Hezbollahâ€™s top official in southern Lebanon Sheikh Nabil Qawouk on Sunday responded to Israeli threats, by warning that the Resistance, too, has list of Israeli targets in any future war. “Let Israeli leaders know that the Resistance, too, has a bank full of targets”, Sheikh Qawouk said.â€œThe Israelis know well that all these threats and intimidations and maneuvers will cease to exit in the face of Resistance equations and surprises in any coming war.â€ Sheikh Qawouk said statements by Israeli Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi have “exposed” those involved in plans to target the Resistance at the political and media levels.
“They also revealed the scheme that is being prepared internationally and regionally and perhaps locally to target the Resistance,” he said.
Qawouk pointed out that recent incidents between U.N. peacekeepers and villagers in southern Lebanon were “part of efforts by international sides that were putting pressure on UNIFIL â€¦ to provoke them to change the rules of engagement.”
â€œUNIFILâ€™s admission of errors, its promise to hold those involved accountable and affirmation of the Lebanese armyâ€™s authority in the South forms the way to leave these incidents behind,â€ Qawouk said.
Qawouk added that the Lebanese army has discovered Israel is asking UNIFIL to search particular houses in the South. He also said recent Israeli reconnaissance shows preparations for a war â€œwhose timing will be connected to the four anniversary of the July 2006 war.â€
Israel has hinted that it would attack locations where it said there was evidence of Hezbollah â€œstockpiling weapons in towns and villages near the border.â€
Security sources told Israel radio that in case of a deterioration in the situation, Israel would give an ultimatum for residents of the south to leave their homes to pave way for an attack on what the Zionist entity claims to be depots inside villages.
Earlier in the week, the Israeli military published a series of aerial photographs of south Lebanon showing the alleged depots. The images and maps show what the military says are bunkers and arms caches located in the middle of al-Khiam village, only four kilometers from the Lebanese border with Palestine.