‘THE NEXT WAR WILL BE BLOODY’: A TRIP ALONG ISRAEL’S TENSE NORTHERN BORDER


The next war will be pretty bloody for both sides. Israel will evacuate its population and I suggest the Lebanese do the same,” Lt.-Col. (res.) Sarit Zehavi told The Jerusalem Post at a briefing in Metulla, Israel’s northernmost town at the border with Lebanon.

Zehavi heads Alma, a local organization that briefs visitors about the security situation – which has grown a bit tense of late. In the event of war with Hezbollah, Metulla is expected to be one of the communities evacuated.

But despite the ever-present risk of conflict with the Lebanese Shi’ite group, the community of 2,000 people continues to grow. As Zehavi spoke on Tuesday, Lebanese workers could be spotted in the distance, and tractors rolled down the streets of Metulla. It was a business-as-usual scene that belied the threats overshadowing the border region… read more

ISRAEL PREPARING PARTIAL EVACUATION IN CASE OF CONFLICT WITH LEBANON


eldad regevA senior israeli military official told The Media Line that Israel has prepared a partial evacuation plan for areas close to the border with Lebanon in case of a renewed round of fighting with pro-Iranian Hezbollah guerrillas. He confirmed media reports that Hezbollah has more than 100,000 rockets that can cover all of Israel, but said “90 percent” of them are short-range rockets, with a range of about 28 miles.

“We know that (Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan) Nasrallah wants to harm Israeli civilians and he is using psychological warfare against our citizens,” he said in an exclusive briefing with The Media Line. “But we also believe that Nasrallah is acting out of weakness because he has lost about 1500 fighters in Syria.”… read more

Short update: Tension rises between Israel and Russia, March 20, 2017


Amir gives a current events and prophecy update on Israel and Russia, Gaza Strip, Damascus and more-

IRCG Source: Iran Strengthening Hezbollah, Palestinian Terrorists for Possible Conflict with Israel


FILE -- In this Dec. 29, 2016 file photo, released by the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), a long-range S-200 missile is fired in a military drill in the port city of Bushehr, on the northern coast of Persian Gulf, Iran. President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has said the U.S. is "putting Iran on notice" after it test-fired a ballistic missile earlier this week. Iran has test-fired various ballistic missiles since the July 2015 nuclear deal and it's unclear, from a technological standpoint, what is different about the latest launch. (Amir Kholousi, ISNA via AP, File)TEL AVIV – Iran is responding to President Donald Trump’s warnings against the Tehran regime by strengthening Hezbollah and Gaza-based terror groups as well as allying itself with Russia in exchange for economic and military privileges, an Iranian military source said.

In an article published on February 21 in the Iranian reformist news agency Amad News – Iran’s answer to WikiLeaks – an unnamed source from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was cited as saying that the Islamic Republic was mulling its response to “increasing threats by America,” which have the potential to turn into an “extensive military confrontation.”

Political, security and military officials have held a series of meetings, the source said, and have come to the conclusion that “Iran should deepen its strategic ties with Russia, such that in the event of an extensive war, Russia will defend Iran from American threats.”…. [read more]

Report: Hezbollah obtained anti-ship missiles


Reports claim the terrorist organization may have as many as 8  anti-ship missiles; Reports come following Nasrallah’s threat on nuclear reactor

Hezbollah has reportedly obtained several Yakhont missiles, reports claiming as many as eight.

Reports released Sunday cited Western intelligence sources claiming that the terrorist organization was able to smuggle the missiles into Lebanon, the timing of the smuggling unknown.

The Yakhont, or P-800 Onyx missile, is Russian anti-cruise missile. It is capable of reaching over 300 kilometers and can carry warheads weighing over 200 kilograms. The missile is most dangerous as it can travel just meters above water and is difficult to detect or intercept…. [read more]

Israel Reportedly Strikes Arms Convoy Near Damascus


Arab media reported overnight that Israeli aircraft had entered Syria and bombed an arms convoy near the capital of Damascus.

The Syrian regime’s official news agency confirmed the strike, and accused Israel of trying to “divert attention from the successes achieved by the Syrian Arab army and to raise the deteriorating morals of the terrorist gangs,” by which it meant all rebel groups in the country.

But more likely is that Israel bombed this particular convoy because it was transferring weapons to Hezbollah forces, which are fighting on the side of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

Israel has vowed to do everything possible to prevent Hezbollah from strengthening as a result of the Syrian civil war.

The incident comes just days after Israel battled ISIS terrorists operating on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights… [Full Source]

How did Hezbollah get American tanks?


IllustrationHow did the Islamic terrorist group Hezbollah get its hands on American-made armored vehicles?

That’s the question now being investigated by the US State Department, after photographs from a recent military parade the Syrian city of Al-Kosair put on by the Iranian-backed terror organization revealed a number of American armored fighting vehicles.

A number of M113 armored personnel carriers were spotted at the Hezbollah parade, prompting US officials to question how the terror group acquired them. Perhaps most disconcerting for State Department officials now working with the Defense Department is the lack of any clear leads on the source of the US-manufactured weapons.

Speaking to the Washington Post, a State Department official shot down suggestions the APCs had been purchased or stolen from the Lebanese army….. [read more]

lhwm notes: The real question is why are they displaying them now and who will be their target?

Russian Influence on Hezbollah Raises Red Flag in Israel


TEL AVIV — When the Lebanese militant organization, Hezbollah, joined the fight on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad pretty much from the beginning of the Syrian civil war, the professional military assessment from Israel was essentially: Have at it. Let them bleed.

“Hezbollah is an enemy that is improving its capabilities in Syria, but any changes in their combat capacity … shouldn’t warrant, for the foreseeable future, any adjustments to our operational concept,” Brig. Gen. Shmuel Olanski, then-Israel’s chief armored officer, told Defense News in November 2014, more than two years into the now 6-and-a-half-year-old, increasingly brutal bloodbath.

“I wish they will come and confront us directly. That’s when we’ll be able to most effectively harness our superiority,” he added. …. [read more]