Hizballah’s attack on an IDF target was no one-off. More to come

The IDF’s response to the 4 Kornet 9M1333 anti-tank missiles Hizballah fired at a military position and ambulance near Moshav Avivim on Sunday, Sept. 1, was carefully calibrated to avoid sparking a major flare-up. Israeli tank, artillery and aerial units blasted the South Lebanese Ras a-Maroun and Yiroun villages from which Hizballah fired, but otherwise concentrated their fire on unpopulated land to avoid casualties.

While the military response was swift, it was also kept in check to make sure that life in Israel’s border communities was restored to its normal routine with all possible speed.

The entire exchange of fire lasted a couple of hours before the military announced it was over without Israeli casualties. This told Hizballah that it had failed in its bid for avenge the deaths of its two former adherents, converted members of Iran’s Al Qods Brigades, who were killed in the Israeli strike south of Damascus on Aug. 24 for thwarting a killer drone attack.

Hizballah’s Hassan Nasrallah is unlikely to let it go at that. Indeed, the entire incident wound down under a cloud of uncertainty and unanswered questions. Has he got a major operation ready to go when Israel’s high alert and massive military deployments on its northern borders show signs of weakening? Will Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani pat Nasrallah on the back or tell him to do better with a more seriously damaging assault on Israel? By the same token, there is no telling whether the rocket attack was no more the signal for the start of an Iranian backed war of attrition from Lebanon in tune with the Hamas terrorist campaign plaguing southern Israel.

DEBKAfile’s military sources calculate that the odds on more Hizballah attacks are high for three reasons:

  1. Nasrallah badly needs a military coup after the successful operations against Hizballah that Israel pulled off in Beirut and Syria two weeks ago. The rocket attack on Sunday hardly fit that bill.
  2. A single rocket attack is a poor show when compared with 18 months of continuous Palestinian Hamas and Islamic Jihad operations against Israel. He needs much more damaging and impressive action to support his and Iran’s claim to lead the “axis of resistance.”
  3. Soleimani and Nasrallah have hatched a conspiracy to engineer Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s ouster in Israel’s Sept. 17 general election by violent operations for damaging his credibility as the guardian of national security.
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38 thoughts on “Hizballah’s attack on an IDF target was no one-off. More to come

  • Sep 1, 2019 @ 22:38 at 22:38

    Picture so far does not add up.

    • Sep 2, 2019 @ 1:17 at 1:17

      It shows crushing response of IDF which few days ago debka was mentioned

    • Sep 2, 2019 @ 11:16 at 11:16

      Israel should use a nuclear device over nasralah bunker…thay have enough nukes

      • Sep 3, 2019 @ 5:32 at 5:32

        Not a great idea. Clearly you’ve never been in the military or for that matter know anything about nuclear weapons.

  • Sep 1, 2019 @ 22:40 at 22:40

    IDF go for it and take land north of metula to drain the letani river

  • Sep 1, 2019 @ 22:44 at 22:44


    • Sep 1, 2019 @ 22:45 at 22:45

      Only hours before IDF unleashes the crushing response. Bibi attack!

  • Sep 1, 2019 @ 22:48 at 22:48

    IDF will no doubt deliver on its promise of a crushing response. Debka was right! I BELIEVE IN BIBI AND DEBKA!!

  • Sep 1, 2019 @ 22:52 at 22:52

    May Hezbollah’s next attack be true and successful. As the Jewish Colonists have sown death and suffering may they reap their just reward.

    May their cities become Tohu-Ve-Bohu, may the rocks and the tree’s cry out so that they have no hiding place. May the angles in heaven rejoice that the works of Man, The False Israel has been washed from the earth.

    So mote it be

    • Sep 1, 2019 @ 23:06 at 23:06

      …. only dreams dear, only dreams, suck another billy goat dry and go back to sleep.

    • Sep 1, 2019 @ 23:39 at 23:39

      Wet dreams are better than no dreams.

