Arab forces operating out of southern Lebanon fired two missiles at a small town in northern Israel late Monday night, causing damage but no injuries.
Military officials said they were not yet sure if the attack was carried out by Hizballah or another Islamic terror group, but stated with relative confidence that the strike was meant to ignite fresh violence ahead of US President George W. Bush's visit to the region.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the attack was a quote "severe incident," but refused to allow Israel to be drawn into renewed confrontation with Lebanon-based terrorists.
The UN resolution that ended Israel's 2006 war against Hizballah promised Israel that the Lebanese army and international peacekeepers stationed in southern Lebanon would keep the terror group out of range of northern Israel.
But Israel's Channel One News reported last week that Hizballah has again taken up positions along Israel's northern border, and has managed, despite promises of an arms embargo, to replenish its missile arsenal.