IDF Chief: Hezbollah Ensnared in Syria, Not Up for War With Israel

YERUSHALAYIM -

Despite saber-rattling rhetoric from Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah this week, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.Gen. Gadi Eisenkot told a Knesset committee on Wednesday that the terrorist organization in Lebanon has no appetite for war with Israel at this juncture.

Gen. Eizenkot said Hezbollah, caught up as it is in the Syrian civil war, is simply in no condition for a fight with Israel: “Even though Hezbollah forces are gaining significant operational experience through their actions in Syria, this activity has also brought on an economic and morale crisis for the group,” he said at the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Hezbollah has reportedly lost over a thousand men fighting alongside the government forces of President Bashar Assad.

Gen. Eisenkot’s comments were made on the same day that that Hezbollah claimed that IDF jets had attacked a weapons shipment to its forces and accused the Israelis of infiltrating across the border to plant surveillance devices in southern Lebanon. Israel would not comment on the allegations.