Despite maneuvers, analysts rule out imminent war between Hizbullah, Israel

War will not erupt any time soon between Hizbullah and Israel, despite large-scale military maneuvers staged recently by each side, a number of security and political analysts told The Daily Star Wednesday. “I don’t think Hizbullah is in any way preparing for such an eventuality,” said Timur Goksel, former senior adviser to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). “They are in a defensive mode in the present.” Last weekend Hizbullah organized military exercises, which were reportedly the largest in its history, only days after Israeli troops performed maneuvers in Al-Jaleel in northern Israel from October 28-31. Hizbullah’s show of strength should be read as a response to Israel’s exercises and not as saber-rattling presaging an imminent conflict, Goksel said. Full Story

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