The Israeli military on Tuesday posted a map of southern Lebanon to Twitter, on which it marked Hezbollah positions, infrastructure and armaments along a section of the Israeli border.
The map, according to Channel 2 News, features over 200 towns and villages which the organization has turned into its operations bases, and shows over 10,000 potential targets for Israeli strikes in the event of a new war with the terror group.
A caption on the photo noted that it had been declassified, in an apparent calculated move by Israel to build a case for any future military action. It could also serve as a warning to the terror group itself, demonstrating Israel’s intelligence gathering capabilities as a deterrent.
Channel 2 noted in its report that the same map has been shown to practically every foreign diplomat visiting the Jewish state, to stress the point that while Hezbollah may currently be heavily involved in the Syrian civil war, it continues to arm for conflict with Israel, while embedding itself ever deeper in the civilian population near the border.
This is a war crime. pic.twitter.com/CPE3XS1Xs0
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) December 6, 2016
Last week Israeli jets reportedly struck targets in Syria for the first time in three months, hitting a regime military base and a Hezbollah convoy en route to Lebanon, according to foreign media.
“Israeli intelligence, it seems, found a transfer of advanced weapons to Hezbollah, and Israel decided that this wasn’t going to happen,” Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror, the former National Security Adviser, told Army Radio.
“That’s one of our ‘red lines,’ which we’ve admitted and declared and acted on in the past,” he said.
In April Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed that Israel has carried out “dozens” of strikes on attempted arms transfers in Syria and promised it would continue to target the smuggling of “game changing” weaponry.
Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.