Diplomatic sources have been raising the prospects of a regional war in the event peace efforts hit a dead end, the Kuwaiti al-Anbaa newspaper said on Wednesday. The sources added that Washington is serious about U.S.-brokered indirect peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians "as a fundamental stage toward the restart of the regional peace process as a whole," but they warned that a regional war could break out in the event of failure of this attempt which could force Washington to withdraw from its bid.
"Then, in case the U.S. withdrew (its initiative), the threat of regional war becomes imminent and likely," the sources said.
These comments came hours after Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah said that his fighters were capable of wiping out Israel's navy and any other ships heading to Israel in the event of a new war. "If you launch a new war on Lebanon, if you blockade our coastline, all military, civilian or commercial ships heading through the Mediterranean to occupied Palestine will be targeted by the Islamic Resistance," said the Shiite leader in a speech transmitted via video link to his of supportersin Beirut's southern suburbs.
"Whether along the northern or southern Israeli shore, we can target ships, bomb them and hit them God willing," he added.