In the past two years a new challenge has risen on the northern front, should Israel go to war with Hezbollah, the Lebanese Army would fight on Hezbollah’s side, Maariv the sister publication of The Jerusalem Post reported on Friday.
According to Israeli security officials, unlike Israel’s 2006 war with Hezbollah in Lebanon, a future war would feature the Lebanese Armed Forces on Hezbollah’s side.
Since the second Lebanese war the Lebanese army has rearmed itself, strengthening its ability in the air as well as on the ground and sea, with the help of the United States, France and Saudi Arabia.
The army had originally rearmed itself in order to deal with internal terror, however they also strengthens their ability to fight an army such as the IDF.
While the army may not have specifically advanced weaponry they do currently have more ability than before to fight the IDF, including more precise anti-tanks rockets
The Lebanese Army is made up mostly of Christians, Lebanese from all ethnic groups and religions serve in the army as well. The army is under the rule of President Michel Aoun, a political ally of Hezbollah.
Many Shiites also serve in the army, as well as in Hezbollah.
“Shiites serving has no correlation to the strengthening of the army,” the say in Israel. “They have always served. The strengthening came form the army’s rearming as well as the supreme commander, Aoun and Hezbollah.”
A friend of Israel that turned into a Hezbollah supporter
Aoun, 81-years-old, was once a Lebanese Armed Forces officer and in the 1980’s was an ally to Israel, has since changed his views. Since the changed circumstances in the country the Christians have grown closer to the Shiites, and Aoun was able to win the support taking office four months ago.
In an interview with Egyptian TV two weeks ago Aoun hinted that Hezbollah and the Lebanese Armed Forces are working side by side.
“The Lebanese army is not strong enough to fight Israel face to face,” the supreme commander of the army stated, “because of that Hezbollah is necessary.”
“There is not contradiction between them. The people of Hezbollah are southerners, they are people of the earth. They protect themselves when Israel threatens of invades them.”
Aoun has said that Hezbollah’s weapons are not considered a problem for Lebanon. “Hezbollah is a significant factor in protecting Lebanon,” Aoun said.
Hezbollah has published locations
The website Al-Ahed, which works closely with Hezbollah, published yesterday what it called a, “bank of targets for the next war,” with Israel.
According to the website, Hezbollah is targeting nine centers it has declared are holding nuclear and chemical weapons. The site has also declared how many employees each center has.
The article featured photos imaging Hezbollah members using Russian made F-300 missiles to damage the Dimona reactor, which the claim is boosts ten floors and 2,700 employees.
The list included other targets it claimed stores missiles and nuclear weapons.