      • Sep 2, 2019 @ 3:44 at 3:44

        When Israel had intelligent military and political leaders in 1967; they realized and operated from a universal truth, i.e.,

        From 1973 until today, Israel has disregarded this truth at a staggering and growing lose of life.

        I believe Israelishe deserve better leadership.

    • Sep 2, 2019 @ 2:51 at 2:51

      Go back into your cave.

    • Sep 2, 2019 @ 4:26 at 4:26

      May you ESAD.


    • Sep 2, 2019 @ 10:54 at 10:54

      Your Koran quoting shows your stupidity and the belonging to the losers. Quickly to your goats for action!

    • Sep 2, 2019 @ 16:10 at 16:10

      The Most High cast out the inhabitants of the lands that Y’srael inherited. Inherited. They are no longer the lands of the heathens who BURNED THEIR CHILDREN IN THE FIRE TO M-L-CH. They are BEASTS who do not understand the mercy of The Most High.
      Y’srael is in the land The Most High gave to them, kicked them out of and is bringing them back in to dwell in peace after the heathen are destroyed prior to the KINGDOM OF GOD.

    • Sep 3, 2019 @ 1:24 at 1:24

      Why did you refer to Nasrallah as a ??

  • Sep 1, 2019 @ 22:55 at 22:55

    Clown Nasrallah has failed, as a consequence clown Khamenei has failed too.
    Now, this is what I call a good laugh!

  • Sep 1, 2019 @ 23:00 at 23:00

    Not with tricky indisive bibi still in power his mind on his election & court , good if he does dont believe all he says Isreal needs truthfull & honest leaders

  • Sep 1, 2019 @ 23:03 at 23:03

    What do these jihadists hope to achieve? The fact is that they already have control over Lebanon and Iraq and Iran and Syria and Yemen and Libya, and Gaza and Judea-Samaria, etc. I think the time has come to put them back in their place for another 100 years where they can choose to be barbarians tearing each other apart and cannibalizing each other as they have been doing for the past decade in Syria or turn a new chapter by deep-sixing their sick beliefs.

    • Sep 2, 2019 @ 5:47 at 5:47

      More like the past 1400 years.

    • Sep 2, 2019 @ 23:09 at 23:09

      Your Statement Brings out Israel’s True Apartheid and Racist Nature. Its all about The Palestinians wanting their Land Back, Plain and Simple. There will be NO PEACE before this is achieved.

  • Sep 2, 2019 @ 0:00 at 0:00

    Did the Crushing Response by Israel finish? What happened? Any news DEBKA?

    • Sep 2, 2019 @ 0:31 at 0:31

      Bibi is all huffing and no puff. He knows that if he goes to far Hezbollah will huff and puff and blow your cities down…

      And with that goes his chance of winning the election

      • Sep 2, 2019 @ 4:54 at 4:54

        The apartment towers in South Beirut are built of paper mache. It will be like 9/11 tim3s 100 and then the Sunnis will enter….

  • Sep 2, 2019 @ 1:12 at 1:12

    Identify an airbase in Lebanon that has some Hezy troops and blast the entire base to bits and let the Lebanese u understand what Hosting means

  • Sep 2, 2019 @ 3:09 at 3:09

    Seriously. What’s the news. I want to see the promised campaign by IDF. Debka promised a Crushing Response. Bibi promised a Crushing Response. General Kochavi promised a Crushing Response.

    What’s going on? Delay to build suspense before glorious offensive starts? Yes! That must be it. I’m sure that IDF troops are ready to set Iran on fire. Blast Syria to pieces. Burn Lebanon. Exterminate Palestine. I am sure! Question of hours. GO IDF GO!! YEY!!!



