Tuesday, June 9

Official: Israeli Defense Force Would ‘Clear Out’ South Lebanon If War Breaks Out

The Middle East is getting more dangerous, a top IDF official said Wednesday. With that, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Israel’s situation was “good,” at least for the short-term.
The official made the comments in a presentation to ministers in the inner security cabinet Wednesday. Terror is rising in the region, he said, as ISIS continues to plow through Arab countries in its efforts to grow its “caliphate.” Terror groups in Sinai and Syria and elsewhere will continue to try and attack us, some of them with unconventional means – like through cyber-attacks,” the official said.
While the rest of the Middle East was boiling, Israel was experiencing its quietest security year since 2000, the official said. “The borders to the north,where Hezbollah is to be found, and to the south, where Hamas is, are unusually quiet,” the official said.
While Hezbollah was busy trying to preserve Bashar al-Assad’s rule in Syria, sending its terrorists to help his army against Sunni Islamist rebel groups, as well as ISIS and Al-Qaeda, there was another reason the terror group was quiet. “In recent years Hezbollah has been embraced by Iran, and we see them as a proxy for Tehran. They are no doubt aware of the IDF’s plans in case hostilities break out – a quick evacuation of all of the residents of south Lebanon, so the IDF can effectively act there.

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