An Iranian-backed terror group plans on having up to half a million missiles aimed at Israel within a year.
The claim comes from militants tied to Hezbollah, the Iranian-controlled terror group found along Israel’s border with Lebanon. The missiles would be part of continuing efforts by the Islamic Republic to increase the presence of advanced missile technology along countries surrounding Israel.
The militant group claims to already have deployed more than 70,000 long-range missiles across Syria and Lebanon, but the group expressed its desire to increase that number to at least 500,000 over the next year. The massive response is a product of a recent confrontation between an Iranian drone and Israeli forces that escalated tensions and hinted at a possible confrontation between the two countries.
The constant threat of war has influenced Iran to secretly move weapons across the region, and Iran seems to be supplying those weapons to terrorist groups found along Israel’s border. At this time, Israel does not appear to have a direct response to Iran’s activity.
Middle Eastern experts spoke on Iran’s possible strategy, which may be to line Israel’s northern borders with advanced missiles ahead of a full-scale confrontation with Israel.
According to a pro-Hezbollah publication in Lebanon,”Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad recently rejected an Israeli demand, relayed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, to remove 70,000 Iranian long-range missiles that Hezbollah has deployed throughout Syria and are aimed at Israel.”
“Syria and Hezbollah will wage a ‘joint missile campaign’ against Israel, and… Iranian experts are ready to launch missiles at Israel from every part of Lebanon and Syria,” the outlet continued.
The piece also outlined the possible plan of attack.
The tens of thousands of missiles are “meant to be fired into occupied Palestine from Syrian territory. They significantly complicate [the activity of] the Israeli enemy’s air force, [since it] will have to bombard Hezbollah’s missiles and bases in Lebanon in addition to the bases spread across Syria, which hold [these] 70,000 long-range Iranian missiles aimed at the Israeli enemy.”
Jonathan Schanze, a Middle East expert with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, expressed his concerns to the Free Beacon regarding the situation.
“Iran is exploiting the fog of war and it’s working,” he said.
“If the report of 70,000 rockets is accurate, it’s important to note that Iran has also transferred a massive rocket arsenal of 180,000 to Hezbollah,” Schanze said. “The strategy may now be emerging: saturate Israel with rockets from two northern fronts, and overwhelm their air defenses. Israel has some big decisions ahead. The longer they wait to neutralize this threat, the more nasty that two-front rocket arsenal becomes.”