The Israeli Defense Forces kicked off a 10-day exercise on Tuesday, during which they will “vanquish Hezbollah” in a number of simulations, Haaretz reports.

Israeli soldiers will respond to a mock invasion by enemy forces in northern Israel requiring immediate deployment of air, land, sea and intelligence assets. One scenario features terror groups staging an invasion from the Mediterranean Sea as Hezbollah forces launch an offensive in the Golan Heights, while another part of the exercises simulates an Israeli invasion against Lebanon, the Israeli news outlet added.

Lebanese army soldiers sit a top an armoured personnel carrier (APC) as they drive in the eastern town of Ras Baalbek, on August 21, 2017, upon returning from the mountainous frontline where an offensive against the Islamic State group on the country’s eastern border with Syria after capturing a third of the territory IS held in the region.

Tens of thousands of IDF personnel are slated to participate in the exercise, Israel’s largest war simulation since 1998, including an “unprecedented” number of IDF reservists, a defense official told the Times of Israel. “The purpose of the large call-up of reservists is to prepare the reserve force for war in the northern arena and to adapt it to the changes and developing threats of recent years,” an Israeli Army official said.

Part of the mission includes evacuating Israeli citizens from the front lines of the battlefield, also known as the “Safe Distances” plan.

The war games are mean to patch up operational failures in the intelligence and communications domains experienced by Israel’s military during the 2006 Second Lebanon War. Forty officers will oversee the drill, dubbed “the Light of Grain,” to determine areas of strength and weakness.

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In early May, Hezbollah was targeted by Israeli airstrikes on two occasions, spurring analysts to believe Israel might open up a larger offensive against the Lebanese Shiite group in the near future, Sputnik News reported.

“It would be a mistake” to believe that since a substantial cohort of Hezbollah’s forces are deployed in Syria, “[Hezbollah] will not retaliate against Israeli provocation,” a Lebanese military source told Sputnik at the time. “Especially if Israel attacked Hezbollah in Lebanon. Don’t forget that fighting Israel was, and is, the raison d’etat of Hezbollah,” the official said at the time.

Sources: Sputnik and Haaretz

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est338lapua
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did they joos incinerated they soldiers inside Merkava Tanks, to add a relistic atmosphere to the drills, because thats exactly what happened to them in 2006 when Nasrallah promised victory and the zionist vermmin was sent packing to their ghettos, when Hassan Nasr talks he mean business, he always delivers, Hesbollah grew stronger, not weaker with the Syrian war.

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“raison d’être” and not “raison d’état”.
“raison d’être” points a founding goal, e.g. the “raison d’être” of Kidon was ‘operation wrath of God’.
Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior was sunk on grounds of the “raison d’état” : they were about to disturb nuke tests in Mururoa.
Mehdi Ben Barka (main opponent to king Hassan II of Morocco) was “disappeared” for “raison d’état”
The principle of “raison d’état” normally points, as an excuse, that a state might perform actions that are illegal under its own laws to solve some issues

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