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Gaza Just Iran’s Warm Up? Hezbollah Vast Missile Arsenal Hidden Among Civilians

Gaza Just Iran’s Warm Up? Hezbollah Vast Missile Arsenal Hidden Among Civilians

Unlike Hamas’ mostly unguided rockets, “Hezbollah has the capability to precisely strike strategic targets throughout Israel.”

A new report by the Israel-based Alma Research and Education Center has revealed a massive missile build up by the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group along Israel’s border with Syria and Lebanon.

As journalist Seth Frantzman points out, the Hamas firing of thousands of mostly unguided rockets could be Iran testing Israel’s defense systems for a possible attack by Hezbollah later:

The Iran-backed Lebanese terrorist militia has acquired a vast array of advanced Iranian and Russian-made missiles and weapon systems and is deploying them along Israel’s northern border, the report disclosed.

Hezbollah, armed with the latest Iranian missiles and weaponry, could pose an even greater threat to the state of Israel than Gaza-based jihadist Hamas. “In the next escalation, Hezbollah intends to operate these arrays in full force, with an emphasis on the surface-to-surface missile/rocket array,” the report said.

One of the emerging threat is the terrorist group’s Iran-backed precision missile program. “Hezbollah has the capability to precisely strike strategic targets throughout Israel,” the report warned.

The report once again highlighted Iranian proxy terrorist militia’s tactic of using Arab civilians as human shields. “Under Iran’s auspices, Hezbollah continues to promote the precision missile project and uses Lebanon’s civilian population as a human shield to protect this project,” the document added.

Following are the excerpts from the 20-page report reviewed by Legal Insurrection (access the full report from the Alma website here).

Hezbollah’s missile launch capabilities

Hezbollah has a very large number of missile launchers, some mobile and some stationary, allowing it the ability to launch its missiles repetitively. Hezbollah has an estimated capability of firing up to 2,000 missiles and rockets in one day.

The current estimate asserts that there are several thousand-missile launchers of all types. The short-range missile launchers allow the simultaneous and multiple firing of rocket salvos.

These missile launchers are deployed throughout Lebanon, particularly in the area of southern Lebanon, which is considered the frontier with Israel; it is from this area that most of the shortrange missiles will be launched towards Israel.

Hezbollah’s use of Lebanese civilians as human shield

A large number of the missile launchers in southern Lebanon are stationary launchers, concealed within the civilian population, using them as human shields with the intention of preventing an Israeli attack on these arrays.

The missile launchers are located in villages, plantations and agricultural areas, hidden inside buildings and installed with hydraulic mechanisms enabling the rooftop to open upon the launching of the missiles from within. Other missile launchers are concealed underground and are shrouded with camouflage. When activated remotely; the camouflage cover opens automatically; the missiles emerge and launch towards the pre-destined target.

Iranian support for Hezbollah’s precision-guided missiles

Weapons smuggled into Lebanon by air, sea and land mainly from Iran and Syria. From Iran they come through the three routes and from Syria they come via the land. Sometimes the arrival of the weapons is done in a combination of the routes. The integration is usually carried out on flights carrying weapons from Iran to Syria and from Syria the weapons are transported by land to Lebanon.

Beginning in 2013, under the auspices of the Syrian civil war, Iran began delivering precision-Iranian missiles through the “land corridor” from Iran to Syria, with Hezbollah in Lebanon being the final destination. The responsibility for implementing the transfer of the missiles was assigned to the Lebanese corps of the Quds Force, which is subordinate to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). This effort lasted for about two years, until the year 2015, when the vast majority of consignments were thwarted by air force activity.

In light of the failure, Iran decided to change its modus operandi, and in 2016, began to upgrade local Syrian manufactured missiles at the SARS Institute. However, most attempts to transfer these missiles from Syrian soil to Lebanese soil destined for Hezbollah were also thwarted. In 2018 there was a change in the Iranian perception, determining that the manufacturing precision missile installations would be transferred to Lebanese soil on the assumption that Israel would not attack them. The “raw materials” for the project were transported via the aforementioned three routes: the land corridor, the maritime route and by air (for example, via direct “civilian” flights from Iran to Beirut).

Hezbollah’s growing arsenal

Hezbollah’s intense involvement in the Syrian civil war has enabled it access to many types of weapons, including advanced Russian-made weapons from Syrian army weapons depots. Achieving accessibility also to anti-aircraft artillery arrays. Hezbollah may have trained on the SA17 and SA22 air-defense artillery batteries in Syria and these batteries may have found their way into Lebanon.

The finding of the report released on May 6 have gained urgency in the wake of this week’s murderous rocket offensive launched from Hamas-held Gaza. In the latest Palestinian escalation, terrorist groups have shown their capability of hitting targets beyond southern Israel. They fired more than 2,541 rockets aimed at Israeli towns and cities, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, killing 10 Israelis and wounding over 1,500.

On Friday, the Israeli military reportedly killed an Hezbollah terrorist in a counterstrike after three rockets were fired into Israel from Hezbollah-held southern Lebanon. “Three missiles were fired at Israel from Syria Friday evening, hours after the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group said one of its members was killed by Israeli fire during a donnybrook on the border,” the Times of Israel reported.

The Israeli military is well aware of the Iran-Hezbollah axis ramping up its terrorist infrastructure in Lebanon and Syria. In recent months, the Israeli air force has repeatedly struck terrorist targets in the north.

