Hezbollah could invade Israel in next conflict, IDF official says

The flag of Hezbollah. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) A senior Israel Defense Forces official warned that Hezbollah could invade and attempt to capture northern Israeli towns during the next conflict.

According to the IDF’s assessment, Hezbollah could capture a few northern Israeli towns such as Rosh Hanikra for several hours until they are dislodged.

“I can say that if it does capture part of our land, we have the capabilities to take it back,” the Northern Commander official said, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

“When Hezbollah talks about capturing the Galilee, it’s not an occupation as you would imagine it — it could capture the [Rosh Hanikra area] for 3-4 hours. If we managed to capture the Golan Heights, this is not a problem,” the official added.

Despite the ominous warning, the senior official conceded that there is no indication that conflict with Hezbollah is imminent, though he admitted a relatively minor incident could touch off a war.

“The situation in the north is quiet; we don’t assume we are headed toward war,” the official said. “On the other hand, there are many developments, there are small things that can create larger events. The instability can develop and erupt into war.”

Hezbollah poses a much greater threat than Hamas, IDF officials warned. It is estimated that the Lebanese terror group has 100,000 rockets – 10 times as many as Hamas – including thousands of long-range missiles that carry up to a ton of warheads and are hidden in deep underground bunkers within Lebanon. 

Posted on September 15, 2014 .