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Israeli Strikes On Hezbollah Are Intentionally Non-Lethal: NYT Report

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Israeli Strikes On Hezbollah Are Intentionally Non-Lethal: NYT Report

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Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF) reportedly are sparing Hezbollah members, in order to avoid a full-scale war, the New York Times cited “several current and former Israeli and Middle Eastern officials.”

According to the entirely anonymous sources, “Israel has adopted a policy of warning Hezbollah operatives in Syria before bombing their convoys to avoid killing them and risking a devastating war in Lebanon.”

This is because allegedly both Israel and Hezbollah have a feeling that an open conflict is near, but are unsure what exactly could cause it.

The video purportedly shows a group of Hezbollah members, who Israel refuses to fire upon pre-emptively, waits for them to all exit the vehicle, take out their gear and then blow it up.

“But while Israel has not hesitated to kill Iranians in Syria, where the chaos of a nine-year civil war has allowed a host of powers to operate, it has largely refrained from killing members of Hezbollah.”

And according to the anonymous sources, Hezbollah members in Syria have even received “surprise phone calls” from Israeli officials warning them to evacuate their bases before they are bombed.

The first missile shot at the vehicle in the video was also an alleged deliberate miss, a warning shot so that the Hezbollah members can save themselves.

The aim of this, according to a senior Middle Eastern intelligence official said, is to tell Hezbollah, “We can see you, even if we don’t kill you.”

Furthermore, Hezbollah has also refrained from killing Israelis in recent years, because it allegedly doesn’t want to risk a full-scale war between Israel and Lebanon.

Two days after the Jeep attack in Syria, Israel accused Hezbollah of cutting holes in the fence along the Lebanon-Israel border and hanging a poster of its leaders and of Qassim Suleimani. A significant revenge, by all means.

“Amin Hoteit, a retired brigadier general in the Lebanese army who is close to Hezbollah, said the gesture was a way for Hezbollah to send a nonlethal message to Israel, thumbing its nose at Israel’s attack and demonstrating that its operatives could cross the border if they chose to.”

Because the IDF strike led to no casualties, the Hezbollah response was also non-lethal, allegedly.

“This is the new warfare,” said Randa Slim, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington. “There is going to be precise targeting of individuals and key operatives in what Israel deems an existential threat to its security, which is the precision-guided missiles of Hezbollah.”

“If the precision-guided missile project is going at the rate the Israelis are saying, eventually they are going to start killing these people.”

And even if it comes to war, Israel is skeptical that Iran, Hezbollah and all other allied factions can even compete with it.

Mossad chief, Yossi Cohen, doubts that Hezbollah, Iran and their allies could muster a significant military threat to Israel and argues that Israel should not establish a balance of deterrence with a militia that Israel and the United States consider a terrorist organization.

According to him, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah should only be given one message that he “should not try” Israel.

“It makes no difference what he fires against Israel — extended-range Grad missiles, or M-600 rockets or anything else — the moment that happens, he and his entire organization will be totally wiped out.”

The article concludes with the following: “Israeli airstrikes in Syria in recent years have killed hundreds of Iranians, Syrians and Iranian-backed militiamen from Iraq and elsewhere. But these strikes have killed as few as 16 Hezbollah operatives since 2013.”

The entire report is a way to praise alleged Israeli military success, all the while discrediting Hezbollah and all other sides such as Iran and others. What it does lack is any sort of evidence, and is entirely based on the claims of an undisclosed number of anonymous officials.

