Nasrallah: Hezbollah Behind March Bombing of Israeli Patrol

Hezbollah chief says blast was not intended to spark clashes but to highlight organization's ability to fight Israel despite battle in Syria.

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An Israeli army jeep is driven along a road in Har Dov, near Israel's border with Lebanon, June 29, 2010.
An Israeli army jeep is driven along a road in Har Dov, near Israel's border with Lebanon, June 29, 2010.Credit: Yaron Kaminsky / Haaretz Archive

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said that his organization was behind the roadside bombing that targeted an Israeli patrol in March along the Lebanon-Israel border.

Nasrallah said the bomb, which exploded near at Har Dov, was in response to a February air strike on a Hezbollah base near Lebanon's border with Syria that the group accused Israel of undertaking.

Nasrallah said the March bombing sent a message that Hezbollah was still capable of fighting Israel even as its fighters are battling alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces to quell a three-year uprising.

He noted that the organization's intention is not to spark a violent confrontation, rather to highlight the balance of deterrence.

Nasrallah's remarks were from an interview which was published in full Monday in the Lebanese daily As-Safir.

No Israeli soldiers were hurt in the March 14 roadside bombing. Such attacks have been rare since the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war and both sides have avoided confrontation.

Nasrallah also said Hezbollah laid an explosive device near Rosh Hanikra in northern Israel last August with the intention of sending a message to Israel that the organization will not agree to change the status quo that was reached in 2006 after the Second Lebanon War.

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