IDF to Prac­tice 'Van­quish­ing' Hezbol­lah in Mas­sive Mil­i­tary Drill

The Jewish Voice - - ISRAEL - By: i24 News

The Is­raeli army on Tues­day will re­hearse a sce­nario in which the gov­ern­ment has or­dered that it "van­quish" the Le­banese mili­tia Hezbol­lah, in what is billed as one of Is­rael's largest mil­i­tary drills in decades.

Over the fol­low­ing two weeks, The Is­rael De­fense Forces (IDF) will prac­tice mul­ti­ple si­mul­ta­ne­ous in­cur­sions into north­ern Is­rael from south­ern Lebanon, lo­cal me­dia re­ported, as well as pre­par­ing for the evac­u­a­tion of civil­ians in a hand­ful of north­ern vil­lages that would likely come un­der rocket bom­bard­ment in the event of war.

Is­rael last held an ex­er­cise on such a mag­ni­tude in 1998, it was re­ported. That drill sim­u­lated war with Syria and was led by Meir Da­gan, who later be­came head of the Mos­sad. Tues­day’s ex­er­cises are named in his honor.

Ac­cord­ing to a se­nior IDF of­fi­cer quoted by Haaretz, the pur­pose of the drill is to "test the fitness of the North­ern Com­mand and the rel­e­vant bat­tal­ions dur­ing an emer­gency" and that dur­ing the drill, the forces will re­ceive a mock com­mand from the cab­i­net to liq­ui­date Hezbol­lah's mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties, rather than just sub­du­ing the group, which last fought a war with Is­rael in the sum­mer of 2016.

An­other anony­mous of­fi­cial told the pa­per that Hezbol­lah is watch­ing the Is­raeli ma­neu­vers closely and ap­pears to be on a state of alert.

While a sub­stan­tial rocket ar­se­nal re­mains Hezbol­lah's most feared tool of war — Is­raeli as­sess­ments say it has thou­sands of mis­siles, many of which are ca­pa­ble of reach­ing Tel Aviv — the IDF also be­lieves that the Shi­ite group will at­tempt smallscale in­fil­tra­tion of north­ern com­mu­ni­ties and mil­i­tary en­camp­ments close to the bor­der.

The navy, air force, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Di­vi­sion, Cy­ber De­fense Di­vi­sion and the Home Front Com­mand will all take part in the sim­u­la­tions, which will see the Up­per Galilee play the role of south­ern Lebanon, Ynet re­ported.

Thou­sands of re­servists will re­port­edly be called up.

Is­rael last held an ex­er­cise on such a mag­ni­tude in 1998, it was re­ported. That drill sim­u­lated war with Syria and was led by Meir Da­gan, who later be­came head of the Mos­sad

The Is­raeli army on Tues­day will re­hearse a sce­nario in which the gov­ern­ment has or­dered that it "van­quish" the Le­banese mili­tia Hezbol­lah, in what is billed as one of Is­rael's largest mil­i­tary drills in decades.

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