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Zionism = EVIL

I said this ages ago, the Zionist cowardly cunts will never take on Hezbollah as they know that Hezbollah will tear the filthy swine a new arsehole and destroy their cities. In military terms Hezbollah now has an arsenal of over 300,000 missiles and rockets and can fire over 200 missiles and rockets a in less than five minutes over a very small area of Occupied Palestine. The Zionist cunts would collapse in a day and Hezbollah can now operate from Syria to Gaza and make life living hell for the western welfare leech Zionist parasites.

klove and light

why do u think satanic Israel has built walls all around……hamas/islamic jihad from gaza several palestinian armed factions in west bank hezbollah from the vast southern lebanon border area SAA & iranian Forces Golan heights

if just one of These factions overcomes the first line of defense and moves into the already Tiny squeezed area of ashkelon from the west, Haifa from the North, and Nazareth from the east…….the illegal state of Israel falls apart…..(ofcourse in conjunction with an intense Missile and rocket firing)……… the only true danger is the last Resort of true evilness and satanic…the use of nuclear arms……now iam sure that hezbollah,saa or iranians had their offensive plans Always focused on not allowing Israel to use their nuclear arms ie. by plane ( good air defense) and more important for Iran, the IDF ballistic Missile Systems. sorry to write……all These different approaches have sadly , become totally obsolete since Germany sold 2 and gave an additional 4 submarines of the finest art to Israel.all These Subs are ballistic Missile nuclear armed capable.

conclusion…and iam 100% sure that the iranian Leadership and hezbolllah are fully Aware of.

israeli nuclear attacks against several Targets is inevitable.

Zionism = EVIL

I don’t believe that the Zionist cunts can use nuclear weapons in such a small congested region. It will be their doom. The Apartheid regime had nukes too but their end came fast and swiftly. The USSR had 10,000 nukes and a lot good that did. The Americunts are dying in the streets like dogs and have nukes coming out of their lardass and they spend over $1 trillion on their useless loser military of child killers. They have also lost every war, so did the Froggies in Algeria, who boasted of nuclear weapons. If the Palestinians unite and fight like Hezbollah they will won.

Simon Ndiritu

Maybe they can nuke Corona Virus, unemployment (at 26 million), homelessness or bankruptcies. Am just waiting to see how they use all the arms they made instead of building infrastructure, roads and hospitals.

Ashok Varma

US is arrogant and has wrong priorities of global domination, which is not possible.

Zionism = EVIL

The Americunts are a dumbass dehumanized failed state and have no respect for humanity. All the rotten Jew cunts want is to profit from human misery. The average redneck is brainwashed 24/7 by the Jew media into “exceptionalism” bullshit while the stupid arseholes are dying in the streets like rabid dogs. I have read reports that over 10 million or 10% of their population, mostly poor blacks, Hispanics and minorities as well as poor old people are now afflicted with the Pimpeovirus and no one cares. 60% of their military bases are out of commission as the loser Americunt military recruits poor people who use it as a meal ticket or starve.It is the most evil system on the planet, thanks to the Jew parasites.

Ashok Varma

India is not a shithole, Pakistan is. We will have a bigger economy than US now within next two years.

Gary Sellars

Calling the Zionists “cunts” is totally unacceptable. Cunts are useful. I’ve some great times with them. I’ve never had a single pleasant moment with a Zionist.

Zionism = EVIL

OK, I agree the Zionist parasites are evil rotten cunts.

Gary Sellars

Yes, that’s much better.

<>

Such a disgrace, I knew Bibi was a coward but this is a whole new level. Avoiding killing Hezbollah terrorists just to keep his seat, he is far more dangerous to us than Iran will ever be. We need to hunt down and kill every Hezbollah / Iranian terrorist that threatens us, even at the cost of a full blown war. After that, there won’t be anything left of them and Lebanon anyway, all the rockets won’t save them from what we are about do do to them. Maybe Gantz as the new DM can force Bibi to act, or ruin his government.

Zionism = EVIL

All of you Jew cunts are cowards uber wanker PUNK :)

klove and light

spot on

Superfly

Zionists never fight anyone who can hit back and cause pain.

d'Artagnan

What are you a delinquent hasbara teenager with homo-erotic video war-game fantasies?

<>

No you bitch, I want a us to finish them once and for all. Can you enter it into your tiny head?

Zionism = EVIL

No he is a teenage wanker with Oedipus complex :)

Fantax

Hezbollah is the only Arab militant group who defeated you, maybe he is just scared.

