The Proxy War between Hezbollah and Israel Continues to Escalate
The Uzbat HaGalil base in Birnit has been the target of a devastating barrage of mortar bombs launched by Hezbollah, bringing Israel and the militant group closer to a full-blown military conflict. The targeted attack on the headquarters of the Batili Burkan missile division by Hezbollah is a calculated move, aimed at escalating tensions with Israel.
Hezbollah has been intensifying its attacks in the last few days, utilizing Burkan rockets with the capacity to carry half a ton of explosives and sending more unmanned aerial vehicles with explosives towards Israel. Over a thousand weapons, including rockets, anti-tank missiles, drones, and armed drones have been launched by Hezbollah at Israel during the recent months of conflict.
Israel’s military forces are under a defensive concept, responding with Air Force strikes in southern Lebanon to reduce Hezbollah’s military capabilities. However, the creeping escalation in the north continues, pushing both sides closer to a direct confrontation.
Despite efforts made through Qatar and Egypt to reach an agreement for the release of abductees, mainly women and children, the situation remains tense. There is a growing chance of realizing a partial hostage deal, but the ongoing war in Gaza complicates the process.
Meanwhile, in the Israeli Knesset, members of Otzma Yehudit have caused controversy by advocating for the death penalty law for terrorists, despite facing opposition from other parties. This has sparked emotive responses from the families of the abductees, who are fearing for the lives of their loved ones.
In the Gaza Strip, the IDF has faced significant fighting in Jabaliya and the Zeyton neighborhood. The increase in IDF casualties reflects the challenging nature of the conflict, as the military works to gain operational control in these areas.
The IDF’s intention is to continue destroying military infrastructure in Gaza and uncovering rocket warehouses and weapons manufacturing factories. However, the military is strategizing the correct exit point from the city, as the main centers of gravity have shifted to the south of the Gaza Strip.
As both Hezbollah and Israel gear up for potential direct military conflict, the situation in the region remains highly volatile, with the possibility of war looming.