Israel deploys aerial missile systems to Tel Aviv and Haifa after Hezbollah leader’s warning: report
The Israeli military reportedly deployed aerial missile systems in Tel Aviv and Haifa following a warning from Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, that the resistance is “not afraid of the war “.
According to a report published by Lebanon al-Akhbar Saturday newspaper, the Israeli army was put on alert immediately after Nasrallah’s speech to counter any surprise attacks.
That was when Israeli officials failed to take warnings from Lebanese officials seriously against the Tel Aviv regime extracting gas from the Karish Gasfield in Lebanese territorial waters, the newspaper said, according to the network. information Al-Alam.
Nasrallah said on Thursday that the resistance “cannot remain silent in the face of the plundering of Lebanon’s resources”.
“The essential duty of the resistance is to protect the land, waters, oil, gas and dignity of Lebanon,” Nasrallah said, adding, “All options are on the table for the resistance.”
The remarks came after a vessel operated by a Greek company arrived at Karish Gasfield in Lebanese territorial waters to extract gas for the occupying regime.
Nasrallah warned that the Greek company, called Energean, “is a partner in this attack on Lebanon”, of which it will have to face the “consequences”.
The Hezbollah leader also stressed that it was not international regulations but “pressure, attrition and resistance” that forced the occupation regime to withdraw from southern Lebanon and Israel. Palestinian enclave in the Gaza Strip.
Lebanon fought two Israeli wars in 2000 and 2006. On both occasions, Hezbollah’s battlefield contributions proved an indispensable asset, forcing the Israeli army to retreat.
Responding to Nasrallah’s remarks, Israeli Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman said “no one will dictate whether or not we drill gas” in what he called Israel’s “economic waters”.
The Israeli military issued a report last Sunday saying it was preparing for a Hezbollah attack on the gas platform and planned to deploy naval forces to the site, including a navy-friendly form of the system of Iron Dome missiles.
The sea line between Lebanon and Israel spans an area of the Mediterranean Sea spanning approximately 860 square kilometers. Block 9 is rich in oil and gas. Israel is heavily dependent on gas and has long developed a number of busy offshore gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea.
Lebanese politicians are hoping the commercially viable hydrocarbon resources off Lebanon’s coast could help lift the debt-ridden country out of its worst economic crisis in decades.
Lebanon and Israel took part in indirect talks to discuss demarcation in 2020. But talks stalled after Lebanon demanded a larger area, including part of the Karish gas field, where Israel granted exploration rights to a Greek company.
The talks were supposed to discuss a Lebanese claim for 860 km2 (330 sq mi) of territory in the disputed maritime area, according to a map sent to the United Nations in 2011. However, Lebanon then said the map was based on incorrect calculations. and demanded 1,430 square kilometers (552 sq mi) further south, including part of Karish.