<>

No one defeated us, even by casualties we outnumbered them. Their only victory is that they managed to stay alive long enough to survive our offensive and then say “we won”. Like the pathetic terrorists they are, but it won’t happen again.

The Objective

Are you sure you have your facts right about the 2006 Lebanon war? Officially, over 100 Israeli soldiers were killed. An American analyst once disputed this number, saying it was way higher than that. Dozens of Israeli tanks destroyed.

What you did was killing a lot of Civilians, not a lot of Hezbollah fighters. Another Military analyst commented that Hezbollah kept their elite fighter in other parts not directly on the battle field. So Israel actually fought inexperienced Hezbollah fighters.

That war was certainly a defeat for Israel, unless if you consider victory to mean killing many civilians.

Remember what you are reading now, so that when the time comes, you’ll understand just how delusional you were: In 2006, Israel had FAR SUPERIOR air advantage. Neither Iran nor Hezbollah had any PRECISION GUIDED Missile. That means Israeli war planes could land and take off from Israeli airports without challenge. Well, that is no longer the case. Precision cruise and ballistic missiles are a VERY CHEAP and Effective antidote to air power. They don’t target the planes in the air – they target the airfield on the ground. And no Missile defense on Earth can stop even 20% of the kind of missiles the Iranians deploy.

An Israeli defense analyst gave an interview on some Channel. According to him and several other experts, Hezbollah has enough missiles and rockets to bring the Israeli economy to a standstill and destroy most of the country’s infrastructure within the first few days of conflict.

It will not be like before where Israel could bomb any target in Lebanon without any fear of a major retaliation. The battle field has changed considerably since 2006, thanks to Iran. No wonder Israel and America hate them this much.

Sanchuniathon

He is either not sure or aberrantly delusional. The outcome of the war Israel planned (as early as January of 2006) and waged on Hezbollah (and later on Lebanon as punishment for supporting Hezbollah is by now, 14 years later, crystal clear. Israeli officials were clear:

” Even more revealing were the comments by Mossad Chief, Meir Degan, and the head of Shin Bet, Yuval Diskin, during a meeting with Prime Minister Olmert in the immediate aftermath of the war. Both men pointedly told Olmert “the war was a national catastrophe and Israel suffered a critical blow. ”

https://www.armyupress.army.mil/Portals/7/combat-studies-institute/csi-books/we-were-caught-unprepared.pdf

https://www.armyupress.army.mil/Portals/7/combat-studies-institute/csi-books/we-were-caught-unprepared.pdf

Sanchuniathon

Your own officials attested otherwise:

” Even more revealing were the comments by Mossad Chief, Meir Degan, and the head of Shin Bet, Yuval Diskin, during a meeting with Prime Minister Olmert in the immediate aftermath of the war. Both men pointedly told Olmert “the war was a national catastrophe and Israel suffered a critical blow. ”

https://www.armyupress.army.mil/Portals/7/combat-studies-institute/csi-books/we-were-caught-unprepared.pdf

The Objective

Your comment reeks with murder. This is the exact reason Iran should stop hiding their nukes and test it in the open. What you are about to do to them right? What else have you got except the 400 nukes? That is what you are hanging your hopes on. I need to ask you a question: Are you being deliberately delusional or is it that you don’t understand the magnitude of danger facing Israel in any war with the Shiites? Because I can’t believe that you are always issuing nuclear threats as if Israel will force every nation in the Middle East to bow to it just by using nukes.

Is it your imagination that the Iranians are not aware of Israel’s nukes? Do you think they haven’t made their own plans. You think Iran will just lock itself up in a dangerous confrontation with Israel and the U.S without making preparations for the worst? You think they are not aware that the U.S and Jews are so wicket as to use nukes at the slightest opportunity?

