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lsrael-Lebanon 3rd war is ahead

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A pro-Israeli think tank has declared in a report that a third war between Israel and Lebanon could spell doom for the loser.

“The new war will likely be wider in geographic scope and more destructive,” said the report released this week by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP).

The author, Jeffrey White, a veteran intelligence and defense analyst, wrote that a new war between Israel and Lebanon will be potentially marked by “high-intensity operations from the beginning,” Lebanon’s The Daily Star reported on Wednesday.

“And for the losing side, the consequences may well be fateful,” he added.

In the report, White claimed that Israel would emerge victorious if it invested in securing the necessary resources, reported Ali Rizk, Press TV’s correspondent in Beirut, on Tuesday.

Israel waged wars against the country in 2000 and 2006 but was heavily defeated by the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, and was forced to withdraw on both occasions.

About 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, died in the second round of its offensives.

Hezbollah has pledged to retaliate, should Tel Aviv renew the attacks.

The resistance movement has publicly announced that it has the capability to hit targets deep into Israel and to strike Israeli Navy vessels even before they reach the Lebanese waters, Rizk added.

Speaking to our correspondent, Timur Goskel, former advisor to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, which is mandated to patrol the southern Lebanon, questioned White’s claims in the WINEP report.

“He doesn’t know the other side of the story. He doesn’t know what is happening here or what is Hezbollah doing or what is Hezbollah capable of. …he is guessing from newspapers and whatever and Hezbollah is not the organization you can read about in newspapers accurately. They don’t talk too much,” Goskel added.



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