US Intelligence Data: Israel-Hezbollah War Begins Soon, Both Sides Preparing

According to US intelligence, Israel and Hezbollah are preparing for an imminent war, with both sides actively making combat plans and acquiring additional weapons

by Sededin Dedovic
US Intelligence Data: Israel-Hezbollah War Begins Soon, Both Sides Preparing
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The Israeli Defense Forces and Hezbollah have developed combat plans and are in the process of acquiring additional weapons, two U.S. officials told Politico. A large-scale conflict between Israel and the Lebanese group Hezbollah is likely to break out in the next few weeks if there is no agreement between Tel Aviv and Hamas for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, U.S.

intelligence data suggests. Politico reports that U.S. officials aim to de-escalate tensions between Israel and Hezbollah, as they believe this is easier to achieve than a truce in the Palestinian enclave. Meanwhile, the Israeli Defense Forces and Hezbollah have developed combat plans and are in the process of acquiring additional weapons, two U.S.

officials told Politico. The report suggests that a war between Israel and Hezbollah would force the U.S. to further engage in the region to defend Tel Aviv and risk another humanitarian catastrophe, alongside the ongoing crisis in Gaza.

Two senior officials emphasized that it is unknown when exactly the war might start, but noted that Israel is trying to quickly replenish its supplies and troop capacities. They told Politico that despite both sides claiming they want to avoid conflict, a trigger that could ignite a wider conflict, such as a large-scale attack by either side, could occur without warning.

Some European countries, on the other hand, believe that the war will begin within a few days, and many of them, along with Canada and the U.S., have warned their citizens not to travel to Lebanon. Adrienne Watson, spokeswoman for the U.S.

National Security Council, said that the administration is working on a "diplomatic resolution" that would allow citizens of Israel and Lebanon to return to their homes.

Hezbollah: We Launched Drones at a Naval Base Near Rosh Hanikra

Hezbollah claims responsibility for yesterday's launch of drones loaded with explosives in Western Galilee.

In a statement, the terrorist group said it targeted an Israeli navy base near Rosh Hanikra. Drone infiltration sirens sounded in Rosh Hanikra and several nearby towns during the incident.

Galant: Israel Prefers a Diplomatic Solution Regarding the Border with Lebanon

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant said during a visit to Washington that "the Israeli military is capable of returning Lebanon to the Stone Age" in case of conflict with Hezbollah, but emphasized that his government prefers a diplomatic solution regarding the Israeli-Lebanese border, Reuters reported.

Smoke rises from an Israeli strike against a Hezbollah target on June 25, 2024 in Khiam, Lebanon© Chris McGrath / Getty Images

In talks with reporters, Galant mentioned that he discussed proposals for governance in Gaza after the war with U.S.

officials, which should include local Palestinians, regional partners, and the U.S., but that this would be a long and complex process. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant said significant progress has been made in resolving the issue of U.S.

ammunition deliveries to Israel during his meetings with officials from the Biden administration in Washington. On the other hand, senior U.S. officials claim they informed Galant that the U.S. remains committed to pausing the delivery of heavy bombs.

These are bombs weighing 227 and 907 kilograms, which can seriously injure or kill anyone within a radius of 20 and 35 meters, respectively. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Western countries of supporting "Israel's plans to attack Lebanon and expand the war in the region." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly said he advocates for strengthening the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, even though his far-right coalition partners Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben Gvir openly seek to take steps against Ramallah, which could cause a collapse.

"The collapse of the Palestinian Authority is not in Israel's interest at this moment. We need to advance actions that stabilize it to prevent escalation in the streets," Netanyahu emphasized. UNICEF warns of "catastrophic hunger" facing children in Gaza.

On the platform X, UNICEF posted a video about ten-year-old Sham, one of many malnourished children suffering in Gaza due to lack of adequate food and treatment. The post notes that no child should go through such an experience and adds that children now urgently need a ceasefire.

At least 37,718 Palestinians have been killed, and 86,377 have been injured in Gaza since October 7, according to the local Ministry of Health.

Bar: Hamas Will Soon Be Defeated, Israel Ready to Face Hezbollah

Chief of the Israeli Air Force, Major General Tomer Bar, stated that the terrorist group Hamas will be defeated in the Gaza Strip in the near future and that Israel is ready to face Hezbollah.

"We are in the midst of the longest war in our history since the War of Independence," Bar said at a graduation ceremony for Israeli Air Force pilots, according to The Times of Israel. The Israeli Defense Forces confirmed that they carried out a drone attack in Sohmor, in southern Lebanon, killing a member of Hezbollah's air force.

According to the military, the Hezbollah operative, identified by the terrorist group as Ali al-Din, was behind the drone attack on northern Israel.