In reaction to the Israel Defense Forces’ sprawling exercise simulating a war with Hezbollah using the latest in air tech, the chief of the Lebanon-based terrorist organization Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday, issued a warning to the country.
“Israel’s home front needs to know that if there is a war with Hezbollah, it will see things it has not seen since the establishment of Israel. We don’t seek a fight with Israel, but if it starts a war, we will fight,” said Nasrallah, enraged by the show of force that possibly meant to send a clear threat to the terrorist group.
The Israeli Air Force completed a three-day surprise exercise simulating a large-scale war against Hezbollah this week, including mock strikes on some 3,000 targets in one day. According to the Israel Defense Forces, dozens of aircraft — fighter jets, cargo planes, helicopters, and drones — took part in the exercise, called “Galilee Rose.” They were operated and assisted by conscripted and reservist forces, who were called upon short notice after the drill was announced on Sunday.
“If Israel bombs cities in Lebanon, we’ll bomb cities in Israel, and if it bombs villages in Lebanon, we’ll bomb towns in Israel. If the IDF bombs our military targets, we can also attack Israel’s military targets. No one can guarantee that a few days of combat between us and Israel won’t lead to a wider war,” he said. “We’re following [events] and weighing our decisions. We won’t accept something that will put our country in danger,” added Nasrallah, speaking from an undisclosed location via a live video feed in line with his usual security protocols.
“During the exercise, intense fighting was simulated, along with offensive operations, scenarios involving defending the country’s airspace, command and control operations, precise planning, and wide-scale, powerful strikes. In addition, strikes on thousands of targets and the launching of many weapons were practiced to simulate war on the northern front,” the military said.
As reported by the Times of Israel, a senior air force official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the level of intensity shown in the exercise was unprecedented. To wit, the drill simulated the bombing of some 3,000 targets over the course of 24 hours, whereas in the more than month-long 2006 Second Lebanon War, roughly 5,000 targets were struck in total.