The leader of Hezbollah warned Israel on Friday that the Shiite movement was unafraid of war, just days after intense clashes in the border zone raised fears that a major conflict could erupt.

Hasan Nasrallah told supporters that his movement carefully planned the missile strike Wednesday that killed two Israeli soldiers. In the televised speech, he described the attack as retaliation for an alleged Israeli raid Jan. 18 in southern Syria that killed six Hezbollah militants and an Iranian general — an act that he called an “assassination.”

“The Israelis must understand very well that this resistance is not deterred,” he said, before warning Israel directly: “You tried us. Don’t try us again.” […]