Despite the raging civil war to Israel’s north and east in Syria, the Jewish state’s northern border has remained precariously quiet over the last decade. But Israeli officials are planning and readying for several worst-case scenarios in the north, as Iran and its terror proxy Hezbollah continue to forge their stranglehold on the region.
If it ever came to war, the Israeli military could launch a “massive and overwhelming” operation that would effectively “neutralize” a significant part of Hezbollah’s military capability, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, the head of the International Media Branch for the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, told JNS.org.
The IDF’s operation would be based on “very accurate intelligence” collected “relentlessly,” and “would minimize, to the greatest extent possible, harm to non-combatants … by using the most precise guided munitions that strike only at legitimate military targets,” Conricus said.
Striking only Hezbollah targets without collateral damage will be a challenging military feat, however, because Hezbollah has deliberately “deployed [its resources] in order to maximize collateral damage” to civilians, he added.
Since the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, plus Germany) and Iran concluded a nuclear agreement in July 2015—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—Iran has escalated its destabilizing and aggressive regional activities:
If North Korea, according to the images it is published and according to information gathered by Western intelligence agencies, has succeeded in turning fissile material into a nuclear explosive device mounted on a warhead of its self-produced missiles—so can Iran.
For years, North Korea has served as the Iranian missile industry’s active partner and development center. The Shahab-3 missiles are based on the North Korean Nodong missile. The Iranian Khorramshahr missiles, which have a 2,500-kilometer range, are actually a North Korean missile called HS-10.
Intelligence experts who have been monitoring the new Iranian and North Korean missiles point to identical changes in both of them, which are aimed at making them more accurate. This serves as clear evidence that North Korea’s technical ability is a perfect replication of the Iranian ability in the missile area, and in the nuclear area as well no doubt.