Perspectives - February 19, 2021
Israel Conducts Two Largescale Military Exercises Simulating War with Hezbollah
Israel completed two largescale military exercises in one week, simulating conflict with Hezbollah. The first, dubbed
The drill tested the Northern Command’s ability to rapidly respond to outbreaks of violence on the border, the military said. It simulated cooperation between different units near the Lebanese border. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that “part of the exercise featured the application of the lessons learned from the recent operational events on the Lebanese border; the battle procedures and operational plans were sharpened against the backdrop of possible escalation; and the cooperation between intelligence collection, air support, intelligence and fire systems was practiced.” The drill also tested the IDF’s new system to coordinate attacks, known as “Ring of Fire,” the military said.
The second exercise,
A senior air force official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the level of intensity shown in the exercise was unprecedented. The drill simulated the bombing of some 3,000 targets over the course of 24 hours, whereas in the more than month-long 2006 Second Lebanon War, roughly 5,000 targets were struck in total. The exercise also simulated Hezbollah’s attacks on Israel, including the firing of cruise missiles and other advanced munitions, as well as standard, albeit massive rocket launches at both military and civilian targets in the Jewish state, the senior air force officer told reporters.
Nasrallah Responds to Israel’s Military Intelligence Annual Estimate
Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah gave a
The Hezbollah chief also threatened that, in any escalation, Israel’s civilians and cities would not be granted immunity. Nasrallah declared that there were no real Israeli civilians, essentially dubbing all of Israeli society a pool of military reserves, who would be targetable in a future conflict.
Hezbollah Releases Video Threatening to Strike Military Targets in Israeli Cities
Following a speech by Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, in which he vowed to strike Israeli cities, the group’s Military Media released a video of military targets inside Israeli civilian population centers, which it threatened to target in a future conflict.
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Lebanese Port Blast Investigator Removed
Judge Fadi Sawwan, the prosecutor investigating last year’s massive blast at Beirut port, was formally