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Hey Israel. You’ve got nukes, don’t you?

    Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Wisewerds. | May 15, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    The problem is are these “nukes” still in operational condition. As the age of the warhead increases the chance that it will not function as intended also increases.

    UserP in reply to Wisewerds. | May 15, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Yes they do. And when they use them, it will make this little skirmish with hamas seem like child’s play. Their nuclear arsenal is ready to go and when they feel the time is ready they will use it. Known only to the Israelis, there is a certain point at which they will go hot and press the nuclear button. A miscalculation on either side is within the realm of possibility. So continually harassing them, poking them and provoking them is not only foolish but also very dangerous.

    TheOldZombie in reply to Wisewerds. | May 15, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Nukes are useless in this scenario. Do you really expect Israel to use them?

    Nukes are for a last ditch defense when the country is about to fall. Or when attacked by another country that uses nuclear weapons against Israel.

    Israel isn’t going to ever nuke the West Bank or Gaza. It certainly wouldn’t nuke Iran over what is happening now because doing so would turn the whole world against Israel.

    Israel isn’t stupid.

      UserP in reply to TheOldZombie. | May 15, 2021 at 6:00 pm

      You are correct.

      alaskabob in reply to TheOldZombie. | May 15, 2021 at 8:29 pm

      I think we are all talking about Iran….and turning it into glass.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to TheOldZombie. | May 15, 2021 at 9:56 pm

      Given a choice of Iran having nukes, and those in the world who have always been against Israel being mad, nuking Iran would be the lessor evil.

        Exactly none of this would be happening if Trump were still president. He had Iran on their knees, and this would be unthinkable under his leadership. Biden’s appeasement and bent knee create death and disaster and chaos. As expected. Appeasement is always a weak hand, a bent knee, a bow, and an approval of atrocities. I cannot fully express how much I loathe Biden (or whomever is actually calling the shots). Give me mean Tweeting Trump all day every day because he brought peace, prosperity, jobs, lower prices on EVERYTHING. He sealed our border and kept us safe. I miss him every single day.

          NicolasLeFloch in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 16, 2021 at 10:00 am

          ” Appeasement is always a weak hand, a bent knee, a bow, and an approval of atrocities. ”

          Yes, this exactly. You cannot make peace with people who hate you.

          Trump was the best ally of Israel since Richard Nixon. No Democrat ever was, or ever will be.

          AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 16, 2021 at 10:05 am

          As seen on Patriot Post, I’ll take mean tweets and $1.79 gas over what we have now.

          Biden has returned me to the years of being a teenager. Gas lines, inflation, and a president who has no clue what he is doing.

      Didn’t the article just suggest potential capability to pulverize Israel from Syria and Lebanon? Hezbollah and company may not have the ability to invade and capture Israel, but, if it comes to “Dresden” style rocket damage, nukes may be used. However, if things start looking bad, I expect Israel would first start carpet bombing every place rockets are coming from, before taking a “survival” action like nukes.

        Syria and Lebanon cannot and will not “pulverize” Israel. Israel will, quite rightly, protect its citizens and its nation. And Israel will still stand, even as its enemies seek to destroy her and her people. Think about this, Israel has every right to nuke all their enemy border nations, but they haven’t. Why? Because they are not an evil people, they are God’s people who seek merely to protect their people from the evil that surrounds them on every side. America understood this for decades, but Obama upended that, and now Biden thinks he is surrendering Israel to the wolves. Talk about the wrong side of history. We know how this ends, and it doesn’t end well for the enemies of Israel.

Lucifer Morningstar | May 15, 2021 at 2:40 pm

As journalist Seth Frantzman points out, the Hamas firing of thousands of mostly unguided rockets could be Iran testing Israel’s defense systems for a possible attack by Hezbollah later . . .

Or it could be their attempt to deplete the “Iron Dome” of missiles before Hezbollah attacks with its own missiles. It’s fairly obvious at this point the Biden regime will not be supplying replacement interceptor missiles for any that have been used or will be used.

“It’s fairly obvious at this point the Biden regime will not be supplying replacement interceptor missiles for any that have been used or will be used.”
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Missiles are produced in Israel by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and others. Could Israel resupply without US support? Don’t know.

These missles are an old story – and this is going to result in all out war. Iran is trying to bleed Israel by proxy. Israel will have to hit Irn directly and preemptively.

Perhaps obama did portend end-times.

JusticeDelivered | May 15, 2021 at 8:34 pm

End times for Iran, cut the snake’s head off.

In a new war Israel will fry every electrical circuit in Lebanon, with apologies to the Lebanonese.

Israel likely has second strike capability with their 5 Dolphin Class submarines. Thought to carry cruise missiles with 200 kiloton nuclear warheads.

Out of the box observation …. If you believe in extraterrestrials, the Roswell story in 1947 makes some sense, in that is the time frame we started using nuclear weapons. A report is supposed to be out on UFOs from the government in a month or so and, in advance, there have been a number of sightings in recent years reported by military people making it into the news. If this is real, I wonder what if any steps – likely child’s play for them – outsiders would take to keep this primitive planet fully habitable.

    ALPAPilot in reply to jb4. | May 15, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    In 1947, news of the atomic blast would have made it half way to the nearest star to our solar system.

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