File - UNIFIL soldiers stand guard as Israeli soldiers foot patrol the border area with Lebanon as seen from Adaisseh, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah addressed his supporters on Feb. 17, 2010, in a televised speech to commemorate the killing of both his predecessor Abbas Mousawi, who died during an Israeli air raid in 1992, and Hezbollah's top military commander Imad Mughniyeh, killed in a car bomb attack in 2008 .How this "new equation," as Hezbollah deputy commander Naim Qassem referred to the shift, would affect future battles between the warring entities remains to be seen.In it both sides agreed to avoid attacks on civilians and to use populated villages to launch attacks.In 2006, the equation drastically changed when Israel launched a wide-ranging war in response to a cross-border raid by Hezbollah to kidnap two Israeli soldiers with the hope of exchanging them for captives held by Israel.For instance, had the Hezbollah ambush of an Israeli convoy in Shebaa, in retaliation for the Qunaitra attack, killed 10 and not two soldiers, Goksel believes the blowback would have been far more drawn out.Former Lebanese Army Gen. Elias Hanna disagreed that Nasrallah had done away with rules of engagement.
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