"Israel is not satisfied with spies and aerial photography,"Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech Wednesday evening after the Lebanese army said it found Israeli spy camera in mountains overlooking the capital Beirut. "I thank the brothers at the Lebanese army who have been working since morning in the snow to dismantle this equipment.
"(Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu, (Foreign Minister Avigdor)Lieberman and the rest of the Israelis are not interested in the path of negotiations with the Palestinians, and then with Damascus and Beirut," the Shiite group added. "They want to continue building in the settlements and deny the Palestinians their natural rights.
According to the Hezbollah chief, Israel realizes that going to war on any one of its borders would be "an adventure," with "uncertain results." He said Israel's prefers to maintain the status quo, which, according to him, is problematic for the Jewish state because it "gives its enemies a chance to prepare for the next conflict in comfortable conditions."
| Lebanon: We uncovered Israeli spy equipment|
Army official claims two Israeli long range spy cameras spotted in hills overlooking Beirut; says information received by Hezbollah
A senior Lebanese army officer on Wednesday said military experts have discovered two spy cameras planted by Israel in Lebanon's mountains.
Earlier this month, the Lebanese appealed to the United NationsSecurity Council, claiming Israel planted spying equipment at the south of the country.
The officer claimed the long range spying systems were placed in Sanin mountain and the Barouk mountains, which overlook the capital of Beirut.
The officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, said Wednesday that army experts dismantled one of the systems and are working on the second.
He said the army received information about the systems from the militant Hezbollah group – whose members are expected to be indicted on the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
According to the report, the equipment included a system that can record and send signals as well as take footage, and can be operated from afar. The Lebanese official said the spying system was planted in an isolated area with dry rocks, which made it harder to uncover.
Earlier this month, Hezbollah said it discovered an Israeli device spying on its private telecommunications network.
More than 100 people in Lebanon have been arrested since last year on suspicion of collaborating with Israel.
Last week, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cables revealing that Lebanese authorities were surprised to discover that not only Israel is syping on them.
In February 2008, the army uncovered a secret Iranian communications network across the country.
The discovery sparked tensions between the central government and Hezbollah, which culminated in public clashes on the streets of the capital.