Decoy Ploy Shows Israeli Military Has Become Band of 'Hollywood Actors,' Hezbollah Chief Says

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The fake 'evacuation' of soldiers to Rambam Medical Center, September 2019.
The fake 'evacuation' of soldiers to Rambam Medical Center, September 2019.Credit:
Jack Khoury

Israel's military "has become an army of Hollywood actors," Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Tuesday, referring to Israel's orchestration of a fake evacuation of soldiers following a Hezbollah anti-tank missile attack on the Israel-Lebanon border last week. The soldiers had not actually been wounded.

After Hezbollah fired an anti-tank missile on September 1 at a military vehicle near Avivim on Israel's border with Lebanon, bandaged soldiers were airlifted to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. It later transpired that no Israelis were hurt in the attack.

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In a speech in Beirut, the head of the Iran-backed, Shi'ite militia also said that "any war that Israel tries to force on Hezbollah would lead to its destruction and the destruction of American aspirations in the region." Forces in Lebanon, he added, had "foiled Israel's attempts to change the rules of the game."

Nasrallah made reference not only to the anti-tank attack, but also to the purported downing of an Israeli drone over Lebanon this Sunday, for which Hezbollah claimed responsibility. Nasrallah claimed that in response to the anti-tank attack,  Israel "was forced to establish a security zone inside Israeli territory by setting up roadblocks and withdrawing from the border fence to a depth of five kilometers."

Hezbollah, he said, would not allow Israel to continue to engage in what he described as violations of Lebanese sovereignty "and its aggression against Lebanese targets." Aggression against Lebanon would be met "accordingly, without red lines," he said.

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