'Northern Shield' could blow up more than tunnels

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

IDF tunnel searchA current military operation in Israel to find and destroy terrorist tunnels could escalate into a major war, warns an American-born Israeli author and terrorism expert.

Operation Northern Shield, expected to last several weeks, has the mission of exposing and destroying Hezbollah tunnels along the border fence with Lebanon.

The work, carried out by special Israeli Defense Force engineers, is considered to be a complex operation due to rocky terrain.

Another factor of the operation, says national security analyst David Rubin, is that Hezbollah could react by firing missiles in response to the IDF interrupting its secretive work.

"They have the capability of hitting Israel's major cities including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem," he says of Hezbollah. "So that's really the big question. Will it end up being a major conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, and potentially Iran?"

Rubin, DavidLebanon-based Hezbollah is a known as a proxy of Iran, so Rubin says it's a fair question to ask if Iran will "jump in" because of Northern Shield.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports, meanwhile, that "tension is rising" on the Israeli-Lebanon border, where IDF soldiers and Lebanese army soldiers are staring each other down on a border with no wall or fence separating the two forces.

The story went on to give some background: Hezbollah violated a cease-fire agreement by digging the tunnels, and IDF discovered the tunnels inside Lebanese homes after the UN refused to step onto private property to do so.

Hezbollah, the story states, has reacted to the IDF operation with "thunderous, prolonged silence" so far. 

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