´Hezbollah setting IDF up for another Goldstone´ (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ 07/06/12)
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Senior IDF officer says destruction in Lebanon will be extensive due
to Hezbollah establishing command posts, bases in villages.
Israel’s 2009 offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, will pale in
comparison to what will happen to Lebanon in a future war with
Hezbollah, a senior IDF officer in the Northern Command said on
“The destruction will be greater in Lebanon than in Israel and the
amount of explosives which will fall there will be far more than what
will fall here... We will need to be strong and aggressive,” the
Brig.-Gen. Herzi Halevy, commander of Division 91, clarified the
remark and told reporters that the destruction will be widespread due
to Hezbollah’s decision to establish its command posts and bases
inside villages and towns throughout Lebanon.
Halevy, who headed the Paratroop Brigade during Operation Cast Lead
in 2009, said Israel would take immediate action – from the air and
on the ground – in a future war that would cause “extensive damage,
not as a punishment but rather to hit the enemy where it is.”
“The damage will be far greater [in Lebanon] than the Second Lebanon
War,” he added.
“The past six years have been the quietest along the border in more
than 40 years,” Halevy said in a briefing marking six years since the
Second Lebanon War.
“But we understand that there is more than one catalyst that can
potentially break the quiet.”
Halevy said that an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities – no matter
by whom – or the ongoing uprising in Syria could spark a conflict
between Israel and Hezbollah. In addition, increased tension between
the IDF and the Lebanese Armed Forces could lead to a bigger conflict.
Last week, for example, a small force of soldiers from the Paratroop
Brigade were patrolling the border when they spotted Lebanese troops
standing 20 meters away and aiming their weapons –including a rocket-
propelled grenade – at them. One of the Israeli soldiers, who speaks
Arabic, heard the Lebanese commander dividing up targets for his men.
The Israeli soldiers called in a backup force that quickly arrived at
the scene, leading the Lebanese to withdraw.
“These type of incidents have the ability to turn into something
larger,” a senior officer said.
The IDF has spent the past year upgrading its defenses along the
border. A few weeks ago, it completed the construction of a concrete
wall between the Israeli border town of Metulla and the Lebanese town
of Kafr Kila. The army decided to build a wall along that section of
the frontier to minimize friction between the sides.
Since the war in 2006, in addition to Hezbollah’s extensive
rearmament and procurement of tens of thousands of rockets and
missiles, the IDF has detected a concerted effort by the guerrilla
group to gather intelligence on Israeli military positions along the
The army released photos on Thursday showing Hezbollah operatives
with surveillance gear along the border filming IDF movements and
In a film recently captured by the IDF, two cars are shown arriving
near the Lebanese side of the border. Men wearing hooded sweatshirts
are seen exiting the cars and surveying the border. One of them is
holding papers. IDF assessments are that the group was possibly
planning an attack against Israel along the border.
“They brings operatives from northern Lebanon to teach them about the
south and the terrain where they will be expected to operate in a
future war,” another officer in the Northern Command said. (© 1995-
2011, The Jerusalem Post 07/06/12)
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