By Ramin Hossein Abadian

Hezbollah's rising power is fomenting panic among the Zionists

May 26, 2018

TEHRAN - For a long time, the threats of the Zionist regime have intensified against the resistance axis in the Mideast, especially against Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The Zionists have experienced bitter days from their efforts to confront Hezbollah in Lebanon. One of the most significant of these sour experiences was the 33-day war in 2006, which Hezbollah arguably “won” when the Israelis withdrew.

However, it seems that the Zionists have not learned much from their bitter experiences in the past and they continue to threaten Lebanon, where Hezbollah is an intrinsic part of the government. The Zionists are fully aware Hezbollah's military power, which has increased steadily since 2006 and the 33-day war. Hezbollah is currently strong in the political arena in Lebanon and their victory in the recent parliamentary elections alone is testimony to that.

Some 12 years have passed since the Zionist regime's all-out war against Hezbollah in 2006, a war that ended with a victory for Hezbollah’s popular resistance forces. The Zionist entity wrongly assumed in few days it would easily be able to take control the southern region of Lebanon. Not only did the IDF fail, but they returned to occupied Palestine empty handed.

Yet to learn from past experiences, the Zionist regime has once again tried new adventures with Hezbollah in recent months. Just recently, the director of Mossad has warned that a new war between the two parties may be brewing.

Hezbollah’s military boost over the past decade has possibly shifted the balance of power in the region in their favor. Presently, Hezbollah has allegedly reached the cutting edge of missile technology with the “Yakhont” missile.

This weapon is designed to target warships and vessels as well as aircraft carriers and has the capability to hide from the enemy’s radar. Yakhont has an exceptional speed of 6.5 km per second and can attain significant altitudes in its trajectory towards a target.

The enhancement in Hezbollah’s defenses and offensive capabilities over water has enabled the group to destroy extant and prospective Zionist oil drilling rigs in disputed areas of the Mediterranean.

Regarding the strengthening of the Lebanese Hezbollah's military power since the 33-day war, an Israeli commander, has said that Hezbollah has the eighth place in terms of rocket power globally. Elsewhere during a speech, the Zionist commander also said in the event of any possible war with Hezbollah, Israel will not be able to withstand the massive quantities of rockets fired by the group for several weeks in succession.

A report published in 2011 by U.S. researchers at the Center for International Strategic Research, explicitly stated: “Lebanon's Hezbollah is considered a major threat not only to Israel for its very high missile power and advanced weapons, but also a serious threat to the interests of the U.S. in the Middle East.”

In the same vein, about a year ago, a former chairman of the Zionist Army Communication Branch said Hezbollah is an organization that has the same power as a state - if not a more than a government. These remarks clearly signal Tel Aviv's concern over Hezbollah's military capabilities.

Zionist officials refer to Hezbollah as a primary reason for recent attacks on Syria and they are trying desperately trying to figure out ways to counter Hezbollah.
The rise of Lebanese Hezbollah's military power in the missile field is a problem that even the Zionist media have acknowledged. In this regard, the second television channel of the regime recently announced in a report that Hezbollah, at the beginning of the 2006 war, had 15,000 missiles, a number which fell to 7000 during the war, and that today it may have 150,000 missiles. This number is quite astounding if it is true.

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