protect its citizens.
By Bruno Finel
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