Israel will suffer tremendous casualties in another war says Hezbollah representative

07/09/2010 20:39

From the Jerusalem Post:

Israel will suffer tremendous casualties in another war, Hizbullah's deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Naim Qassem said on Friday in an interview with Syrian television cited by Press TV.
"If the result of the July [2006] war was a failure to the Israelis, then Israel would suffer a big loss in its next aggression," Qassem was quoted as saying.
Qassem's remarks came on the fourth anniversary of Israel's Second Lebanon War and were considered a response to the IDF's recent declassification and release of high-quality intelligence of Hizbullah positions in southern Lebanon. Many interpreted the IDF's publicizing of the intelligence as an attempt both to deter Hizbullah attacks and to prepare the Israeli public for a future war should it be deemed necessary. On Wednesday, top IDF officers revealed that the air force today has thousands of designated targets it can bomb if war were to break out. Some of them, like those that appear on the maps of the southern Lebanese village of el-Khiam that were declassified on Wednesday, are of arms caches, command-and-control centers and rocket launchers; others are likely long-range rockets, like the highly accurate M600 or Scuds, which Syria recently transferred to Lebanon.
In the four years that have passed since the Second Lebanon War, both the IDF and Hizbullah have been busy studying their mistakes and implementing the necessary lessons. The IDF, for example, significantly increased training regimens, developed and procured active-protection systems for tanks and armored personnel carriers and is investing in building new urban warfare training centers due to an understanding that the next conflict would be fought in the narrow streets of southern Lebanese villages.
Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.


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