Shlomo Alegra

The threat of Hezbollah is not over

After Operation Northern Defense was launched by Prime Minster/Defense Minister Netanyahu started to finally make public about the threat of Hezbollah in the north.

After the second Lebanon war in 2006 Israel made an agreement with the United Nations along with the state of Lebanon made resolution 1701 to completely demilitarize southern Lebanon.

Southern Lebanon is anything but demilitarized, the UN like in every country they have been involved in are useless.

Evidence presented to the public by the IDF shows how Hezbollah has been constantly working on building underground tunnels to invade the Northern Israel.

Several Israeli politicians have been threatening Lebanon saying if they are to be attacked by Hezbollah the whole country will be seen as an aggressor and all governmental Lebanese targets will be far game.

Israel has made several mistakes in Lebanon ever since its withdrawal in 2000 when Israel literally ran with its tail between its legs left a power vacuum for Hezbollah to take control over our allies the of the Southern Lebanese Army.

During the early 1990s until 2000 the IDF suffered a lot of casualties but, in doing so it kept at bay southern Lebanon from being a terror region.

During 1985 to 2000 around 250 soldiers died in Lebanon, yet it was vital to the defense of Israel to maintain soldiers there.

Instead of maintaining them in the security built of southern Lebanon Israeli Prime Minister at the time Ehud Barack believed in withdrawal of the south of Lebanon could help maintain peace in the south.

Even though Southern Lebanon was incredibly volatile and hostile towards Israel and in the late seventies and early 80s Northern Israel’s residents were victimized by terrorists sneaking over the border to murder Jews.

In 1974 Palestinian terrorist from Lebanon came into northern Israel and took a whole school hostage filled with mostly children, the resolve of the issue was with special forces killing the terrorists but resulted in the death of 25 hostages.

Samir Kuntar came from Southern Lebanon and murdered a father and her daughter by hitting them with a massive stone.

Rockets were fired from Lebanon to Israel in the early 1980s which eventually led to the first Lebanon war.

Lebanon is more of a threat to Israel than Gaza because Hezbollah has taken over Southern Lebanon completely with massive financial support from Iran.

Now Hezbollah is in the Lebanese parliament with 15 seats in parliament out of 128 seats they are now officially part of the government.

Just because Israel has taken out four tunnels doesn’t mean more do not exist that we are aware of because Hezbollah recently released a propaganda video of them still using tunnels to attack northern Israel.

Until Israel takes a real preventative measure by taking ground and occupies Southern Lebanon and reestablishes the Southern Lebanese army and physically pushes out Hezbollah over the Litani River they will continue to be a threat to peace and livelihood of Israel and the region.

About the Author
Shlomo was born in Miami, Florida in 1989 and moved to Israel in 2012. He holds a degree from Florida Atlantic University in Political Science and served in the IDF as a combat soldier in the Netzach Yehuda Battalion. After serving in the military Shlomo studied in Yeshivat Shavie Hevron where he lived in Hebron. He now lives in Kiryat Arba, is a proud reservist in the Golani Brigade, and is a blogger for the Times of Israel.