In the next battle with the Hezbollah terror organization, Israel’s Navy knows that one of its essential targets will be to guard Israel’s burgeoning natural gas infrastructure and transport in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
Hezbollah has long recognized the maritime platforms as a potential target for the offensive with verbal threats by the terror group’s head Hassan Nasrallah and his deputies over time, in addition to ominous movies and graphics placing the buildings in cross-hairs.
Moreover, the army assumes that the terror organization possesses the abilities vital to carry out those threats and stage potentially successful offensives not solely on the gas platforms; however, on the commercial transport routes that herald nearly all of Israel’s imported goods.
Last week, the navy’s 3rd Flotilla of missile ships — recognized in Hebrew by the acronym satilim— simulated such a war with a week-long train at sea, along with deadly missile strikes on Israeli vessels, attempted suicide boat bombings and drone offensives.
Barak refused to comment on the specific types of weapons that the IDF believes the Tehran-supported Hezbollah has in its arsenals; however, he stated generally that this included suicide drones, submarine capabilities, and others.
Barak stated the army is both directly tracking Hezbollah’s weapon arsenal closely and also making assessments based on the “vectors” that the terror organization was already on.