Israel vs. the Iran-Hizbullah Axis

(Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies-Bar-Ilan University) Yaakov Lappin - In southern Lebanon and the Beka'a Valley in eastern Lebanon, Hizbullah is pointing over 80,000 rockets and missiles at Israel, representing a new level of threat to the Israeli home front. The scale of Hizbullah's offensive arsenal has been made possible by Iranian funding, arms shipments, and use of Syria as a transit route. In Israel, a military response to this challenge is being prepared, designed to quickly deliver a devastating knock-out blow to Hizbullah. The IDF plans to implement a combination of unprecedented air power capabilities and a swift ground maneuver to eliminate Hizbullah as a fighting force for years to come. This approach is predicated on new intelligence resources, and an air force strike power - which has not yet been used to full capacity - that enables fighter jets to destroy hundreds of targets a day with precision-guided bombs. The ground forces have been preparing for a new conflict with Hizbullah by drilling a blitz invasion of southern Lebanon and the destruction of Hizbullah infrastructure using a massive combination of tanks, infantry, artillery, and the engineering corps.

2013-11-15 00:00:00

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