The Hizbullah terror organization is reportedly making serious preparations for another war with Israel. The most significant development in southern Lebanon since the end of the 2006 war is the defensive line being built north of the Litani River, which is off-limits to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). All land north of the river is beyond the jurisdiction of UNIFIL, which holds some 13,000 peacekeepers south of the Litani, in addition to 20,000 Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) troops operating there.
Even as Hizbullah continues to train village units south of the Litani in the hope that they could slow an Israeli ground invasion, the group has constructed its main defensive positions to the north, where the terrain favors the defender. To facilitate the new defense line, Hizbullah is reportedly buying up large tracts of land in the area.
The new Hizbullah line includes entrenched positions that can house medium and long-range missiles. From this position Hizbullah katyushas could easily reach major nearby Israeli population centers, while its longer-range missiles could reach more distant potential targets such as Haifa and even Tel Aviv.