Israeli General: Hezbollah is Stronger Than Hamas, This Will Cause a Regional War

Reserve General Yitzhak Brick has issued a stark warning that attacking Hezbollah, which he asserts is far stronger than Hamas, could plunge Israel into a devastating regional war

by Sededin Dedovic
Israeli General: Hezbollah is Stronger Than Hamas, This Will Cause a Regional War
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Reserve General Yitzhak Brick has strongly criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, and Chief of General Staff of the Israeli Army Herzi Halevi for Israel's threat to initiate a war against Lebanon following the recent escalation with Hezbollah, reports Al Jazeera.

In an article in the Israeli newspaper Maariv, the former general, who served as a brigade commander in the Armored Corps and as a commander of military academies, stated that "they (the three officials) are causing the collapse of Israel." He said about them: "They live in illusions of three knights seeking adventure.

They have nothing left to lose and are ready to gamble with the fate of the country. This is a group that has decided to commit suicide and die along with the Palestinians." He added that they are "completely closed off and do not listen to anyone." The leaders of the Israeli army have lost confidence in the political leadership and the Chief of General Staff and have asked him to resign.

He emphasized that there is no discussion in the government about strategic national security, nor does the army have any understanding of the current and future threats "for which we must prepare, determining the number and training of the army, as well as acquiring means for warfare and mobilizing forces."

Meager Success

General Brick said that these three leaders have nothing to lose after their meager failure during the attack on October 7 and added: "We cannot ignore their continuous failures to achieve the goals of the war, defeat the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), and return the hostages to their homes, as well as their failure against Hezbollah in the northern settlements and the massive fires devouring forests and pastures there."

A firefighter extinguishes a fire that have broken at an instruction near the kibbutz located near the border with Lebanon as re© Amir Levy / Getty IMAGES

The military commander mocked the army's threats to attack Lebanon, saying: "It did not succeed with Hamas, so what does it want from an attack on Hezbollah, which is hundreds of thousands of times stronger than Hamas? This will provoke a regional war, for which it is not prepared." He pointed out that even if it achieves "some success" and ground forces push Hezbollah across the Litani River, "it will not be long before the Israeli army has to evacuate its forces to Israel because there are no surplus forces to replace those on occupied territories." "An all-out army attack on Hezbollah could bring terrible destruction throughout the country, and on the other hand, Gallant and Halevi are not ready to admit the weakness and incapability of the Israeli army and prefer to gamble on the fate of the army," said Brick.

A Fatal Decision

The general added: "The state must clearly and decisively say that we need two years to rebuild the army and only after that will we be able, if necessary, to attack Hezbollah, so this madness must be stopped at all costs." He pointed out the following: "An attack on Hezbollah from the air and on land would be a fatal decision for us and would cause a national disaster.

The only possible way is to accept the agreement (of US President) Joe Biden, which will likely calm the situation in the north, giving time to rebuild the army." Finally, he said: "Due to the reduction of six divisions in the past twenty years, it is impossible to replace forces, which is why the withdrawal of our forces to the Israeli border after a short time is inevitable.

This is exactly what is happening to us in the conflict with Hamas." "When the defense forces withdraw to Israel, Hezbollah will return to the same places it was before our attack, and everything will return to normal. Our attack will not only be useless but will cause losses in our ranks and could drag us into a comprehensive regional war, which is a completely different development of events, to which the Israeli army cannot respond."

Sharp Criticism

Reserve Colonel Hezi Nechama, who teaches reserve officers in the Israeli army, sharply criticized the army leadership, emphasizing its "failures" that prevent the achievement of war goals.

Nechama said in an interview with Yossi Yehoshua, a correspondent for military and security affairs of Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, that "the paths the Israeli army is taking will not bring victory." He added: "The Israeli army is conducting attacks without maintaining continuity and focusing efforts, not clearing the area it operates in, and quickly leaving its positions, allowing the enemy to restore its combat capabilities, which the army later faces." He also sharply criticized the occupation forces' attack on Rafah, saying that the military operation in Rafah "has many shortcomings and that the orders on the ground are not clear even to the soldiers." He explained the following: "The conflict in Rafah, which is portrayed to the outside world as an exceptional success, best reflects the division in the army.

It took a long time before we received the order to attack. We started with one division, not two, as planned. Field forces complain about a lack of resources and ammunition and a lack of clarity in defining the goal and tasks," writes Al Jazeera.