RNA - In separate messages on Tuesday, Zarif felicitated his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil and Secretary-General of Hezbollah Seyed Hassan Nasrallah on their victory over Israel 12 years ago.
12 years ago, Israel and Hezbollah last fought a war where around 165 Israelis, including 119 troopers, and 1,200 Lebanese died during Israel’s 33-day war on Lebanon, which lasted from July 12 to August 14, 2006.
Although Israel managed to occupy some parts of Southern Lebanon during the aggression, it was later faced with fierce resistance from Hezbollah fighters, who forced the occupying regime to withdraw its forces and give in to a humiliating defeat despite its earlier claims.
According to Fars News Agancy, the defeat suffered by Israeli forces in the war with Lebanon, along with two similar defeats in its wars with the besieged Gaza Strip, have been seen by analysts to have effectively shattered the myth of invincibility of the Israeli army.
UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which brokered a ceasefire in the 2006 war, calls on Israel to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. However, the Israeli military keeps mulling the launch of yet another war on Lebanon, disregarding the UN resolution.