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Beirut : Lebanon | Oct 12, 2012 at 4:51 AM PDT
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Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah, claimed responsibility for the surveillance drone which flew over Israeli airspace before reaching the southern part, saying it was sent by Hezbollah.

In a televised speech, Nasrallah hailed the technological performance by his men. Nasrallah declined to provide technical details about the operation, claiming that the drone, dubbed Ayyoub, is Iranian-made, assembled by the Lebanese resistance movement fighters.

Hezbollah plans to send more drones over Israel in the future, he said. Moreover, he added that the operation shows the resistance movement is ready to defend Lebanon.

"It's not the first time that a drone was sent and it will not be the last. We can reach all the zones of Israel," Nasrallah said.

Nasrallah claimed the drone was launched from Lebanese territory and flew over the Mediterranean before entering the Israeli airspace. It flew above sensitive targets, approaching the Dimona nuclear plant before it was located and destroyed.

He clarified that this violation of Israel's airspace, comes in response to 20,864 Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace, since the entry into Resolution 1701 (August 2006).

Earlier, Israel said the drone was tracked as it entered its airspace from the Mediterranean near Gaza and was shot down several miles short of Dimona.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hezbollah of launching the drone, which was shot down over Israel. Hezbollah had been the leading suspect because of its arsenal of sophisticated Iranian weapons and a history of trying to deploy similar aircraft.

"We are acting with determination to protect our borders," Netanyahu said, during his visit to the border with Egypt, on Thursday.

In this context, Israeli Ynet news reported on its website that, according to high-level sources in the Israeli air force, the drone that flew over Israel is gradually uncovering the Israeli failures on the intelligence level and on ground.

Opinion:

In fact, this work marks a victory for Hezbollah and Iran, no matter how far Israel is trying to underestimate what happened. However, the consequences of that event indicates that Israel is living in fear and anticipation, as Hezbollah's drone marked a rare breach of Israel's airspace.

Besides that, Nasrallah promised to frequently send reconnaissance aircrafts.

In sending those drones, Hezbollah carries a warning and hidden message to Israel, that Iran's ally in the region will respond to any attack on Tehran.

The question is what is the Israeli response to this process? I guess that Israel would try to blow up weapons depots affiliated with Hezbollah. It might also, if possible, carry out assassination operations against those Israel believes to be members of Hezbollah's leadership.

Israel knows very well that Hezbollah is a power that must be taken into consideration, thus assassinating Nasrallah or waging war on Hezbollah will not be a wise choice.

After all, I think that after this drone incident we will not hear statements from Benjamin Netanyahu threatening to carry out a war on Hezbollah, Iran or even Gaza. This drone revealed that the Israeli air defense is weak and fragile. This means that Israel, despite its possession of weapons and technology, is just a paper tiger, and paper is easily torn.

Sources:

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/11/world/meast/israel-hezbollah-drone/index.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19914441

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4291201,00.html

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Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah escorted by his bodyguards in Beirut's southern suburbs. REUTERS.
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