Sunday, Israeli airstrikes targeted a convoy of Hezbollah vehicles, killing several senior operatives, reportedly including Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of late Hezbollah terrorist leader Imad Mughniyeh. Whether Jihad was the intended target or not is already a matter of debate, but the collection of the kind of timely and actionable intelligence that identified the convoy offers a glimpse into the spy-vs-spy war being fought between Israel and Hezbollah every day.
The airstrikes overshadowed another recently revealed chapter in this intelligence war. Hezbollah — the group that declared “divine victory” over Israel in the July 2006 war — now admits that enemy spies have penetrated the inner core of the group’s decision making circles. Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah himself addressed it in a recent interview, conceding that “infiltrations are part of the war between us and Israel and part of the battle’s losses, and we must expect things of this kind.” Indeed, this is just the latest chapter in a spy-vs-spy saga straight out of an espionage paperback.