The Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah announced that it had “launched three unarmed drones towards the disputed area” on the Karish field, during reconnaissance missions, noting that “the drones accomplished the required mission and delivered the message”.
In a statement, the Lebanese Islamic Resistance Movement said one of its units named after “martyrs Jamil Skaf and Mahdi Yaghi launched three unarmed marches”, adding that the drones used in the operation were from different sizes and were launched “in the direction of the disputed area at the Karish field, to carry out reconnaissance missions.
The Islamic Resistance confirmed that “the required mission has been accomplished and the message has been delivered”.
Referring to the latest developments, Israeli media reported that “Hezbollah’s launching of unarmed drones towards Karish is an indication that it does not want a military confrontation now”, but “it is an indication that it is capable of doing otherwise, and it can be repeated in the weeks to come.”
Some Israeli media claimed that the Israeli occupation forces had “stopped three Hezbollah drones, which were heading towards the Karish gas platform”.
And the regime’s “Channel 13” pointed out that “the Hezbollah drones, which were launched at Karish, were unarmed, and so he wanted to wage a war of awareness and say that he is capable, and he follows Israel’s activities.”
“Channel 13” continued “when it (Hezbollah) decides to do so, it will launch armed drones or missiles towards the gas platforms”.
Hezbollah has confirmed it is ready to take action, including force, against Israeli gas drilling operations in disputed offshore areas, saying “all options are on the table”.
Israel’s political, military, and religious leaders (former and current), as well as commentators, writers, and experts, have reflected on their fears and beliefs in the eight-decade curse. They cited historic Jewish rule; who had failed to maintain their position of power beyond the eighth decade.
Putting this into context, Israelis fear the regime’s existential continuity into the eighth decade after its establishment in 1948 by the former British colonialist regime of Palestine. Fear comes as much from within as from without.
There is an unprecedented political crisis and a division (associated with it) within Israel that is not seen anywhere else in the world, as the regime faces its fifth election in three years.
The latest development of trying to drill from someone else’s natural resources has pitted the regime against its nemesis, Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
A movement that has defeated Israel militarily on more than one occasion, with victories in 2000 and 2006. Moreover, a movement that has promised any future war that Israel tries to initiate with Lebanon will see the end of Israel’s regime. Israeli apartheid.
It should be noted that the Secretary General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, confirmed on June 9 that “Lebanon is facing a new stage [with the Israeli regime] and “all options are on the table”, following the installation of an oil drilling platform in the Karish gas field “to start work within three months by the Anglo-Greek company, is akin to an aggression against Lebanon, and puts it ahead of a difficult situation [to make a decision].”
Sayyed Nasrallah clarified that “all the measures of the Israeli enemy cannot protect the floating rig platform, nor the process of extracting the Karish field”, stressing that “any madness the enemy commits will have repercussions , not only strategic but existential”. Israel will lose in any war that threatens to [the extraction of Lebanese natural resources]it is much more than what Lebanon can lose.
He stressed that “all options are open to resistance”, emphasizing that “we do not want war, but we do not fear it. Israel must stop its activity in the Karish field and withdraw the ship quickly and immediately” .
Sayyed Nasrallah explained that “our country is rich, and our treasure is in the sea, and that’s what the data says. What we need is to have the courage to seek this reward”, adding that “if the enemy wants to prevent us from digging, we are able to prevent him” from digging as well.
Nasrallah stressed the need to “set a goal of protecting and extracting oil wealth and making maximum use of it after it is extracted”, pointing out that “in the region, only Syria and Lebanon are prohibited from exploration for their oil and gas under pain of sanction.”
He added, “the danger of attacking the maritime borders is the stripping of a very large part of Lebanon, its [oil/gas] fields and wealth”, while the second danger is that “Lebanon does not have the right to extract its oil, and this is a problem to which the Lebanese must think about a solution”.
Nasrallah stressed that the issue of water, oil and gas extraction is no less important than the issue of liberating the occupied border strip.
“Indeed, this case has advantages, which should be a motive and an incentive for everyone to take responsibility,” he added.
The Hezbollah leader said “we will face the risks associated with oil wealth”, stressing “the need to know that the weather is not in favor of Lebanon here”.
Sayyed Nasrallah added that “the direct objective should be to prevent the enemy from extracting oil and gas from Karish, and to stop the activity which he is going or may have started”, pointing out that “every day of delay will be recorded the loss of the wealth and money of the Lebanese people.
Hezbollah deputy Sheikh Naim Qassem recently insisted that the issue of border demarcation “requires a decisive decision and opinion from the Lebanese state” and “it is necessary to answer the following question: is the ship operating in a contested area, or not??”
Sheikh Naim Qassem said the party was ready to take action, “including force”, against Israeli gas exploration operations in disputed offshore areas, as soon as “the Lebanese government announces Israel’s violation of maritime borders from Lebanon”.
In an interview, Sheikh Qassem said: “When Lebanon announces an Israeli attack on our waters and oil, we are ready to do our part in pressure and deterrence, and to use appropriate means, including force, to prevent Israel from doing so.
Qassem stressed the need for a deadline, saying it was wrong for this matter to remain suspended without the Lebanese people knowing how much Israel is encroaching on Lebanese resources.
In response to a question about giving the Lebanese state a “respite” before Hezbollah acts, Sheikh Qassem replied “we are not giving the Lebanese state a deadline. The Lebanese state is above all of us, and it determines its course, and we are under the roof of the state in such decisions, but we encourage it to hurry.”
News has surfaced that an Anglo-Greek company has installed an oil rig in the “Karesh” field and announced that it will start extracting gas within three months, while the Israeli public broadcaster and radio admitted that “Israeli Navy forces are conducting patrols to guard the platform,
Following the announcement of the entry of the vessel of the “ENERGEAN POWER” liquefied natural gas production and storage unit by an Anglo-Greek company into the “disputed” area at the southern maritime border, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, who condemned the Israeli move, contacted Prime Minister Najib Mikati and a number of officials to monitor developments.