The next time it wages war against Israel, Hezbollah will likely attempt to invade the Jewish state, Brig. Gen. Itai Brun, the outgoing head of Israel’s Military Intelligence research division, said in an interview.
Brun told Israel Hayom
that the Iranian-backed terror group based in Lebanon would try to send large land forces across the border and carry out "pinpoint" terrorist attacks on cities in northern Israel like Nahariya. About 50,000 people live in that city, located on Israel's northern Mediterranean Sea coast just six miles south of the Lebanon border.
Brun believes Hezbollah is preparing for renewed conflict with the IDF.
"Unlike in the Second Lebanon War, I believe that next time we will see Hezbollah forces on Israeli soil," he warned. "They will come in two forms: One will be terror attacks —
pinpoint strikes in Nahariya or Shlomi or Maalot" —
all of which are communities in northern Israel near the Lebanon border.
The other method of attack would involve "more substantial operations to grab territory inside Israel" —
in other words, that a Hezbollah unit would seize an entire community, Israel Hayom quoted Brun as predicting.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that Hezbollah's main means of attack would involve "the firing of about 1,000 rockets a day into Israel — more than twice the average fired during the month-long Israel-Hezbollah war in 2006."
Hezbollah, the website added,
is believed to have well over 100,000 rockets in its military arsenal.
In the 2006 war, virtually all of the 4,000 Hezbollah rockets fired were of short range and mainly endangered border areas in northern Israel. Brun said that today Hezbollah has thousands of rockets capable of reaching virtually anywhere in Israel.
In an interview broadcast this week on Al-Manar,
a Hezbollah-controlled television channel, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah declared that his group is prepared to invade the Galilee region of northern Israel as well as the Israeli "settlements" (cities and towns) which lie beyond Galilee.
Nasrallah added that Hezbollah was working to improve its relations with Hamas, which became strained as a result of differences over the war in Syria. He said Hezbollah would work to bolster ties with Hamas "in order to fight the Zionist enemy together."
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