Israeli Defense Official: Next War will Include Attacks on Lebanese State Institutionsإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Israel will attack Lebanese government targets during a future war with Hizbullah, a senior defense official said, lamenting that the Jewish State did not do so during the 2006 aggression on Lebanon.
“It was a mistake not to attack Lebanese government targets during the war in 2006,” The Jerusalem Post quoted a senior defense official as saying. “We will not be able to hold back from doing so in a future war.”
The official said that Israel complied with a U.S. demand and restricted its bombings to Hizbullah targets during the war to refrain from weakening the government that was at the time led by Fouad Saniora.
“This will not be the same in the future, particularly now that Hizbullah and the government are effectively one and the same,” the official said.
The IDF has significantly boosted its “target bank” since the 2006 war, the Jerusalem Post reported. Today’s bank is said to contain thousands of Hizbullah targets, compared to the approximately 200 that the Israeli army had on July 12, 2006, when Hizbullah abducted two Israeli soldiers, triggering the war.
The decision regarding bombing Lebanese government institutions is part of a revised Israeli army strategy on how to inflict damage on Hizbullah and speed up the end of the new war, the daily said.