"The report said Hezbollah has an estimated 100,000 rockets — 10 times as many as were in the Hamas arsenal — and that its 5,000 long-range missiles, located in Beirut and other areas deep inside Lebanon, are capable of carrying large warheads (of up to 1 ton and more), with precision guidance systems, covering all of Israel.
Israel’s Iron Dome rocket defense system would not be able to cope with that kind of challenge, and thus the IDF would have to “maneuver fast” and act forcefully to prevail decisively in the conflict, Goldfus said." Times of Israel
Israel was lucky that Hizbullah did not throw all that stuff at them during the Gaza unpleasantness. Very lucky.
This colonel is right. Iron Dome would fail against the fire that Hisbullah can bring down on them and it would have failed even more catastrophically against an HB/Hamas combined effort.
Nevertheless, Israel is unhappy that its goal of destroying Hamas in Gaza also failed. Israel's rather primitive ideas in the area of "strategic" thought require that any and all potential enemies be intimidated and submissive. That did not happen in Gaza.
Therefore, Israel is seeking another target for intimidation operations. Hizbullah and Lebanon as a whole are the only available fields for this endeavor.
"In Beirut and other areas deep in Lebanon" telegraphs the IDF intention to ravage all of Lebanon in another air campaign designed to wreck Lebanese infrastructure and demonstrate the uncaring savagery implicit in nationalism run amock. Someone said that a definition of insanity is a willingness to keep doing things again and again that do not work. When did this level of savegery help Israel?
Colonel whathisname says that they will have to maneuver swiftly and decisively to prevent Hizbullah shooting up Israel. I await that effort with interest. pl
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