Lebanon’s southern border has been relatively calm since Israel’s 33-day war in 2006, but Tel Aviv is now shifting its attention to its north again, saying that weapons which include anti air and anti navy missiles are being transferred from Syria to the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah. Amid the ongoing crisis in Syria, Israeli military brigades which previously focused on the Syrian front are now being trained for any confrontation with Hezbollah on the Lebanese terrain.
The developments on the ground also show a trend towards escalation. In addition to the dramatic increase in Israeli overflights, Israel has expanded its activity just across from the southern Lebanese border. The Israeli army has conducted drills in an area adjacent to both south Lebanon and the occupied Golan Heights. The Israelis have also opened new roads and routes like the one seen here; just hundreds of meters from where we stand in the southern Lebanese village of Wazzani. Ali Shuieb is a journalist who has been covering the southern Lebanese front for over 20 years. He tells us that opening roads and routes could be linked to the lessons Israel learned from the 2006 war.
At the same time however Israeli officials acknowledge the costs which will be inflicted in case a new war breaks out. The head of the Israeli home front command which is responsible for protecting Israel’s population centers, Maj General Eyal Eisenberg, said that Hezbollah possesses the ability to launch 5000 missiles at metropolitan Tel Aviv. He added that more than a thousand missiles a day would be fired at the Israeli home front in the next confrontation.
Israeli military vehicles as you can see are passing behind me and are working on the situation on the other side of border. This has led many to speculate about the possibility of a new confrontation.