The statement came after Hezbollah’s second-in-command Sheikh Naim Qassem said in an interview with Iran’s al-Vefagh newspaper in early December that the Lebanon-based militant group is capable of targeting any point in israel with its missiles.
Hezbollah planned to use its underground attack tunnels to suddenly invade israel in an operation that was aimed at shaking the Jewish state, according to the country’s outgoing Israel Defence Forces (IDF) chief Gadi Eisenkot.
In an interview with Israel’s Hadashot TV news, Eisenkot said that Hezbollah “had grandiose notions” and that “they were looking many years ahead, to a war or wide escalation, where they [believed they] would have […] an ace in their deck”.
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He claimed that Hezbollah wanted to launch a surprise attack on Israel from underground tunnels by sending “1,000 to 1,500 fighters into our side”.
Eisenkot argued that Hezbollah also considered “a massive artillery bombardment of IDF bases” as a possible means to cover their invasion.Additionally, the militant group allegedly planned to take control of “a piece of Israeli territory and hold it for weeks”.
“They said, this is something Israel has never experienced since its founding, and it will be an achievement that will disrupt the State of Israel’s ability to attack inside Lebanon, throw Israel off balance, and cause an earthquake in Israeli society”,…