UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – In a recent report on Hezbollah’s military capability, the Yediot Aharonot newspaper estimates that the Israeli army must prepare to face the 2nd largest army in the Middle East.
In an article published in the August 17 edition, the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot presents Hezbollah as the second largest army in the Middle East to be confronted.
In a recent article titled “IDF’s war plans for dealing with Hezbollah,” the paper writes:
“The largest army in the Middle East after the Israeli army has received a new arsenal of weapons with special and high-quality night vision devices, electronic drone combat weapons, and mortars carrying a half tons of explosives and rockets.”
The Lebanese movement has great self-confidence and has gained rich experience during the four years of fighting in Syria, the report says, in an allusion to Hezbollah’s considerable potential.
The Israeli newspaper adds:
“The Israeli army realizes that Hezbollah has gained a lot of experience in the war in Syria. That’s why she feels more than ever the need for radical change to prepare for the next showdown with the strongest army in the Middle East after the Israeli army. For the first time, Israeli army ground forces are implementing a four-dimensional “Combined Battle” strategy in anticipation of a possible war with Hezbollah. In recent days, the Israeli military has conducted the most important training exercises conducted by the 36th Armored Division, including the 7th Armored Brigade.”
According to the report, the “Gideon” combat group – a combat brigade that includes thousands of Israeli soldiers – is training on the Golan Heights for a possible confrontation with the Lebanese Resistance. In addition, Gideon’s group will implement an invisible network on the battlefield consisting of 24 UAVs capable of detecting anything that emits a signal. Once a signal is detected and decoded, an exact location is detected and the system turns it into a target in a short time.
During training on the Golan Heights, fighters from the 13th Battalion of the Israeli Army used mortar shells with flight control capabilities and a precision radius of five meters.
In an allusion to the disaster of Kfar Giladi during the second Lebanon war in July 2006, the newspaper writes:
“Each unit of ground forces will have an anti-aircraft battery to combat heavy mortars and the ballistic threats of drones. In addition, each unit of the Air Force will have a small airport with an air traffic control team that will manage everything up to 1,000 feet above sea level. Land forces and aviation will also cover airspace above 1,000 feet, while the only area above 3,000 feet would be covered by the air force.”
According to Yediot Aharonot , all engineering units must be joined by a special unit to deal with tunnels of the Lebanese Resistance movement. In addition, the Yahalom elite unit needs to strengthen its logistical capacity, acquiring independent communication systems.
Finally, the newspaper discusses the deployment of 400 Israeli soldiers in the Golan in order to simulate the current potential of Hezbollah, before claiming that the Israeli army would be able to promote the intelligence services of the army by 2019.