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'We are waiting for war': Lebanese say Israel has gone too far

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At the town of Kfarshouba, known as a Hezbollah stronghold right next to an eerie wall decorated with children's drawings, people told me that they are "ready for a conflict; ready to die" if necessary."

Kfarshouba is where the Israelis 'discovered Hezbollah tunnels,' which was an official justification for the construction of the walls.

"Nonsense," I was told by the locals. "Tunnels were there for decades, and Israelis knew about them all along. They were fully barricaded for many years and posed no danger to Israel."

Right in front of the horrid new Israeli fence, three flags are waving in the wind those of Palestine, Lebanon and Hezbollah. Next to them, three UNIFIL armored vehicles are parked. Indonesian soldiers are resting, taking selfies.

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"Are you going to take action if Israel crosses the line?" I ask them.

They are grinning at me. No coherent reply is given.

The Israeli-occupied Golan Heights are just 10km from this point. And several Israeli villages and towns are right behind the wall.

With the firepower that Hezbollah has, they could be leveled to the ground in just one minute.

Although Hezbollah is apparently on 'high alert,' so far, the talk about 'retaliation' is just talk.

'Inertia is like slow death to Lebanon'

In order to bomb targets inside Iraq, Israeli jets had to fly either over the territory of its former ally, Turkey, or over Saudi Arabia. As reported by Al-Jazeera:

"Israel and the Saudis do not have formal diplomatic relations but are believed to have established a behind-the-scenes alliance based on their shared hostility towards Iran."

Is Israel trying to provoke several Arab countries of the Middle East into yet another war?

Or is this just another 'humiliation'? Are Beirut, Damascus, Baghdad just going to count punches and remain idle? Are they going to quote, again and again, the UN resolutions, while Israel continuously bombs their cities and countryside, with total impunity and with the approval of the West?

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