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.

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.