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Hezbollah claims next war will be in Israel's northern Galilee, not Lebanon

War of words between Israel and Hezbollah has intensified in recent months

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters on screen during a ceremony to mark the second anniversary of the killing of senior Iranian military commander General Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. attack, January 3, 2022. (Photo: REUTERS/Aziz Taher)

A senior commander of the pro-Iranian terror group Hezbollah, recently warned that the next Hezbollah-Israel war would be fought in the northern Israeli Galilee region rather than Lebanon.

“Our battle will be in the Galilee, and if the enemy and its tanks enter Lebanon, they will not be able to leave,” claimed Hajj Jihad, during an interview with Hezbollah-affiliated Al Manar TV.

Jihad further boasted that Hezbollah would turn IDF posts into graveyards for Israeli soldiers.

“The Israeli army lacks fighting spirit. This is not based on the word of the Islamic resistance but according to the Zionists themselves, who do not trust it,” the commander affirmed.

The Jewish state’s main enemies, Iran and Hezbollah, have carefully been watching the growing divisions within the Israel Defense Forces, including tensions between Netanyahu's coalition government and its controversial judicial overhaul proposal. Current and past Israeli security officials have warned that the judicial reform issue is eroding Israeli cohesion, a crucial asset in any future war.

Maj.-Gen. Yitzhak Brik, a former ombudsman, recently warned that Israel is not prepared for the next war.

"We did not prepare for the difficult war that will be here in a few months or years," said Brik, adding that the deterioration within IDF predates the current judicial overhaul controversy.

"Our competence has been damaged for years. The IDF is not ready for war, and this is expressed in basic things. Look what is happening to us on the northern border. The IDF is afraid to react to a tent or the removal of a camera on the fence,” Brik assessed.

The war of words between Israel and Hezbollah has intensified in recent months.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, who recently toured the Israeli-Lebanese border, warned Hezbollah that Israel would send Lebanon back to the Stone Age if the Iranian-backed terror organization made a wrong move.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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