The Muslim world will NEVER bow to the illusion power you think you have over the world. Yes, you do exercise some control on some Muslim countries like Saudi, Jordan, U.A.E. etc., but this control is largely over the rulers of those countries. But the population will never buy in to your demands for a godless world. And these regimes are nearing their end. the local population are no longer afraid of you. The government is what is holding them back, not your military might.

Corona Virus is ravaging the U.S like never before. The economic hardship is piling up on them as 26 million are out of job. Only 5 million people have been tested, but over 1 million cases – a ratio of 1 to 5. For every 5 people that recover, 2 die. The economy is collapsing even as the U.S government makes frantic efforts to cushion the impact by pumping trillions of printed paper dollar into the economy.

YOU DON’T KILL MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS AROUND THE WORLD AND EXPECT TO LIVE WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES. IT IS ONLY BEGINNING – TRUST ME.

igybundy

Iran has no nukes and never will, they also dont need it since they can never use it. They have used the funds instead of create advanced deterrence that no nukes would provide. North Korea only got nukes because their deterrence was not enough. They are also fatalistic enough that they know of mutual assured destruction.. Iran being such an old civilization has no such notion of disappearing like the others. Look how powerful it is compared to other countries destroyed by the mongols and others. It is the only one..

The Objective

You really think Israel will use their nukes on Muslims and escape the wrath of Allah. Watch what is happening to your master, America. It has more corona virus cases than the next 5 countries combined, and it has only tested less than 3% of the population. Doesn’t that tell you something. Even in Africa where their isn’t much medical equipment, far less people are dying or getting sick with Covid-19.

d'Artagnan

Israel is perhaps the most vulnerable paper tiger on the planet whose Hollywood induced military fiction unraveled at the hands of Hezbollah in every encounter. The Zionists are cunning as gutter rats and know that a swan song direct conflict with Hezbollah backed by Iran will be their end.

Zionism = EVIL

Hezbollah is stronger than at any time since its inception, according to a recent analysis by the Rand organization affiliated with Americunt “intelligence”.

The so-called US maximum pressure has not succeeded at its narrow goal of damaging the Iranian economy, it has completely failed at its broader goal of changing Iranian foreign policy. According to Ambassador Nathan Sales, who handles the Iran portfolio at the U.S. Department of State, Iran still provides Lebanese Hezbollah alone with upward of $900 million per year and has equipped its ally with some of the most modern weaponry in the region, including the ability to manufacture precision missiles. Hezbollah’s sophisticated leadership and seasoned fighters are different from the Houthis in Yemen, and the Shia groups in Iraq are different in many ways from Afghan and Pakistani militias operating in Syria. These forces have differing capabilities and objectives, with Tehran exercising varying levels of command-and-control, which is why a one-size-fits-all approach is destined to fail. In contrast Hezbollah over the last two decades has emerged as a popular national political movement as well as one of the most powerful non-state military actor in the world.

https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5684523265b842874e29a2d098f94d0e90bdf8e26dfbbfac3430d1998dc9e1dc.jpg

Superfly

LOL, Zionists are worse cowards than Saudis.

Traiano Welcome

Yeah! I called it! It was obvious from the video, the were being warned.

verner

anti-zionism is a certainty and anti-semitism is a corollary consequence of repeated atrocities by the jews in palestine amounting to war crimes and crimes against humanity, wanton murder, thievery and deceit on a scale rarely seen. the atrocities committed by the palestinian jews are supported by jews embedded/entrenched in foreign jurisdictions by massive remittances of funds and intelligence illicitly acquired from the host jurisdictions. so the fact that anti-semitism is on the rise across the world is a natural development and not possible to stop (as long as the jews act like jews always have done – with no regard to anything/anyone but themselves).

Really!?

