The Israeli military said that Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, will be a target in Israel’s next war against Lebanon.
“There won’t be a clear victory picture in the next war, though it’s clear that Nasrallah is a target,” the military’s chief spokesperson, Brigadier General Ronen Manelis, told a conference for journalists in the city of Eilat on November 27. “It is clear that if he dies, it will influence the [military] campaign,” he added.
Manelis admitted that the Israeli army is engaged in psychological and media warfare against Hezbollah: “The Israeli military is “active” in the field of “transition from traditional media consumption to social media…. Just in the past few weeks, we’ve taken a great many actions that caused consternation on the other side,” he added.
Manelis also claimed that the Israeli army “makes daily efforts, both overt and covert, in an effort to push back the next war.”
“However the next war will look different” given the Israeli military’s capabilities, he said, claiming that though the future confrontation is “difficult in Israel – in Lebanon it will be much worse.”
The comments come amid rising Israeli threats of a new war against Lebanon over the past months. Earlier this month, Lebanon’s army chief Commander, General Joseph Aoun, ordered soldiers to stand ready on the southern frontier to respond to the Israeli military’s “threats and violations.”