Hezbollah Threatens War With Israel Over Mediterranean Gas Fields

“We’re following up on all gas fields across Palestine,” said Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Hezbollah
A large poster of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah placed at the Lebanon-Israel border.
A large poster of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah placed at the Lebanon-Israel border. Photo: Hamad Almakt/Flash 90

Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist militia on Wednesday issued a threat of war should Israel fail to surrender to Lebanon the Karish natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea.

Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised address that his organization is now entirely focused on Karish and “all gas fields across Palestine [sic].” He warned that if Lebanon is not permitted to extract gas from Karish, “we’ll flip the table on the entire world. Going to war would be more honorable if the other choice is for the Lebanese to starve.”

Many Lebanese, however, say they are starving not because of Israeli policies, but because of Hezbollah itself.

The Shiite jihadist movement operates a powerful private army that rivals that of many states in the region and enjoy veto power in the Lebanese government. But given that it is effectively a proxy of Iran, Hezbollah rarely, if ever has at heart the best interests of all Lebanese, most of whom are Sunni Muslims and Christians.

For more on this, see: Lebanon in Dire Straits Because of Hezbollah

Regarding an attempted drone attack on the Israeli platform at Karish earlier this month, Nasrallah claims he wanted the UAVs to be shot down.

On July 2, Israel intercepted three Hezbollah drones en route to the Karish platform. One was downed by an Israeli F-16 fighter jet, and the other two were intercepted by missiles fired by the INS Eilat naval corvette.

“It was the first time ever that three drones together target Israel,” boasted Nasrallah. “We wanted the Israelis to shoot down the drones through warplanes and ships because we wanted to witness gunfire in that area.”

Satellite data, however, suggests the drones were flying low and slow in an effort to evade Israeli detection.

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