75432_INSIGHT - ISRAEL/HZ - preparations for war

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Date 2009-11-08 21:50:21
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ATTRIBUTION: Lebanese military source
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: Lebanese military general through ME1
The source says Israel is ready for war against Hizbullah. He says Israeli
combat readiness has reached a new peak, which HZ cannot possibly match. A
satellite that Israel has placed in orbit can easily detect any military
activity anywhere in Lebanon. He says this will allow the Israeli air
force to destroy any long range missile within Lebanon before it is
launched. The Israelis can readily destroy HZ missile arsenal that has the
range to reach major Israeli cities. He told me HZ will not be able to
launch a single missile at Israel's Daimona nuclear reactor in the Nejev

The source says Israel has augmented its reconnaissance and surveillance
capabilities along the northern front and has positioned Patriot missiles
as an added precaution. He says Israel is exaggerating HZ military
capabilities. Next time war occurs, it will end much differently than its
2006 summer war predecessor. He says it will be HZ's Waterloo.

He met with the commander of the Lebanese army who expressed to him his
worries about Sunni militant terror plans. He says the army commander
mentioned to him that he has placed his top officers on alert and informed
them that the army commands expects terrorist activities during the next
two months. Among possible targets on the militants' agenda are army
posts, UNIFIL, and foreign missions. He says Damascus continues to allow
Sunni militants to enter Lebanon via Syria.

This surprises him since the Syrians are maintaining neutrality as the
various local factions disagree on forming the cabinet (by the way, the
cabinet will be announced soon). He says the Syrians are playing a dual
game. On the one hand, they are acting as nice guys; on the other hand,
they appear to be interested in keeping Lebanon unstable and vulnerable.


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