File - Israeli soldiers atop armored vehicle patrol the area in the occupied Shebaa Farms, Friday, Sept. 2, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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The roadside bomb ambush against Israeli soldiers in the Shebaa Farms Friday, the first attack in the occupied mountainside since the end of the 2006 war, lends further weight to speculation that Hezbollah has decided to resume operations against Israeli targets, albeit in a cautious and deniable manner.Hezbollah has made no comment on Friday's roadside bomb attack near Bastara, at the southern end of the Shebaa Farms mountainside, but there is no other group that realistically could have carried it out. Despite Hezbollah's past history in the Shebaa Farms, it is telling that of the approximately 23 attacks staged by the party against Israeli troops in the area between October 2000 and July 2006, only four were roadside bomb operations, and three of those were close to the Blue Line, on the edge of the Shebaa Farms.The Daily Star recently raised the possibility that Hezbollah could stage a roadside bomb attack against Israeli troops in the Shebaa Farms as part of its retaliation for Israel's airstrike last month against a Hezbollah facility in Janta, in the eastern Bekaa Valley.
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