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#Nasrallah speaking now.
Usual greetings. Speech will start with what happened yesterday in #Avivim.
#Nasrallah says Resistance fighters were ready on the border with occupied Palestine round the clock. It is thank to them that we achieve what we achieve, protect the country and retaliate against the enemy. The wear their blood on their sleeve.
#Nasrallah: We thank the Lebanese army and the people in the border towns who went on living normal lives. We thank high officials in Lebanon. We also thank the media who covered the attack as it is, especially field reporters & analysts. If I forgot someone, I apologize, smiles
#Nasrallah: Yesterday's operation was a retaliation against the Israeli drones over Beirut and the killing of two Hezbollah fighters in #Syria.
#Nasrallah: The Israeli drone operation failed. We said that we will not let these operations unanswered. Our first answer was a direct field operation in a town occupied in 1948.
#Nasrallah seems to imply there will be another operation to answer the drones, as the first was for the killing of Hezbollah fighters in Syria.
#Nasrallah: From the day I gave the speech until today, the whole interval should be considered as an answer to the enemy, including psychological operations.
#Nasrallah: Our first operation was through the Blue Line. There were no soldiers around the line, they evacuated, now they are starting to appear, after our operation. I told them to go and hide, and they fled.
#Nasrallah: #Avivim is a big military post. They even evacuated their military posts from 5 to 7 Kms far from the Blue Line.
#Nasrallah: there was tension in #Israel's military posts higher than normal. The general picture in #Israel, the first military power in the region, was fear, anxiety & hiding during 9 days.
#Nasrallah: This is weakeness, this is humiliation. #Israel is weaker than a spider's web. This is their punishment. We did our operation in the light of day. Their attitude was telling us 'please hit us and let's get on with it.'
#Nasrallah: During 7 days, Israeli media & officials were threatening us, even through dilomatic channels, that they will unleash a war on us if we retaliate. But not only Hezbollah wasn't moved by these threats, the rest of Lebanon too.
#Nasrallah: the importance of our operation is that it was conducted in a town occupied since 1948. #Israel considers land occupied in 1948 as a red line, and yesterday the resistance broke this red line. There is no longer a red line.
#Nasrallah: Even the strikes conducted after operation were defensive because they thought that our operation was ongoing. Netanyahu broke the ROE ( the deterrence equation), we re established this equation.
#Nasrallah: but we did more than re establishing the terror equation, we crossed #Israel's red line. We went from doing operations in Shebaa to operations in historically occupied Palestine.
#Nasrallah: remember this date Sept, 1, 2019, it is the start of a new stage at the border of #Lebanon. There will be no red line anymore.
#Nasrallah: We have to answer the drone flying over Dahiyye. But this can wait. Our operation should be clean. Now things are in the hands in commanders in the field. What happened yesterday is only part of our answer to Israeli operations.
#Nasrallah: Israelis must know that all this is the result of Netanyahu's stupidity because he wants to avoid justice and doesn't know how.
#Nasrallah: we did what we did was to safeguard the results of the July 2006 war and the dignity of our people.
#Nasrallah's message to #Israel: the internationally recognized border of occupied Palestine is no longer a red line for the Resistance. #Avivim
Yesterday, after the #Avivim operation by the Resistance fighters I said that the operation was within the ROE prevalent since 2006 because it happened across the border. But I was half wrong.
The #Israel-Lebanese border is both an enigma and a headache, for both Israel and Lebanon, but more for Israel. I will explain why.
Most of the border between #Israel and Lebanon was negotiated by Sykes-Picot for Palestine, now it has become the northern border of Israel and it is deemed the most dangerous, mostly because of its geography.
In a 2000 paper for IBRU, 'the Israel-Lebanese border enigma', David Eshel explains the border and considers Avivim to be in the most dangerous section where Israeli settlements are under 'full hostile observation'.
Israeli settlements in many border areas are dominated by high hills on the Lebanese side.
Before Sept 1, 2019, Israel would have expected operations along a limited section of the border. Hezbollah's operation in #Avivim broke the previous ROE in a way in putting #Israel on notice that it would now have to be on war footing along the whole border area.
This is why when #Nasrallah threatens to retake the Galilée, one must take him seriously. He has been warning Israeli leaders of such plans for a long time now in case Israel forces war on #Lebanon. This is the full meaning of the #Avivim operation.
So yes, as Nasrallah said, Netanyahu acted stupidly with the latest operations.
"According to international experts, some 60% of the 120km borderline is not delineated in any formal agreement between #Israel and #Lebanon."
This is a 2000 map from Eshel's article and it reflects the current state of the border between #Lebanon and #Israel.
This is another map that shows #Saliha or #Avivim located on the armistice demarcation line of 1949.
"#Hizbullah is unique by virtue of the special role its conflict w #Israel plays in affecting strategic thinking & decision-making in Israel and elsewhere... (and) the only body... that's been able to inflict significant military defeat on Israel... twice" lobelog.com/hizbullah-remi…
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