World Bulletin/News Desk
A senior Israeli military official has said that Lebanon's Hezbollah movement was not in a position to enter a full confrontation with Israel despite recent threats by group leader Hassan Nasrallah to target Israeli military positions.
"It is unlikely that any dramatic change will take place along Lebanon's border with Israel in coming months," an official from the Israeli army's Northern Command told Israel's National Radio.
"By planting explosives in the Jabal al-Rous area [adjacent to the Lebanese-Israeli border], Hezbollah is playing with fire," he added. "Nasrallah is not aware of how dangerous his actions are and how quickly the situation could escalate."
Israel's Northern Command is said to be responsible for the border area between Israel and Lebanon.
"Israel's northern front [near the Syrian and Lebanese borders] is volatile," Israeli Army Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz said.
"Currently, Hezbollah is not in a position for a confrontation on Israel's northern borders," an unnamed senior Israeli military official was quoted as saying on Army Radio.
The official expects Hezbollah to use civilians as "human shields" in future confrontations with Israel – the same tactics, he claimed, as those employed by Palestinian resistance faction Hamas.
Nasrallah has said that Hezbollah's missiles were capable of striking every part of Israel.
The assertions come eight years after the last war between the two sides in 2006, during which Hezbollah's missiles reached several of the self-proclaimed Jewish state's cities.
"You [Israelis] will have to close down your airports; during your next war on Lebanon, there is no place in Palestine that our missiles won't reach," he declared in a televised speech.
War erupted between Hezbollah and Israel in July 2006. The conflict lasted 34 days, during which Hezbollah targeted major Israeli cities including Acre and Haifa, causing significant material damage.
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