‘Lebanese targets fair game in war with Hezbollah’ (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ 04/11/12)
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Israel will attack Lebanese government targets during a future war
with Hezbollah, senior defense officials said amid speculation that a
war could erupt in the North following a future strike on Iran’s
“It was a mistake not to attack Lebanese government targets during
the [Second Lebanon] War in 2006,” a senior defense official
explained. “We will not be able to hold back from doing so in a
After the outbreak of the 2006 war, the official said, the US asked
Israel to refrain from bombing Lebanese government targets so as not
to weaken the prime minister at the time, Fuad Siniora, who was
aligned with the West.
Israel complied and restricted its bombings to Hezbollah targets.
“This will not be the same in the future, particularly now that
Hezbollah and the government are effectively one and the same,” the
In general, the IDF has significantly boosted its “target bank” since
the 2006 war. Today’s bank is said to contain thousands of Hezbollah
targets, compared to the approximately 200 that the IDF had on July
12, 2006, when Hezbollah abducted reservists Eldad Regev and Ehud
Hezbollah is believed to have amassed over 50,000 rockets and
missiles, and most of the weaponry is thought to be stored in some
100 villages throughout southern Lebanon.
The new thinking regarding bombing government institutions is part of
a revised IDF strategy on how to damage Hezbollah and facilitate a
faster end to a war than the 34 days it took in 2006. The guerrilla
group, which embeds its military capabilities within civilian
infrastructure, does not have a clear power base, which if destroyed
could help end such a war.
Talk of the possible bombing of Lebanese government targets comes as
Israel prepares for a possible war with Hezbollah that could result
from either an Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities or a
preemptive strike to stop the transfer of sophisticated weaponry from
Syria to Lebanon.
Western countries have prepared various contingency plans for such a
scenario, including the possible bombing of a convoy if it were
detected, as well as the possible insertion of commando forces to
secure the chemical stockpile if and when Syrian President Bashar
Assad falls. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/11/12)
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