    • Sep 3, 2019 @ 2:27 at 2:27

      Alias… Nice Try, but my “GingerST00’s Posts, “Respect All DEBKA INFO & All Posters Remarks”, to Learn Together. My Posts No Longer Use “GingerST001” Nor “GST001” due to “Your Postings that “Claimed Name”! Also, I “Do Not Curse” that is only “Your Lame Shame”! I will continue to Post, Link, & Augment “DEBKA INFO” even if I Agree to Disagree with DEBKA. I See No Need to Denigrate DEBKA, because they Upset You?

  • Sep 2, 2019 @ 4:49 at 4:49

    Positive fear has paralyzed the the evil spirit part in Hezbollah, now they start to show reserve, tomorrow will show kindness perhaps.

    Their guy Nasrallah should be by now pretty shy, is also pretty round, only a little bit of lipstick and will impress any belly dancer avid spectator. But, the beard has to came off, no discussion!

    • Sep 2, 2019 @ 5:57 at 5:57

      That’s a Crushing Response. Go IDF Go!!

  • Sep 2, 2019 @ 7:36 at 7:36

    Debka, look at the map and do it right.
    False Avivit
    Right Avivim
    Go to the intersection of road 899 and 8967
    If you go to the west (“left”) of 8967 road you find baram near the Arab Villages Yaroun beeing at a dangerous edge of the map and Maroun al Ras beeing further north.
    About 4 km to the north west of Yaroun there is an UN camp named Shamrock!
    The “peace keepers” did not act in their area!
    Isral should invade Yaroun but it is hard to keep it as it is intervoven with the some other villages.

    Taking Dayr Mimas North west of Metula, about 5 km to the NW would give access to the Litani river and its waters. Bringing in IDF C9 to dig a trench to divert the Litani waters is a strong punishment for Lebanon as water diverted from the river can be made adjustable depending on the behaviour of the enemy.

    If IDF wants to really advance to the North, the whole Linati river would be the first useful border including the capture of Zur (Tyre).
    But it is enough to divert the litani and make a stronghold there Metula is a nice village with an impresive country club called canada house, so it is nice to gain some buffer land around Metula and gain the waters of the Litani river which watered the kineret before in recent geological times.

    • Sep 2, 2019 @ 23:13 at 23:13

      Its all about the Water isn’t it? Want Want Want…

  • Sep 2, 2019 @ 11:33 at 11:33


  • Sep 2, 2019 @ 15:06 at 15:06

    These military exchanges are starting to look more like political theater from both sides, than actual hostilities to mislead their domestic audiences.
    The Arabs and Persians have a devastating amount of missiles that are precise now. They could flatten Israel, period, yet they do not. If I were them, I would have the nuclear exchange and finish this bs already. If it was for real. How many times do you have to be poked in the eye, before fear no longer is an issue?
    Israel, bombs a little here, bombs a little there…relatively meaningless.
    Hizbollah fires an ATM here, an ATM there,..relatively meaningless.

    We are all being played, the world is just a show, Kabuki Theater.

  • Sep 2, 2019 @ 15:50 at 15:50

    OK, those who are advocating using nuclear weapons need to understand that their use without an clearly imminent threat to Israel’s very existence would result in the destruction of Israel.

    Support for Israel in the form of intel-sharing, trade, weapons, etc. is essential for its continued existence. That support is not nearly as strong as some think although it is not as shaky as others think.

    Israel’s use of nukes without a credible and imminent threat to its existence would mean that even the USA would likely stop its support and it is a near certainty everyone else would. There’d likely be nearly unrestrained development of WMDs in the Middle East and its environs.

    Israel would not survive. The IDF understands the geopolitical realities and isn’t so dumb as to use their nuclear weapons without what is viewed by the world as an existential threat.

  • Sep 2, 2019 @ 16:45 at 16:45

    Agreed, if the US would use nukes without a very good reasons others like the Russians or the Chinese would nuke the US.

  • Sep 2, 2019 @ 23:03 at 23:03

    What Happened to Israel’s Overwhelming Response? Typical of Bullies, All HUFF and NO PUFF. Cowards.

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