Last week a drone was shot down in Israel. There was a cloud of suspicion surrounding where the drone originated from in the initial reports, however a handful of days later it was confirmed that the drone belonged to Hezbollah stationed in Lebanon. More specifically, according to news reports, the drone was “manufactured in Iran and assembled in Lebanon.” The drone’s breach signifies Iran’s capabilities and technology, said Iranian Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi.
Vahidi went on to applaud Hezbollah’s actions stating that they did a “great job” and that the era where Israel believed they held supremacy has ceased. According to the Defense Minister, Hezbollah was well within their rights to fly into Israeli airspace because “Israeli warplanes routinely fly over Lebanon.” The leader of Hezbollah Sheik Hassan Nasrallah stated that this drone flight will not be the last one they conduct.
Furthermore, Vahidi said that Israel does not have the “capability to act against Iran,” and Israel has not ruled out a preemptive strike against Iran and their nuclear program. The West suspects this nuclear program to be developing military weapons while Iran keeps denying the accusations stating that it is geared towards alternative energy.
Did Lebanon have the right to fly a drone into Israeli airspace for the sole reason that Israel continually sends warplanes into Lebanese airspace? No. When we were all children we were taught that two wrongs do not make a right. In this case the two wrongs occurred when the airspace of both Lebanon and Israel was violated. Both groups continually seemingly keep inching toward a conflict by committing irksome actions against one another. Unfortunately, if a conflict does erupt it will not only affect those two groups but rather the entire world.
My take on this situation is that with each of these acts of aggression tensions will keep thickening between Israel and Iran, and it’s not like one day they will put their differences aside and reconcile in a peaceful and civil manner. It doesn’t matter if the acts of aggression both countries commit are physical or verbal, both are equally adding to the tinderbox which is the Middle East and when time comes to flick the first match it won’t be an easy fire to put out.