Hezbollah gears up for new war

Hezbollah gears up for new war

Hezbollah is rapidly rearming in preparation for a new conflict with Israel, fearing that Benjamin Netanyahu’s government will attack Lebanon again prior to any assault on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Last week, Israeli commandos seized a ship in the Mediterranean loaded with almost 400 tonnes of rockets and small arms – which Israel claimed was being sent from Iran to its Hezbollah allies. In dramatic further evidence of growing tensions, the Observer has learned that Hezbollah fighters have been busy reinforcing fixed defence positions north of the Litani river.

Having lost many of its bunkers in the south, Hezbollah is preparing a new strategy to defend villages there.

Although the organisation denied last week that the weapons were intended for its use, senior commanders have done little to disguise the scale of rearmament. “Sure, we are rearming, we have even said that we have far more rockets and missiles than we did in 2006,” said a Hezbollah commander, speaking on condition of anonymity. [continued…]

Editor’s Comment — “We expect the Israelis to come soon, if not this winter, then they will wait until spring, when the ground isn’t too soft for their tanks,” says a Hezbollah commander.

Israel’s readiness to launch an attack on Iran may hinge on its readiness to send tanks back into Lebanon.

The war on Gaza, even to the extent that it may have served as a training exercise in preparation for another round of fighting with Hezbollah, probably did little to dispel the haunting memories of 2006. The Merkava tank, previously one of the IDF’s most potent symbols of invincibility, ended up exposing Israel’s military vulnerability.

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3 thoughts on “Hezbollah gears up for new war

  1. blowback

    FWIW, I strongly suspect that the whole story about the Francop carrying arms to Hezbollah is totally bogus. Nobody in their right mind would sail a ship with 500 tons of weapons from a major political enemy on board into a major port without being certain that the weapons weren’t booby trapped. So either the Israelis are incredibly stupid or they knew there were no booby traps because they put the together the contents of the containers.

  2. DE Teodoru

    For Israel’s sake, don’t threaten Hezbollah for all its fighters are willing to die killing while IDF troops are only willing to kill, not die. Israeli leaders insist on the right to do ANYTHING they want to advance their lebensraum thesis– including invading Lebanon—claiming to be Holocaust survivors while we Westerners and the Diaspora Jews owe them open ended support on grounds of “guilt.” History proves that the founders of today’s Likud Party self-servingly collaborated with Hitler while Jewish victims in East Europe died. Now the leaders with multiple passports, just in case, look to conquer Lebanon, sacrificing Israel’s young Sabras with no other place to go in order to impose on Lebanon the same Afrikaner apartheid policies now applied to conquered Palestinian lands.

  3. warren schaich

    I am a retired teacher, a US citizen who has always been concerned with economic and political fairness and justice, nationwide and internationally.
    I was very pleased to learn of “War in Context” and its alternative news
    reporting, a welcome respite from the controlled US media and its beating the drums for war and aggression. I am for resistance movements that also are willing to take a stand for their right to exist. I agree totally with the comments made above concerning Hezbollah and Israel’s intended aggression.

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