Hezbollah’s ‘Wish List’
JNS.org – Iran’s Hezbollah proxy not only serves as the Islamic Republic’s expeditionary force in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Africa. It also makes feeble attempts at public relations and fiction writing.
The latest example, “Sensitive Zionist Sites in Golan Under Fire,” appears in Hezbollah’s publication Al Ahed, and supposedly reports on the May 9 Iranian attack on Israeli positions on the Golan Heights:
On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, several Zionist military sites in the occupied Syrian Golan were targeted by dozens of missiles over two launching times. The missiles hit some sensitive targets related to human and technical reconnaissance, data gathering, and leadership headquarters.
Hezbollah, on behalf of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, provides their “wish list” of “targeted Israeli sites”:
- Main military center for technical, electronic reconnaissance.
- Border brigade headquarters: Photo gathering 9900 unit.
- Main military site for electronic interference.
- Main military site for eavesdropping on wired and wireless networks in the Western mountain range.
- Telecommunication centers for communication and transmission systems.
- Observatory for precision weapons unit during ground operations.
- Military helicopters heliport.
- Regional headquarters for the military leadership of Brigade 810.
- Headquarters of the leadership of military brigades in Mount Hermon.
- The winter headquarters of the special ice [Alpine] unit.
In fact, not one IRG rocket made it to the Golan. Four were shot down by the Israel Defense Forces’s Iron Dome interceptor missiles and the rest fell in Syrian territory.
Nevertheless, Hezbollah’s fiction writers claimed that “the Iron Dome in the Golan failed to confront the missiles.” Hezbollah further claimed that “the enemy confessed … that all of its sensitive sites in the Golan have been hit.”
Contrary to Hezbollah’s claims of victory, Israel responded to the attacks with a massive retaliatory operation. An IDF spokesperson said it struck dozens of Iranian targets. Israel’s air force destroyed “nearly all” of Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria.
Some 12 hours after the attack on the Iranian bases, depots, and positions, no official responses were issued by Iran’s leaders. Considering Hezbollah’s triumphalist lies, this is very telling.
Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira is a senior research associate at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He served as Military Secretary to the Prime Minister and chief of staff at the Israeli Foreign Ministry.