Blinken Says Israel 'Very Serious' About Invading Lebanon; IDF Admits Hamas 'Can't Be Destroyed'

Chris Menahan
Jun. 20, 2024

Israel is "very serious" about invading Lebanon, according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, even though they're losing their war with Hamas in Gaza.

From CNN, "Israel 'very serious about going into Lebanon'":
During Secretary of State Antony Blinken's recent trip to the Middle East, he told an Arab counterpart that it appears Israel is intent on launching an incursion into Lebanon, according to a source familiar with the meeting.

"It seems that they [Israel] are very serious about going into Lebanon," the person said. The Arab official's response to Blinken, the source added, was that Hezbollah has communicated that they will not stop their strikes on Israel until Israel stops its operations in Gaza.

Israeli officials have told the US that one of its main goals in an offensive would be to push Hezbollah back, creating a buffer zone between Israel and Lebanon and allowing the tens of thousands of Israelis who have been forced out of their homes in the north because of the cross-border attacks to return.
The IDF on Wednesday admitted they can't destroy Hamas (which was the main goal of their war).

From AFP, "Israel army spokesman says Hamas can't be eliminated":
Israel's top army spokesman said Wednesday that Hamas cannot be eliminated, prompting a knee-jerk reaction from the government which quickly reiterated it remains committed to the Palestinian militant group's destruction.

More than eight months of war, sparked by Hamas's unprecedented October 7 attack on Israel, have failed to oust the Islamist militants from Gaza but have brought widespread devastation.

"To say that we are going to make Hamas disappear is to throw sand in people's eyes. If we don't provide an alternative, in the end, we will have Hamas," Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari told Israel's Channel 13 broadcaster.

"Hamas is an ideology, we cannot eliminate an ideology."
CNN is also reporting that US officials are warning that Israel will lose their war with Lebanon.

From CNN, "US concerned Israel's Iron Dome could be overwhelmed in war with Hezbollah, officials say":
US officials have serious concerns that in the event of a full-blown war between Israel and Hezbollah, the Iran-backed militant group could overwhelm Israel's air defenses in the north — including the much-vaunted Iron Dome air defense system, three US officials told CNN.

The fears, which the US officials said have also been communicated to them by Israel
, that the Iron Dome could be vulnerable to Hezbollah's vast arsenal of missiles and drones are only rising as Israel has increasingly indicated to US officials that it is preparing for a land and air incursion into Lebanon.

Israeli officials have told the US they are planning to shift resources from southern Gaza to northern Israel in preparation for a possible offensive against the group, US officials told CNN on Wednesday.

"We assess that at least some" Iron Dome batteries "will be overwhelmed," said a senior administration official.

An Israeli official said that would be more likely if Hezbollah conducted a large-scale attack principally using precision guided weapons, which could be challenging for the system to defend against. Hezbollah has been stockpiling precision guided munitions and missiles from Iran for years, which Israel has repeatedly raised concerns about.

Earlier this month, Hezbollah released a video purporting to show a drone striking and damaging an Iron Dome battery on an army base in northern Israel. Israeli press reported it appeared to be the first documented instance of the system successfully being hit.

The IDF said it was unaware of any damage to the system.
But Israeli officials have told the US they believe the Iron Dome could be vulnerable, particularly in northern Israel, and have been surprised at the sophistication of Hezbollah's strikes to date, the two US officials said. A primary concern is Hezbollah using a large number of precision guided munitions and missiles, said a source familiar with the threat.

The Lebanese militant group also published a nine-minute video this week, purportedly taken by a drone, showing sensitive Israeli military sites in several Israeli cities.

A separate US official acknowledged to CNN that in the event of a full-blown war, the support Israel will need most is additional air defense systems and Iron Dome replenishments, which the US would provide.
There's sources for all of Hezbollah's claims, even though CNN didn't share them:

It also came out this week that Israel had plenty of warning an Oct 7th-style attack was coming but failed to act.

From RT, "Israeli military knew Hamas was planning attack – media":
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) warned in mid-September that Hamas was planning to invade the country and capture more than 200 hostages, Israel's Kan broadcaster reported on Monday.

Three weeks before Hamas fighters attacked Israel on October 7, the IDF's intelligence directorate compiled a report stating that the Palestinian militants were training for a large-scale invasion of the Jewish state, Kan has claimed, citing anonymous security sources. The document allegedly warned that dozens of Hamas commandos would take part in the raid, which would be aimed at bringing between 200 and 250 hostages back to Gaza.

Several thousand Hamas fighters carried out the actual October 7 assault, killing around 1,200 people and taking roughly 250 hostages back to Gaza.

According to Kan's sources, Hamas members had been spotted practicing attacks on mock IDF outposts, rehearsing how to capture military and civilian hostages, and training how to handle the captives once they were detained in Gaza.

The document reportedly made its way to senior officials in the IDF's Gaza Division, but was "completely ignored," Kan stated.
Israeli officials told the Telegraph in March they're planning to blame America if they lose their war with Hamas.

Netanyahu started that process on Tuesday by accusing the US of not sending Israel enough weapons.

The White House said they only paused one single shipment of 2000-pound bunker buster bombs.

Withholding one shipment of bunker busters (which Israel was dropping on civilians left and right) lost Israel the war, Netanyahu wants everyone to believe.

We all must be truly grateful for "our greatest ally!"

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