Hezbollah has rockets capable of hitting Tel
Hezbollah guerrillas now
possess tens of thousands of rockets, some capable of
reaching up to 300 kilometers within Israel, Israel
Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi said on
These capabilities would put Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, as well
cities much further south, into rocket range.
"There is a war in the Middle East between two camps, the
extreme and the moderate, which is pushing Iran to take radical
steps. Without Iran's support to finance weapons and terror
groups they would be lacking the means available to them
today," said Ashkenazi.
"While it is calm at the moment, the borders are quiet in the
north and the south, it is a misleading calm," he added.
"Beyond the fences the terror groups are gaining
Last week, Israel seized a ship reportedly en route from Iran
to Hezbollah carrying hundreds of tons of weapons. Hezbollah
has denied any connection to the weapons found
The Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah has stockpiled
40,000 rockets near the border with Israel and is training its
guerillas to use missiles capable of striking Tel Aviv, the
Times of London reported a couple of months ago.
According to the report, militants are now being trained in the
use of both long-range ground-to-ground missiles as well as
anti-aircraft missiles to use against Israel.
Israel, the United Nations and Hezbollah itself have all said
that the milita is stronger today than it was during the Second
While the northern front has been relatively quiet since the
2006 conflict, Deputy GOC Northern Command Alon Friedman told
The Times then that the peace could "explode at any
In July, Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah predicted
that Israel would attack Hezbollah strongholds in southern
Lebanon sometime before next spring.
Nasrallah told Lebanese media his organization would launch
missiles at Tel Aviv if Israel attacks the Shi'ite group's
positions in Lebanon.
He warned that "the equation had changed" in its method of
resistance against Israel and threatened to attack Tel Aviv
should the IDF bomb the southern suburbs of Beirut, as it did
during the 2006 war.
Senior Israel Defense Forces staff and defense establishment
personnel have expressed extreme concern over the possibility
of a serious incident on the Lebanese border in the near
Tensions with Hezbollah have risen lately, especially since one
of the organization's warehouses of Katyusha rockets in
southern Lebanon blew up last month. In response, defense
officials have held several high-level consultations on the
The explosion revealed that Hezbollah was still stockpiling
rockets south of the Litani River, in violation of Lebanon's
obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which
marked the end of the Second Lebanon War.
The Times obtained surveillance footage showing Hezbollah
guerillas trying to extract rockets and munitions from the site
of the explosion. UN peacekeeping forces were subsequently
blocked from entering the site for investigation.
Israel, meanwhile, has said that UNIFIL had precise information
about the cache and a number of other installations where
Hezbollah is storing rockets, but that peacekeeping force had
Senior IDF officers believe that Hezbollah has completely
rebuilt its network of bunkers and arms stockpiles in south
Lebanon, but has located them almost entirely inside Shi'ite
villages rather than in open areas, as it did sometimes in the
past. The warehouse explosion revealed this fact, and has
prompted Hezbollah to worry that Israeli intelligence may know
where its new bases are located.