Israel Katz
Israel KatzFlash 90

In an op-ed in Newsweek, Israel Intelligence Minister Israel Katz detailed his plan for ruining Hezbollah, without devastating Lebanon, Hezbollah's main base-of-operations.

Katz points out how Hasan Nasrallah, the organization's leader, openly admitted on to broad financial support from Iran last month.

However, Katz feels that Nasrallah's bluff of power in his speech was just that - a bluff.

"Hezbollah has lost over a thousand of its fighters in Syria and is more exposed than ever to political and economic pressure, which now must be leveraged against it," Katz points out.

Ever since the Second Lebanon War, Hezbollah has been a thorn in the side of Israel and Lebanon, ignoring UN commands to disarm and preventing the Lebanese military from controlling large stretches of the country.

Although Hezbollah has been trained and armed by Iran with hundreds of thousands of missiles, Katz believes they are vulnerable to a political strike, if the global community acts now.

There may be a window of opportunity today while Hezbollah is bogged down propping up Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad... Contrary to what Nasrallah would have us believe, Hezbollah is not indifferent to sanctions, given the suspicions it was connected to the car bomb that exploded last month near the Lebanese Central Bank, which was seen as facilitating the sanctions."

Katz concludes that if countries world-over increase the economic and political pressure on Hezbollah and Iran, they can sap both entities of their power and avert deadly war.