Israeli media estimate that Lebanon’s Hezbollah currently possesses an arsenal of 150,000 missiles of different types, warning that the resistance movement will be capable of firing up to 3,000 missiles toward the occupied territories per day if a war breaks out.
“According to the estimates of the Israeli occupation army, the arsenal of Hezbollah includes 150,000 missiles of various types,” Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen TV channel quoted Israel’s Hebrew-language Walla website as saying.
The report added that Hezbollah’s arsenal includes “missiles with a range of 15 to 700 kilometers, winged missiles with a range of 200 kilometers and drones capable of covering a distance of 400 kilometers.”
“In any upcoming confrontation with the organization (Hezbollah), the Israeli army estimates that around 1,000-3,000 rockets will be fired per day,” it added.
Earlier this month, former Israeli army chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot warned of the threat posed to the occupying entity by Hezbollah, saying the resistance movement possesses thousands of long-range rockets and dozens or more precision-guided missiles.
Speaking to The Jerusalem Post newspaper, Eisenkot discussed “the unmatched more than 150,000 rocket threat,” which the group presents to Israel.
He said the movement, which is Lebanon’s de facto military power, has “strengthened its capabilities” since the 2006 war.
Lebanon fought off two Israeli wars in 2000 and 2006. On both occasions, battleground contribution by Hezbollah proved an indispensable asset, forcing the Israeli military into a retreat.
On the contrary, the Israeli military is said to be at the minimum level of readiness for confronting any threats that it may face in the future.
Major General Eyal Zamir, a former deputy chief of staff of Israel, on Monday warned against the Israeli military’s lack of combat preparedness and said the latest war on Gaza, which paralyzed life in much of the occupied territories, took place while Hezbollah “was calm.”
Tel Aviv knew the Lebanese resistance movement had more firepower, which, he said, was 10 times more than that of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement.
During the 11-day confrontation with Gaza, Palestinian resistance movements fired over 4,000 rockets into the occupied territories, some reaching as far as Tel Aviv and even Haifa and Nazareth to the north.
Shocked by the increased military might of the Palestinians, the Israeli regime was eventually forced to announce a ceasefire, brokered by Egypt, which came into force in the early hours of May 21, in what was widely viewed as a humiliating defeat for Israel’s so-called “invincible” military.
Hezbollah’s Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said late last year that the Lebanese resistance movement has, within the space of just one year, doubled the size of its missile arsenal, and has the entire occupied territories inside the range of the precision projectiles.
“Any target across the area of occupied Palestine that we want to hit accurately, we are able to hit accurately,” he said in an interview with al-Mayadeen.