While the violence and terror on Israel's southern border dominates the news these days, the threats from Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah on her northern border are not ones the IDF has forgotten. The Jerusalem Post's Anna Ahronheim gives us a look at new methods the Israeli military has developed to defeat Hezbollah the next time they face off:
Twelve years after the last war between Israel and Hezbollah, the IDF is drilling for another round of conflict with the Lebanese terror group with new technology and tactics.
“There has been incredible progress in our abilities,” said IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot while visiting troops who took part in the drill in the North. “If you look 150 km. around us, you will not find a brigade or corps as strong as these in their capabilities...”
“The enemy has changed and therefore so has the IDF,” said a senior officer in the ground forces, adding that “if we will fight differently we need to train differently.”
According to the senior officer, soldiers and commanders must be able to fight the enemy on four fronts – underground, on land, in the air and online...
If in previous wars troops could visualize the enemy in one clear location, Hezbollah has become much harder to visualize, with fighters who arrive, attack and retreat within seconds.
The IDF therefore needs to be able to “close the circle” on Hezbollah militants faster than ever – and with more precise weapons to ensure the least amount of civilian casualties...