Dig­ging up Hezbol­lah’s dirty work

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is acutely aware that any such op­er­a­tion in­volves huge risks.

Hezbol­lah’s tun­nels don’t so much cross a red­line as dig deep un­der it – wait­ing for the day that a large force of armed ter­ror­ists could sud­denly burst out of the ground in Is­raeli sov­er­eign ter­ri­tory. Tehran might be thou­sands of miles away, but Iran’s forces and prox­ies are right on the doorstep, try­ing to break in with­out be­ing de­tected.

The net­work of Hezbol­lah ter­ror tun­nels pro­vides two sober­ing les­sons to Is­rael. Even in the mis­sile-war­fare age, land mat­ters. Those ad­vo­cat­ing ter­ri­to­rial com­pro­mises need to re­al­ize just how shaky the ground will be if ter­ror tun­nels are be­ing dug be­low the sur­face. This, of course, in­cludes Judea and Sa­maria (the West Bank). No less im­por­tant, Is­rael has once again learned that ul­ti­mately it can rely only on its own sol­diers, not in­ter­na­tional peace­keep­ing forces.

But there is a les­son in this, too, for Nas­ral­lah and the Ira­nian lead­er­ship: They need to know that the light at the end of the tun­nel is be­ing held by an Is­raeli sol­dier.

(Ro­nen Zvu­lun/Reuters)

IS­RAELI DRILLING EQUIP­MENT is seen next to the bor­der with Le­banon, near the Le­banese vil­lage of Kafr Kila, seen from Is­rael’s side on De­cem­ber 4.

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