War, precision missiles: Why 'Israel' avoided striking Hezbollah
According to Axios, "Israel" wanted to limit its air aggression fearing going into a violent confrontation with Hezbollah.
The Israeli occupation entity allegedly limited its aggression in Lebanon and Gaza on Hamas sites to avoid a military escalation with Lebanese Resistance Hezbollah, Axios reported on Friday, citing two Israeli army officials.
According to the news site, the Israeli government, along with its security and intelligence establishments, agreed that the occupation entity does not want to escalate matters with Hezbollah out of fear that the military confrontation might turn into a regional war.
The decision comes at a time when the occupation entity is witnessing an unprecedented internal political and social division that the entity is witnessing, which had significantly weakened the economy, and impacted the military - after many reservists announced refusal to serve in protest of Netanyahu's government judicial overhaul - in addition to the entities difficult position on the international arena.
During a meeting held by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Security Minister Yoav Gallant on Thursday - ahead of the security cabinet session - the Israeli spy agency Mossad and the Israeli military presented different assessments as to how Hezbollah would respond to an Israeli aggression on Lebanon, the report added.
Head of Mossad David Barnea said Hezbollah would probably retaliate to any Israeli aggression, which forces the entity to deliver strikes to the organization, in addition to Hamas and Lebanese targets.
On the other hand, the chief of staff Herzi Halevi objected to this assessment and said it would be in "Israel's" best interest to avoid bringing Hezbollah into the equation, stressing that the airstrikes must focus solely on Hamas, the sources told the news site.
Halevi's suggestion was favored ultimately to be presented to the security cabinet.
The security cabinet meeting witnessed a debate over the scale of the attack on Lebanon, the source continued.
One of the senior security officials argued that a broad attack against Hezbollah would likely prompt it to launch precision missiles targeting cities inside the entity - which could snowball into a war.
A key goal of the response was to avoid a violent clash with Hezbollah in Lebanon and to keep Hamas fronts in both places from uniting, according to two Israeli officials. "This goal has been achieved so far," one of the officials told Axios.
All present ministers backed Halevi's recommendations - to limit attacks on Hamas - the report said.
Long night of Israeli aggressions
Starting last night and extending until this morning, southern Lebanon and Gaza witnessed a series of Israeli air aggressions.
While Israelis targeted the Qlaileh area located between the plain of Ras El-Ayn and the Rashidieh refugee camp - both of which are located in the vicinity of Tyre City in south Lebanon - the Israeli attack on Gaza was much broader and more intense.
The Palestinian Resistance responded to the occupation aggression by launching barrages of rockets toward illegal settlements in the Gaza envelope.
Gaza retaliatory rockets included targeting the occupation settlement of "Sderot", "Ibim", "Nir Am", and "Ashkelon", among others. The Palestinian Resistance in Gaza also fired a significant number of anti-air missiles toward Israeli occupation war jets that were carrying the raids on the Strip.
Earlier yesterday, the Israeli occupation military said 34 rockets were launched on Thursday from southern Lebanon on occupied Al-Jalil. The occupation claimed that the Iron Dome air security system intercepted 25 of the projectiles, adding that at least five rockets landed in occupied Palestinian lands.
The Times of "Israel" highlighted that the attack "may mark the largest number of rockets fired from Lebanon" since the July 2006 war.
Israeli media linked the rockets launched from southern Lebanon to the continuous IOF savage attacks against Al-Aqsa mosque and the Palestinian worshippers practicing Itikaf in it.