IDF official: War in Ukraine taught Israel ‘a lot’ about potential conflict with Hezbollah

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Maj. Gen. Amir Baram speaks at a ceremony at the IDF Northern Command base in Safed on September 11, 2022. (IDF)
Maj. Gen. Amir Baram speaks at a ceremony at the IDF Northern Command base in Safed on September 11, 2022. (IDF)

The outgoing chief of the military’s Northern Command says the Israel Defense Forces has learned “a lot” from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, “relevant” to a potential war with the Hezbollah terror group.

“We are examining the conflict, and will implement lessons learned for a future war in the north,” Maj. Gen. Amir Baram says during a ceremony marking the entry of the next chief of the Northern Command.

He says Israel will target Hezbollah’s assets “and any other terror group, should it be required to.”

“Against the axis of evil led by Iran, we are preventing and curbing this evil every day,” Baram adds.

Baram says Hezbollah has been defensive in recent years, and “most of its operations against us have been responses.”

He also says Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has been dealing with “quite a number” of dilemmas recently, which Baram says Israel doesn’t have. Hezbollah is losing control of its operatives who have become more brazen with their actions along the border, and the terror group suffers from corruption, Baram notes.

“We made great efforts to foil its attempts to exact a price from us over its deaths” in Israeli operations, Baram says.

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