Operation "Breaking Dawn" completed: success to avoid escalation

(To Maria Grazia Labellarte)
08/08/22

The head of Shin Bet (Israeli intelligence service for internal affairs), Ronen Bar, yesterday called for an end to the "successful" military operation against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in Gaza.

It was Bar on the Security Council who reiterated last week that the PIJ would be "hit hard", underlining the importance of concluding Operation "Breaking Dawn" to avoid potential mistakes that could lead to a wider conflict. .

According to Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz the IDF, Shin Bet and security forces will continue to act against Islamic Jihad until peace and the threat to children living in the border region of Gaza is stopped.

According to a well-known Israeli newspaper "Bar informed ministers that the operation has succeeded in separating the PIJ from its Hamas terrorist counterparts that govern the Strip and so far they have largely NOT decided to participate in the latest escalation. Creating a rift between Hamas and PIJ is a strategic target for Israel at the moment. At the same time Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz declared Sunday morning that the "Breaking Dawn" operation, conducted in Gaza since Friday, will continue for as long as necessary. "

However the operation Breaking down it comes at a "milestone" (my definition) geo-historical-political moment for Israel due to the contrasts with neighboring Lebanon, whose peak was reached in mid-July. In those weeks, the statement by the head of the Lebanon-based group, Hezbollah, made during the ongoing negotiations between Jerusalem and Beirut to resolve the maritime dispute, namely: "the war with Israel beyond the maritime border is not certain".

In the comments reported by the Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar and translated from the online portal Naharnet, Nasrallah himself declared in those same weeks that if Lebanon does not obtain its rights, there will be no oil extraction throughout the Israeli territory.
Just in mid-July, however, the Israeli army shot down a drone sent from Lebanon to its territory, following the interception of several drones launched by Hezbollah towards the gas field off Karish in the Mediterranean.
The reason: While Israel firmly argues that the camp is firmly within its exclusive economic zone, Lebanon disputes it.

"We Are Not Sure We Are Going To War"Nasrallah declared in those weeks. "We could see an attack and a proportionate response, and the problem is related to the response of the Israelis, who could gradually push things to war.".

Nasrallah continues to argue that it is not Hezbollah's desire to open a front. "We only want our rights and we are escalating our rhetoric so that Americans and Israelis come to meet us because the course of economic collapse in Lebanon is continuing" - It reaffirmed. In fact, Lebanon is currently still afflicted by a profound economic crisis, amidst the high national debt, corruption and the retreat of foreign aid. The value of its currency has plummeted, electricity shortages have caused chronic outages, and more than three-quarters of the population lives below the poverty line.

Lebanon therefore has before it an important opportunity to overcome its crisis, according to Nasrallah, reiterating that "if Lebanon does not take advantage of it, it could not extract oil for the next 100 years".

According to the leader, while Lebanon "has offered important concessions" in US-mediated talks, "did not obtain the slightest concession of his requests". A war with Israel "could escalate", the Hezbollah leader warned, making an apparent reference to the regional alliance of Shiites and other actors who, like Hezbollah, operate with Iranian support, including in Syria, Iraq and the Gaza Strip.

On his own, Israeli Prime Minister Lapid warned that while Israel has no interest in escalation, Hezbollah's aggression is unacceptable and is likely to drive the entire region into unnecessary escalation, just when there is. a real opportunity for Lebanon to develop its energy resources.

Nasrallah has already talked about war in the context of the maritime dispute, stating that if "Lebanon does not receive aid" ed "is pushed to collapse, to hunger" then war would be a preferable alternative as it would be much more for the leader "honorable and glorious".

We recall that the two countries, which have no diplomatic relations, are now engaged in negotiations "facilitated" by the United States to delineate their maritime borders, in order to facilitate the development of energy assets. offshore.

Image: IDF

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