Israel is bracing for potential attacks from Hizballah, after an airstrike in the Syrian Golan Sunday killed 11 members of the Hizballah-Iranian axis. The dead include Jihad Mughniyeh, a son of former Hizballah leader Imad Mughniyeh, Iranian General Mohamed Allahdadi and Mohammed Issa, the leader of Hizballah's operations in Syria and Iraq.
In response, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, warned of a "destructive" retaliatory actions against Israel and called for the destruction of the Jewish state.
"The Zionists should await annihilating thunderbolts," Jafari told Iranian media.
While on high alert in the north, Israel deployed several Iron dome anti-missile systems on the border in case Hizballah decides to launch rockets into Israel.
Despite Israel's officials silence on the matter, former Shin Bet head Yaakov Peri referred to the strike as an "intelligence and operational success."
Peri, a member of Knesset, alluded to Hizballah's terrorist activities and preparations close to the mountainous border with Israel.
"In my analysis this was meant to facilitate a series of terrorist attacks inside Israeli territory," Peri told Israel's Army radio. He also suggested that Israel was aware of the identities of the people killed.
Another Israeli source suggests that Israel intended to target low-ranking militants in Syria and not an Iranian general.
"We did not expect the outcome in terms of the stature of those killed – certainly not the Iranian general," the source told Reuters.
It is unlikely that the terrorist organization seeks to escalate the violence into a major confrontation with Israel. However, Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah's threats in recent months and provocative activities on the Lebanese border indicate that some type of response from Hizballah is likely. Potential retaliatory responses include a minor attack on Israeli patrols, large-scale terrorist operation targeting Israeli civilians or even terrorist attacks against Israelis abroad.