Nasrallah Says 2006 War Deters Israel From Attacking Lebanon

Second Lebanon War sparked public distrust in the Israeli military that has yet been restored, leader of Lebanese militia says.

People watch Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah as he speaks at an event marking the 16th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon, Bekaa valley, Lebanon, May 25, 2016.
Hassan Abdallah, Reuters

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said on Saturday that Israel wasn't carrying out attacks in Lebanon because it was deterred in the Second Lebanon War, which he claimed ended in a victory for the Shi'ite militia.

Speaking on the occasion of the 10th anniversary to the ending of the Second Lebanon War, Nasrallah said the 2006 conflict forced Israel to come up with a new doctrine for fighting against Hezbollah.

One of Hezbollah's main achievements in the war, Nasrallah said, was the Israeli public's distrust of the military. Even 10 years later, he said, Israel has been unable to restore confidence in the military, adding that while in 2006 Lebanese feared an Israeli invasion, today Israelis fear an invasion by Hezbollah.

Israel, the Hezbollah chief added, is well aware that the Lebanese militia is much stronger and better prepared logistically today compared to 10 years ago.

Today, he said, Hezbollah has the ability to strike anywhere in Israel.

Israel and Hezbollah fought a 34-day war in July 2006 in which 156 Israelis and between 700 and 1,100 Lebanese were killed. The conflict was ended by UN Security Council resolution 1701.