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Lebanese Reactions to Rocket Fire on Israel Show Support for Hezbollah Is Waning

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The origin of the rocket fire Friday at northern Israel’s Har Dov area, also known as Sheba Farms, wasn’t immediately clear. The finger was pointed at Palestinian or rebel groups seeking to challenge Hezbollah during the deepening crisis in Lebanon.

But when Hezbollah claimed responsibility, it wasn’t in any way a declaration of an all-out scenario. The Iran-backed group has the capacity to target communities or military bases, but it plays by the rules of the game: Israel struck an open area in Lebanon without causing damage or inflicting any casualties, so the response was the same. Hezbollah’s deputy chief, Naim Qassem, underlined this message by saying the objective was to maintain a balance of deterrence.

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