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February 27, 2017 2:36 pm

New Hezbollah Sign Placed on Israel-Lebanon Border Threatens ‘Account Not Settled,’ Displays Potential Infiltration Routes Into Jewish State

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The Israel-Lebanon border. Photo: Elad Siton via Wikimedia Commons.

The Israel-Lebanon border. Photo: Elad Siton via Wikimedia Commons.

Hezbollah recently placed a large sign on the Israel-Lebanon border bearing a threatening message to the Jewish state: “The account is not settled.”

On the sign, according to the Hebrew news site nrg, are images of Hezbollah leaders, including the late Imad Mughniyeh, who was killed in a February 2008 car bombing in Damascus that the Lebanon-based Shiite terrorist group and foreign media outlets attributed to Israel.

The sign also displays a map showing potential infiltration routes from southern Lebanon into northern Israel. Hezbollah has vowed that its fighters will seize parts of the Galilee region during a future war.

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“We can see the sign very clearly…it’s hard to miss it,” a resident of the northern border kibbutz of Malkia was quoted by nrg as saying.

Last week, as reported by The Algemeiner, Israel’s military chief told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the IDF was “operating under the radar to prevent Hezbollah from getting stronger.”

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot’s remark last Wednesday came amid reports that the Israeli Air Force had targeted a Hezbollah-bound arms shipment near Damascus the previous night.

The Israeli military has reportedly conducted a number of such strikes in recent years to prevent Hezbollah from receiving advanced weaponry. Iran-backed Hezbollah is a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s embattled regime.

Eizenkot, according to nrg, also told lawmakers that Hezbollah was facing a budgetary shortfall and a crisis of morale due to its ongoing involvement in the grinding military effort — led by Russia and Iran — to keep Assad in power.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s recent threat against vital infrastructure sites in the Jewish state, Eizekot said, were meant to deter Israel and maintain the status quo. Like Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Eizenkot assessed, Hezbollah was not interested in an escalation with Israel at this time.

Israel and Hezbollah last fought a major war in the summer of 2006.

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