Last update - 10:29 04/01/2009     
      Lebanon analysts: Hezbollah doesn't want fight with Israel over Gaza 
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      By Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondent  

      "Hezbollah is not in a position that allows it to carry the burden of a 
second war," Paul Salem of the Carnegie Middle East Center told the agency. 

      Last week, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah announced that he had 
instructed his troops to up their alert level ahead of a possible military 
campaign with Israel. 

      Moreover, 10 days ago United Nations troops stationed in Lebanon found a 
rocket launcher aimed at Israel. Israeli army sources believe it was placed 
there by Jihadists who do not belong to Hezbollah. In any event, UNIFIL - the 
United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon - has increased its routine patrols in 
the area. 

      Israeli and UN officials believe Hezbollah will try to prevent other 
Islamist organizations from provoking Israel into retaliatory action. 

      Meanwhile, Nasrallah and Hezbollah are paying a political price for their 
inaction. Some Lebanese media pointed out that while Nasrallah has been vocal 
in criticizing Egypt, he has not done anything, either. 


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