On the eleventh anniversary of the 2006 Lebanon War between Israel and Hezbollah, there are indications that a future war may come soon, and be far more devastating.
Speaking on the Hezbollah media channel Al Manar TV, Hashem Safieddine, a senior leader in the Hezbollah political structure, said that Israel would be ‘surprised’ in the next war fought between them. While Safieddine was not specific with his threat, evidence of Hezbollah’s significant military buildup in the 11 years since the last major period of hostility indicates they are well armed with greater and more precise weaponry, able to target Israel deep into its own territory.
Safieddine said Israel’s intelligence on their military capabilities is inaccurate, as the Israeli government and Israel Defense Force (IDF) leadership has made a point to downplay the threat from Hezbollah’s growing missile stockpiles, directly supported by Iran and its Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)
While IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot acknowledged that Iranian supported missile factories in Lebanon were a threat to Israel’s security, he has said they are not “particularly accurate at the moment.”