Hezbollah on the Move

Dr. Joseph Frager,

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Dr. Joseph Frager
The writer is a leading American pro-Israel activist who sponsors and coordinates many Zionist events. He is clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) at the Einstein School of Medicine as well as a practicing physician.

I and friends just completed a whirlwind fact finding mission to Israel with Pete Hegseth of Fox News and an Army Veteran extraordinaire. In addition to visiting the Old Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem and Hebron we went to the Golan Heights and to Sderot on the border with Gaza.

The Prime Minister of Israel was called to a special security session in Tel Aviv regarding Hezbollah while we were there. Although Iran remains the main existential threat to Israel, its proxy, Hezbollah, seems determined to cause trouble.

It has been ten years since the Second Lebanon War at which time Hezbollah fired thousands of rockets into Israel. It also fought ferociously killing a total of 121 Israelis (44 Israeli civilians were killed by rockets into Israel). Since the start of the Syrian Conflict, Hezbollah has been helping Bashar al-Assad. Since Russia's intense bombing of rebel strongholds, the tide of the war has seemingly been turned in favor of Bashar al-Assad.

Hezbollah's soldiers have begun to be freed up from fighting rebel forces. They have been battle tested and hardened. They are itching to start another war with Israel. This time Hezbollah's missiles are much more plentiful, more accurate, and have a longer range capability. They are also capable of more frequent firing. In 2006, Hezbollah had 30,000 total number of rockets. In 2016 they have an estimated number of 100,000. Hezbollah, according to Intelligence sources can sustain fire of 1000 rockets per day. In 2006, the maximum number of rockets fired in one day was 118.

Whether Iron Dome can handle that number of missiles is not clearly known. This is indeed how Hezbollah is planning to overcome Iron Dome. It all adds up to a much more dangerous situation than 2006. The terrible Iran Deal only made matters worse. Much of the 150 Billion Dollars in sanction relief given to Iran has been used to help finance its proxies Hezbollah and Hamas.

Iran also uses its proxies to take the focus off itself. It is encouraging Hezbollah to attack Israel so it can shore up its support among its own Hardliners and to take the world's eye off the 400 million in cash Obama sent Iran for four US Hostages. Iran may be waiting for the Presidential United States Election to decide on the timing of Hezbollah's attack. Iran is not afraid of Hillary Clinton but is afraid of Donald Trump. In any case Israel has its hands full. Hezbollah is on the move. Israel will be ready.