Iranian General: Hezbollah Can Target All of Israel
Hezbollah has dramatically improved its missile capabilities and can pinpoint targets anywhere in Israel, a senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards threatened on Saturday, according to The Associated Press (AP).
General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Guard's aerospace division, said that Israelis would see the armed group's increased strength should there be war.
In comments posted on the Guard's website, he said, "Hezbollah's capability has improved so tremendously in recent years that it can hit and destroy any target in the occupied lands with very little inaccuracy and pinpoint ability."
The assertions could not be verified, however, and Iran makes claims technological advances about its own military that cannot not be confirmed either.
Hajizadeh also said that the deceased Hezbollah commander Hassan Al Lakiss had played a key role in boosting the group's military strength but added no further details.
"He was a great, resourceful and very active Hezbollah commander whose works could be revealed should a Hezbollah-Israel war break out. He created great defense supplies," Hajizadeh said, according to AP.
Hezbollah announced on December 4 that Lakiss had been assassinated at his house in the Hadath region, east of Beirut, and was quick to accuse Israel of carrying it out.
Israel denied the allegations, calling it a “Pavlovian response from Hezbollah, which makes automatic accusations (against Israel) before even thinking about what's actually happened.”
Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon later warned Hezbollahagainst attacking Israel.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah later warned that his terror group will "punish" Israel for the killing of a top leader earlier this month.
"We and the Israelis have accounts that need settling. There are old and new debts between us," he threatened.
Israeli experts recently said that Hezbollah has been moving long-range missiles from Syria to Lebanon in light of recent developments between Lebanon and Israel.