War ExercisesAn article in Reuters, and reported in Israel Hayom, says that Israel's military is preparing for war with Hezbollah militants based in Lebanon, who are taking advantage of the long civil war in Syria to better arm themselves.
|War Drills: Israel Defense Force reservists train. As Reuters writes: "The desert exercise reflected |
the enhanced training of Israeli forces which, combined with the saber-rattling of the top brass,
suggested an attempt to deter Hezbollah by warning that the next conflict could bring greater
suffering for Lebanon."
Photo Credit: Amir Cohen/Reuters, 2013
Source: Jerusalem Post
Wary of a spillover from the conflict in Syria, Israel is preparing to take on Hezbollah, which it suspects is receiving advanced weapons from a distracted Damascus. Israel believes the Shiite organization also stands ready to retaliate if it carries out strikes on the nuclear sites of Iran, Hezbollah's patron.
A senior Israeli officer from the Lebanese front said on Thursday that tensions in Syria "had the potential to spill over and trigger a confrontation" with Hezbollah."We want to preserve the quiet, and we want the other side to know that if they take a step that necessitates we exact a price, they will pay dearly," the officer, who declined to be named, told foreign reporters while overseeing a simulated, regiment-strength battle with Hezbollah at a desert army base.
Israel could be on the verge of being drawn into the two-year Syrian civil war.Twenty-one U.N. peacekeepers were abducted in Syria near the Golan Heights border on Wednesday by gunmen linked mainly to Sunni Muslim armed opposition groups fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad, who follows the Alawite faith derived from Shiite Islam.
Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor has also written to the 15-member U.N. Security Council to complain about tank and mortar shells from Syria landing in Israel, warning that Israel "cannot be expected to stand idle as the lives of its citizens are being put at risk."Let's hope that it remains a warning and does not escalate into a war, which means death on both sides, often of civilians. War should always be the final measure, not the first one. Even so, a nation has the right and the legal and moral obligation to defend itself.
The desert exercise reflected the enhanced training of Israeli forces which, combined with the saber-rattling of the top brass, suggested an attempt to deter Hezbollah by warning that the next conflict could bring greater suffering for Lebanon.
You can read the rest of the article at [Israel Hayom]