On April 13, the Military Media of Lebanese Hezbollah released a short video warning Israel of a full-blown multi-front war.
The video, titled “We Are Ready,” was released ahead of Quds Day, an annual pro-Palestinian event held on the last Friday of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan to express support for Palestinians and oppose Israel. The event was initiated in 1979 in Iran, shortly after the Islamic Revolution.
Operative from Hezbollah are seen in the video examining a map of Israel in what appears to be an operations room along with other operatives wearing the patches of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Hamas Movement, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Iraqi Kata’ib Hezbollah, Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, Yemen’s Ansar Allah [Houthis], Afghan Liwa Fatemiyoun, Liwa Zainebiyoun and the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The warning video, which included photos of al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem city, was released less than a week after a limited multi-front confrontation, during which dozens of rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip, Lebanon and Syria.
The unprecedented attacks were a response to an assault by the Israeli Police on al-Aqsa, one of Islam’s holiest sites. Hundreds of Palestinians worshipers were arrested during the assault.
Despite the end of the confrontation, Israel is still alerted. The Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate warned that hostilities remain high and could even lead to war. Meanwhile, the Israeli Defense Forces has reportedly decided to bolster air defense systems across the country and deploy additional Iron Dome batteries.
Hezbollah’s new warning could push Israel to take additional defensive measures in the upcoming few days. Tel Aviv views the Iran-aligned heavily-armed group as the main threat on its border.