At a time of heightened tensions in the Middle East, U.S. forces have been deployed in Israel ahead of a large-scale joint Israel-U.S. military exercise set to start next week, the Times of Israel reports.
According to the Times, the drill will simulate a major conflict in which Israel is attacked with thousands of missiles. Known as the biennial Juniper Cobra military exercise, the simulation is clearly aimed at confronting Hezbollah’s alleged arsenal of between 100,000 and 150,000 missiles.
Approximately 3,200 soldiers from the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) took part in the February 2016 drill of the same name.
However, despite the fact that the Israeli air force routinely strikes Hezbollah targets in Syria, it seems likely that these drills are intended to target Hezbollah in Lebanon, instead. “Lebanon’s army and Hezbollah are the same.
The Israeli War Minister, Avigdor Lieberman said that if war were to erupt again, Beirut would “pay the full price” for Iran’s presence in the country. “Israel’s northern military front extends to Syria; it is not just Lebanon”.
If a conflict does break out in the north, ‘boots on the ground’ remains an option. Israel won’t allow scenes like in 2006, where we saw citizens of Beirut on the beach while Israelis in Tel Aviv sat in shelters.
Though Israel rarely respects international law, the threat of violence towards a sovereign state in and of itself is a breach of the U.N. Charter.
In September of last year, Israel held its largest military drill in 20 years, and it was specifically designed to simulate an invasion of Lebanon to target Hezbollah.
What happened in 2006 will be a picnic compared to what we can do! Israel will return Lebanon to the Stone Age, like what happened to Iraq, Syria and Libya recently!
Israel’s motives for launching wars of aggression are almost in complete tandem with that of the United States and have nothing to do with human rights, democracy, or protecting Israel.
Even Newsweek already intimated that the real driving force behind the impending spat is the control over natural resources in disputed territories! As it stands, it appears both sides are preparing for the worst-case scenario, and neither side looks to be exploring any form of meaningful diplomacy.
Lebanese president Aoun, a Christian, is a staunch backer of Hezbollah, which he views as a vital ally in countering the threat of an Israeli-invasion.
The Liberty Beacon.com / AA-Magnum Analyst News 2018.