We especially don’t care about trash bags like you. With a name like Verner, which camp your family work in, my little Nazi?

cechas vodobenikov

while Israel possesses a formidable military and nukes they do not wish to test Hizbollah again….Israeli territory is accessible to missiles and large Israeli cities could be devastated….as weaponry has become more lethal wars have become more tedious and difficult to evaluate, given pay-ops and propaganda, however one can be confident that in time, occupiers lose—morale diminishes and expense reduces the capacity to address domestic failures and dysfunction

Zionism = EVIL

Nuclear weapons used to be terror weapons, but now that is 75 year old technology and any country with half a brain can enrich uranium or plutonium as dirt poor shitholes like India and Pakistan have shown. Iran can test a nuke at 24 hour notice as it has enough weapons grade enriched uranium and the delivery systems as the Noor satellite launch amply demonstrated. No one can use nukes in today’s multi-polar world which is totally inter-connected at all levels. The best option is to master asymmetrical warfare as Hezbollah has done and keep your enemies in fear and off balance.

Ashok Varma

Pakistan is a shithole, India will be 2nd largest economy bigger than US.

Zionism = EVIL

All of South Asia is a shithole, over-populated, uneducated, stinking and filthy. Sad FACT!

Swift Laggard II

[as dirt poor shitholes like India and Pakistan]……such hyperbole dents your credibility and objectivity….india has a formidable economy

Zionism = EVIL

BS, over 1 billion Indians are below $50 a month poverty level, the other shithole Pakistan is even worse as like the Zionist entity it lives on aid and charity. India also has the highest income disparity in the world. 90% of Indians don’t even have a toilet so get with the program and don’t worry about my credibility. I only stick with objective FACTS.

Rhodium 10

Syrian official sources have told that Israel have failed in the last attacks vs air bases Shayrat(Homs), T-4( Palmyra) and Al Dumayr(Damascus)…all cruise missile and long range guide bombs have been shot down…Debris and Shrapnel hace caused damage in building and killed 3 civilians!…

chris chuba

I don’t know about this but it is undeniable that Israel (more properly that mad dog Netanyahu) does not dare strike them in Lebanon because they are scared of the missiles. So contrary to the misinformation from Bibi, when disciplined groups like Hez. gets weapons like this it actually stablizes a region because it restores deterrence. Full spectrum warfare that we do, destabilizing Lebanon’s currency, NGO’s, sanctions, … destabilizes it.

Rhodium 10

Israel cannot afford a war vs Hezbollah for many reasons…Covid crisis, the asymetric war of Hezbollah ( ATGM,Snipers,Guerrilla warfare, IED,Manpads,Drones,Rockets..etc..) Hezbollah know to fight during night…also know to use antiship missile and camouflage tactics…it is not a classic Arab army of conscripts..it is a powerful force well trained!…one example they retake Saraqib in just one night!…

Bob

There are only two land paths into Lebanon from Israel – as border terrain is all ridge-lines and rocky hills with two basic valley paths in. In 2006 Hezbollah stationed ATGM teams on the high ground above the two valley passes – this is how they disabled a Merkava tank column. With the proliferation of ATGM’s – think Syria – these two valleys are in effect tank kill zones for the spearhead of any Israeli ground invasion – its armor. The IDF well knows this and that the potential costs of invasion have dramatically altered as result. Accordingly Israel has issued new policy – it will heavily air strike Beirut infrastructure and suburbs in any future conflict – to put pressure on Hezbollah politically within Lebanon itself – this is de facto admission by Israel they lack confidence in facing Hezbollah in military terms alone.

Peter Jennings

New York Times Middle East Institute in Washington Israel’s Defense Forces Anonymous sources representing Hezbollah

Need i go on?

Zionism = EVIL

Also as I had stated intially, the Zionist cunts have been humiliated militarily as their most “advanced” Delilah missiles failed miserably as even Russian intelligence and NATO analysts have said:

In an article released on Monday, the Russian mediareported that the Israeli Air Force used their Delilah missiles, whichare designed to suppress enemy radar and defense systems.

