Gordo reveals that Hezbollah is not getting as much support from the Lebanese population as they hoped for.
According to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, the militant group would not have kidnapped two Israeli soldiers if it had known that Israel would retaliate with raids that killed more than 1,000 Lebanese:
“If there was a one percent possibility, we would not have done that. We would not have done any capturing.”
After the raids in Gaza following the abduction of a soldier, it’s hard to see Israel’s incursion in Lebanon as anything other than “known response to known stimulus.” If Nasrallahh is now trying to say that Israel’s actions were unforseeable, it probably means that the people of Lebanon haven’t been as appreciative of Hezbollah’s reconstruction efforts as Nasrallah might have hoped. Maybe they resent being used as pawns in a bloody political game.
The people of southern Lebanon seem smarter than those of Israel, who mostly support the government even when it deliberately provokes Hamas in order to be able to excuse continuing the occupation.