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For Israel, Attacking Lebanon Risks Triggering a Multi-Front Conflict

MIN READAug 5, 2021 | 21:27 GMT

Smoke billows above towns in southern Lebanon on Aug. 4, 2021, after being hit by Israeli airstrikes.

Smoke billows above towns in southern Lebanon on Aug. 4, 2021, after being hit by Israeli airstrikes.

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Israel’s attempt to deter rocket fire from Lebanon risks triggering a greater conflict with Beruit and Hezbollah on its northern border, while also inspiring Gaza militants to resume attacks on its southern border. Israel launched airstrikes on southern Lebanon on the night of Aug. 4, targeting the launch sites from which rockets had been fired at northern Israel the day prior. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said the attack was “meant to send a message” to a Palestinian faction in Lebanon that he believed launched the recent rocket strikes against Israel. Gantz also cautioned that Israel “could do much more,” but hoped it wouldn’t come to that. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) warned Lebanon to avoid “further attempts to harm Israeli civilians” as well. ...

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