In contrast to the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, the escalation against Hezbollah has been concentrated in the border area with Lebanon. Despite Tehran’s involvement and a meeting between Hezbollah Secretary General and Iranian Foreign Minister, Nasrallah is aware of the destruction caused by the Second Lebanon War and is cautious about public opinion.
Lebanon is facing a severe economic crisis, with an annual inflation rate of 192% and constant erosion of the Lebanese pound. The economic situation may contribute to the recruitment of citizens from weaker strata into the ranks of Hezbollah. The fighting at the current intensity in southern Lebanon is causing serious damage to the devastated economy in the region, with infrastructure, roads, buildings, and agricultural lands being affected. This has led to the evacuation of over 86,000 people from southern Lebanon, impacting the entire economy of Lebanon as it is a focus of agricultural activity.
Hezbollah presents itself as both a terrorist organization with a jihadist, military identity and also as a ‘defender of Lebanon,’ making it a ‘hybrid entity’ with a social, political organization. Nasrallah is aware of the potential for destruction and is careful in his actions. The economic consequences of fighting on both sides give reason for optimism that efforts by mediator Amos Hochstein will yield calm.
The potential for destruction when a country is continuously plagued by economic chaos makes this not just any war with Hezbollah. There is hope that a mediator will be successful in determining land borders between Israel and Lebanon to resolve disputes. The Globes system operates based on ethical codes that strive for diverse discourse and filter out expressions violence or incitement automatically to maintain its quality standards.
In conclusion, while there are concerns about possible destruction due to ongoing conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, efforts by mediators like Amos Hochstein provide hope for finding peaceful solutions that prioritize human rights and respect for diversity among all parties involved.