“Israel’s unexpected attack on the Syrian capital this morning ended mainly in favor of the Syrian air defense systems, which were able to successfully shoot down most of them in the northwestern part of Damascus,” the report said. “Nevertheless, as it turned out, this is not about ordinary missiles, but about Delilah cruise missiles designed to suppress enemy radar and air defense, which did not work against the means protecting the Syrian capital.” The three missiles that evaded the Russian Pantsir batteries operated by the SAA only managed to hit a residential area and killed three civilians, including two sleeping children.

“In the presented video frames, you can see that anti-aircraft guided missiles produced by Syrian air defense systems are by no means moving along a straight path, which indicates a powerful jamming.”

Bob

‘Anonymous sources representing Hezbollah’ – This has been ongoing journalistic fraud perpetrated in US media in last years, the claim that US media can routinely access sources in Hezbollah. Yeah right, Hezbollah is full of security protocols to avoid constant risk of assignations, their officials do not chat or confide with US based media, period. It simply wouldn’t serve their interests to engage with US media – and they control the timing and content of their own media releases. This is problem for US media attempting to control the narrative – so in the grand ‘ole tradition of mass media they just make up what they can’t access.

Simon Ndiritu

Who brought this cabbage-head to spew this manure “It makes no difference what he fires against Israel — extended-range Grad missiles, or M-600 rockets or anything else — the moment that happens, he and his entire organization will be totally wiped out.” Why didn’t they wipe out Hezbollah in 2006 or even 1996?

<>

Because of a U.N resolution to end the war back in 2006, we were ready to cross the Litani river and advance north after just one month of fightings. Only the fools here in SF think Hezbollah can stop the IDF in an all out war, keep telling it to yourselves.

Sanchuniathon

You keep on harping on the UN Resolution calling for the end of the war — when it had nothing to do with it. I suppose it’s out of desperation.

For the record, you did cross the Litani but were captured.

“On 13 August, one day before the cease-fire, the IDF conducted air assaults and airborne drops south of the Litani. These air assaults and airborne drops were intended to expand Israeli control to the Litani. This decision could easily have had calamitous results if not for the implementation of the cease-fire. According to one source, most of the IDF soldiers were “immediately surrounded” once they hit the ground. Although many regarded the decision as purely political, one retired IDF officer went so far as to assert that Olmert was “using the military for public relations purposes.”

https://www.armyupress.army.mil/Portals/7/combat-studies-institute/csi-books/we-were-caught-unprepared.pdf

Traiano Welcome

That’s a surprise. Since when has Israel ever allowed UN resolution to hold them back from committing murder?

<>

It was more like an order rather than asking us to end it.

Traiano Welcome

Since when does Israel take orders from the UN ?

<>

It was either going further and killing / making more damage to Lebanon or facing sanctions at the UNSC.

Simon Ndiritu

It didn’t happen in a vacuum, The context is that Israel realized that the war was not easily winnable and IDF could not guarantee the safety of Israelis at home. Since these conditions exists today and considering Hezb. has new capability, I consider it hubris when Israeli side attempts to provoke another round of conflict, which can easily start in Syria get Hezb in. Your F35s can perform as well as Saudis F16s are performing in Yemen. and your small country will be pummeled by hundreds of missile. If Hezb play houthi and knock out oil infrastructure in Haifa, then things will get even more interesting.

<>

Let me put it in a one simple sentence that sums it up – If Hezbollah uses their rockets to hit Israeli civilian centerrs again like in 2006, then the IDF will also do the same to Lebanon and I mean every village or a city on the map will be disappeared. Most of the villages in Southern Lebanon support Hezbollah because they are Shias, it should be easier to carpet bomb that area since no one is innocent there.

Traiano Welcome

“Why didn’t they wipe out Hezbollah in 2006 or even 1996?”

The answer to your question is:

“Because they could not”

Simon Ndiritu

That’s the point am driving, its wise to maintain the existing deterrence.the clown that states that Israel can easily wipe out Hezb seams silly and lacking context.

Gary Sellars

As usual, the presstitites of the NYT have their tongues firmly embedded up the arse of the fucking Jews. Can one be any more servile and obsequious?

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