Ever since Hezbollah’s missiles hit Israel’s INS Hanit during the 2006 Lebanon War, killing four crew members, the Israeli Navy has intensified their training exercises. Recently, in a joint exercise with the U.S. and Greece, Israel prepared to defend the Jewish state against Hezbollah, as well as all other sea threats.
The strike on the Hanit symbolized for many how overconfidence fed into that failure.
An investigation found that the missile hit because officials didn’t believe Hezbollah had such sophisticated technology and so didn’t turn on anti-missile systems.
“The hit of the Hanit was such a big shock to Israel, a trauma, that I am sure no one would let it happen again,” he told AFP aboard the ship, speaking on condition of anonymity under military rules…
“Overconfidence is the biggest enemy at war,” the commander added.
“I think we need to be alert more for any kind of threats — not to be sure we know everything.”