The Low-Profile War between Israel and Hizbullah

(BESA Center for Strategic Studies-Bar-Ilan University) Yaakov Lappin - Israel has been waging a low-profile military and intelligence campaign, dubbed "The War Between Wars," which monitors and occasionally disrupts the transfer of advanced weapons to Hizbullah. Israel remains determined to block the arrival of advanced surface-to-air missiles that would disrupt future Israel Air Force operations against Hizbullah, and surface-to-sea guided missiles which could target the Israel Navy, including naval bases, as well as Israel's offshore gas drilling rigs in the Mediterranean Sea. Despite Israel's efforts, Hizbullah and its Iranian patron have been able to assemble one of world's largest arsenals of missiles in Lebanon, and are making considerable progress in improving their accuracy and warhead size. The sheer size of Hizbullah's arsenal means that in a future war many of its rockets will crash into Israeli territory without being intercepted, as Israel's air defenses will have to focus on strategic and military sites, and on population centers.

2017-09-01 00:00:00

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