Hezbollah fighters train on storming Israeli "houses" at an urban warfare facility in the Bekaa Valley in a screen grab from a Hezbollah propaganda video released in 2013.
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The Israeli intelligence officer who warned of an invasion of Galilee by Hezbollah in the event of another war has merely picked up on a tactic to which Hezbollah has repeatedly alluded in recent years.Since the 2006 war, Hezbollah fighters have hinted at such tactics in private conversations.The comments came during one of Nasrallah's periodic "deterrence" speeches in which he attempted to strike a balance against the capabilities and possible plans of the Israeli military in a future war: if central Beirut is bombed, Tel Aviv will be struck by Hezbollah's missiles; if the Israeli navy imposes a blockade of Lebanese ports, Hezbollah will threaten Israel-bound vessels with its anti-ship missiles; if Israel invades Lebanon, Hezbollah will invade Israel.In August 2012, Hezbollah held a three-day military exercise involving 10,000 fighters that simulated a conflict with Israel. The 2006 war was ill-timed for Hezbollah, as it prematurely exposed new tactics and weapons systems for little gain.The tactic is a natural next step in Hezbollah's military evolution.
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