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Two Explanations for Why Hezbollah Struck Israel

Why Hezbollah deviated from the rules of the game that have served it and Israel well since the end of the Second Lebanon War

A photo of Dr. Zvi Bar'el.
Zvi Bar'el
A photo of Dr. Zvi Bar'el.
Zvi Bar'el

In July a diplomatic warning siren sounded that should have put the country on alert to sustain a blow. Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, the deputy head of the Russian army’s Reconciliation Center for Syria, told a journalist that it was Russian planes that had intercepted seven or eight Israeli missiles that had been fired at Hezbollah and pro-Iranian targets in Syria a few days before. Kulit even described the type of missiles and their capabilities. It isn’t clear how accurate Kulit’s report was, but the silence from Moscow indicates at the very least that the admiral wasn’t talking off the top of his head.

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