(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Hezbollah terrorist group will no longer “accept Israel killing its operatives” and has made up its mind to exact revenge over the recent death of arch-terrorist Samir Kuntar, Lebanese media reported Thursday.
Kuntar was killed on Dec. 19 in an airstrike near Damascus. Hezbollah head Hassan Nasrallah has accused Israel of assassinating the infamous terrorist, and vowed that a “painful retaliation will follow.”
The threat prompted Israel to use third-party mediators to warn Nasrallah that any attempt by the Shi’a terrorist group to escalate tensions on the Israel-Lebanon border would be met with a forceful Israeli response.
According to Lebanese media, Nasrallah met with a German mediator in Beirut several days after Kuntar’s death. The mediator told him that any retaliation by Hezbollah would earn a wide-scale Israeli reaction, perhaps even to the tune of a military campaign in Lebanon.
Nasrallah reportedly replied, “The decision to retaliate over Kuntar’s death has been made, and it’s final. There’s no turning back. The days when Hezbollah was willing to accept the killing of its operatives by Israel are over.”
The Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar television quoted Nasrallah as saying, “To us, whatever the consequences and threats, which we don’t fear, we can’t tolerate and forgive those who shed the bloods of our fighters and brothers anywhere in the world.”