Israel to launch war games simulating ‘next confrontation with Hezbollah’

Israeli soldiers take part in a military training in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, near the border with Syria on February 21, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Israeli soldiers take part in a military training in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, near the border with Syria on February 21, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Israel has announced that it will launch large scale military exercises aimed at simulating “the next confrontation with Hezbollah.”   

According to the Israeli war ministry, the 10-day drills, the largest the Tel Aviv regime has held in almost 20 years, are scheduled to kick off on Tuesday.

Tens of thousands of troops are set to take part in the war games, which will also include aircraft, boats, and submarines.

Preparations for the exercise have been in place for over a year.

Last month, the secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement said Israel is not able to launch a new war on Lebanon, because it knows that Hezbollah is much more powerful than 2006 and any such war would cost Tel Aviv dearly.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made the remarks in a speech on the anniversary of Israel’s defeat in the 33-day military onslaught against Lebanon back in the summer of 2006.

About 1,200 Lebanese, most of them civilians, lost their lives during Israel’s 33-day war on Lebanon back in the summer of 2006.

According to the 629-page Winograd Report by the Israeli regime itself, Hezbollah fighters involved in defending Lebanon against the Israeli war defeated the enemy and Tel Aviv was compelled to withdraw without having achieved any of its objectives.

UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which brokered a ceasefire in the 2006 war, calls on Israel to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.