- Hezbollah Plans ‘Calculated Strike’ Against Israel But Seeks to Avoid War
‘I rule out that the atmosphere is one of war, it is one of a response to an attack,’ says Shiite group senior
The Deputy Secretary General of Hezbollah Sheikh Naim Qassem said that his Lebanese paramilitary organization reserves its right to retaliate against Israel, following the reported drone attack in Beirut overnight Saturday. However, added Qassem, he does not believe the two countries are headed towards war.
“I rule out that the atmosphere is one of war, it is one of a response to an attack,” Hezbollah’s deputy leader told Russia’s RT Arabic channel on Tuesday night. “Everything will be decided at its time.” “It is our right to respond,” he added. “The hit Israel will receive will be surprising.”
Moreover, Qassem claimed that the Lebanon President Michel Aoun, who is considered to be in close ties with Hezbollah, supports the group’s intentions as he “also thinks [Lebanon] cannot be quiet facing Israel’s aggression, and that it is our right to respond.”
Two anonymous sources in connection with the Lebanese group reiterated this message, telling Reuters that Hezbollah is planning a “calculated strike” but seeks to avoid a new war. Al Sharq al Awsat international Arabic newspaper headquartered in London, reported Wednesday morning that Lebanese diplomatic personnel reached out to international sources in an attempt to prevent an escalation of violence.