Lebanon’s Hezbollah has warned Israel that in a future war it would match any bombing from the Jewish state in a deadly spiral of retaliation.
Speaking at an event marking the second anniversary of the assassination of one of the Shi’ite guerilla groups military commanders, leader Hassan Nasrallah spelled out what Israel could expect.
“If you hit Rafik al Hariri international airport in Beirut, we will hit Ben-Gurion airport in Tel Aviv,” said Nasrallah.
His comments come amid a recent hike in anti-Israeli sentiment in the area. Both Syrian and Lebanese officials have accused their neighbour of repeatedly pushing for war against the backdrop of an Iranian nuclear programme which Israel views as a threat to its survival.
The increased regional tensions have prompted a visit from the US Under Secretary of State William Burns who is holding bilateral talks in both Beirut and Damascus.